Religions and Spirituality

May 8, 2020

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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Scotch Plains, NJ -- Sister Irma Gazzillo, SSJ, a beloved member of the Union Catholic community who was inducted into Union Catholic's Hall of Fame this past fall, passed away on Friday, May 1. Erminia Gazzillo grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia and attended Little Flower High ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Singing Jewish hymns is part of his very being, but Cantor Matt Axelrod of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains had never done it in a TV miniseries before. Axelrod lent his talents and authenticity to the successful HBO production of The Plot Against America, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr took the opportunity on Friday to bring residents up to speed on the latest COVID-19 news and extend Easter and Passover wishes. "I want to thank you all for doing what the governor, the president, and all the health officials have asked and ...

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NATIONAL -- More than two-thirds (68%) of Americans who observe Easter say their Easter spending will be affected by the coronavirus this year, according to WalletHub’s new holiday-focused Coronavirus survey. This survey looks at how the coronavirus pandemic has changed Americans’ plans. Key ...

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This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. One of the many lessons of the coronavirus pandemic may well be: Faith will find a ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A message from Father Michael Ward of Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) parish in Scotch Plains.   While Mass will not be celebrated publicly, the church will remain open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for private prayer. There will be some resources available, i.e. Stations of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew Church and Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), the two Catholic Churches in Scotch Plains, live-streamed their Sunday Masses. On Thursday, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, announced that he had granted dispensation to the faithful of the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Church will livestream its 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, March 15, on Facebook. The video will also be posted on the church's website https://ihmparish.net.  Following guidelines established by the Archdiocese of Newark, IHM's 5:00 p.m. Mass on ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, announced on Thursday that he has dispensed the faithful of the Archdiocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice. Additionally, he has suspended the public celebration of Mass for Saturday evening, March 14, and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Wednesday, March 4, volunteers from the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains prepared gift bags with groggers, treats and traditional hamentashen cookies to be delivered to the entire congregation before the Jewish holiday of Purim. Congregation Beth ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold a carnival and services in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim. These events are free and open to the community. A family-friendly Purim carnival will be held on Sunday, March 8, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon. The ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- For the second year in a row, The Chelsea at Fanwood offered drive-through ashes for Ash Wednesday. From 12 Noon until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, anyone could drive through or walk into the breezeway, and Father Duncan Johnston of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Even you’re in a rush on Ash Wednesday, you can get your ashes 'on the go.' The Chelsea at Fanwood is offering an "Ashes To Go Drive-Thru" from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Just drive up to the Chelsea’s breezeway at 295 South Avenue in Fanwood, roll down ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As part of its year-long 70th anniversary celebration, St. Bartholomew Academy in Scotch Plains hosted a "70 Years of Dance" celebration in which students dressed up and danced to music from the 1950s all the way until today's hits.  St. Bartholomew Academy (SBA) is a ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Religious School of Congregation Beth Israel hosted its community-wide Hanukkah party on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The festivities included games, arts and crafts, music, traditional potato latkes and other kid-friendly foods. The Bible Players performed an interactive ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Religious School of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold a community-wide Hanukkah party on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 5:15 to 7:00 p.m. The celebration is free and open to the public. The evening will feature games, arts and crafts, and music. In addition, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium hosted its annual interfaith Thanksgiving Community Service at First United Methodist Church in Scotch Plains on Monday evening.  Rabbi Howard Tilman of Congregation Beth Israel welcomed the crowd, and Dr. Joan Mast, a member of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The public is invited to participate in the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Gratitude Service hosted by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church (1171 Terrill ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Presbyterian and Garden of Eden Churches invite you to a Night of Praise and Worship which will witness to the kind of peace and harmony among the peoples of our nation which is representative of the best of American history.      As we sing together in English and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Bishop Manuel A. Cruz of the Newark Archdiocese will be the main celebrant of the annual bi-lingual Italian/English Mass and procession of the statues of St. Bartholomew and St. Nicholas at the St. Bart's Italian American Festival on Saturday, August 30, at 5:00 p.m. During ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS — The Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Parish, (1571 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains) invites all senior citizens in the local community to attend its annual Summer Brunch for Seniors on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 9:45 until 11:15 a.m. This event will take place in the Nazareth Center ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel, Temple Sholom, and the JCC of Central NJ, invite the community to a special Shabbat celebration on Friday, July 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. An outdoor Shabbat dinner and fresh-air musical service on the Camp Yachad campsite. The dinner is ...

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