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VOTFNJ Family Picnic


Let's Celebrate Together

Announcing our third annual VOTFNJ family picnic! This year the party is in September at the Padovano's in Morris Plains.

So bring yourselves, your spouses, your partners, your significant others, your children and your grandchildren!
Bring a favorite cold food and beverage to share and
an outside chair if you have one.


WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 2017
From 2 PM till...
(If the weather doesn't cooperate, a cancellation notice will be
emailed the day before, or that morning.)

WHERE: 9 Millstone Drive, Morris Plains, NJ

We hope you can join the party!
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Feel free to forward this invite to anyone you think would like to receive it. We are all "extended family"!

Joan Chittister: Her story, my story, our story

Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community of Andover and
Morristown invites you to ...

Joan Chittister PlayJoan Chittister: Her story, my story, our story
A one-women play about two women for all women

Written and performed by Teri Bays

"The work is seamlessly, artfully and movingly welded together. It's a fresh and intersting approach to the notion of the universality of woman today. It has heart and substance ... great praise." - - Sister Joan Chittster, OSB

Held: Friday, September 15, 7:30 PM
Saint Mark Lutheran Church
Morristown, NJ 07960

'The Church needs women for its salvation': One-woman play champions nun's quest for social justice
by Linda Stamato, Morristown Green Contritor
September 18, 2017

Is celibacy the issue?

A VOTFNJ Discussion

CelibacyIn observation of this fall's adopted theme, Ministry in the 21st Century, VOTFNJ will  discuss the article "Is celibacy the issue?" by Terry Dosch, a special insert to Bread Rising on the Married Priesthood, Vol. 4, No. 2, June 1997.

Facilitating the discussion will be VOTFNJ Coordinating Team members Charlie Saco and Bernice Anglin. Join us ...

Sunday, November 5, 3:30 PM*
Saint Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road
Morristown, NJ

* Liturgy to follow at 4:30 PM with Dic Rento presiding.

White Man on a Bicycle

Tom Johnson, Founder of Africa Surgery

Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson, Jr., a former Peace Corps volunteer who founded the non-profit, Africa Surgery, in 2003 will talk about his work in Sierra Leone. Africa Surgery, a non-profit organization, provides health care and surgical services to needy people in Sierra Leone. See program flyer here.

Sunday, September 24, 3:30 PM
Saint Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road
Morristown, NJ

See video here.

The Origins and Development of Priesthood in the 1st and 2nd Millennium

History of the Priesthood

AP 2017 2VOTFNJ's theme for Fall 2017 is Ministry for the 21st Century. Anthony Padovano will kick off our discussions with a presentation on the "Priesthood: From Early Christianity to Today." See program flyer here.

Held: Sunday, September 17, 3:30 PM
Saint Mark Lutheran Church
Morristown, NJ

Appearing soon is VOTFNJ's Audio Library.

VOTFNJ 2017 Retreat: Ministry Today

Reading the Signs of the Times: Ministry Today

In keeping with VOTFNJ's fall theme, Ministry in the 21st Century, the retreat will explore how our ministry in 2017 reflects the priorities of the Jesus of History. Are we faithful to the Beatitudes as the action plan for ministry in challenging times? All are welcome ...

Holy TrinitySaturday, October 21, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
The Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity
315 1st St.

Westfield, NJ

Facilitator: Father Anthony Randazzo
Pastor,The Catholic Church of  Holy Trinity, Westfield

See video of Father Randazzo here.

Registration information will be posted shortly.


Join Us to Support Refugees in New Jersey

Refugee Assistance Update

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).

RAMP tag stackedLearn more about RAMP here.
Learn more about RAMP's partnership with CFNJ here.
How it Feels to be a Syrian Refugee in America
"Modern Pilgirms"  by William Westhoven, Daily Record, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2016
RAMP Summer Family Update here.
Here is a Prayer for Refugees.






VOTF National News & Views

votfnj sStay in touch and informed!

Read In the Vineyard and stay abreast of VOTF national activities and views here.

Advocate for the reform of the Statute of Limitation for child sex abuse victims in New Jersey and other states. Read VOTF Statute of Limitation Reform: Advocacy Guide here.

Road to Recovery

VOTFNJ is pleased to support ...

Road to RecoveryRoad 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.

Next Eucharistic Celebration

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Sunday, October 1

4:30 - 6:00 PM
Saint Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road
Morristown, NJ
Dick Rento, Presider





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Living the Gospel - Intentional Eucharistic Communities

Intentional Eucharistic Communities (IECs) are those small faith communities, rooted in the Intentional Eucharistic CommunitiesCatholic 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. Another New Jersey area IECs is the Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community (Andover, NJ), founded by a VOTFNJ member, Mary Ann Schoetlly.

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Upcoming Events

09.23.2017 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
09.24.2017 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
White Man on a Bike
10.01.2017 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Eucharistic Liturgy
10.15.2017 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Eucharistic Liturgy
10.21.2017 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
VOTFNJ Retreat

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