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From the Pastor’s Desk

Welcome to the website of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Parish, Union, New Jersey. For some reason, God has brought you face to face with our Church Community. It was Pope Benedict XVI who once observed that “New technologies allow people to meet each other beyond the confines of space and of their own culture, creating in this way an entirely new way of potential friendships.” Again, I welcome you to our website. A little bit about us:

The parish community of St. Michael the Archangel Church is a diverse, spiritual community in action dedicated to drawing people to Christ, to growing disciples, and to making church and worship matter. We do this through our liturgical celebrations, the proclamation of the message of Jesus Christ not only from the pulpit, but also in the way we live our lives, our faith formation and renewal programs, and living out our stewardship of time, talent, and treasure in the service of the needs of our church, the needs of one another, and the needs of those who seek divine help through our doors.

We therefore welcome you to come and celebrate with us, if you are in this area, and to participate in our parish family. Hopefully you will find in our community what you are seeking and hoping for. May the good Lord bless you!

Please let us know how we can help you, and also very importantly, how you can help us.

In the service of the Lord

Rev. Msgr. Anselm Nwaorgu, Ph.D

Pastor


Urgent Messages from the Pastor

MEMORANDUM 3.25.20


 *Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi Blessing in Response to Coronavirus* 
MARCH 22, 2020 15:26
JIM FAIR
PRAYER
Pope Francis has called for all Christians throughout the world to join in praying the Our Father on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at noon.
He made the appeal after praying the noonday Angelus on March 22, broadcast from Apostolic Library in the Vatican.
The Pope also announced that on the following Friday, March 27, he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church, reported Vatican News.
“I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”, he said.
The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. The blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.
The Director of the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the moment of prayer on Friday will be broadcast live from the Vatican, beginning at 6 pm Rome time. He noted that the plenary indulgence attached to the Urbi et orbi blessing is subject to the conditions foreseen by the recent Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary.
“In these days of trial, while humanity trembles because of the pandemic’s menace, I would like to propose to all Christians to unite their voices to Heaven,” the Pope said after Sunday’s Angelus. “I invite all the Heads of Churches and the leaders of all the Christian Communities, together with all the Christians of the various Confessions, to invoke the Most High, Almighty God, reciting contemporaneously the prayer that Jesus Our Lord taught us. I invite all, therefore, to do so several times a day, but, all together, to recite the Our Father next Wednesday, March 25, at midday – all together.
“On the day in which many Christians recall the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word, may the Lord be able to hear the unanimous prayer of all His disciples that are preparing to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ. With this same intention, next Friday, March 27 at 6:00 pm, I will preside over a moment of prayer in the courtyard of St. Peter’s Basilica, with the empty Square. From now on I invite all to take part spiritually through the means of communication. We will listen to the Word of God, we will elevate our prayer, we will adore the Most Blessed Sacrament, with which at the end I will give the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, to which will be annexed the possibility to receive a Plenary Indulgence.
MARCH 22, 2020 15:26

PRAYER


March 18, 2020

JOIN MSGR ANSELM FOR VIRTUAL MARIAN DEVOTION AT 7 PM TONIGHT

My Dear Parishioners,

In an attempt to keep us spiritually connected and praying together, I have created a prayer meeting link for us to pray the Rosary together at 7 pm this evening.
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May God bless you.
Msgr. Anselm

 

March 17, 2020
My Dear Parishioners,
By the directive of the Archbishop of Newark, beginning March 18th, 2020, and until further notice, all public celebration of Sunday Masses,  Daily Masses, and other forms of public worship, which includes our Bible  Classes on Tuesdays, Wednesday Marian Devotions, 1st Friday and 1st Sunday Devotions and Adorations, Friday Stations of the Cross and Lenten Talks, and Saturday Morning Reflections are suspended until further notice
My heart is very heavy as we must comply with these directives for the safety of us all. Let us stay in prayer for the world and for each other. Let us stay in compassion for those who have been affected and impacted by this virus; let us seek the face of God for forgiveness, healing, and restoration. May our social distancing not separate us from our emotional and spiritual connectedness.
I am looking into the possibilities of staying spiritually connected with you using all technologies available. We shall be communicating findings to you via email, texts, on our website and social media outlets. Please check these outlets frequently for updates.
I have you all in my prayers.
 Msgr. Anselm

March 13, 2020
Dear parishioners,
Msgr. Anselm our pastor at St. Michael’s Parish, Union, in compliance with the directives of the Archbishop of Newark, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, has directed that a message be sent out to notify all parishioners that all weekend masses this Saturday evening, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, have been cancelled, as precautionary measures to protect our parishioners from the Corona virus. Please click on the link below for further information on the archbishops directives:
Our pastor is encouraging everyone to follow a live-stream broadcast of Mass this Sunday, March 15th at 10:00 am on our Facebook page, which can be accessed by clicking the Facebook link below.
Please note that Daily Masses, Stations of the Cross and all Devotions will still continue to hold until otherwise directed. All parishioners are encouraged to stay in fervent prayers.
The decision to suspend weekend masses will be reviewed daily and any new guidance will be announced next week.
Please help spread the word.
Remain blessed.
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