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No Catholic Star Herald next week

The Catholic Star Herald will not be published on Dec. 29. The next issue will be dated Jan. 5, 2018.  

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Unwrap the true meaning of Christmas

Recently, a full page colorful ad in The Wall Street Journal with a catchy caption sponsored by a group called Rethink Church caught my attention. In bold print it read:

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Catholic Charities brings Christmas joy to needy families

“This is exactly what she wanted,” Kelly Guerrirero said, closing her eyes and clutching the gift to her chest. Clasped in her hands was a popular toy, “Watchimals” — a

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Miracle at Vineland’s Landis Theater

An out-of-towner might have mistaken it for Broadway. Under the flashing marquee, more than 700 theatergoers poured into Vineland’s iconic Landis Theater for the Bishop Schad Regional School production of

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A good time to reflect on Saint Francis of Assisi

Advent is a time for preparation for the Solemnity of Christmas, the birth of the God-Man Jesus Christ. It is a time for reflection as, with joyful hope, we await

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The Francis from Assisi and the Francis in Rome

This June I’ll be teaching a course on the “Theology of Pope Francis” in Rome. (Information is available at if you are interested in participating as a non-degree seeking

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Parents today who are living out the Holy Family’s plight

As we celebrate the Christmas Season, I think of the Holy Family as well as of many struggling families today. I think of Mary and Joseph desperately searching for lodging

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Rejoice in the Lord and God’s goodness always

Did you know that certain Sundays take their names from the first Latin word in the Introit, (the antiphon of the Mass.) Gaudete Sunday does just that. The first words

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The controversial decision about Jerusalem

By now most of you have heard about President Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. His decision has evoked concern from various world leaders as

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N.J. bishops mark 10th anniversary of state’s elimination of the death penalty

The New Jersey Catholic bishops on Dec. 17 released a statement on the 10th anniversary of the elimination of the death penalty in New Jersey. “The death penalty diminishes us