VATICAN – Friday March 27, 2020, Pope Francis will impart the Urbi et Orbi Blessing from St. Peter’s Basilica in the presence of the miraculous Crucifix from the Church of San Marcello al Corso*.

The blessing will be at 6:00 PM Roman Time which is 1:00 PM Eastern.

* The Holy Father made a pilgrimage to this Church to pray before the Crucifix.    The Crucifix has been moved to St. Peter’s for this occasion.  The Crucifix has been considered miraculous because it survived a devastating fire in 1519, the only object in the Church not reduced to ash.  Three years later during the Black Plague it was processed through Rome for 14 days and the plague ended.  Pope Francis invites us to pray with him and receive his special blessing on this day.  A Plenary Indulgence is being granted to those who participate in the blessing.


Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.,        Saturday 8:00 a.m.


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Prayer 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.

Last year, toward the end of the Season of Lent, I was privileged to give a reflection during a performance of Faure’s Requiem at St. James in Pennington. The choirs of both St. James Catholic Church and Pennington Presbyterian Church performed the Requiem under the direction of Alicia Brozovich who coordinates our music here on Saturday Evening and Megan Coiley, who has been here many times as a cantor and organist. The videos are from Youtube, and are in order of performance and I hope this will add to your Lenten reflections, as we unfortunately spend the end of this season unable to attend worship services and Masses ourselves.

Print the Program Guide below and then click the Lenten Prayer Service and follow along.

Faure Program Guide Lenten Prayer Service

Bishop issues additional restrictions 3/27/2020

LATEST FROM OUR BISHOP  – In light of the Corona Virus Pandemic we are experiencing, Bishop of Trenton, David M. O’Connell, C.M. offers this video message of hope and love to the faithful of the Diocese of Trenton.

Bishop’s decree announces livestreaming and postponements for Holy Week liturgies


Please read and share with parishioners who do not have email addresses. We still can reach each other by phone. If you have an email and did not receive this note please send us your email address to:

Our Pastor, Fr. Mike’s – Email to the Parish, 3/20/2020.

Our Pastor, Fr. Mike’s – Email to the Parish, 3/26/2020.


The parish office is closed but open for phone and emergency calls. Most of what would need to be done can be handled over the phone, including Mass Cards and Certificates of Eligibility.

The Parish Office # is

(609) 882-3277 x. 3.

You can also email us at

Stay safe and healthy and know our prayers are with you. Fr. Mike

Click link for Stations of Cross you may pray at home.

Click this link to view You Tube – The Stations of the Cross with Father Reed (from the Catholic TV Network)



6:30 P.M.

The sacrament will be celebrated in the Church Cry room where we can practice appropriate social distancing.

Parish Events

Friday,  Stations suspended. See links above.

Saturday, The Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place 4:00 PM. The sacrament will be celebrated in the Church Cry room where we can practice appropriate social distancing. Appointment confessions are available as well, email or call at (609)882-3277 x 4

Sunday, Masses are temporarily closed. Fr. Mike Will be Live Streaming Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. and Daily Mass from our OLGC  Face Book Page. Click the Face Book Icon at top/side of  this web page to join us.

Religious Education Classes: CLOSED

Diocesan Resources

Federal Government Resources                              State Government Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)                 New Jersey Department of Health

National Institutes of Health (NIH)                                              Mercer County Health Dept.

40 Cans for Lent

           Our Social Services Committee invites everyone to participate in this outreach program throughout the Lenten season.  Instead of giving up something for Lent, consider giving out something.  As Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights, we will be collecting and delivering canned goods to our local charities to help with the nutritional needs of needy families in the Trenton area. The idea is to donate one canned food item for each day of Lent, or 40 cans.

Please leave your donated cans of fruit, soup, or vegetables in the designated area of the Rectory Garage, which we will deliver to Mount Carmel Guild and Catholic Charities of Trenton.

You don’t have to wait until the end of Lent to bring your donation to the Church. You may donate as often as you would like; one-can-per-day, once a week, or whenever you visit the Church.  Whatever you can give is greatly appreciated.


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