Category: March 2019

Concern Over New Mercury Rule Expressed by Chairmen of U.S. Bishops’ Domestic Justice and Pro-Life Activities Committees; Bishops Call it “Troubling”

March 22, 2019 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a new rule that deems it no longer “appropriate and necessary” to regulate mercury and other hazardous air pollutants emitted by power plants. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities, expressed concern about the potential risks to human life and environmental health.

ACTION ALERT from the New Jersey Catholic Conference regarding the Aid in Dying Bill

On Monday, March 25, A1504/S1072, the Aid in Dying bill will be voted on in both the Senate and the Assembly. This assisted suicide bill is a direct threat to anyone viewed as a cost liability to an insurance company. In an era of cost control and managed care, patients with lingering illnesses may be branded as an economic liability, and decisions to encourage death could be driven by cost.

Diocese warns of donation scam

The Diocese of Trenton has issued an alert regarding reports of email and text scams that will use the name of a pastor to solicit funds in the form of gift cards or cash donations.

Diocesan Mausoleum to host Stations of the Cross

Jesus, Bread of Life Cemetery and Mausoleum, Mount Laurel, will hold Stations of the Cross for the Souls in Purgatory during the six Fridays of Lent beginning March 8 at 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Department of Catholic Cemeteries, faithful are invited to pray and reflect on the suffering journey of Christ as he traveled on the Way of the Cross to his Death on Calvary.

Bishop O’Connell calls for prayers to end infanticide

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has issued the following prayer request: The U.S. Senate recently failed to pass the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act – legislation that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an attempted abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her or his life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.

Annual Collection to support the Church in Central and Eastern Europe to be taken up Ash Wednesday

This Ash Wednesday, March 6, parishes in the Diocese of Trenton will be taking up the annual collection to support the Catholic Church in Central and Eastern Europe. The funds collected are used to support seminaries, youth ministry, social service programs, pastoral centers, church construction and renovation and Catholic communications projects in 28 counties in Central and Eastern Europe.