Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will celebrate a special diocesan Mass of Thanksgiving and Support for health care workers, first responders and frontline workers in the battle against COVID-19 May 13 at noon in St. Joseph Church, part of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Keyport.

Commemorating the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, the Mass will be livestreamed without a congregation, and can be viewed on and, where it will also be available after the event.  Bishop O’Connell will serve as homilist; Father Rene Pulgarin, Our Lady of Fatima pastor, will be the concelebrant.

The Mass follows two special May events led by Bishop O’Connell calling attention to those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.  On May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, Bishop O’Connell celebrated a noon Mass for all Workers – the employed, unemployed and seeking work, and the retired – from the chapel of St. Joseph Church in Toms River.  The Mass was livestreamed and can still be viewed on   

Later that day, Bishop O’Connell joined bishops from around the United States and Canada in reconsecrating those two nations to the care of the Blessed Mother under the title “Mary, Mother of the Church.” Bishop O’Connell led a prayer service from Mary, Mother of the Church, Bordentown, which can be viewed on

During this COVID-19 crisis and until further notice, Holy Communion can only be distributed to the faithful as Viaticum for the dying in the Diocese of Trenton.