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

We continue with our regular schedule of Masses, with the Sunday 12:30 Spanish Mass in the lower church.  There is no longer a need to reserve a seat, but for now, the unvaccinated are asked to wear a mask and safely distance themselves from others, for the mutual protection of all.  Communion will continue to be received only in the hand.

St. John the Evangelist Church is pleased to announce a partnership with the Borough of Bergenfield for use of Conlon Hall as a borough sports and recreation center for youth and seniors, while still supporting major parish functions. This cooperative effort was coordinated by the Archdiocese Of Newark’s Office of Property Management. We look forward to mutual collaboration for the benefit of both parishioners and residents.

Join us for Eucharistic Adoration in the main church, this week on Tuesday from 12 noon to 5:45pm, and Wednesday and Thursday from 12 noon to 6:30pm, as well as our monthly Holy Hour on the first Fridays, at 8pm, followed by adoration until 11pm.   Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena has also resumed on Wednesdays at 7pm.  

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 English Mass on Sunday at 9am and Spanish Mass on Saturday at 7:00pm on Facebook and YouTube, and posting occasional haiku reflections on both Facebook and 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 will not be providing missalettes/hymnals in the church for this 2021 Church year.  We have arranged with the supplier to provide us with copies which we will make available to you for purchase, so you can have it in your home for livestreamed Masses or bring it with you to church and home again when you come each weekend.  The reduced cost now that the year is half over is $4.00 for Breaking Bread and $3.00 for Misal del Día.  If you would like to purchase a copy, please stop by the rectory.

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.  Due to the limited numbers and those staying away, we are losing about one third of our weekly Sunday collection.  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 8pm, Sundays 9am until 5pm.

Our Parish Financial Report for the Fiscal year 2020 is available for your review here

All parishioners are asked to respond directly by mail to Cardinal Tobin with their pledge for the 2021 Annual Appeal, or download the form here, fill it out, and return it to the rectory.  Your gifts help many ministries in the Archdiocese which also assist our parish.  We have already surpassed our goal.  Any amount we receive over our $104,591 goal will be returned directly to the parish.  

 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 Fr. Cesar 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.

The rectory office is open for limited hours: Monday through Saturday 10am-8pm; Sundays 9:00am to 5pm.  If you have a need, please call for an appointment.

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

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 at 3pm - November through May.  Our Religious Education program also provides religious instruction and sacramental preparation for children with disabilities on Tuesday afternoons.  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.