Msgr. Edward Arnister, pastor of St. Rose Parish, Belmar, is joined Aug. 15 by Father David Baratelli, a priest of the Newark Archdiocese and chaplain at Newark Airport, during the Blessing of the Sea on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Belmar. Lois Rogers photo
For the first time that anyone could recall, rain blanketed the Jersey Shore on the Aug. 15 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
But the precipitation that fell on and off throughout the day failed to dampen spirits in many coastal parishes of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. There, traditional processions to the waters went on as scheduled from morning to night, a joyful outdoor witness to the ancient belief that the Mother of Jesus was taken up to heaven at the end of her earthly life.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Rowing an 18-foot-long open canoe solo along the Intracoastal Waterway from Miami to New York City, Greg Dougherty hopes to draw attention to the centennial of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.
The craft named the Santa Maria de Fatima packed with bags of food, clothes, emergency gear and a statue of Our Lady of Fatima looks both cramped and small for such a long voyage.
Following is Bishop David M. O’Connell’s homily from the Mass at the gazebo on Silver Lake in Belmar celebrated the morning of Aug. 13, 2017, the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Bishop O’Connell was principal celebrant at the Mass, which was attended by nearly 1,000 people and hosted by five Monmouth County shoreline parishes that comprise Cohort 19.
We are all looking for God in our lives. For many of us, the search is conscious and deliberate. For others, the search is more occasional or sporadic. For still others, the search is hesitant, and we only became aware of God when we deny we are looking or turn away: who are we denying? Who are we turning from? God. More ...
The importance of remaining calm
Robert Louis Stevenson wrote: “Most of us reflect our surroundings. However, men (and women) with quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened; they carry on in times of fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.” More ...