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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.

The Parish Office is closed but please call the main number as needed, (732) 828-1400. If necessary, to reach a particular staff member, see the bulletin staff email addresses. Staff members are working from home and checking email.

Group Friday Stations are cancelled; however, the church will be open Friday for prayer or in the event individuals would like to pray the stations. Stations were filmed today in our church and will be uploaded for the remaining Friday's of Lent. Stations placards have been posted in the church and around the church with the outdoor stations.

Here are highlights from the Diocese of Metuchen announcement which you can link to below.

Adoration and Private Prayer
Church remains open for private prayer. The faithful are encouraged to engage social distancing practices and if possible to wipe down their space where they were praying with disinfectant. Adoration at St. Matthias has been suspended for now due to the State Govt restrictions on the number of people that can gather at once.

Temporary Suspension of Penance Services
The Sacrament of Penance will remain available according to need for now, but public Penance Services will not be conducted. St. Matthias confessions take place on Saturdays from 11am until Noon.

Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
All baptisms are postponed except in the case of emergency. All weddings are postponed. Public funeral Masses are now prohibited by the Governor’s executive order. The Diocese has provided special guidance on burials. Please contact Frs. Abraham or Joe in the Parish Office for more information.

Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will remain available for true emergencies. Contact the Parish Office as necessary.

First Penance, First Communion and Confirmation
Since the celebration of First Penance, First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation draws large crowds, these sacraments will be temporarily postponed in the Diocese of Metuchen until after Easter and will be re-scheduled after that time.

Temporary Closure of Catholic Schools and Religious Education Programs
All Catholic schools in the Diocese of Metuchen will remain closed as mandated by the State of New Jersey.
All religious education programs are suspended with at-home work provided by the local parish leaders where possible.

Continuation of Catholic Social and Charitable Outreach
For Catholic social and charitable outreach programs and services in the Diocese of Metuchen please check the diocesan website.

Palm Sunday, Holy Week, the Sacred Triduum, and Easter
Instructions for the celebration of Palm Sunday, Holy Week, the Sacred Triduum and Easter will be issued by Decree of the Bishop in the near future.

Call to Prayer
Since we cannot face this alone, we are entrusting this whole situation to our Blessed Mother, under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe through her Son, to whom our diocese was recently consecrated, and encourage you to join us in praying this prayer:

Our Lady of Guadalupe, mother of God
and of the people of Metuchen:
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We rely on you, Health of the Sick,
you who, at the cross, united with Jesus’ pain,
keeping steadfast your faith.
You, Salvation of God’s people,
you know what we need
and we are sure that you will provide for us,
as at Cana of Galilee,
after the adversity of these days,
may joy and celebration return.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do what we are told by Jesus,
who has taken our suffering upon Himself
and has burdened Himself with our sorrows
to lead us through the cross, to the joy of resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, Holy Mother of God,
Our Lady of Guadalupe, we seek refuge,
hear our prayer and intercede for us to the Father
so that we may be free from every danger,
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

https://www.diometuchen.org/coronavirus-directives