On July 22, the feast day of Mary Magdalene, our friend and VOTFNJ Eucharistic Celebrant, Mary Ann McCarthy Schoettly, joined the communion of saints.
Mary Ann served on the VOTFNJ Coordinating Committee until she decided to pursue her calling and seek ordination through Roman Catholic Womenpriests. And so, those of us in VOTFNJ, have been doubly blessed.
We are broken-hearted, but grateful for her love, her ministry, her joyful determined spirit, and her many gifts that graced us. We know she lives on in us through the Divine that imbues us. The Spirit of Sophia lives through her example to comfort and guide us as we move forward in this life as communities - - VOTFNJ, Sophia, CTA, RCWP and the many other ministries she so graciously served.
In our communion as the faithful, we know we will continue to be nurtured by her presence and we will, in turn, give witness to all she meant to us. We love you, Mary Ann …
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF MARY ANN MCCARTHY SCHOETTLY
Video of parts of Mary Ann's Memorial Service
Monday, July 28
FROM THE SOPHIA INCLUSIVE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY WEBSITE
Our Mary Ann Schoettly, beloved friend and co-pastor of our community has moved on to the next journey of life. Mary Ann McCarthy Schoettly was an ordained Roman Catholic Woman Priest, held Masters Degrees in Theology, Administration and Supervision, and Science, as well as certificates in Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction. Mary Ann was a life-long teacher – teaching biology at Newton high school, theology at colleges, religious education programs (CCD, Confirmation, RCIA, Renew 2000), Stephen Ministry and retreat work, along with courses for other online educational programs. Mary Ann most currently pastored Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community, in Sussex County, NJ, volunteered as a Spiritual Caregiver with the Chaplain’s Office at Newton Medical Center, led a Spirituality Group for Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, and facilitated a small faith-sharing community, in addition to volunteering for Pathways to Prosperity in Newton. She was active in CTA, VOTFNJ and her local Catholic Communities. We will miss her every single day….with love and peace….
In the press:
A MESSAGE TO OUR MEMBERS AND DONORS
Thank you for your support in 2013-2014!
After a short break, VOTFNJ liturgies commence again on August 3rd.
Look forward to your participation in 2014-2015 in VOTFNJ programs and liturgies...
VOTFNJ Coordinating Team
More to come in the fall. Have a memorable summer!
From time to time, we get requests for information on the locations of Small Intentional Eucharistic Communities (SIECs) in New Jersey.
Three are available that we know of:
VOTFNJ hosts a liturgy at 4:30 P.M. the first and third Sundays of the month at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 100 Harter Rd., Morristown. There are some exceptions. Please see announcements on this page or check our calendar. Thank you.
The Inclusive Community meets at 11 A.M. every Sunday at Stanley Congregational Church, 94 Fairmont Ave., in Chatham. For further information, click here.
Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community meets in Sparta at the Waltar G. Lynch Senior Center, The Knoll Heights Community Center, 40 Trapasso Dr., at 10:00 AM Sundays and in Morristown at St. Mark Lutheran Church at 1:00 PM, the 2nd Sunday of the month. For further information, click here or call 973-539-8732.
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