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A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.: God's gift of life deserves the greatest of respect
All Human Life Is Sacred -- The Respect Life program, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, started in 1972 and begins anew in October -- the month set aside by the U.S. bishops as Reespect Life Month. This year, Respect Life Sunday is Oct. 2 and has as its theme 'Moved by Mercy.' Photo from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
All Human Life Is Sacred -- The Respect Life program, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, started in 1972 and begins anew in October -- the month set aside by the U.S. bishops as Reespect Life Month. This year, Respect Life Sunday is Oct. 2 and has as its theme 'Moved by Mercy.' Photo from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Throughout the past year, the Catholic Church throughout the world has celebrated “The Year of Mercy,” an extraordinary Holy Year proclaimed by Our Holy Father Pope Francis.
 As this jubilee draws to a close, the month of October, once again, urges us, “moved by mercy,” to respect life. There is no value as important, as fundamental, as essentially merciful as the protection of human life – from conception to natural death – and, yet, we are surrounded by a culture that does not share that value, a “throwaway culture (Pope Francis),” a “culture of death (St. John Paul II).”

It begins in the womb with abortion and can be seen and felt in the way we fail to respect the inherent, sacred dignity of human life in all its subsequent stages. Canonized during this Year of Mercy, St. Teresa of Calcutta once remarked, “We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other.” That is a sad admission and a sad truth.

It is tragic enough that disregard for human life is so blatantly widespread and commonplace everywhere we turn but the fact that it has been justified by and chiseled into our country’s laws is beyond comprehension. What kind of nation have we become?  Thomas Jefferson, one of the architects of our democracy, wrote, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”  There can be no reasonable doubt, as Pope Francis has affirmed, that “the right to life is the first among human rights.” And life deserves our greatest respect, again from conception to natural death. That is what we, as Catholics, are called to believe.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Our Diocese Today
St. Peter School named National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
Congratulations go out to St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach, which was named a 2016 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. It is among just 50 private schools nationwide, and only four across New Jersey, to be selected for the honor by the U.S. Department of Education this year. More ...

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Recent Galleries, Videos

9/26/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Ann, Keansburg, 100th Anniversary
9/25/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Catholic Charities Guardian Angel Dinner Dance 2016
9/25/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Diocesan PTA Conference
9/25/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Mass for 200th anniversary of Vincentian ministry in U.S. 

9/21/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Prayer Vigil for Peace in Toms River

9/19/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Barnabas 50th anniversary

9/15/2016 - PHOTO GALLERY -- 2016 Priest Convocation




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Monday, May 23, 2016
News
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St. Peter School selected as 2016 National Blue Ribbon School
Students in St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach, learned some very exciting news when they arrived to school Sept. 29. More ...

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Spirit of mercy comes alive at Catholic Charities gala honoring good work
Susan Parker walked into the Catholic Charities Guardian Angel Dinner Dance with a smile, knowing she would be receiving the organization’s “Client Achievement Award.” But the look of disbelief she wore as the evening came to a close proved she never imagined she would be leaving the gala with a scholarship to Georgian Court University. More ...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Features
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Storks
NEW YORK -- Popular culture's relentless drive to portray a homosexual lifestyle as merely one more form of diversity and its view of out-of-wedlock motherhood as a respectable choice, at least for mature women, mars the otherwise unobjectionable animated comedy "Storks" (Warner Bros.). More ...

Friday, September 30, 2016
'Ben-Hur,' 'Story of God' among Catholics in Media Award winners
LOS ANGELES -- The remake of "Ben-Hur," the cable-TV drama "Ray Donovan" and the documentary series "The Story of God" were named winners of the 2016 Catholics in Media Awards, presented annually by Catholics in Media Associates. More ...

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
FAITH ALIVE: Early Church Mothers?
In recent years, some have charged that the role of women in the early church was glossed over or, even worse, deliberately suppressed. The best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" is a case in point. More ...

Friday, September 30, 2016
Oct. 2 - Faith is a gift to be shared
“Lord, increase our faith.” At first glance this seems like a noble and worthwhile plea. But, given all that we have seen of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel, should it be a surprise that he turns even this request around?  More ...

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Community Roundup
CWOZ Women's Rally set for Lakewood
Catholic Women of Zion will hold its annual Women’s Rally Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Holy Family Church, 1139 E. County Line Rd., Lakewood. More ...

Monday, September 26, 2016
Pope Francis
Pope: Anyone one who repents, desires God's embrace can be saved
VATICAN CITY -- The church is not just for people who are good, who think they're good or pretend to be good, it is for everyone, especially the bad because the church is mercy, Pope Francis said. More ...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.: Consider making Rosary part of daily prayer life this October

October is the month of the Holy Rosary. 

This great prayer, whose origins date before the 12th century, uses a meditative repetition of prayers that invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary as she leads us to consider the mysteries of the life of her Divine Son, Jesus.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
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QUEBEC CITY -- Thomas Montminy-Brodeur, 28, just won the Best Visual Effects Emmy Award as part of the team at Rodeo FX, the Montreal studio that makes the special effects for "Game of Thrones." Now at the top, Montminy-Brodeur smiles when he thinks about the work he used to do for the Archdiocese of Quebec a few years ago. More ...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
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A virtual leap of faith
While reading, writing and arithmetic took up the majority of my time in grade school, there are very few specific classes that stick out in my mind.  More ...

Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Rosary puts us in communion with Jesus through the heart of Mary
During my years as a Hospice volunteer, I had some very moving and meaningful experiences. One, in particular, stands out. More ...

Thursday, September 29, 2016
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10/8/2016    - Diocesan Convocation For Consecrated Life
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The Life of St. Teresa of Avila
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