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May 7, 2020

The Archdiocese of Newark has announced the consolidation of its school community and the closure of nine archdiocesan-operated elementary schools at the end of this school year, the result of archdiocesan strategic planning efforts to strengthen the overall school program and ensure a sustainable future for Catholic education in the Archdiocese. 

May 4, 2020

Updated directives regarding Catholic Cemeteries have been approved by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., for the Archdiocese of Newark. On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, all archdiocesan cemeteries will be open for visitation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be open for visitation every Sunday, thereafter...

May 1, 2020

Today the Archdiocese of Newark joins the Catholic Church across the United States and Canada in renewing the consecration of our nations to Our Lady under the title of Mary, Mother of the Church. Our prayer is an expression of communion with the dioceses of the United States and unites us in solidarity...

May 1, 2020

In his homily for Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis said, “Now, while we are looking forward to a slow and arduous recovery from the pandemic, there is a danger that we will forget those who are left behind.” He went further and said that after coronavirus...

April 27, 2020

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will join with U.S. and Canadian bishops in the reconsecration of our nation to Our Lady under the title of Mary, Mother of the Church, on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 3 p.m. EST. Cardinal Tobin will lead a brief bilingual liturgy with the prayer of reconsecration during a livestream from the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral Basilica...

April 24, 2020

Earlier this year when the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic became clear, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. began to implore the Blessed Virgin Mary, Health of the Sick, on a daily basis for her intercession and help. As the Cardinal says in the attached reflection, “Christians have always turned to Mary in times of war, pestilence and famine. In troubled times like these, she is a sure refuge, a source of comfort and hope.”

April 16, 2020

This past Sunday, we celebrated the great feast of Easter and we began the season of joy. And yet, our long Lent continues. We are still deprived of so many things that we have come to depend on, including the opportunity to join with our brothers and sisters for Easter Mass... 

April 12, 2020

If this is Easter, why does it still feel like Lent?

None of the gospels relates the actual resurrection, that is, the rising of Jesus from the dead. There are two reasons for this. First, no one was present to witness it. There were witnesses of the empty tomb and his appearances, but these are the aftermath of the resurrection, not the event itself...

April 11, 2020

On Sunday, April 12, Cardinal Tobin will be the main celebrant of Easter Sunday Mass livestreamed at noon from the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. The worship aid can be downloaded at www.rcan.org/easter.

April 9, 2020

A message from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., this Easter season. “This year—more than any in recent memory—we are reminded that the Lord’s resurrection did not totally eliminate the consequences of sin and death. Instead, our Lord’s rising from the dead has transformed life as we know it—giving it new meaning and a future full of hope. …”

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