Religions and Spirituality

June 2, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A member of our community has suggested, and the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council fully supports and endorses, the idea to have as many residents as possible place a candle on our porches or in our windows each night (approx 7-9pm) this week to symbolize our commitment to ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Hundreds took to the streets of Franklin to peacefully protest the killing of George Floyd, Sunday, May 30. The march was organized by Jasmine “Jazzy” Bannon alongside Melanated Minds of NJ, a group committed to the advancement of African Americans.  Local resident Davren Noble, a ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Interfaith Council, a coalition of leadership of the religious communities of Summit, has issued a public statement regarding the killing of George Floyd and the events that have occurred in the aftermath of his death. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died while handcuffed by ...

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Reflection – June 2020 The news media reported last week that over 100,000 people in the U.S. have died of the Covid-19 virus. That staggering amount saddens me, as does the far-reaching effect of those deaths—the thousands and thousands of persons grieving farewell, their goodbyes filled with ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Rev. Susan Dorward led congregants at Brookdale Reformed Church in an outdoor Pentecost service Sunday afternoon. The Christian holiday of Pentecost, celebrated the 49th day after Easter Sunday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of ...

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BARNEGAT/MANAHAWKIN,  NJ - At yesterday's press conference, Governor Phil Murphy said he will make further announcements regarding reopening of churches on June 12th. Meanwhile, St. Mary's Parish will offer a “Parking Lot Mass” at 4 pm today. Those wishing to participate in the drive-in Mass may ...

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SPARTA, NJ –Executive Orders requiring people to worship from a distance have only slightly loosened, allowing for drive-in services and limited numbers for in-person services indoor and outside.  Sunday, May 31 will be the second drive-in service at the Sparta Free Evangelical ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Central Presbyterian Church in Summit is, today, officially celebrating its 150th anniversary. The Church, located at 70 Maple Street, is currently worshiping virtually on its Facebook page, YouTube, as well as on HTTV, beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. According to Central ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A 38-year-old man from Pompton Plains in Morris County has admitted to maliciously calling in a bomb threat to a religious institution in Livingston in 2017, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. James Triano pleaded guilty via videoconference before U.S. District Judge Kevin ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The announcement everyone pretty much expected was rendered on May 4, with Governor Phil Murphy officially canceling in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  While safety is of utmost concern, the decision to continue virtual learning through ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Each year, members of the Franklin Reformed Church congregation march in Nutley's annual Memorial Day parade as a part of the 'Carts for Caring' ministry. 2020 would have marked the fifth year in a row that the congregants marched to benefit the food pantry operation of Nutley Family ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - After the school petitioned The Archdiocese of Newark to keep their school open, The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New Providence will remain open.  In a press release issued by the Archdiocese of Newark on May 7, 2020, they announced the consolidation and closure of 10 ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Father John, Rozembajgier, pastor of Mary  Mother of God parish, with an assist from Father Alex Carles, has devised a novel approach to administering communion while being respectful of social distancing and parishioners' well-being. The pastor of Mary Mother of God Church ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Mayor Matthew Moench has directed Sgt. Jamie Edwards, Office of Emergency Management coordinator, to conduct outreach and provide assistance to all religious institutions in the township to allow them to begin conducting safe and practical religious ...

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ROXBURY, NJ - Six days after it donated Shoprite gift cards to Roxbury Social Services, the Roxbury Rotary Club was at it again; this time giving a bunch of the cards to a group representing the township's houses of worship. On Thursday, Roxbury Rotary Club President Steve Alford presented 43 ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ - The church of Saint Theresa has reopened from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday for private prayer. Please note, following all public health guidelines, social distancing protocol must remain in place, and a face mask is required. A special priest lead prayer will be ...

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Now is a great time to do some spring cleaning. Maybe there is a bike taking up space in the garage, shed or basement. Maybe it is an old model, a bit worn, in need of repair, or just something you or your kids have outgrown. Pedals for Progress (P4P) has a great ...

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WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Assumption Church's annual Blue Mass honoring first reponders was held online this year due to the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.  The fourth annual service honoring all first responders was livestreamed on the church's Facebook page with only the celebrants and support ...

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NEWARK - Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Newark can begin opening for private prayer only, beginning Sunday, May 17 it was announced this week via press release. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, announced this week a three-phase gradual reopening process for ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ -  In the wake of the coronavirus crisis and state shutdown, local members of the Catholic faith join others in their frustration. Open casket viewings are forbidden by state laws. Churches have been closed.  For Catholics, the grieving process includes gathering for a funeral mass to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Churches under the Archdiocese of Newark will begin allowing private prayer this weekend, the Archbishop announced Friday, as the first step of a cautious reopening plan.  The initial phase, which will be minored by parish staff to ensure social distancing, also allows Sacrament of ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ - Please see the latest message from Pastor Nova Villa Vitug-Thomas. The Community Care Pantry of Ignite Methodist Church located at 455 Boulevard, will be opened on Monday, May 18, from 4 PM-6 PM. All are welcome. Please park in the Church parking lot and stay in your car. We ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp held another virtual session Thursday for residents, with this week's online meeting featuring inspirational words from local spiritual leaders. The Mayor opened the talk with the news that the total number of residents who have been lost to ...

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CALDWELL, NJ — Trinity Academy in Caldwell was on the list of nine elementary schools that the Archdiocese of Newark announced last week would be closing at the end of this school year. The school will remain active through the end of the school year, with lessons and assignments continuing to ...

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WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Church of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady in Wood-Ridge will be holding its fourth annual Blue Mass for all the men and women in law enforcement on Sunday, May 17, 2020. The Mass will recognize the sacrifice and dedication of all those who serve in law enforcement, fire and ...

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DENVILLE, NJ -- About 40 cars, including vehicles of the Denville police and fire departments, lined the driveway to Morris Catholic High School for a surprise car parade to recognize this year’s 2020 graduates from the neighboring Assumption College for Sisters on May 9. “I am excited to be ...

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PATERSON, NJ – With New Jersey under a stay-at-home order until at least June and residents being urged to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus, Paterson’s large Muslim community has changed how it’s observing their Ramadan. Considered the holiest month in the Islamic ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Washington and Floral Park Cemeteries will be closed on Monday and Tuesday because of Lag BaOmer. The Jewish holiday typically draws large crowds to the cemetery. Under the current climate in New Jersey because of the coronavirus crisis, gatherings of large amounts of people ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - As Mahopac continues to shelter in place during the pandemic, local churches and synagogues continue to search for ways to tend to their flocks, hold services, deliver their spiritual messages and find fellowship in an era where social distancing has made that incredibly ...

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