On Dec. 5, the Archdiocese of Newark’s Respect Life Office welcomed the opening of its second location of The Mercy House located at 20 Greenville Ave. in Jersey City.
The Archdiocese of Newark serves 1.3 million Catholics throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties. Similar to the original Newark Mercy House, the Jersey City location will provide nonperishable food, clothing, baby supplies and furniture and help people seeking work and housing assistance, as previously reported by the Hudson Reporter.
“Today was a good day,” said Cheryl Riley, the director of Mercy House, a referral center focused on assisting pregnant and parenting women according to their site.
The new location will be open from Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We have a role to play in serving them,” said Bishop Gregory Studerus, who led the participants in prayer at the opening of the new location.
Auxiliary Bishop Gregory J. Studerus (with Mercy House Director Cheryl A. Riley) discussed the significance of the Archdiocese of Newark’s new Mercy House location in Jersey City during its grand opening. Courtesy of Archdiocese of Newark
Auxiliary Bishop Gregory J. Studerus (with Mercy House Director Cheryl A. Riley) discussed the significance of the Archdiocese of Newark’s new Mercy House location in Jersey City. Courtesy of Archdiocese of Newark
Jersey City Ward A Councilwoman Denise Ridley, who also attended the opening, said that it was a surprise to her when she found out that the location would be the first to facilitate housing. “This is incredible and this sets the Jersey City and Hudson County location apart from the other locations,” said Ridley.
There are 212 parishes, 73 Catholic schools and many missions and ministries in the Archdiocese. Hundreds of Masses are celebrated in more than a dozen languages each week as previously reported by the Hudson Reporter.
“We look forward to serving the needs of the community,” said Riley.
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