Religions and Spirituality

April 3, 2021

MADISON, NJ —  All US flags will be flown at half-staff through Tuesday, April 6, as per the Presidential Proclamation, honoring the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday. "Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S.

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Get in on the action, and join the 2021 COVID Relief Virtual 5K. You can walk or run the 5K course of your choice — outside, on a treadmill, stationary bike, or however you choose. There is a $20 race fee to join (with a $2.16 sign-up fee). All proceeds will benefit the New ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Today is Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday in French, a holiday celebrated across the globe, especially in places with large Roman Catholic populations. It's a day of celebration before the religious fasting season of Lent that begins this week on Ash Wednesday. Due to the COVID-19 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ -- Students at Holy Trinity School in Westfield greeted a special visitor on Thursday, Feb. 4: Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle, who came bearing a gift: a Proclamation of Catholic Schools Week and honoring Holy Trinity's history dating back to 1916 in the town. The mayor read the ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Although Hanukkah, “The Festival of Lights,” is considered a minor Jewish holiday, it is a popular celebration among Jewish families across America. In 2020, Hanukkah begins this evening and continues through the evening of Dec. 18. When the Greeks ruled what is now Israel, they ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Mount Olive Baptist Church in Plainfield, founded on October 12, 1870, is celebrating a milestone of 150 years. New Jersey Assemblywoman Linda S. Carter presented a resolution Saturday to note how the church has helped members become caring and compassionate citizens over the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced today that Salvatore DiStefano, a former Oratory Prep Catholic priest who previously served as the chaplain of Oratory Preparatory School in Summit and who recently resided at Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church in New ...

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METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School has announced that John G. Nolan, Jr. will fill the role as president of the all boys Catholic high school following the departure of Justin Fleetwood this summer. In a letter to the Saint Joseph Community, John Langdon, Chairman, Board of Directors, ...

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EDISON, NJ — Rose Angela Filippi and Paul Reuther, who live at Hackensack Meridian JFK Hartwyck at Edison Estates, never imagined that they would start a romance at the long-term care facility in Edison, fall in love and get married, and certainly not during a global pandemic.  But on Friday, ...

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NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes across New Jersey, have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations, and receiving news of interest in the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News: from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday services at different synagogues and who is ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Friends, family, students, faculty, and members of the Scotch Plains fire, police and rescue squads participated in a 20-minute mini parade through St. Bartholomew Academy's parking lot to say thank you and bid farewll to Sister Elizabeth Calello, who is retiring.  "Oh my ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Churches under the Archdiocese of Newark will begin allowing private prayer this weekend, the Archbishop announced Friday, as the first step of a cautious reopening plan.  The initial phase, which will be minored by parish staff to ensure social distancing, also allows Sacrament of ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp held another virtual session Thursday for residents, with this week's online meeting featuring inspirational words from local spiritual leaders. The Mayor opened the talk with the news that the total number of residents who have been lost to ...

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Difficult Decision Will Strengthen Schools, Safeguard Future of Catholic Education; At-Home Learning Continues Through End of School Year  The Archdiocese of Newark has announced the consolidation of its school community and the closure of nine archdiocesan-operated elementary schools ...

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