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Holy Spirit Verona Mission Trip 2018

In July 2017, I joined eleven Verona residents on a Mission Trip to Grace House on the Mountain in St. Paul, VA.  This Episcopal Church sponsored organization hosts groups of caring individuals weeks at a time to complete construction projects in the surrounding towns and neighborhoods.  Grace House is owned and operated by the Diocese of SW Virginia, but is open to any group of active citizens wanting to make a difference.

Will You Wrestle With Me?

Jacob and God

“When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.” – Genesis 32:25

Will you wrestle with me? by Father Jerry (FJ) Racioppi

Probably not a question you would expect me to ask, but you are sure to know that I am not speaking about physical wrestling.  My question really is: Will you let me walk with you as we wrestle with faith together? 

Verona Interfaith Dinner

Holy Spirit Verona was a part of an interfaith meal on Saturday, June 9 with four Verona houses of worship.  Read about the event in an article written by Father Jerry for the Diocesan E-newsletter, The Voice, or on myVeronaNJ

Members of Verona Clergy Welcome Islamic Center

Father Jerry, Dr. Montster Awad and Father Joe D'Amico at Memorial Day 2018

Members of the Verona Clergy Council held a meeting on Wednesday, June 6 with Dr. Montaser Awad, President of the Verona Islamic Center and other members of this new Verona house of worship.  These neighbors were formally welcomed and a wonderful dialogue ensued about how we might support one another.  A formal letter of welcome was signed and presented by members of the Verona Clergy Council.  Click here to review the letter. 

Be A Good Neighbor

Check out this lovely article about being a good neighbor (and highlighting our front lawn sign) featured on myVeronaNJ:

XI Bishop Elect - The Rev. Carlye Hughes

Three lay deputies (Jane Eliasof, Karen Pensiero and Ken Traficante) and Father Jerry spend Saturday, May 19, 2018 attending the Electing Convention for the XI Bishop of the Diocese of Newark.  They joined the other four hundred plus people at St. Peter's Morristown to witness history being made.  Our Bishop Elect (elected on the first ballot) is the Rev. Carlye Hughes of the Dicoese of Fort Worth, Texas.  For complete details, click here.

Rummage Sale Planning Meeting

Sunday, June 10

Help us plan for a Fund Raiser later this year!  We are hoping to host a Bane & Blessings Sale on our property on Saturday, September 15.  We need everyone's involvement in this event in order to make it happen.  Please attend our next planning meeting on Sunday, June 10 after service/coffee hour.

XI Bishop Electing Convention

Saturday, May 19

On Saturday, May 19 all of the churches in the Diocese of Newark will send deputies to elect a new Bishop for our Diocese.  The deputies from the Church of the Holy Spirit Verona will be: Jane EliasofKaren Pensiero or Ken Traficante, plus Father Jerry.  Please pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this Pentecost weekend.

B&G Spring Work Day

Saturday, April 14

On Saturday, April 14 starting at 8:30am (until about 11am, or as long as you can stay), members of the Buildings & Grounds Committee will gather for our Spring Work Day.  Please join us for a hot breakfast, laughter and a few chores as we tidy up the church building and grounds.  All are welcome to help out!

Diocesan Convention 2018

On Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 all of the churches in the Diocese of Newark will send deputies to the Hilton Parsippany to listen to report-outs, vote on the 2018 budget and share in fellowship during the 144th Annual Diocesan Convention.

The deputies from the Church of the Holy Spirit Verona this year are Karen Pensiero, Father Jerry, Jane Eliasof (Fri), Ken Traficante (Fri), Maria Force (Sat), and Mary Garland (Sat).


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