Upcoming Liturgies
Due to the Delta Variant of COVID-19 we are still celebrating virtual liturgies on Zoom. We hope you can join us!
Sunday, September 19, 2021
4:30 PM via Zoom
Community Liturgy
Registration is no longer required. Click on the link to join the Zoom meeting directly on that day. If you have any difficulty joining please email or call 862-377-9914
Sunday, October 3, 2021
4:30 PM via Zoom
Community Liturgy
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
St. Peter's Haven will honor longtime Haven volunteer and former Board member, Charlie Saco, at their 35th Anniversary Gala on Friday, September 17. Charlie spoke about his service to the Haven:
"I retired from the Passaic School System in June of 2010 after teaching for 44 years. I knew about St. Peters and had donated turkeys for Thanksgiving. I began to volunteer at the Haven in January of 2011 and I am grateful for having continued since then. I joined the Board sometime in 2012 and remained till my term expired in 2020. I continue as a volunteer helping with food distribution, stocking shelves and whatever is needed. I am happy that my grandson has enjoyed volunteering at the pantry. I am proud to have seen St. Peter's serve more and more people in need over these 10 years.. I am also grateful for having developed friendships with staff, volunteers, board members and clients. You have all made me a better person."
Congratulations to Carol Jenkins whose drawing titled "Zentangle Turtle" was awarded FIRST PLACE in the 2021 Essex County Juried Senior Art Show. An awards ceremony will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 10 am. Entries winning first place in Essex County will automatically advance to the State Competition.
Mary Murphy recommends the Lumen Center day/evening programs, days of retreat, scripture study and dialogue about our responsibility in using the earth's resources.​
We hold the son of Mike and Teri Corso in our hearts and prayers as he recovers from his second surgery and undergoes treatment for cancer.

Please pray for Theresa Padovano's brother as he transitions to new existence in the Divine Presence. We hold Theresa and her family in our hearts and prayers in this sacred time.

We hold Gerry Gannon in our hearts and prayers as he recovers from a heart attack.

We send continued prayers and positive energy to Juanita Saco's brother, Greg.

We pray for Bunny Mondare who is now in hospice.
Thank you for being part of our family!
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!
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.

Dr. Shannen Dee Williams will give a presentation to VOTFNJ on Zoom at 4:30 pm on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.

Dr. Williams is the Albert LePage Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University. She is completing her first book, Subversive Habits: The Untold Story of Black Catholic Nuns in the United States. 

Voices for Racial Justice Now is committed to advancing a vision of America free from the racism that has denied millions of Americans their fundamental rights and equal access to the American dream. Learn more on their website.

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). Read the IRC article: "Afghans arriving in the U.S. look to the future." 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).
Road to Recovery and Catholic Whistleblowers
VOTFNJ has developed an Action Packet of useful steps you can take to confront the abuse crisis in our Church.
Priests of Integrity
Structural Change in the Church
Season of Creation: Living Laudato Si