St. Josephine Bakhita parish is now Sacred Heart Parish Camden, as of July 2017. We are three churches - St. Bartholomew, St. Joan of Arc and Sacred Heart - but one parish. We are a community of communities celebrating our Catholic identity from the Hispanic, African American and 'woke' White American cultural contexts. We stand in solidarity with all who struggle for justice in Camden and around the world. Join us! Christ is Risen! Power to the People of God!

Announcements

  • View a collection of Father Gerard's past homilies.

  • FR. GERARD WILL LIVE STREAM EASTER SUNDAY MASS AT 9 AM and 11 AM at https://www.facebook.com/groups/207139939633059/?ref=bookmarks (St. Josephine Bakhita Study Group).  IF you are not already a member of the St. Josephine Bakhita Study Group, send a friend request on Facebook to Tom Jennings (Pennsauken, NJ) and ask to be invited to become a member of this private Facebook group.    

  • As Bishop of the Diocese of Camden, in light of further restrictions by Governor Murphy and the Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Disciple of the Sacraments, Bishop Sullivan promulgates the following regarding the liturgies of Palm Sunday and Holy Week throughout the Diocese of Camden to assist the clergy and the faithful in the spiritual celebration of the Paschal Mysteries.

  • HOLY WEEK 2020:

  • PALM SUNDAY

    On Palm Sunday there is to be NO PUBLIC GATHERING (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.).  The Mass for Palm Sunday will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation, with palms blessed, and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan  Website/YouTube/Facebook at 10:30 am on Sunday, April 5, 2020.  In parish churches, the Mass for Palm Sunday may be celebrated without a congregation (you may have one deacon; one person to operate the live streaming equipment if the liturgy is being live streamed; one lector; one cantor and one musician in addition to resident clergy) by the pastor/parish; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; pastors should also notify  the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful  of the Diocese. Blessed palms can be made available for distribution at a later date – they are NOT TO BE DISTRIBUTED UNDER  ANY CIRCUMSTANCE at this time.

  • HOLY THURSDAY:  No public gatherings (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.). Televised or live-stream broadcasts should be live (not recorded).  

    The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream  internet on the Diocesan website/YouTube/Facebook at 7 pm on Thursday, April 9, 2020.  

    In parish churches, the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper may be celebrated without a congregation (you may have one deacon; one person to operate the live streaming equipment if the liturgy is being live streamed; one lector; one cantor and one musician in addition  to resident clergy) by the pastor/parish priest; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; pastors should also notify the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful of the  Diocese.

  • During the Evening Mass for the Lord’s Supper:

  • The Washing of the Feet, which is already optional, is to be omitted;
    The usual procession with the Blessed Sacrament to a place of repose is to be omitted and the Blessed Sacrament  should be kept in the tabernacle, as usual; please understand that NO PROCESSIONS WITH THE BLESSESACRAMENT are to take place and ALTARS OF REPOSE are not to be created; 
    The faithful are to be informed that parish churches will NOT BE OPEN for the usual visitation of churches on Holy Thursday evening.Pastors are NOT PERMITTED to leave their churches open at this time.

    Priests who are unable to celebrate Mass should instead pray Vespers of the day from the Liturgy of Hours instead.

  • GOOD FRIDAY:  No public gatherings (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.). 

    The Commemoration/Celebration of the Lord’s Passion will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan website/YouTube/Facebook at 3 pm on Friday, April 10, 2020.

    In parish churches, the Commemoration/Celebration of the Lord’s Passion may be celebrated without a congregation (you may have one deacon; one person to operate the live streaming equipment if the liturgy is being live streamed; one lector; one cantor and one musician in addition to resident clergy) by the pastor/parish priest; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; pastors should also notify the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful of the Diocese.

  • During the Good Friday Service:

    Veneration of the Holy Cross takes place by those present with a simple genuflection; the Cross is not to be reverenced with a kiss;
    A special commemoration in the General Intercessions for the sick, the dead and for those who feel lost or dismayed will be developed by the Office of Worship and sent to the parishes for mandated use.

    Priests who are unable to celebrate this liturgy should instead pray Vespers of the day from the Liturgy of Hours instead.

  • HOLY SATURDAY:  No public gatherings (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.).

    The Easter Vigil will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan website/YouTube/Facebook at 7 pm on Saturday, April 11, 2020.

    In parish churches, the Easter Vigil may be celebrated without a congregation (you may have one deacon; one person to operate the live streaming equipment if the liturgy is being live streamed; one lector; one cantor and one musician in addition to resident clergy) by the pastor/parish priest; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; pastors should also notify the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful of the Diocese.

  • During the Easter Vigil:

    The preparation and lighting of the fire is omitted;
    The paschal candle is lit without procession followed by the recited Easter Proclamation;
    The Liturgy of the Word takes place;
    The Baptismal Liturgy is only the renewal of Baptismal Promises; a symbolic (small) amount of Holy Water may be blessed but holy water fonts are to remain empty;
    The Rite of Christian Initiation and/or Reception into Full Communion will be postponed and re-scheduled once restrictions are lifted – more details will be provided at that time. 

  • EASTER SUNDAYNo public gatherings (inside or outside Churches, in cars, etc.).

    Mass for Easter Sunday will be celebrated by the Bishop without a congregation and broadcast via the live-stream internet on the Diocesan website/YouTube/Facebook at 10:30 am on Sunday, April 12, 2020.  PLEASE NOTE: FR. GERARD WILL ALSO LIVE STREAM EASTER SUNDAY MASS AT 9 A.M. AND 11 A.M. at https://www.facebook.com/groups/207139939633059/?ref=bookmarks (St. Josephine Bakhita Study Group).   If you are not already a member of the St. Josephine Bakhita Study Group, send a friend request on Facebook to Tom Jennings (Pennsauken, NJ) and ask to be invited to become a member of this private group.  

    In parish churches, Mass for Easter Sunday may be celebrated without a congregation (you may have one deacon; one person to  operate the live streaming equipment if the liturgy is being live streamed; one lector; one cantor and one musician in addition to resident clergy) by the pastor/parish priest; pastors should notify the parishioners of the time for the live-steam; (SEE ABOVE). 

     Pastors should also notify the Diocesan Office of Communications so that a Diocesan calendar/schedule of events might be posted for access by the faithful of the Diocese.

    This decree is given by mandate of the Bishop, Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan, D.D., March 23, 2020, for the Diocese of Camden.

  • Aside from these times, churches may be open, but pastors are NOT TO ENCOURAGE people to come to church – parishes are not to be hosting times for Adoration, Rosary or other devotions.  They are open for those who may wish to make a short visit.  If a pastor believes that his parish church should be closed for security reasons or if it is usually closed during the day – he may elect to keep the church closed.  Notification of such, if not already common knowledge among parishioners, should be made.

     Aparte de estos tiempos, las iglesias pueden ser abiertos, pero los pastores no son animar a la gente a venir a la iglesia - parroquias son tiempos de no recibir para adoración, rosario u otras devociones. Están abiertos para aquellos que deseen hacer una visita corta. Si un pastor cree que su parroquia debe ser cerrado por razones de seguridad o si es normalmente cerrado durante el día - tendrá la opción de mantener a la iglesia cerrada. Notificación de los mismos, el conocimiento si no está ya común entre los feligreses, se debe hacer.

Lent!  The Coronavirus is making our Lent real in a way we could not have imagined.  Acts of penance, fasting and charity are obligatory, no matter our religion or no-religion.  The suspension of Holy Mass is a cause of deep reflection for me: Masses suspended if not throughout the world, throughout the Diocese of Camden.  This is what it would be like when we have no vocations to the priesthood.  Our prayers are given a deep, broad realness that they may not have had before.  People do need to see your acts of faith in thi time of fear.  For you, a follower of Maria's Son, have a different message.  God who is Light and Love speaks and acts through you.  Your hope is supernatural.  Your faith is a gift to be shared.  Your love-making is because God has first loved you.  And your acts of mercy reflect God's grace and mercy to you.  The ashes you received on Ash Wednesday tell the world that you value the things of heaven on earth.  You value the Kingdom and commandment of God given by your brother Jesus Christ and him crucified.  "Fear is useless.  What is needed is faith" (Mark 5:36).  You are the faith of your community and that faith will bring us into Easter's healing joy.   

 

Celebration of the Eucharist

Sacred Heart Church

1739 Ferry Avenue, Camden, NJ 08104

Daily: 8:15 am - Rectory Chapel

Sunday: 8:30 am (English)

           10:30 am (English)

St Bartholomew Church

751 Kaighn Avenue, Camden, NJ 08103

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. 

Gospel Mass: 11:00 am

St Joan of Arc Church

3107 Alabama Road, Camden, NJ 08104

Saturday: 4 pm (English Speaking)

Sunday: 9 am (Spanish Speaking)

Sacrament of Reconciliation

St Joan of Arc Church

Saturday: 3:15 pm

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