Upcoming VOTFNJ 
Online Liturgies via Zoom
Sunday, April 18, 2021
4:30 PM
Via Zoom

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Carole Rogers containing information about joining the liturgy.

Presider: Dick Rento
Sunday, May 2, 2021
4:30 PM
Via Zoom

Join the Meeting directly. No Advance registration required.

Presider: Mike Corso

Register as usual for April 18. Join the meeting direclty on May 2 by clicking the buttom above. If you have any problems registering or joining VOTFNJ Zoom Meetings please email or call 862-377-9914.

Please email if you would like to be a reader for VOTFNJ Zoom Liturgies.
Other Virtual Liturgies
You can join Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community, the "sister" community of VOTFNJ, via Zoom for liturgies. Contact Mike Corso for more information.
VOTFNJ Family News
VOTFNJ is FAMILY even in social distancing! If you need anything at all, supplies, a ride somewhere (with safety precautions), or simply someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are here for each other!

VOTFNJ membership renewal requests have been mailed. Please answer soon. Thank you for being part of our family!
Mary Murphy suggests the Center for Catholic Studies at Sacred Heart University Annual Bergoglio Lecture: "You Save Humans and Animals Alike, O Lord (Ps 36:6): Reshaping Our Imagination of Salvation" with Sr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., Distinguished Professor Emerita of Theology, Fordham University.on April 14.
Mary Aktay recommends REBEL HEARTS profiles the pioneering nuns of The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who challenged the Catholic patriarchy to advocate for themselves and the community they served.
Please email if you wish to include prayers or share news events.
Confronting Systemic Racism

The VOTFNJ Coordinating Team has compiled a resource list on the subject of systemic racism, offering theological readings as well as historical and political perspectives. Download it here.

Future presentations are planned.
Voices for Racial Justice welcomes you to a six-week, in-depth reading and discussion of White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Even if you have already read the book, Father John Judie, a Black Catholic priest, serving as a discussion leader, will offer us new insights into the challenges racism presents. Discussions run weekly from Monday, April 12 through Monday May 17. Join as many as you can; say as little or as much as you choose. Email for more information plus a syllabus and related materials.VRJ is also pursuing mentoring opportunities for Black students at Bloomfield College. Pleas email if you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity.
OSP IHM Gathering 2005, Immaculata, Pa
From Mary and Gerry Gannon: "...[E]ach part is well done and very meaningful in realizing what Sisters of Color went through to serve God's people." View the video here.
For Catholics interested in learning about Black American history, whether to confront the sin of racism or lift the voices of those long ignored, Four Hundred Souls illustrates how the present is shaped and informed by the past and provides endless jumping-off points for further reading. Catholics who care about US Black history must read 'Four Hundred Souls.' Learn more.
VOTFNJ is a founding member and supporter of Refugee Assistance Morris Partners. RAMP is proud of its work sponsoring refugee families from the Middle East since its founding in 2016 thanks to the ongoing support of its deeply dedicated volunteers, faith-based organizations, and generous donors. The first two families are now independent, and are no longer relying on RAMP for their support. Click here for the latest update. Click here for a Migrant and Refugee Fact Sheet from "Education for Justice." Ramp partners with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). IRC showcases the top 10 crises the world should be watching in 2021 RAMP continues to work with IRC in its current mission of refugee resettlement.

The RAMP Coordinating Committee annouces new committees to work on housing and employment for refugees and welcomes Rev. Anne Thatcher, Rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Morristown, as RAMP's new Clergy Convener. It is hoped that the Biden Administration's new proposals for accepting refugees into the US will soon be inacted and RAMP will be able to help more families.

If you would like to join this multi-faith and civic effort, go to the RAMP website and check for all the opportunities available. Contact: info@rampnj.org for more information and updates.

RAMP is a Special Project Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey. CFNJ manages and administers RAMP funds, and donations made to RAMP through CFNJ qualify for 501(c)3 status. Donations can be made here.
Supporting Survivors
April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Access resources here.

"Faith and Flourishing: Strategies for Preventing and Healing Child Sexual Abuse" took place from 8-10 April, and featured 73 speakers from 23 countries around the world. Learn more.

Surviving abuse in all its forms. Keep up with coverage in VOTF National, America, NCR, Commonweal, and Crux.

We recommend reading Fr. Ken Lasch's posts on his website; keeping up with all the news and events at Road to Recovery and Catholic Whistleblowers; and visiting the Catholics4Change website, the Bishop Accountability website; and the Catholic Church Reform International website.

NJ Clergy Abuse Hotline 855-363-6548

NY Victims and Anyone with Information are Encouraged to Call Hotline at 1-800-771-7755 or File Complaint Online at ag.ny.gov/ClergyAbuse

Keep up with the activities and outreach of Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) and Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
VOTFNJ has developed an Action Packet of useful steps you can take to confront the abuse crisis in our Church.
Financial Reform
Priests of Integrity
Charles Curran remembers Hans Küng

"Hans Küng has been the strongest voice for reform in the Catholic Church during the last 60 years. It was in 1961, a year before Vatican II began, that he published The Council, Reform and Reunion in a number of different languages. The book called for a broad-based reform of the Catholic Church and pointed toward the goal of the reunion of all Christians... In later years, his writings extended to many topics outside of traditional theological concerns, including dialogue with other religions and his work on global ethics." Read more.

Fmr. Priest James Carroll: How the Catholic Church Lost Its Soul -- Amanpour and Company
Structural Change in the Church
Living Laudato Si
Earth Day 2021: Restore Our Common Home
“Restore Our Common Home” addresses how as people of faith we must urgently act to not only protect but restore God’s beautiful gift of creation. The one-hour educational and prayer program is the perfect way for our families, parishes, schools, and religious communities to prepare for the Vatican’s launch of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform in May 2021 (during Laudato Si' Week) The program contains prayers, readings, discussion questions, a short video, and suggested activities.