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NEW:  ST. CLEMENT MASS FOR 5TH SUNDAY OF LENT

We have produced a video for the 5th Sunday of Lent at St. Clement’s.  Please click on the link below after preparing yourself for this by following the guidelines listed here:

1.  Dispose yourself properly before beginning.  Be in silence.  Maybe light a candle and put it on the table near you.

2.  Remove distractions.  Turn off or silence any electronic devices.

3.  Pray the act of Spiritual Communion, preferably at the time of Communion.

The Act of Spiritual Communion

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 receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  I embrace You as if You were already there and

unite myself wholly to You.  Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

St. Clement 5th Sunday of Lent

We will attempt to continue the practice of providing video of all Sunday and Holy Days to the extent possible.

EVERY PENNY COUNTS

For those that are able, please remember your church during this most difficult time. It would be greatly appreciated if you could either mail in your weekly contribution or join our online giving program (information on this program is included in this website).

UPDATE FROM 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

ALL ACTIVITIES IN THE PARISH OF ST. CLEMENT ARE SUSPENDED

Our Pastor, Father Thomas Vala, has announced that all activities in the parish of St. Clement, including Confessions and Stations of the Cross, are suspended until further notice.

ALL MASSES WITHIN THE DIOCESE OF TRENTON ARE SUSPENDED THROUGH EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 12

All public Masses, including weekday, throughout the Diocese of Trenton, will be temporarily suspended though Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.  That date is subject to change as the coronavirus evolves.  In accordance with the guidelines from the Pope at the Holy See in Rome, masses will be celebrated throughout Holy Week with no congregation.  Live-streaming or video viewing will be used wherever technically feasible.

We continue to encourage the faithful to stay informed through our diocesan communications online at:  https://dioceseoftrenton.org/coronavirus

BISHOP O’CONNELL HAS ISSUED A DISPENSATION FROM SUNDAY MASS

Bishop David O’Connell of the Diocese of Trenton:  “I am granting a DISPENSATION from the OBLIGATION to attend weekend/Sunday mass to all the Catholic faithful until further notice.  I recommend that the faithful pray and take advantage of/participate in Holy Mass as broadcast on television.”

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE HAS BEEN SENT OUT BY BISHOP O’CONNELL

Bishop O’Connell has sent out a message to all parishes in the Diocese of Trenton about the upcoming Lenten Season.  Please click on the link to read this important message.   Letter from Bishop O’Connell

Information from the Monitor – Click on the Link below (NEW AS OF February 22)

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AN EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE BEFORE MAKING A CONFESSION:  The Diocese of Trenton has sent this link to all parishes to help parishioners before making a Confession  Examination of Conscience

FLOCKNOTE:  You are invited to join Flocknote and get information from our parish by email or text message.  In winter months, changes to the mass schedule will appear on the website and via Flocknote message – to join, click on this link FLOCKNOTE

REGISTRATION INTO OUR PARISH:  To register yourself in the St. Clement community, the Parish Registration form is here:  REGISTRATION 

LITURGY OF THE WORD:  MASS READINGS FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK

Thursday, March 26 – Lenten Thursday:  Exodus 32:7-14; Gospel of John 5:31-47

Friday, March 27 – Lenten Friday:  Wisdom 2:1a,12-22; Gospel of John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Saturday, March 28 – Lenten Saturday:  Jeremiah 11:18-20; Gospel of John 7:40-53

Sunday, March 29 – Fifth Sunday of Lent:  Ezekiel 37:12-14; Romans 8:8-11; Gospel of John 11:1-45

Monday, March 30 – Lenten Monday:  Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62; Gospel of John 8:1-11

Tuesday, March 31 – Lenten Tuesday:  Numbers 21:4-9; Gospel of John 8:21-30

Wednesday, April 1 – Lenten Wednesday:  Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95; Gospel of John 8:31-42

Thursday, April 2 – Memorial of St. Francis of Paola:  Genesis 17:3-9; Gospel of John 8:51-59

Friday, April 3 – Lenten Friday:  Jeremiah 20:10-13; Gospel of John 10:31-42

Saturday, April 4 – Lenten Saturday:  Ezekiel 37:21-28; Gospel of John 11:45-56

Sunday, April 5 – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord:  Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Gospel of Matthew 21:1-11

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS

For the second time this year, our parish has been targeted by scammers trying to have money sent to them by calling, texting or emailing our parishioners.  Please be aware that no priest,deacon or religious person would ever use these communication methods to solicit money from you.  Be aware of this and if you do get a message like that contact the parish office via email to admin@stclementmatawan.org so we can track the number of such contacts.  Thank you and be on guard.

New Jersey Independent Victims Compensation Program

The Diocese of Trenton – along with the other Roman Catholic dioceses in New Jersey – has established an Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) to compensate those who, as minors, were sexually abused by a priest or deacon of the Diocese. The IVCP is now open to claims.

The IVCP is independently administered by experienced victim compensation experts Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros. Mr. Feinberg was the plan administrator for the Federal 9/11 victim compensation program, as well as the Boston Marathon bombing compensation program.

The IVCP will handle the submission, evaluation and resolution of individual claims, and will operate independently of the Diocese or any Church-affiliated institution.  The administrators of the IVCP will have complete autonomy to determine the eligibility of a claim with the guidelines of the established Protocol. The amount of compensation for those who make a claim will be determined by the IVCP administrators.  All victims – no matter when the abuse occurred – are eligible to participate, and all matters will be handled confidentially.

Victims of clergy sexual abuse of a minor can begin the process of utilizing the program by going to www.njdiocesesivcp.com and reviewing the Protocol for submitting a claim.

Anyone who was sexually victimized as a minor by a priest or deacon of the Diocese is strongly encouraged to participate in the IVCP.  The Diocese also asks that anyone who knows of someone who was abused to pass along this information to the victim so that he or she is aware of the IVCP.

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