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From the (New) Pastor’s Desk

A Most Unusual Summer

Dear Parishioners,
It is hard for me to believe that we are more than halfway through July and I have not been to the beach even once. I am something of a beach bum since I was a young child. Growing up in Wildwood, I was frequently taken to the beach in the morning/afternoon and to the boardwalk in the evening with a babysitter, while my parents operated their hotel/restaurant business. That is, until I was old enough to work. Then, like most of the population in this seasonal resort town, I would tackle one or two jobs to earn tuition for Catholic school and to accumulate some spending money for the rest of the year.

Throughout the course of my life I have worked various summer jobs. Growing up in the restaurant business, I did everything from busboy, to waiter, to dishwasher, to short-order and prep cook, to cashier, to maître ‘d or host. Then I worked for a few years as a short order cook at the Wildwood Diner—the 7 to 3 shift (making breakfast and lunch). I was employed as a checker (cashier) at the A&P Markets and in the deli for ShopRite. During my seminary days, I drove a truck and did some sales for the Wildwood Paper Company. But enough about my ancient past. The last thirty-three years have been as an ordained Roman Catholic priest.

Once a week, I usually spend an overnight with my mom who has a condo in North Wildwood. I check up on her, do some errands, cook a few meals, and keep her company. During the quarantine, I went three entire months without visiting her. Since she is now eighty-six, I think it is ever-so-important to spend some precious time with her. It is strange trying to get to know people in the parish as they are introduced to me with their face masks/coverings hiding their appearances. Don’t people intentionally wear masks to rob banks? It’s going to be hard for me to remember people’s faces under the current conditions and restrictions . Please be patient!

I have felt like I was living behind the iron curtain for my first week—no internet, no TV and poor cellular service in the rectory. I have had little contact with the outside world. The internet and TV should be installed this week. As for the cellular service . . . that’s another story. I have often thought that I might like being a monk. Maybe I need to re-think this? I have been warned many times to be careful of what I pray for because I might get it.

I will be spending some time getting to know the life and rhythm of the parish, unpacking my stuff and finding my way in this new locality. This part of Camden County is not as familiar to me as other parts of the Camden Diocese.

I probably echo the sentiment of many when I say that I hope things will return to some regularity or normalcy sometime soon. However, there is one thing that I am assured of despite the uncertainty of our times: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13: 8).

Everything else seems to be something of a crap-shoot these days.
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Saturday 4:30 PM - Sunday 8:30 and 11:00 AM

Confessions Sat. 3:30 – 4:00 PM (Office Entrance Ring Bell)
Daily Mass 9:00 AM in the Church

Eucharistic Adoration will be after the 9:00 AM Daily Mass until 4:00 PM (Mon.-Thurs. / Friday until Noon)

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FINANCIAL REPORT TO THE PARISHIONERS FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR AND STAFF
Our Stay at Home protocol response to the Coronavirus Pandemic seriously impacts our parish financial situation. Current State of New Jersey restrictions may well extend through the end of May and even into June. These include the inability for large gatherings including Sunday Mass. Since we depend almost exclusively on your offertory donations at Mass for our parish support, this results in a significant drop in anticipated revenue. Many of you have most thoughtfully anticipated this and have continued your online giving or mailed in your Easter and regular Sunday contributions. For this, we are extremely grateful!
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PASTORAL REPORT TO THE PARISHIONERS FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR AND STAFF FOR APRIL 2020
Our current reality of the Coronavirus Pandemic calls us to be creative in caring for the spiritual needs of you, our parish family, and at the same time communicating to you our care and concern. In addition, the everyday operations of the parish need to be addressed on a regular basis. This also involves the financial aspects of the parish and care of the parish physical plant. The following is a report of steps taken in all these areas.
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