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Diocesan-sponsored addiction symposium to address parish role in supporting recovery

A spiritual disease. A crisis of the soul. Those are some ways Father John Stabeno describes how addiction is an epidemic requiring a swift, holistic and comprehensive response.

“Pope Francis has said the Church needs to be a field hospital, and if addiction is a spiritual disease then the Church must be the triage unit,” he said. “Those with addictions need to know God as the solution.”

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Diocesan social service agencies sound alarm over proposed Farm Bill changes
The Catholic community must advocate against proposed changes in federal Farm Bill legislation, social service organizations say, to prevent significant cuts in benefits and eligibility for those most in need, both locally and nationwide. More ...
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Donations sought for Catholic Charities food assistance to feed kids, families
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, among other charitable organizations, is again experiencing a drop-off in food donations during the summer months – just when food assistance for low-income communities becomes critical, particularly for children.

Responding to that need, Catholic Charities is running its “2018 Hunger Doesn’t Go On Vacation” campaign, with a goal of restocking shelves for families and individuals needing food supplementation.

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Nonpublic school funding restored in 2018-19 state budget
Bringing good news for Catholic schools across New Jersey, the approved state budget will restore funding for nonpublic school transportation, technology and nursing and retain funding for security. More ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Nonpublic school funding restored in 2018-19 state budget

Bringing good news for Catholic schools across New Jersey, the approved state budget will restore funding for nonpublic school transportation, technology and nursing and retain funding for security.

“With the combined efforts of all of our school communities contacting both their legislators and Gov. [Phil] Murphy, we made our voices heard and have had funding restored,” said Frances Koukotas, diocesan director of the New Jersey Network of Catholic Families.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Bishop, priests join other faith and civic leaders in leading campaign to end hate, bigotry
A traffic accident between two men of different races and religions ends in a hateful confrontation with racial slurs and epithets buffeted be tween them; a racially motivated assault on a local freelance photographer leaves him in critical condition; white supremacist fliers targeting Jews are left on car windshields in a parking lot and distributed on school campuses; swastikas are painted on Jewish homes, businesses and places of worship.

These events are but a small portion of episodes, many of them violent, stemming from hatred, racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism – events that are growing in number across the state.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018



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