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July 14, 2019

The immigration enforcement raids announced by the Trump administration, scheduled to occur this Sunday around the country, will not provide a solution to our broken immigration system. Instead, they will cause more suffering to immigrant families, many of whom have been subject to detention, family separation, and violence. If carried out, the raids will separate families, causing trauma to children, who are extremely vulnerable and dependent on their parents.

June 27, 2019

Like many of you, I was horrified by the picture of Oscar Martinez and his daughter, Angie Valeria, lying lifelessly by the Rio Grande after fleeing their country to seek refuge in our country. Equally unthinkable are the images of children in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in our country’s immigration detention facilities. Human hearts cry out for justice. We see within these pictures our brothers and sisters. We all are created in the image and likeness of God, and...

June 24, 2019

The Archdiocese of Newark and St. Mary of the Assumption Church announced today that St. Mary of the Assumption High School, which serves students in grades 9-12 in Elizabeth, Union County, will close June 30, 2019. Despite a valiant effort by faculty, staff, alumni and other stakeholders of the storied urban Catholic high school, the closure is necessary due to a steady decline in enrollment in past...

June 18, 2019

The USCCB voted on several proposals to hold bishops accountable for instances of sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable persons, sexual misconduct, or the intentional mishandling of such cases. The USCCB specifically committed to involving and utilizing lay professional experts, and also established a new, independent mechanism for the reporting of such cases.

June 14, 2019

Beginning June 15, 2019, the New Jersey Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) will begin accepting claims related to the sexual abuse of minors by diocesan priests or deacons of the Roman Catholic dioceses of Newark, Paterson, Metuchen, Camden, and Trenton. The IVCP is administered by Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros, two noted victims’ compensation experts who have designed and administered similar compensation programs for the Catholic Dioceses in...

June 3, 2019

It’s the end of an era for Catholics in New Jersey. The longest serving priest in the archdiocese of Newark is set to retire. Pastor James Pagnotta has spent 47 of his 50 years as a priest at St. Joseph’s Church in the Hilltop section of Jersey City. The 75-year-old Hudson County native came to the parish from Hoboken in 1972 and never left. “Here so long it becomes your life and your parishioners become your friends,” Pagnotta said. He’s embraced the changing community, welcoming new Filipino...

May 24, 2019

On Saturday, May 25, six men will be ordained to the priesthood for service to the Archdiocese of Newark. The Ordination will take place beginning at 10 AM in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and will be live-streamed to the Archdiocesan Facebook page: facebook.com/NwkArchdiocese. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will be the main celebrant.

May 20, 2019

On Saturday, May 25, six men will be ordained to the priesthood for service to the Archdiocese of Newark. The Ordination will take place beginning at 10 AM in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street in Newark. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will be the main celebrant. The six Ordinandi, who range in age from 25 to 50, will join more than 700 priests who currently serve the 1.5 million Catholics of the Archdiocese—as well as Catholics...

May 17, 2019

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark will join thousands of Catholic cemeteries nationwide in the annual Memorial Day Program, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes," and will celebrate Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 27, at 11:00 A.M. at local cemeteries and parishes. The program honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces and recognizes both military veterans and active duty military personnel serving...

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