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A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.: There is always something to be grateful for ...
As we look to Thanksgiving, many of us will gather with our dear loved ones, and sometimes people we do not know, to celebrate God’s abundant blessings in our lives.

When we sit down at our holiday tables, whether we are surrounded by many or a few or no one else; whether there is loud laughter and conversation or none at all; whether there is a grand turkey before us or something more modest, every one of us can find something in our hearts to be grateful for, something to move us to bow our heads in thankful prayer to God, our creator.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

2018 Giving Tuesday Video
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Recent Galleries, Videos

11/19/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Cross Country Meet of Champions - RBC & CBA

11/14/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedra hosts Padre Pio Relics

11/12/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Rose girls' soccer - NJSIAA Non-Public B championship

11/12/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Veterans Day Service in Whiting

11/9/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Rose boys’ soccer – NJSIAA Non-Public South Jersey B championship

11/4/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- CYO Opening Day Mass

11/3/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Memorial Mass for Deceased Deacons of the Diocese

11/2/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY – Notre Dame High School Pink Out

11/2/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Mass for Feast of All Souls in St. Mary Mausoleum, Hamilton

11/1/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates All Saints Day Feast in Notre Dame High

10/30/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Champions for Life Awards Dinner

10/28/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY – RBC vs Toms River North Girls Soccer

10/28/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY – CBA vs Ocean Township Boys Soccer

10/28/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass

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Monday, April 2, 2018
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Father Cordisco remembered for his deep faith, devotion to faithful, family
Throughout nearly 60 years of priestly ministry, Trinitarian Father Philip Aloysius Cordisco was known for his deep faith, devotion to prayer, dedication to the religious community he served and love of family. More ...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
After 30 years, former Catholic school teacher and graduate reunited on 'Today' show
The library in St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold, was recently transformed into a mini television studio as Dylan Dreyer, meteorologist on the “Today” show, returned to her alma mater to film the “Thank a Teacher” segment for the daily news program. More ...

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
'Beautiful Boy': Aspects will resonate with those in addiction crisis
NEW YORK – What “Beautiful Boy” (Amazon) captures best about the raw pain of drug dependency is the sheer randomness of it. Addiction is not only a moral failing, it happens in what used to be called “the best of families.” Unfortunately, this very legitimate insight translates here into a tone of smugness. More ...

Friday, November 16, 2018
Interfaith meeting helps Freehold teen learn more about own religion

Throughout history, society has been quick to judge Catholics due to the negative portrayal of the religion.

Nowadays with media being more popular than ever, religion seems to have lost its credibility. With everyone being given a platform, it has become more difficult to filter out false news from among what is true. However, media has the ability to make more of an impression than it ever did in the past.

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Friday, November 16, 2018
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Nov. 25 - The Kingdom can never be of this world
It might seem strange that on the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, our Gospel passage comes from the exchange between Jesus and Pontius Pilate on the morning of Jesus’ Crucifixion. More ...

Monday, November 19, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 2: The Body of Christ at work
The promulgation of the Decree on Ecumenism, "Unitatis Redintegratio," at the Second Vatican Council made it acceptable for Catholics to engage with Christians from different denominational backgrounds in order to share a common witness to the world. More ...

Friday, November 16, 2018
Community Roundup
Morris Hall-St. Lawrence nets $80K from Philly Pops concert
With more than 1,200 patrons attending Oct. 6, the annual Philly Pops concert at the Patriots Theater, Trenton War Memorial, for the benefit of St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center and Morris Hall, Lawrenceville, raised almost $80,000 – a sum that will greatly assist charity care provided for the institutions’ patients and residents. More ...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Pope Francis
World looks the other way at Christian persecution, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Love for neighbor means being close to people, especially those facing oppression and violence for being Christian, and engaging in charitable work that that reflects Christian values and promotes interreligious dialogue, Pope Francis said. More ...

Friday, November 16, 2018
View stories related to Pope Francis
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
Blessed Chiara 'Luce' Badano: A light shines from within Generation X
There are all kinds of “movements” in the Church that people join: the Catholic Charismatic Movement, the Legion of Mary, Catholic Action, Cursillo, Catholic Athletes for Christ and so on. More ...

Thursday, October 25, 2018
My Monitor
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SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: Vatican opens doors to Russian 'spiritual' masterpieces for winter show
VATICAN CITY – In another example of the "diplomacy of art," the Vatican inaugurated a landmark exhibit of "spiritual" masterpieces from Moscow's famed Tretyakov Gallery and other state galleries in Russia. More ...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Child Protection
Our Promise to Protect
The Diocese of Trenton is committed to the initiatives outlined in the U.S. Bishop's Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in regard to the reporting and investigation of sexual abuse allegations involving minors.

If you have been sexually abused as a minor by a member of the clergy or anyone representing the Catholic Church, or if you know of someone who was, you can report that abuse through the diocesan Abuse Hotline.

To report the sexual abuse of minors call our hotline 1-888-296-2965 or email us at

Please note: The Diocese of Trenton reports any allegations of sexual abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Anyone with an allegation is also encouraged to provide that information to local law enforcement authorities.

To read more about Child Protection efforts in the Trenton Diocese, click here.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Columns | Op/Ed | Readers' Letters
Offering thanksgiving
When President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a federal holiday in 1863, the United States was embroiled in the Civil War. More ...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Knowing how to love is a learned art
My grandparents, on my mom’s side, were Syrian immigrants. More ...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

11/24/2018  - St. Francis Medical Center Annual Blanket & Coat Drive
11/25/2018  - Advent Wreath Gathering
11/25/2018  - Family Advent Wreath-making
11/27/2018  - Bereavement Support Group
11/27/2018  - Walking With Purpose Catholic Faith Study
11/27/2018  - Discussion Series: Finding Joy!
11/28/2018  - Personal Retreat Days
11/28/2018  - Appreciating Differences
11/28/2018  - Blood Drive
11/28/2018  - Co-ed recreation basketball
11/28/2018  - Prayer Reflection
11/28/2018  - Scripture Study
11/29/2018  - Presentation on "Last Things"
11/30/2018  - Advent Silent Weekend

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Friday, November 9, 2018
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