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March 2, 2021

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, has granted Catholics in the Archdiocese of Newark a dispensation (an exemption) from the obligation to abstain from meat on Friday, March 19, 2021, the celebration of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary...

Feb. 19, 2020

Lent is the time of year when the Church encourages us to do a thorough examination of our spiritual health, and then to take whatever steps are necessary to let the healing power of Jesus make us whole again. The six and a half weeks of Lent provide a structure for diagnosing the symptoms, and the root causes, of our sinfulness. During this special time of year, the Church encourages us to take advantage of the healing power of the sacraments, especially the sacrament of...

February 18, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

When church historians write about the Year of Our Lord 2020, I predict they will call particular attention to the “Great Eucharistic Fast.” COVID-19, the pandemic that has taken the lives of millions, obliged dioceses throughout the world to take the unprecedented action of closing our churches and effectively denying our people the opportunity to receive Christ’s Body and Blood in the Eucharist. Some scholars may point out that, as a result, Catholics in Europe and North America experienced what others have suffered for many years due to a shortage of priests or outright persecution, namely, the absence of the sacraments...

Click here to view Cardinal Tobin's introductory video and to read his pastoral letter.

Feb. 8, 2020

On March 31, 2005, the Vatican confirmed that Pope John Paul II was near death. Tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray with and for the dying pope—now St. John Paul II. On Saturday, April 2, at about 3:30 in the afternoon, the Holy Father spoke his final words, “Let me go to the house of the Father.” A few hours later, he died...

Jan. 26, 2021

WASHINGTON - The on-site evening program for the January 28 National Prayer Vigil for Life will take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, is closed to the public and will be taking place...

Jan. 22, 2021

What is peace? It’s the absence of violence, certainly, but it’s also much more. St. Augustine called it “the tranquility of order,” which is certainly an important aspect of peace. Peace is experienced personally and communally. When we’re at peace, we’re not filled with anxiety; our homes are not filled with loud arguments and discord; our neighborhoods and cities are safe and well-ordered, not threatening or chaotic; and nations, races and peoples live together in harmony and mutual respect without...

Jan. 20, 2021

Statement of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., on the Inauguration of President Joe Biden: On the day of his inauguration, I congratulate President Joseph R. Biden and draw inspiration from his words, “With purpose and resolve, we turn to those tasks of our time, sustained by faith, driven by conviction, and devoted to one another and the country we...

Jan. 11, 2020

Following are guidelines for the Memorial of Saint Blaise blessing of throats, Ash Wednesday distribution of ashes, and the distribution of palms on Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. They still require wearing masks and social distancing by presiders, ministers and recipients, as stated in all of our diocesan directives. Also included are updates on the use of Holy Water.

Jan. 8, 2020

There are many reasons why this new year warrants the special patronage of Joseph, the righteous man who quietly obeyed the instructions given to him by God’s messenger on at least four occasions. By reading carefully the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart), we can see the wisdom of this decision. St. Joseph is a man for all seasons, but his intercession and example are especially needed in troubled times like these...

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