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  • Martin F. McKernan, Jr., was a ‘true servant of the Church’
    Martin F. McKernan Jr., who dedicated much of his lifelong law career to representing the Catholic Church, died Aug. 3 following a short illness at the age of 75.
  • N.J. State Knights of Columbus install new state officers
    “The difference between the Knights of Columbus and every other successful organization is the motivation they derive from their Catholic faith,” declared Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., as he addressed Knights from throughout New Jersey seated in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, during a July 10 Mass in which state officers and district deputies were installed.
  • Patients connect with Catholic medical professionals via online platform
    Interest in telemedicine and virtual health care has grown steadily among consumers in the United States because of the convenience they offer.
  • Working Together
    Representatives of religious orders of men and women serving in New Jersey are pictured during a special statewide meeting with New Jersey’s Catholic bishops May 22 in San Alfonso Retreat House, West End
  • Pro-life advocates passionate on why Aid in Dying bill should not be signed

    Dawn Teresa Parkot does not mince words when she speaks about the Aid in Dying bill.

    “I firmly believe that assisted suicide is homicide and those who assist, regardless of their intentions, are guilty of taking a life just as surely as if they participated in a state-sanctioned execution,” Parkot said, using a computer-based communication system to speak.

  • Catholics urged to contact Gov. Murphy on Aid in Dying bill
    State residents are being urged to contact Gov. Phil Murphy after a bill that would allow terminally ill residents to end their lives passed the state Legislature March 25.
  • Aid in Dying bill moves to governor's desk

    A bill that would allow terminally ill residents to end their lives now goes to the New Jersey governor after passing both houses of the state Legislature March 25.

    The Aid in Dying bill, A1504/S1072, passed the Assembly 41-33 and the Senate 21-16.

    Moments before the vote, Assemblyman Jay Webber, R-26, addressed his colleagues, saying, “This bill will make New Jersey neither more compassionate nor more just.”

  • Bishop asks legislators to 'consider the consequences' of 'Aid in Dying' Act
    As a proposed piece of legislation that would allow physicians to assist some terminally ill patients to end their lives moves forward in the NJ State Legislature, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., issued a letter to legislators expressing his opposition as a “bishop, a priest, a man of faith ...  but also as a human being and a son.” In the letter sent Feb. 11, the day that the Catholic Church observes World Day of the Sick,  Bishop O’Connell told legislators that “never again will your responsibility be greater or your decision more important.”   The letter follows:
  • Gov. Murphy signs law doubling funding for nonpublic school security

    Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Jan. 8 a bill that doubles funding for security in nonpublic schools.

    Under the bill, religious and private schools in the state will see security funding increase from $75 to $150 per student. The additional $11.3 million in funding will go to various security measures and upgrades.

  • State Assembly committee OKs NJCC-endorsed anti-hunger bills
    The New Jersey Catholic Conference – the public policy arm of the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey – participated in a Nov. 29 news conference in Trenton to endorse 13 bills aimed at reducing hunger and food waste in New Jersey.
  • Update: Bishop Rodimer leaves lifetime legacy of ministry in Paterson Diocese

    PATERSON – Retired Bishop Frank J. Rodimer of Paterson died Dec. 6 in St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Totowa. He was 91.

    When Bishop Rodimer became the sixth bishop of the Diocese Feb. 28, 1978, he had the unique distinction of being installed as the only priest of the Paterson Diocese to have ever been raised to the episcopacy. He retired in 2004. Earlier this year, he moved into St. Joseph’s Home.

  • Legacy of William Bolan, retired NJCC chief, celebrated at funeral Mass
    The abiding faith and selfless service of William F. Bolan Jr. was celebrated Nov. 3 during a Mass of Christian Burial among loving family, friends and colleagues in his parish church of St. James, Pennington. An advocate for the underprivileged and downtrodden during his 22 years as executive director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference, Bolan died Oct. 25. 
  • Assisted suicide bill delayed, more time to contact reps

    The New Jersey assisted suicide bill, which was scheduled for a vote Oct. 29, has been postponed to an undetermined later date.

    Patrick R. Brannigan, executive director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops, said that the delay is an opportunity for people to call their legislators and let them know why they oppose assisted suicide.

  • Retired NJCC chief, William F. Bolan, remembered for deep faith, professionalism

    William F. Bolan Jr., who spent more than two decades advancing key initiatives on behalf of New Jersey’s Catholic Bishops, died Oct. 25 in his Hopewell Township home following an illness. He was 75.

    Bolan served as executive director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops, from 1984 until his retirement in 2006. 

  • NJ assisted suicide legislation nears tipping point
    Physician-assisted suicide has been considered by the state Legislature without passing for more than six years. Now, with the legislation likely to be brought to a vote soon, there may be enough votes necessary to get it passed.

    The “Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Act” (A1504) is expected to be up for a vote Oct. 29 in the Assembly. The state Senate could move an identical bill (S1072) forward if the Assembly bill passes.

    The bill would allow terminally ill adults of sound mind to obtain drugs they could take to hasten their demise. If passed, the bill could be on Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk before end of year.


  • 'Monumental' FEMA shift opens door to disaster relief funds for religious organizations

    Superstorm Sandy-weary diocesan and parish officials are lauding a Federal Emergency Management Agency policy change announced Jan. 2 that reverses a prior exclusion for religious organizations and houses of worship from applying for federal aid to recover from natural disasters.

  • State's bishops continue to advocate 10 years after death penalty abolished in N.J.
    Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the elimination of the death penalty in New Jersey, Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., and the state’s seven other Catholic bishops not only hailed the law as a victory for the dignity of life but renewed the call to end capital punishment across the nation.

    “Our message is simple – every human being is made in the image and likeness of God, who alone is the absolute Lord of life from its beginning until its end (Genesis 1:26-28),” the bishops wrote in a statement issued Dec. 17.
  • Over many decades, the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey consistently called for the abolishment of the death penalty. Thank God, on December 17, 2007, New Jersey became the first state in 40 years to enact a law to eliminate the death penalty. 
  • Three Catholic parishes in Mercer County will join their brothers and sisters of other faiths Nov. 12 at Princeton University in a program to promote peaceful discourse.
  • Newark auxiliary punched in mouth; alleged attacker arrested
    IRVINGTON, N.J. -- Auxiliary Bishop Manuel A. Cruz of Newark told a congregation he was fine Jan. 29, the day after he had been punched in the mouth by an assailant.
  • Due to the heavy rains and high winds predicted to impact the central New Jersey area tomorrow, the organizers of the Rally for Life, planned to take place Monday, Jan. 23, at the State House in Trenton, have cancelled the event.
  • Annual Catholic DeaFest to be held March 25
    The 7th annual Catholic DeaFest will be held March 25 in Our Lady of Peace Parish, 1740 U.S. Rt. 130 North, North Brunswick, beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, is among seven providers within New Jersey to be selected to partner with the state on a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ two-year demonstration program aimed at improving access to high-quality care for all Americans struggling with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
  • On the same day many teachers across the Diocese were welcoming students to the start of a new school year, Gov. Chris Christie signed into law the “Secure Schools for All Children Act,” which establishes a state aid program for security services, equipment and technology to ensure a safe and secure school environment for nonpublic school students.
  • TANF program vetoed in Christie budget

    The state’s most vulnerable residents have been dealt a blow as Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation that would have increased funding for those receiving welfare assistance. 

    As it stood, the legislation would have increased funding for the state’s Work First program, or TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The program is geared to help families become self-sufficient. It also offers job search and family counseling resources.

    Currently, a family of three receives the maximum benefit of $424 per month, the same as it was 29 years ago. Additional legislation would have repealed the family caps that currently prevent Work First grants from increasing due to the birth of a child. Christie vetoed both bills June 30.

    Marie Gladney, executive director of Mount Carmel Guild in Trenton, said it was disappointing because families that receive TANF are working to improve themselves.

    “It is a sad commentary when programs that help the most vulnerable populations are used as bargaining chips to negotiate a budget,” she said. “A blow to the program like this sets us backward in alleviating poverty.”


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