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  • Easter Blessings

    Holy One, you are shelter and strength for those in distress.
    When loved ones experience pain and suffering…
    When illness, aging, or chronic pain diminish our joy…
    When doubts arise and confusion fills our minds...
    When others fail us or refuse to forgive us for our failings…
    When we stumble and stray from the path of goodness…
    When death separates us from those we love dearly...
    When financial problems threaten our security…
    When things do not go the way we planned...
    When depression or loneliness return again and again…
    When broken relationships have not been mended...
    When our faith strengthens and gives us courage…
    When the precious gift of life is recognized and appreciated…
    When unexpected kindness and caring comes our way…
    When optimism stirs in our heart and springtime returns…
    When the peace of Christ calms our anxiety and softens our sadness…
    When we realize that our loving presence can make a difference…
    When the joy of Easter quietly permeates our heart…

    © From the revised edition of Out of the Ordinary, Joyce Rupp. (Ave Maria Press)

     

     
  • Liturgies of the Word

    Celebration of the Liturgy
    Sunday, April 21
    Community Celebration

    Sunday, May 5 - Eucharistic Liturgy
    Mark DeStephano, Presider

     All services are at 4:30 PM on Zoom.
    Zoom details will be provided in the invitations to the liturgies.
    We invite everyone not only to join our liturgies but to actively participate!
    Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be a reader or present the Eucharistic prayer.

     
  • The Journey to Citizenship

    A panel of professionals presented actual experiences with migrants and asylum seekers.
    Sunday, January 28, 2024, 4:30 PM, via Zoom.

    Erin Sweeney, NJ Immigration Attorney
    Evan Meade, Asylum Application Assistant, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
    Alejandra, immigrating from South America

    View recording of this presentation here.

    The theme of this year's presentations is "Migration."

    March 10, 2024 - Bishop John Stowe OFM, Conv., President of Pax Christi USA

    View recording of this presentation here.

    April 14, 2024 - Migrants Are Some-bodies, Rev. Daniel Groody, CSC, author of A Theology of Migration: The Bodies of Refugees and the Body of Christ.  

    Chapter 7 from the book available here was used for the discussion.

    View recording of this presentation here.

    Mark your calendar for this event.

    Sept. 22, 2024 - Sadness and Service at the BorderSr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, Exec. Dir. of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

    Texas is escalating efforts to criminalize migrants, says Bishop Seitz

    Threats to Catholic Charities staffers rise amid far-right anti-migrant campaignng!"

    Zoom details will be provided in the invitation to the presentation emailed on the Thursday before the event.

    We invite everyone not only to join but to actively participate! 

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THESE VOTFNJ 2024 PROGRAMS.

     
  • Living the Gospel - Intentional Eucharistic Communities

    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. dove08

    Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community is the "Sister Community" of VOTFNJ. Their Morristown Liturgy meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 100 Harter Rd. Morristown, NJ at 4:30 p.m. Follow Sophia on Facebook. During ths pandemic, you can join Sophia's Zoom liturgies on Sundays at 10:50 AM. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

    The Christian Community usually has a liturgy with Peter Krebs at 10:30 AM each Sunday in room 110 on the first floor of the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station NJ.

    The Emmaus Community welcomes all at mass every Sunday at 9:30 AM at the Shrine of St. Joseph in Sterling NJ.

     
  • THE VOICE - VOTFNJ News & More

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    THE VOICE - VOTFNJ's Monthly Newsletter

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  • VOTF National News & Views

    Stay in touch and informed!

     

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


     
  • 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 23 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 the International Rescue Committee (IRC) 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.

    If you would like to join this multi-faith and civic effort, check for the opportunities available here. Contact RAMP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to receive updates.

     
  • Confronting Systemic Racism

    VOTFNJ Offered Two-part Online Series on Racism

    • Moderator, Peg Pipchick PhD APN, Member of Voice of the Faithful New Jersey
      Peg Pipchick is an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse and Marriage and Family Therapist who has spent the last five years trying to understand the true facts about Racism and Slavery in the United States.refugeechrist

    Racism in the Catholic Church
    Event held Sunday, January 24, 2021

    Program readings
    Please click on this PDF to access these readings:

    • Open Wide our Hearts, 2018 pastoral document of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
    • Interview with Bryan Massingale SJ, in Commonweal. 
    • Daniel F. Horan OFM, When Will US Bishops Address Evil Systemic Racism? 
    • Shannen Dee Williams, The Church must make reparation for its role in slavery, segregation. National Catholic Reporter 
    • Black Catholics: Words Not Enough as Church Decries Racism AP article.
    • Desegregating the Altar: The Josephites and the Struggle for Black Priests. Book review by Randall M. Miller, published in U.S. Catholic Historian. 
    • Oral History interview with Sister Gwynette Proctor. From “Habits of Change: An Oral History of American Nuns” by Carole Garibaldi Rogers (Oxford University Press, 2011).
    • Pope Sends Strong Message to US Catholics After Floyd Death AP article. 
    • Church of St. Francis Xavier, New York. Pastoral Council Statement on Communal Commitment to Establishing Racial Equity and Dismantling Racial Injustice.


    Systemic Racism in American Society

    1. What was Jim Crow? Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
    2. The New Jim Crow. Michelle Alexander (Book Review)
    3. The White Space. Elijah Anderson, Yale University
    4. The GI Bill. Discovering the meaning of unearned privilege. Excerpt from book by Debby Irving.
     
  • Resources on Systemic Racism

    subversivehabitsThe VOTFNJ Coordinating Team has compiled a resource list on the subject of systemic racism, offering theological readings as well as historical and political perspectives. Download it here.

    Dr. Shannen Dee Williams was with us on November 21, 2021. Her book, Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle is available through VOTFNJ. Please email if you would like to purchase a copy.

    God made Black saints. The church whitewashed them. US Catholic Magazine

    Why We Say Black Lives Matter, Homily by Mike Corso
     

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21 Apr
Community Celebration
Date Apr 21, 2024 04:30 pm - 06:00 pm
5 May
Celebration of the Liturgy
May 05, 2024 04:30 pm - 06:00 pm

Mark Destephano, celebrant

19 May
Celebration of the Liturgy
May 19, 2024 04:30 pm - 06:00 pm

Mike Corso, celebrant

2 Jun
Celebration of the Liturgy
Jun 02, 2024 04:30 pm - 06:00 pm

Mark Destepano, Celebrant

22 Sep
Migration Presentation
Sep 22, 2024 04:30 pm - 06:00 pm

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