• Our Patroness - Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Welcome to the Parish of St. Teresa of Calcutta!

Reflection on today’s readings from Father Dean
April 6, 2020
In today’s first reading the prophet Isaiah tells Israel that God made a covenant with them so that they could be a light to all the nations.
However, Israel failed in its mission so God sent his Son who did indeed become a light to all the nations. Opening the eyes of the blind, releasing those imprisoned and bringing those in darkness into the light.One thing I am going to really miss this Easter is the fire for the vigil. It symbolizes the resurrection. The paschal candle symbolizes the Risen Christ. We light the paschal candle from the fire and then bring it into the darkened church showing that the light of Christ’s resurrection scatters the darkness of sin and death. Then the candles that the people are holding are lit from the paschal candle showing that now by virtue of our baptism it is our job to scatter the darkness of this world through our words and actions.Just as God made a covenant with Israel to be a light to the nations, Jesus at the Last Supper made a new covenant with us so that with the help of his Spirit we would succeed in living as God calls us to live and by bringing his light into the world.During this pandemic there are people who are blind to Christ, who feel imprisoned and confined to darkness.  It is important for us to be people of the light.  To point them to Christ by our words and actions.  By our faith and hope in this difficult time.  God bless!!Father Dean
Reflection on today’s readings from Father Dean
April 5, 2020
I just wanted to let everyone know Bishop David will be saying Palm Sunday mass at 11:30 at St. Rose you can stream it here: https://facebook.com/TrentonMonitor/posts/2975729119158452
I have been saying mass everyday (including today) by myself and I have been praying for the parish, for the sick and dying, and for an end to this pandemic.  I can’t tell you how much I miss celebrating mass and preaching in front of a congregation.
I’m sure this has been the strangest lent any of us have ever experienced.  I personally have felt alone, frustrated, sometimes depressed quarantined in the rectory.  But at the same time this has been the best Lent ever for me.  I have never given up more, done more spiritual reading and prayer, had to totally focus myself on God to help me deal with what is going on in the world.  We all have been forced to realize that life is precious and passing but we need not fear but turn to our Lord, repent of our sins and believe in the good news!  With a life centered around faith there is nothing to fear!!!
I am sorry If I have seemed absent over these past days.  I told my mother I am not a good wartime priest.  But I know I need to get over my fears and anxieties and try to be a good pastor.
God bless all of you in this difficult time!! Try this week to immerse yourself in the passion of our Lord to prepare for the joy of Easter Sunday.  Jesus promised us a joy that the world cannot give.  A joy that we possess is the midst of trials and struggles because we know that God loves us and life has meaning and purpose and direction.  God has a plan! So keep the faith!
Father Dean

 

Church  Hours:

 

Per MANDATE of our Bishop, the church will be closed to the public at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday,  April  1  FOR ALL PURPOSES and will remain closed to the public until further notice.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

This action is out of an abundance of caution on the advice of public health officials and for the health and safety of all the faithful and for everyone’s protection. 

 

Please pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, for all the deceased, for all those suffering from the illness, all the health care workers, for all the medical researchers, and for each other and for all the world; and for a speedy return to normalcy.  God bless.

 

Palms will not be distributed during the Palm Sunday weekend.  Palms will be distributed at a later date to be announced.

The Parish of St. Teresa of Calcutta is a Roman Catholic parish, under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Trenton, serving the Jersey Shore communities of Avon by the Sea, Bradley Beach, Neptune, Neptune City, and neighboring areas. Our Parish community was formed on July 1st, 2018 by uniting the Church of the Ascension, Bradley Beach, with St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Avon by the Sea. We hope to meet you at one of our community churches as we walk hand in hand, united in Christ, doing the Lord’s good work here along coastal New Jersey and beyond.

A Message from Father Dean

We want to express our gratitude to all our parishioners who continue to send in their weekly offertory envelopes. It is greatly appreciated especially during this time of crisis. We have several ways you are able to make your contributions. You can mail it, drop it off in the rectory mailbox or you can do online giving. May God continue to Bless each one of you. 

Online Giving

More families these days are paying their bills online and not writing checks. If you wish to go “green,” visit our   Parish website at www.stocp.org and click the Parish Giving icon. You can set up weekly, monthly, or a one-time contribution to the Parish of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  Any questions please call the rectory 732-774-0456.

 

All parishes are suspended from celebrating public Masses until further notice.  The church is open daily for those who wish to go there to pray privately.  Please watch Sunday Mass on television.  There is also a website that is televising Mass each day .

https://wordonfire.org/daily-mass

HOLY THURSDAY

Televised or live-stream broadcasts should be live (not recorded).

The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan websites at 7 pm on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

GOOD FRIDAY

The Commemoration/Celebration of the Lord’s Passion will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan websites at 3 pm on Friday, April 10, 2020.

HOLY SATURDAY

The Easter Vigil will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan websites at 7 pm on Saturday, April 11, 2020.

EASTER SUNDAY

Mass for Easter Sunday will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan websites at 10 am on Sunday, April 12, 2020.

 

 

Click the link below

Live Stream

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities is fully operational at a heightened state of precaution, accommodating social distancing. To access our services or learn how the changes affect our clients via the internet type Https://www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org/catholic-charities-coronovirus-pandemic/ or call our Help Line 1-800-360-7711

 

 

The Parish Office will be closed until further notice for the protection and safety of all. Please leave a message if you wish to speak to any staff members. We will respond as soon as possible.You can reach us at 732-774-0456.

 

The Bulletin will be available online.

 

Easter Flower Envelopes

Due to the current situation with the Coronavirus we will not be able to have Easter  Flowers in the Churches.  Therefore; will not be able to accept Easter Flower envelopes.

Mass Intentions

There is still plenty availability to have a mass said for your loved ones through year end.  You can mail in your request to the rectory; 501  Brinley Ave, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720; please include the Worship Site, the mass day and time along  with a phone  number to reach you.  Please also include who it should be for and also who it should be requested by. Please let me know if you need a card, I can place one in the mail to you.  All masses are $10.00.

 

Coronavirus Update

Religion Education Classes held on Sunday’s  are canceled. The students will home school.

Catholic Daughters Steak and Bake schedule for May 1st has been canceled.

Women’s Bible Study will be postponed until further notice.

 

Click the link below to see the monitor news briefs

Monitor news briefs for March 2020-1

Monitor news briefs for March 2020-2

FLOCKNOTE

If you have not signed up for Flocknote yet please go to our website and at the bottom of the page click on Flocknote and it will guide you on signing up. It is important that we get as many people as possible to sign up for this so that we can contact you in the event of a closure due to weather and other events that are going on in our parish.