In times of crisis, our Faith is what brings people together and gives us a shining glimmer of hope for a better tomorrow.

First responders from police officer and firefighters to nurses to doctors and hospital staff and those administering tests during the Covid-19 pandemic need our prayers, thoughts and support now more than ever.

Today (Wednesday) at 12-noon Diocese of Trenton Bishop David O'Connell will lead the flock in prayer and celebrate a mass for the front-line and essential workers who are out working during the pandemic.

"Since the number of coronavirus infections began to skyrocket in the United States, the responsibility of caring for the seriously ill, protecting the public’s health and well-being, and providing supplies for people sheltering at home has fallen to a legion of brave and selfless men and women," Bishop O'Connell said in a statement. "Health care workers, first responders and an untold number of essential workers have shown up on the job, risking their health and sometimes their lives."

The Bishop will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving and Support via livestream for front line and essential workers, health care workers, first responders and frontline workers and also commemorate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima beginning at noon, from St. Joseph Church, part of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Keyport.

Bishop O’Connell will preach the homily while Father Rene Pulgarin, Our Lady of Fatima pastor, will be the concelebrant.

It can be viewed live and after the event on

"The story of Our Lady of Fatima reminds all of the importance of praying to God in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity. Catholic tradition holds that in 1917 she appeared to three Portuguese children asking them to pray the Rosary for world peace, for the end of World War I, for sinners, and for the conversion of Russia," Bishop O'Connell said. "Many prayers are now being said to Our Lady of Fatima around the world to seek her intercession on behalf of all those who have been impacted by the virus."

Churches of the Diocese are also opening up for private prayer only on Wednesday, while observing all public health guidelines set by the state.

This is the first of three steps the Diocese has prepared to return to normal parish and sacramental life for the Church of Trenton. You can learn more here.

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