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SYNOD 2021-2023

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SYNOD PRAYER for the ARCHDIOCESE of NEWARK

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.

JOURNEYING TOGETHER

WHO SHOULD BE PART OF THIS?
Pope Francis wants to invite all people:
Listening to

  • ·Pope, bishops, clergy, religious, laity
  • ·People on the margins; poor, vulnerable, unchurched, former Catholics, other faiths, youth, young adults, everyone!
  • ·Pope Francis has called for the people of God and clergy to convene and work together to listen and discern a vision for the future of the Church.

SYNOD FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS
How is this "journeying together" happening today in your local Church?
What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our "journeying together"?

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM THE ARCHDIOCESAN WEBSITE

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rejoiceinthelordREJOICE IN THE LORD
In his latest newsletter, Cardinal Tobin explains why we turn to Mary in times of war

Two years ago, when the entire world was caught in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, and millions of people throughout the world were affected by physical, spiritual, economic and psychological hardships, including severe sickness and death, I began to implore the Blessed Virgin Mary, Health of the Sick, on a daily basis for her intercession and help.

Throughout the ages, Christians have turned to Mary in times of war, pestilence and famine. In troubled times like these, she is a sure refuge, a source of comfort and hope. When we urgently seek her intercession and aid, she never fails to respond. Now that we are once again witnessing the horrors of unjust aggression and senseless violence in Ukraine and other regions of the world, I want to renew my appeal to the Queen of Peace, our tender and compassionate Mother Mary, for assistance and hope.

Click here to continue reading Cardinal Tobin's letter to the faithful.  (Available in English and Spanish)

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The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey have released a letter expressing their disappointment and outrage over proposed legislation that would expand access to abortion in New Jersey if passed.
Also in their message, the bishops reaffirm their commitment to broadening and increasing awareness for services offered by the Church to support mothers in need.
To read the bishops' full statement, click here.

STAY UPDATED
For the most up-to-date resources and information about the Archdiocese of Newark’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, visit www.rcan.org/covid19 or our archdiocesan social media channels @NwkArchdiocese. As we continue this holiest week of our liturgical year, please be assured of our prayers for you and your family.

SHINING THE LIGHT OF CHRIST
Through your support of the Annual Appeal the Archdiocese of Newark is able to form the next generation of leaders, to welcome those on the margins, and finally to provide the resources so that our parishes can flourish. Your gift to the Annual Appeal is and always will be used for the reasons intended, to serve the mission of the church and nothing more.

There are many ways to make a gift to the Annual Appeal including our website https://www.rcan.org/ways-to-give. There you can also see the areas your gift will support and learn more about our programs and ministries. Be sure to select our parish from the drop-down box under "Parish Information."

ATTENDING MASS AND OTHER PRAYERS AND DEVOTIONS VIRTUALLY? MAKE A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION:

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to possess You within my soul.
Since I am unable at this moment to receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as being already there, and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
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