The Archdiocese of Newark will honor women and men who are committed to consecrated or religious life during its 25th annual Consecrated Life Mass on Saturday, February 5, at 11 a.m. in Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., will preside over the Mass. All are welcome to attend. The Mass will also be livestreamed for those who prefer to participate virtually.
Every human life is sacred. Every person is a child of God who possesses incomparable dignity and worth—no matter what his or her state in life or personal gifts and talents. Regardless of who we are; or what our background is; or the state of our physical, emotional or mental health; or our accomplishments; or our race, religion or cultural heritage; or our age; or our social status; every individual human being is precious in the sight of God and, therefore, should also be valuable in the eyes of his or her fellow human beings.
Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a proclamation designating the week of January 30 – February 5, 2022, as Catholic Schools' Week in New Jersey and acknowledging the contributions of Catholic schools to the public welfare of all New Jerseyans. The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools’ Week is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.”
The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey join to express our profound disappointment and deep concern about the passage of S49/A6260 - - the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, which codifies into state law an individual’s right to an abortion, including late-term abortions. This law departs from the fundamental Catholic teaching that all life is sacred from conception to natural death.
The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey join to express our strongest opposition to S49/A6260. This harmful legislation would: codify into state law an individual’s right to an abortion, including late-term abortions; potentially violate the religious freedom of healthcare workers and hospitals; and require private businesses to expand group health coverage to include abortion services.
In his latest newsletter to the faithful, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., writes, "Peace is such a simple, universal concept. Why is it so hard to achieve—in our personal lives, our families, our neighborhoods and our world?...Peace is the absence of violence, but it’s also much more."
The New Jersey Catholic Conference (NJCC) is calling on Catholics and all people of good will to urge their state elected officials to vote “no” on S49/A6260, legislation which effectively serves as a replacement to the Reproductive Freedom Act (RFA). The RFA was a controversial bill introduced in October 2020 that would have expanded abortion services in New Jersey to include late-term abortions, state-funding for abortions, mandating health insurance coverage for abortion services, and allowing for non-physician medical providers to perform abortions, all of which the NJCC vigorously opposed.
The effort to connect with all the Catholics in the Archdiocese of Newark is underway. The impressive undertaking is in response to Pope Francis’ desire to hear from as many active and inactive Catholics as possible worldwide. It is all part of the global synodal process the Holy Father began on Oct. 10 with a special Vatican Mass. A week later the Archdiocese of Newark officially began its synodal journey with its own special Mass. Ever since, leaders in the Archdiocese quickly mobilized...
Join us for Mass on Christmas Eve. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. will celebrate the Christmas Vigil Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark at 12 Midnight. If you’re planning to attend Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas day at a Catholic parish near you, use our Parish and Mass Finder tool to locate your nearest parish!
We associate “joy” with Christmas. Do we know what joy is? Have we experienced it lately? According to Pope Francis: "To be full of joy is the experience of the highest consolation, when the Lord makes us understand that this is something different from being cheerful, positive, bright...No, it is another thing; it is an overflowing joy that really hits us. Receiving the joy of the Spirit is a grace.”
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