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Jan. 11, 2020

Following are guidelines for the Memorial of Saint Blaise blessing of throats, Ash Wednesday distribution of ashes, and the distribution of palms on Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. They still require wearing masks and social distancing by presiders, ministers and recipients, as stated in all of our diocesan directives. Also included are updates on the use of Holy Water.

Jan. 8, 2020

There are many reasons why this new year warrants the special patronage of Joseph, the righteous man who quietly obeyed the instructions given to him by God’s messenger on at least four occasions. By reading carefully the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart), we can see the wisdom of this decision. St. Joseph is a man for all seasons, but his intercession and example are especially needed in troubled times like these...

Jan. 7, 2020

As I watched the appalling chaos in the U.S. Capitol yesterday, I witnessed an icon of democracy occupied and hostage to mob rule.  The procession of violent images was deeply troubling.  Particularly disheartening is that this event unfolded amid a deadly pandemic, a terrible plague that our troubled nation should face in solidarity...

Jan. 6, 2020

WASHINGTON —Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement in response to today’s violence in the United States Capitol: “I join people of good will in condemning the violence today at the United States Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans. I am praying for members of Congress and Capitol staff and for the...

Jan. 6, 2020

We, the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey, ask Catholics and people of good will to join us on Friday January 22, 2021, the 48th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, in a Day of Prayer and Fasting to end abortion. As we mark this tragic event in our nation’s history, we remember the millions of lives lost to abortion and pray...

Dec. 22, 2020

Do you think the saints and angels celebrate Christmas in heaven? I hope so. This is a wonderful feast—filled with warmth and love, peace and joy. I know that every day in heaven is delightful, but maybe even heavenly bliss can be turned up a notch—at least one day a year—with the magnificent voice of an angelic choir and the brilliant glow of a shining star! I can just imagine the joy that our Blessed Mother and all the saints...

Dec. 21, 2020

Although Christmas is different this year due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more than 200 parishes in the four counties of Archdiocese of Newark (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union) continue to celebrate Mass at reduced church capacities and/or livestream Masses online while adhering to mandated guidelines and liturgical norms to observe the Catholic faith in a meaningful and safe manner...

December 18, 2020

My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, after many months of isolation, economic hardships and the illness and death caused by the pandemic, we are more than ready for the joy of Christmas. The way we celebrate will be different this year because of social distancing and travel restrictions but celebrate we must!

Dec.17, 2020

As we approach the commemoration of the Savior's birth, I invite you to join me in maintining our vigilance against Covid-19 and thereby offer a gift of love to our neighbors, especially the most vulnerable. Together we can celebrate safely and responsibly by maintaining safeguarding measures, including wearing maskes...

Dec. 10, 2020

The Holy Father has granted a plenary indulgence associated with the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe from home. Click here for the official decree, along with an explanation of the indulgence in both English and Spanish from Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, Archbishop and Primate of Mexico...

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