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UGCOA invites all for United Prayers on Saturday, April 04 – 2 to 5 PM EST.

United Gujarati Christians of America invites all for United Prayers on Saturday, April 04, 2020 – 2 to 5 PM EST. Several different Churches and organization are participating in this service to pray for the Corona-virus pandemic. So please call 1 215-853-6612 to listen or log on to view it at

Nursing home residents in Woodbridge, NJ moving to new facility

From Woodbridge Township as of Monday had 27 cases of coronavirus with 11 cases coming from St. Joseph’s Senior Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility in the Strawberry Hill section.

Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac announced on Sunday that one of the people at St. Joseph’s who tested positive for coronavirus had died.

CareOne at Hanover, which sent nurses to St. Joseph’s nursing home, will help move patients to their facility in Whippany, Hanover Township, until further notice, the source said.

“That is the best news possible,” McCormac said on Tuesday when he learned of the news. “CareOne is the entity that provided nurses the last few days.”

Administrators at CareOne were in a meeting Tuesday afternoon and did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Workers at St. Joseph’s nursing home did not immediately respond to a call and email seeking comment.

At least eight of the 11 coronavirus cases at St. Joseph’s were elderly residents; the first was confirmed on March 16. On Tuesday afternoon, McCormac announced that the number of COVID-19 cases at St. Joseph’s had risen to 11. At least three of the affected St. Joseph’s residents had been hospitalized, according to Persichilli.

This nursing home is very close to my resident please see the Goggle image.

WOODBRIDGE, New Jersey (WABC) — All 94 residents from St. Joseph’s nursing home in Woodbridge are being moved Wednesday by Morris County officials to a CareOne facility in Whippany, according to a statement on behalf of CareOne.

The community has “a number of residents who have tested positive with COVID-19.”

Health officials say about a dozen employees are home sick with influenza-like illnesses and there are a number of residents who have tested positive with COVID-19.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the sisters who run the facility were struggling to care for the patients.

Of the nearly 90 residents at the facility, at least three have been admitted to the hospital and tested positive for coronavirus.

The state has been monitoring the facility since Friday afternoon

“This may result unfortunately and ultimately with the closure of that facility, a facility that has cared for the most vulnerable population in Woodbridge and the surrounding area for decades,” State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said. “With the employees ill and now quarantined and the inability to get the adequate staff to give the residents the care they deserve…that’s why I said the ultimate result may be closure.”

New Jersey reported 17 new deaths Tuesday, bringing the total to 44 across the state. The total number of cases now stands at 3,675.

Meet & Greet of the founders of Cenacle Sisters of The Sacred Heart, Fr. Tomy Churathil and Mother General Chandrika

Meet & Greet of the founders of Cenacle Sisters of The Sacred Heart, Fr. Tomy Churathil and Mother General Chandrika – Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA

The Cenacle Sisters of the Sacred Heart is a Pious Association founded by Rev Fr Tomy Churathil SAC and Rev Mother Chandrika on 8th September 2002, under the patronage of His Grace Most Rev Joseph Augustine of Raipur Archdiocese, Chhattisgarh, India.

They were here in US for a short visit but even with their busy schedule they informed us to have at least one meeting. We immediately accepted their kind gestor. The members of Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA were fortunate and blessed to meet both Fr. Tomy Churathil and Mother General Chandrika on March 03, 2020.

During this Lenten season we got the very much needed spiritual guidance and blessings from both of them. Fr. Tomy gave us very thoughtful speech and individually blessed each and every one present.  They promised us that they will spend little more time with our community. We will plan it in advance and make an announcement accordingly.

In 2015 they opened up a house in Peru and after installation Mother General Sr. Chandrika came to New Jersey and we were honored to meet her and witnessed the first hand testimony of her struggle to do the God’s work.

Now they have opened up a house in Fairview, New Jersey on 1st September 2019. Sr. Chetna is stationed there. We honored to have Sr. Chetna participated in our annual Christmas program on December 28, 2019.

Please click here to read an article in “DOOT” March 2020 about Mother General Sr. Chandrika.