Religions and Spirituality

November 5, 2018

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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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Rev. Ron Pollock presided at the 20th annual Blessing of the Animals at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 7,with several dozen dogs, cats and their owners receiving a special blessing at the 3 p.m. service. The blessing of the animals is an annual Episcopal tradition ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - All creatures great and small, furry, hairy, feathered or with scales - and their owners - are invited to the annual Blessing of the Animals at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3 pm, rain or shine. The blessing of the animals is an annual Episcopal tradition in ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Wesley United Methodist Church of South Plainfield welcomed James Lee as its new senior pastor on July 1.  “I am looking forward to see what God has in store for the community and how we can shine the light in South Plainfield and be a positive impact in the community,” ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK - It was 1974. The Sting and The Exorcist were in the movie theaters. President Richard Nixon resigned from office, and Rabbi Bennett Miller was in his first year at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple. “I expected to be here three to five years,” Miller said. He remained much longer, ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The sky was blue.  The grass was green. The people were purple, orange, pink, and yellow. Last week's Color Fun Run, hosted by the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship of East Brunswick, showed a local faith community at their colorful best as dozens of folks ran and walked a ...

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METUCHEN, NJ – Three seminarians, including a 2011 graduate of Hillsborough High School, will be be ordained as deacons by Diocese of Metuchen Bishop James F. Checchio during a Mass of the Rite of Ordination on Saturday, May 19 at the Cathedral of St Francis of Assisi, 548 Main St. A second ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway’s Living Hope Outreach Center will host a free family workshop May 5-6 for singles, married, divorced, soon to be married, abused, lonely, parents, teens and young adults. Guest speaker, Dr. Fitzroy Tyrrell will discuss strategies for successful parenting, managing ...

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A religious pilgrimage to celebrate a new movement within their church in Plainfield PLAINFIELD, NJ - Oliver Corona and Christian Menjivar, both 16 and students at Plainfield Public School’s Barack Obama Academy for Academic & Civic Development (BOAACD), will meet Pope Francis in ...

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HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - Like many Christians living in Indonesia, Harry Pangemanan faced threats against his own life in the Muslim-majority country. In the 1990s, he fled to the United States for political asylum, and settled in Highland Park in 2000, where he has since lived. Just last week, ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy of South Plainfield will join with schools throughout the country on Sunday, Jan. 28 in celebration of Catholic Schools Weeks 2018. The focus of the week long event, celebrated annually during the last year of January, is to shines a light on Catholic ...

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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 of 125 ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Falling snow the evening of Dec. 15 served as a fitting backdrop for Holy Savior’s annual Christmas pageant. The school-wide event, entitled ‘The Best Christmas Present of All,’ took place in Sacred Heart Church and was attended by students, their families, community ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  -  Holy Savior Academy in South Plainfield presented their fall production of Barbara Robinson’s classic story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, on December 1st.  The cast and crew featured 65 performers from the school’s Drama Club from third through eighth grades. “I ...

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Bishop James Checchio visited Holy Savior Academy on Tuesday November 28th.  Bishop Checchio was the main celebrant of the school mass held at The Church of the Sacred Heart.  This Mass also coincided with the 8th Grade Ring Ceremony. Bishop Checchio spoke to the students, families and friends ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Willow Grove Presbyterian Church is hosting its Christmas Festival Fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 26, 12-4 p.m. The featured event will be an extensive silent auction, featuring many types of gift baskets, gift cards from national companies as well as local eateries and shops, fine ...

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