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A Year Devoted to Peace

Discovering Meaning and Purpose Within

October 23, 2022, 4:30 PM
On Zoom. Zoom links will be included in VOTFNJ's monthly VOICE and in the e-invitation to the program.
Please join on Zoom at 4:15 PM to allow us to start on time.

Kathleen Deignan CND Ph.D., is an Irish-American theologian, author, and songwriter of contemporary liturgical music and is on the faculty of Iona University. She founded the Deignan Institute for Earth and Spirit at Iona University. One of her books is Thomas Merton: A BOOK OF HOURS. 

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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

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

Program readings
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.

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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 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.

 

                   

 

 

 

VOTF National News & Views

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

VOTFNJ Coordinating Team member and President & Co-Founder of Road To Recovery, Bob Hoatson, a former priest turned Whistleblower, tells his private experience of Clergy Abuse and Cover-Up, what he witnessed on the inside, and what he's doing about it now. Learn more and purchase here.

 

Liturgies of the Word

VOTFNJ Upcoming Virtual Liturgies

Sunday, Sept. 18, 4:30 PM
Mike Corso, Celebrant

Sunday, Oct. 2, 4:30 PM
Mark DeStephano, Celebrant

Zoom links will be included in VOTFNJ's monthly VOICE and in the e-invitation for each liturgy.
Please join on Zoom at 4:15 PM to allow us to start on time.

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 VOICE - VOTFNJ News & More

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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.

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