March 20, 2024

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From the Bishop

The Reconciliation of a Penitent

In these closing days of Lent, Bishop Hughes recommends meeting with a priest for the Rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent in the Book of Common Prayer as a way to go joyfully into Easter, unburdened from worry, guilt, or regret. (Time: 4:57 | Read the transcript.)

Bishop Hughes: The Reconciliation of a Penitent

Diocesan Events

Holy Week & Easter

Holy Tuesday - Clergy Renewal of Vows

TUE, MAR 26 | 11 AM - 2 PM | Grace, Madison

Good Friday - Episcopal House closed


Easter Sunday - Easter Service at the Cathedral

SUN, MAR 31 | 10 AM | Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral, Newark

Join the Cathedral congregation as Bishop Hughes celebrates and preaches at the Easter Service. The service will be live streamed to the diocesan YouTube channel and remain available for later viewing.

Ordination to the Vocational Diaconate:

Jacqueline McLeod & Annie Pike

SAT, APR 13 | 10 AM

Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral, Newark

Find out more.

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Wardens' & Treasurers' Zoom meeting with the Bishop

WED, APR 17 | 7-8:30 PM

An email will be sent to all Church Wardens and Treasurers with sign-in instructions for this Zoom meeting.

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2024 Hegg Awards

SUN, JUN 9 | 3 PM | St. Peter's, Morristown

The Hegg Awards are given annually to members of our diocese who are:

  • Age 60+.
  • A long-standing, active member of your congregation.
  • Made or makes contributions to the congregation and/or the diocese.

Each church may honor up to two individuals.

Clergy and wardens should have received communications about this year's Hegg Awards from Randy Johnson, including the names of your church's past honorees. Please submit information for your 2024 honorees no later than 5 PM Friday, May 24 using this online form.

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General Convention Summer Trip

SAT, JUN 22 - FRI, JUN 28

The Youth Commission is excited to open Registration for the 2024 Diocese of Newark Summer Youth Trip, for youth in grades 8-12!

This year youth will be traveling to Louisville, KY during the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. While there, youth will get to see some of the workings of our denomination, connect with other youth from across the Episcopal Church, meet with our Bishop, take part in spiritual formation, participate in justice activities/missions... and of course there will be lots of fun and food included. Find out more and register online.

Happening at Our Congregations

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Parish shares Iftar meal with Muslim neighbors

“Ramadan Mubarak!” was a common shared greeting at Christ Church in Bloomfield & Glen Ridge when parishioners broke the fast at Iftar with Muslim neighbors from the Peace Island Institute (PII). About 50 people gathered together, with PII offering a presentation on Ramadan. Read more.

In the news

Send links to media coverage via email.

In ecclesiastic experiment, Morris, Sussex churches will share ministry team

MAR 7, 2024 | Daily Record

Community events

Want to submit your church's public events to the Community Calendar? See the User Guide.

Lent & Holy Week:

Lenten Organ Recital

FRI, MAR 22 | 12:15 PM | Grace, Madison

Lenten Fish Fry Fridays

FRI, MAR 22 | 6-8 PM | St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange

Women at the Cross

MON, MAR 25 | 7:30PM | Holy Spirit, Verona

Evelyn Underhill Outreach meeting

WED, MAR 20 | 7 PM | Zoom

Movie Night: The Book of Clarence

SAT, MAR 23 | 4 PM | Epiphany & Christ Church, Orange

End of Life Series - Emotional: Palliative Care

MON, APR 8 | 7 PM | Holy Spirit, Verona

Job listings

Submit job listings via email.

Organist or pianist (Sunday mornings) - St. Peter's, Clifton

Diocesan Announcements

Scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year

Union of Black Episcopalians Scholarship

Application deadline: MAR 22

Open to all high school seniors who are actively engaged in a parish in the Diocese of Newark.

Gertrude Butts Scholarship

Application deadline: APR 22

Open to students who demonstrate financial need and who are members of a parish in the Diocese of Newark, with a special emphasis on orphans or children of single parents.

George E. Rath Scholarship

Application Deadline: MAY 15 Provides children of canonically resident clergy with extra financial assistance for college expenses at accredited four-year education institutions.

Convention Corner

Don't miss out on the 150th Convention Banner Parade!

Is your church's banner ready for the 150th Convention Banner Parade? Watch the video invitation, right. (Time: 1:58 | Read the transcript.)

If you need assistance preparing your church's banner (or acquiring a new one), contact Jane Jubilee at 973-430-9902 or

Is your church's banner ready for the 150th Convention Banner Parade?

Convention reference information

Convention webpage:


Dates & deadlines

  • 234 days until the 150th Convention!
  • Registration deadline for Youth Convo: TBA
  • Nominations deadlines: SEP 13 (late Nominees NOV 1)
  • Registration dates for Deputations and all canonically resident Clergy: SEP 16, 12 NOON (forms to be sent May/June)
  • Hotel reservations deadline at group rate: OCT 8
  • Registration date for Guests: OCT 18

Happening at Our Camp

Cross Roads is the ecumenical camp and retreat center of our diocese and the NJ Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Upcoming events at Cross Roads

Wednesdays Away

A time of spiritual renewal hosted by Cross Roads throughout the year. Includes prayer and conversation led by a spiritual director and focusing on a different spiritual practice or theme each month. These retreats are open to all people interested in exploring new faith practices. Learn more and register online.

Rostered Leaders Retreat

TUE, APR 23, 4 PM - THU, APR 25, 11 AM

Cross Roads is proud to be hosting the New Life for Weary Souls: An Easter Retreat for Rostered Leaders, led by Dr. Audrey West and Pastor Dale Selover. Dr. West currently serves as the Project Administrator for Thriving in Ministry: Moravian Clergy Connection. She is a retreat leader, author, and wandering seminary professor in ELCA and Moravian contexts. Pastor Selover currently serves as a spiritual companion, retreat leader, and director of the House Next Door. Register online.

Open Houses


Come and visit Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center for one of their open houses this spring! Learn all about their summer and year-round opportunities. Take a tour of camp, hear stories about summer camp, ask questions of their staff, and finish with a delicious lunch in the dining hall. These are especially great opportunities for families interested in sending their children to camp for the first time (or attending Family Camp together) or for retreat leaders interested in one of our many buildings that are open year-round. These tours start at 10:30 AM from the Lodge and conclude after lunch at noon. Please register by the Monday before the date attending. Learn more and register online.

March Poll Results

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Next issue: WED, APR 3

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