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

The Archdiocesan Coronavirus Task Force has issued new directives on the evening of March 25th, following on the Governor's Stay-at-Home Order of March 21, 2020.  Please click the "Documents and Forms" link on our home page to find the full text of the "Archdiocesan Corona Update Mar. 25."  Not only are all parish Masses, devotions, and public gatherings suspended until further notice, but all churches and adoration chapels must now remain closed and locked until further notice.  Parishioners are encouraged to pray on their own at home.  Cardinal Tobin has dispensed everyone from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

What is still permitted is the streaming of Mass on social media platforms.  I am pleased to say that we have been able to establish a virtual presence on Facebook (sjrcbergenfield) and Instagram (sjrcbergenfield). We are streaming Mass daily at 9am in English and 10am in Spanish on 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/ and watch the live stream or click on "videos" to see past Masses.  I am also posting a daily reflection on Instagram.

We will be using the 9am Mass intentions for the English Mass, and for the Spanish Mass we will be using the intentions from the Saturday and Sunday Spanish Masses for those days, and the 7:30pm Mass intentions for Monday through Friday.  All other intentions will be transferred to future open dates.  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 see the bulletin posted on this website for March 29 for information about Palm Sunday.

Please monitor this page for updates as they are available.  Of course, the parish continues to depend on the generosity of its people for financial support.  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.

Pre-scheduled weddings, funerals, and other sacramental celebrations have all been postponedConfessions are also suspended.  Pope Francis directs that persons with serious sin or others should make an act of perfect contrition (sorrow for sins out of love for God rather than fear of punishment) and mention that sin in confession once public gatherings can begin again. 

The rectory office will be closed until further notice.  If you have a need, please call or email.   The Opening of the 2021 Mass book has been postponed.  A new date will be announced after the current Coronavirus threat passes.

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.

Parishioners are asked to be aware of an email scam going throughout the Archdiocese that alleges that one of the priests is trying to reach out to you to purchase gift cards.  Consider such emails as suspect.  Better to delete than to open.  Call us at the rectory instead.

As information continues to be revealed about the 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. 

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. Jonathan 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.

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 - at 1:30pm.  Our Religious Education program also provides religious instruction and sacramental preparation for children with disabilities on Tuesday evenings.  The Moms 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.

TRANSFIGURATION ACADEMY is our outstanding academic and spiritual institution for learning, a 2018 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information, see their website  www.transfigurationacademy.org.   Our Bergenfield campus (201-384-3627) hosts all grades (pre-k 2+ through grade 8). They are accepting registrations at 10 Bradley Ave. 

   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.