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March 16, 2021

Visit NJ.com to read Cardinal Tobin's Op-Ed column on "Why the Catholic Church opposes the Reproductive Freedom Act."

March 11, 2021

We are pleased to announce the launch of JerseyCatholic.org, the new online news site of the Archdiocese of Newark. This news website is for the entirety of the faithful of the Archdiocese...

March 9, 2021

The Lenten observance helps us to evaluate, look back, listen for new directions and set a course by making adjustments or changes in our lives. Those changes can represent actual thought, words and deeds. We certainly aim to turn away from sin, but we are also ever determined to turn towards Christ with the very best of ourselves. That takes work, effort and grace...

March 9, 2021

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee has issued the following message today on the global COVID-19 pandemic. The USCCB’s Administrative Committee is led by the president of the Conference, and is made up of all the chairmen of the Conference’s committees and a representative from...

March 5, 2021

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been joined by the chairmen of seven USCCB committees in a statement on abortion funding in the American Rescue Plan...

The following document has been prepared to assist parishes in safely celebrating these liturgies. They should be prepared for in advance and celebrated with reverence, dignity and beauty. Even with restrictions, these holy days should foster a deep encounter with the Paschal Mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ...

March 2, 2021

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, has granted Catholics in the Archdiocese of Newark a dispensation (an exemption) from the obligation to abstain from meat on Friday, March 19, 2021, the celebration of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary...

Feb. 19, 2020

Lent is the time of year when the Church encourages us to do a thorough examination of our spiritual health, and then to take whatever steps are necessary to let the healing power of Jesus make us whole again. The six and a half weeks of Lent provide a structure for diagnosing the symptoms, and the root causes, of our sinfulness. During this special time of year, the Church encourages us to take advantage of the healing power of the sacraments, especially the sacrament of...

February 18, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

When church historians write about the Year of Our Lord 2020, I predict they will call particular attention to the “Great Eucharistic Fast.” COVID-19, the pandemic that has taken the lives of millions, obliged dioceses throughout the world to take the unprecedented action of closing our churches and effectively denying our people the opportunity to receive Christ’s Body and Blood in the Eucharist. Some scholars may point out that, as a result, Catholics in Europe and North America experienced what others have suffered for many years due to a shortage of priests or outright persecution, namely, the absence of the sacraments...

Click here to view Cardinal Tobin's introductory video and to read his pastoral letter.

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