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WINDOW Msgr. Richard J. Arnhols
Msgr. Richard J. Arnhols
WINDOW

Sincere thanks to all who participated in our "ALL for St. John's" project during the month of August.  We raised more than $12,000.00, surpassing our goal of $10,000.00.    See the Sept. 13. bulletin for more information.

Also, we announce the opening of the 2021 Mass book, done only by mail this year.  See the form under Documents and Forms.

Join us for Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in the main church from 12 noon to 6:30pm.

Adults seeking entrance into the Catholic Church from other denominations or no denomination, as well as adult Catholics who have not received First Penance, First Communion, or Confirmation, are invited to contact Deacon Jim or Deacon Lynx about the process known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  The formation program is held on Sunday mornings throughout the year in English and in Spanish.  Inquiries are always welcome.  The unbaptized may enter the two-year cycle at any time.  The already baptized must begin between October and November for sacraments the following Spring.

Cardinal Tobin has authorized Phase 3 of our Archdiocesan reopening plan which permits Sunday Masses as well as daily Masses, funerals and weddings with limited capacity.   To reserve a seat in church for any Mass, click the "reserve a Seat for Mass" icon on our home page and follow the directions. Baptisms also began as of Sunday, July 12th at 3:00pm.  All the details for our parish may be found under the Document and Forms tab on our home page, under "Newsletter June 12", including instructions for how to register for Mass, which will be a necessity for awhile.  Use the hand sanitizer, wear a mask, stay six feet apart from others.   We will continue to update you as time goes forward. 

Confessions for now will continue from 1pm to 2pm on Saturdays only, in the church, and in the Grotto when the weather is favorable.  For the necessary procedures to follow, please go to Documents and Forms on our home page and click "Confessions during Covid-19" and "Confessions in the Grotto."

We continue to maintain a virtual presence on Facebook (sjrcbergenfield) and Instagram (sjrcbergenfield). We are now streaming Mass on Sunday at 11am in English and 1pm in Spanish on Facebook, and posting a daily reflection on both Facebook and on Instagram.  If you don't have a Facebook account, you can use this link (on a computer or laptop but not on a cell phone): https://www.facebook.com/sjrcbergenfield/videos and watch the live stream or click on "videos" to see past Masses, or use the link at the bottom of our home page for both Facebook and Instagram.   Permission to stream the music in the Sunday Masses or other special Services has been obtained from One License with license #A-733513.  We are making available just inside the church entrance copies of this year's English and Spanish missalettes.  We ask you take one per family, so that you will have the prayers, readings, and music for more fully participating in the Sunday liturgies at home or in church.  The July-August edition of The Word Among Us is also available there.

Please see "An Act of Spiritual Communion" prayer in the Documents & Forms section.  This may be prayed personally or at the time of communion on the streamed Mass.

Please monitor this page for updates as they are available. Additionally, you can sign up for our Constant Contact messaging system by using the "Join our Email LIst"  link at the bottom of the home page.  You will then receive regular updates automatically.

Of course, the parish continues to depend on the generosity of its people for financial support, and I am grateful for those who are sustaining us.  Not only are we missing the bulk of our weekly Sunday collection, but the Easter collection was always a major support at this time of year.  Consider online giving (go to Parish Giving on this website's home page) or mailing your weekly collection envelopes to the rectory.  The Archdiocese has worked with Go Fund Me to set up donation pages for each parish.  Our parish link is https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/st-john-the-evangelist-ch-bergenfield.  Please see the "Parish Giving & Go Fund Me letter" in the documents and forms section of our parish website for more information.  Offering envelopes may also be dropped off in the rectory vestibule daily between 9am and 6pm.

Otherwise, the rectory office will be closed until further notice.  If you have a need, please call or email.   Please call for an appointment.

For a thoughtful article, "A Faith Response to the Coronavirus," please go to the Document & Forms tab.

Please see our Parish Financial Statement for 2019 in the Documents section of our website.

All parishioners are asked to respond directly by mail to Cardinal Tobin with their pledge for the 2020 Shining the Light of Christ Annual Appeal.  Your gifts help many ministries in the Archdiocese which also assist our parish. Any amount over our $106,901 goal will be returned directly to the parish.  We are already at 91% of our goal.

As information continues to be revealed about clergy members credibly accused of sexual misconduct with youth, in our archdiocese and our state, please consult the website https://healing.rcan.org for the latest official information and a list of resources in response to this issue. 

Our parish provides support groups for moms and for dads of children with disabilities, and celebrates an Inclusive Family Mass on the first Sunday of each month - October through June.  Time is currently under review starting in November.  Our Religious Education program also provides religious instruction and sacramental preparation for children with disabilities on Tuesday evenings.  Once meetings can resume, the Moms will meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and the Dads monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, both at 7:30pm in the Parish Life Center, between September and June.  Contact Deacon Jim at the rectory or Rosemarie Flood at the Religious Education Office for more information.

   Would you like to assist as a catechist or as an aide for our Religious Education Program? Call 201-384-3601....As a leader or aide for Children's Liturgy of the Word? Call 201-338-8026...As a choir member? Call 201-261-8430.

      To leave a parish message, click on my name below.  I will reply as soon as my schedule allows. 

 

 

 
Pastor of St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Memorial Brick Campaign for the Grotto behind the Parish Life Center continues.  Come and see it.  Forms for reserving a Memorial Brick may be found in the rectory.

 

Designated members of our parish are bringing the Good News of God's Love to our community by visiting homes in various sections of our parish from time to time.  They are registered with the Bergenfield Police.  Please welcome them when they come to your door.