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213 Pershing Avenue

Carteret, N.J.

732-541-5768

Divine Mercy Parish


Under the direction of Bishop Paul Bootkoski, the four Catholic Parishes in the borough of Carteret undertook a study throughout the year of 2009, to make recommendations regarding the future of the Catholic Church in Carteret. At the end of this process, the recommendation was made that St. Joseph’s R.C. Church would continue to exist as it is while establishing a deeper ministry to the Hispanic Community in the area. The three Personal (Ethnic) parishes, Holy Family (Polish), Sacred Heart of Jesus (Slovak) and St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Hungarian) would come together to form a new Catholic Parish which would continue to serve the needs of these ethnic groups as well as welcome other new members into its life.


What was to be the name of this new parish?


The members of the study unanimously recommended the name of our late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. However, Pope John Paul II had not yet been beatified. Even if the beatification came in October of 2010 it would still be necessary to obtain permission from the Holy See in Rome in order to use the name of “Blessed John Paul II Parish”. In order to early establish a focus of unity for the three parishes forming one new parish it was recommended that another name be chosen and submitted to the Bishop for approval. After some discussion among those former members of the study group who had chosen to remain as part of the Transition Team the recommendation was made to name the new parish “Divine Mercy Parish”.


Why was this choice made?


It was felt that there was a strong connection between the Image and the Message of Divine Mercy as communicated by Our Lord to St. (Sister) Faustina Kowalska and our late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. As Cardinal in Krakow, Poland, Archbishop Wojtyla had been instrumental in validating the message of Sister Faustina and removing opposition to the devotion of Divine Mercy. As Pope, John Paul II established the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday, affirming one of the Lord’s requests to Sister Faustina and eventually presided over the Beatification and Canonization of Sister Faustina. Pope John Paul II personally promoted and lived (his act of forgiveness for his would-be assassin, Ali Agca, in May of 1981) the Message of Divine Mercy. Also, it was felt that this devotion, clearly established as a daily act in Holy Family Parish and having many devoted souls in both Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parishes, would be ideal to use as the name of the new parish. After some discussion with the Bishop, permission was given and on Ascension Thursday, May 13, 2010, the anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady to the three children in Fatima, the anniversary of the day of the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in 1981, the anniversary of the day in 1982 when the recovered Pope John Paul II placed the bullet that had struck him and had miraculously missed a major artery by millimeters into the crown on the image of Mary in Fatima, Portugal and the 5th  anniversary of the opening of the Cause for the eventual Canonization of Pope John Paul II, Bishop Paul Gregory Bootkoski, the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, issued the decree establishing from the three parishes:  Holy Family, Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Elizabeth of Hungary, a new parish, Divine Mercy Parish. July 1, 2010 will mark the official “first day” of this new parish community in the borough of Carteret.

MINISTRY OFFICE

213 Pershing Avenue

Carteret, N.J.

732-541-5768

Divine Mercy Parish History

 

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