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A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: "That They May Be One"
The Church’s annual “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” takes place January 18-25. This year, the theme is “Reconciliation-The Love of Christ Compels Us” (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-ff.).  It draws its ecumenical impetus from the prayer of Jesus at the Last Supper, “that they may be one (John  17: 21).”  As the week approaches, I would like to share a few thoughts that are the fruit of my reading and spiritual reflection.

First, a word about “unity.”  Pope Francis has told us:

Unity does not imply uniformity; it does not necessarily mean doing everything together or thinking in the same way. Nor does it signify a loss of identity. Unity in diversity is actually the opposite: it involves the joyful recognition and acceptance of the various gifts which the Holy Spirit gives to each one and the placing of these gifts at the service of all members of the Church. It means knowing how to listen, to accept differences, and having the freedom to think differently and express oneself with complete respect towards the other who is my brother or sister. Do not be afraid of differences (Address to Catholic Fraternity of the Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowship, October 31, 2014)!

Similarly, his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, noted:

The way to unity remains long and laborious; yet, it is necessary not to be discouraged and to journey on, in the first place relying on the unfailing support of the One who, before ascending into Heaven, promised his followers: “I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:20). Unity is a gift of God and the fruit of his Spirit’s action. Consequently, it is important to pray. The closer we draw to Christ, converting to his love, the closer we also draw to one another (General Audience, January 17, 2007).

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Speaking Out Against A2451/S2474
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Our Diocese Today
Potential prison ministers invited to info session Jan. 28
Those interested in learning more about volunteering as jail and prison ministers are invited to attend an info session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Diocesan Chancery, 701 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville. It is hosted by Vincentian Father Martin McGeough, the coordinator of Jail and Prison Ministry in the diocesan Department of Pastoral Care. More ...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Recent Galleries, Videos

1/17/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Martin Luther King Day of Service in Medford
1/17/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Martin Luther King Day of Service in Lawrenceville

1/8/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Epiphany Celebration in Mother of Mercy, Asbury Park

1/8/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- 2017 Polar Plunge for Catholic Education

1/8/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Mass for Epiphany Sunday in St. Anthony of Padua, Hightstown

1/5/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Connie Becraft retires from St. Francis Center

1/2/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates Mass for Haitian community on New Year's Day
12/26/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Middletown parish hosts dinners on Christmas Day
12/24/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Christmas Eve in St. Mary Church, Bordentown

12/24/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates Christmas Eve Vigil Mass in Cathedral

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Monday, May 23, 2016
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Toms River parish breaks ground on bigger, more accessible food pantry
For a quarter of a century, the volunteers who stock and run the St. Joseph Parish food pantry have devoted themselves to meeting the growing need for food experienced by many in the greater Toms River area. More ...

Monday, January 16, 2017
Church leaders applaud law banning abusers from gun ownership
The bipartisan effort to restrict domestic violence offenders’ access to firearms ended in victory Jan. 9, when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed bill S2483/A4126 into law. More ...

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
Realfaith TV Follow-up: Former guest deacon with terminal cancer ordained
When he first sat down with Realfaith TV in May 2015, then Deacon Philip G. Johnson had been given just two years to live. Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, he thought his hopes of becoming a priest were destroyed. More ...

Friday, January 13, 2017
Hidden Figures
NEW YORK -- The struggles of the civil rights era provide the backdrop for the appealing fact-based drama "Hidden Figures" (Fox 2000). Along with a personalized insight into the injustices that still prevailed in American society in the early 1960s, director Theodore Melfi's adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly's book -- which centers on three extraordinarily gifted mathematicians working for NASA -- successfully re-creates the tension of the Cold War space race. More ...

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Jan. 22 - The Light of Christ overcomes the darkness of the world
A new and challenging time has begun in our country and our world. Some people are excited about the opportunities that are ahead while others are approaching these same opportunities with a sense of angst. This is a time, perhaps unlike any other, and yet not dissimilar at all. More ...

Sunday, January 15, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: Prayer, faith and good health: They absolutely go together

Can prayer, faith and belief in God make you healthy -- physically, as well as spiritually and emotionally? Yes, according to dozens of studies over the past 20 years.

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Community Roundup
TCA's Lloyd named 'Leadership Ambassador'
Kaleel Lloyd, a student in Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, was named a “Leadership Ambassador” by the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.  More ...

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Pope Francis
Take a risk by following Jesus, pope says at Mass
VATICAN CITY -- Following Jesus and entering into a relationship with him comes with risks, including the risk of looking foolish sometimes, Pope Francis said. More ...

Friday, January 13, 2017
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., on the elevation of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Freehold, to the status of Co-Cathedral for the Diocese of Trenton

In the early and mid 1970s, the area of Central New Jersey was experiencing a steady settling by professionals who worked in New York and Northern New Jersey and wanted to provide a wholesome life for their families in the more affordable suburbs. The already thriving churches in the area became insufficient to serve the people of God in this area. 

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Monday, January 2, 2017
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SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: 'Story of God' host: 'There is nobody who thinks man is in charge'

WASHINGTON -- Despite the seemingly contradictory reports about U.S. church attendance falling across denominations and already low percentages for believers worshipping across the globe, belief in God remains strong, said actor Morgan Freeman, the narrator of a documentary series that bears his name.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
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Supporting the right to ride

In contrast to education or health care, few think of transportation as a basic human right. But the ability to get from one place to another became an essential part of daily life as soon as farming ceased to be the way most people made a living.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Gratitude and goodbyes
The sun rose this morning in dramatic flourishes of pink and orange. Never mind that later the clouds and the gray winter reasserted themselves as members of my family left for the airport. More ...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

1/23/2017  - Mass for Life
1/23/2017  - 
Rally for Life
1/24/2017  - 
"40" Movie Screening/Discussion Event
1/25/2017  - 
Personal Retreat Days
1/25/2017  - 
The Life of St. Teresa of Avila
1/26/2017  - 
Study of St. John of the Cross
1/27/2017  - 
Spiritual Reading Group
1/27/2017  - 
Evening of Prayer


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