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Upcoming Diocesan Offerings

April 11
Annual Clergy Day and Chrism Mass
Trinity Cathedral 

April 28-30
Happening 26
Camp Murray,
Lanoka Harbor

April 30
Recovery Sunday Celebration
Trinity Cathedral

May 6
Bishop's Spring Conference
Trinity Cathedral

May 11
Theo's Cafe Young Adult Dinner
Canterbury House, New Brunswick

May 11-13
Anti-Racism Training
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville

May 20
Choir Camp Reunion and Installation of Canons
Trinity Cathedral

May 20
Training for Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Eucharistic Visitors
St. Bartholomew's,
Cherry Hill

May 20
Safe Church Training
St. Stephen's,
Mullica Hill

May 21
Senior Baccalaureate Service
Trinity Cathedral

June 5-9
Appreciative Leadership
Crowne Plaza, Plainsboro

June 10    
St Mark's

June 17
Animal Welfare Ministry Forum
Trinity Cathedral 

July 10-14
Episcopal Youth Event
University of Central Oklahoma  

July 23-27
Choir Camp
Cape May 
Upcoming Congregational Events
April 6-8
C athedral Rummage Sale
Trinity Cathedral

April 8
Godly Play Workshop (Part 3 of 3)
Christ Church

Christ Church
New Brunswick

St. Mary's
Haddon Heights
St. Elizabeth
April 13
Holy Trinity
St. George by the River
All Saints'
Bay Head
St. John the Baptist
April 26
Americana Diner
East Windsor
St. Mark's Lutheran

Trinity Cathedral

St. James'

Christ Church
Toms River

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April 7, 2017
From the Bishop

Dear People of the Diocese of  New  

Then he came to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand."        Matthew 26:45-46

Holy Week is upon us; the hour is at hand. Once again God invites us to relive the drama of Christ's passion. As we consider the upcoming Sunday of the Passion, I can't help contemplating the horrific pictures of men, women and children victimized in the brutal Sarin gas attack in Syria, presumably at the orders of Syrian President Assad. These images were a glaring reminder of the capacity of human beings to commit atrocities against other human beings. Christ on the cross is the icon of this capacity.

The Christian faith and message has found it difficult to gain traction in our current, consumerist culture, fixed as it is on immediate gratification and the avoidance and denial of suffering, pain and grief. The Christian story is seen as quaint, for some a "fairy-tale," a relic of a naïve past that is hardly relevant today. Today, for too many, the results of college basketball's March Madness are the obsessive news item of the day.

But the power of Holy Week is precisely in its capacity to pull the curtain of human denial aside and to show humanity its true potential for evil. In excruciating detail, it portrays humankind's potential to debase, torture and kill other human beings, even to engage in deicide. Assad is Pilate. The gas attack in Syria is directly connected to the cross of Christ. Both the cross of Christ and Sarin gas were shameful instruments of death yielded by powerful government leaders against innocent persons.

Where is God in all of this? That question is key. Watch, we are told. Watch and see.

I pray your journey to Calvary with Christ will open your eyes both to the depth of human sin and to the power and depths of God's grace and love. God's grace and love in Christ have the power to call us out of the present darkness. 

Yours in Christ, 

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

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Annual Meeting and UTO
Ingathering of the Diocesan ECW

Saturday, May 20
Grace-St. Paul, Mercerville
10:00 am Eucharist
The Rt Reverend William H.  Stokes, celebrant
Robin Wilson Broughton, soloist 

The business meeting of the Diocesan ECW will begin immediately following the Eucharist
Deacon Trisha Thorme will speak on the Diocese's Sustainable Goals Task Force's efforts to combat trafficking, followed by a catered lunch.
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Upcoming Youth Events

Friday, April 28 7:00 PM -  
Sunday, April 30 4:00 PM
9th through 12th Graders
$75 per person
Murray Grove Camp and Retreat Center
Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Sunday, May 21
Trinity Cathedral 
Recovery Sunday Celebration  
April 30th, 3:00pm
Trinity Cathedral

The Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes

The Rev Dr. Tommie L. Watkins

All are welcome to this celebration of new life and hope: recovering alcoholics, addicts, family members, friends & advocates.
Come and be blessed.

May 11-13 
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville 
This workshop emphasizes understanding racism, learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, undoing internalized racial oppression, and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism to perpetuate institutional racism. 

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