A visit to Newark

Sacred Heart Cathedral

UPDATE: The National Shrine of St Gerard is at St Lucy down the hill.

I was delighted to find a devotion to San Sabino here!

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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  1. Tom in NY says:

    Happy you got to stop in. For those who haven’t stopped in yet, see http://www.cathedralbasilica.org.
    Salutationes omnibus.

  2. tonio5555 says:

    Hope you enjoyed the Archdiocese of Newark Father. Did you know Saint Lucy’s has a weekly TLM at 9am on Sundays? There are also local TLM’s at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newark as well as at Holy Rosary in Jersey City. You were also only about 15 minutes away from the Institute of Christ the King’s Oratory in West Orange, Saint Anthony of Padua. The FSSP also has a chapel in the nearby Diocese of Paterson.

  3. Lee says:

    Actually, that is St. Gerard’s shrine- St. Gerard, the very popular and little known saint of the Redemptorist order. Apparently his incredible innocence, incredible pentitence, incredible miracles and apostolic success make him something of an embarrassment to our times. Otherwise the lengthy, well-written and well documented biography “To Heaven Through a Window” would still be in print.

  4. FrJimTucker says:

    Hey, Fr Z. I didn’t know you were visiting locally! Let me know if you’re ever visiting again, we could do lunch!

    Fr. Jim

  5. bookworm says:

    Father, if I’d known you were going to be in Newark, I’d have told you to say hi to Archbishop Myers for me (I knew him from Peoria).

    Lee, how can St. Gerard be “very popular” and “little known” at the same time? :-) I think he’s best known as the patron of women who are infertile or having difficult pregnancies — not sure exactly why.

  6. techno_aesthete says:

    Tom in NY, the Cathedral’s Web site doesn’t really have any decent photos of the Cathedral. I have come across two photo albums that have much better pictures. One is on Flickr and the other is on Webshots.

  7. Lee says:

    “Lee, how can St. Gerard be “very popular” and “little known” at the same time? :-)”

    Well, that’s the paradox, isn’t it? Ask practically any devout, knowledgeable Catholic who St. Gerard is, and they will say,

    “I think he’s best known as the patron of women who are infertile or having difficult pregnancies—not sure exactly why.”

    That’s what they know and that’s ALL they know. My wife and I finished reading “To Heaven Through a Window” ( by John Carr, C.SS.R, NY: Declan Mullen 1946)a few months ago and came to the realization that we live in an amnesiac Church. We have lost our memory.

    If that book were read in the refectories of even the most devout religious houses, it would utterly revolutionize them.

    I think Carr’s book is an abbreviation of this 473 page biography: “Life of Blessed Gerard Majella: lay-brother of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer” By Karl Dilgskron.

    It is available online at Google Books. There is a LOT more to this man than his patronage of mothers to be.

  8. kyle says:

    Is that a rood screen at the Sacred Heart Cathedral?

  9. St. Lucy’s is a beautiful church. My husband took me several times to be blessed by the relic of St. Gerard Majella (to no avail). Now that we are in Ohio and I am 47, have to start accepting God’s will

  10. We visit St. Lucy’s every time we go to NJ. Its beautiful there with 24 hr Eucharistic adoration they have Mass every 1/2 hour from 7:00 – 10:00 am. Its a real gem. We have entrusted both our children, during my wife’s pregnancy, to St. Gerard’s care at the shrine.

  11. Rob Cartusciello says:

    The Italian stonecutters & sculptors works on the Newark Cathedral would go down the hill and attend Mass at St. Lucy’s. It is a gem, and looks as if it were snatched up from some Southern Italian or Sicilian village. Both churches are quite a find, and I’m glad you saw both of them.

    You should come back next spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming in the park behind the Cathedral. It has the largest number of Japanese cherry trees on the east coast.

  12. onesheep says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Father. Living out here in Southern California we don’t have many of the older structures that actually look like a church. So many have been torn down and monstrosities erected such as the one by Cardinal Mahony. It’s hard to feel the presence of Christ and the reverence he deserves when your church looks more like stage than a place of worship and also lacks much of the beauty as seen here. Thank you for posting these.

  13. irishgirl says:

    That cathedral in Newark is absolutely stunning on the outside! It has a ‘bowed’ look to it…

    Yeah, Rob-I was thinking the same thing about St. Lucy’s! It does remind me of what old churches in Italy look like!

  14. techno_aesthete says:

    “Is that a rood screen at the Sacred Heart Cathedral?”

    No, the sanctuary is surrounded by beautifully carved, wooden choir stalls and there is a baldacchino over the altar.

  15. techno_aesthete says:

    Hmm, the earlier link to the photo album on Webshots didn’t get the correct URL.

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