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Religions and Spirituality

September 11, 2022

PATERSON, NJ - Sirens wailing in the distance and the rumbling of the train overhead offered two reminders that life goes on. On Sunday, Mayor Andre Sayegh led Paterson in the remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that left over 3000 victims, including local resident Kenneth ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Psalm 100 says “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord” – and that they did. Over 200 people cheered, praised, clapped, sang along with vocalists, and even danced barefoot in the church aisle during the dynamic morning service at Paterson Church of God. The congregation hailed nearly as ...

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CLIFTON, NJ – Bishop Kevin Sweeney is a native of Queens, New York and grew up in St. Luke’s Parish in Whitestone, NY. From 1984 to 1988 he attended Cathedral Prep and played baseball for the high school seminary team as an infielder, outfielder and pitcher.  After high school, and much debate ...

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PATERSON, NJ – In response to Monday evening’s assault at Masjid Abu Baker on Preakness Ave, where worshipers were pelted with rocks while they were praying, Mayor Andre Sayegh, Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Coalition of Latino Pastors and Ministers’ Vice President Rev. Bolivar Flores will host a book signing and presentation about civic engagement in the Latinx community and the Black Lives Matter movement at the Newark Museum of Art on Thursday, August 4 at ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Pastor Kenneth Clayton, the Senior Pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church, is a native of Paterson and is the oldest of three children. He graduated from School 20 and Paterson Catholic High School, Upsala College in East Orange and went to New York Theological Seminary where he received ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Samuel C. Jackson was born in 1935 and raised in Wrightsville, Georgia where he lived in a home that wasn’t much more than a shack so flimsy that the dwelling shook during a harsh storm. His beloved father, known as Doc Jackson, was a farmer and deacon of two churches and was a ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Pastor Felix Valentin was born and raised in Brooklyn and graduated with a Master’s Degree in bilingual special education from St. John’s University before working for the Department of Education for 33 years. He also has been pastoring in Paterson for 22 years.  Growing up in ...

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PATERSON, NJ – The Muslim Community of Paterson is hosting a protest outside City Hall on Friday to defend the honor of the Prophet Muhammad after the Indian ruling party BJP leaders Nupur Sharma and Nabeen Kumar Jindal made what have been decried as blasphemous statements against the ...

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PATERSON, NJ – On Friday, Mayor Andre Sayegh, joined by Congressman Bill Pascrell and members of the Paterson City Council raised the Freedom Flag at City Hall to commemorate Juneteenth. Juneteenth is a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnick will be hosting an Houses of Worship Awareness Seminar Wednesday, June 8. The event scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., is open to the County’s entire faith-based community and, in response to recent mass shootings throughout the nation, ...

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PATERSON, NJ - There have been many famous quartets that have gone down in history as making the world a better place.  When the term is mentioned, a number of groups may quickly come to mind. In music, who can forget the Four Tops?  The iconic Motown soul combo of Levi Stubbs, Renaldo Benson, ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Rose VanHouten looked over the hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts at the annual bike blessing held earlier this month in the parking lot of St. Gerard Roman Catholic Church. The long-time volunteer at the event said she could not help but think of the blessing’s founder, former Msgr.

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PATERSON, NJ – Reverend Donnie Anderson was born and raised in Goldsboro, North Carolina and since turning 10-years-old has always been deeply involved with his faith. Anderson has been to several colleges to earn his degrees. For over a decade, Anderson has been pastoring in Paterson and has ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Mahfooa Hussan said that he arrived at his place of work, the 7-Eleven on Chamberlain Avenue in Paterson, at 7 a.m. on Monday morning. “I had talked with my manager,” the 20-year old stated.  “I was able to temporarily leave work to go to the prayer service.” The 2020 John F.

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PATERSON, NJ – In celebration of Eid al-Fitr, Mayor Andre Sayegh and his family hosted a block party on Monday. Community members were invited to enjoy halal food donated from Toros, music, a bounce house, rock climbing and more. “We want to celebrate everyone,” Sayegh said. “We [him and his ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Dupre Kelly professionally known as “DoItAll” from the platinum selling hip hop group Lords of the Underground is hosting a WINNING in Business economic panel discussion to provide information to women entrepreneurs at Pillar College (60 Park Place, Newark, NJ) Saturday, April 23, at ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A day marked in the Christian calendar as one of rebirth will be particularly meaningful for Pastor Gregory L. Wilson and members of Paterson’s Grace Chapel Baptist Church On Easter Sunday, for the first time in two years, Grace Chapel, located at 22 Haledon Avenue, will welcome ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Like Reverend Randall Lassiter, Monsignor Geno Sylva of St. John’s Cathedral was sent a message from God to spread His word. Sylva was ordained in 1993 by Bishop Frank Rodimer and has since made his mark in Paterson. Even though Sylva grew up in North Caldwell, his relatives from ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Mayor Andre Sayegh and 6th Ward Councilman Al Abdelaziz were joined by members of Paterson's large Muslim community to kick off celebrations for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with the unveiling of Paterson’s fanous on Friday. The fanous, a traditional symbol of Ramadan, will be ...

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PATERSON, NJ – When most people grow up, they hope to be a teacher, a leader, or even an astronaut. As they get older, some are lucky to follow those dreams, while others realize that what they dreamed about throughout their life wasn’t at all what they want to do. Reverend Dr. Randall Lassiter, ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh will be joined by U.S. Health and Human Services Regional Director Dara Kass and Dr. Randall Lassiter at a vaccine and booster clinic at Paterson's historic Calvary Baptist Church on Wednesday. Calvary Baptist Church has been participating in the “Grateful for ...

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PATERSON, NJ – On Tuesday, Mayor Andre Sayegh and the Paterson Municipal Council raised the Pan-African Flag to mark the start of Black History Month. “We celebrate and commemorate Black History Month, but like history, it should be celebrated from January 1 to December 31,” Sayegh said. “We ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Many families gathered at Paterson City Hall on Thursday to celebrate 3 Kings Day, a holiday that is celebrated mostly by Latin countries.  In the nations that celebrate the holiday Santa Claus isn’t as popular as he is in the United States, rather it is the Three Wise Men who are ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Russell Graddy, who passed away at age 90 on December 28, knew what it meant to work for a living, from picking cotton in Wrightsville, Ga and vegetables in South Jersey to laboring in the mills of Paterson. But he is best known for his work as a civil rights leader and for the ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Mayor Andre Sayegh joined Deputy Mayor Janet McDaniel and the New Family Foundation to host a Kwanzaa celebration at City Hall on Monday. The pair lit the second candle on the kinara to mark the second day of Kwanzaa and celebrate the second principle, Kujichagulia, or ...

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WAYNE, NJ – An area Starbucks customer got an unwelcome holiday surprise when her coffee cup came complete with an antisemitic message, Rabbi Mayer Gurkov of the Chabad Center of Passaic County in Wayne reported last week.  According to Gurkov, the incident occurred around 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Pillar College is offering a new concentration under the Masters of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MAML) program that will train women leaders and those that work in this arena. The Women in Ministry concentration is geared to help women lead in ministry, corporate America and other ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Eighth Annual Pastor’s Appreciation Breakfast was celebrated at the Robert Treat Hotel Thursday, October 14. Pastors from around the state took part in the event with nearly 300 people in attendance. This was the first time the event was hosted in person since the ...

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