SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Religious groups are preparing for the upcoming holidays, such as Easter and Passover, and have been holding weekly gathering online in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. There are currently 54 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in South Brunswick, according to the Office of Emergency Management.
St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church located in Monmouth Junction has been posting weekly mass sermons from Father Charlie every week since the church was closed to the public due to the national emergency. The sermons are not live-streamed, but viewers are encouraged to engage with them on their website. The Parish is also staying connected with all of the Catholic families in South Brunswick with their Facebook page.
The Parish and Father Charlie will be observing the Holy Week traditions via their youtube page and on Facebook. Easter Sunday Mass will be available as well. The parish is currently working with the Diocese of Metuchen on a future charitable endeavor. The Parish encourages all religious groups to hold mass online and to avoid any large gatherings for the ceremony.
"It would be totally reckless and even un-Christian to disregard the directives of the authorities and gather people together physically for religious services as some churches around the country are planning to do.” said Father Charlie in an email “The most Christian thing we can do is give each other the gift of health and safety by following all the precautions."
The Chabad Jewish Center of South Brunswick has also been making adjustments to ensure the safety of the community. Rabbi Levi Azimov has been holding meetings and prayer with ZOOM, the popular video chat app. They have also been making personal calls to the more senior Jewish members of the community to provide them with anything that they might need.
For Passover, the center will be holding meetings online and providing the Jewish members of the community with wine and matzoh for the ceremony. Anyone who wishes to get these items for the ceremony is encouraged to reach out to the center.