Seton Hall university
This year we are happy to serve in leading the RCIA Program as well as in organizing some events like the Spiritual Hikes which is once a month on a Saturday and the Pack the Chapel which is on Thursday evenings. Encountering the students allows us to see their needs and we are open to hearing them, being with them and on certain occasions, Spiritual Direction is also afforded to them.
The biggest challenge for us this year is the necessity of going on-line. It does not only limit the activities and events we could have but also by the mere need to be personally present. Nevertheless, the joy of meeting beautiful souls who search for God is not of wanting.
The mission of the sisters here at Seton Hall University is on its 8th year and this has been a very fulfilling mission as the work is evolving, adapting to the new demands of the time.
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saint Joseph Parish, east orange
Since 2007, the sisters collaborate with the parish priest in answering the pastoral needs of the parishioners. The parish has two main communities: the English speaking and the Spanish speaking. The two have different ways of expressing their devotions and so the team (i.e. the pastor along with the sisters) sought to support them accordingly. Although there are specific sisters who are in charge of taking care of the Spanish speaking flock, all the sisters see to it that they are visible to both communities.
The mission is mainly catechism in the parish and the school across the church. Thanks to our late Sr. Theresia Maria, the CCD and the RCIA program of the diocese was established in this parish. The format is evolving as it tries to adapt to the current situation. The challenge to do things on-line has not deterred the fervor of the sisters to reach out to the students. This year, the sisters send homework (i.e. either through emails or messaging) for the students and they still meet every Sunday for different kinds of celebrations and activities. And the Confirmation class has a new platform of which they are also called the Youth Group.
So despite the difficult situation, we can still learn more about our faith in a fun way.
The sisters in charge of the Hispanic flock coordinate with the pastor in organizing spiritual activities. Among the few is the praying of the Rosary at 7:30 pm on Mondays which is in an in-person format with live streaming, the Bible sharing on Fridays, and Adoration at 10:30 am after the Mass on every first Sunday of the month.
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For more details, visit the Parish website at www.stjosepheo.weconnect.com and the Parish Facebook page: www.facebook.com/St-Joseph-Parish-East-Orange-NJ-108029240881584
saint Joseph school, east orange
In as much as the mission of spreading the Gospel is primary for every Christian, the sisters fulfill this in offering catechisms. They teach Religion Education in Saint Joseph School and prepare students for the reception of the Sacraments. They also help with Prayer Services and with the monthly Mass. The Teacher-In -Charge of Religion, Mr. R. Ignacio has some religious activities time to time and the sisters offer their services to help. For the most part, the sisters serve by being present to the teachers and students. Although it may seem little and insignificant, the sisters consider this as the main mission in this institution.
The difficulties and the challenges in educating today's generation of students do not overpower the joy of seeing the beauty and the awesome simplicity of the souls in these children. The relations established with the faculty are also treasured as valuable .