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Changing adoption law in New Jersey

On Jan. 1, 2017, a new adoption law will go into effect in the State of New Jersey. It allows adult adoptees, and others, access to adoptees’ original birth certificates,

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Reunited

Frank Patrinicola remembers exactly where he was the day he got the phone call. The 52-year-old operations consultant for Dupont was in the company parking lot after work preparing for

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Gleaning with Farmers Against Hunger

The word “gleaning” probably conjures biblical images. But the practice is actually alive and well in New Jersey in the modern day. In particular, an organization called Farmers Against Hunger,

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Financial coach empowers individual growth

When Arlene McGuinness was referred to Catholic Charities’ financial coach, she expected to meet with someone who would help her make a budget. But her weekly meetings with Elishia Townsend

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Bare Bones and barbecue

On June 11, Knights of Columbus Stella Maris Council 3546 in Erma hosted its fourth annual Rock for Kids BBQ. The event was held at the Moose Lodge in Lower
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Birth mothers find support in shared experience

Mary Sharon Monaco always hoped that one day a son she had given birth to as a teenager would come knocking at her door. “There were times when I would

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Combating recidivism with prayer and help

Encountering Mercy: Visit the Imprisoned “Encountering Mercy” is a series exploring the corporal works of mercy during the Jubilee Year through the lens of the people whose lives exemplify them.

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A man who kept his promise to God in prison

Encountering Mercy: Visit the Imprisoned “Encountering Mercy” is a series exploring the corporal works of mercy during the Jubilee Year through the lens of the people whose lives exemplify them.

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Preventing a family from becoming homeless

Encountering Mercy: Shelter the Homeless “Encountering Mercy” is a series exploring the corporal works of mercy during the Jubilee Year through the lens of the people whose lives exemplify them.

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Prison Ministry volunteers find mercy behind bars

Deacon Jim Hallman often tells a story in his homilies about the moment he knew he had found a calling in prison ministry. He was in Bayside State Prison in