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Usually around this time, we are remarking about how quickly (or slowly) Lent is passing by. “It will be Holy Week before we know it!” But this year is different. The demands of public health and of our love for our neighbor bid us NOT to gather for Sunday Mass. Rather, we will remain separated in order to stay healthy and to keep others from getting sick. This is our Lent of counter-intuitive fasting, staying home rather than going to Mass, which we do out of love for one another. What, then, are we to do? May I make two humble suggestions?

First, since we cannot gather at church, make a place in your home where you can pray (as an individual, as a couple or as a family). Place a nice napkin on a small table or shelf. Adorn it with a crucifix or a Bible and, perhaps, a plant (that wonderful symbol of new life in the spring). A candle may be there, too, safely lit. This becomes your place to go to or to gather.

Second, if you have a missal or our Lenten Little Black Book, or Magnificat, or Give Us This Day, read aloud the prayers and readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent. If you do not have any of these, go to your Bible or go on the internet:  http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032920.cfm

First Reading: Ezekiel 37: 12-14
Psalm Response: Psalm 130: 1-8
Second Reading: Romans 8: 8-11
Gospel: John 11: 1-45

Pause for a moment and reflect, asking yourself, or asking one another, “What do I hear God saying to me in these readings?”

Finally, stand and pray from your heart in your own words, asking God to bless and keep safe your family, your friends, your parish, your church, your country, your world and yourself.

And when you go to bed, thank God for loving you and for loving us all!

You are all in my prayers.

Remember, although we are separated, we are all in this together.


House of Charity/Bishop’s annual Appeal
We are encouraging all parishioners who have not yet donated to make their gifts online, which is the most efficient way for your gift to be processed.

You can access the online giving portal by using this link: https://16042.thankyou4caring.org/

Please be sure to designate St. Thomas More as your parish.  Our Parish Goal is $120,247.00

Thank you for your generosity to our NEIGHBORS in south Jersey

Our Pastor and Clergy:

Rev. Msgr. Roger McGrath, Administrator

Sr. Ann Byrnes, RSM., Pastoral Associate

Office: (856) 424-3212
Fax: (856) 424-2411
Email: sthomasmore@comcast.net

A Coronavirus Prayer
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process.  May they know your protection and peace.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us.

- From America Magazine

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