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'Love One Another': A message from Bishop O'Connell about acts of hatred and discrimination
This weekend, our nation celebrates Memorial Day, a day when we remember those women and men in military service who gave their lives for our country and the freedoms we enjoy.  Two elements of this national observance should be kept in mind: sacrifice and freedom.

In the Christian tradition, believers call to mind the words of Jesus about sacrifice: “greater love than this no man has, than that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you ... love one another (John 15:13-17).” 

We show that love for our neighbor in America by honoring the freedoms we enjoy, among them: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Bishop O'Connell's 2018 Memorial Day Message
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Recent Galleries, Videos

5/23/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Pre-Ordination Priests' Retreat 2018
5/22/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Transitional Diaconate Ordination

5/19/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Santacruzan Festival 2018

5/19/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Catholic Charities Walk of Hope 2018
5/17/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- RBC vs. St. Rose in Monmouth County baseball title
5/17/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Spring Lake students create replica cathedrals
5/17/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop blesses new Providence House facility
5/15/2018 – PHOTO GALLERY -- SJV softball wins Monmouth County Tourney title
5/5/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- May Crowning in Sacred Heart, Trenton
5/4/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Diocesan Day of Service activities in schools

5/1/2018 - PHOTO Gallery -- Holy Cross, Delran, v Eustace Prep Lacrosse

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Monday, April 2, 2018
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Annual Marian tradition brings Bishop together with Filipino community
For the past seven years, Filipino Catholics from throughout the Diocese and beyond have upheld two beloved native traditions. More ...

Friday, May 25, 2018
Toms River parish and schools unite as family over loss of beloved drama teacher
A Donovan Catholic Facebook post announcing the passing May 18 of Karin Krenek remembered her as “the kind of teacher who makes impressions on the lives of her students, inspiring them to reach higher; the kind of a friend whose hugs and smiles and laughter uplifted them on tough days; a wife and mother and sister whose imprint on the world will never fade.” More ...

Friday, May 25, 2018
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
Batman Ninja
NEW YORK -- Superhero fans who rent or buy "Batman Ninja" (Warner Home Entertainment), the latest direct-to-video effort from DC Comics, should brace themselves. Chances are, it'll turn out to be unlike any movie of the genre they've ever seen. More ...

Friday, May 25, 2018
First Reformed
NEW YORK  -- "First Reformed" (A24) has quite a bit to say about religious belief, environmentalism, grieving, alienation, rage, the power of love and the corruption of religion by money and power. More ...

Friday, May 18, 2018
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
FAITH ALIVE -- Mission trips
Joe Young spent last summer on a mission trip to Magadan, a city in the Russian Far East, where an American priest serves a parish on the site of a former Stalinist labor camp. More ...

Friday, May 25, 2018
May 27 - We must be the agents of belief in a world of doubt
The God of the Scriptures from Genesis through Revelation is a personal God. More ...

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Community Roundup
Community 'heroes' honored in Rumson school
Police officers, firefighters, EMTs and lifeguards of Rumson and the surrounding area gathered May 10 in Holy Cross Church, Rumson, for Ascension Thursday Mass, during which students and faculty of Holy Cross School honored the community heroes. More ...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Pope Francis
Cheating workers out of just wages, benefits is mortal sin, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Loving wealth destroys the soul, and cheating people of their just wages and benefits is a mortal sin, Pope Francis said. More ...

Thursday, May 24, 2018
View stories related to Pope Francis
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
A reflection on the new document from the Holy See
On Thursday, May 17, two Vatican departments — the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development — released a jointly issued document from Jan. 6 entitled “Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones: Considerations for an Ethical Discernment Regarding Some Aspects of the Present Economic-Financial System (hereinafter, CED).” More ...

Monday, May 21, 2018
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SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: Evangelizer bases work with parishes on her own journey to Catholicism
MANCHESTER, England -- Sherry Anne Weddell recalls the moment when she stepped "across the threshold" and entered a Catholic church for the first time. More ...

Friday, May 25, 2018
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Columns | Op/Ed | Readers' Letters
Lessons from two soon-to-be saints
I was thrilled to see the announcement that Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Paul VI and Blessed Oscar Romero during the upcoming synod on "Young people, the faith and vocational discernment," and I was even more elated that their canonizations will take place on the same day. More ...

Friday, May 25, 2018
Yanny vs. laurel
Our senses often deceive us. The recent "yanny vs. laurel" debate on the internet saw those who heard the word "laurel" arguing with those who heard the word "yanny" when listening to a recording of the word "laurel." More ...

Friday, May 25, 2018
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

6/2/2018  - Clothing & housewares drive
6/2/2018  - Fun color run
6/2/2018  - Priest Ordination
6/2/2018  - Let the Little Children Come to Me
6/3/2018 - Spring Concert
6/3/2018  - Capital Singers of Trenton
6/6/2018  - The Life of St. Teresa of Avila

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Friday, May 25, 2018
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