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Welcome to Ascension Parish!

RE-OPENING THE CHURCH
May 14, 2020

Dear Ascension Parishioner,
This week, the Archdiocese has offered parishes the opportunity for parishioners to enter the church for private prayer beginning on May 17, subject to strict guidelines and protocols. While we miss you all very much, we are greatly concerned about the health and safety of our parishioners. In consultation with our staff, we unanimously agreed that opening our church at this time, would put too many people at risk. We do not have the resources on hand yet (i.e. hand sanitizers) to provide healthy indoor protocols at this time.
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NOVENA PRAYER FOR PENTECOST

Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with your love.
Set our ilves aflame with your gifts.
Grant us Wisdom to choose what is good and true;
Understanding to embrace your plan of salvation;
Right Judgment to act according to your will;
Courage to share our faith with others;
Knowldege to live as disciples of Jesus Christ;
Reverence to respond faithfully to your grace each day;
and Wonder and Awe in your presence.
Inspire us with enthusiasm for our Catholic faith.
Grant us boldness to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ,
and help us to bring the transforming power of the Gospel to our world.
We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen

NOTICE
As a reminder, Cardinal Tobin has granted dispensation from in-person Mass attendance until the COVID-19 health crisis is abated. All parishioners are encouraged to avail themselves of technology to participate in the live-streaming of Mass and to remain united in prayer for our communities and beyond.

For a list of local parish livestreams, visit www.rcan.org/parishsupport and click on the “Parish Livestreams” tab. This website also allows the faithful an opportunity to exercise their stewardship of their parish and to support parishes in need.

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In a show of solidarity among the faithful and as a common call to prayer during this pandemic, especially for people directly affected by illness, Cardinal Tobin urges all pastors and parishes in the Archdiocese to ring church bells simultaneously at noon daily until further notice. At that time, all are urged to pray the words of the ancient prayer, "Sub Tuum Praesidium:"

Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God; In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

STAY UPDATED
For the most up-to-date resources and information about the Archdiocese of Newark’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, visit www.rcan.org/covid19 or our archdiocesan social media channels @NwkArchdiocese. As we continue this holiest week of our liturgical year, please be assured of our prayers for you and your family.

SHINING THE LIGHT OF CHRIST
Through your support of the Annual Appeal the Archdiocese of Newark is able to form the next generation of leaders, to welcome those on the margins, and finally to provide the resources so that our parishes can flourish. Your gift to the Annual Appeal is and always will be used for the reasons intended, to serve the mission of the church and nothing more.

There are many ways to make a gift to the Annual Appeal including our website https://www.rcan.org/ways-to-give. There you can also see the areas your gift will support and learn more about our programs and ministries. Be sure to select our parish from the drop-down box under "Parish Information."

PLEASE NOTE:
Catholic Charities Bins To Open Again
Sentinel Management has notified Catholic Charities that our Donation Bins are anticipated to be open as of May 18th. We are grateful for your patience and look forward to your continued support. We need clothing, small appliances, shoes, linens, sheets, towels, stuffed animals, novels, toys, knickknacks, and children’s books.
We pray for an end of this virus in our society and throughout the world. Thank you with all our heart.
Thank you.

ATTENDING MASS AND OTHER PRAYERS AND DEVOTIONS VIRTUALLY? MAKE A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION:

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to possess You within my soul.
Since I am unable at this moment to receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as being already there, and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES

CARDINAL JOSEPH W. TOBIN, ARCHBISHOP OF NEWARK - PRIORITY COMMUNICATION
As an Archdiocese, we are committed to helping our people in whatever ways we can including by live-streaming Masses and other prayers and devotions. To the extent that we can, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to grow in faith and receive the consolation of the Word of God and the Church’s prayer.

As Pope Francis has said, "To the pandemic of the virus we want to respond with the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness. Let us stay united. Let us make those who are alone and tested feel our closeness."

ASCENSION PARISH, NEW MILFORD - COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Ascension Church Staff continues to monitor the updates on the Corvid19 outbreak in an effort to keep our parishioners' health and safety a priority and to report what we are doing at our parish.

ALL WEEKDAY AND SUNDAY MASES ARE SUSPENCED EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY Pursuant to the directive of Cardinal Tobin

Father David will continue to live stream Mass at 9am, Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, and Sunday Mass at 10am. Via our Facebook page, please watch for any important announcements.

While our parish priest and staff are available to serve our parishioners, we also must take precautions and be prudent. To that end, until further notice our parish center offices will be CLOSED to the public. You may e-mail the parish office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We will respond ASAP.

Most of our parish office activities such as Mass intentions, sacramental records, as well as inquiries regarding Religious Education, Baptisms, Weddings and Funeral arrangements can be accomplished with our staff by telephone, email, and/or postal mail.

As always, if it is an emergency and you need a priest, call the parish office (201-836-8961) and dial ext. 9.

To all of our parish ministry leaders and members: All Parish Ministry Meetings & Gatherings have been SUSPENDED until further notice. ALL Religious Education Classes are Suspended until further notice. Please look for email communications from Religious Ed. for updates.

Please continue to visit the Ascension Church website (www.churchoftheascension.com) and our parish Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ChurchoftheAscensionNewMilfordNJ) for current Sunday bulletin and for updates.

Please consider making your weekly contributions by signing up for WeShare (parish online giving). Go Fund Me via our parish Facebook Page or mail in or drop off (Parish Center door slot) your weekly donation envelopes.

Thank you for your prayers and consideration at this time.

ARCHDIOCESAN GUIDELINES FOR CEMETERIES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

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