The Catholic Community of Saint Mary of the Lake

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Mission Statement 

The Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

formerly The Catholic Community of Saint Mary
of the Lake is dedicated to passing on the
the faith of the Catholic Church, to having our
Community experience the rituals, traditions,
and sacraments of the Church,
empowering all to serve as Jesus served.


Upcoming Events

Phase II Opening The Church

Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Catholic Community

Lakewood, NJ


Dear Parish Family-

Bishop David M. O’Connell issued a Decree for Phase II of the opening of our Parishes allowing Pastors, at their discretion, to open (or not to open) their Churches for Public Worship. If a Pastor chose to open the Parish Church, he must do so with restrictions contained in the Decree.

In his introductory remarks the Bishop emphasizes;

“COVID 19 is still a virulent contagious virus communicated between people. Everyone should remain conscious and alert that risks to either contract or spread the disease remain possible at any gathering of people, indoors or outdoors. The risk is considered by public health experts to be especially significant indoors at prolonged, sedentary gatherings where coughing, sneezing and even talking/singing could easily communicate the coronavirus.“

As the Pastor I have made the decision to accept the options offered in the Decree for implementation, but to be implemented on July 5th, 2020.

As many you may be aware the community of Lakewood, was one of the hardest hit communities with Covid-19, and as Bishop has stated and I as Pastor agree, we cannot ignore your physical health and well-being or put that health and common good at risk. I want to make sure I can reasonably and safely bring the community of Lakewood back into our churches.

I currently have a committee working on guidelines and procedures following the directions of the Bishop and the State of NJ, that will allow us to safely celebrate mass in person again as well as other sacraments.

The obligation to attend Mass is suspended until September 7, 2020. Therefore, there is no obligation to attend Mass in person. If you have concerns, worries or anxiety about returning, are sick, live with someone who is sick, have been exposed to Covid-19 or live with someone who has been exposed or is sick with Covid-19, are in a high risk category, have a compromised immune system or in any way do not feel well you are asked not to come in person but to make use of the Live Streaming of Masses which will continue.

As we move forward, we will continue to update you with dates of our reopening. I ask that we continue to pray for those affected and that we can soon all be joined again as one catholic community.

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Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ

As you may be aware of the current situation regarding the Coronavirus, we at the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe have been following the situation closely and following all recommendations from the Diocese of Trenton, the CDC, and The State of New Jersey. As a precaution we will be following the same procedures and guidelines of the Diocese of Trenton and the New Jersey Department of Education. As of now it is announced that all activities remain suspended at all the parish locations. This effects PREP classes, meetings, retreats, cultural school activities, RCIA classes, and re-registration. This suspension is effective immediately and will last until further notice from the Diocease of Trenton.

Rev. Pedro L. Bou, SVD
Pastor of the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mass Schedule
Public Masses throughout the Diocese of Trenton are resuming with limited attendance until further notice as the coronavirus pandemic evolves
For Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, "In Church Masses" at Holy Family are resuming on Sunday July 5th at 9am in English, 11 am in Spanish, and 1pm in Polish with limited attendance
Daily Mass
St. Mary of the Lake
9:00 AM (Monday - Saturday)
Temporarily Cancelled Due to Covid
Below Is the Inactive Liturgical Schedule
It Is suspended for the current crisis.

St. Mary of the Lake Church
 Sunday - 8:00, 11:00 AM,
 12:30 PM (Polish)
Note: Beginning
on January 19, 2020
St. Anthony Claret's 9 AM English Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church together with the 9:30 AM St. Mary's Parishioners.
Holy Family Church
Saturday - 4 PM
Sunday - 9:30 AM
Baptisms will be at 12:30 PM on 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month
3:30 pm Thursday; 8 am Fridays
& 9:30 am Saturdays
Rectory Hours

Important Notice for All Employee – Covid 19 FFCRA”

In response to the growing concern regarding the spread of this virus, the Parish office is closed to all visitors.  All afternoon and evening meetings have been cancelled.  If you have any questions or need assistance from office staff we ask that you email or call 732-363-0139, Monday thru Thursday between 9 am and  3:30 pm, and Fridays 9 am until 12 noon.  Thank you for your patience at this time.

Normal Rectory Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Wednesday, Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Private Prayer

Notice Regarding Private Prayer

Beginning Monday, July 6, 2020, Saint Mary of the Lake Church will no longer be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10AM to 2PM for private reflection. 9 AM Daily Mass will resume at Saint Mary of the Lake Church (in English) with limited attendance, Face Masks, and social distancing.


Parish Giving Information

Dear Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe Families,

We pray that you and your family are doing well during these uncertain times.  The Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St.Mary of the Lake Church, St. Anthony Claret Church, and Holy Family Church is doing well despite these difficult times, when we  have been forced to make unprecedented adjustments in response to the coronavirus.  I wanted to share that we are still strongly committed to nurture and lead the Catholic Community of Lakewood and all its needs.  

We kindly ask for your continued generous support in sustaining our Parish.  We now offer "Parish Online Giving" through  Online giving is a secure and personalized way to give to the church, in which your contribution is debited automatically from your checking, savings or debit card account into the church's bank account. 

Options are available for you to set up one-time or recurring gifts for the Sunday collection. Please use the link attached to find more information on Parish Giving. We urge you to donate here. 


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We are deeply grateful for your support throughout this crisis.  I will continue to hold each of you and your family in my prayers.

Let us all pray for one another and be a beacon of light to the community!

In Jesus and Mary,

Rev. Pedro L. Bou, S.V.D.

Faith in Our Future
Reminder of Timeline and Plan

July 1, 2020: The parishes of St. Mary of the Lake and St. Anthony have merged and the new name of our parish, determined by our bishop, is the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. During this Pandemic and even before it started ministry leaders and volunteers have been gathering with our new Pastor to prepare for our parishes to become one parish family. So many people have been, and are working together to make it possible. Even though it requires a lot more to have the Masses during this time we have the blessing of many faithful individuals all working as one to enable things to run smoothly and safely. Once things return to normal our newly merged parish will have the schedule of multiple separate Masses in three languages: English, Polish, and Spanish.

Many happy events have already been shared. We look forward to a bright future in Lakewood. The parish will continue to own and use all the worship sites of St. Mary’s, St. Anthony’s, and Holy Family. These sites will retain their current names. The new parish will continue to own Holy Family School and St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery as well. There are no plans at this time in the parish or diocese to sell off any of these properties.

The new parish will have over 5,000 families. It will have nearly 1,000 children in religious education. And, it will continue to host The Polish School.


New Parish Resource:

FORMED Network

Our parish has joined FORMED, an online website that contains Catholic videos, and downloadable audio or e-books. The site contains series on Catholic Theology and Spirituality. Over the course of next few years, we will be utilizing these resources for group formation such as Bible studies, catechist enrichment, prayer groups, and small faith sharing groups.

The resources on FORMED can be used just by individuals, or, used in group settings. Of note is a weekly commentary on the Sunday readings and a series on basic Catholic theology called “Symbolon.”

The FORMED website is available to all registered parishioners and everyone who live within the parish boundaries, which is the boundaries of Lakewood. To access the website, you need to register first. You do that by:

  1. Go to on your web browser
  2. Click the button: ENTER CODE
  3. Enter our parish code, all caps: YRP6YV
  4. Enter your name, email, and a password. In the future, the next time you enter the FORMED site, all you will need is to enter your email address and password. On most web browsers, they have a feature that will automatically enter your info when you log on, if you care to use it to make logging on easier in the future. Since this is not a high target web site for hackers (we doubt anyone would want to steal your FORMED access), we suggest you keep your password simple and different from your high-value websites, such as your online banking. The site does require that the password contain at least one number and one special character (such as: ! $ #). Write your password down and keep it in a handy place.

Once you’re in, explore the site’s resources!

New Guidelines For In Church Masses (pdf)
Online Liturgy for Streaming Masses
"In Car Mass Information (pdf)
SVdP Food Pantry Info (pdf)
Holy Week Decree.docx
2020 Bulletins
2019 Bulletins
Prior Years
Additional Links

Saint Mary of the Lake FACEBOOK Page

Saint Anthony Claret Website

Saint Mary of the Lake Polish School Page

New Guidelines For Private Prayer


Bishop O'Connell Message On Opening Churches and Upcoming Streamed Masses

Online Masses

Msza Święta XIV Niedziela Zwykła
5 Lipca 2020

Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time Holy Mass
July 5, 2020

Msza Święta XIII Niedziela Zwykła
28 czerwca 2020 r

28 DE JUNIO 2020

Thirteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time Holy Mass
June 28, 2020

Msza Święta Xll Niedziela Zwykła
21 czerwca 2020 r

21 DE JUNIO 2020

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Holy Mass
June 21, 2020
Msza Święta Uroczystość Najświętszego Ciała i Krwi Chrystusa
14 czerwca 2020

14 de junio 2020

Solemnity Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Sunday Holy Mass
June 14, 2020

7 Czerwca 2020 – niedziela –
Najświętszej Trojcy

Santa Misa 7 de Junio de 2020

Solemnity Most Holy Trinity Sunday Holy Mass
June 7, 2020

Stations of the cross
Stations of the cross at St. Martha's

A Message from Bishop O’Connell On Measures to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

God has not abandoned us and is present among us. As we learn each day of the growing concern surrounding
the spread of the coronavirus in our communities, we need to have faith and confidence in God, especially in times like these, praying that He will see us through the present adversity safely.

Mindful of the Lord Jesus' own words in St. Luke's Gospel, "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, take up his Cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23)," the Coronavirus pandemic has placed such a Cross before us.

For more information visit the Diocese of Trenton website: