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Standing Up for Religious Freedom in Trenton, NJ

Posted by Marie Tasy (October 26, 2012 at 9:11 am)

10/20/12 Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally, State House, Trenton,  NJ organized by New Jersey Right to Life

The third “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rally on the steps of the New Jersey Statehouse, took place on Saturday, October 20, 2012.  Organized by Marie Tasy, the Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life, this gathering was one of hundreds simultaneously gathering in cities across the country.

The day began with Holy Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption at 10:30.   Pastor Msgr. Joseph Roldan concelebrated Mass with Fr. Dan Swift, of St. Benedict Church in Holmdel, Fr. Van Hager, a Consolata Father who resides in Somerset, and Fr. Jay Bowden, who is retired of the Diocese of Trenton.

Msgr. Roldan spoke earnestly to those in attendance, welcoming and blessing the crowd on Bishop O’Connell’s behalf.  “We gather for a very special reason, to defend our freedom of religion.  We gather because we are under attack.  Our government has declared war against its own people.  Our society as we know it, and our future society, rest upon your actions today.”  Roldan went further to say “Some in the military might describe this as friendly fire.  But it is different.  Friendly fire is accidental attack on its own, but once known about, it stops immediately and every effort is made to make things right.” [Continue reading …]

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Over 1,000 Rally at the Statehouse in Trenton, NJ for Religious Freedom

Posted by Marie Tasy (June 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm)

Over 1,000 people turned out for the Trenton, NJ StandUp Rally on June 8.  This was the second StandUp rally hosted by New Jersey Right to Life.

The Diocese of  Trenton held a mass to Stand Up for Religious Freedom celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell. C.M. at the Cathedral of St. Mary the Assumption in Trenton before the Rally.  Attendees processed to the Rally immediately following the Mass.    Like the March 23 rally, it  was a glorious day!

Rev. Joseph Meagher from the ArchDiocese of Newark opened the rally with a prayer.  Keaton Douglas and Steve Salerno provided the music to an enthusiastic throng of people. [Continue reading …]

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March 23 Trenton, NJ Rally to Stand Up for Religious Freedom a Huge Success!

Posted by Marie Tasy (March 24, 2012 at 10:44 am)

March 23, 2012 Trenton, NJ to Stand Up for Religious Freedom (NJRTL)

On March 23, New Jersey Right to Life  hosted our First Religious Freedom Rally.  Despite media reports to the contrary, there were at least 800 people in attendance.  The weather was unusually warm for a March day in New Jersey so we were truly blessed to have such a nice weather.   Bishop John Smith, Roman Catholic Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Trenton began the rally with a prayer.  Other speakers included Dr. Matthew Franck from the Center on Religion and the Constitution with the Witherspoon Institute ini Princeton, N J, Fr. John Gordon from the ArchDiocese of Newark, Dan Rossi, State Deputy for the NJ Knights of Columbus, Christine Flaherty, Executive Director of LIFENET, Damon Owen, National Speaker for Theology of the Body Institute and Frequent Contributor and Host of 3 Series for EWTN, Mari Marroquin, Public Relations Coordinator for Seton Hall United for Life, Rebecca Purdy, Graduate Student at the College of NJ, Rebecca Madrigal, Student at the NJ Institute of Technologoy, Pam Swartzberg, Attorney and Chair of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark’s Women Commision, Dr. Alieta Eck, President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Rev. Andrew Paton, Pastor of the Clinton Church of the Nazarene, Len Deo, President of the NJ Family Policy Council, Fr. Anthony from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, Dr. Leonie Watson.  Music was provided by Keaton Douglas and Steve Salerno who rallied the crowd with their stirring renditions of patriotic songs. 

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