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Wedding Anniversary Mass for couples celebrating 25, 50 or more years

Most Reverend Joseph A. Galante, D.D., J.C.D., Bishop of Camden, will be the principal celebrant at the annual Wedding Anniversary Mass:

Sunday, April 15, 2012
3:00 PM
Our Lady of Hope Parish
701 Little Gloucester Rd
Blackwood, NJ  08012

The Mass is celebrated annually for couples in the Diocese of Camden who are celebrating 25 or 50 or more years of marriage this year. About 250 couples from Atlantic, Cape May, Camden, Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester counties are expected to renew their wedding vows. A reception will follow Mass in the Parish Hall.

For more information contact the Office of Faith and Family Life at 856-583-6132.

Bishop to announce results of South Jersey faith profile study May 3

Most Reverend Joseph A. Galante, D.D., J.C.D., Bishop of Camden, will announce the results of a survey of religious attitudes in South Jersey during a Thursday, May 3, press conference at the diocesan offices at 631 Market St. in Camden beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The study, done for the diocese by the Barna Group, a California-based firm known for its work on U.S. religious attitudes, took an extensive look at the  beliefs and practices of the six South Jersey counties (Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem) covered by the diocese.

The Barna Group interviewed a representative sampling of adults from South Jersey. They were asked about their prayer lives, their belief or disbelief in God, and their attitudes towards the Catholic Church, among other questions. Results indicated that four out of every five South Jerseyans identify themselves as Christian, with a third identifying themselves as Catholic, a third Protestant, and the rest not identified with a specific faith tradition. About 10 percent of those responded said they were atheists or agnostic. Of those who identified as Catholic, about half practice their faith.

At the press conference, Bishop Galante will explore the study’s implications for evangelization in the diocese.

Diocesan Youth Congress April 1 at Holy Family Parish, Sewell

In celebration of the diocese’s 75th anniversary year, the Office of Youth, Young Adult & Campus Ministries is hosting a one-day Youth Congress “Light for the World" to celebrate Catholic Youth Ministry.  The Youth Congress is an exciting, one-day experience of prayer, learning, community and evangelization for Catholic teenagers (grades 8-12) and their adult chaperones.

The activities, which take place from 10:15 AM until 5:30 PM, include liturgy, prayer, a general session, workshops, and a special extended session, entitled “Growing Youth Ministry.” Also the day includes lunch and features keynote speaker, Carrie Ford, an inspiring singer, songwriter and educator.  

For more information, or to register for the event, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." title="blocked::mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 856-583-6122.

 

"Be Not Afraid," Bishop Galante's Easter message

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Three of the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection morning describe the women at the scene – the first eyewitnesses to the Easter miracle - as fearful upon seeing the evidence of the Risen Lord.

Perhaps the roots of that reaction had its source in the remarkable story we will hear, pray over, and re-enact this Holy Week.

The women at the tomb that morning knew what had happened that week. There must have been a swirl of emotions, beginning with the triumphant entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and concluding with the agony in the Garden and the execution on the cross by Roman authorities. Jesus was left to die almost completely alone, as most of his followers fled out of fear, except for a small group of brave women and John.

That contagion of fear around Jerusalem those days must have been in the forefront of the women’s minds as they witnessed the evidence for the miraculous turn of events that we mark every Easter.

The Passion of Jesus resonates so deeply perhaps because, for many of us, that story of triumph, betrayal and suffering evokes images of our lives. The man confronted with news that he has incurable cancer; the mother who weeps for a child murdered by the criminal violence on our streets, the many families trying to keep a home together through the threat of unemployment, the immigrant who is unwelcome, all are living a kind of Passion as well.

“Do not be afraid,” the angel at the tomb told the women in Matthew’s Gospel. “I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.”

The angel tells the women: “Go quickly and tell his disciples.”

So must we as Christians, believers in the Easter miracle. We have inherited a treasure, the Risen Christ, and we are told not to keep it to ourselves, to share it with the rest of the world.

I pray that the processions, Stations of the Cross, Easter Sunday Mass and other observances will renew our faith. As we are blessed this year by an early Spring, filled with abundant natural growth, may we see that as a sign to reflect on the Risen Christ and His continued impact on our lives this Holy Week.

May we go forth unafraid in Easter faith and May God continue to bless you and guide you,

Most Reverend Joseph A. Galante, D.D., J.C.D.

"A sacrament of healing," Bishop Galante's message in the Catholic Star Herald

The season of Lent, while it is a time of penance, almsgiving and prayer, is also a time of conversion. Our Lenten practices are intended to enable us to examine our lives, especially as they pertain to our practice of the faith.

Penance and almsgiving are practices which enable us to jettison things in our lives that keep us from a deeper awareness of our relationship with Jesus and are obstacles to a fuller practice of the faith. It is a time for spring cleaning in our interior lives.

These Lenten practices – penance, almsgiving, prayer – should lead us to an examination of our lives and our strengths, weaknesses, successes, failures, and blind spots. How fortunate we are to have a remedy. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is such a great gift. It is a sacrament whereby we can repair the rupture in our relationship with God that sin causes. It is a vehicle for strengthening that relationship which is weakened by our human foibles and it is a place of healing. Yes, we receive forgiveness from God through the priest, who represents both God and the community, since all sin affects not only our relationship with God but also our fellow Christians. And so we need to repair that relationship as well in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The healing power of the sacrament is sometimes overlooked. How often in the Gospels did Jesus physically heal someone as a sign of his power to forgive? (an example can be found in Mark 2: 1-12)

Jesus continues that power of healing as well as forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As we express sorrow for our sins we should also ask to be healed, not only of the effects of our sins, but also of the impact of the sins of others that have wounded us. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a powerful and wonderful sacrament. We need to take more frequent advantage of it.

There is great consolation in being able to bring our burdens to the sacrament. We will find there the meaning and compassion that Jesus continues to show. We will find healing, forgiveness, peace and consolation. We will find a renewed energy to deepen our fidelity and joyful living of the Good News.

And so, sisters and brothers, I urge that you take advantage of this graced season of Lent by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There are many kind and compassionate priests who are ready to receive you and to mediate the healing and forgiveness of our merciful God.