Because the love of God demands a love of neighbor, and because the faith which underlies true prayer demands good works, St. John’s from its earliest days has sought to meet the physical as well as the spiritual needs of the people in the area. Today, St. John’s is famous not so much as an historic site as it is for its good works: over 6,000,000 breakfasts and dinners have been served to hungry people, free exhibits are held for struggling artists and the city’s school children, and thousands of toys and books are distributed to other churches and charitable institutions at Christmas.
The Parade Committee is sponsoring its fifth annual St. Patrick’s Day Art Contest for elementary school students and St. Patrick’s Day Essay Contest for high school students of the schools of the Archdiocese of Newark. Each participating school will designate up to three winners who will be recognized in the Order of March on Parade Day. The three Archdiocesan winners of the art contest will each earn a $250.00 donation for their respective schools while the three essay contest winners will be awarded prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively.
The National Guard State Family Readiness Council (NGSFRC) was established in 2004 as a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. The Council’s main goal is to assist and support our NJNG families through challenging times, such as a typical deployment of eighteen months or longer, by trying to alleviate any undue stress through a grant program funded by private and public contributions. Since its inception, the Council has awarded over $1.6 million for programs to assist our “Hometown Heros” and their families. 98.3% of donated funds directly benefit National Guard members and their families.
Saint Benedict’s is a Catholic preparatory school for boys, sponsored by Benedictine monks whose traditions give it a special character. Just as the monastery is a community modeled on the human family, Saint Benedict’s is a school “family” to which each student belongs; here he is important, unique and irreplaceable. Because the monks are committed by their vow of stability to their particular abbey for life, the school reflects this permanence, continuity with the past and promise for the future.
Designated Beneficiary of the Grand Marshal
For more than 140 years, the Sisters of Charity have educated young women in Newark. Saint Vincent Academy has been witness to and participant in the evolution of Newark as it welcomed successive waves of immigrants, moved from a manufacturing base to a corporate center, struggled to address issues of racism and civil rights, and embraced the early years of the 21st century with renewed optimism. Today, the Academy is Newark’s only Catholic, college preparatory school for young women.
Designated Beneficiary of the Deputy Grand Marshal
Since 1983, the Center has served the materially poor and homeless community of greater Elizabeth, New Jersey, by providing basic human needs such as food, clothing and medications, as well as a wide range of services and programs to help them acquire the material goods and social services they need to live with intergrity.