Upcoming Liturgies

February 18, 2024

4:30 PM

on Zoom

March 3, 2024

4:30 PM

On Zoom

Presider: Mike Corso

Upcoming Presentations

Lent: A Season of Transformation

Retreat with Pastor Ken Lasch

Sunday, February 25, 2024

4:30 PM

on Zoom

Monsignor Kenneth Lasch, celebrated 60 years as a priest and is currently retired. He writes poetry and shares contemplative work.

Synodality: The "In Between Year"

Sunday, March 10, 2024

4:30 PM

on Zoom

Bishop John Stowe OFM, Conv., President of Pax Christi USA

Focus on "Migration"

April 14, 2024 - Rev. Daniel Groody, CSC, author of A Theology of Migration: The Bodies of Refugees and the Body of Christ

Sept. 22, 2024 - SADNESS AND SERVICE AT THE BORDER Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, Exec. Dir. of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

Download the detailed description of VOTFNJ 2024 programs.

Zoom details will be provided in the invitations to the liturgies and presentations that are emailed on the Thursday before the event.

We invite everyone not only to join our liturgies but to actively participate! Please let us know if you would like to be a reader or present the Eucharistic prayer.

Our Donation Basket Enables Our Free Programs.

VOTFNJ's online presentations are free for all to join, but we still give honorariums to our presenters. We can now accept donations online.

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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.
Call to Action's Alternative Liturgies Directory provides a space to share information about spiritual communities that meet outside a traditional parish setting. These gatherings include online prayer services, Intentional Eucharistic Communities, churches presided over by women priests, Call To Action chapter liturgies, and more.
VOTFNJ Family on the Web

"Beyond Boundaries," Dick Rento's Blog

"Mike Corso's Religious Views," Mike Corso's Blog

"Faith Seeking Understanding," Ken Lasch's Website

VOTFNJ Family News
Journeying together as family through sadness and joy...

Image shared by Mike Corso


Praying Together...

We send our love and care to Theresa Padovano who is dealing with physical pain herself as Anthony remains in hospice and journeys to his transition to eternal life.

We continue to pray for Tish's son, Paul, as he proceeds with his cancer treatments.

We pray for members of the Sophia Inclusive Community and the Christian Community in Convent Station who have medical and emotional concerns.

Celebrating Together...

We congratulate Mike Corso on his election as Vice President for the Northeast Region of the Federation of Christian Ministries.

We celebrate Carole Rogers, Founder of Impact 100, receiving the Saint Clare's Health William P. Huber Award for Outstanding Community Leadership. She will be presented with the award at the Morris County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Sharing Together...

Mary Gannon recommends joining the Association of United States Catholic Priests' webinar on Asylum on March 7.

Mary Aktay recommends reading In heated political season, sisters urge empathy on immigration

Please email if you have news to share or need community support and prayers. We are here for each other!

Membership renewal letters will soon be sent out. Please renew your membership early in the year. If you are not yet a VOTFNJ member you can join by filling out this form and then mailing it in.

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!

The Synod

What Happened at the Synod? AUSCP

Synod YouTube Channel

Vatican Synthesis Report

FutureChurch Synod Resources

How to begin your own synodal gathering

CCRI's Staying Involved in the Synodal Process

VOTFNJ member and liaison to VOTF National, Mary Murphy, recommends we visit "Listening to the Faithful: Synod 2021-2024"

A Synodal Church in Mission, A Synthesis Report
For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission
Download VOTF National's Letter to the General Secretariat for Synod of Bishops
Download the VOTF National Synod Report
Confronting Systemic Racism

Where to find a Catholic Black History Month event (2024 edition)

King and the Catholics: a story of sainthood

Black Catholic Messenger

Edmundite Missions' Black Farmers Initiative boosts rural community


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. RAMP partners with the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

RAMP earned status as an independent New Jersey 501 (c)(3) non-profit in 2022. The organization operated initially as a special project of the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Since its founding, RAMP has welcomed and supported 11 families from Syria, Afghanistan and El Salvador...

Supporting Survivors

‘Why stay?’ Readers respond to an essay about keeping faith after scandal

A 2023-24 SOL Reform Snapshot from CHILD USA

No, Married Priests Will Not Solve The Abuse Crisis

How Empowering Kids Can Help Protect Them From Abuse

The Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California has set a final deadline of February 20, 2024, for the Archdiocese of San Francisco to receive claims from survivors of sexual abuse by clergy or others

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 Catholics4Change, Bishop Accountability; Awake, and Catholic Church Reform International.

Road to Recovery conducts support groups for survivors of clergy abuse. Contact Bob Hoatson for information.

 Active Investigations and Information Hotlines

NJ Clergy Abuse Hotline 855-363-6548

NY Victims and Anyone with Information are Encouraged to Call the Hotline at 

1-800-771-7755 or File Complaint Online at ag.ny.gov/ClergyAbuse

National Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors and their Loved Ones

Keep up with the activities and outreach of Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) and Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

Road to Recovery, Catholic Whistleblowers, and US News

Judge rules former Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick not competent to stand trial

'Another level of coverup': How a Mass. law prevents clergy abuse survivors from getting justice

Louisiana Supreme Court hears arguments on sex abuse ‘lookback’ law

Revisiting controversial 'Doubt' as it returns to Broadway

Possible second victim of alleged sexual abuse by Franklin priest, Diocese of Nashville says

AG releases report of alleged abuse at Gaylord Catholic Diocese

Vatican and International News

Priest gets 2 1/2 yrs for sex abuse from Vatican court

Vatican clarifies handling of cases of abuse of 'vulnerable adults'

Belgian Church official warns Vangheluwe case could mar papal visit

Japanese rape victim sues congregation over ‘cover-up’

‘An offense against God’ - Sisters say Vatican abuse response not enough

Australian police search bishop’s home after abuse inquiry

Canadian brings global fight for laws against clergy abuse to Holy See university

Exclusive: Lourdes Bishop Hopes to Make Decision on Father Rupnik Mosaics by Spring

VOTFNJ has developed an Action Packet of useful steps you can take to confront the abuse crisis in our Church.

Supporting Priests of Integrity

"One of my faculty members at Darlington Seminary. Still going after 75 years of priesthood!"

~Mike Corso

N.J. priest turns 102 — and is still on the job

Celebrating the life of Msgr. Edward J. Ciuba

Financial Accountability

Voice of the Faithful publishes 2023 diocesan financial and governance transparency reports

Structural Change in the Church

Reading the 2023 synod report with new hope for the 2024 synod

Synod report has wide-ranging implications for church governance, ministry

by Christine Schenk

Women in the Church

The prophetic leadership of women

Whether conservative or progressive, we can learn from these 2 women mystics

Dana Greene: A writer with 'special calling' to celebrate women's lives

Sr. Martha Pelloni advocates for women and fights corruption in Argentina

LGBTQ+ Rights

Newest LGBTQ-Friendly Catholic Parish Has a Vatican City Postal Code

Journalist O'Loughlin named first executive director of national LGBTQ Catholic ministry

LGBTQ+ Advocates Forge Ahead in Seeking Inclusion from Synodal Process

Capitalizing on his teachings on sex, Pope Francis' critics shame themselves

Jesuits in US bolster outreach initiative aimed at encouraging LGBTQ+ Catholics

Young People

How Pope Francis has changed the mission for Catholic colleges and universities

Living Laudato Si'

Editorial: Catholic universities should make 'Laudato Si' central, not extracurricular

Protecting the environment is part of protecting human life, pope says

In first for US church, San Diego Diocese divests from fossil fuels

Lenten Resources

Laudato Si' Lenten Calendar

"Lent" from Progressive Christianity

SALT Resources for Lent

Lent and Jesus Narratives from the Marcus J. Borg Foundation

A Summons to Live Anew by Joan Chittister, OSB

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