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A Message from Bishop O'Connell: Giving Thanks
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The Greek root of the word “Eucharist” means “thanksgiving.” Every celebration of the Eucharist is a thanksgiving for the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ as the priest consecrates bread and wine, transforming them into Christ’s Body and Blood. We should, indeed, be grateful for this greatest of all gifts.

In the American vocabulary, however, the word “thanksgiving” usually conjures up images of family gathered around a table sharing turkey and all that goes with it every year on the fourth Thursday of November. This feast has a history rooted in the celebration of the newly arrived pilgrims’ first autumn harvest in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621. All kinds of meats, fruits and vegetables were shared by pilgrim families and members of the native Wampanoag Indian tribe, who helped the first settlers learn to farm and hunt in this new land. Their “thanksgiving meal” probably bears little resemblance to the holiday we have come to know, but both have thanksgiving to God for his abundant blessings as their motivation.
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Our Diocese Today
Bishop O'Connell wishes faithful a 'Happy Thanksgiving'
For the second year, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., released his Thanksgiving message as a podcast for the Diocese of Trenton’s audio series, “Catching the Word,” and in its traditional print format. More ...

Friday, November 17, 2017
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It can begin innocently enough: a pain that needs to be alleviated or a family habit planted subconsciously. But before long, and without intent, an addiction to drugs or alcohol has formed, leading to withdrawal from family, friends and activities once loved as isolation into a destructive lifestyle takes root.

“Very few people have a ‘Hallelujah’ moment where they realize they need to change their lives,” said Rich Glickstein, director of addictions recovery services for Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Medford parishioner turns heartbreak to heroism
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NEW YORK  -- "Wonder" (Lionsgate) is a beautiful film about ugliness. Its protagonist is August "Auggie" Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a 10-year-old boy born with facial deformities whose misshapen visage becomes a moral Rorschach test for the people around him. More ...

Friday, November 17, 2017
Life of African-American priest told through play 'From Slave to Priest'
CHICAGO -- The life of Father Augustus Tolton already reads like a novel and now it is immortalized on stage with the new play "Tolton: From Slave to Priest," produced by St. Luke Productions from Battle Ground, Washington. More ...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Friday, November 10, 2017
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Monday, November 20, 2017
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VATICAN CITY -- Justice and compassion compel the Catholic Church to work to ensure equality and fairness in the distribution of health care resources and in people's access to them, Pope Francis said. More ...

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Since returning from my deployment in Puerto Rico to work with the Catholic Charities USA Disaster Response unit, I have been asked two questions: “What was it like?” and “What can we do to help?”

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