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We are holding our gatherings on Zoom until we can safely meet in person again. If you are on our mailing list for liturgies, an announcement will be emailed to you before the following dates. If you would like to join us please register as the email will request. As registration information is provided, we will also post it below.

It will be wonderful to greet you all again through technology and celebrate together.HC

Sunday, May 2, 4:30 PM: Mike Corso celebrant. 
Sunday, May 16, 4:30 PM: Dick Rento celebrant.
Sunday, June 6, 4:30 PM: Mike Corso celebrant. 

Covid - 19 has brought new meaning the the term, "House Church." Please have bread and wine (or grape juice) to bless in your home.

You can also join Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community, the "sister" community of VOTFNJ, via Zoom for liturgies. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

 

 

 

 

Resources on Systemic Racism


The 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.

Confronting Systemic Racism

VOTFNJ Offers 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.

Racism in the Catholic Church
Sunday, January 24, 2021
4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Zoom

Please register in advance here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. On the day of the meeting, please sign in at about 4:15 to be sure we can all be settled in order to start on time.

Please click on this PDF to access these readings:

  1. Open Wide our Hearts, 2018 pastoral document of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  2. Interview with Bryan Massingale SJ, in Commonweal. 
  3. Daniel F. Horan OFM, When Will US Bishops Address Evil Systemic Racism? 
  4. Shannen Dee Williams, The Church must make reparation for its role in slavery, segregation. National Catholic Reporter 
  5. Black Catholics: Words Not Enough as Church Decries Racism AP article.
  6. Desegregating the Altar: The Josephites and the Struggle for Black Priests. Book review by Randall M. Miller, published in U.S. Catholic Historian. 
  7. 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).
  8. Pope Sends Strong Message to US Catholics After Floyd Death AP article. 
  9. Church of St. Francis Xavier, New York. Pastoral Council Statement on Communal Commitment to Establishing Racial Equity and Dismantling Racial Injustice.

Read more ...

In the Prophetic Tradition: Raise Your Voice!

VOTFNJ NCR 2019 1Dear VOTFNJ brothers and sisters,

The self-inflicted wound of the clerical sexual abuse crisis has brought our beloved Church to the point of implosion--at least the hierarchical clerical culture of our Church. It is, in one way, a good thing! This means that the wound has been exposed and now the healing may begin; the rebuilding of the Church can commence. What is good can be retained and what has gone off course can be rooted out and left behind.

As members of the laity, committed to our baptismal promises, we can - and must - participate in the rebuilding of our beloved local New Jersey church. In this packet of materials you will find helpful resources, appropriate contact information, and informative background articles. May we suggest a few things that we all can do to move the healing forward?

VOTFNJ has developed an Action Packet of practical steps you can take to confront the abuse crisis in our Church.

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 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.

 

                   

 

 

 

VOTF National News & Views

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

Confronting the Systemic Dysfunction of Clericalism
Produced by the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests in collaboration with Voice of the Faithful and lay people and clergy across the nation; endorsed by FutureChurch.

Preface
When we were asked to prepare a document about clericalism within the Church, we quickly realized that our challenges would be two-fold. One was the sheer volume of books, articles,
editorials, and pronouncements on the topic. What could we say that would help advance the literature already available? What new perspectives or visions could we offer to move forward
on efforts to confront and root out clericalism?

Our other challenge was to produce a document that would “ring true” with both clergy and laity. Could we help us all to see the problem clearly and begin to recognize its manifestations? Could we frame the discussion so as to encourage clergy and laity together to confront actions and attitudes that contribute to clericalism?

Click above for more.

See report: Measuring and Ranking Diocesan Financial Transparency: 2020 Report

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.

IN THE NEWS:
Reviled by Catholic leaders, this NJ activist has helped many victims of clergy sex abuse.Robert Hoatson, president of Road to Recovery, which offers support to clergy abuse victims and their families
Deena Yellin, NorthJersey.com, October 28, 2020

 

Liturgies of the Word

We are holding our gatherings on Zoom until we can safely meet in person again. If you are on our mailing list for liturgies, an announcement will be emailed to you before the following dates. If you would like to join us please register as the email will request. As registration information is provided, we will also post it below.

It will be wonderful to greet you all again through technology and celebrate together.HC

Sunday, May 2, 4:30 PM: Mike Corso celebrant. 
Sunday, May 16, 4:30 PM: Dick Rento celebrant.
Sunday, June 6, 4:30 PM: Mike Corso celebrant. 

Covid - 19 has brought new meaning the the term, "House Church." Please have bread and wine (or grape juice) to bless in your home.

You can also join Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community, the "sister" community of VOTFNJ, via Zoom for liturgies. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

 

 

 

 

THE VOICE - VOTFNJ News & More

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THE VOICE - VOTFNJ's Monthly Newsletter

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Living the Gospel - Intentional Eucharistic Communities

 dove08Intentional 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.

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 FacebookDuring 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.

Upcoming Events

2 May
Liturgy of the Word
Date 05.02.2021 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Mike Corso, celebrant. See website slider "Liturgies of the Word" to register.

16 May
Liturgy of the Word
05.16.2021 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dick Rento, celebrant. See website slider "Liturgies of the Word" to register.

6 Jun
Liturgy of the Word
06.06.2021 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Mike Corso, celebrant. See website slider "Liturgies of the Word" to register.

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