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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — In Alabama, a Presbyterian church wanted to be able to hire its own police for protection. Mosque leaders around the country are meeting with law enforcement officials as an anti-Muslim furor fuels arson attacks and vandalism. And the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been holding specialized training for congregations for “all hazards, including active shooter incidents.”

Religious congregations across the United States are concentrating on safety like never before following a season of violence, from the slaughter unleashed in June by a white shooter at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, to the killings this month in San Bernardino, California.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said 2015 is shaping up as the worst year ever for U.S. mosques, amid the backlash to the Islamic-extremist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and the intensifying anti-Muslim rhetoric from Donald Trump and others seeking the GOP presidential nomination. Preliminary 2015 data collected by the civil rights organization found 71 reported cases of vandalism, harassment and threats, with 29 of those incidents occurring since the Nov. 13 assaults in France.

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Halloween Reading : Reviving Witchcraft


Halloween Reading : Reviving Witchcraft
By Kate Carlson | Published 10/29/15 7:32am

When people hear “Witch” most will associate it with an evil woman with a big nose, pointed black hat and a broomstick.

Most are unaware there is a community within Central Michigan University that identifies as Witches year-round.

The end of October is a sacred time for many religions, specifically those who practice Witchcraft and other contemporary Pagans. Their holy day, Samhain, the traditional Celtic holiday focused on the end of the harvest and preparations for winter, falls on Halloween.

Practicing Witchcraft as either a Witch or Wiccan usually falls under the umbrella of Paganism, explained religion professor Dr. Laurel Zwissler. Paganism is usually classified as the practice of reviving ancient religions in conjunction with a spiritual appreciation for the earth.

“There are so many misunderstandings about what Witchcraft as a religion is, it makes sense to me that a lot of people would choose to be a little more private about their beliefs,” Zwissler said. “I do know there is a Pagan presence on campus.”

The population of people who practice Witchcraft is difficult to track, mostly because of the stigma attached to the minority religion, and lack of brick and mortar places of worship, Zwissler said. In popular culture Witches are typically portrayed as cartoon characters and are demonized. The fictitious myth of a Witch that exists in the media does not reflect people who actually practice the religion, but is still associated with them. That does not stop some, however, from practicing their religion despite negative backlash and lack of religious diversity on campus.

Roze Bentley has identified as a Witch for 20 years. The Mount Pleasant student is studying religion and said she instantly found a community within a registered student organization formed for religious diversity, Open Grove Society, upon arriving at CMU.

“A lot of people have a very negative, visceral reaction to the word ‘Witch,’” Bentley said. “There’s a stereotype of a harmful person, and really the religion is completely the opposite of that.”

Witchcraft practices have deep roots in feminism, and have self-care as a central message to the faith.

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To see the pope, Ridgewood faithful settle for humble habitat

Mount Carmel

JULY 26, 2015, 11:33 PM    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015, 11:36 PM

They’ll be sleeping on the ground among bugs and birds, near lions and tigers, but the parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood decided they’d do it if that’s what it took to see Pope Francis.

With hotel room prices shooting sky-high as far back as a year ago, Cathy Hunt, the church’s director of religious education, sought out, in Francis fashion, humbler lodging. After a little negotiating with the Philadelphia Zoo, the group cemented plans to roll out sleeping bags inside two buildings that contain the insect and bird exhibits.

More than 60 families of Our Lady of Mount Carmel are signed up for the church’s late-September pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia — the capstone of Pope Francis’ five-day visit to the U.S., his first as pope.

Parishioners expect to walk several miles back and forth  between the zoo and the festival site, but at $120 per person, including transportation, it’s a bargain as reservations get tougher to come by with only two months to go before the festival.

At least two other Bergen County congregations also made plans well ahead of time to travel to Philadelphia, where North Jersey Catholics may have their best opportunity to see the pope and hear him speak. Besides Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., the pope is visiting Manhattan, where he is to say Mass at Madison Square Garden and lead a multi-faith service at Ground Zero. But the Archdiocese of New York announced last week that its limited tickets for those events will be available only to its own parishioners.

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Cruz warns of ‘liberal fascism’ targeting Christians


April 25, 2015, 11:18 pm
By Mark Hensch

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday said Democrats had gone to extremes in their persecution of Christians.

“Today’s Democratic Party has decided there is no room for Christians in today’s Democratic Party,” he said at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in Waukee, Iowa.

“There is a liberal fascism that is going after Christian believers,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate continued.

“It is heartbreaking,” Cruz argued. “But it is so extreme, it is waking people up.”

Cruz said same-sex marriage had produced rabid zealotry in Democratic ranks. This ideology, he argued, was excluding people of faith.

“Today’s Democratic Party has become so radicalized for legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states that there is no longer any room for religious liberty,” he said.

The Texas lawmaker said this stance was against America’s traditional values. Religious liberty, Cruz claimed, was one of the nation’s founding principles.

“We were founded by men and women fleeing religious persecution,” Cruz declared.

“We need leaders who will stand unapologetically in defense of the Judeo-Christian values upon which America was built,” he concluded.

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Bethlehem Lutheran to Hold Healing and Prayer Service


Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ridgewood, NJ will conduct its 11th Annual Service of Healing on Sunday, April 26th at 1pm. The church is located at 155 Linwood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. 201-444-3600.

The worship service will be led by The Rev. Andrew D. Nelson. Thisservice is being held in cooperation with the Parish Nurse/Care Ministry atThe focus of this worship service will be wholeness. Healing does notmean just the lack of illness or disability. The root of the word “heal” meanswholeness.

 As Christians, we remember that our wholeness involves harmony in all areas of our lives- body, mind and spirit, with Christ at its center. Christian healing directs us toward being the person God is calling us to be at every stage of our living and our dying. For some, healing is comfort, for some, strength, for others, physical healing.

Through prayer, anointing with oil and confession we cast our burdens on the Lord. We confess that Jesus meets us in our brokenness and pain and brings His love to bear – forgiving, transforming, redeeming and healing by His grace. Jesus does this in God’s way, in God’s time, and according to God’s loving purpose for each individual.

Our physical, mental and emotional hurts and ills are not signs of God’s rejection but symptoms of our fallen world in which sin and death reign. We are invited by God to commend our ills on Him for this life, realizing that ultimate healing awaits us in heaven.

Please join us as we come together for this renewal of body, mind and spirit on Sunday, April 26th at 4pm. Light refreshments will follow in the parlor. All are welcome, bring a friend!

The members of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ridgewood want you to know that God has a plan for you and He loves you.  Our faith is in Christ.  Our guide is in the Bible.  Our love is for all.  Come celebrate with us.

Bethlehem has active ministries in music, education, community outreach and sports.  For our regular worship schedule, we offer 2 Sunday services: Contemporary Praise Service at 8:45am and Traditional Worship at 11am with Sunday School and Bible Class at 10am. Please join us at 155 Linwood Avenue, The mission of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church is to Trust God and care for His people by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in our world, community, work, church, and home.  Please visit our website

Patty Criscenzo, RN, BSN, Parish Nurse

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Easter Sunday Local Church Service


Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Mass Times:
9:30am Church
9:30am Auditorium
11am Church
11am Auditorium
12:30pm Church
12:30pm Auditorium
3pm Spanish

1 Passaic St
Ridgewood, NJ
(201) 447-2043
West Side Presbyterian Church

Easter Sunday, April 5:
Services at 8:45am and 11:15am
promise to be joyful and lively.
The 11:15am service will also feature a special music program and communion.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Easter Worship – April 5th

Easter Worship services
7:30 AM – Sunrise Communion Worship
9:00 AM – Praise Communion Worship
11:00 AM- Festival Communion Worship

155 Linwood Ave
Ridgewood, NJ
(201) 444-3600
Grace Church


9:15 am
Adult Discipleship Class, On-Campus Grace Group, UpTown, Foundations

Worship Service, Kid’s Worship

6:00 pm
LifeGate (Annex)

7:30 pm
common ground (Annex)

340 Meadowbrook Ave
Ridgewood, NJ
(201) 444-0123

Old Paramus Reformed Church
Sunday Worship at 10:00 A.M.
Christ Church

Easter Day (April 5) @ 8 am, 9:15 am JOY!, and 10 am

105 Cottage Pl
Ridgewood, NJ
(201) 652-2350

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As Latin Mass gains popularity, some in North Jersey reluctant to ‘turn back’



As Latin Mass gains popularity, some in North Jersey reluctant to ‘turn back’

MARCH 28, 2015, 11:41 PM    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015, 9:18 AM

On Thursday, March 19, about 60 Catholics from North Jersey celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph with a high Mass at a church in Bergen County. The service began at 7:30 p.m. with a solemn procession, replete with flickering candles and incense, and ended 90 minutes later, with the priest shaking the hands of attendees — and requesting that neither his name nor the name of his church be revealed in this article.

Latin Mass in New Jersey

We have 15 latin Masses in New Jersey listed as active. In a state with a population of 8,938,175 the percentage of the residents that are Catholic is 39%. By our math there is one latin Mass for every 232,393 Catholics in the state.

We have more Latin Mass statistics.

If you know of any locations that are missing, please let us know.


St. John the Baptist Church – Diocese


Mater Ecclesiae Church – Diocese

Corbin City

Our Lady of Fatima Shrine – Independent

Harrington Park

Our Lady of Victories – Diocese

Jersey City

Holy Rosary Church – CLOSED
St Anthony of Padua Church – Diocese


Saint Peter the Apostle Church – Diocese


St. Catherine Church – Diocese

N. Caldwell

St. Anthony of Padua Mission – SSPX


St. Lucy Church – CLOSED

Ocean Township

Our Lady of Fatima Chapel – Independent


St. Mary the Virgin Chapel – Independent


Our Lady of Fatima Chapel – FSSP


Blessed Sacrament Shrine Chapel – Diocese


Holy Cross Church – Diocese


Holy Family Mission – Independent

West Orange

St. Anthony of Padua Chapel – Diocese


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Ash Wednesday Services – Old Paramus Church



Ash Wednesday Services – Old Paramus Church

Members of the Community is Welcome
Ash Wednesday Services at Old Paramus Church, Ridgewood This year Ash Wednesday is on February 18th. Traditionally, services are held to remember this, the first day of Lent, a season of reflection and sacrifice, in anticipation of Easter. Services this year will be held at 7 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., with Old Paramus Pastor, Rev. Rob Miller, officiating . Organist, Stewart Holmes, will play at the 7 a.m. and the 7:30 pm services. Imposition of ashes as well as communion will be part of each service. Members of the community are welcome to participate in any of these services. The church is located at 660 East Glen Avenue at Route 17 South. For more information visit the church website, or call the church office at 201 444-5933, weekdays, from 9:30 to 1:30.
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Religious Freedom Meeting–Tuesday Feb 3, at 7:30 K of C Oakland



Religious Freedom Meeting–Tuesday Feb 3, at 7:30 K of C Oakland

Tonight Tuesday, February 3, we will be having our monthly meeting.

There are several very good videos I have found on the subject of the suppression of religious speech and rights on college campuses put out by an organization called FIRE (Freedom for individual Rights in Education. They are hard-hitting, and so we’ll show them. If anybody can find any others, we can see them too.

As we discussed last meeting, we have sent out letters introducing ourselves to the other Protestant churches in Oakland. Now we are awaiting a response.

Hope to see everybody then. And bring a friend.

Knights of Columbus
7 Court House Place, Oakland, NJ 07436
(201) 337-7539


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Reader asks Can Muslims Ever Be Good Americans?


Reader asks Can Muslims Ever Be Good Americans?

This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to finish. And send it on to everyone. Maybe this is why our American Muslims are so quiet and not speaking out about any atrocities.

Can a good Muslim be a good American?

This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years.The following is his reply:

Theologically – No, Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon god of Arabia .

Religiously – No. Because no other religion is accepted by His Allah except Islam. (Quran, 2:256)(Koran)

Scripturally – No, Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Quran.

Geographically – No, Because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he turns in prayer five times a day.

Socially – No, Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.

Politically – No, Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America , the great Satan.

Domestically – No, Because he is instructed to marry four Women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him. (Quran 4:34 )

Intellectually – No, Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.

Philosophically – No, Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran does not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

Spiritually – No, Because when we declare ‘one nation under God,’ The Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in the Quran’s 99 excellent names.

Therefore, after much study and deliberation, perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot be both ‘good’ Muslims and ‘good’ Americans. Call it what you wish it’s still the truth. You had better believe it. The more of us that understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future.
The religious war is bigger than we know or understand!

Footnote: The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within. SO FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

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A Double Canonization for Popes John XXIII and John Paul II


A Double Canonization for Popes John XXIII and John Paul II

Pope Francis Declares Sainthood for Two Beloved Predecessors

Updated April 25, 2014 10:44 p.m. ET

VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis on Sunday will preside over a pomp-filled ceremony to declare Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints—an event that commemorates the legacies of two of the Catholic Church’s most popular popes, both instrumental in shaping the current pontiff’s groundbreaking reign.

The rite in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, canonizing two of the Catholic Church’s most popular popes, is likely to be a history-making event, given the strong possibility that Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned last year, will also be in attendance. That would mark the first time in the church’s 2,000-year history that two popes would honor the memory of two previous ones. (See their lives in pictures and video in an interactive timeline.)

Over 1 million people are expected to descend on the Vatican this weekend as Pope Francis prepares to canonize Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. The event, however, is not without controversy. Father James Martin discusses. Photo: Getty.

Pope Francis chose to hold a single ceremony to canonize the pair, bringing together two popes who are closely associated with the Second Vatican Council of 1962-65, which led to significant reforms in the church. Pope John XXIII, who reigned from 1958 to 1963, launched Vatican II, as it is commonly known, while John Paul II’s nearly 27-year papacy, which lasted from 1978 until his death in 2005, oversaw the implementation of large parts of the reforms.

“To carry out a double canonization is a message to the Church: These two are good people,” Pope Francis told reporters on the papal plane back from celebrating the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro last summer.