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Archdiocesan Newspaper


October 2020


Dear Readers,

The shared vision of our Church and our archdiocesan pastoral plan constantly challenge us to reevaluate the best means and practices in reaching our faithful, sharing the Gospel, and serving the Church’s mission.  Due to factors identified in recent years, discussions initiated before the COVID-19 pandemic, and fiscal challenges that have accelerated due to the ongoing pandemic, a crossroads was reached.

Like other Catholic dioceses across the country forced to make similar decisions recently, The Catholic Advocate and New Jersey Católico newspapers will cease to be printed after the October 2020 editions, which are available now in print and on our website.  Taking their place is an online-only news page on our website at

As many print media outlets have been steadily moving in this direction for years, this transition cannot be attributed solely to the pandemic. Other factors leading to this decision included a steady decline in recent years in advertising revenue, circulation income, and escalating production expenses compounded by rising operating subsidies from the Archdiocese, as well as an increasing reliance by consumers on digital news media.  Due to these changes, the positions associated with the production of these publications were discontinued. We are grateful for the work and dedication of the staff.  

We understand the magnitude of closing a publication that has been part of the Catholic landscape in our Archdiocese for so many years. However, archdiocesan digital news will continue, and we are exploring new cost-saving media to enhance the dissemination of the local Church’s mission and message.  This digital transition will enable us to share local Catholic news in a timelier and more expansive fashion.

The Office of Communications will continue working toward enhanced news, particularly with an expanded online presence, to more fully meet the needs of our archdiocesan community.  Updates regarding new media will be shared.

Our archive will remain online so you can continue to access past stories.  To access current news about the Archdiocese in English and Spanish, visit the News/Features page on our website at and follow us on social media (@NwkArchdiocese).   

If you wish to share a story, announcement, press release, or event photos with our archdiocesan community, send an email to If you have questions, contact the Office of Communications at 973-497-4190. 

We thank you for reading and sharing our work, we are appreciative of those who shared their stories with us, and we are grateful to our subscribers and advertisers for their support over the years.

Thank you for your understanding and support during these challenging times. We pray you and your loved ones remain well and safe. 



Digital issues of The Catholic Advocate from 1958-1976 are now available here.

The Catholic Advocate, a publication of the Archdiocese of Newark, was founded in 1951 by then-Auxiliary Bishop James A. McNulty of the Archdiocese of Newark.