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At the Catholic Schools Mass, the subject is faith
Praying Together -- Students from around the Diocese pray during the 2017 Catholic Schools Mass celebrated by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., Oct. 12 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. Craig Pittelli photo

Praying Together -- Students from around the Diocese pray during the 2017 Catholic Schools Mass celebrated by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., Oct. 12 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. Craig Pittelli photo

Leaving no doubt about the importance of faith in the lives of young people, Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., opened his homily at the annual Catholic Schools Mass Oct. 12 with a focus on how three children served as messengers of conversion and peace for the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

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10/6/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- FORMED Evangelization Conference

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Monday, September 25, 2017
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Silver anniversary: Making the Catechism shine in the 21st century
VATICAN CITY -- As the Church marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, promoting it as a means of teaching the truth about faith remains a challenge and a priority.  More ...

Friday, October 13, 2017
Catholic Charities in Lakewood gets $5K to help military families

Catholic Charities’ Ocean Community Services in Lakewood has received a $5,000 grant from OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River in order to help meet the basic needs of veterans and local service men and women – active and retired – and their families who are struggling financially.


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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
Story of Creation, farm animals delight youngsters in Medford

Youngsters and their families received a hands-on lesson in creation as more than 30 children rubbed elbows – and a few ears and chins – with farm animals after a lesson on Genesis.

“There are few channels for the little ones to learn about Jesus and hear stories from the Bible unless parents take the time to teach them,” said Father Roy Aris B. Ballacillo, parochial vicar in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford. “Our Littlest Disciples Ministry is a wonderful way to bridge the gap from infancy to Holy Communion, serving not only as a source of fellowship, but also as a way of introducing little children to the love of Jesus in a safe and enjoyable setting.”

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Thursday, October 12, 2017
My Little Pony: The Movie
NEW YORK -- Looking for an instant sugar rush but don't want all those empty calories? Saddle up and lasso "My Little Pony: The Movie" (Lionsgate), a super-sweet animated musical featuring those candy-colored Hasbro toys. More ...

Monday, October 9, 2017
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Oct. 22 - The world continues to challenge the Church to deeper self-awareness
Among the many struggles of being a person-in-the world today is that we walk a line of uncertainty regarding our loyalties and obligations. More ...

Sunday, October 15, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: Devotions and popular piety
Popular devotional practices are not a substitute for the liturgical life of the church; rather they extend it into daily life. More ...

Friday, October 13, 2017
Community Roundup
Catholic Charities and American Red Cross partner to install more than 300 smoke alarms
Nearly 200 Ocean County households in which senior citizens reside, are safer thanks to having smoke alarms installed at no cost through a partnership established in 2016 between Catholic Charities’ Fix It Program and the American Red Cross New Jersey Region. More ...

Friday, October 13, 2017
Pope Francis
Not listening to God's word turns Christians into fools, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Christians who do not really listen to the word of the God and are only concerned with outward appearances are corrupt and idolatrous, Pope Francis said. More ...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
Bishop encourages flock to pray the Rosary
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has issued the following message regarding the Month of the Rosary: More ...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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Monday, October 16, 2017
What's Happening
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10/21/2017  - Day of Healing for Separated & Divorced Catholics
10/21/2017  - Defending the Faith series
10/21/2017  - Confidential sexual violence advocate training
10/21/2017  - Church of Epiphany - Annual Gift Auction
10/21/2017  - Retreat for Women
10/21/2017  - A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother
10/22/2017  - Anniversary Blessings
10/23/2017  - Oremus study program
10/25/2017  - Personal Retreat Days
10/25/2017  - The Life of St. Teresa of Avila
10/25/2017  - A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother
10/26/2017  - Study of St. John of the Cross

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