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The Importance of Funeral Masses

10-21-2021Fr. John J. Barbella

As All Souls Day (November 2) approaches, our thoughts naturally turn to our loved ones who died over the years, and to all the faithful departed. All Souls Day, and the whole month of November, is a special time for Catholics to pray for all those who have died. It is our firm belief that God can and does use our prayers to help our loved ones get to Heaven.

That said, I want to turn my attention to the most important prayer we can offer for someone who dies, the Funeral Mass. The Holy Mass is the most powerful prayer we have, thus the Funeral Mass is the most powerful prayer we can offer for a loved one who has died. While other prayers, such as those said at the Funeral Home during the Wake or at the graveside before burial, are also important, they pale in comparison to the Funeral Mass.


Upcoming Events

40 Days for Life

Add Wed, Sep 22 - Sun, Oct 31

Please join Christians throughout the globe who will be praying Wed, Sep 22 - Sun, Oct 31 during the 40 Days for Life campaign.


Save the Date!

Add Fri, Oct 29 @ 6:00 PM

Trunk or treat is a fun outdoor event held in the SSPJ parking lot. During the event, students can dress up in their Halloween costumes, with their families, and can safely enjoy a night of Trick or Treating on our campus.


SPSJ Young Adult Group

Add Sun, Oct 31 @ 6:30 PM

The SPSJ Young Adult Group will be starting back up on Sun, Oct 31 at 6:30pm in the Young Adult Group Room located on the second floor of the Mercy Hall building. Come join in fellowship and see the newly redecorated room. Anyone from the age of 18-30 is welcomed. Please contact Deacon Rob at 908-319-1917 or Nancy Ensley at 908-200-6763 for more information.

2021 Bishop's Annual Appeal

“It is because of your love for Christ and the Church that I ask you to join me in being Transformed by Christ’s Body and Blood, to make a sacrificial contribution to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal in proportion to your income, and continue our Mission to Light a Fire in the Heart of the Church.”

Most Reverend James F. Checchio, JCD, MBA
Bishop of Metuchen


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