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A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M. -- SOME THOUGHTS ON MARY'S FEAST
Never had our world heard better news than that spoken by the Angel Gabriel to an innocent Jewish maiden, barely a teenager, in today's Gospel from St. Luke.  Centuries of longing of the Chosen People of God came to an end as the Angel announced to Mary, "Hail, full of grace!  The Lord is with you."   More ...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Documentary on Mother Teresa's visit to the Trenton Diocese
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Our Diocese Today
Realfaith TV releases milestone 400th episode
Realfaith TV, the Diocese of Trenton’s television program for and by teens marked a milestone Dec. 3 with the airing of “Top Teachers,” its 400th episode. More ...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Recent Galleries, Videos

12/5/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Mater Dei vs. Holy Spirit in NJSIAA Non-Public Group II football championship 
12/5/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Diocesan celebration for Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

11/30/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop O'Connell celebrates Mass in St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

11/27/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Mary Church, Deal
11/25/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Ann, Browns Mills, celebrates Mass on Thanksgiving Day
11/23/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Exhibit in Aquinas Institute, Princeton

11/21/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Closing of Holy Year of Mercy in St. Robert Bellarmine, Freehold

11/13/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Closing of Holy Door in Cathedral

11/15/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Mass to celebrate Blue Ribbon Award in St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach

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Monday, May 23, 2016
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Priest-historian: 75 years later, Pearl Harbor 'a powerful event'
WASHINGTON – A Catholic military chaplain and historian says the attack on Pearl Harbor, even 75 years later, continues to rivet the attention of Americans because it is "such a powerful event."

As the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack neared, Father Daniel Mode detailed the effect of the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian outpost.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Collaborative spirit sings a joyful tune in Lakewood parishes

A shared love of service to the Church through music and a fervent desire to foster community by working together served as the foundation for two parish choirs to commemorate the feast of St. Cecilia, the patron of church musicians, to end the liturgical year and begin the Advent season successfully and prayerfully.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
New inspirational children's books will make great gifts for Christmas
WASHINGTON -- The following books are suitable for Christmas giving: More ...

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Eatontown parish sponsors Nativity scene in front of Borough Hall

Puffs of breath could be seen in the cold, early evening air as hundreds rocking back and forth for warmth awaited the annual tree lighting Dec. 2 in front of Eatontown’s Borough Hall.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
FAITH ALIVE: What can the Holy Family teach us today?
There is perhaps no better exemplar for the Christian life than the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. While each is celebrated, commemorated and honored in unique ways throughout the church year, the Sunday following Christmas is generally observed as a feast in honor of the whole family. More ...

Monday, December 5, 2016
Dec. 11 - John is the model of discipleship even from prison
Two of the disciples of John the Baptizer visit him in prison. They must have placed much stock in John as the prophet who would usher in the new age and bring about the restoration of Israel as a nation. More ...

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Community Roundup
Dr. Joseph Tropea joins medical staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
Dr. Joseph Tropea recently joined the medical staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. He specializes in hematology and medical oncology. More ...

Monday, December 5, 2016
Pope Francis
Amid the darkness, hold fast to light of hope, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Christian hope is not the same as being optimistic about the future, but is knowing that whatever dark or frightening things are going on in one's life, God is there offering protection and light, Pope Francis said. More ...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
Some Thoughts on Advent
It is a wonderful coincidence that our celebration of Thanksgiving occurred before the First Sunday of Advent. More ...

Monday, November 28, 2016
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: Book on monks offers some excellent insights but skimpy theology
"Illuminating the Way" excels for those looking for the horizontal church and horizontal spiritual practice, which is to say for a strong me-centered path of therapeutic religion. More ...

Monday, December 5, 2016
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Changing and changeless in 2017
For one year, long ago, my four siblings and I were all in grade school at the same time. More ...

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Our nation's founding values are worth protecting
During a recent visit to the Aquinas Institute, Princeton, to view an enlightening exhibit, The Printed Word: Faith Aspirations of a Young Nation, I was particularly interested in a display of Jewish religious texts and artifacts. More ...

Thursday, December 8, 2016
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

12/10/2016  - 2016 Women's Conference
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Blessing of Nativity at State House
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Holy Hour for Families
12/11/2016  - 
Lesson & Carols
12/11/2016  - 
Advent evening of reflections
12/11/2016  - 
Christmas market
12/14/2016  - 
The Life of St. Teresa of Avila
12/15/2016  - 
Epiphany's MAGI
12/15/2016  - 
Surviving the Holidays Seminar for Divorced/Separated
12/16/2016  - 
Spiritual Reading Group


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