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Resources in the Absence of a Public Mass

"As more Catholics around the world find themselves unable to receive the Eucharist due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis provided an example of a spiritual communion prayer that can be said from home." (Catholic News Agency)

A spiritual communion is a uniting of oneself to the Sacrifice of the Mass through prayer, and can be made whether one is able to receive Communion or not. http://www.stmatthias.net/connect/node/3626

Spiritual Communion Prayer

"As more Catholics around the world find themselves unable to receive the Eucharist due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis provided an example of a spiritual communion prayer that can be said from home." (Catholic News Agency)

A spiritual communion is a uniting of oneself to the Sacrifice of the Mass through prayer, and can be made whether one is able to receive Communion or not.

My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment

Stations of the Cross at St. Matthias

Placards for the Stations of the Cross have been placed both inside the church and outside surrounding the church in the event parishioners would like to pray the stations individually, either indoors or outdoors.

Also, live Stations were filmed inside the church have been posted on the website. The theme for the stations for 3/27/2020 is Praying the Stations with Faith and Courage

https://youtu.be/5s-EVnBLMHc

The website will be updated with new Stations on the last Friday in Lent next week, 4/3/2020.

Be Aware - Scammers pose as priests in texts/email, ask parishioners for gift cards, cash

We have been alerted once again that many parishioners of the Diocese have been targeted by fraudsters and it’s not just happening in New Jersey. The Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida and others also have reported the scam and the Texas attorney general issued a consumer alert about it. The alert indicates that the scammers are probably using information found on church websites or in online parish bulletins to trick parish members into parting with their cash.

State of NJ COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal

This is a portal created by the State of New Jersey for anyone that has been affected by reduction in hours or loss of work. Please feel free to share this with anyone that is in this current situation.

Please note that the listing of these businesses that are hiring are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered an endorsement of services provided.

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving residents of New Jersey during the outbreak.

Cancellation of Carnival 2020 and the Super 50/50

Cancellation of Carnival 2020 and the Super 50/50
 
Due to the current medical situation, the carnival for this year must be cancelled. This includes the super 50/50 raffle.  This decision was made to avoid any further expense to the parish for the set up expenses.  We appreciate all of the efforts so many of you have made for the carnival in the past and we pray for your health and well being during this difficult time.

For Information on 'Resident Helping Residents'

'Resident Helping Residents' is a newly formed grassroots bipartisan effort to support Franklin township residents who are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak. Their website allows people to reach out if they have a particular need and can't/shouldn't get out because of their medical history. The link below will take you to their website for more information.

Watch both Fr. Abraham's homily and the Sunday Mass for March 22, 2020

Watch two videos -- Fr. Abraham's Sunday homily and the Sunday Mass at St. Matthias for March 22, 2020, by clicking on the two corresponding banners.

St. Matthias Updates

All public Masses throughout the Diocese of Metuchen are temporarily suspended beginning March 18 and will resume no earlier than April 3, 2020, when the situation will be re-evaluated as circumstances unfold. See the Diocese of Metuchen website, diometuchen.org, for complete diocesan information.

St. Matthias Church will remain open from 8am - 7pm M-F and on Sunday, and 10am - 7pm Saturday.