From the Pastor’s Desk

From the Pastor’s Desk

From the Pastor’s Desk (May 30, 2021)

Beginning on Friday, May 28th, those participating in Mass, who are vaccinated against COVID-19, are no longer required to wear masks.  Those who are not yet vaccinated are encouraged to wear masks in accord with CDC guidelines. Obviously, anyone who desires to still wear a mask is permitted to do so and I encourage all parishioners and visitors to get vaccinated.  In addition, all pews will be opened for seating.  Per the governor’s statement, all social distancing requirements are lifted…

From the Pastor’s Desk (January 17, 2021)

Happy New Year.  It is my hope and prayer that this year, 2021, will be a time of peace, joy and good health for you and your family.  I have just completed my first six months as the pastor of St. Damien and I offer a word of gratitude to all of you for your welcome and goodness to me.  I know that I have made some changes that not everyone has been able to embrace and I am sorry…

From the Pastor’s Desk: Greetings from Fr. Tom Newton

With extreme gratitude to Bishop Sullivan, I begin my new assignment as the pastor of St. Damien Parish.  As I wrote to my family and friends when I shared with them my new appointment, I am filled with feelings of profound excitement for this new adventure.  I come to this position after being the pastor of Christ Our Light in Cherry Hill for eleven years and, prior to a merger, the pastor of St. Peter Celestine in Cherry Hill for…