'News' Tagged Posts

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From the Pastor’s Desk (January 17, 2021)

Happy New Year.  It is my hope and prayer that this year, 2021, will be a time of peace, joy and good health for you and your family.  I have just completed my first six months as the pastor of St. Damien and I offer a word of gratitude to all of you for your welcome and goodness to me.  I know that I have made some changes that not everyone has been able to embrace and I am sorry…

Catholic Bishops Urge Opposition to NJ’s “Reproductive Freedom Act”

(Don’t be fooled by the title – It’s not freedom) This legislation if enacted would codify: Allowing late-term abortions up to birth Permitting nonphysicians to perform abortions Elimination of any legislative requirements for parental notification Elimination of any conscience protection legislation for health care workers Mandating state taxpayer funding for abortion services Prohibiting any future laws, regulations, etc. conflicting with this legislation New Jersey Bishops in their statement on The Reproductive Freedom Act: “… urge all Catholics … to reject…

An Update on the Sick List at St. Damien Parish

Hi folks – Max here, bulletin editor and webmaster at St. Damien Parish. I wanted to share an update on one of the most important aspects of the bulletin: our sick list. As of the December 6th, 2020 bulletin, we have transitioned to our new sick list format. What does that mean for you? Names will now appear on our sick list indefinitely, giving you much more control over how long names appear in the bulletin. Twice per year, we…

Coronavirus: An Update from St. Damien Parish

This week, our pastor, Fr. Tom Newton, tested positive for COVID-19. He is doing well and recovering in the rectory where he will follow CDC guidelines to quarantine. He asks everyone to say an extra prayer for a speedy recovery. In response, we will be closing our Parish Office to the public throughout the remainder of this week. We plan to thoroughly sanitize the building and have our employees take COVID-19 tests. We will reopen to the public on Wednesday,…

Christmas 2019 Mass Schedule

Please join us for Mass this Christmas season to celebrate the arrival of our savior, Jesus Christ. Christmas Eve Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 4:00 pm: Our Lady of Good Counsel – 40th & Asbury Ave. 4:30 pm: St. Frances Cabrini – 2nd & Atlantic Ave. 5:00 pm: St. Augustine Church (Christmas Pageant) – 13th & Wesley Ave. 10:00 pm: St Augustine Church (Christmas Vigil) – 13th & Wesley Ave. Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 8:00 am: Our Lady of…

Protecting seal of confession called essential for civilized society

SALEM, Ore. (CNS) — When Ethan K. Alano walks into the reconciliation room at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem, he bares his soul before God and goes into detail about his sins during confession. Alano’s trust in the priest is solid. He is certain that anything he says in the confessional is confidential, allowing him to air his sins in complete specificity so that he may receive a just penance, reaffirming his relationship with the Lord. That penitential…
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