St. Rose of Lima Parish is a Roman Catholic community located in Freehold, New Jersey. As part of the Diocese of Trenton, we are guided by The Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., Bishop of Trenton.
Our hope is that this web site will enhance communication between our parishioners, staff and visitors. It will acquaint you with our mass schedule, liturgies, activities, ministries and community involvement.
Holy Week Schedule
Masses live streamed to Facebook:
4 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper in English
6 p.m. Mass in Spanish
3 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death in English
7 p.m. Spanish
7 p.m. Mass in Spanish
Mass in Spanish 9 a.m.
Mass in English 11 a.m.
Click here for the Live stream page:
HOLY SATURDAY ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE DIOCESE:
The clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Trenton are invited to safely display a lighted candle in the window of their homes, (for example, the type of electric candles used at Christmas), around sunset (7:32 pm) on Holy Saturday evening, as a symbol of our unity with Catholics throughout the world while Paschal Candles are being lit at Easter Vigils. This symbol will be for us in the Diocese of Trenton “A Light in the Darkness,” the darkness that has been the COVID -19 Pandemic.
As the candles are lit, the following prayer from the Easter Vigil may be said:
MAY THE LIGHT OF CHRIST, RISING IN DARKNESS, DISPEL THE DARKNESS OF OUR HEARTS AND MINDS.
Important Update! Effective immediately, the church is closed for private prayer. There will be no Saturday confessions until further notice.
Important Message from Our Pastor
Holy Week Schedule 2020
I pray that this letter finds you well and safe. We find ourselves in a time of testing and pain when in this blessed season we should be joyfully anticipating the celebration of Holy Week and Easter. However, in spite of all that is happening, we realize that God is nearer to us than we are to ourselves. We draw on our years of grace and spirituality to see us through—this is Faith. The glory of the Cross and Resurrection is not diminished by anything in this world—this is Hope. Christ is with us and embraces us with His healing touch—this is Love.
Please plan to celebrate Holy Week and Easter this year with your family and your Church, whether on-line or via television. However you and your loved ones choose to pray and celebrate, I am assured that you will know the blessed presence of Christ among you.
And know that Faith, Hope, and Love endure forever—this is Peace.
God bless you and your loved ones as we come to once again experience the presence of the living Christ among us!
How can we continue to participate in the life of our Church…
- Participate in Masses offered on television or on-line via our Facebook.com/st.rosefreehold connection or log on to our parish website (www.stroseoflima.com).
- St. Rose of Lima televised Mass schedule will be (no groups):
Palm Sunday, April 5
Spanish 9 am and English 11 am
Holy Thursday, April 9
4 pm English and 6 pm Spanish
Good Friday, April 10
3 pm English and 7 pm Spanish
Holy Saturday, April 11
7 pm Spanish
Easter Sunday, April 12
Spanish 9 am and English 11 am
- Keep in touch, see the bulletin on-line, our St. Rose website and Facebook for any new developments, announcements, etc.
- Prayer at home in a sacred space perhaps with a crucifix and candle. Read the Scriptures of the day, special devotions perhaps the Rosary, Novena or Stations of the Cross.
Please call the parish office (732) 462-0859 for any questions and concerns; leave a message and someone will return your call. For the safety of the staff’s health, they are working from home whenever possible, but are checking in the office regularly.
The following events/sessions are cancelled until further notice:
Choir practices, including Angel Choir
PTA Pocketbook has been postponed; date to be determined
Friday Stations of the Cross
Holy Week Services (April 9-12)
All First Communions are postponed; new dates to be determined.
Confirmations scheduled for May 8 have been postponed. We are going to wait to reschedule them.
Fr. John Campoli’s 50th Anniversary Mass and Celebration has been postponed until June 14.
About our Finances…
We depend on the weekly collection to meet our financial obligations. Since we are not permitted Masses, we have no regular support. Because of on-line giving and parishioners who drop off their offering at the rectory, we are collecting about 20% of our usual weekly contributions. Thank you! How we weather this storm will probably affect what our parish will look like in the future. Please do what you can to help support our parish and prayerfully consider increasing your offering as it may take some time to recoup when the crisis is over. Please continue to use the weekly envelopes and send in your offerings by mail or by drop off at the parish office in the mail slot. If you do not have envelopes, please use any plain envelope. You can also sign up for Parish Giving at www.ParishGiving.org or call 1-866-307-7140.
From my heart, thank you for everything you do for us at St. Rose of Lima. May Mary, our Lady of Good Health, watch over you and your loved ones.
The drawing for the Parish Carnival Super 50/50 (50% of total sales) will be held on Saturday, June 20, at 10:00 PM. The winner need not be present. Last year’s winner took home over $18,000.
Each ticket is $5.00 or book of six for $30.00. Make checks payable to St. Rose of Lima Carnival. Mail to St. Rose of Lima Carnival, 16 McLean Street, Freehold, NJ 07728 or drop off in the parish office mail slot.
Additional Super 50/50 raffle ticket books can be found in baskets inside the entrance of the church or can be mailed to you by calling the parish office (732) 462-0859.
Please remember when returning the raffle stubs:
Please place check (cash) and the stubs (the part with your name and address) in an envelope. Please keep the rip off part with the raffle drawing information.
Effective immediately, all public Masses in the Diocese of Trenton are suspended through Easter Sunday.
The weekly Parish Bulletin in English and Spanish is available on the right of this page.
You can access our new Parish Facebook page by typing “@st.rosefreehold” in the Facebook search bar.