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!
Please RSVP by August 23 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

VOTFNJ Summer Hiatus

Sit back and relax! Enjoy your summer! VOTFNJ will be taking a break. Our Next liturgy will be on August 19th. We hope to see you then. We invite you to join liturgies at Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community in Morristown and Andover.

We will also be resting our "Voice" newsletter in July so look for the next issue in August.

Save the date: Our family "picnic" will be on August 18 in Pompton Plains. Check your inbox in the coming weeks for the invitation. (If you don't get one and wish to come, please email Mary.)

"They Will Inherit the Earth" with John Dear

A Talk and Book-Signing held with Activist, Author and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee John Dear

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Saint Mark Lutheran Church

Morristown, NJ

In this landmark work, They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change, author, activist and Nobel peace prize nominee Father John Dear connects the way of active nonviolence with solidarity with Creation, and shows how our global epidemic of violence and war could only lead to catastrophic climate change. He cites Jesus’ third Beatitude as the basis for his meditation: "Blessed are the meek, they will inherit the earth." Thomas Merton said "meekness" was the biblical word for “nonviolence” (in the Gandhi/King sense), so Dear reflects how Jesus connected nonviolence with oneness with creation, how he practiced nonviolence and lived at one with creation, and how we need to do the same.

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

Anthony Padovano
September 17, 2017

AP 2017 2VOTFNJ's theme for Fall 2017 is Ministry for the 21st Century. Anthony Padovano kicked off our discussions with a presentation on the priesthood from early christianity to today.

Anthony T. Padovano holds doctorates and professorships in theology and literature. He is the author of 29 books, including 3 award-winning plays, translated into nine languages. A visiting professor at 25 American colleges and universities, he lectures world-wide and appears in the media on both sides of the Atlantic.   His personal and professional papers are in the permanent archives of the University of Notre Dame. 

Click here for more information and to listen to Anthony's talk: The Origins and Development of Priesthood in the 1st and 2nd Millennium

Join Us to Support Refugees in New Jersey

 Refugee Assistance Update

RAMP tag stackedAt 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.
Donate to RAMP here.

Year-End Update of our RAMP Families here.
Here is a Prayer for Refugees.






VOTF National News & Views

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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, August 19

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





THE VOICE - VOTFNJ's Monthly Newsletter

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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

17 Aug
Eucharistic Liturgy
08.17.2018 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Dick Rento, Presiding

2 Sep
Eucharistic Liturgy
09.02.2018 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Mike Corso, Presiding

16 Sep
Eucharistic Liturgy
09.16.2018 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Ken Lasch, Presiding

7 Oct
Eucharistic Liturgy
10.07.2018 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Dick Rento, Presiding

20 Oct
Eucharistic Liturgy
10.20.2018 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Community Celebration

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