Religions and Spirituality

March 21, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Westminster Presbyterian Church is pleased to announce that Rev. George A. Betz has recently been installed as Interim Pastor of Westminster located at 725 Mountain Avenue Berkeley Heights.  Rev. Betz is a graduate of Princeton Seminary where he received a Masters Degree ...

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  On the evening before Ash Wednesday, March 5, members of Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence shared in a traditional Shrove Tuesday Supper of pancakes, ham and berries, at tables covered in typical Mardi Gras colors and decorations. Shrove Tuesday derives its name from the ritual of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 70-year-old man who served as a priest in Westfield and was later accused of sex abuse was found shot dead at his home in Nevada, authorities said. Officers found John Capparelli with a gunshot wound to his neck at his residence in Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday, a spokesperson ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Evie Litwok will speak as part of Congregation Beth Hatikvah's monthly 'Social Shabbat Service' on Friday, March 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Litwok was 60 years old when she went to prison. Her experiences there as a gay, Jewish woman inspired her work as founder and director of ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, was installed as the 2019 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal during the Investiture Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary on Saturday. A reception for the Grand Marshal followed at Shackamaxon Country ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The community is mourning the loss of Meghan Crilly, who succumbed to injuries from a hit-and-run accident in Linden last week. The sad news was announced on the GoFundMe page that had been set up to help the Fanwood resident's family with medical expenses.   It is with ...

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“Healing the Grieving Heart: The Journey After the Death of a Loved One,” is a free-of-charge 8-week bereavement support group held at The Church of the Little Flower Bernauer Parish Center, 290 Plainfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights. Meetings will be held Tuesdays, starting February 12, 2019 ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ  -- Sunday, Jan. 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Thanks to a visit by Holocaust survivor Dr. Susan Lederman, eighth grade students at New Providence Middle School may have a better understanding of why people around the world pause and remember on this ...

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The Wharton Insitute for the Performing Arts announced the passing of their Executive Director Karen Deschere on January 11, 2019. Wharton Insitute for the Performing Arts released the following statement.   IN MEMORY Karen Deschere (1956 – 2019) Karen Deschere came to the Wharton Institute ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - “Our community has lost a great man and I have lost a good friend," said Dr. Patrick Smith on Jim Wood's recent death. "I have known and worked with Jim and his BAC athletes for almost 30 years. Jim loved our community having grown up in New Providence and as a businessman and ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Tributes to the late Jim Wood, founder and head coach of Berkeley Aquatic Club Center of Excellence (BAC), are already pouring in on social media and in media outlets around the country. Wood’s death on Jan. 4, at the age of 68, was announced by BAC on its Facebook page this ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS -- a global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees -- will discuss the significant changes in U.S. immigration policy that include the banning of immigrants from entire countries, new limitations on granting asylum, and family separation on ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Church of the Little Flower will be launching a middle school Youth Ministry program in February 2019. TAPinto Berkeley Heights recently sat with Dan Grossano, Little Flower's new Director of Youth and Family Ministry, to learn about his journey to his new position and ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The third annual memorial vigil to remember the homeless in Union County was held on Thursday evening at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Plainfield.  Multi-faith congregations across the county participated. The event is held on the eve of the shortest day of the year as a time ...

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Students enrolled in Faith Lutheran Church’s Sunday School are getting ready.  As part of the Christmas Eve Family Service at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24, a group of 26 children between the ages of 3 and 11, will present their version of the Christmas story, complete with ...

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — On the evening of Thursday, Dec. 6, the fifth of the eight days of Hanukkah, Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence and the three synagogues of Summit — Temple Sinai, Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center and Congregation Beth Hatikvah — lit the fifth candle of the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church (2032 Westfield Ave, Scotch Plains) is proud to present the 16th annual Parish Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The adult and children's choirs will perform with a chamber orchestra, a contemporary band, and ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Live sheep, bunnies and even an ornery donkey joined angels, shepherds, wise men and the Holy Family for the annual living nativity and tree lighting at the New Providence Presbyterian Church on Friday.  The church, one of the oldest landmarks of the borough, is ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Presbyterian Church at New Providence (1307 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ) is once again kick off the Christmas season with animals, carols, a craft, cookies & cider, and a special re-enactment of the First Christmas followed by a Tree Lighting on Friday, Nov.

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Achieving contributions of $7,000, the 2018 New Providence Crop Walk,  in spite of the high winds and mid-40s temperature, was a large success.  Matching funds and other contributions are still arriving.  Since 1974, the town has had this annual walk. Planned by Faith ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. This night of remembrance will feature a presentation by Miriam Gershwin, who will share her personal experiences as a Holocaust survivor and answer ...

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CHATHAM, NJ - Corpus Christi Church will be part of the "peace and solidarity" tour that will bring the Pilgrim Statue from Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Portugal to Chatham Oct. 11 through 15. Corpus Christi Church Parish will host the tour "to encourage peace, love, hope and solidarity," which ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold Tot Shabbat services on designated Friday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the year.  These interactive services are especially designed for young children, ages 0 – 5 years old, along with their families.

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The fifth annual Union County Day of Prayer promises to deliver a message of unity, embracement of diversity and community goodwill says local church leaders.  The event will take place on October 9, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church located at 2032 ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence resident Richard "Rick" Anderson was recently honored by The Reverend Dr. Daniel Gunn and  Saint Andrews Episcopal Church for his years of service to Saint Andrews Episcopal Church as well as to the greater community.     A  New Jersey Senate/Assembly ...

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Twenty-six members of Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence – 14 adults and 12 college and high school students – spent the week of Sunday, July 8 to Saturday, July 14 helping people of Cosby, an impoverished town in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee.  This was the ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - For anyone walking by on Saturday June 2nd, the scene on the Village Green in Summit New Jersey was striking! Bright beautiful colors flying haphazardly in the air while people danced to lively music and enjoyed authentic Indian cuisine. This was the setting for the Second Annual ...

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On Pentecost Sunday, May 20, four girls and three boys affirmed their baptisms during the 11 a.m. eucharistic service at Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence.  The affirmation was the culmination of three years of study under the pastors, Rev. Jane McCready and the ...

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CRANFORD, NJ – In a quaint white house near the border of Cranford and Garwood, 105-year-old Kurt Steiner sat at his dining room table, surrounded by cabinets that held his collection of Viennese glass and antique Limoge plates. At his table, he had his carefully taped together passport and exit ...

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