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People are hungry

The days are getting harder. We all know that. Here in the basement of St. Ann’s Church, the kitchen flooded again. The mayor of Newark placed us squarely within one of the city’s three virus “hot zones,” and then days later issued a “shelter in place” order.  Our skeleton crew of staff and volunteers grew [...]

March 28th, 2020|

Meals to Go Update

Meals to Go update! It’s looking like we’re in for a long road ahead trying to keep our folks fed! But look what you’ve done already ! Just today: -- 200 hot meals of Corned beef and potatoes with fresh Irish soda bread -- 175 pantry bags stuffed with food and other items to bring [...]

March 28th, 2020|

Thankful for helping hands

It was water, water everywhere at the soup kitchen yesterday, but plenty to drink for our clients!! A kitchen flood meant no hot food for our Meals to Go, but that didn’t stop our small but mighty team from handing out 225 snack bags and lunch bags with pb&j sandwiches, Irish soda bread, and more. [...]

March 28th, 2020|

Franciscan Charities responds to coronavirus with Meals to Go

Franciscan Charities needs your help. We've been monitoring the response by state and local officials to the coronavirus (COVID-19). In an effort to comply with governmental guidelines and yet fulfill our mission to ensure that all who are hungry are fed, we've closed our soup kitchen dining room and are pivoting to a distribution of [...]

March 15th, 2020|

#GivingTuesday Makes an Impact that Lasts All Year

It's Giving Tuesday and Franciscan Charities is so grateful for your support in our mission to bring critical assistance to our neighbors in Newark. Consider making a donation today to help us continue our critical work throughout the year. To donate, CLICK HERE, and please share our post to help us spread the message. Thank [...]

December 3rd, 2019|

Anova partners with Franciscan Charities for Holiday Giving

Anova is the global leader in remote monitoring of industrial assets, providing Industrial Internet of Things solutions that enable improvements in efficiency, safety, service, and profitability. With a local office right in New Providence, NJ, Franciscan Charities was lucky enough to make a connection with Anova to help support those in need during the holidays.  [...]

December 2nd, 2019|

Brother Paul’s Podcast

Friends of Franciscan Charities, Peace be with you. I have a new podcast where I discuss important spiritual topics, such as mercy. I invite you to listen by clicking HERE. May God continue to bless you and your family always. Pax et bonum. Brother Paul

November 21st, 2019|

Registration Open! 9th Annual Franciscan Charities Golf Outing: Oct 7th

The Ninth Annual Franciscan Charities, Inc. Charity Golf Outing Monday, October 7th, 2019  Essex County Country Club West Orange, New Jersey  To REGISTER click HERE.   EVENT HIGHLIGHTS    Hole-in-One Car     Prizes for Golfers     50/50 Raffle     and more! Morning Duplicate Bridge and Ladies Paddle Tennis Clinic Event Location Essex County Country Club [...]

August 21st, 2019|

14th Annual Bilingual Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration

April 24th, 2019|

Westfield Public Schools Lend a Helping Hand

The Westfield Public Schools declared one week in March as Service Week. The PTO worked closely with each school to come up with a service project that would allow all students to participate. Many schools made sandwiches for local soup kitchens and one middle school provided weekend food packs for the Rotary Club of Westfield [...]

April 1st, 2019|