All posts by Wynn Johanson

Food Pantry

The OLP Food Pantry has been very busy since it started handing out prepackaged bags on Tuesdays. The following items are in short supply and would be greatly appreciated: canned tomatoes, pasta sauce, canned vegetables and cereal. Donations are most welcome and may be dropped off at back door of Parish Hall, (driveway closest to Rectory) between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. or anytime in the Rectory Vestibule. Nonperishable items only please!

Thank you!

OLP Partial Opening!

The Archdiocese of Newark has implemented the opening of Churches in phases.
Phase one will begin on Monday, May 18th. The church will be open from 2 – 6 p.m for PRIVATE PRAYER and ADORATION. Masks must be worn. Please use sanitizer when entering, (If you have personal sanitizer please use it as supplies are hard to come by!) Social Distancing must be adhered to.
Holy Hour on Thursdays will start at 5 pm.
Confessions will be heard on Wednesdays from 3 – 6 p.m by appointment. Please call Valerie at 908 581 0468 or email secretary@olpnp.com to schedule. Confessions will only be Face to Face with a mask and 6 ft apart. Weather permitting, confessions will be heard outside.
We ask for your patience as we navigate these changes. I will post as soon as next phase begins. Peace.

St. Joe’s Grocery Bags/Sandwiches

St Joseph Social Service Center collects grocery items to help families of the
Center affected by the covid virus. They are currently collecting grocery bags filled with
specific items listed on their website @ “the emergency grocery bag project” section of
their website: @www.sjeliz.org . If you would like to help out, bags are taken weekly
to St. Joe’s from Berkeley Heights on Tuesdays. The drop off location is:  210 Lincoln Street.
Berkeley Heights. Bags may be left on the front porch for no contact donations.

Every Monday, Michael Savage collects sandwiches for St. Joe’s, St. John’s Soup Kitchen and other spots.  Click here for the bulletin on how to make the sandwiches.  Collection time is 1-2 pm in the OLP parking lot. He also accepts donations of non-perishable food for the OLP Food Pantry.

Bold Youth Ministry Prayer!

Here is a beautiful collage of encouragement from BOLD Youth Ministry! 
For a larger view,  you can click on the image below which takes you to Photo Galleries.  Then double click on that picture! Thanks to BOLD Youth Ministry for this inspiring collage!

                                 

New Updates- 4/26

From the OLP Parish Office:

IMPORTANT UPDATES:

Holy Hour will be live streamed on fb on Thursdays at 7 pm. Click here to go to fb.

Food Pantry Update 
The Food Pantry is opening its doors on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. They will have prepacked bags available at the curb for non-contact pick up. Donations are most welcome and may be dropped off at back door of Parish Hall, (driveway closest to Rectory) between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. or anytime in the Rectory Vestibule. Nonperishable items only please!

Bulletin Back on Website:
The weekly bulletin is back electronically. Click here to read it.

Sad News
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fr Frank Heinen on 4/14. Fr Frank was with us for many years and was instrumental in bringing Cornerstone to Our Lady of Peace. Please remember him in your prayers as I know we were always in his!
Rest in Peace, Father!

OLP Masses
OLP – Click here to go to facebook and see live streaming of our 12:10 Mon-Fri daily Mass, 8:30am Saturday Mass, Saturday 5 pm and noon Sunday Masses  The Masses can be viewed anytime on Facebook after the video has been posted.

OLP Country Fair  – Rescheduled to October 14-17th!!
The OLP Fair has been rescheduled to October 14-17th! we will continue to hold the 50/50 raffle. You can pick tickets up in the rectory vestibule. There is a window slot they you may return sold tickets to. You can also mail them in. If you’d like to send in a check with a paper with names and phone numbers we will be happy to make out tickets for you.

Since the office is closed, I will be unable to open the 2021 Mass book on April 15.

I pray my next post may have a happier message! 

Thank God we have our Faith 

Sandwiches for St. Joe’s Cancelled – 4/8
There will be no delivery of sandwiches to St. Joe’s from the OLP Sandwich Ministry in April.

Directives from Cardinal Tobin:
o Wakes and funerals must be postponed until further notice. There are no exceptions to this, regardless of the size of the group. Burials may take place with only the priest and one relative.
o All baptisms must be postponed until further notice with the exception of an extreme emergency.
o All weddings are postponed until further notice.
o The Sacrament of Reconciliation is suspended until further notice with the exception of an extreme emergency.
o All churches and adoration chapels must be closed and locked until further notice. Private prayer in any parish building must be discontinued until further notice.
o Parish offices must be closed until further notice. Employees who provide essential services should be limited and on staggered schedules.

There are many sources/websites to see the Mass on tv or on-line. 
OLP – Click here to go to facebook and each weekend see live streaming of our Saturday 5 pm and noon Sunday Masses  The Masses can be viewed anytime on fb.
The Archdiocese of Newark is live streaming Sunday Mass – click here to view
EWTN – various times on tv,  stream anytime
WLIW – Sunday Mass by the Passionists Community Sunday at 9 am  or stream anytime
Boston Catholic TV Network – stream anytime
Canadian TV Network – stream anytime

We will do our best to keep you informed via Facebook and the Website. The Post following this one will contain Mass Intentions, Prayer Requests, and Death Notifications. Please email secretary@olpnp.com or fill out the CONTACT THE PARISH FORM with any requests.

Online Mass Information

There are many sources/websites to see the Mass on tv or on-line:
OLP – Click here to go to facebook and each weekend see live streaming of our Saturday 5 pm and noon Sunday Masses  Weekday masses are now live streamed.  The Masses can be viewed anytime on fb.
The Archdiocese of Newark is live streaming Sunday Mass – click here to view
EWTN – various times
WLIW – Sunday Mass by the Passionists of the St. Paul of the Cross Province Sunday at 9 am  or stream anytime
Boston Catholic TV Network – stream anytime
Canadian TV Network – stream anytime

Prayer Shawls Available

Do you know someone who is suffering physically or mentally and could use some comfort? Consider giving them a prayer shawl. The Prayer Shawl Club has been tirelessly knitting beautiful shawls while praying. Each beautiful shawl comes in a gift bag with a prayer. They are free, just call the rectory. 908 464 7600.

Why Register as a Parishioner?

WHY REGISTER?
Every Catholic should be registered in a parish. Beside the active support and involvement that the registration enables, the parish registration is also a mandatory condition for many sacraments including Baptism and Matrimony. *It is therefore important to register at your local parish as soon as you start worshiping there regularly.
 You may request verification letters to sponsor individuals for sacraments,
receive sacraments yourself or your child (i.e. marriage, baptism).
 You will receive end-of-the-year tax contribution statements.
 The Archdiocese will know that our parish has a healthy base of registered,
supportive parishioners.

To register in the parish, please visit the Rectory or print out the

Parish-Registration-Form

on our website, fill it out and return it to the rectory.

*You are not automatically registered if you made your Sacraments here as a child or went to the school.

Volunteers Needed

If you are able to help in any of these areas, please contact the rectory 908 464-7600:

  • People to water Easter Plants. Please sign up in the Rectory to help on a Tuesday and/ or Friday: April 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, May 1, 5, and 8
  • Homeless Ministry needs volunteers to stay overnight when hosting – details in bulletin
  • Eucharistic Ministers for Sunday Mass
  • Spring Grove Eucharistic Ministers and helpers to set up for Monday Mass
  • Altar Servers for all masses
  • Lectors for all masses
  • Food Pantry – The Food Pantry Committee is in need of volunteers to help on every other Wednesdays as well as Substitutes for all days. 
  • Homeless Ministry needs volunteers to stay overnight when hosting
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry needs knitters and crocheters
  • Sacristy – Help is needed in keeping our Altar looking beautiful. Please consider giving an hour or so of your time on a Friday to help with the Altar candles and vessels used during Mass. If interested please contact the rectory.
  • People to water Easter Plants. Please sign up in the Rectory to help on a Tuesday and/ or Friday: April 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, May 1, 5, and 8.