“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16)
Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate – The Church of Alexandria

St. Mary & St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church
Reaching out to Somerset and Hunterdon Counties in NJ

Message to the Congregation – February 4th, 2021

We have returned to the “cycle system” where a portion of the parish will be invited to the Sunday Liturgy, then the next group the next week, and so on.

Governor Murphy has raised the indoor gatherings limit from 25% to 35%, with a maximum of 150 people, whichever is smaller. In our church building’s case, we can now have up to 140 persons per liturgy.

Expect that you will receive an invitation, roughly, every other week. If there is an open invitation service, invitations will be sent out via the text messaging system (i.e. for any special occasion or feast day). Wednesday and Friday Liturgies are open walk-in, but must sign in at the entrance. Please visit the church website for further details about other services.

Important Reminder – Honoring the Day of the Lord, Sunday, is mandatory for the Christian. Not coming to partake of the Eucharist as Christ Himself offers it to you, is a rejection. This is why when someone cannot make a Sunday Liturgy, they seek absolution, being that it would be a rejection of Christ’s offering to you. Because of the government restrictions, anyone who is not emailed to come to the Sunday Liturgy is automatically absolved by the priests. However, when you are invited and do not come, you must seek absolution, otherwise you are rejecting His invitation to partake of Him. Many do not contact the priest because they feel they have a justified reason for not coming. Even if this may be so, the Day of the Lord is His and if we must be somewhere else, we must still seek absolution from the priest.

Please do not take this matter lightly. Of course, this is all in the context of living a life of repentance, meaning, minute by minute, we are making an active and conscious effort to maintain our walk with and toward Christ and that we remain consistent in the Sacrament of Confession.