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A message from Bishop O'Connell: To truly honor Dr. King, we, too, need to make a difference
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is pictured in an undated file photo. The nation honors the legacy of the slain civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate with a national holiday, observed Jan. 15 this year. CNS file photo
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is pictured in an undated file photo. The nation honors the legacy of the slain civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate with a national holiday, observed Jan. 15 this year. CNS file photo
In Harper Lee’s 1960 novel “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Atticus Finch is appointed as defense lawyer for Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a young white girl in Depression-Era Alabama. Toward the end of Chapter Three, Finch shares his uncompromisingly noble moral philosophy regarding racism and its attendant stereo-typing with his six-year old daughter, Scout. “You never really understand a person,” Atticus tells her, “Until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

That is one of those quotes that prompts me to say, “I wish I had said that.”  
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Friday, January 12, 2018

Promotional video for 2018 DYC
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Recent Galleries, Videos

1/14/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates Mass in St. Hedwig Church, Trenton
1/7/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates Mass for Epiphany in Manalapan parish

1/6/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Epiphany celebration in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral
1/5/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Mercer County CYO Holiday Tournament

1/2/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- New Year's Day Mass with Bishop, Haitian community
1/26/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Christmas Day dinner in St. Mary Parish, Barnegat
12/26/2017- PHOTO GALLERY -- Christmas Around the Diocese

12/26/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Midnight Mass in St. Ann Church, Keansburg
12/20/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates Mass for Simbang Gabi in St. Gregory the Great Church

12/17/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates Mass, hosts Christmas dinner for seminarians

12/16/2015 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Pep Rally in St. John Vianney High

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Monday, September 25, 2017
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Retreat director bringing addiction talk to Jackson parish says faith can make inroads in drug epidemic

“Substance use disorders represent one of the most pressing public health crises of our time.”

This statement is from the preface of the first U. S. Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health, a report revealing that, in 2015, more than 27.1 million people were current users of illicit drugs or misused prescription drugs.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Utility, food, housing a concern around Diocese as cold weather settles in
Just four days into 2018, winter storm Grayson dug in its heels and walloped the eastern seaboard with frigid temperatures, fierce winds and snow ranging from 6 to 18 inches throughout New Jersey, forcing schools, offices, stores and churches to close. More ...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
The Post

NEW YORK -- The oddest scenes in "The Post" (Fox), a nostalgic account of The Washington Post's publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, involve Meryl Streep as that newspaper's owner, Katharine Graham, hovering about its press and linotype rooms.

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Friday, January 12, 2018
Inspired by Miss America parade, Girl Scout from Marlton parish helps homeless get back on their feet
When then-eighth grader Jacqueline Wenzel joined her Girl Scout Troop 23267 walking in the Miss America Pageant “Show Us Your Shoes” parade, she couldn’t help but notice something striking: while contestants were driven down the Atlantic City boardwalk with shoes decorated to reflect their home state, they were passing both spectators and those living in extreme poverty. More ...

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Jan 21 - All of us stand in need of conversion
As Jesus emerges from the wilderness after 40 days of preparation, he begins his public ministry with a clear and very succinct statement of intent: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” More ...

Sunday, January 14, 2018
Faith Alive: Sacrament series: Confirmation

The second installment of the Faith Alive series on the Sacraments offers insights on Confirmation, a Sacrament replete with the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

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Friday, January 12, 2018
Community Roundup
Christine's Hope grants CYO $5K for youth, children's programs
Catholic Youth Organization of Mercer County recently received a $5,000 grant from Christine’s Hope For Kids Foundation to support CYO’s pre-school, after school and summer programming efforts for children and youth in Mercer County. More ...

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Pope Francis
Fear becomes sin when it leads to hostility toward migrants, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Being afraid and concerned about the impact of migration is not a sin, Pope Francis said, but it is a sin to let those fears lead to a refusal to help people in need. More ...

Monday, January 15, 2018
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
A message from Bishop O'Connell: Life is the most fundamental right of all
In recent years, many moral concerns have been grouped together in the Church under the rubric “Respect Life” and efforts to raise consciousness about them. More ...

Thursday, January 11, 2018
My Monitor
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SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: Couple celebrates new home, mourns pilot lost in crash that took old home
MARIETTA, Ga. -- In March 2017, Deacon Norm Keller and his wife, Barbara, lost their home in Marietta after a private plane crashed into their front yard and exploded. More ...

Friday, January 12, 2018
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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Columns | Op/Ed | Readers' Letters
Enriching our spiritual lives with an investment in sacred time
On a recent visit to the local convenience store, I turned from the cash register and came face to face with a large display of chocolate Easter eggs. I paused for a moment to collect my thoughts. More ...

Monday, January 15, 2018
Where gladness and hunger meet
You may have heard this before: "The place to which God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." More ...

Monday, January 15, 2018
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

1/22/2018  - Diocesan Mass for Life
1/22/2018  - Evening of prayer
1/24/2018  - Personal Retreat Days
1/24/2018  - The Life of St. Teresa of Avila
1/25/2018  - Study of St. John of the Cross

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