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Oct. 8, 2021

The Archdiocese of Newark will launch its new Vine and Branches initiative on Sunday, October 10, to inspire Catholics in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties to return to Mass now that most pandemic-related restrictions have been lifted. Spearheaded by Auxiliary Bishop Michael A. Saporito and priests of the Archdiocese, Vine and Branches will see parishes host numerous special events...

October 8, 2021

This issue of Rejoice in the Lord is focused on the second chapter of Fratelli Tutti, “A Stranger on the Road.” Chapter Two of Fratelli Tutti shows how the parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us to recognize the face of Jesus in all our brothers and sisters and to become neighbors to others, overcoming prejudices, personal interests, historic and cultural barriers. Pope Francis stresses that we all, in fact, are co-responsible in creating a society that is able to include, integrate and lift up those who have fallen or are suffering.

October 4, 2021

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, has released a pastoral reflection on the role of Catholics as "stewards of God's grace." This follows a previous pastoral letter from Cardinal Tobin in which he looked forward to an eventual return to in-person worship. Now that vaccination has become more widespread and statewide restrictions against in-person gatherings have lifted, Cardinal Tobin is encouraging Catholics to reunite in celebrating the Mass.

Sept. 29, 2021

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will lead a jubilant Hispanic Heritage Mass on Friday, October 1, at 8 p.m. in Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. All are welcome to the Spanish-language Mass, which will be concelebrated by the Archdiocese’s four auxiliary bishops and many priests from throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and...

Sept. 27, 2021

The month of October brings with it our annual observance of Respect Life Month. As part of the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis, this year’s celebration highlights the example of that great saint. As the faithful protector of both Jesus and Mary, we find in St. Joseph a profound reminder of our own call to welcome, safeguard, and defend God’s precious gift of human life...

Sept. 24, 2021

Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, H.R. 3755. This bill would impose abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal statute and would eliminate pro-life laws at every level of government -- including parental notification for minor girls, informed consent, and health or safety protections specific to abortion facilities... 

Sept. 24, 2021

My reflections on stewardship are intended to reinforce the ideas contained in Returning to Grace, my pastoral letter on the Eucharist. I urge you to read my stewardship reflections, Stewards of Grace, in full, but here is a selection of some of the main points...

Sept. 20, 2021

The Archdiocese of Newark holds inclusive family Masses in English and Spanish, particularly adapted for individuals with disabilities, families, and friends. The Masses are shorter than more traditional liturgies. Some include music, and some do not. “But at all of these liturgies, you don’t need to worry about any extra noises or moving around,” said Anne Masters, director of the Archdiocese of Newark’s... 

Sept. 17, 2021

Join us for a special Eucharistic Adoration Prayer Service on Sunday, Oct. 3, in anticipation of welcome back month activities and the opening of our Archdiocesan initiative, Vine & Branches. Each Auxiliary Bishop will celebrate in his county. At these Eucharistic Adoration services, we will invoke the Holy Spirit to guide all our efforts and lead us all to a deeper appreciation of the Eucharist and our...

Sept. 16, 2021

The New Jersey Catholic Bishops issued a provincial statement today recognizing September as “National Recovery Month.” In the statement, the bishops celebrate those who have achieved recovery and announce the release of new resources to help parishes and other Catholic organizations that seek to serve those who continue to suffer from various forms of addiction...

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