Our Lady ​of Mount Virgin Parish

Roman Catholic Church

Garfield, New Jersey

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Sunday Mass 3/29/2020


As we navigate this difficult time, Vist our Website for up to date information as it becomes available.

Easter and Holy Week Liturgies Updates

From the Desk of Father Peter Palmisano

Mt. Virgin Friends and Family - 

it is with a very heavy heart I must inform you that all Holy Week Services are canceled this year. They cannot be postponed. We must provide them live stream from within our church. We shall do the same with our Easter Mass. Not only are we in the desert but the Garden of Gethsemane as well. 


Loving and praying for you always, 

Fr. Peter J. Palmisano

Holy Father will give an extraordinary blessing "Urbi et Orbi"

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, our Holy Father will give an extraordinary blessing "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) this FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (6:00 p.m. Rome time). All the faithful and other Christians in our local Church and beyond are invited to participate in the special prayer with Pope Francis, which will be broadcast by Mondovision and live-streamed on the Vatican News website at www.vaticannews.va. The Holy Father will grant to all participants in the livestream a Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.

As an Archdiocese, we are committed to helping our people in whatever ways we can including by live-streaming Masses and other prayers and devotions. To the extent that we can, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to grow in faith and receive the consolation of the Word of God and the Church’s prayer.

As Pope Francis has said, "To the pandemic of the virus we want to respond with the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness. Let us stay united. Let us make those who are alone and tested feel our closeness."

I pray it will be so.

In risposta alla pandemia di coronavirus in corso, il nostro Santo Padre darà una straordinaria benedizione "Urbi et Orbi" (alla città e al mondo) questo VENERDI ', 27 MARZO 2020, alle 13:00. Ora orientale (18:00 ora di Roma). Tutti i fedeli e gli altri cristiani nella nostra Chiesa locale e oltre sono invitati a partecipare alla preghiera speciale con Papa Francesco, che sarà trasmessa da Mondovision e trasmessa in streaming in diretta sul sito web del Vaticano su www.vaticannews.va. Il Santo Padre garantirà a tutti i partecipanti al livestream un'indulgenza plenaria prima di impartire la benedizione Urbi et Orbi.

Come arcidiocesi, ci impegniamo ad aiutare la nostra gente in tutti i modi in cui possiamo includendo messe in diretta streaming e altre preghiere e devozioni. Nella misura del possibile, vogliamo assicurarci che tutti abbiano l'opportunità di crescere nella fede e ricevere la consolazione della Parola di Dio e la preghiera della Chiesa.

Come ha detto Papa Francesco, "Alla pandemia del virus vogliamo rispondere con l'universalità della preghiera, della compassione e della tenerezza. Restiamo uniti. Lasciamo che coloro che sono soli e testati sentano la nostra vicinanza".

Prego che sia così.

New Directives from the Archdiocese effective March 25, 2020 

--Wakes and funerals must be postponed until further notice. There are no exceptions to this, regardless of the size of the group.         

          Burials may take place with only the priest.

--All baptisms must be postponed until further notice with the exception of an extreme emergency.

--All weddings are postponed until further notice.

--The Sacrament of Reconciliation is suspended until further notice with the exception of an extreme emergency.

--All churches and adoration chapels must be closed and locked until further notice. Private prayer in any parish building must be 

          discontinued until further notice.

--Parish offices must be closed until further notice. Employees who provide essential services should be limited and on staggered 


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Help Keep our Churches opened through Go Fund Me!

This has been established by the Cardinal and his Consultants to help us to maintain some financial stability during this very difficult time in the life of our church. Vendors and utilities must be paid and salaries met. Simply the basics, Based upon our weekly revenue, our goal is set at $4,500.00. It will be a blessing beyond belief to me if you help us (you and I) to reach this goal. This is the equivalent of your regular weekly offering which is also why I highly encourage, when you return, in participation in We Share on line giving (found on the bottom of this page). To remain connected to you in prayer, we are now taping our weekend Masses and posting onto our social media On Facebook and YouTube

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Parish Mission Statement 

Growing in grace, growing in gratitude, and growing in faith by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Crescendo nella grazia, crescendo nella gratitudine e crescendo nella fede per mezzo di vivere il Vangelo di Gesù Cristo.

Lifting our prayers through the intercession of Our Lady of Mount Virgin and Our Lady of Sorrows.

April 5, 2020


                                                                                                A Message from Fr. Peter

My Friends:

It is with a very heavy heart that I must share this information from the Cardinal.

All Holy Week Liturgies have been suspended. This includes Easter Sunday. This cuts deeply into my heart as a priest and I know for each of you. Ouch is all I can say. Yet, we must abide by these mandates for the greatest good of everyone.

Please see the guidelines as to how the priests can bring the liturgies to the parish via social media.

Give me some time to digest this and Fr. Marco and I will work together to best plan this out.

All we can do at this point is to follow the leader, listen to the rules we are asked to follow to stop the spread of the virus and PRAY PRAY AND THE PRAY SOME MORE as individuals and as families.

All my love and prayers,

Fr. Peter 


Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and until further notice, public celebration of both Sunday Mass and daily Mass is suspended. 

This decision comes after exhaustive discussion and with an especially heavy heart. It is crucial that you comply with this directive to protect the faithful as well as your own health. Public celebration of the Sacraments and other public forms of worship are suspended until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to previously scheduled Confirmations, celebrations of First Communion, penitential services, Communion services, and Liturgies of the Word. The following exceptions are permitted:

  • The Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation will remain available, as needed. The celebrant should take every prudent precaution where indicated, such as use of gowns, masks and gloves.
  • A priest may use a cotton-tipped swab or cotton ball as an instrument to anoint the sick person (cf. can. 1000 §2). The priest dips the cotton swab in the Oil for the Sick.
Parishes are encouraged to expose the Blessed Sacrament for the faithful. Clergy should continue to remind the faithful to maintain a prudent distance from one another.

Information and guidance for the Chrism Mass and Paschal Triduum will be provided in future communication.

You are reminded

  •  Holy water should be removed from all fonts
  • Churches are to remain open for individual prayer, however, the faithful should be encouraged to maintain a prudent distance from one another
  • Any physical contact (e.g., shaking hands) must be avoided.

Schools and other youth ministries:

The State of New Jersey has mandated that all schools, including public, private, and parochial, will remain closed until it is deemed safe for students to return. All Catechetical education and events sponsored by the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) are suspended and will resume with the reopening of schools as directed by the State of N.J.


Loving you always, 

Fr. Peter

2019 Sharing God’s Blessings

Annual Appeal

This weekend is the start of the 2019 Sharing God’s Blessings Annual Appeal.  This campaign provides the necessary resources to sustain Archdiocesan programs and ministries. Our Parish Goal this year is $24,909. Please be as generous as possible. Thank you for any help you can provide.  If you choose to donate online, please visit www.rcan.org/sharing. 

Parish Registration

Every family participating regularly in the spiritual life of our Parish is encouraged to register. Registration is our only means of recognizing anyone as a member of our Parish. It is also important for testimonial letters regarding Sponsorship for the Sacraments.

To register, please contact the Parish Office during office hours.

Parish Giving

On-Line giving is now available!

Go to:  https://mtvirgin.churchgiving.com/

Let us share the gifts we have generously received.

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