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January 9, 2020

After 65 years of providing academic excellence to Bayonne, Jersey City and the Archdiocese of Newark, Marist High School, Bayonne’s only Catholic high school regrettably will be closing its doors at the completion of the academic year in June 2020. All classes, athletic team schedules, guidance and extracurricular activities will continue through June. Br. Patrick McNamara, Provincial, and the Provincial...

January 9, 2020

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark will provide the Chapel Mausoleum at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah to parishioners of Immaculate Conception Parish for weekend Masses and Holy Days of Obligation Masses until total interior renovations of the church are completed. The weekend Masses at Maryrest Chapel Mausoleum will begin Saturday, January 11, and Sunday, January 12. The construction project at Immaculate Conception Church is expected to last...

January 3, 2020

In just a few weeks, the 47th Annual March for Life will be held in Washington, D.C. This is the largest annual human rights demonstration in the United States, and I encourage all of you, along with your schools, parish groups or families, to attend this demonstration on January 24, 2020. Now is the time to gather in solidarity in our nation’s capital—and exercise our rights as Catholic Americans—to advocate...

January 1, 2020

In this holy season, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the living God who comes among us as the Prince of Peace, to bring peace to our hearts and peace on earth. Yet we are aware always that our world and our lives are far from peaceful. So many of our brothers and sisters are living in countries torn by war and injustice, terrorism and persecution; many suffer violence because of race, religion, ideology...

December 23, 2019

As we enter the final days of Advent, and wait in anticipation for Christmas Day, a common question often arises: What is the true meaning of Christmas? When you turn on the TV or go online this time of year, you’re typically overwhelmed with countless ads about “finding the perfect gift,” or getting “last minute deals.”  you listen to music on the radio or on your favorite streaming service, you’ll hear...

December 17, 2019

Over the past week, we all have been conscious of the power of darkness, which has tried to overshadow us and strangle our hearts. We also are aware of the difference that light makes in triumphing over darkness. Today, we come together as a community and reflect a light so bright that no darkness can vanquish it. Our faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Redeemer, is what will help the family, friends, and loved ones of Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals to persevere through their grief. In the...

December 12, 2019

The following is an update on Mass and other parish activities at Most Blessed Sacrament in Franklin Lakes following the devastating fire that destroyed the church on December 11. Sunday Masses, including the 5:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass, will be held in the gymnasium at the Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Daily Mass, including the 9:00 a.m. Saturday Mass, will be held in the parish center. There is no change to the frequency of Masses or times.

December 12, 2019

Our entire Archdiocese is saddened by a devastating fire that completely destroyed the Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Franklin Lakes during the early hours of Wednesday, December 11. A person of interest is in custody and police authorities will release an official press statement today regarding the arrest. We are thankful for the efforts of the police, firefighters, and public safety workers who immediately responded to calls and battled the blaze during frigid conditions to...

December 11, 2019

Our Sacred Heart School in Jersey City remains closed today. The school will reopen tomorrow, and counselors will be onsite to assist students and staff. We are grateful for the immediate response by staff in handling this terrifying situation with all the students. All the children are safe, and parents were notified yesterday in a timely fashion. We reiterate our gratitude to all the first responders in safeguarding the public during this deadly incident. As a Catholic community, we continue to grieve...


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