Your personal journey in life, with all the passion and grace you bring to it, matters immensely, not only to you but to me and to many others. I will not encourage you to give your heart to the Church if it is one you cannot trust or will harm you or not listen to you.
With Blessings, Your Brothers and Sisters in Voice of the Faithful New Jersey
VOTFNJ will not have TRIDUUM Liturgies. We invite you to join our Sister Community in Faith, Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community celebrating the Triduum in Newton/Andover NJ. Holy Thursday 7:00 PM Good Friday 7:00 PM Easter Vigil 8:00 PM The Center, 65 Newton Sparta Road, Newton, NJ 07860
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 3:30 PM Saint Mark Lutheran Church 100 Harter Road, Morristown, NJ
Frida Berrigan, the daughter of Philip Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister, and the niece of the peace activist Daniel J. Berrigan, SJ, grew up in a community devoted to peacemaking and nonviolence and is now following in the family footsteps. She knows "from where she speaks" in terms of raising children in a living and vibrant, socially and globally responsible faith.
At VOTFNJ's invitation, a steering committee for refugee assistance held its first organizational meeting on May 23, 2016 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The result: a coalition of 14 member organizations which have named themselves, Refugee Assistance Morris Partners (RAMP). Their stated purpose: "...to assist vetted Middle Eastern and other refugee families to transiton to productive lives of dignity, safety, and hope in the Morris County area of New Jersey." The group has partnered with World Church Service (WCS) and with the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ).
Learn more about RAMP here. Learn more about RAMP's partnership with CFNJ here. RAMP welcomes its first family. Discover more here. "Modern Pilgirms" by William Westhoven, Daily Record, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2016 RAMP Release January 2017 here. Here is a Prayer for Refugees.
Road to Recovery, a non-profit organization that offers compassionate counseling and referral services to survivors of sexual abuse. Launched in 2005 to provide direct assistance to victims of clergy sexual abuse, R2R has expanded its mission to include survivors of all sexual abuse. Learn more.
Intentional Eucharistic Communities(IECs) are those small faith communities, rooted in the Catholic tradition, which gather to celebrate Eucharist on a regular basis. Born in the enthusiasm flowing from Vatican II for a church of the people, some IECs were instituted in parishes, some were created as alternatives to the parish, some retain close ties with the institutional church, and some function independently. VOTFNJ considers itself to be an Intentional Eucharistic Community. Other New Jersey area IECs are the Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community (Andover, NJ),founded by a VOTFNJ member, Mary Ann Schoetlly and The Inclusive Community (Chatham, NJ), whose pastor is Dr. Anthony T. Padovano.