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.
We are now allowed to have parishioners inside the church during Mass, up to 1/3rd capacity of 600 people, which is 200.
At each of the doors, there will be a person who will greet you with a bottle of hand sanitizer, who will spray your hands before you enter the church, and when you leave the church.
Please make sure to sit in every other pew. In the main body of the church, the pews are 18 ft long, so this allows for 3 people for pew, while maintaining 6 ft social distance. If a married couple or family sits in a pew, please sit 6 ft away from them.
Face masks are required to be worn throughout the Mass.
When coming forward to receive Holy Communion, please make sure to leave 6 ft distance from the person in front of you. Reception is on the hand, and make sure you wear your face mask while you come forward to receive.
The temporary Mass schedule at this time is Saturday 5PM and Sunday 9AM. Masses will be added as needed and will be announced.
The dispensation from Sunday/Holy Day Mass obligations remains in effect (unless otherwise announced).
Live-streaming of Masses shall continue. Those uncomfortable attending the Mass indoors may follow the live-streamed Mass in their cars in the parking lot.
No public gatherings or greetings before or after Masses, at church entrances/exits or on parish property are permitted.
All missals, hymnals, printed materials, pamphlets, etc., will not be used. The readings, prayers, and lyrics of songs will be displayed on the white screen.
Sanitation of church before and after each Mass, using approved methods is mandatory.
Holy Water fonts or receptacles are to remain empty.
Restrooms are provided; they are sanitized regularly.
Our cantor will sing behind clear plexiglass when in front of the assembly. Choirs are not to be used. Congregational singing is discouraged to prevent any possible spread of COVID-19.
The usual presentation of offertory gifts and physical contact of any kind at the sign of peace is suspended.
CATHOLIC FUNERALS IN CHURCH
1. All directives for the celebration of the public “in Church” Masses are to be observed
Social distancing is to be maintained at all times and masks are to be worn
2. Number of persons present should follow directives for public “in Church” Masses, is 50 or less.
3. The use of the pall is suspended
4. Live-streaming of the Mass is permitted
5. Eulogy is omitted
6. For the committal, the number of persons in attendance should follow NJ State regulations for cemeteries and physical contact with those in attendance is prohibited
7. Memorial Masses may now be scheduled for those who lost family members during the quarantine.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Confessions will be heard outdoors Saturday 1-2P inside the church sacristy and by appointment by calling the rectory.
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.