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Sacred Relics to Be Displayed in Montclair

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Montclair NJ, an exhibit featuring over 100 sacred relics of Jesus Christ; the Holy Family; and numerous saints, martyrs, and blesseds will be on display at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Oratory in Montclair on Saturday, February 24, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Youth Group Open Center, Almost a Record

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Ridgewood NJ, almost a record… but not quite! Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church youth group open center had 103 teenagers! It might be a record for the highest number of teens this early in a school year.
The record to beat is 127, dating back to February 2018. If things continue as they are, I think we will break the record this program year!

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Archdiocese of Newark Offers Array of Services to Assist Migrants, Refugees Amidst Immigration Crisis

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Newark NJ, with the Catholic Church celebrating its World Day for Migrants and Refugees on Sunday, September 24, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops honoring its National Migration Week in the days leading up to it (September 18-24), the Archdiocese of Newark wishes to highlight its own work assisting the many migrants and refugees living in New Jersey amidst the ongoing immigration crisis.

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Archdiocese of Newark to Open Second Mercy House Location in Jersey City

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Jersey City NJ,  The Archdiocese of Newark’s Respect Life Office will open a second location of The Mercy House — its resource and referral center that provides a wide variety of assistance to all in need — at 20 Greenville Avenue in Jersey City on Monday, December 5, at 11 a.m.

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Archdiocese of Newark to Distribute 200 Free Turkeys to Families in Need

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Newark NJ,  the Mercy House, a resource and referral center operated by the Archdiocese of Newark’s Respect Life Office, will distribute approximately 200 free turkeys to families in need during its Fifth Annual Thanksgiving Giveaway on Tuesday, November 22, at 11 a.m.

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Archdiocese of Newark Releases Local Synod Report : Findings Show Catholics Want More Inclusivity, Youth Involvement

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Newark NJ,  the Archdiocese of Newark announced the release of its Synod on Synodality Synthesis Report, which captures the feedback and voices of more than 15,000 people across northern New Jersey, who convened online and at gatherings in parishes, schools, religious congregations, and more since January 2022. The effort is the local phase of Pope Francis’ two-year Synod on Synodality, a global initiative to discern how the Catholic Church can better engage with today’s faith communities. The report, which is publicly available on the Archdiocese of Newark’s website, was submitted in June to the United States Catholic Bishops Conference for inclusion in a national synthesis process before a consolidated U.S. report is submitted to the Vatican for the October 2023 Synod of Bishops in Rome.

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Relics, Life-Sized Statue of St. Pio to be Displayed in Newark Cathedral on Sept. 12-13

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Newark NJ, five relics and a life-sized statue of St. Pio, the first priest in the Catholic Church’s history to bear the stigmata wounds of Christ’s crucifixion, will be on public display at Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart this September as part of the Saint Pio Foundation’s ongoing “I Embrace You” Tour of the U.S.

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Cardinal Tobin Issues Statement Regarding Supreme Court Decision to overturn the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide

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Newark Nj, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, has issued a statement in response to the decision of the United States Supreme Court decision to overturn the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

In supporting the decision, Cardinal Tobin stated, “The Catholic Church teaches that all human life is sacred, from conception to natural death” and he voiced the Church’s opposition to “the many threats to human life and dignity evident in contemporary society.”

Cardinal Tobin acknowledged that this is a deeply controversial ruling, stating, “We recognize that a significant number of our fellow citizens are angered by this decision of our nation’s highest Court,” and calling for an ongoing respectful dialogue between Americans.

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Archdiocese of Newark to Honor Religious with 25th Annual Consecrated Life Mass

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Newark NJ, 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.

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Archdiocese of Newark Joins Dioceses Worldwide to Launch Historic Papal Synod Re-Examining Church

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Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin greets a young parishioner on his way out of Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart on October 17 following the Archdiocese’s Opening Mass for the Church’s global Synod.

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Newark NJ, The Archdiocese of Newark joined dioceses throughout the world in celebrating a special Opening Mass on October 17 to launch “Synod 2021-2023: For a Synodal Church,” a two-year re-examination of the way the Catholic Church is listening to and walking with its parishioners.

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New Summer Program Engages Youth in Service Around Archdiocese of Newark

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Newark NJ,  The Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark recently launched its new “Days in the Diocese” program, which offers one-day service immersion experiences to archdiocesan teens throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties.

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Let’s Talk About Faith & Real Life with Adolescents

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Ridgewood NJ, Parents and all adults who work with youth have an opportunity to talk with and walk with young people to connect faith and life. Youth today are making big decisions about their lives, who to be with, where they are going, and how they will prepare for their future.

Young people in our parishes need someone to accompany them; they need faith companions. Parents of adolescents deserve support and tools for making the faith connection
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As Jesus walked with the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we can accompany youth, listen to their questions, witness to faith, lead them to encounter Jesus, and empower them for mission. Join us for this workshop to share the skills we can use to help our young people build on their faith as they journey through life.

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Catholic Priest Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Teenager in 1990s

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Phillipsburg NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that a Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to prison today for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in the early 1990s.  He is the first defendant to be charged and convicted by the Clergy Abuse Task Force formed by Attorney General Grewal in September 2018. 

Father Thomas P. Ganley, 64, of Phillipsburg, N.J., was sentenced to four years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Diane Pincus in Middlesex County.  He pleaded guilty on April 8 to second-degree sexual assault.  In pleading guilty, he admitted that he engaged in sexual acts with the victim when she was 16 or 17 years old, at a time when he had supervisory authority over her.  Ganley was a priest at Saint Cecelia Church in the Iselin section of Woodbridge when the criminal acts occurred and had supervisory authority over the victim as head of the Youth Ministry for the parish.

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Pope Francis decries the loss of Priests and Nuns going into the Catholic Church

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Ridgewood NJ, in recent comments, Pope Francis said he is concerned about what he calls a “hemorrhage” of priests and nuns from the Catholic church. For decades, the Catholic church in many developed countries has seen the number of priests and nuns on the decline.

The pope on Saturday told participants at a Vatican gathering on religious life that the loss of clergy is weakening the church.

Pope Francis said that first among the factors causing nuns and priests to quit their vocations is a society that discourages lifelong commitments. Francis later lamented that many conduct their lives based on “a la carte” choices.

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Catholic Online reports that new priests will be expected to be familiar with and promote efforts to reduce carbon emissions

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Catholic Online reports that new priests will be expected to be familiar with and promote efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

New priests to learn about global warming as part of formation

LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) — The Catholic Church is intimately concerned about climate change. The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences is the world’s oldest, longest running scientific mission. That body, which advises the pope on matters of science, has concluded that global climate change is real and is caused, at least in significant part, by human activity.

This is important to the Church because creation care is part of our mission. We are called to be stewards of creation. It’s also important because climate change can exacerbate the ills of poverty. Poor people in much of the world are the most vulnerable to changes.

Unfortunately, the issue is politicized. In the late 1970s, when the issue threatened the financial interests of the fossil fuel industry, the political lobbies, chiefly in the United States, financed a massive political disinformation campaign to manufacture the illusion of dissent within the scientific community.

We know because this manipulation of public opinion has been caught and documented. The fossil fuel industry funds nearly all of the climate change skeptics, going so far as to commission questionable studies, to financing think tanks, and even paying individual bloggers. The deception continues today.

But what does this have to do with the Church?

The Church has a responsibility to care for people, and the environment. And care for one is also care for the other.

Now updated guidelines for the formation of clergy says new priests should understand this as well:

“Protecting the environment and caring for our common home — the Earth, belong fully to the Christian outlook on man and reality. Priests should be “promoters of an appropriate care for everything connected to the protection of creation.”

The new guidelines suggest that in the future, priests will also have a good grasp of the global climate change problem and will share this with their congregation.

Read more: https://www.catholic.org/news/green/story.php?id=72433

From the Vatican website;

The Gift of the Priestly Vocation

… For some time now, experts and researchers, active in different fields of study, have turned their attention to the emerging planetary crisis, which is reflected strongly in the current Magisterium regarding the ‘ecological question’. Protecting the environment and caring for our common home – the Earth – belong fully to the Christian outlook on man and reality. They constitute in some way the basis for a sound ecology of human relations. Hence they demand, today above all, a “profound interior conversion. It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So what they all need is an ‘ecological conversion’, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evidence in their relationship with the world around them. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience. Therefore it will be necessary for future priests to be highly sensitive to this theme and, through the requisite Magisterial and theological guidance, helped to “acknowledge the appeal, immensity and urgency of the challenge we face”. This must then be applied to their future priestly ministry, making them promoters of an appropriate care for everything connected to the protection of creation. …

Source: https://www.clerus.va/content/dam/clerus/Ratio%20Fundamentalis/The%20Gift%20of%20the%20Priestly%20Vocation.pdf

Whats next? Excommunication of scientists whose theories aren’t approved by the Pope?