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Archdiocese of Newark to Observe and Celebrate Holy Week 2023

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Ridgewood NJ,  on Sunday, April 2, Christians around the world will begin the observance of Holy Week to commemorate Jesus’ death and resurrection, which is celebrated on Easter Sunday, April 9. The nearly 1.3 million Catholics worshiping in the 212 Catholic parishes of the Archdiocese of Newark throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties will mark the days leading to Easter Sunday with a full range of liturgies — Mass, Stations of the Cross, prayer services, and more.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Extends Deepest Condolences to the Pizzuto family

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November 27, 2022

Dear Ridgewood community,

Basil Pizzuto was a wonderful educator, beloved colleague and mentor to many during his 24-year career at Ridgewood High School.  He leaves a profound legacy and we feel his loss keenly.

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St. Patrick’s Day Annual Dinner Dance sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 1736 March 23rd.


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Ridgewood NJ, St. Patrick’s Day Annual Dinner Dance sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 1736.

Corned beef & cabbage, chicken scarpariello, eggplant rollatini, salads, desserts, plus beer and wine.
Entertainment includes Bagpipers, Irish Dancers, and the spirited band, Celtic Cross!

Reservations $60 per person
Order tickets for link below OR
Mail check to Jeff Voigt, Knights of Columbus Council #1736
99 Glenwood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Checks payable to: K of C Council #1736

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7 PM – 11:59 PM

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Ridgewood, N.J.
1 Passaic St, Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450


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N.J. teen admits terror plot to kill Pope Francis in Philly


By Thomas Moriarty | NJ Advance Media for
on April 03, 2017 at 5:31 PM, updated April 03, 2017 at 8:22 PM

CAMDEN — A Camden County teen admitted in federal court Monday to plotting to kill Pope Francis during his 2015 visit to Philadelphia.

Santos Colon, 17, of Lindenwold, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden to a charge of attempting to provide material support to terrorists, according to court records.

Colon, also known as Ahmad Shakoor, had tried to recruit a person he thought was a sniper to join him in his plot, which involved shooting the Pope during his Papal mass and setting off explosive devices, according to a statement from Acting U.S. Attorney William E Fitzgerald and Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary B. McCord.

Authorities say the “sniper” was actually an undercover operative for the FBI, which arrested Colon after he scoped out possible targets with an informant, who Colon also instructed to purchase bomb components.

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Ridgewood American Legion to Honor Blue Star Families on October 16th

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American Legion to Honor Blue Star Families
Fri, October 16, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Mt. Carmel RC Church, 1 Passaic St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood American Legion Post 53, a 501 (c) (19) tax exempt veterans’ organization, would be privileged to have you partner with them to honor the families of currently deployed American military personnel. Every October the post hosts a dinner at Mount Carmel RC Church for all Blue Star families in our area. Approximately 100 local residents attend. This year’s dinner will be October 16 at 6:30pm.

Since WWI a Blue Star banner proudly displayed in the window announced to the world that the residents of that house had a family member on military duty. The veterans of Post 53 have distributed over 50 banners to local families.

As America counted on them during their time of military service to protect our freedoms, local towns count on them during our time of community service to teach and demonstrate their freedoms to others. One key way is sharing our pride in our troops with their families. The Legion hopes you can join them.

Contact for details.

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Ridgewood resident studies to become a Roman Catholic deacon


Bob Liwanag’s family is very supportive of his decision to become a deacon. From left: Amanda Liwanag, Bob, Tessie Liwanag, son-in-law Kenny Gershberg and Corinne Gershberg.

Ridgewood resident studies to become a Roman Catholic deacon


Ridgewood resident Bob Liwanag is a devout Roman Catholic, but he was a bit taken aback when his friends in town, Nick and Arlene DeLucca, suggested that he would be a great candidate to become a deacon.

“I didn’t feel worthy,” says the very humble Liwanag, who is now well on his way to achieving that lofty goal. Earlier this fall, he was one of 27 candidates who were blessed by the Archbishop of Newark, Bernard Hebda, in a an acolyte installation ceremony held at Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood. More than 50 members of the clergy and about 350 guests were in attendance that evening.

The path Liwanag and his fellow candidates have accepted is not an easy one, especially now that a master’s degree in theology is one of the requirements. The goal is to be ordained as a deacon in the summer of 2016. At that point, Liwanag will be able to perform several duties that people usually associate with priests. For example, deacons can baptize babies, witness marriages and conduct funeral services. They will use their life experiences in the secular world to serve the church and the community at large. Although married men can become deacons, they cannot remarry if they become widowers, except by special dispensation.

“The apostles were the first deacons,” explained Liwanag. “They were instructed by Jesus to go out and serve the community.” That service to others is one of the ideals that drew Liwanag to his course of studies. “It may sound corny,” he said, “but everyone is called to serve God. It’s how you respond that makes the difference.”