Church of St Ann

DIOCESE OF TRENTON IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., issued instructions for the reopening of churches in the Diocese of Trenton for private prayer only, following all public health guidelines. The reopening may happen as early as May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, or once pastors determine they can safely do so.

Churches may reopen for private prayer only, in compliance with public health guidelines, May 13

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., issued instructions for the reopening of churches in the Diocese of Trenton for private prayer only, following all public health guidelines. The reopening may happen as early as May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, or once pastors determine they can safely do so.

In a statement released May 8, the Bishop quoted his religious community’s founder, St. Vincent DePaul, who said: "Wisdom consists in following Providence step by step. And you can be sure of the truth of a maxim which seems paradoxical, namely, that he who is hasty falls back in the interests of God.”

Acknowledging that “every faithful Catholic has been eagerly anticipating the day when we will be able to reopen our churches for prayer and worship,” Bishop O’Connell emphasized that, “It’s not just a matter of opening the door and ‘flipping the switch.’ Simply reopening churches for private prayer — even without Mass, sacraments, group prayer— must continue to incorporate some of the restrictions that we have become used to by now: no more than 10 people in a given space at the same time, wearing of masks in public, social distancing, etc.”

The Bishop stated that the Diocese of Trenton has carefully followed the “expert advice of experienced public health officials who have cautioned us not to rush into reopening churches to the faithful before their safety can be assured or, at least, uncompromised, in the face of this virulent contagion.”

He continued, “However, we realize that the current state of affairs cannot stay as it is forever without some spiritual relief.” To address the challenge, Bishop O’Connell recently created a task force of pastors and charged them with developing a phased approach that will move the Diocese “from the reopening of churches for private prayer to the gradual restoration of our full Catholic and sacramental life.”

Bishop O’Connell approved on May 8 the recommendations submitted by the task force for Phase One, “Reopening of Churches for Private Prayer,” which include two sets of directives – one common set for all parishes and one for individual pastors to adapt and implement in their parishes. The directives deal with such key matters as social distancing, the wearing of masks, limiting occupancy to 10 persons, hours of operation, seating, sanitization of churches and posting of information for parishioners. The full list of directives are available on dioceseoftrenton.org/coronavirus.

Selecting the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima (May 13) as the effective date of the reopening directives, Bishop O’Connell said, “We commend our efforts to Our Lady’s maternal care.”

During this COVID-19 crisis and until further notice, Holy Communion can only be distributed to the faithful as Viaticum for the dying in the Diocese of Trenton.

Stay connected with your faith while we must remain apart….

Participate in Mass this weekend remotely from home. A growing number of parishes now livestream Sunday Mass. Check out the updated list of livestreamed parish Masses here.

The Diocese invites you to visit Faith At Home, a collection of resources to help families enrich their faith during this time of public health restrictions.

Have you been able to make an offertory gift to your parish during this shutdown? Are you able to consider a gift to the Diocese? You can do both safely and easily by supporting the COVID-19 Emergency Fund here.

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History

Beginning in 1910, Keansburg was served by St. Mary's New Monmouth.  Rev. John E. Murray, pastor of St. Mary's celebrated Mass at McDonald's Hotel.  Fr. Murray purchased land in 1916 for a mission church in which the first Mass was offered on May 6, 1917.  The Most Rev. Thomas J. Walsh established St. Ann's as an independent parish on January 8, 1924, and appointed Rev. John A. Carrollfirst resident pastor.  Rev. Thomas A Kearny constructed St. Ann's School.  The Sisters of Mercy from North Plainfield have staffed the school since its inception in Septemeber 1931.  A mission church was founded in 1935 in East Keansburg by Rev.John J. Lucitt, St. Ann's fourth pastor.  In 1943, Holy Family, Union Beach, was founded from territory formerly belonging to St. Ann's.St. Catherine, East Keansburg, became an independent parish in 1948.  Rev. Edward A. Corriganconstructed a new playground and an addition to the school in 1961.  St. Ann's Bayshore Senior Day Care opened in July 1975 under Frederick Valentino's pastorate.  In July 1980, Rev. Edward D. Strano opened Project P.A.U.L. (Poor, ALienated, Unemployed, Lonely) for the needy.  St. Ann's Childcare Center was established in August 1982.

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