SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Church of the Sacred Heart will celebrate its May First Friday of the Month Mass live tomorrow, May 1, with assistance from students from Holy Savior Academy. The 9 a.m. service will mark the first time the South Plainfield-based church and school will come together for a live stream service.

“This is the first time and it should be wonderful,” said Holy Savior Principal Theresa Pasqua.

Since schools closed on March 16, Holy Savior has operated solely through an online/virtual format and, in April, the First Friday Mass was recorded via Zoom, pieced together, and posted to the school’s website.In keeping with social distancing, the students of Holy Savior Academy will be participating in the Mass tomorrow morning through video conferencing.

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Rev. John Paul Alvardo, pastor of Sacred Heart, will be live in the church and three Holy Savior students will take part from their homes. Ava T., a sixth grader, will do the First Reading, Katherine B., a seventh grader, will present the Responsorial Psalm, and Petitions will be read by sixth grader Emma F.

“Continuing our religious understandings and practices is important, and we want to keep our students involved in all aspects of their spiritual growth,” said Eva Tripodi, vice principal of Holy Savior Academy, adding, “From what we have learned, we are the first Catholic school to be doing this live.”

The 9 a.m. Mass can be viewed by the public, tomorrow, Friday, May 1, by visiting https://www.churchofthesacredheart.net. “Anyone who logs on to the Sacred Heart Church website will be able to see it,” said Tripodi.

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