IMPORTANT Message from Very Rev. Fr. James F. Spera, Pastor Church of the Assumption & Dean. Union County North:


UPDATED DIRECTIVE

 As a follow-up to yesterday’s announcement of new directives for the Archdiocese of Newark, this is to provide clarification on BURIALS.  

>Burials only may take place with only one funeral director, one witness and one priest being permitted into the cemetery with the deceased. Essential staff of Catholic Cemeteries will accept the deceased and perform the interments. Other than this, all Catholic Cemeteries and Mausoleums of the Archdiocese of Newark remain closed. 

With this exception, as noted also below, all directives below remain in force.
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The Archdiocese of Newark’s Coronavirus Task Force continues to monitor the ongoing pandemic situation and to aggregate guiding information from federal, state and local officials. Based on the latest information shared publicly, the following are the new directives issued by Cardinal Tobin for the Archdiocese of Newark and a reminder of his prior directives still in effect. 

NEW DIRECTIVES effective March 25, 2020: 

· Wakes and funerals must be postponed until further notice. There are no exceptions to this, regardless of the size of the group. >Burials may take place with only one funeral director, one witness and one priest being permitted into the cemetery with the deceased. Essential staff of Catholic Cemeteries will accept the deceased and perform the interments. Other than this, all Catholic Cemeteries and Mausoleums of the Archdiocese of Newark remain closed. 

· All baptisms must be postponed until further notice with the exception of an extreme emergency. 
· All weddings are postponed until further notice. 

· The Sacrament of Reconciliation is suspended until further notice with the exception of an extreme emergency.  
· All churches and adoration chapels must be closed and locked until further notice. Private prayer in any parish building must be discontinued until further notice. 
· Parish offices must be closed until further notice. Employees who provide essential services should be limited and on staggered schedules. 

· Pastors should see that the Blessed Sacrament is renewed in tabernacles regularly from celebrations of private Masses. 

The following directives REMAIN IN FORCE since March 18, 2020: 

· All public celebrations of daily and Sunday Mass suspended until further notice. 

· All public celebrations of the Sacraments and other public forms of worship suspended until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to, previously scheduled Confirmations, celebrations of First Communion, penitential services, Communion services, and Liturgies of the Word.  
· Anointing of the Sick: A priest may use a cotton-tipped swab or cotton ball as an instrument to anoint the sick person.  
· Holy Water should be removed from all fonts.  

· Celebrations of Mass should continue via live-streaming. If you have not done so already, you are urged to enroll your parish in the archdiocesan Parish Support Initiative that provides one online platform for the faithful to support the critical needs of their parish communities and other parishes in need. Contributions also are gratefully accepted through usual channels including mailed envelopes, other online giving, Annual Appeal, etc. 

· The Archdiocesan Center remains closed with limited and staggering of hours. 

· Catholic Schools remain closed as directed by the State of New Jersey. 

· All Archdiocese of Newark Catechetical education and events sponsored by the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) are suspended. 
Anyone who has had direct exposure or potential exposure to COVID-19 is advised to carefully follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding isolation and quarantine protocols.  

Archdiocesan employees will continue to work remotely, and should consult their supervisors for further guidance and to determine work assignments. 

We encourage you to continue to visit https://covid19.nj.gov for accurate and updated information available to the residents of New Jersey. Also, please monitor our website at www.rcan.org/covid-19 and follow the Archdiocese of Newark’s social media channels @NwkArchdiocese for archdiocesan related announcements. 
We continue to keep all affected individuals, families, first responders, and especially those on the front lines in our prayers throughout the coming days. Thank you. 

Please remember your financial support of our Parish during these difficult days.

In order to remain current with their studies, all Religious Education students will be expected to complete their classroom work through the “home school” online program. Details will be emailed to parents.”  

    Roman Catholic Church of the 
ASSUMPTION
113 Chiego Place
Roselle Park, New Jersey 07204 
908-245-1107
FAX 908-245-2789

About 
     Assumption
SAVE THE DATE

20th Annual Feast of St. Anthony 

Thursday, June 4 ~ 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday, June 5 ~ 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Saturday, June 6 ~ 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Sunday, June 7 ~ 6:00pm to 10:00pm
WELCOME FROM OUR PASTOR

The Church of the Assumption was founded on January 15, 1907 for a small group of Italian immigrants living in Roselle Park, New Jersey.

The small community outgrew both the first and second Church buildings. On August 20, 1955, the present Church was dedicated and the doors opened to welcome new generations of Roselle Park residents seeking to be a part of this vibrant community of faith.

You are welcome to join us as we continue this journey of faith. Come worship with us and join our family where everyone is at home.

The Very Reverend Father James F . Spera
Celebrate the Easter Triduum by taking a spiritual journey to the Holy Land

 On behalf of the Augustine Institute, we are offering Triduum: A Spiritual Pilgrimage, to everyone for the Easter weekend. In light of the separation we face as communities, this special documentary allows Catholics all around the world to unite and make a spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land and ultimately the heart of the Passion.

Through Easter Sunday, we are offering this video to all to enrich the pilgrimage of our daily lives. No subscription needed, so be sure to share with your family and friends! Please click on the link to view the video:

https://watch.formed.org/videos/triduum

What to watch during Holy Week. Please use the following link to access the schedule of videos:

https://formed.org/holyweek


Fr: Revered Monsignor Thomas P. Nydegger, Ed.D.

Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia

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As we begin Holy Week, I pray that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe amidst the continuing pandemic. I share the following two updates.

HOLY WEEK
As we continue to adhere to mandated guidelines during this unprecedented health crisis to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), liturgies continue to be live-streamed online on the Archdiocese of Newark’s website at www.rcan.org/parishsupport.

Cardinal Tobin will be the main celebrant of live-streamed Masses for HOLY WEEK is as follows:

April 9 | Holy Thursday: 7:30 pm
April 10 | Good Friday: 3:00 pm
April 11 | Easter Vigil: 8:30 pm
April 12 | Easter Sunday: 12:00 pm

As a reminder, Cardinal Tobin has granted dispensation from in-person Mass attendance until the COVID-19 health crisis is abated. All parishioners are encouraged to avail themselves of technology to participate in the live-streaming of Mass and to remain united in prayer for our communities and beyond.

For a list of local parish livestreams, visit www.rcan.org/parishsupport and click on the “Parish Livestreams” tab. This website also allows the faithful an opportunity to exercise their stewardship of their parish and to support parishes in need.  

CHURCH BELLS

In a show of solidarity among the faithful and as a common call to prayer during this pandemic, especially for people directly affected by illness, Cardinal Tobin urges all pastors and parishes in the Archdiocese to ring church bells simultaneously at noon daily until further notice. At that time, all are urged to pray the words of the ancient prayer, "Sub Tuum Praesidium:"

Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God;
In our needs, despise not our petitions,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

If your parish does not have church bells, the faithful should be encouraged to pray privately at that time.

Stay Updated

For the most up-to-date resources and information about the Archdiocese of Newark’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, visit www.rcan.org/covid19 or our archdiocesan social media channels @NwkArchdiocese. You are encouraged to share our announcements with your online communities, also.

As we continue this holiest week of our liturgical year, please be assured of our prayers for you and your family. Thank you for your continued strength and leadership of your parish community during these difficult days. Now, more than ever, the faithful look to our Church for spiritual closeness, calm, and trust in the healing power of Jesus, who remains close to us now and always.

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Christ is risen. Hallelujah! May the miracle of Easter bring you renewed hope, faith, love and joy. May God bless you and keep you safe during this difficult time.

Very Reverend Father James F. Spera
Deacon David J. Farrell
Karen Colucci