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Faithful asked to remember retired religious in annual collection
The Diocese of Trenton will join faithful throughout the country in supporting retired sisters, brothers and religious order priests with a collection to be held in all parishes the weekend of Dec. 9-10. The 30th annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office and benefits some 32,000 aging Catholic sisters, brothers and priests in religious orders across the country.

The U.S. Catholic bishops initiated the collection in 1988 to help address the deficit in retirement savings among the nation’s religious congregations. Proceeds are distributed to eligible congregations to help underwrite retirement and health-care expenses. Roughly 94 percent of donations aid elderly religious.

According to data made available by the NRRO, faithful of the Diocese of Trenton last year gave $328,710.80 to the collection, which was the second highest amount collected among the five New Jersey arch/dioceses. Of that donation, $10,254 was allocated for direct support to the Monastery of St. Clare in Chesterfield. 

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

2017 Guadalupe Pilgrimage
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Collection benefits Retirement Fund for Religious
A special collection to benefit the Retirement Fund for Religious was taken up during Masses in parishes across the Diocese of Trenton on Dec. 9 and 10. More ...

Thursday, December 7, 2017
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Monday, September 25, 2017
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Thursday, December 7, 2017
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Thursday, December 7, 2017
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Friday, December 8, 2017
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Saturday, December 9, 2017
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Pope Francis
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
From the Bishop: 'Nothing is impossible with God': the message of the Immaculate Conception

A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., for the Solemn Feast of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated on Dec. 8.

Never had our world heard better news than that spoken by the Angel Gabriel to an innocent Jewish maiden, barely a teenager, in the Gospel from St. Luke proclaimed on the Solemn Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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 (Luke 1:28)." 

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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Monday, December 11, 2017
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12/16/2017  - Defending the Faith series
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12/18/2017  - Oremus study program
12/20/2017  - The Life of St. Teresa of Avila
12/22/2017  - Christmas concert

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