Cardinal Tobin Visits
On Saturday, November 16th, Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, , visited the Community of God’s Love (CGL) and offered Mass. This was the Cardinal’s first visit to the CGL and he was warmly greeted by Doreen Cevasco, the CGL’s director, and Community members. The Mass was also the CGL’s annual Covenant Liturgy, during which some members recommit to the group’s covenant (every year a third of the CGL is eligible for recommitment).
Following the Mass, the Cardinal and Community members enjoyed a time of fellowship and refreshment. The CGL members were impressed by the Cardinal’s friendliness and approachability. The Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Philip Latronico, the CGL’s Chaplain, and Fr. Joseph Scarangella, Pastor of the Church of St. Mary, Closter, NJ.
Discovering Discovering Christ
Always open to the leading of the Spirit, the Pastoral Team of the Community of God’s Love (CGL) met with Father John Wassell, Administrator of Our Lady of Sorrows (OLS) Parish in Kearny. He and the church’s Parish Council were looking for a program to strengthen the sense of community in their parish. The CGL Pastoral Team suggested the Discovering Christ program, a nine-part dinner/talk/discussion series developed by Christ Life Catholic Ministry for Evangelism in Baltimore. Early last spring, the parish group “bought into” the program, and teams were formed to bring the plan to life. Because of their experience in running conferences and various church-related programs, and their individual experience in preparing and presenting talks at Pre-Cana, Life in the Spirit, Engaged and Marriage Encounter, and Cursillo programs, the CGL took on the tasks of leading the overall program, writing and presenting the nine talks, and providing music and the Master of Ceremonies for the weekly programs, which were held at the OLS Parish Hall. The OLS team was charged with recruiting candidates and planning and preparing the meals that begin each session. After many meetings of the joint teams and preparation of the talks, the program began in early October with nearly 30 candidates. The programs began each week with prayer and song followed by dinner, a speaker, and table discussions. It ended the week before Thanksgiving to rave reviews from the candidates who expressed the desire to have their parish conduct more community-building events.
The program is directed towards the development and deepening of a personal relationship with Jesus. In addition to the talks presented at the weekly sessions, a day-long retreat is held towards the end of the program. Discovering Christ helps participants enter into or renew a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, experience the love of God the Father, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live as God’s children. It also gives participants the relational support necessary to live for Christ within the parish or group that offers the course.
The program was so successful that the CGL has established a ministry to consult, assist, and help present Discovering Christ to parishes wishing to explore this community-building program. If you think that your parish might be interested in sponsoring a Discovering Christ program, call the CGL Secretary at 201-935-0344 or email for further information.
Richard Rohr Discussion Groups
Interested in Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual directiom offers an opportunity to explore what is happening in your life and to recognize where God might be in that experience. Learning how to be attentive or notice God's presence and action in our lives is a big part of what spiritual direction seeks to do. This new awareness often leads the directee to make life choices based on their new awareness of what God is doing in their life.
Generally, an individual seeking direction meets with his/her director once a month for an hour. The following spiritual directors have been trained at the Quellen Spiritual Center in Mendham, N.J. and are available for individual spiritual direction in Rutherford, N.J. The sessions are offered freely without compensation. If you are interested and wish to speak with a director for an appointment or further information please contact the following spiritual directors:
Charles (Chuck) Orlowicz at 201-935-6558 (H) or (201-647-1187 (C)
Ellen Roller at 201-935-4911 (H)
Pam Orlowicz at 201-935-6558 (H) or 201-873-5098 (C)
Day or evening meetings are available. Pam Orlowicz is also available for sessions by phone or skype.
CGL Presents Life in the Spirit Seminars
The CGL's Life in the Spirit Ministry is available to present the seminar to prayer groups and parishes in Northern New Jersey. The Life in the Spirit (LIS) seminar "designed to proclaim the basic message of Christianity so that those who hear it can make a renewed commitment to the Lord, allowing them to experience a fuller life in the Spirit." On May 13th and 20th, 2017, the CGL Life in the Spirit Team presented the program to 40 parishoners of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Whitehouse Station, NJ. In May and June of 2018, the LIS ministry presented six sessions of the LIS program at St. Cecilia's Parish in Kearny, NJ. Arrangements can be made for any parish or prayer group wishing to host a Life in the Spirit Seminar by calling the CGL Secretary at (201) 935-0344.