Fr Tim Graff will speak at Holy Trinity about the importance of Peace and Justice Committees
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

Fr Tim Graff will speak at Holy Trinity about the importance of Peace and Justice Committees

Father Tim Graff will speak at Holy Trinity Parish Center, 512 Westfield Ave, Westfield, NJ

On Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

 

His topic will be:  “Why should every parish have a Peace and Justice Committee;

And, what should those committees be doing?”

 Fr Tim Graff is Director, Social Concerns Office and the New Energies Parish Transition Project for the Archdiocese of Newark.

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The Economic Case for Welcoming Immigrants to the US
Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

The Economic Case for Welcoming Immigrants to the US

In 2017, New Jersey was home to over 2 million immigrant residents, making up 22.8 percent of the state’s population. This presentation further explores the many economic impacts immigrants have made in New Jersey and across the United States, calculating their spending power and tax contributions, their influence on the labor market, and their role in starting new businesses in the U.S. Time will be allotted to discuss current issues in immigration reform and answer questions about immigrant economic and cultural contributions to our society.

Steven Hubbard, Ph.D. is a data scientist at the New American Economy where he conducts research and data visualization projects related to how immigration impacts our economy. Most recently, he was a Zolberg Fellow at The New School and International Rescue Committee where he conducted research on Syrian refugees living in Jordan. With a deep interest in photography, he recognizes the importance of visualization to communicate complex data problems and facilitate data driven decision making. Hubbard has over 20 years of experience in college teaching, research, and administration at New York University, The University of Iowa, and Hamline University. Dr. Hubbard started his professional career as a city planner for local governments in rural southwest Iowa.

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What Should Catholics Do to Reduce Climate Change?"
Sep
12
7:15 PM19:15

What Should Catholics Do to Reduce Climate Change?"

Location: 512 Westfield Ave, Westfield, NJ 07090

Dr. Erin Lothes is a theologian at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ., a researcher in the field of energy ethics, and a scholar of the faith-based environmental movement.  Dr. Lothes served as an Earth Institute Fellow at Columbia University; her research during this interdisciplinary research postdoctorate analyzed environmental advocacy at diverse American congregations for her book Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action (Orbis 2016).  She is also author of The Paradox of Christian Sacrifice: The Loss of Self, the Gift of Self (Herder and Herder, 2007).  

 

Dr. Lothes is lead author of the co-authored “Catholic Moral Traditions and Energy Ethics for the Twenty-First Century,” Journal of Moral Theology .  Accessible summaries are available at https://catholicenergyethics21century.wordpress.com/  Dr. Lothes is also author of “A New Paradigm for Catholic Energy Ethics,” “Come with Me Into the Fields: Inspiring Creation Ministry Among Faith Communities,” and other articles.

 

Dr. Lothes has advocated for research regarding the moral dimensions of fossil fuel divestment, and has participated in the interfaith environmental movement since 2003 with groups such as GreenFaith, the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, the Catholic Climate Covenant, and the Global Catholic Climate Movement. Dr. Lothes holds a Ph.D. in systematic Theology from Fordham University, a Master's in Theology from Boston College, and an A.B. in English from Princeton University.

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Romero movie
Jun
22
3:00 PM15:00

Romero movie

This powerful film tells the story of St. Oscar Romero and his quest to bring peace to El Salvador, even at the cost of his own life.

Holy Trinity Parish Center (512 Westfield Ave, Westfield, NJ) Saturday, June 22, 2019 3:00 pm

The screening will be followed by a discussion of the film. Please note that Romero is rated PG-13 and contains scenes of violence.

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Challenges of Providing Services to Developmentally Disabled Youth in Nicaragua and How You Can Help
Jun
4
7:30 PM19:30

Challenges of Providing Services to Developmentally Disabled Youth in Nicaragua and How You Can Help

Patrica Fernandez grew up in Spain but has lived in Granada, Nicaragua for many years and is currently director of Corozon Contento (Happy Heart) a program that helps children with developmental disabilities. The program provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and psychological services along with a parenting school. The program helps about 300 children a year. In addition, the program advocates for the rights of the disabled. Patrica is fluent in Spanish and English.

Location: Holy Trinity Parish Center (512 Westfield Ave, Westfield NJ)

Topics to be discussed: Patricia will discuss details of her work in Nicaragua as well as the current situation in Nicaragua and what we can do to help.

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Offering of Letters at both Holy Trinity and St. Helen's Churches
May
18
to May 19

Offering of Letters at both Holy Trinity and St. Helen's Churches

Please join us in appealing to our government representatives on the topic of global nutrition by supporting an increase in global nutrition funding to $250 million in the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill. For more details, visit Bread for the World at www.bread.org/offering-letters. On May 18 and 19, we will set up tables in the Parish Center vestibule with envelopes, paper, pens and sample letters. Please come over after each Mass and spend a few minutes writing your letters. You may also choose to write letters beforehand and can bring them to the Parish Center vestibule on May 18 or 19. While we prefer handwritten letters, you may type and print them out at home and sign them. Be sure to put your own return address on both the envelope and the letter itself.

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“When I was hungry”:  Food Insecurity, Catholic Social Teaching and our Preferential Option For the Poor
May
15
7:30 PM19:30

“When I was hungry”: Food Insecurity, Catholic Social Teaching and our Preferential Option For the Poor

“The joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the people of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted in any way, are the joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well.”

These first words of Vatican Council II’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World were proclaimed more than fifty years ago and remain core to being authentic Christian disciples.  The Council urged the entire Church to make a preferential option for the poor.  “Option” is actually an imperative, a mandate to make a wholehearted choice to attend to those who are most in need. 

  • It is the Gospel imperative of the Beatitudes. 

  • It’s the imperative to serve the least among us.  What we do for them we do for Christ. 

  • It’s the command to love one another, above all those who can’t compensate us or reciprocate. 

  • It is the command and the standard of the one who announced that He came precisely to bring Good News to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives, and let the oppressed go free.

 

We will look together at the grief and anguish of people who don’t know if, when or how they will find adequate nutrition for themselves and their families.  We will examine causes of chronic food insecurity around the world and especially in our own area.  We will then discuss effective ways to help people meet immediate needs and be able to provide for themselves.  

 Richard is director of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps for the Philadelphia/South Jersey Region, and an adjunct faculty member at Esperanza College teaching “Faith, Reason and Justice” and “Foundations of Christian Spirituality”.  He previously taught at Temple, West Chester and LaSalle, focusing on world geography, Latin American and African development, international economics, and the economics of developing countries. He has M.Div. and M.A.(systematic theology) degrees from the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago and did doctoral studies in regional planning at UCLA

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Fair Trade Sale at Holy Trinity
Nov
10
to Nov 11

Fair Trade Sale at Holy Trinity

Fairly traded foods and an eclectic collection of handmade pieces will be offered for sale on November 10 and 11 at the annual Fair Trade Sale sponsored by The Peace and Justice Committee of Holy Trinity and St. Helen’s, the two Roman Catholic communities in Westfield.  Fair trade chocolates and coffee will be available, as well as hand-crafted jewelry, scarves, serving pieces, toys, Christmas ornaments, and creches from around the world. 

The Sale will also be available at St. Helen's November 17-18.

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Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

Nicaragua in Turmoil: A Catholic Perspective

On Sept 13, at 7:30 PM till 9:00 pm, at Holy Trinity Parish Center, there will be a presentation on current conditions in Nicaragua. Maria Eugenia Degadillo, a Catholic Nicaraguan woman and director of AXAYACATAL, a Domestic Violence program in Nicaragua, will talk about various humanitarian programs and the current political unrest in Nicaragua. She will discuss ways we can help the people of Nicaragua. Currently massive protests are taking place against the government. The Catholic Church has taken a stand with the protesters.  We think this is a unique opportunity to get a first-hand account of the current situation in Nicaragua from a Catholic perspective.

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Jun
23
to Jun 24

Offering of Letters--St. Helen's Parish

Please join us in appealing to our government representatives on the topic of hunger and poverty in the US. For more details, visit Bread for the World at www.bread.org/offering-letters. On June 23 and 24, we will set up tables in the Reception Desk area with envelopes, paper, pens and sample letters. Please come over after each Mass and spend a few minutes writing your letters. You may also choose to write letters beforehand and can bring them to the Reception Desk area on June 23 or June 24. While we prefer handwritten letters, you may type and print them out at home and sign them. Be sure to put your own return address on both the envelope and the letter itself.

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Jun
9
to Jun 10

Offering of Letters--Holy Trinity Parish

Please join us in appealing to our government representatives on the topic of hunger and poverty in the US. For more details, visit Bread for the World at www.bread.org/offering-letters. On June 9 and 10, we will set up tables in the Parish Center vestibule with envelopes, paper, pens and sample letters. Please come over after each Mass and spend a few minutes writing your letters. You may also choose to write letters beforehand and can bring them to the Parish Center vestibule on June 9 or June 10. While we prefer handwritten letters, you may type and print them out at home and sign them. Be sure to put your own return address on both the envelope and the letter itself.

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Nicaraguan Mission Trip Talk
May
31
7:30 PM19:30

Nicaraguan Mission Trip Talk

Madeleine Korfmacher will give a talk on her recent 8 day mission trip to Nicaragua. She will share pictures, experiences of Nicaraguan joys and struggles. and specific ways you can help. Focus will be on the visits made to various Peaceworks Projects (children's center to help homeless teens, medical and dental clinics, women's support programs to help victims of domestic violence, and micro-lending projects to help impoverished women start their own businesses.) The talk will be in Room 102-103 in the St Helen's Parish Center and is open to the public.

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 "The World Will Be Saved By Beauty" by Kate Hennessy
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

"The World Will Be Saved By Beauty" by Kate Hennessy

Kate is the author of Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother. This book was recently awarded with The Christopher Award, an award presented to writers of books which "affirm the highest values of the human spirit." Kate has travelled the world including teaching English as a second language in Guatemala and to Tibetan refugees in India. This will be an amazing opportunity to hear from Dorothy Day's granddaughter stories of her courageous work with social justice and The Catholic Worker movement.

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 "The World Will Be Saved By Beauty" by Kate Hennessy
Apr
23
10:00 AM10:00

"The World Will Be Saved By Beauty" by Kate Hennessy

Kate is the author of Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother. This book was recently awarded with The Christopher Award, an award presented to writers of books which "affirm the highest values of the human spirit." Kate has travelled the world including teaching English as a second language in Guatemala and to Tibetan refugees in India. This will be an amazing opportunity to hear from Dorothy Day's granddaughter stories of her courageous work with social justice and The Catholic Worker movement.

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Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Nicaraguan Mission Trip Talk

Madeleine Korfmacher will give a talk on her recent 8 day mission trip to Nicaragua. She will share pictures, experiences of Nicaraguan joys and struggles. and specific ways you can help. Focus will be on the visits made to various Peaceworks Projects (children's center to help homeless teens, medical and dental clinics, women's support programs to help victims of domestic violence, and micro-lending projects to help impoverished women start their own businesses.) The talk will be held on Saturday evening March 24 (anniversary of assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero) 7-830 pm. The talk is open to the public.

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Offering of Letters
Jun
10
to Jun 11

Offering of Letters

  • Holy Trinity Parish and St. Helen's Parish (map)
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Please join us in appealing to our government representatives on the topic of maternal and child health and nutrition support. For more details, visit Bread for the World at www.bread.org/offering-letters. On June 10 and 11, we will set up tables in the Parish Center vestibule with envelopes, paper, pens and sample letters. Please come over after each Mass and spend a few minutes writing your letters. You may also choose to write letters beforehand and can bring them to the Parish Center vestibule on June 10 or June 11. While we prefer handwritten letters, you may type and print them out at home and sign them. Be sure to put your own return address on both the envelope and the letter itself.

 

 

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Potluck for Peace
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Potluck for Peace

There will be a potluck supper in the Holy Trinity parish center starting at 6 pm with a discussion on Bread for the World, an advocacy group for the hungry in the world. A short movie will be shown with an overview of hunger in the world and how Christians can respond. The meeting will held Wednesday May 17 from 6 to 8 in Holy Trinity Parish Center. If interested please call Madeleine Korfmacher, 908-7898477

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Stations of the Cross
Mar
10
6:00 PM18:00

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross at Holy Trinity Church on March 10 at 7:30 pm with the theme based on peace and justice. Prior to the stations there will be a simple soup supper in the Holy Trinity parish center starting at 6 pm. Our prison ministry volunteers will be present at the supper to share their experiences at East Jersey State Prison in Rahway. We hope you can join us for this special Lenten event open to all parishioners from both parishes.

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Fair Trade Sale at St. Helen's
Nov
19
to Nov 20

Fair Trade Sale at St. Helen's

Fairly traded foods and an eclectic collection of handmade pieces will be offered for sale on November 19 and 20 at the annual Fair Trade Sale sponsored by The Peace and Justice Committee of Holy Trinity and St. Helen’s, the two Roman Catholic communities in Westfield.  Fair trade chocolates and coffee will be available, as well as hand-crafted jewelry, scarves, serving pieces, toys, Christmas ornaments, and creches from around the world. 

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Fair Trade Sale at Holy Trinity
Nov
12
to Nov 13

Fair Trade Sale at Holy Trinity

Fairly traded foods and an eclectic collection of handmade pieces will be offered for sale on November 12 and 13 at the annual Fair Trade Sale sponsored by The Peace and Justice Committee of Holy Trinity and St. Helen’s, the two Roman Catholic communities in Westfield.  Fair trade chocolates and coffee will be available, as well as hand-crafted jewelry, scarves, serving pieces, toys, Christmas ornaments, and creches from around the world. 

The Sale will also be available at St. Helen's November 19-20.

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JESUS ACCORDING TO THE POLITICS OF POPE FRANCIS
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

JESUS ACCORDING TO THE POLITICS OF POPE FRANCIS

  • Mount Saint Mary's House of Prayer (map)
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JESUS ACCORDING TO THE POLITICS OF POPE FRANCIS

Laudato Si' "On Care for our Common Home" and

Amoris Latitia "The Joy of Love" are letters teaching us

more about Jesus of Nazareth for contemporary times.

Wed., Oct 5, 7-9 p.m. ($20-$30 As You Are Able)

Presenter: Rev. Anthony Randazzo

Registration: http://www.msmhope.org/event/jesus-according-politics-pope-francis

 

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Peaceworks: Pueblo to Pueblo, New Jersey to Nicaragua- 25 Years of Sustainable Development and Solidarity
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

Peaceworks: Pueblo to Pueblo, New Jersey to Nicaragua- 25 Years of Sustainable Development and Solidarity

  • 315 1st Street Westfield, NJ, 07090 United States (map)
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Speaker: Denis Johnston

Location: Holy Trinity Church Parish Center, Westfield, NJ

 

Denis Johnston is a co founder and Board President of PeaceWorks, a New Jersey not for profit organization established in 1990.  PeaceWorks' mission is to support grassroots community organizations in Nicaragua as they work to overcome a history of poverty, violence against women and environmental destruction. PeaceWorks is a volunteer led organization that collects and sends humanitarian aid supplies in twice yearly shipments in the Spring and Fall, sponsors an annual delegation to Nicaragua each January and raises over $100,000 annually to support community development projects and service programs with Nicaragua's most marginalized communities.

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