Upcoming VOTFNJ 
Online Liturgies via Zoom
Community Liturgy
First Sunday of Lent Feb. 21, 2021
4:30 PM

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Carole Rogers containing information about joining the liturgy.
Sunday, March 7, 2021
4:30 PM

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Carole Rogers containing information about joining the liturgy.
Presider for March 7: Dick Rento
Covid-19 has brought new meaning the the term, "House Church." Please have bread and wine (or grape juice) to bless in your home if you wish.
Registration is separate for each liturgy. If you have any problems registering or joining the Zoom Meeting 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
We hold in our hearts and prayers Theresa Padovano's brother and all those who have passed away due to the COVID-19 virus.

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.
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.

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

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
Structural Change in the Church
Living Laudato Si
"A true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor."

—Laudato Si
LENT 2021
Lent through the Lens of Grace
Just imagine that this Lent is going to be different from every other Lent we've experienced. Imagine that there will be many graces offered us this year. Let's even imagine that God is going to help transform our lives, with greater freedom, greater joy, and deeper desires for love and service. Learn more.

The following Lenten Courses are from Spirituality and Practice. (There is a cost associated with each one.)

The course aims to create a Lenten atmosphere of silence, stillness, and a quiet inner joy of alert receptivity. You are encouraged to partake of the particular beauty of the season viewing Lent itself as an artful preparation to a slow and sustained intentional journey where the heart is awakened into a new life in and through divine love.
(20 sessions. Recommended schedule: MWF starting Wednesday, February 17.)

A Lenten practice of Lectio Divina using 42 guidelines for the Christian spiritual journey from Fr. Keating’s seminal book Open Mind, Open Heart.
(46 sessions. Recommended schedule: Daily starting Wednesday, February 17.)

Passages to reflect upon from the mystic heart of the world’s religions.
(46 sessions. Recommended schedule: Daily starting Wednesday, February 17.)
Click on the image for the link to register for the free inlibe event via Facebook.
VOTFNJ is FAMILY! 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!