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It’s a familiar scenario: every time a mass shooting appears in the national news it is inevitably followed by politicians and media pundits who immediately point to the need for more mental health services as the answer. Questions are quickly raised about the mental health status of the shooter and so the connection is always made in people’s minds between violence and the mentally ill.

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Ed. note: Cindy Meneghin and Maureen Killian are log-time members of the Diocese of Newark.

[The Star-Ledger] Years ago, Cindy Meneghin's father gave her advice about making a lifelong commitment.

Every year, he said, ask Maureen Killian if she wants to spend the coming year together. Never take it for granted.

For 39 years, Killian has stayed by Meneghin's side ("Sometimes, I leave her hanging for a minute," Killian said). And Saturday, for the second or third time — depending on when you start counting — the two will be joined in marriage.

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[The Star-Ledger] Some church leaders around the state were sent scrambling to rework their services this weekend after a state Supreme Court decision affirmed that gay couples in New Jersey can begin getting married on Monday.

The Rev. Cynthia Black, lead pastor at the Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, said she had to quickly rewrite her sermon after the court ruled Friday not to overturn a Mercer County judge’s declaration that same-sex couples in the state could be legally married.

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[The Record] Thanks to the New Jersey Supreme Court, Doris Dicristina and her partner, Sheila Dynan, had one day — Saturday — to plan their wedding.

They bought clothes for the ceremony and rings at the Macy’s in Rockaway Townsquare mall. They met their pastor, the Rev. Cynthia Black of Morristown’s Church of the Redeemer, to discuss the ceremony. They tried to obtain an application for a marriage license, but were greeted by a locked door at their town hall.

Church News

On three consecutive Sundays, September 22, 29 and October 6, St. Paul’s Church in Chatham sponsored a series of films, sermons and discussion on how our faith can help us remove the isolation and stigma that children and adults of all ages with disability encounter in the community, and oftentimes, sadly, in the church.

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[MorristownGreen.com] Thirteen youngsters from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown left the classroom for South Street on Sunday to raise money for the community’s needy.

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St. Luke's Church in Phillipsburg is included in this article.

[Episcopal News Service] It all started with a sandwich.

Karen Olson was working for Warner Lambert and had taken one of her frequent trips into New York for a lunch meeting when she encountered a homeless woman sitting outside Grand Central Station.

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The Rev. Lynne Weber, Rector of Church of the Atonement in Tenafly, is quoted in this article.

[Religion News Service] At an interfaith summer camp in northern New Jersey, two dozen children explored a swamp to learn how creatures depend on safe water.

Justice Board Call to Action

Getting the government out of our lives may sound like a good idea in the abstract, but abruptly halting the government hurts the people that can least afford to take the hit most. While our elected officials are busy arguing about who is to blame, about 14,000 people in New Jersey won’t be getting paid this week. Unless they have a nest egg, that will make it hard to pay this month’s bills.

But as with many of the economic hurricanes that seem as uncontrollable as Mother Nature – the financial crisis, the Sequestration and now the government shutdown – the youngest and the oldest will bear more of the burden than the rest in the most basic ways.