Catholic education is well respected for its attention to the individual person, as well as its ability to reach out to students at the margins of society. For decades, Catholic schools have worked with parents of special needs children to provide learning support. However, some parents of children with learning disabilities have expressed sadness that a Catholic education was not available to their children.
We are disappointed that the court yesterday declined to recognize that a private, religious-affiliated school has the right to govern itself according to its own rules and practices. The Archdiocese and St. Theresa School have provided more than sufficient precedent in case law from New Jersey and elsewhere in the country, as well as certifications from members of the hierarchy of the Archdiocese and parish, to support such a finding.
In her most recent filing in this matter, the attorney for the plaintiffs states that “no one is above the law.” Yet, to date, every step that the plaintiffs have taken, every statement they have made, shows that they do not believe their own attorney’s words. The plaintiffs have demonstrated clearly and strongly that, in their minds, the rules and laws of St. Theresa School and Parish do not apply to them.
This fall, eighth grade students in Catholic elementary schools and public school students seeking admission to an Archdiocesan Catholic high school will take a new testing vehicle under the Cooperative Admissions Examination Program (COOP) to assist school staff in evaluating freshmen candidates.
Years ago I read a novel that began with a provocative promise. The author vowed that the story I was about to read would teach me how to make love stay. An interesting proposition but, as I reached the end of the tale, I thought, “I don’t get it.” The author must have known that dullards like me would read his book because, on the inside back cover, was printed in the author’s own handwriting, something like this...
The Church of the Presentation and the Family Faith Formation program in Upper Saddle River has won the 2017 New Wineskins Award at the NCCL Annual Conference in Dallas on May 24. This award is given to one parish in the USA who stands out for their extraordinary achievement, creative and innovative ideas in teaching and passing along morals and faith experiences to children.
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, today announced to the people of Ss. Joseph and Michael Parish in Union City that their church building, which was damaged severely from a fire that also caused the death of a 2 year-old boy, injured many others, and ravaged homes and the church in the area surrounding Central Avenue and Summit Avenue on the night of March 4, will be rebuilt.
The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children 2017 Annual Gala was a night of laughter, music, and a joyous celebration of the children and families who receive the precious gift of Catholic education. The festive event at The Venetian in Garfield recognized Tony and Christie de Nicola and Jack Walton. It was also the first Gala appearance for Cardinal Joseph William Tobin, Archbishop of Newark.
Because these, our sons, who are your relatives and friends, are now to be ordained to the priesthood, I invite you to consider the sacrament that they will receive in the light of the Word of God we have just heard. As you well know, the Lord Jesus is the one and only great high priest of the New Testament; but in him God has made his entire holy people a royal priesthood. All of us!