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April 11th
Women's Tea 
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April 13th
Parenting Classes
Grace Church 
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April 13-16th
Manuscript Illumination Retreat 
St. John the Baptist 
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April 15th
Designer Bag Bingo 
Holy Spirit  
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April 15th
Jazz Concert 
St. Elizabeth's 
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April 15th
ECW Meeting and UTO Ingathering
Holy Trinity
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April 18th
Good Libations 
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April 22nd
Earth Day with Gov. Christie Whitman 
All Saints' 
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April 22nd
Makers Market 
St. James Memorial  
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April 22nd
Handbell Concert 
Holy Apostles  
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April 27th
Nun Better Golf Outing 
Spring Brook
Country Club 
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May 2nd
Mothers' Day Tea
Laurel Springs
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May 3rd 
Blessing of the Bikes 
St. Stephen's 
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May 9th  
Works of Mozart and Vivaldi in Concert 
St. Luke's 
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Episcopal Links of the Week
The resurrection happened, and it changes our view of the universe

In this Cathedral I often gaze at the stones. They have seen everything; from the cries of the monks around Thomas down in the crypt, to the howl of the sirens in the blitz. So many people have come and gone, so much change has occurred, yet the stones do not move.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby discusses the necessity of transformation and witness - the stone that was rolled from the tomb as a silent witness, and us, as living witnesses.
Incarcerated Women reflect on Seven Last Words

David Carr, a professor at Union Theological Seminary, teaches female inmates at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York state's only maximum security prison for women. Some of Carr's students wrote reflections on Jesus' seven last words, offering a glimpse at how life experience and circumstances interact with the story of the Passion.
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April 9, 2015

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,


Alleluia! Christ is risen! Happy Easter! According to the Venerable Bede, author of The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, the word "Easter" is Anglo-Saxon and refers to a goddess of spring. Most of the world uses the word Pascha to refer to the observance of the Lord's Resurrection. The word Pascha is related to the word for Passover, God's saving actions with Israel. Pascha is God's new saving event in Jesus Christ.


The rhythm of the liturgical year is powerful and filled with significance. We have entered The Great Fifty Days of Easter.   Yes, Easter is not only a day, it is a festal season. We cast off the purple and put on white! We have been on our knees in penitence for the forty days of Lent, now we stand and celebrate for fifty days until the feast of Pentecost - the fiftieth day! In many churches today, it is customary to stand for the Eucharistic prayer throughout The Great Fifty Days. It symbolizes that we have been redeemed by Christ and his resurrection. Churches will light the paschal candle throughout the fifty days, symbolizing the presence of the living Christ. We will begin and end our services with shouts of alleluia!  


Throughout these fifty days in church, we will read and hear the Gospel witness to Christ's resurrection. It is a powerful story that has saving news for each of us. As you celebrate the Great Fifty Days in your home and with your church, join in the words of the wonderful hymn:

This joyful Eastertide, away with sin and sorrow!

Easter blessings to you and yours.

Blessings and love to you all,


The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
Bishop of New Jersey    

Good News Stories

Anti-Racism in the Diocese of New Jersey:
Updated Webpage 


The Anti-Racism Commission and Team provide vital training in undoing the sin of racism within our diocese. We invite you to visit their newly-updated web presence on the diocesan website, and learn more about the upcoming two-and-a-half-day training on April 23-25. 


The second Tuesday of every month, look for news regarding these important efforts here in the newsletter, including valuable inks around the web that continues and informs the conversation. This month, we invite you to read insightful and stirring stories from The New York Times and NPR's Codeswitch. 

Bishop's Spring Conference:

Saturday, April 18, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM 


Join us for an event that will bring together three spectacular leaders of Christian Formation in a exploration of new strategies for forming disciples in today's challenging and transforming twenty-first century landscape at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton.

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Ministry Institute Events




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Happening 24
April 10-12
Murray Grove, Lanoka Harbor, NJ

Day Retreat: Enriching Your Prayer Life
April 11
All Saints, Navesink

Bishop's Spring Conference
April 18th
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton 

Recovery Sunday Celebration
April 19
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton 
Anti-Racism Training
April 23-25
Christ Church, Toms River

Abuse Awareness Workshop
April 25
St. Elizabeth, Elizabeth

Abuse Awareness Workshop 
April 25

St. John, Bernardsville

Training for Lectors
April 25
St. John the Evangelist, New Brunswick
May 2
St. Mary, Pt. Pleasant Beach

Telling Our Stories
May 2 
St Mark, Basking Ridge

Spring Youth Event
May 15-17
Camp Lebanon, Lebanon 

LGBT Older Adults

May 16
Trinity, Asbury Park

Abuse Awareness Workshop 
May 23
St. Mark, Keansburg  

Senior Baccalaureate Service
May 31
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

Come to the Table: A Celebration of Our Various Abilities
June 20th
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

Diocesan Choir Camp
June 26-30
Cape May, NJ

Youth Mission Trip
July 26-August 1
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