Religions and Spirituality

May 30, 2020

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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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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WARETOWN, NJ - Holy week and Easter came again this year as it did the year before.  The only difference is this year, people are struggling with COVID-19 which has shut down churches and forced people to stay home.  As a result, there was  no Palm Sunday Service, no Good Friday Service, no Easter ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ -  On Monday evening, April 20th, the Jewish community of Ocean County commemorated the atrocities and genocide of the Holocaust.  In what is observed as Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah in Hebrew, rabbis and clergy from local area synagogues and Chabads came together in a ...

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SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY - We join in celebrating Passover season with our neighbors here in Southern Ocean County. Here is a description of the Passover for our readers to enjoy. The Passover seder (literally, “order”) is probably the most celebrated and beloved of Jewish home rituals. Many Jews ...

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SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY - As we approach Easter, many ponder the meaning of the holiday. Over the years, people have written Billy Graham concerning their questions about its significance. Here, we have chosen several of the most commonly asked questions about this observance—along with Billy ...

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STAFFORD - Mark Tobie is the owner of Maxwell-Tobie Funeral Home in Manahawkin.   In this unprecedented time, the health and well-being of the community, the families that funeral directors serve and the safety of their staff is a priority. Tobie explains the impact of Governor Murphy's order ...

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BARNEGAT - Senior Pastor Dave Ridder released a statement for his congregation about how they will respond to the Coronavirus.  Pastor Ridder writes:   Dear Bayside Chapel family, We have been carefully monitoring information and advice being given by public health officials regarding ...

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STAFFORD - The St. Mary's Academy in Manahawkin will be closed from March 16 through 27.   Bishop O’Connell, of the Diocese of Trenton announced on Friday that the all 35 Catholic schools and nearly 100 religious education programs in the Diocese will shut down from March 16 through 27. The ...

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STAFFORD - Pastor Nathan Didlake announced on the Manahawkin Baptist Church Facebook page that the congregation has postponed services at the church. The church is planning on offering their Sunday morning service online at their Facebook ...

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TRENTON — Southern Ocean County Catholics may be interested in reading the recent press release by Bishop O'Connell, of the Archdiocese of Trenton.  Archdiocese of Newark: Churches Closed this Weekend On Thursday, the Archdiocese of Newark announced that Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, announced ...

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BRANT BEACH - The American Red Cross will be at St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall located at 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, NJ on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 for a blood drive.  Hours are  1 p.m. to 6 p.m.     Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn ...

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What’s the Meaning of Christmas? There’s more to Christmas than carefully wrapped presents, twinkling trees and meeting Santa. Christmas celebrates Christ’s birth. God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to be born on earth and die on a cross. His sacrifice paid for our sins so that ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Jewish leaders across the state are examining security measures and closely following the investigation in Tuesday’s deadly shootout at a Kosher supermarket in the Greenville neighborhood of Jersey City. Alice Lutwak, the interim executive director of Temple Emanu-El, a sizable ...

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WARETOWN, NJ - The reason for the upcoming season is not lost on one local church. On Sunday, December 1, 2019, Waretown United Methodist Church invites all to join in sharing in the traditions of the very first Christmas. A Live Nativity and Bonfire runs from 5 pm until 8 pm. The church is located ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - Deputy Mayor John J. Novak moves up to become Barnegat’s mayor in 2020.  However, when his term runs out at the end of next year, Novak’s ready for a more prominent role in government. He believes that all signs point to him replacing Democrat Andy Kim as the U.S. Representative from ...

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WARETOWN - The United Methodist Church of Waretown is hosting their annual Christmas Bazaar this Saturday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The United Methodist Women will hold the Bazaar at the United Methodist Church, 27 Bryant Road, Waretown.   The Bazaar will have many delicious goodies ...

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BARNEGAT - Barnegat resident Tony Lombardo is a great inspiration for hundreds if not thousands of people.  At TAPinto Stafford-LBI and TAPinto Barnegat-Waretown Tony is regular columnist for us sharing his many inspiring life stories through his column "Let's Hear Your Story." Our readers are ...

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STAFFORD - Lighthouse Christian Academy is hosting their First Annual Golf Outing on October 1 at Sea Oaks Country Club in Little Egg Harbor. The tournament is a scramble format and golfers will tee off at 12 p.m.  Registration is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the day of the tournament.  There ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ – Barnegat Mayor Alfonso “Al” Cirulli doesn’t think it’s right that parents can’t opt their children out of a curriculum mandated by a new state law. Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, public schools will be required to incorporate the contributions of LGBTQ community members into ...

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STAFFORD -  Don Finelli, founder of JDM Andrews Construction company passed today at age 71.  Don was a extremely involved in the Stafford and Long Beach Island community.   Don had a great faith and devotion towards his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, especially in the last twenty years of his ...

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STAFFORD - On May 1, the Hunger Foundatoin of Southern Ocean County held their 24th Annual Hunger Relief Dinner at the Holiday Inn in Manahawkin.   The theme was "Night at the Derby." On June 6, the Foundation had a roundtable discussion with the eight food pantries the organizaotin supports.

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STAFFORD - Main Street Alliance Church is partnering with Southern Regional High School for the Hot Rod and Motorcycle Barbeque and Family Fun Event.  Pastor Bob Nash invites the community to this free event. There will be games, live doo-wop music, food, motorcycles, and classic ...

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