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Gentle rains accompany faithful around Diocese honoring Blessed Mother's Assumption
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

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.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bishop celebrtes Mass by the beach in Belmar
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Our Diocese Today
Registration now open for Pastoral Care Training; Nearly one thousand gather at Belmar gazebo for Mass
Those who minister to the sick, grieving, divorced, imprisoned and others are invited to take part in the 2017-18 Pastoral Care Training Program beginning this fall.  More ...

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Recent Galleries, Videos

8/13/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Mass at the Beach in Belmar
8/12/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Catholic Women of Zion retreat
8/10/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Choir Camp in St. Mary, Colts Neck

8/9/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Vacation Bible School in Visitation, Brick

8/9/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Seminarians gather for barbecue in Spring Lake

7/28/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Priests marking retirements in 2017

7/28/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Priests celebrating 25th anniversaries in 2017

7/28/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Priests celebrating 50th anniversaries in 2017

7/26/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Seminarian Retreat

7/26/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Splash Retreat

7/26/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Splash Retreat Mass

7/23/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Mary, Barnegat, 75th Anniversary Mass

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Monday, May 23, 2016
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
20/20 initiative could inspire groundbreaking change to NJ abortion laws, advocate says
Early this year, a group of pro-life organizations in New Jersey came together to forge an initiative they hoped would elevate their cause to a whole new level by focusing on the humanity of infants in the womb and the pain they suffer during abortion. More ...

Friday, August 18, 2017
Bishop Cantu calls for diplomacy to ease U.S.-North Korea differences
WASHINGTON -- Diplomacy and political engagement are necessary to resolve the differences between the United States and North Korea and avoid a military conflict, the chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. More ...

Friday, August 11, 2017
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
Logan Lucky
NEW YORK -- Director Steven Soderbergh reinvents his "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy with a backwoods twist in "Logan Lucky" (Bleecker Street), a zany heist caper. More ...

Friday, August 18, 2017
Kentuckian on 1,400-mile canoe pilgrimage to draw attention to Fatima

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.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Aug. 27 - Peter Stands As A Model of Discernment and Courage in Faith
Over the course of the Gospel passages of the past several weeks we have seen Simon Peter emerging as an important figure among the disciples of Jesus. More ...

Sunday, August 20, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: What does it mean to trust in God?
Trust is a simple word. While a basic concept, trust is a necessary component of all human interaction. By definition, trust is the firm belief in the integrity, ability or character of a person or thing. More ...

Friday, August 18, 2017
Community Roundup
Long-time Lourdes' physician Dr. Louis Ruvolo retires
Dr. Louis Ruvolo, called the operating room home for 35 years, including three decades as Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County's chairman of surgery. More ...

Friday, August 18, 2017
Pope Francis
Cling to the Lord, not horoscopes, fortunetellers, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- When passing through the storm of life's difficult moments, Christians must latch on to Christ and not the false sense of security offered by psychics and soothsayers, Pope Francis said. More ...

Monday, August 14, 2017
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
Homily for the Mass at the gazebo in Belmar

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.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Ohio community cafe responds to hunger while building a following
PORT CLINTON, Ohio -- Bow tie pasta with Chardonnay cheese sauce, fresh focaccia topped with herbs, a salad of fresh locally grown greens and made-from-scratch bread pudding aren't the usual fare for people in need of a free meal. More ...

Friday, August 18, 2017
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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Columns | Op/Ed | Readers' Letters
Speaking about race with Hispanic children (Part 1)
My 6-year-old son came home after school and unexpectedly asked my wife and me: "What am I?" The question caught us off guard. "What do you mean," we replied. He said, "Am I Mexican? Are people who speak Spanish Mexican?" More ...

Friday, August 18, 2017
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 ...

Friday, August 18, 2017
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

8/19/2017  - “Nuestra Historia de Salvacion” presentation
8/19/2017  - Italian Festival
8/20/2017  - 100th Anniversary of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church
8/21/2017  - Oremus study program
8/23/2017  - Personal Retreat Days
8/23/2017  - The Life of St. Teresa of Avila
8/24/2017  - Study of St. John of the Cross
8/25/2017  - Healing the Wounds of Abortion Rachel’s Vineyard Post-Abortive

8/25/2017  - Post-abortive Retreat


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