Below you will find the most current information regarding the
Church of the Holy Rosary, including matters related to CoVid-19.
Announcements contained within the bulletins — because of their advanced publication dates — may be inconsistent with this page. When in doubt, refer to the information as it appears below.
Archdiocese of Newark Reopening Directives: Effective May 17, 2020, we entered into Phase One of a three-phase plan to reopen the parishes. Please note the following:
- Public celebrations of liturgies, devotions, or other group prayer remain prohibited during Phase One. Accordingly, Cardinal Tobin continues to dispense the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday as well as from “Easter duty” (the obligation to receive Holy Communion during the season of Easter).
- Cardinal Tobin will continue to celebrate Mass each Sunday at 12 p.m. (Eastern Time) by livestream. The Mass can be accessed on the archdiocesan parish support website: www.rcan.org/parishsupport and on archdiocesan social media @NwkArchdiocese.
- Churches may be opened solely for personal prayer during limited and designated hours. Chapels remain closed.
- As designated by Father Jose, Holy Rosary will be open daily from 10:00am to 12:00pm for private prayer. Please keep in mind:
- No gatherings are permitted (within the Church or on Church property).
- Masks must be worn by all individuals while in the Church.
- A maximum of ten (10) people may be in attendance at any given time.
- Out of respect for others who may be waiting to enter the Church, please be mindful of the length of your visit.
- Individuals and families must maintain social distancing (six feet) between each person while in the Church.
In accord with national, state and local health directives, those who show symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to an infected person are not permitted to enter the Church for 14 days.
Sunday Bulletins: Copies of the Sunday bulletins are available on this website. However, if you find it more convenient, you can now sign up to have the bulletin delivered directly to your email inbox. Click HERE to either access the bulletin on this website, or to subscribe for weekly bulletins via email.
Support the Parish During this Difficult Time: While the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected our normal operations, the expenses to operate the parish remains. Accordingly, we have now made it possible to support the Church of the Holy Rosary through OneParish Online Giving. Registering is quick and easy. Click HERE for details.
You can also support the parish by contributing though the GoFundMe initiative of the Archdiocese of Newark. Click HERE to access our GoFundMe page.
First Friday Adoration: The First Friday Adoration has been suspended until further notice.
Parish Center: The Cardinal has also instructed the closing of Parish Offices until further notice. The Holy Rosary Parish email is being monitored remotely. You may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive a response within 24 hours. Please refer to this website frequently for updates.
Feeding the Homeless: In adherence to the Archdiocese guidelines, Holy Rosary’s “Feeding the Homeless“ program is suspended until further notice.
Food Pantry: In adherence to the Archdiocese guidelines, Holy Rosary’s food pantry is closed until further notice. For donations to the food pantry, click HERE.
Updated Directives Regarding Catholic Cemeteries
of the Archdiocese of Newark
Cardinal Tobin and the Archdiocesan leadership team continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and to aggregate guiding information from federal, state and local officials. Based on the latest information shared publicly, following are updated directives regarding Catholic Cemeteries approved by Cardinal Tobin for the Archdiocese of Newark.
· Up to 10 family members are permitted to attend a burial service. (Previously two family members only were permitted.) Until further notice, all committal services are limited to immediate family only and not to exceed the recommendations of New Jersey Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and Administrative Order 2020-04, that gatherings of 10 persons or fewer are permitted.
· Cemetery visitation will be permitted weekdays, Monday through Saturday, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., after all interments are completed.
· All persons entering archdiocesan cemetery and mausoleum premises must wear a facemask and practice social distancing as per the state’s mandate. Signs will be posted in cemeteries.
We urge all to please adhere to these guidelines for the protection of all. It would be disappointing to all if prior restrictions were reinforced if state and local mandates are not followed.
Additional Spiritual Guidance During the Pandemic
Relevant Radio is offering daily Mass on the radio and streamed video live via the app and online at www.relevantradio.com. The Rosary is 8 PM nightly and our Divine Mercy Chapel daily at 4 PM. Both the chapel and Rosary offer the chance for listeners to call and offer prayer intentions. Here is a direct link to the Mass feed/video: https://relevantradio.com/faith/daily-mass-video/
Magnificat: During this difficult time, the online version of Magnificat is temporarily available to everyone for free through this link: www.magnificat.com/free. Free temporary access is also available in Spanish: www.magnificat.com/gratis.
Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi Blessing: On Friday, March 27, our Holy Father Pope Francis led an extraordinary moment of prayer amid the coronavirus pandemic. If you did not have an opportunity to see the blessing live, please click HERE.
LPI: Given the current circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus, LPI has offered parishioners a FREE resource to enjoy their Sunday Reflections online. Please click the following link, or embed it into your browser, to access their site. https://www.4lpi.com/blog/gods-loving-plan/
Help for Seniors
(The following is courtesy of the Borough of Edgewater. http://www.edgewaternj.org/).
For seniors 60 and over concerned about leaving their homes during the COVID-19 outbreak to shop for groceries and/or pick up medication, Brianna Greenberg, Care Coordinator, Bergen County Department of Human Services/Division of Senior Services, reports that Umbrella is available to make sure that everyone is able to get the supplies they need during this difficult time. Umbrella can take a high volume of requests and mobilize helpers to fulfill them quickly (while minimizing contact to support social distancing). They can place online orders for non-digital seniors or if wait times are too long, they can match them with a local volunteer who can grocery shop on their behalf. They are waiving the membership needed at this time.
Umbrella is only taking a small processing fee of $6 per order to cover call center costs.
For more information, individuals should visit https://www.askumbrella.com/covid-response.
For more information on the additional fee for services provided by Umbrella, visit www.askumbrella.com
CCD: All CCD classes are suspended until further notice.
Department of Admissions—Saint Joseph Regional High School: St. Joseph Regional High School is currently accepting qualified applicants for admission to the Class of 2024 Knights Bridge Academy. This is a unique academic program that helps graduating 8th grade boys who could benefit from another year of preparation before beginning 9th grade. Please click HERE for details. A PDF of their flyer is available HERE.
Beefsteak Luncheon: The luncheon which was previously scheduled for March 29 was postponed until further notice. If you already purchased a ticket, please bring it to the Parish Center once normal business hours resume for a refund. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Blue Army Bus Trip: The Holy Rosary Parish bus trip to the Blue Army Shrine in Washington, NJ, previously scheduled for June 6, 2020, has been cancelled. If you already purchased a ticket, please come to the Parish Center once normal business hours resume for a refund.