Updated Protocols for Mass & the Sacraments
Prepared for St. Catherine of Siena Parish from directives approved by the Most Reverend David M. O'Connell, CM, Bishop of Trenton.
The bishops of New Jersey have ended the dispensation from the obligation to assist at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation effective June 5-6, 2021, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The faithful are to return to the practice of participating at weekly celebration of Mass in church. As is always the case, the obligation does not apply to the sick, those with underlying health conditions, and those who remain fearful of COVID-19 transmission.
Effective May 28, 2021, the Governor lifted the mandates requiring the wearing of masks and social distancing. Yet, recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic remains active, wearing a mask is an option for those who wish to do so. The clergy and faithful should use their best judgment to protect their own health and the health of their neighbors. Moreover, those who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Limits on church capacity to pre-pandemic levels will be lifted on June 4, 2021.
In light of these developments, the protocols regulating the celebration of Mass and Sacraments in effect since June 2020 are greatly modified, if not ended. The following guidance is provided to facilitate an orderly and careful return to parish life. No one is to be refused the sacraments due to vaccination status.
St. Catherine of Siena Parish General Information
Celebration of Mass
Weekend Masses St. Catherine of Siena Church
Mass Schedule for Holy Days of Obligation unless otherwise announced
The Sacrament of Penance
Effective June 12, 2021
Saturday 3:30 PM St. Catherine of Siena Church - Narthex of Parish Hall
The Sacrament of Baptism
Schedule Effective June 6, 2021
Please call for appointment
Saturday 11:30 AM St. Catherine of Siena Church
Sunday 11:30 AM Within the Mass – at Request
1:00 PM St. Catherine of Siena Church
All Baptisms must be scheduled in advance. Godparents are required to provide Sponsor Certificates before a Baptism date is given. Please call the parish office for detailed information.
Parish meetings and socials may resume. Refreshments may be served observing local health protocols. Guidelines on use of the building are forthcoming.
Welcome "New Knights of Columbus Members" Joe Lanza, Perry Vigglano and Deacon Dan Sakowski. We are so grateful to have you join our Council and participate in our charitable work for the Parish and Community. Our Council continues its positive growth thanks to our wonderful Parishioners. Interested in joining? Go to the Ministry Page on this Web Site, “click” on Knights of Columbus, “click” on Join the Knights of Columbus and follow the directions. First year dues are free to all new members joining before June 30, 2021.
The Parish Office is open Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Welcome to St. Catherine's
The Parish Community of Saint Catherine of Siena welcomes you with great delight and pleasure. Everyone, as well as your families, are joyfully invited to be among us at the celebration of Sunday Liturgies and to be actively involved in the faith-filled activities of the Parish. Come, see and experience the parish life our ministries and services offer to all, leading us to fulfill the Gospel Truth and Values. Full of hope and gladness, may you realize and find that our website is helpful and informative.
Rev. Angelito I. Anarcon
With eyes firmly fixed on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the community of St. Catherine of Siena Parish gathers to celebrate the Eucharist and worship God with joy and commitment. We welcome and reach out to those within our parish family and those beyond this community as we spread the Good News by offering hospitality, spirituality, ongoing faith formation, and support for those to whom we minister.
Prayer to St. Catherine of Siena
Father, in meditating on the sufferings of your Son and in serving Your Church, St. Catherine was filled with the fervor of Your love. By her prayers may we share in the mystery of Christ’s death and rejoice in the revelation of His glory.
St. Catherine of Siena Pray for Us