Vol. 53 No. 1
Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Audit results show Newark is in compliance
y James Goodness
As this edition of The Catholic Advocate went to press, the Office of Child and Youth Protection of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released the summary results of its audit of compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People by the 194 dioceses and eparchies of the Catholic Church in the United States.

While the results for all dioceses were unavailable at press time, the Archdiocese of Newark did receive word from the audit company, Gavin Group, Inc., that it had indeed met criteria for compliance, and was implementing the Charter in the local Church of Newark.
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Torch run illuminates hard plight of Latino immigrants

By Liesl Fores

For the second year in a row, Hispanics in the Archdiocese of Newark showed their devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe while standing in solidarity with undocumented immigrants and families separated by borders.

Over 1000 people gathered outside and inside the church of St. Augustine in Union City to welcome runners from the Archdiocese of Newark participating in the Guadalupan Torch Run.
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Church ministry 'taps' into key demographic group
By Liesl Fores

People in certain age groups behave in particular ways, from “the terrible twos” through rebillious teen years.

What about the person in his or her 20s and 30s? For the Mother Church, this age is a challenge, as such individuals today—especially in American society—are searching for their own identities as adults, with all the changes and responsibilities that come along with that.

Oftentimes, while careers, love interests and making one’s place in the world become the focus for young adults, God, the Church and spirituality take a back seat. That’s where Theology on Tap comes in.
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Important resoultions for 2004: a way of life...
By Andrew Kaczynski

Every year at this time people decide upon and try to live out resolutions they desire for the new year. Losing weight, exercising more, and ceasing to smoke are probably the top three that many people try to uphold. Many times, because these types of resolutions take a lot of effort, they are abandoned.

Why not try something a little different this year and make a concerted effort to become a better Christian through the practice of good stewardship? I offer to you a list of stewardship-rooted resolutions, based upon a publication entitled The Steward’s Way by C. Justin Clements, that are easy to follow and be committed to throughout the year.
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Full plate for Vocations Office
Fr. Brian Plate
By Sister Mary Crucifix Pandullo, C.S.JB.
At our Baptism, we are charged with a mission. We are called, as Jesus was in His time, to bring the good news to all people.

When Jesus was baptized by John, the voice of God was heard saying, “This is my beloved Son…” We too are the “beloved” of God. How will we follow Christ in witnessing and bringing the “good news”? By hearing and responding to our vocation.

Vocations Awareness Week, Jan. 11-16
‘ You are my beloved’ is theme for national, local Church focus
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Majority of the faithful appreciate their priests
y Father Robert E. Templeton
Fr. Robert E. Templeton
The priesthood today is under much public scrutiny. The press seems to have an uncanny fascination with priests, although, they tend to focus almost solely on priest scandals. I guess that a lot of this has to do with the fact that priests, like police officers and politicians, are in the public eye. There is also the fact that there are higher standards expected from priests, to practice what they preach.

The life of a priest is still a mystery to many. They find it difficult to reconcile the fact that priests, who are called to holiness and who call others to holiness, are at the same time men who are sinners. Perhaps this sense of mystery, this mingling of the human and divine elements in the priesthood, is how it is supposed to be anyway. It’s part of the very nature of the priesthood.
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