Religions and Spirituality

September 24, 2020

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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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The city’s two major hospitals, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System and RWJBarnabas Health, announced this morning they are planning to merge. The hospitals released a joint statement outlining their intention to integrate the two healthcare systems. The announcement comes ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – United Reformed Church, “The Church on Main Street” will resume in-person worship in the sanctuary this Sunday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. Several protocols will be in place so that everyone can worship safely: • Worshippers will be required to wear masks and maintain appropriate ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Out of the corner of his eye, Johnny Lombardi was distracted by a few people slipping envelopes through the bottom of the locked doors at Mary Mother of God R.C. Church. Lombardi was on the altar a few months ago reading a Bible passage during the mass which was being ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Interfaith Community Action Network is hosting a Virtual Vigil on Zoom for Justice and Peace in Memory of George Floyd on Sunday, June 7, at 3 p.m. Shanel Robinson, director of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will be the keynote speaker and will be joined ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Father John, Rozembajgier, pastor of Mary Mother of God parish, with an assist from Father Alex Carles, has devised a novel approach to administering communion while being respectful of social distancing and parishioners' well-being. The pastor of Mary Mother of God Church has ...

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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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METUCHEN, NJ – As the nation continues to battle the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop James F. Checchio, the spiritual leader of the Diocese of Metuchen, will turn to Mary, Mother of the Church in prayer on May 1, joining the U.S. and Canadian bishops all seeking her protection and ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - A drive down Grant Avenue on a Tuesday, mid-afternoon or early evening, offers an opportunity to reflect on the fragility of life and how, in an instance, things can turn from bad to worse. On one side of the street, cars line at the curb in front of Emmanuel Church to pick up a ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ. – United Reformed Church, The Church on Main Street has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Phil Murphy's Executive Order 107 by publishing online videos to provide hope and courage during the pandemic.  Rev. Paul G Janssen, pastor has adapted the Sunday morning ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rev. James Checchio, Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen  has announced an abrupt and radical departure from the teachings of the Catholic Church - the faithful are permitted to eat meat on Fridays during the remainder of the Lenten season - except for Good Friday, April ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Tom O'Leary and George Georgoulas are on the front lines of an endless battle, helping to provide necessities to those who are homeless and in need of clothing, personal care items, a healthy meal and a safe place to sleep at night. They're not always successful - but they, and ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Facing the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic, the Most Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen, has announced today that while Masses in the Diocese of Metuchen will continue to be celebrated, the faithful are not obligated to attend until the weekend of April 4 – 5, when ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The principals of Immaculata High School and the Immaculate Conception School have issued a joint communique to students and parents that the schools will be closed starting March 17th and will remain closed through Friday, March 27 because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Both ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Griffin Leger, a senior at Immaculata High School, built a handcrafted, portable altar for the Immaculata parish to satisfy the requirements of his Eagle Scout community service project. The altar was used for the first time at the annual Spartan Memorial Mass last Friday. “I ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ  – Amid growing national concern over the spread of the coronavirus, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen has enacted measures in parishes across its four counties as a precaution. The Most Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen, has issued the following directives on ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - St. John’s Episcopal Church has installed an audio system that makes it easier to hear for those who suffer from hearing impairments. The church and the meeting room were recently equipped with the new Looping system, according to the Rev. Canon Ronald Pollock, rector of the ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Six weeks of reflection, "Ashes to Go" for commuters at the train station and a sock collection for those in need are all part of the Lenten season at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with services and the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the church Lent is the ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Immaculata High School will host its Spring Open House on Wednesday, March 4th. Prospective students and their families will experience the school’s offerings by taking tours, attending information sessions, and speaking with students, faculty, and administrators. The event, ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - This fall Immaculata High School launched its Chesterton Classical Studies Program, the latest of its signature academic curriculum, which provides a content-rich humanities-focused education to those enrolled. Eventually, this will be a four-year curriculum, but the initial ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7 hosted an Interfaith security briefing for local clergy and faith leaders yesterday. In 2018 New Jersey had the third highest number of anti-Semitic incidents in the nation, and faith institutions in New Jersey and across the country have ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Central Jersey Twelfth Night Boar’s Head Festival will take place on Sunday, Jan. 5th at 4 .p.m at United Reformed Church; 100 West Main St. All are welcome to come and revel in the celebration of the Twelve Days of Christmas, as they did in Elizabethan times.      The ...

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SOMERVILLE,  NJ - Although Hanukkah, "The Festival of Lights," is considered a “minor” Jewish holiday, it is a popular celebration among Jewish families across America. According to ReformJudaism.org, when the Maccabees entered the Temple in Jerusalem to reclaim it from the Greeks, they ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Rev. Canon Ronald N. Pollock, pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Dec.17th. Popularly known as Father Ron, he was ordained by Bishop Mellick Belshaw in 1994 and has been rector of St John’s since 1998, ...

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  SOMERVILLE, N.J. – A free Holiday Choral Concert featuring the Somerville High School choir and choirs from several area high schools will be presented by United Reformed Church on Friday, Dec. 13th at 4 p.m. in the 600-seat sanctuary located at 100 W Main St.    Choirs from Somerville High ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ - United Reformed Church, “The Church on Main Street” welcomes all families in the community to participate in an old-fashioned “Christmas Pageant” on Sunday morning, Dec. 22, at 10 a.m. The congregation will join in singing Christmas carols as participants of all ages become ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Clothes Closet at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a new community service initiative, will be open Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m.-noon. With new items added each month, the Clothes Closet features reasonably priced seasonal men’s, women’s, and children’s clothes, shoes, and ...

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METUCHEN, NJ  - Law enforcement personnel of all faiths were recognized for their commitment and self-sacrifice at the Diocese of Metuchen’s 18th Annual Blue Mass, hosted this year by the Warren Township Police Department. The Blue Mass was held on Oct. 17th at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ – United Reformed Church, “The Church on Main Street” will celebrate 45 years of sponsoring the Central Somerset CROP Hunger Walk, which is will take place in downtown Somerville on Sunday, Oct. 20th at 1:30 p.m.     CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith events that originated in ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - More than one dozen Somerville-area restaurants will provide the food and tastings at "The Spirit of St. John’s" event on Oct. 17th that will honor eight Somerset County citizens and community organizations for their tireless efforts and untold contributions to area life. “The ...

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