“Dear and beloved brothers and sisters, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the Archbishop of Newark (following the recommendations of the State of New Jersey and health officials) has decided that all the faithful of this diocese are released from the obligation to attend Mass this weekend. Cardinal Tobin has suspended all masses on Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15. Daily masses at 7:45 am, from Monday to Friday, will take place normally. We are in difficult times, the corona virus spreads very easily and quickly. Authorities have advised that these next two weeks are the peak of transmission. While many of us have a strong immune system, there are those among us who don't. We must, in a gesture of charity, think of these brothers and sisters as well and show solidarity with the families of those who have lost a loved one. Making jokes about this situation or ignoring the reality is a lack of charity towards people who have lost someone from this virus or who are still suffering in hospitals.
During the week we will be connected daily to communicate any further decisions by the Archdiocese.
Meanwhile, in our Parish of Saint James, catechism classes, Portuguese classes, retreats, couples groups and other meetings are all canceled. The parish office will operate on schedule as usual. The church remains open for personal prayer.
Let us pray for each other and for those who suffer from contamination. May the Lord pour out his blessing and protection on all of us.
God bless you!”