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Snow storm aside, Catholic Schools Week ends on a high note in Point Pleasant Beach
Two Points for Bishop O'Connell -- After blessing the new gym floor in St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach, Bishop O'Connell enjoyed shooting some hoops as students cheered him on. John Batkowski photos
Two Points for Bishop O'Connell -- After blessing the new gym floor in St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach, Bishop O'Connell enjoyed shooting some hoops as students cheered him on. John Batkowski photos
A surprise snowstorm dropped six inches of white stuff on the grounds of St. Peter School Feb. 5, still, it was standing room only for the Mass with Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., and blessing of the new gym floor that drew Catholic Schools Week to a close in Point Pleasant Beach.

St. Peter Church was filled to capacity as 203 students in the K-8 institution, their parents, grandparents and younger siblings, along with faculty, staff and administration, ignored the weather to make the most of the joyous concluding events.
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Bishop's Catholic Schools Week visit to St. Paul School, Princeton
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Our Diocese Today
Registration open for World Marriage Day celebration
The Diocese of Trenton’s Department of Youth, Marriage and Family Life is hosting a World Marriage Day dinner-dance Feb. 13 in St. Pius X Parish, Forked River, to honor and celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage. More ...

Friday, February 5, 2016
Catholic schools in Diocese receive accreditation

A year-and-a-half of hard work has paid off for Catholic schools in the diocese: they have been officially accredited by AdvancED, an internationally-recognized accreditation agency.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Recent Galleries, Videos

2/5/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates Catholic Schools Week Mass in Point Pleasant Beach
2/4/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates Catholic Schools Week Mass in Marlton

2/4/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates Catholic Schools Week Mass in Moorestown

2/4/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Catholic school students visit NJ State House

2/3/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop's talk on Catholic Identity in St. Gregory the Great Academy

2/3/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Sampling of photos from Bishop's visit to St. Paul School, Princeton

2/2/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Vocation Awareness Day in St. Rose High, Belmar

2/2/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates Catholic Schools Week Mass in Belmar

2/1/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Fr. Fernando Lopez installation
 
1/25/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Concert benefits St. Mary School, New Monmouth

1/23/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- March for Life in D.C.

1/22/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- March for Life in D.C. with Mercer County faithful

1/22/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Mass for Life/Rally for Life at State House 2016

1/18/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- TCA students, CYO honored with MLK service awards

1/11/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- 2016 Polar Plunge for Catholic Education

News
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Supreme Court, states giving death penalty another look
This year, several states are looking at legislative reform of the death penalty and some are considering repealing it.

Currently, 31 states have the death penalty, but the number of executions each year has been decreasing, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
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Friday, February 5, 2016
Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to meet in Cuba

Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill of Moscow Feb. 12 in Cuba on the pope's way to Mexico, the first-ever meeting of a pope and Moscow patriarch,

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Features
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
Kung Fu Panda 3
NEW YORK  -- Though it boosts family values and the importance of teamwork, the animated adventure "Kung Fu Panda 3" (Fox) also incorporates non-scriptural philosophical ideas that might confuse the impressionable youngsters at whom it's primarily aimed. More ...

Friday, February 5, 2016
Educating the Whole Person -- Georgian Court provides opportunities for students to deepen faith
On many college campuses, students find spiritual nourishment and faith development through official campus ministry programs. More ...

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Feb. 14 - Lent challenges us to a deeper encounter with the community
One of the defining characteristics of the American culture is that we admire strong individuals. More ...

Sunday, February 7, 2016
FAITH ALIVE: The tone ashes set for Lent
As the flames from a bonfire's logs begin to die down and finally die out, it seems initially that only ashes remain. But closer inspection typically reveals that glowing embers remain alive under the ashes. More ...

Friday, February 5, 2016
Community Roundup
Skating And Saying Thanks
A lot of fun and camaraderie was shared on and off the ice rink when Father Brian Woodrow, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, and some 300 parishioners enjoyed an afternoon in the Ice Land Skating Center,  Hamilton.  More ...

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Pope Francis
God triumphs by being humble, pope says at morning Mass
VATICAN CITY -- The ways of man are not the ways of God, who triumphs through the grace of humility, Pope Francis said during his morning Mass. More ...

Friday, February 5, 2016
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
A message from Bishop O'Connell: 'Much Ado' about Season of Lent

No serious study of English Literature can be complete without consideration of the works of William Shakespeare.  One of his classic comedies, “Much Ado about Nothing,” presents a tale of love and deception in a humorous way with characters caught up in its unfolding drama. 

 
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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Thursday, February 4, 2016
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: 'Young Messiah' filmmakers had blessing from author who inspired it
MCLEAN, Va. -- The director and one of the producers of the upcoming movie "The Young Messiah" said they had the blessing of author Anne Rice, whose novel, "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt," inspired the screenplay. More ...

Thursday, February 4, 2016
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The Pope's courage and his message to us
There are many opinions circulating about Pope Francis. Some say he's too liberal, others say he stresses mercy too much over justice. More ...

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Learning to fluff our feathers and find shelter in our faith
Today a beautiful red cardinal lighted on the head of a cement pelican that sits on one of the posts on my front porch railing. He cocked his head to the side and looked in the window at me, where I sat at my desk, as if to ask what happened to all the food I left for my feathered friends earlier in the morning. More ...

Thursday, February 4, 2016
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

2/13/2016  - Re- Entry A Way to Practice Mercy in the Year of Mercy
2/17/2016  - 
The Life of St. Teresa of Avila
2/19/2016  - 
Bereavement Training
2/19/2016  - 
Spiritual Reading Group

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