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May 31, 2020

The promise is fulfilled. The Spirit is poured out on the whole world, not simply on the leaders and prophets of ancient Israel, not exclusively on the 120 apostles and disciples and the Mother of Jesus, who were assembled in Jerusalem, when the time for Pentecost was fulfilled. The experience of those 120 men and women signify the experience of all the disciples of Jesus Christ, crucified, risen and now at the right hand of the Father. Let us think for a moment about how we experience the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

May 29, 2020

As we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost this weekend, we acknowledge the urgent need for the many gifts that the Holy Spirit shares with us during this troubled time. Now, more than ever, we need Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord...

May 22, 2020

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark will join thousands of Catholic cemeteries nationwide with the premiere of its annual Memorial Day Program “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.” This year’s Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R...

May 22,2020

Recently I had to announce one of the most difficult decisions any bishop or pastor ever makes: to close a school. In this case, the closure and consolidation of nine elementary schools and one archdiocesan-sponsored high school here in the Archdiocese of Newark...

May 21, 2020

On Sunday, May 24, at noon, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will celebrate Mass in observance of the Ascension of the Lord via livestream from the Lady Chapel in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark... 

May 15, 2020

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, announced this week a three-phase gradual reopening process for churches throughout the Archdiocese to ensure the health and well-being of clergy and faithful. Beginning on Sunday, May 17, 2020, Phase One will reopen churches in the Archdiocese for private prayer only, following all public health guidelines and once pastors...

May 12, 2020

Amidst the uncertainty of these difficult times, there are stories of hope, of faith, and of love emerging from the darkness. Those are the stories we want to share with you – stories of hospital chaplains on the front lines, parishioners volunteering their time, schools maintaining community spirit, and pastors reaching out in innovative ways.

May 11, 2020

As painful as the decision was to suspend all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Newark, during the Covid 19 pandemic, the process was straight-forward and necessary for the common good. As we see numbers flatten and decrease, we are beginning to sense the situation improving. In the interest of the common good, we do not want to contribute to a second wave that could disrupt our liturgical life...

May 11, 2020

"Ascension of the Lord" is a letter from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. regarding his approval of the transfer of the observance of the Ascension of the Lord from Thursday, May 21, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020.

May 7, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers, I write to you to share the sad and deeply troubling news of the closing of nine elementary schools and one archdiocesan-sponsored high school in the Archdiocese of Newark. Today’s announcement will cause special distress to the students and families, teachers, staff, administrators, pastors, and parishioners most directly affected by these difficult decisions.


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