For a complete list of events scheduled for the week, please refer to the bulletin.
Spring Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
From June 10-14, 2019, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops held an assembly in Baltimore, Maryland. Cardinal Tobin’s letter summarizing measures taken during that gathering to address bishop accountability of sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable persons, sexual misconduct, or the intentional mishandling of such cases may be found here. The measures expand upon Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio and the U.S. Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
Victim Compensation Program Now Open
As announced this past February, the Archdiocese of Newark – along with the other Roman Catholic dioceses in New Jersey – has established an Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) to compensate those who, as minors, were sexually abused by a priest or deacon of the Archdiocese. The IVCP will be open to claims from June 15 through December 31, 2019.
The IVCP will handle the submission, evaluation and resolution of individual claims, and will operate independently of the Archdiocese or any church-affiliated institution. The administrators of the IVCP will have complete autonomy to determine the eligibility of a claim with the guidelines of the established Protocol. The amount of compensation for those who make a claim will be determined by the IVCP administrators. All victims – no matter when the abuse occurred – are eligible to participate, and all matters will be handled confidentially.
The IVCP is a continuation of the goals set out by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., in his Forward in Faith: Our Road Ahead plan for the people of the Archdiocese of Newark. “This program is a sign of our commitment to the continued healing of victims who were sexually abused as a minor by a member of our Archdiocesan clergy,” said Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark. “It is a genuine expression of our remorse and our desire to make amends for past transgressions, and I sincerely hope it will meaningfully assist victims and bring them a measure of peace.”
Victims of clergy sexual abuse of a minor can begin the claims process at www.NJdiocesesIVCP.com.
Many Travelers, One Journey
The Archdiocese of Newark has introduced a short video highlighting the significance of the Church’s meaningful funeral rituals to guide our Catholic community. The six-minute video, titled “Many Travelers, One Journey,” weaves together the stories of multiple individuals describing how family, friends and Church community come together to pray and comfort each other, celebrate the faith and life of their loved one, and share in the three principal parts of the Catholic funeral liturgy – the Vigil, Funeral Mass and Committal Service – known as the Order of Christian Funerals.
Produced by Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark, the video accompanies a comprehensive planning guide, titled “Continuing the Journey, Preparing a Catholic Funeral,” to assist Catholics during their time of loss or when pre-planning. It includes information on coping with the death of a loved one, ministry resources at a time of loss, Scripture Readings for Funerals, practical preparations, and more.
The video and booklet are available here.
While most Catholics still prefer full-body burial, today some families and individuals may consider cremation as an alternative to traditional burial. Cremation is another way of preparing you or your loved one for remembrance and memorialization, which is an integral part of the grieving process. Like a traditional burial, choosing a permanent and dignified resting place for the human cremated remains of a departed loved one is equally important, especially for loved ones who will visit, pray, and remember.
For more information on the Vatican’s guidelines regarding cremation, click here.