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Special guests help Notre Dame High School celebrate Mercy Day, 60th anniversary
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrates a Mercy Day Mass the morning of Sept. 22. The Mass not only celebrated Mercy Day, which is Sept. 24, but the school’s 60th anniversary as well. Father Jason Parzynski, the school’s chaplain, is seen at left. John Blaine photos

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrates a Mercy Day Mass the morning of Sept. 22. The Mass not only celebrated Mercy Day, which is Sept. 24, but the school’s 60th anniversary as well. Father Jason Parzynski, the school’s chaplain, is seen at left. John Blaine photos

“Welcome back” may not have been the main theme during the Mass celebrated in Notre Dame High School the morning of Sept. 22, but the sentiment was certainly in the air as students finishing their third week of school and 17 Mercy Sisters, many of whom are alumnae and former teachers, gathered to celebrate the school’s 60thanniversary.

“Thank you very much for helping us continue the Mercy spirit,” school principal Mary Elizabeth Ivins said to the sisters, who were seated in the front row of the school auditorium for the Mercy Day Mass, which was celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. 

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Catholic Athletes for Christ High School Leadership Conference
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Our Diocese Today
Bishop to bless couples celebrating milestones in marriage
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and the entire Diocese of Trenton will celebrate sacramental marriage this October during two annual blessings for couples marking one, 25, 50 or more years of marriage. More ...

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Recent Galleries, Videos

9/20/17 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Catholic Athletes for Christ 2017 High School Leadership Summit
9/18/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Catechetical Sunday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Whtiing
9/18/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY --Mass, Dedication of Msgr. Dentici Hall in Co-Cathedral

9/15/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- 2017 Convocation for Priests

9/11/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Mass for St. Joseph and Jesus the Lord Parishes, Keyport

9/11/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Catholic Women of Zion Rally
9/6/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- First Day of School in All Saints Regional Catholic School, Manahawkin

9/6/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- First Day of School in St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel
9/5/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- First Day of School in St. Raphael School, Hamilton
9/5/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- First Day of School in Sacred Heart School, Mount Holly

9/5/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- First Day of School in Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Asbury Park

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Monday, May 23, 2016
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Manalapan parish members travel to Texas to help hurricane victims
For Anthony Pluchino of St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, extending help in a crisis is second nature. Having experienced firsthand the wrath of Superstorm Sandy on the Jersey Shore in 2012, he didn’t think twice before offering to assist with hurricane recovery efforts this month in Houston, Texas.

As members of their parish’s St. Vincent de Paul conference, Pluchino and his wife, Marie, have long embraced the opportunity to come to the aid of those in need. When Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area, they decided to travel to Texas the weekend of Sept. 16 for a week to lend a hand.
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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Diocese's priests draw insight from Pope's Colombia trip

Fathers Jorge Bedoya and Walter Quiceno may have set out on their separate pilgrimages to Colombia to witness Pope Francis’ simple, yet profound and personal message of forgiveness and healing, but they returned with insight into themselves, too.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
The Lego Ninjago Movie
NEW YORK -- Third time lucky? Not for the Lego screen franchise, alas. More ...

Friday, September 22, 2017
Princeton freshmen learn about faith-based service
At a time when many college freshmen would be preoccupied with moving into their dorm rooms, several hundred members of Princeton University’s entering class spent a recent week off campus learning about community service organizations in the Diocese of Trenton. More ...

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
FAITH ALIVE; Reformation series: Counter-Reformation and the Council of Trent
The story of the Catholic Church at the time the 16th-century Catholic Counter-Reformation began is multidimensional. More ...

Friday, September 22, 2017
Sept. 24 - Spiritual jealousy leads to a destructive path
One of the criticisms – fair or unfair – of the millennial generation is a sense of entitlement. To be honest, each generation has its own sense of entitlement both real and imagined. We have expectations of justice and fairness that do not to match reality. More ...

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Community Roundup
First-place music competition winner to perform in Spring Lake
As part of its ongoing Spirituality and the Arts program, St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake, will welcome 16-year-old violinist Kingston Ho to perform at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in St Catharine Church. More ...

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Pope Francis
Mercy can scandalize those who don't see their own sin, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- Celebrating the feast of St. Matthew, the anniversary of the day when as a 17-year-old he said he was overwhelmed by God's mercy, Pope Francis said it was interesting how many Catholics today seem to be scandalized when God shows mercy to someone. More ...

Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
The Church in our day, the Church every day

Tradition has it that there is an ancient Chinese curse that threatens “may you live in interesting times.” 

Although it is frequently quoted, experts report that it is not found anywhere in Chinese literature nor is it most commonly used as a curse. It is, rather, an expression that describes the human social reality of moving from one crisis to another. Regardless of its origin, this phrase certainly seems to be fulfilled in the times in which we live.  It is an apt description of current experience in the world and the Catholic Church within it.

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Friday, September 22, 2017
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Throughout "The Face of Water," Sarah Ruden brings her translator's expertise in the languages and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world to discuss the Bible. She shows how for ancient literature "form and content are inseparable, and equally important." More ...

Friday, September 22, 2017
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Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Columns | Op/Ed | Readers' Letters
Technology: An unknown pilgrimage

By Brett Robinson | Catholic News Service

This month marks a significant anniversary in the history of technology: It is the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone. Apple celebrated by unveiling yet another iPhone, this one called the iPhone X.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
The last acceptable prejudice
Anti-Catholicism has been called “the last acceptable prejudice.” Tragically, it was on display at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, nominated to be a federal appellate judge.  More ...

Thursday, September 21, 2017
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

9/30/2017  - Diocesan Convocation for Consecrated Life
9/30/2017  - Women's Faith Sharing
9/30/2017  - V Encuentro to mark fifth national Hispanic ecclesial initiative
9/30/2017  - Defending the Faith series
9/30/2017  - Confidential sexual violence advocate training
9/30/2017  - Respect Life Dinner
9/30/2017  - Catholic Charities Walk of Hope rescheduled
10/1/2017  - Community breakfast
10/1/2017  - Red Mass for Monmouth County jurists
10/2/2017  - Oremus study program
10/3/2017  - Come & See Bible Study ~ The Gospel of Matthew
10/4/2017  - Pizza Showdown
10/4/2017  - Retreat for Women
10/4/2017  - The Life of St. Teresa of Avila
10/4/2017  - Feast of the Holy Rosary
10/4/2017  - Discussion Series: Why Can't Everyone Be More Like Me?
10/6/2017  - Digital Catholic resources the focus of FORMED conference

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