Archdiocese of Newark Family Life Office

The Office of Family Life is committed to placing the Christian family at the center of the Church's work and worship. This is a Catholic page and all content posted will reflect the teaching of the Catholic Church as it related to family life.

Family Life Staff Brian Caldwell Director 973-497-4324 [email protected] Lauren Tamara BA, CADC Associate Director 973-497-4327 [email protected] Yamilka Genao, M.E. Associate Director (Spanish Family Ministry) 973-497-4326 [email protected] Nancy Delli Santi Pre Cana Coordinator 973-497-4328 [email protected] Jill Cherrey, M.E. Coordinator: God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage Natural Family Planning (NFP) 973-497-4325 [email protected] [email protected] Linda Alexander Secretary Engaged Encounter Coordinator 973-497-4323 [email protected]

Mission: The Catholic Church has historically been an advocate for strong family life. In keeping with this role, the Office of Family Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark: Is committed to placing the Christian family at the center of the Church's work and worship because the family is the basic foundation of both Church and society -Helps prepare engaged couples for happy, holy and successful marriages as well as aids those going through difficult times -Offers spiritual, educational, supportive and remedial programs to families -Intends to be the model for Family Life ministries in Archdiocesan parishes, and at the same time, provides pastoral ministers and Family Life resources for the parishes to implement programs -Provides occasions of prayer and celebration -Offers all these services in both English and Spanish

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Looks like a great discussion on growing your Domestic Church!

Join Teaching Catholic Kids tomorrow for a Facebook live with Gregory Popčak and Lisa Popcak on domestic church. And join the Facebook group, Catholic HŌM--Family Discipleship for more on "The Liturgy of Domestic Church Life."

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A new month means a new #marriagemondaychallenge theme....Scripture! Reading and praying with Scripture together is something that has been so fruitful in our marriage, but it's also something we need to do more often. Since this is the holiest week of the year, read Scripture together every day this week. Remember, when you're reading Scripture, you're spending time with God, and doing it together makes it even better!

Messy Family Project

How are going to celebrate with your family this Holy week, especially for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter? We share some ideas and encouragement for you here and have a free guide to help your family. But we would love to hear your plans too.

This week we will be commemorating the Triduum, the three-day celebration of Christs’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection. This is an extraordinary time to spend with our spouses and children to reflect and pray together. We encourage you to read ahead so you can plan for this special time!

We have created a special prayer services for families to celebrate Sundays when mass is not possible. If you are interested our guide Holy Week celebrations for your home visit our website: https://www.messyfamilyproject.org/celebrate-palm-sunday-to-easter/

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Here are some moving images of Pope Francis on Palm Sunday. You can read the full text of pope’s Palm Sunday homily here: https://aleteia.org/2020/04/05/full-text-of-popes-palm-sunday-homily/
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Holy Week is about to begin! Here's our schedule of Masses with Cardinal Joseph Tobin as celebrant, and additional information. We hope you'll join us and also participate in livestreamed Mass with your local parish!

A Beautiful, Camouflaged Mess of A Life

In this video from 4 years ago, Fr. Mike Schmitz from Ascension explores a way to enter deeper into Holy Week, and "Pray Through Holy Week." I invite you to pray through Holy Week with me, beginning with Commitment Saturday tomorrow...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzVPTNeIVdM

Sancta Familia

Let's pray for our priests

They are celebrating Holy Week alone, so it’s strange for them too.

It’s also a lot of work to prepare churches and liturgies and celebrate them alone.

Our priests are doing it all for the greater glory of God and on our behalf as we can’t be with them.

Please pray for our priests, and especially this week!

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"We will celebrate Holy Week in a truly unusual way"

Archdiocese of Newark

Here's our official Holy Week schedule! Visit www.rcan.org/parishsupport.

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SHELTER | Online Marian Mission
April 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 pm EST
Please help us spread the word about this three day online retreat.
It will be a great way to prepare for Holy Week!

All videos are viewable to the public with no need to be on Facebook!
Playlist of all videos: https://bit.ly/2UvMYxR

Closing Marian Antiphon:
Sub tuum praesidium
confugimus,
Sancta Dei Genetrix.
Nostras deprecationes ne despicias
in necessitatibus nostris,
sed a periculis cunctis
libera nos semper,
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta

Under thy protection we fly,
O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions
in our necessities,
but deliver us always
from all dangers,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin. Amen.

Archdiocese of Newark

Here's our official Holy Week schedule! Visit www.rcan.org/parishsupport.

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We are just hours away from the first Virtual Catholic Conference! 32,000 currently registered for this FREE "build-your-own" digital conference starting at noon Friday April 3rd.

I am excited to be among 30 presenters to choose from on the Men's side. There are another 30 great presenters to choose from on the Women's Conference.

Please SHARE, REGISTER, and add my talk "Men of Mercy, Men of Joy" to your playlist.

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Faith Alive @ Home! A guide to family worship and family faith fun! English:https://www.rcan.org/sites/default/files/files/Faith%20Alive%20%40%20Home%20Guide%20Palm%20Sunday%20Holy%20Week%202020%20FINAL%20(2).pdf
Spanish:https://www.rcan.org/sites/default/files/files/La%20Fe%2C%20Viva%20en%20el%20Hogar!%20Gu%C3%ADa%20Palm%20Sunday%20Holy%20Week%202020%20FINAL.pdf

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Specific ideas to grow the domestic church...

What makes a "domestic church?" Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak explore three ways families can nurture the faith at home.
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Kathleen Vogt discusses the challenges and benefits of homeschooling for parents who, due to COVID-19, are having their first hands-on experience with it.

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The Church has always made it clear that parents are the primary educators of their children and chiefly responsible for their family’s spiritual formation. So what is our advice to you? First, don’t worry if your kid fails this quarter in school and, second, turn off streaming mass and start leading your family in prayer. Be empowered to lead your family and focus on what YOU think is important during these challenging times. In this podcast, we share some of the ways our family is bonding this month, and we give inspiration and ideas on how to lead your family. God has given you the grace. Family, become what you are!

Virtual Catholic Conference: https://aliciahernon.krtra.com/t/AMa71LKg02oQ

Guide for Holy Week through Easter for your family (LINK)

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A message from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. - Spiritual closeness in a time of social distancing: Seven suggestions | Read in English and Spanish: https://www.rcan.org/message-cardinal-joseph-w-tobin-cssr-spiritual-closeness-time-social-distancing-seven-suggestions

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Keeping the Triduum Alive at Home - CATECHIST Magazine

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Virtual Around the Archdiocese for April 1, 2020

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Help your kids understand Palm Sunday with this video from Dr. Joseph White and Allelu!
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Using a Fertility Awareness Based Method during Quarentine.
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Catholic Family Crate

A Free Gift for Your Holy Week Success! Who would’ve ever guessed that we would be without church services during Holy Week?!? But that’s the reality most of us are facing. And in case your days are getting blurred together like mine, I’d like to remind you that Holy Week starts this Sunday, April 5, with Palm Sunday. So what is a non-theologian mom like myself going to do about it? Well...I didn’t really know!! But, fortunately, I have this really great team that consists of theologians, writers, graphic designers, teachers…. and moms - who pulled together to create a success guide to help everyone in this unique situation. It’s called our “Holy Week at Home Success Kit”.

The “HOLY WEEK AT HOME SUCCESS KIT” is a digital document that is:
✝️Easy to follow
✝️Clearly laid out
✝️And sets you up to guide your family through what might very well be the most memorable Holy Week of our lives!

It includes:
✝️Live links where you need them
✝️Day by day guidance
✝️Printable options like coloring pages and crossword puzzles
✝️Theologically approved activities
✝️And a beautifully designed print of the suddenly-very-critical “Act of Spiritual Communion” prayer

You will be able to :
✝️Take advantage of this quarantined time together
✝️Set the tone for Holy Week in your family
✝️Express your Christian values
✝️Stand up strongly in your faith and show your kids what is important to you
✝️And make impressions on them that will likely last the rest of their lives - not kidding!

Without:
✝️Having a theological degree
✝️Running yourself ragged
✝️Spending hours trying to come up with this plan
✝️Or needing a bunch of stuff you don’t have access to

And it’s totally free. Please use it and pass the word along that you can place your order now (on our website) and then check your inbox later this week when we send it out.

https://catholicfamilycrate.com/

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Archdiocese of Newark

Archdiocese of Newark

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., the Archbishop of Newark, offers a message to the faithful in which he thanks them for cooperating with the constraints imposed on parishes during the coronavirus health crisis. "Yes, our churches are closed," the Cardinal says, "but the Archdiocese is alive and so many of you are praying in your homes, over the telephone, in the quiet."

Jason and Crystalina Evert

I'll be on Facebook Live tonight at 7:30 EST with the young adults of NYC. Tune in here!

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Men's Conference Inspirational Talk by Bishop John Flesey

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In the new Rejoice in the Lord newsletter, Cardinal Joseph Tobin discusses making difficult decisions during the #CoronavirusPandemic and more. Available in English and Spanish: https://www.rcan.org/rejoiceinthelord

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The Christian Origins of the Hospital

catholic.com Did you know that the institution we know as the hospital is entirely an invention of the Catholic Church? Click here to learn more.

The Joyful Leap

Printing myself a copy of this to keep bedside/read daily for comfort.

Archdiocese of Newark

Cardinal Tobin invites faithful to join Sunday Mass livestream; Links to parish livestreams now available. Read more: https://www.rcan.org/cardinal-tobin-invites-faithful-join-sunday-mass-livestream-links-parish-livestreams-now-available

Teaching Catholic Kids

Try the Stations of the Cross at home!

Bishop Robert Barron

Teaching Catholic Kids

Check out this poster for a family friendly Stations of the Cross. https://bit.ly/TCKstationsforkids

EWTN

Spend some time with Our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration. He is waiting for you!

Tell us where you're watching from, and feel free to include your intentions and favorite adoration prayers.

Jesus, I truly believe that you are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament!

Stream on your computer too, daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/adoration

Many churches throughout the world are closed and not offering public Mass. EWTN airs Daily Mass at 8 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m. ET (U.S.) - see the Mass times in your local time: http://bit.ly/EWTNtv

Prayers to accompany you during Eucharistic Adoration: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions

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Mission Statement

The Catholic Church has historically been an advocate for strong family life. In keeping with this role, the Office of Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Newark:


  • Is committed to placing the Christian family at the center of the Church's work and worship because the family is the basic foundation of both Church and society

  • Helps prepare engaged couples for happy, holy and successful marriages as well as aids those going through difficult times

  • Offers spiritual, educational, supportive and remedial programs to families

  • Intends to be the model for Family Life ministries in Archdiocesan parishes, and at the same time, provides pastoral ministers and Family Life resources for the parishes to implement programs

  • Provides occasions of prayer and celebration

  • Offers all these services in both English and Spanish
  • Family Life Staff

    Deacon James Detura

    Director

    973-497-4324

    [email protected]

    Lauren Egan BA, CADC

    Associate Director

    973-497-4327

    [email protected]

    Yamilka Genao, M.E., M.A.P.M.

    Associate Director

    Hispanic Family Life Ministries/

    Pastoral Familiar Hispana

    Planificación Natural de la Familia (PNF)

    973-497-4326

    rcan.org/PastoralFamiliarHispana

    [email protected]

    Nancy Delli Santi

    Pre Cana Coordinator

    973-497-4328

    [email protected]

    Jill Cherrey, M.E.

    Coordinator:

    God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage

    Natural Family Planning (NFP)

    973-497-4325

    [email protected]

    [email protected]

    Linda Alexander

    Secretary

    Engaged Encounter Coordinator

    973-497-4323

    [email protected]

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