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'Dreamers' benefit from Sea Girt parish's outreach

“I am scared. I wake up every day nervous to hear the news. I have three children, and they are scared their mom could be deported.”

Those were the words of a young parishioner from St. Mark Parish, Sea Girt, one of the 800,000 “Dreamers,” or youth brought illegally to the United States as minors, once temporarily shielded from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by President Barack Obama in 2012.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Bishops form new body to address 'sin of racism' that 'inflicts' nation

WASHINGTON • Saying there is an “urgent need” to address “the sin of racism” in the country and find solutions to it, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and named one of the country’s African-American Catholic bishops to chair it.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, initiated the committee Aug. 23 “to focus on addressing the sin of racism in our society, and even in our Church, and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions.”

He appointed Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Catholic Education, to chair the new ad hoc committee.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Food pantries work to keep shelves stocked during summer lull
Summer offers many reasons for people to look forward to the season – beach weather, vacation time, relaxed schedules and a break from school. But for many across the Diocese of Trenton, that break presents a very real challenge: hunger.

Food pantries, typically supplied not only by state and federally funded food banks and monies, also rely heavily on the generosity of their neighbors: local parishes, schools and individuals who remember the nutritional needs of the less fortunate during their grocery trips and food drives. While people take a summer break, however, hunger certainly does not.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Decline of civil society, community seen as 'spiritual crisis' for nation
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has initiated the Social Capital Project, a research effort that examines the importance of "associational life," which includes families, religious congregations and other communities. More ...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
In time of intolerance, faithful urged to use Catholic beliefs in public discourse

With Pew Research Center and Gallup surveys showing that political polarization in America has recently peaked, with a rise in violence threatening civility in public discourse, faithful across the nation are being called to respect and trust in dialogue as well as to see education on the Church’s stance in areas of social concerns.

In a recent interview with Catholic News Service, John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, stressed the universal nature of Catholicism, indicating that being an active member of the Church should involve an open-minded approach to dialogue.

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Friday, July 14, 2017
N.J. Catholic schools see budget increases across the board

Gov. Chris Christie has signed the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, and for Catholic schools, desperately needed financial increases are included.

After months of petitions and requests through the New Jersey Catholic Conference – the public policy arm of the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey – and other advocates including the Network for Catholic School Families, the budget signed July 4 provides increased funding levels for nonpublic school transportation as well as nursing, technology and school security.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

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