Thursday, November 13, 2008


This coming Sunday, Most Reverend Manuel Cruz, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Newark will preside at a Spanish language Mass in our Cluster. Bishop Cruz was appointed in June and his ordination as Bishop took place in early September.

Mass begins at 1:15 PM at St. Aloysius Church, 219 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell.

Bishop Cruz is 54 years old and was born in Cuba. Although Bishop Cruz's ministerial background includes experience in parish work, he is best known for his work in hospital chaplaincy and in helping to educate health care providers on spirituality, healing and end of life issues. His own story is fascinating; see how Rocco Palmo frames it on Whispers in the Loggia.

Bishop Cruz, who will be Episcopal Vicar of Union County, indicates he does not have any special projects -- just to get out and know the people of Union County and to serve them.

In our Church, Bishops are the leading catechists; we hope that Bishop Cruz will have much to teach us about the gift of freedom, the gift of healing and, the gift of welcome.

Come by on Sunday. Bring a friend. Pass this on to others -- especially those who will enjoy the experience of celebrating Mass in Spanish.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Beyond 9 to 5

Lots of great stuff happening to support your careers and to give yourself a break!

Happy Hour in Mo'town11/6
Our friends from Morris Catholic Young Adults invite you to Happy Hour at Tashmoo in
Morristown, Thursday evening.

Ticket Bargains at
Check out last minute bargains for performances all around NJ!

Take a Hike 11/8
Saturday morning at 10:30 AM. Bring your water and lunch.
Please go to MCYA calendar for the details.

Spirituality and Healthcare Conference 11/8
Conference for those interested in the ethical issues and the spiritual side of healthcare. Continuing education credits offered. College of St Elizabeth-- Morristown.

Catholic Worker Movement Lecture: 11/8
Fordham presents an afternoon program on Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement.

FOP at Don Bosco Center South Orange 11/8
Festival of Praise! Then, meet new folks!

Spirituality at Work? Soul of a Leader: 11/11
Author, consultant and motivational speaker Margaret Benefiel will sign books and speak on "The Soul of a Leader" at the Alumni Theater, Caldwell College. Reception at 6PM; Lecture follows at 7PM.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


It has been an historic 24-hours...record number of voters and new voters.
Crowds taking to the street. A dream fulfilled. A transformational, transcendent moment.

Our President-elect also reminds us that the times ahead will not be easy -- but that it is our work.

So whether you were "red" or "blue"-- we are reminded that together we can make "purple."

And maybe that is the color of change.

President-Elect Obama ended his remarks by asking for God's blessing on us and on America.

Deacon Greg, author of The Deacon's Bench , offered a thought for today, Wednesday, "What would your prayer be for Barack Obama today?"