Religions and Spirituality

June 1, 2020

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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Pastors determine readiness. HOLMDEL, NJ - Parishoners of St Catharine's and other local houses of worship are getting closer to opening doors for prayer. Based on information released on Friday, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has issued instructions for the reopening of churches in the ...

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COLTS NECK, NJ: On Thursday, May 7th, Colts Neck Community Church in honor of NATIONAL DAY of PRAYER, hosted a Drive Thru Prayer service, from 12PM-3PM. It was a success with cars taking turns through the no contact safe line going into ovetime! Pastor Chris Durkin was in the church driveway ...

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Holmdel, NJ: Here is a great way to get out of the house, come and join in a meaningful Jewish Holiday and a display of gratitude. All from the comfort of your car! LAG BA'OMER CAR PARADE + SALUTE TO FIRST RESPONDERS AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS!  TUESDAY, MAY 12, 4:30 PM A Police Escort will ...

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May 1, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic that has gripped most of the world is a crisis on so many levels that very few parts of our society have been spared its impact.  Our own state has been one of the regions in our country hardest hit, so much so, that the things that have been, and are, an ...

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Sometimes a song is just what I need to reach inside myself and find what wants to be heard.  That happened last week while listening to Sara Thomsen’s new CD, Song Like a Seed.  In “108,” she muses about her childhood home (house number: 108), a place filled with the jewels of family memories.  As ...

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NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy suddenly stopped his press conference on Wednesday to honor the lives lost and to reflect on the sheer gravity of death in New Jersey thus far during the COVID-19 pandemic. The moment of silence was held for the unfathomable number of men and women, fellow ...

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Number Your Days I read recently that more than a million people die every single week.  Think about it.  You made it another week!  You’re better off than a million people.  You can thank God that you’re alive.     The article also said that if you have a roof over your head, you are better ...

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Shalom: Launching Torah At Home: Over the next five weeks, the Jewish Learning Institute at Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel will be running a series of classes specially geared to and focused on the home. Let's face it, staying at home is starting to get old, but the ...

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Join Archbishop José Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and archbishop of Los Angeles, in renewing our consecration to Mary. This moment of unified prayer will give the Church the occasion to pray for Our Lady’s continued protection of the vulnerable, healing of ...

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NEW JERSEY - Are weddings at a catering hall okay during a pandemic? This question has a simple answer from the New Jersey Attorney General. It is No.  However, as multiple media reports follow on the heels of a story originally published at TAPinto Middletown, the answer in one town depends ...

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NEW JERSEY - While the Governor has said to stay home repeatedly at every  news conference, he may be changing his tune. A public letter was distributed early Sunday morning from the President of Beth Medrash Gevoha, the largest Yeshiva in the world, outside Israel. Stated Kotler, "We are pleased ...

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NEW JERSEY -  The Governor holds a live press conference today on the pandemic at 1PM. During the events, he provides current news and statistics as well as guidance for New Jersey residents on how to successfully navigate very difficult conditions. You can view it below. The talks are ...

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Passover 5780 - April 2020 How will we recite Yizkor this Passover? Due to the current covid crisis, when synagogue services are restricted, how will Yizkor, the memorial service for departed loved ones, be recited. (Normally, this special prayer is recited in synagogues on Yom Kippur as well ...

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 HOLMDEL, NJ - Happy Easter from Hometown News! If you haven't had an opportunity to watch the Papal Easter Sunday Mass direct from Rome or experience Andrea Bocelli Live from Milan, here they are for you! The incredible video photography of scenes across the world is amazing - you can see ...

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HAPPY EASTER! CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR MASS TODAY.  Bishop O’Connell will celebrate liturgies for Holy Week and Easter via live video stream that will transmit on the Diocese’s youtube channel. In addition to the Bishop’s schedule, several dozen parishes in the Diocese will also livestream ...

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CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR MASS TODAY.  Bishop O’Connell will celebrate liturgies for Holy Week and Easter via live video stream that will transmit on the Diocese’s youtube channel. In addition to the Bishop’s schedule, several dozen parishes in the Diocese will also livestream their Masses and ...

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CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR MASS TODAY.  Bishop O’Connell will celebrate liturgies for Holy Week and Easter via live video stream that will transmit on the Diocese’s youtube channel. In addition to the Bishop’s schedule, several dozen parishes in the Diocese will also livestream their Masses and ...

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Dear Friends, While we pray for a speedy and healthy end to the challenge we face, it is time now to begin preparing for Pesach. Passover is traditionally spent with family and friends, a celebration of the Divine gift of Jewish survival and community. But with coronavirus curtailing travel ...

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We Trust In The Name Of The Lord Our God Pastor Chris Teachings on The Hope Psalm 20 Gives us During the Coronavirus Threat: YOU ARE WELCOME TO THE ROAD TO THE CROSS WITH COLTS NECK COMMUNITY CHURCH:  5 PART EASTER SERMON SERIES New 5-part Sermon Series Even though our traveling ...

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HOLMDEL, NJ - In a sign of the times, spiritual worship and awakening will come to a home near you, yours! WEEKLY MASS IS HERE FOR YOU NOW: Since no public services are available in the Church for Holy Week and Easter, Saint Catharine's in Holmdel shared the news that "We are working on ...

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Dear friends, We have selected some lectures for you  that deal with crisis and adversity from a Torah and Kabbalistic perspective... Please stay safe and healthy.. and remember, social separation does not mean disconnecting... Stay in touch with your friends via phone, ...

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Pope Francis is inviting Christians around the world to come together in spirit, to pray the Our Father, this Wednesday, March 25th, at noon (Rome time). That will be 7:00 a.m. ET.  Italy's COVID-19 deaths are staggering, with today's number of deaths at 6077.  With most of the world practicing ...

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Dear Parents, We are excited to announce the second class of our new Ckids Virtual Online Hebrew School, which will take place Sunday, March 22 at 10:00 AM. The class will be available at ckids.net/hslive. The virtual Hebrew School will be divided into 3 divisions: K-2, Grades 3-5 and ...

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HOLMDEL, NJ: ALL parishioners and guests are invited to participate in Church of Saint Catharine's Sunday Liturgy for March 22nd: Click Here IDEAS TO HONOR SUNDAY, THE LORD’S DAY:  Set up a prayer space in your house – cover a table with a nice cloth, a candle and a Bible and perhaps ...

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March 20, 2020 To All the Faithful of the Diocese of Trenton,  The Holy See has issued a decree regarding the celebrations of the upcoming Palm Sunday and Holy Week/Easter for implementation by diocesan bishops throughout the world.  I have issued a decree for the Diocese of Trenton, ...

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According to various reports from the Vatican and Italy's media:  Pope Francis spoke from the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican today March 18, 2020, asking Catholics and every religious community, to spiritually unite in prayer amid worsening conditions relative to the global ...

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 "God has not abandoned us and is present among us. As we learn each day of the growing concern surrounding the spread of the coronavirus in our communities, we need to have faith and confidence in God, especially in times like these, praying that He will see us through the present adversity ...

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Reflection – March 2020 Cyprian Smith, Benedictine monk, writes in The Way of Paradox: “When we talk about ‘human nature’ we usually mean our weakness, frailties and inconsistencies.” Smith follows that comment with what the German mystic Meister Eckhart meant when he used the term human nature: ...

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