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Assumption of Mary holds a central place in our faith
PLACE OF HONOR • A stained-glass window of the Assumption is seen in St. Rose Church, Belmar. File photo

PLACE OF HONOR • A stained-glass window of the Assumption is seen in St. Rose Church, Belmar. File photo

Yes, this Wednesday, August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven and the Patronal Feast of the Diocese of Trenton, IS a holy day of obligation. More ...

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Bishop O’Connell introduces Young Saints Web Series
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Bishop O’Connell introduces Young Saints Web Series

Recent Galleries, Videos

8/13/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Walking Pilgrimage to Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa

8/6/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Polish Archbishop visits Lakewood parish

8/2/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Mission: Jersey – Community FoodBank of NJ Southern Branch

8/1/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Mission: Jersey – Teens volunteer in Brick

7/20/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Picnic for seminarians 2018

7/18/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Senior Spirituality Day 2018 in St. Gregory the Great, Hamilton Square

7/16/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- 
Mission: Jersey Isles Community Garden in Trenton


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Monday, April 2, 2018
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Walking pilgrimage is beloved Polish tradition for many
In Poland, there’s a centuries-old tradition in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary where folks from throughout the country would make a pilgrimage on foot to Jasna Gorna monastery in Czestochowa.

People would walk, some for hundreds of miles, some carrying their shoes, some crawling on their knees, until they arrived at the shrine.
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Monday, August 13, 2018
Peace activists' prayer service marks Nagasaki, Hiroshima anniversary
WASHINGTON -- About 30 people from various Catholic organizations came together outside the White House for a prayer service of repentance Aug. 9 for the use of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. More ...

Friday, August 10, 2018
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
The Meg
NEW YORK  -- Forty-three summers ago (incredibly), Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" made moviegoers afraid to go in the ocean, for fear of getting bitten (or worse) by a great white shark. More ...

Friday, August 10, 2018
St. Greg's teens extend service to people of Appalachia
Teens, young adults and adult chaperones from St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, devoted part of their summer to changing the lives of families in Appalachia – and in the process, they transformed their own lives as well. More ...

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Aug. 19 - Jesus is the true food and drink of eternal life
Continuing with last week’s passage, Jesus instructed the crowd that they must eat his Flesh and drink his Blood if they want to share in eternal life. More ...

Sunday, August 12, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: The Sacrament of Matrimony
Christian marriage takes the human dimensions of attraction, emotion, friendship and sacrificial service spoken by the couple in their daily life together and makes them a language that communicates the nuptial love of Christ for the Church. More ...

Saturday, August 4, 2018
Community Roundup
OceanFirst presents $20,000 grant to St. Vincent de Paul
The Ocean/Monmouth County District Councils of St. Vincent dePaul have been awarded $20,000 for the Good Neighbor Grant by OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River. More ...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Pope Francis
Fight scandal by giving witness to the Gospel, Pope tells young people
ROME -- Members of the Catholic Church sin and give scandal, it's true, Pope Francis said, but it is up to each Catholic to live the faith as authentically as possible and witness to the world the love of Jesus. More ...

Monday, August 13, 2018
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Monday, April 22, 2013
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SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: Scouting for faith: Young Italians seek God, vocations on pilgrimage
CAMPELLO ALTO, Italy -- As several Italian cities were issuing Code Red heat-wave advisories in early August, a group of young Italian scouts rented three donkeys and set off walking on a 65-mile pilgrimage across the country's mountainous center. More ...

Monday, August 13, 2018
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Thursday, August 9, 2018
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Columns | Op/Ed | Readers' Letters
Spiritual joy through daydreaming

St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, explains how God often communicates with us: “Good discernment consists of prayerfully pondering the great desires that well up in our daydreams.”

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Why I believe in God
Some of my favorite authors are agnostics, men and women who face life honestly and courageously without faith in a personal God.  More ...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

8/18/2018  - Silent Directed/Private Retreat
8/18/2018  - Retrouvaille
8/18/2018  - Healing Service
8/19/2018  - Blood Drive in Freehold
8/19/2018  - Feast Day Mass and Family Picnic
8/20/2018  - Vascular Screening
8/20/2018  - Annual Golf Classic
8/22/2018  - Personal Retreat Days
8/22/2018  - The Life of St. Teresa of Avila
8/23/2018  - Study of St. John of the Cross
8/23/2018  - The Gospel of Mark
8/23/2018  - Sessions on how to prepare a spiritual will

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Friday, June 15, 2018
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