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March 25, 2020

The Archdiocese of Newark’s Coronavirus Task Force continues to monitor the ongoing pandemic situation and to aggregate guiding information from federal, state and local officials. 

March 23, 2020

Due to the recent developments regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19, and the March 21, 2020 Executive Order 107 from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy that states all New Jersey residents are to stay at home until further notice - all cemeteries and mausoleums of the Archdiocese of Newark are closed to visitations effective immediately.

March 23, 2020

Since the fourth century, the story of the healing of the blind man in the Gospel of John has been associated with the preparation of those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This year, the Archdiocese of Newark has 384 Catechumens, who certainly deserve to hear this story in its entirety.


March 21, 2020

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, has announced an unprecedented fundraising initiative specifically aimed at supporting continued outreach and archdiocesan parish communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

March 18, 2020

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, announced that all public celebrations of daily and Sunday Mass will be suspended until further notice, effective today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. This difficult decision is an extension of the Archdiocese’s recent announcement, in which Cardinal Tobin dispensed the faithful of the Archdiocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until...

March 17, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Executive Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement in support of Catholic Relief Services. The full statement follows: “In the name of our Catholic faith, the donors, staff, and volunteers of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) deliver life-saving food, medicine, shelter, and training to the most vulnerable of our sisters and brothers around the world...

March 15, 2020

I think it is safe to say that, for most of us, this is the strangest Lent we have ever experienced. Last week, we heard the command of God to Abram and Sara to leave their home and their family – that is, all that was familiar and a source of identity and strength for them – to travel to an unknown destination. “To a land that I will show you,” I believe, were God’s words to the couple. Abram and Sara had no...

March 13, 2020

The Archdiocese of Newark announced today it will live-stream Mass this Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Noon (EST). All faithful are invited to join virtually. The bilingual (English and Spanish) Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, to provide the faithful with spiritual nourishment during this time of need. To watch the livestream, visit the Archdiocese of Newark’s YouTube channel at Following the livestream, the...


The Archdiocese of Newark continues to monitor the questions that are arising about the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) states that the Diocesan Bishop “must promote, regulate, and be vigilant over the liturgical life of his diocese.” In light of the coronavirus, the uncertainty of how widespread and impactful it is and/or could be and as a precaution, Cardinal Tobin has directed the following:

March 12, 2020

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, announced today that he has dispensed the faithful of the Archdiocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice. Additionally, he has suspended the public celebration of Mass for Saturday evening, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, 2020, after evaluating recommendations of state and health officials. This decision will be reviewed daily, and any new determination will be announced next week. The celebration of...


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