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Religions and Spirituality

December 23, 2022

UNION, NJ – Union police officers attended a luncheon at Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Leyma on Tuesday to celebrate Chanukah. Mayor Manuel Figueiredo joined members of the police department in a holiday celebration.  “It is important that we maintain strong relationships with all citizens in our ...

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UNION, NJ – Members and friends of the Union Knights of Columbus gathered Thursday evening for a nativity lighting with Christmas caroling in front of Town Hall. The event was organized by the Knights of Columbus, in partnership with St. Michael's Family Activities Committee. Msgr. Anselm ...

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CALDWELL, NJ - Reverend Monsignor Kenneth J. Herbster, 86, passed away peacefully at his home at the James F. Kelley Residence in Caldwell, on December 1. He was a long-time resident of New Jersey and served the Archdiocese of Newark for 59 years.  From 1989 to 1997 he was Pastor at the St. Michael ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Newark will be speaking at an upcoming interfaith conference about a subject that a sorely divided society debates daily — forgiveness. Cardinal Joseph Tobin will join Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, and Hindu clergy at the event, entitled Faith in ...

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UNION, NJ – A Community Revival, “An Evening of Worship”, is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23, hosted by the United Clergy of Vauxhall and Vicinity. The United Clergy of Vauxhall and Vicinity has been in existence for the better part of fifty years, said Pastor Samuel M. Wright, Jr., of Union ...

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VAUXHALL, NJ – The Vauxhall community is mourning the passing of Reverend Dr. Marion J. Franklin, Jr. of First Baptist Church who passed away last week. Rev. Franklin was born in Mobile, Alabama.  He was a graduate of Kean University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Sister Ann, a beloved member of the Union Catholic faculty for 29 years, passed away on Monday, Aug. 8. A viewing and a funeral mass will be held for Sister Ann Sullivan, SSJ, a beloved member of the Union Catholic Community, on Friday, Aug. 12 at St. Joseph Villa in ...

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UNION, NJ - Hundreds of parishioners gathered after the noon mass at St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church on Sunday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the priesthood for Rev. Msgr. Anselm Nwaorgu. Nwaorgu was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1992.  In June 2009, Pope Benedict ...

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UNION, NJ – Honoring Union's first responders, Holy Spirit Church held their first Blue Mass, on Sunday, May 15. Fire Department, Police Department, and EMS personnel attended the mass.  “The mass was a spiritual celebration for our sacrifices and service to the Township,” said Union Fire Chief ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — On the longest night of the year, the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council held a subdued but moving vigil acknowledging the plight of homelessness in America and recognizing those who have died as a consequence of living in destitution and dispossession in Union ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - As the nation continues to reckon with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the seventh annual Union County Day of Prayer will serve as “A Memorial Service to Those in Our Memory” on October 6. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council is scheduled to host a memorial service for the victims of COVID-19 Wednesday night. The memorial to be held in the parking lot of the Parish Community of Saint Helen, 1600 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, starts at 7 p.m., the UCICC ...

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NEWARK, NJ  – Parishes within the Archdiocese of Newark have been invited to take up a special collection during Masses this weekend to help those affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that devastated the southwestern region of Haiti on Aug. 14. All proceeds from the collection will benefit ...

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UNION, NJ – Over 200 people attended a dedication ceremony on Sunday of the lower church at St. Michael’s in memory of Phil Matrale, the beloved youth minister who died suddenly on Nov. 20, 2020. Matrale, 60, was youth minister at St. Michael’s for over 30 years.  He also served as youth ...

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Memorial Day, as the name implies, was established to create a day of remembrance to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. Civil War. Our culture today, however, associates the holiday with the start of summer activities, like barbecues and going to the beach. How did this once ...

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UNION, NJ – Hindu prayers opened the Tuesday night Township Committee meeting, with hymns from the world’s oldest extant scripture.  The invocation was given by Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, reading from ancient Sanskrit scriptures. Zed, President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, recited ...

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UNION, NJ – Tributes and remembrances of Phil Matrale, the beloved youth minister at St. Michael’s Parish who died suddenly on Nov. 20, continue to be shared by the Union residents whose lives he touched and enriched.  Matrale, 60, was youth minister at St. Michael’s for over 30 years.  He also ...

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UNION, NJ - A much beloved youth minister from St. Michael's Parish passed away on Saturday. In a social media posting Saturday night, St. Michael's announced "with profound sadness the sudden and tragic" passing of Philip Matrale.  In the post, Msgr. Anselm, Fr. Miles, Fr.Chuck, and St.

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UNION, NJ – An application for a religious organization’s move to a building on Burnet Avenue was approved by the Union Board of Adjustment Wednesday night. Holy Ghost Christian Center will be moving into the property at 1323 Burnet Avenue.  Board members found the application to be a “good use ...

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UNION, NJ – About 450 people stood on the steps and lawn of Union’s town hall on Wednesday evening for a candlelight vigil in solidarity and in memory of George Floyd. “As the wife of a Black man and the mother of a young Black man, I acutely feel the pain surrounding what was revealed to the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, has announced a three-phase gradual reopening process for churches throughout the Archdiocese to ensure the health and well-being of clergy and faithful.  Phase One allows for the reopening of churches in the Archdiocese for ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A regular digital Shabbat Service for members of congregation Sha'arey Shalom in Springfield was interrupted yesterday evening with racist and anti-semitic pictures and remarks, in a type of attack commonly known as "Zoom-Bombing." Since COVID-19 necessitated the move to a ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Due to social distancing, Saint James the Apostle Church in Springfield will be live-streaming Holy Week services and masses. "There is no question that these are different and difficult times. In spite of all of these problems, we must remain vigilant in our care for ourselves, ...

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UNION, NJ – First Baptist Church of Vauxhall presented a donation on Sunday, February 23, to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through a recent fundraising project. First Baptist Trustee Donnie Days coordinated the donation drive with St. Jude.  “As Trustees, we find a worthwhile project ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, the Principal of Union Catholic for the last 40 years, has been chosen as the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women. Sister Percylee will be honored at the 28th annual Women of Excellence Gala ...

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UNION, NJ - Get off to a great start in 2020 with a NEW YEAR KICK-OFF CELEBRATION SERVICE on Saturday, January 4 at 5:30 p.m.    BLUEPRINT MESSAGE SERIES:  A BLUEPRINT plan is absolutely necessary to build a house the right way. How much more important do we need "blueprints" for ourselves, ...

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UNION, NJ – A public lighting of the Menorah took place on Monday, the second day of Chanukah, in front of the Union Public Library with Rabbi Avremy Kanelsky of Bris Avrohom, residents and township officials. Mayor Delisfort, along with Deputy Mayor Florio and Committeeman Figueiredo, presented ...

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UNION, NJ - The United Clergy of Vauxhall and Vicinity will be hosting an Annual Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 24 at 3:45 p.m. The service will be held at St. Paul's Calvary United Church of God, 2780 Vauxhall Road, Bishop Claude L. Campbell, Pastor.  All are welcome.  Music ...

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Updated at 9:47 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — When the Archdiocese of Newark released its list of priests credibly accused of sex abuse earlier this year, Westfield resident Michael Mautone distinctly recognized one name on the list: the man he recalls abused him when he was 16 years old. The church ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Former Diocese of Newark Bishop, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick sexually harassed Seton Hall University seminarians during his time with the Diocese, according an independent report released by the University’s Board of Regents on Tuesday afternoon. Patrick M. Murray, Chairman of ...

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