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Press Releases/Statements

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...

December 10, 2019

There are no words to adequately describe the horrible and tragic events in Jersey City today. Our prayers are with the slain victims, the fallen police officer, and their families, as well as with all law enforcement agencies. We are grateful to all the first responders for their selfless acts of courage in safeguarding the public during this terrifying event. And we are grateful for the safety of all the students and staff of the schools in the vicinity including Sacred Heart School. Student safety is always a...

November 25, 2019

Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to reflect on what brings us together to celebrate that most American of holidays. Is it the food? The fellowship? The parades? The football? Are we gearing up for Black Friday? In our very hectic society, we often can lose focus of the true message of Thanksgiving: to give thanks to God for all of God’s blessings and gifts. Click here to view Cardinal Tobin's video message.

November 7, 2019

The Chief Operating Officer is an important contributor in creating, together with the Cardinal Archbishop, an environment conducive to the vibrant spiritual life and religious mission of the Archdiocese of Newark. Click here to view the role description and application instructions.

October 31, 2019

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., the Archbishop of Newark, recently announced six new leadership appointments that will significantly contribute to the mission of the Archdiocese of Newark and support his new pastoral vision Forward in Faith Together: Our Road Ahead. Over the past three years, under the Cardinal’s leadership, the Archdiocese has taken significant steps to enhance—and even transform—its Chancery in a way that matters most to the mission of our church...


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