Giving Back

Saint James the Apostle Church in Springfield Hosts Union County Deanery Mass

Procession at beginning of the Mass Credits: Ellen Dickson
Father Joseph Carbone Credits: Ellen Dickson
Priests participating in the Mass Credits: Ellen Dickson
Cardinal Tobin receiving a scroll with messages of well wishes from members of the Saint James Parish Credits: Ellen Dickson
Cardinal Tobin with Mayor Stampoulos and other members of Springfield's Township Committee Credits: Ellen Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – In a beautiful night service Tuesday, His Eminence Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, the Archbishop of Newark celebrated a Deanery Mass at Saint James the Apostle hosted by Reverend Joseph E. Barbone, Pastor of Saint James.

Parish priests from Little Flower of Berkeley Heights, Our Lady of Lourdes of Mountainside, Our Lady of Peace of New Providence, St. Rose of Lima of Short Hills, and St. Teresa of Avila of Summit helped celebrate the Mass.

At the end of the Mass Father Joe Barbone thanked Cardinal Tobin and invited the celebrants to attend a reception and Town Hall meeting.  Most of the celebrants did just that and proceeded to the school auditorium for dessert and the meeting.

Sign Up for E-News

Cardinal Tobin accepted a scroll presented to him by Reverend Barbone on behalf of the parish containing messages of well wishing.  Then Mayor Stampoulos with the members of the Township Committee presented the Cardinal with a Proclamation. After that Cardinal Tobin took questions from those assembled.

Questions were wide ranging and included “Do you support having woman serve as Deacons?”, “What is your definition of marriage?”, “How do we get out our message of inclusiveness?”, “How do we increase participation in the church?”, and "What is going to happen to Catholic schools?".

One parishioner asked “Why are Catholics distant from the Church?”  Cardinal Tobin cited a recent study that showed, “That particular reason is no particular reason at all.”” That is good news.” “We can get them back at some point.”  He went on to state that "...although the pews may be a little empty at Saint Rose of Lima, 1700 people received into the Church at the Archdiocese on Easter.“  He noted that the Church is growing globally and that growth is coming from the southern hemisphere.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Springfield

Clark Historic Archives to be Unveiled to Public During Special Event

September 24, 2017

CLARK, NJ — On Friday, Sept. 29, Clark Township’s Online Historical Archives will be revealed during a special presentation at the Clark Library. The collection includes books, historic photos, yearbooks and images of old newspapers.  

The public is invited to join the Clark Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the Clark Library and other town officials at this ...

Springfield Township Committee: Pet Store Ordinance Clarification of Comments Made

September 15, 2017

Dear Editor:

Thank you for your coverage of the pet store ordinance issue at the Springfield Township Committee meeting on 9/12/17 wherein an ordinance was unanimously adopted.  My group, FAUN-NJ, has worked extensively on this issue at the local, county and state level together with the Humane Society of the United States and New Jersey Residents Against Puppy Mills. 

I’d ...

New Amazon HQ? Why Not New Brunswick?

September 25, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County, New Brunswick and Rutgers University officials are eyeing the Hub City and surrounding area as a potential spot for Amazon’s “HQ2,”an East Coast headquarters, that would employ as many as 50,000 people  

The online retail giant, which is headquartered in Seattle, announced its plans earlier this month to pump $5 billion into the ...

Democrat Chris Capodice Releases Plan to Make Government More Accessible and Efficient

September 25, 2017

SPRINGFIELD—Democratic candidate for Township Committee Chris Capodice today released his plan to reduce waste and save taxpayer dollars by making Springfield’s government more accessible to residents and more efficient.

Capodice stated, “As a member of the Township Committee, one of my top priorities will be making sure that your government is transparent and accessible to ...

Union County College to Participate in National Day of Civic Hacking

September 24, 2017

CRANFORD – Come to Union County College to participate in a free coding session on the National Day of Civic Hacking. Union’s Director of Instructional Design Beth Ritter-Guth, will lead a session on coding relief projects for those affected by the recent hurricanes at #Harvey and #Irma.

The session will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 28, 2017, at the College’s ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_a396a68fc05e4637f9d3_dsc_7010

Thu, September 28, 10:00 AM

SAGE Eldercare, Summit

Fall Prevention

Health & Wellness

Thu, September 28, 12:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Pirates of the Atlantic

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_1643d2a8a911c4a14d33_every_brilliant_thing_graphic

Fri, September 29, 8:00 PM

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit

Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with ...

Arts & Entertainment