Religions and Spirituality

December 16, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - The Festival of Yalda was celebrated Saturday night at the Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset. The Iranian community celebrated, “Yalda,” a Syriac word which means birth was incorporated into the Persian language. A celebration of the Winter Solstice according to the solar ...

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SOMERSET, NJ: Rev. Douglas J. Haefner “borrowed” around $500,000 – an amount substantiated by an unreleased internal audit – from church coffers to fund “compulsive behaviors,” according to Bishop James F. Checchio of the Metuchen Diocese. After the resignation of Rev. Douglas J. Haefner last ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Questions surrounding church finances at Saint Matthias led to the resignation of Rev. Douglas J. Haefner according to a letter sent to parishioners and school families on Nov. 2.  "It is with sadness that I must inform you that Father's resignation coincides with serious ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Several hundred people filled the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens today at the funeral service for New Brunswick Vice Principal Tyrone Harrison, who was struck by a car and killed. "I know this is tough for all of us," Harrison's brother, Shawn, told the people who ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Tyrone Harrison attended Ohio State University, and played on the school's football team. Originally from Highland Park, Harrison graduated college and became a special education teacher in New Brunswick, and then a vice principal. "He was a man with a large stature, but he ...

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The Mothers Helping Mothers Prison Ministry Group, a monthly support group for mothers who have or have had incarcerated children, is now looking for new members. The group, which holds meetings on the second Friday of each month at the Triumphant Community Church of Jesus Christ, is meant to ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - First Baptist Church of South Plainfield will be holding their annual Vacation Bible School program the week of August 6-10 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. This free VBS program is open to children entering Kindergarten through entering 6th grade. Children will participate in this ...

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HOLMDEL, NJ:   There's a saying we've all heard, 'you can choose your friends, but not your family members'.  Well for the Field family in Holmdel, they have a different tale to tell. It's a story about family, the selfless love of two mothers, and about dreams coming true. Holmdel's Darlene Field ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Somerset Presbyterian Church will hold its popular Spring Flea Market on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the church (there will be no rain date).   SPC holds two flea markets every year one during the Spring and another during the Fall. The ...

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Happy Easter and Passover to all who celebrate from the staff at TAPinto Franklin Township.

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EDISON, NJ - After lauding Edison Township Public Schools (ETPS) in New Jersey for declaring Diwali a holiday for township students, Hindus are now calling for all public school districts and private-charter-independent schools in New Jersey to close on their most popular festival Diwali. ETPS ...

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  SOMERSET, NJ - Members of Masjid-e-Ali invited the public to attend a celebration honoring African Americans, for Black History Month, on Feb. 23. The event featured guest speaker Abdul-Alim Mubarak Rowe, an educator, journalist and community leader from Maplewood. Rowe discussed the first ...

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HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - If you hadn’t been following the news of the past week, Sunday morning at the Reformed Church of Highland Park almost looked like normal weekend business. Between two and three dozen congregants prayed in the pews on either side of the main aisle, while different church ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ - The United Reformed Church, 100 West Main St., hosts the annual Central Jersey Twelfth Night-Boar’s Head Festival on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 4 p.m. All are welcome to come and revel in the celebration of the Twelve Days of Christmas, as they did in Elizabethan times. A cast ...

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