TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
This past weekend Pope Francis launched a two-year “synod on synodality,” a call to all the members of the Catholic Church across the world to enter a process of listening to the Holy Spirit and to each other in order to discern the path we must walk together. Yesterday, Pope Francis celebrated the Eucharist in St. Peter’s Square as the first solemn act of the Synod. Next Sunday, October 17 in dioceses across the world, bishops will celebrate the opening of the synodal process in their respective dioceses. On that day, I will preside at the Eucharist in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart at 12 Noon and would be delighted if you might join us.
The word “synod” traces its roots to the first centuries of the Church. Coming from Greek words meaning the “same road,” synod and synodality are expressions of the fundamental mystery of the Church: people who are gathered from every corner of the earth to be “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2,9).
While the Synod of Bishops has taken place up until now as a gathering of bishops with and under the authority of the Pope, the Church increasingly realizes that synodality is the path for the entire People of God. That means making pastoral decisions â€œthat reflect the will of God as closely as possible, grounding them in the living voice of the People of God.
The present synod will take place in three stages. From now until next April, every diocese in the world is expected to promote a special time of prayer, listening, dialogue and recommendations. After April, this dialogue will continue at national and continental assemblies of Catholics. Finally, in October 2023, bishops and others will gather in Roma with the Holy Father to chart the future of our Church.
Who can participate in this synod? Is this just for the clergy? No. All of us baptized are invited. Pope Francis never tires of reminding us that the participation of all must be an undeniable commitment of the whole Church.
Sister Donna Ciangio, OP, the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, and Father Bismarck Chau, the rector of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, have agreed to coordinate the synodal process throughout our Archdiocese. Together with their team, they will ensure that every parish will have the opportunity to participate in this important moment in the history of the Church. But they will also be concerned with voices from the “periphery,” voices that are easily and often overlooked in Catholic discussions. The Holy Spirit is moving throughout the Church and we need to listen.
As a result of the diocesan consultation, a report will be written that will collect our voices. But the most important thing will not be answering a questionnaire or attending a meeting, but living synodality, that is, experiencing Church as walking with others. Each fellow pilgrim has received a call and gifts given by the Holy Spirit for the good of the Church. Through this blessed time, the Holy Spirit will enrich the magnificent mosaic that is the People of God, making us a gift for the life of the world.
Let us begin a time of prayer and listening. A time in which all â€“ bishops, priests, deacons, men and women religious and laity“ will try to answer two fundamental questions: How are we living this walking togetherâ in our Archdiocese and what steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow?
Sincerely yours in Christ the Redeemer,
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. Archbishop of Newark
▶ RCAN Opening Synod Letter from +JWT
THANKSGIVING DINNERS FOR ST. MICHAEL
We are already into autumn and Thanksgiving will be here before we know it!
St. Michael's in Newark, which maintains the foodbank for the neighborhood, asked that rather than you generously shopping for the actual meals and delivering them to the truck, they would prefer we provide them with either Shop-Rite gift cards or financial donations. Gift cards should be brought to St. Gabriel's by November 14th.
To facilitate an effortless way to make a donation from your computer using Faith Direct, we have a link that will enable you to use a credit card or withdrawal from an account.
This is the link to Faith Direct: St. Michael’s Thanksgiving Dinner Drive.
If you would rather send a check to the parish for the donation, please make the check payable to St. Gabriel's and mark on the envelope St. Michael's Thanksgiving Dinner Drive.
As always we are so grateful for your thoughtfulness and generosity.
Msgr. Frank DelPrete
Several Sources Shelters
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Please read the important Action Alert below issued on July 1st by the New Jersey Catholic Conference (NJCC):
Today, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sent the following update regarding efforts in Congress to eliminate long standing provisions that prevent the use of taxpayer funding to pay for most abortions.
According to the USCCB update, this week, the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee began considering the first of their Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bills.
Unfortunately, the Appropriations Committee leadership has excluded several bipartisan pro-life provisions. These provisions prevent taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortions in the District of Columbia (Dornan Amendment), through foreign assistance (Helms Amendment), and for federal employee health plans that cover abortions. USCCB expect that, as the text of the other appropriations bills are released in the coming weeks, the Hyde Amendment and other pro-life provisions will also be excluded from the draft bills.
At this time, it is likely that the full House will consider appropriations bills during the last two weeks in July. The Senate has yet to announce any appropriations activity for FY22.
Currently, USCCB is asking for your assistance to urge Congress to protect these long-standing pro-life provisions by doing the following:
1. If you have not already, sign the USCCB online petition to Congress by clicking HERE. Their goal is to have millions of Catholics sign the petition by July 16; and
2. Send a letter to your Congressional members by clicking HERE.
To learn more, below are several helpful websites and shareable documents:
Please read the following statement issued by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., and share the message with your communities. It will also be available on our website at www.rcan.org . Thank you.
Statement from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Regarding the Hyde Amendment and the Sanctity of Life
July 6, 2021
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I am deeply concerned that the proposed federal budget would eliminate the Hyde Amendment, which, for 45 years, has prohibited the use of federal funds for abortion. The Hyde Amendment is credited with saving the lives of millions of children. Now, the powerful pro-abortion lobby and members of Congress are calling for the elimination of this Amendment and the implementation of a policy that would designatebillions of taxpayer dollars for elective abortions. Taxpayer-funded abortion represents a failure to recognize the sanctity of human life and promotes a culture in which human life in its most vulnerable moment is perceived as disposable. Such a proposal targets poor women as needing an expedient solution to a complex problem.
Pope Francis has said, “it is troubling to see how simple and convenient it has become for some to deny the existence of a human life as a solution to problems that can and must be solved for both the mother and her unborn child.” He notes that abortion “is not a primarily religious issue but one of human ethics.”
It is crucially important that we send a strong, clear message that the Hyde Amendment has far-reaching public support and should not be repealed. Members of Congress need to hear from as many of us as possible. Please read the Action Alerts posted by the New Jersey Catholic Conference at www.njcatholic.org/protecting-the-hyde-amendment, and join me in acting before July 16 to send this urgent message to Congress. Sign the petition at www.NoTaxpayerAbortion.com.
Know of my continued prayers for each of you.
Sincerely Yours in Christ the Redeemer,
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.
Archbishop of Newark
STATEMENT OF THE NEW JERSEY BISHOPS
Reinstating the General Obligation to Attend Mass
The parishes of the State of New Jersey just received the attached statement concerning the reinstatement of the general obligation to attend mass beginning the weekend of June 5-6, 2021. The 10am Mass will still be Live-Stream
▶ STATEMENT OF THE NEW JERSEY BISHOPS
Links to See the Mass
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