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Dec. 22, 2020

Do you think the saints and angels celebrate Christmas in heaven? I hope so. This is a wonderful feast—filled with warmth and love, peace and joy. I know that every day in heaven is delightful, but maybe even heavenly bliss can be turned up a notch—at least one day a year—with the magnificent voice of an angelic choir and the brilliant glow of a shining star! I can just imagine the joy that our Blessed Mother and all the saints...

Dec. 21, 2020

Although Christmas is different this year due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more than 200 parishes in the four counties of Archdiocese of Newark (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union) continue to celebrate Mass at reduced church capacities and/or livestream Masses online while adhering to mandated guidelines and liturgical norms to observe the Catholic faith in a meaningful and safe manner...

December 18, 2020

My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, after many months of isolation, economic hardships and the illness and death caused by the pandemic, we are more than ready for the joy of Christmas. The way we celebrate will be different this year because of social distancing and travel restrictions but celebrate we must!

Dec.17, 2020

As we approach the commemoration of the Savior's birth, I invite you to join me in maintining our vigilance against Covid-19 and thereby offer a gift of love to our neighbors, especially the most vulnerable. Together we can celebrate safely and responsibly by maintaining safeguarding measures, including wearing maskes...

Dec. 10, 2020

The Holy Father has granted a plenary indulgence associated with the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe from home. Click here for the official decree, along with an explanation of the indulgence in both English and Spanish from Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, Archbishop and Primate of Mexico...

Dec. 8, 2020

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from December 8, 2020, to December 8, 2021.

Dec. 4, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, As Pope Francis has taught us, by virtue of our baptism we are all called to be both disciples and missionaries. Our Church is a community of missionary disciples of Jesus Christ who have been sent out “to the whole world” to proclaim the Good News, to share what we believe, and to serve all our sisters and brothers, especially the poor and vulnerable. All of us—whatever our particular vocations—are companions on a journey, called to play an active...

Nov. 25, 2020

November is often called Gratitude Month. It’s a time when we recognize the abundant blessings we’ve received and remember Whom to thank. Blessings like the gift of life itself, our families, the love that we share with spouses and children and friends, our vocation as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ, our freedom as Americans, our intellectual gifts and talents, and so much more...

Nov. 13, 2020

Especially during this time of pandemic, many of our sisters and brothers are struggling to find reasons to be grateful. Many will be unable to celebrate Thanksgiving in their homes with family and friends because of illness, social distancing or restrictions on travel. Let’s be sure to pray for those who are less fortunate than we are, and let’s help them every way we can—especially as we prepare for the Advent and Christmas seasons...

Nov. 11, 2020

After the Vatican released its extensive report on Theodore E. McCarrick, Pope Francis renewed the Catholic Church's pledge to uproot the scourge of sexual abuse. Before concluding his weekly general audience Nov. 11, the pope made his first public statement on the release of the report regarding the "painful...

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