There are several Catholic churches in Jersey City alone, and New Jersey has a rich history of the Catholic Church. You can find several Catholic-led businesses, health care, masses, and senior activities within the city. Take time to venture throughout the state to explore the shrines, Cathedral, and historical parishes.
St. Joseph’s Hospital has won numerous awards including Innovation Award and US News Best Regional Hospital. There are four locations and concentrations: St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Paterson, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital in Wayne, and St. Vincent’s Healthcare and Rehab Center in Cedar Grove.
Peace Care provides care based on faith at two facilities - Peace Care St. Ann’s and Peace Care St. Joseph’s. Peace Care is a non-profit organization. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace runs this organization. Peace Care provides long-term and short-term care for residents along with outpatient therapies such as physical, speech, and occupational. They also have an adult day care program to provide respite care. Both of these facilities also have activities for residents.
You can also search for other Catholic medical facilities in New Jersey on the Catholic Healthcare Partnership of New Jersey (CHCPNJ), which is a statewide group that is committed to upholding healing practices through the Catholic Church’s health ministry. CHCPNJ is a resource center that helps develop necessary medical care policies and also serves as an advocate for regulatory initiatives to uphold the Catholic health care practices.
New Jersey established the Diocese in 1853, and in the 1890s, Jersey City was growing. The population surpassed 200,000, and transportation was becoming more advanced. The west side of the city needed a Catholic Church, so the Diocese formed St. Aloysius. The architecture of the church is rather impressive and has a French gothic influence. The bell tower resembles some of the churches in Venice. You can visit this church for daily mass or join one of the ministries such as Knights of Columbus, Homebound Ministry, or Quilter’s Guild.
St. Joseph’s offers a senior organization with meetings every Monday afternoon at 1:30 with a snack. They also have several opportunities to volunteer with holiday meals, weekly food program, lunch program, and more. You can also participate in regular Bingo games.
Another way to get involved with the church and participate to help others in the community is to volunteer with Catholic Charities. The Catholic Charities’ Engel Center offers respite care through their senior day care program.
To help you stay in touch with the Catholic community, the New Jersey Catholic provides updates to area Catholics. It is the official magazine of the Archdiocese. The official newspaper, the Catholic Advocate, also provides another form of communication.
The Blue Army Shrine in Washington, New Jersey, is one of the two replicas of the chapel in Fatima, Portugal which is the site of Our Lady’s apparition. The Holy House is the same size as the original Holy House. There is also a wood statue of St. Joseph and a Rosary Garden for prayer.
The Cathedral Basilica is the fifth-largest cathedral in North America. You can listen to one of the many concerts the Cathedral provides with its large pipe organ.
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