"To act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God."
- Micah 6:8
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Old Catholic Church in West New York, New Jersey
The Archdiocese of Our Lady of Guadalupe of New Jersey, Inc. welcomes you to our Old Catholic Church in West New York, New Jersey. We are a Catholic Church that is run by validly ordained Catholic married priests.
We believe in equality in every aspect of life and religion. Learn more about the history of our church.
In the name of the Holy One, The Archdiocese of Our Lady Guadalupe of New Jersey, Inc. hereby absolves any priest, bishop, archbishop, or cardinal from any penalties of ex-communication or of interdict and suspension because of marriage. We recognize common law marriages as valid marriages.
The church has married priests who have been married since day 1 of being Christians. As a democratic-style group, we have to all agree before making decisions. Our beliefs and orders are as valid as those of the Roman Catholic Church.
Join the Mass
The Mass takes place every first Saturday of the month at 7:30 p.m., and everybody is welcome to attend.
The following represents some of the 56 languages found in our priest’s hometown of Rock Springs, WY, even today.
- Bienvenido (Spanish)
- Tervetuloa (Finnish)
- Fáilte (Gaelic)
- Dobrodošli (Slovenian)
- Vítejte (Czechoslovakian)
Beliefs and Practices of the Old Catholic Church
1. We follow the ancient religious practices which go back to the time of Christ.
a) Mass is offered on the first Saturday of the Month at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Reformed Church, 401 60th Street, West New York, New Jersey.
b) The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated on the first Saturday of December at 3:00 p.m.
2. We have Seven Sacraments that are valid and are offered to all.
3. Our priests are married men, and one is a widowed priest.
4. We take up no collections at religious ceremonies. (Weddings and 15th–16th birthday parties are the main exceptions. The family and the officiant negotiate the price. If the couple or family is unable to pay, there is no charge. The ceremony is done pro-bono.)
5. We govern with, not over, our people.
6. We encourage everyone to be devoted to prayer and study, so their actions will be fruitful.
7. We have fewer and simpler rules than the Roman Catholics.
8. Our clergy, including the Archbishop, do not get a salary from the archdiocese.
9. We offer Holy Communion to all.
10. We are a legal entity, a nonprofit organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and the State of New Jersey.
11. We follow the Constitution and By-Laws of The Archdiocese of Our Lady of Guadalupe of New Jersey, Inc. (These can be amended as the laity and clergy see fit.)
12. We do not accept Papal Infallibility, nor do we accept Rome’s prohibition on birth control.
13. We accept persons as persons, regardless of their sexual orientation, creed, color, or ethnic background.
14. We do not accept the practice of abortion. However, compassionate counseling is offered to those involved.
15. The ominous spirit of the brutal Roman Catholic Inquisition, which began in the 12th century and continued in 1492 onwards, is alive today in subtle, not-so-subtle, and spiteful ways. (Learn more about Inquisition history here.)
16. On Google, please put in lista sefardita to see if your last name and that of your maternal grandmother, the (maiden) last name of your mother, or other relatives appear on that list.
17. If so, then you are Sephardic (of Spanish Jewish) origin.
This is what God asks of you, only this.
“May the Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His Face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His Countenance to you and give you peace. The Lord bless you always. Amen.”
– Numbers 6:24-26