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A Message from Bishop O'Connell: 'Humanae Vitae' at 50
Pope Paul VI is pictured in this undated photo.  CNS photo/Vatican Media

Pope Paul VI is pictured in this undated photo.  CNS photo/Vatican Media

Blessed Pope Paul VI, scheduled to be canonized a saint on October 14 of this year, was the first pope I ever saw in person.  The date was May 25, 1975. The place was St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome at the canonization Mass for Saints Juan Garcia Lopez-Rico, O.SS.T., and Vincenta Maria Lopez y Vicuña. 

I had no particular attachment to either new saint but just happened to be in Rome at the time, prior to entering the novitiate of the Congregation of the Mission (C.M.).  I did have an attachment to Pope Paul VI, however, who was Pope since I first entered the seminary in 1969.  I admired him greatly.
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Friday, July 20, 2018

Bishop O'Connell's Senior Spirituality Day homily
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Recent Galleries, Videos

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

7/13/2018 – PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Rose Parish, Belmar - Strings by the Sea with Msgr. Arnister

7/9/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Inaugural Mass for Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton
7/2/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Inaugural Mass Our Lady of Fatima Parish

7/2/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Inaugural Mass St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish

6/25/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Knights of Malta Mass

6/22/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop hosts retreat for first-time pastors/parish administrators

6/20/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Msgr. Brady Retirement Mass

6/16/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Msgr. Innocenzi honored by John Tatham Assembly

7/13/2018 – PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Rose Parish, Belmar - Strings by the Sea with Msgr. Arnister

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Monday, April 2, 2018
News
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Annual picnic fosters camaraderie among seminarians
Great food and beautiful weather set the backdrop for a special summer gathering of the Diocese of Trenton’s 17 seminarians the evening of July 19. More ...

Friday, July 20, 2018
Society needs Church's 'gorgeous prescriptions for human love,' activist says
NAPA, Calif. -- Americans continue to pursue "this ridiculous path" of "unlinking sex and marriage and kids, while calling what is actually falling apart 'flying,'" said one of America's foremost Catholic feminist thinkers. More ...

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Features
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
NEW YORK -- The exuberant kitsch that was the trademark of the Swedish band Abba lives on in the musical romance "Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again" (Universal). More ...

Saturday, July 21, 2018
'Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived,' July 23, PBS
NEW YORK -- Baseball fans won't want to miss the wonderfully revealing documentary "Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived." More ...

Friday, July 20, 2018
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
FAITH ALIVE: Alternative methods of education
Classical education, a growing trend in Catholic education, begins with the premise that there is objective truth and that faith, reason and a rigorous education lead there. More ...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
July 22 - We all act like we are sheep without a shepherd
Returning from their missionary activity, Jesus takes the disciples away to a deserted place where they can rest, reflect and pray. More ...

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Community Roundup
Radiologic Technology Graduates
St. Francis Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology recently held commencement for its 2018 graduates. Father Carmen Carlone celebrated a graduation Mass in the medical center’s chapel. More ...

Monday, July 16, 2018
Pope Francis
A good Christian shares the Gospel, Pope says
VATICAN CITY -- All Christians are called to be missionaries, concerned more with sharing the Gospel than with earning money or even with being successful at winning converts, Pope Francis said. More ...

Monday, July 16, 2018
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
HOMILY FOR SENIOR SPIRITUALITY DAY
The great gift of growing older is a cherished treasury of memories, memories of family and friends, memories of joyful celebrations and difficult moments, memories that make us laugh and smile, memories that bring a tear to our eyes, memories of a long life most of which has filled decades of our past and which sustain us in the present, for the future. More ...

Thursday, July 19, 2018
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AUDUBON, Pa. -- When he arrived at St. Gabriel's Hall in Audubon nine years ago, Quamiir Trice was in handcuffs. More ...

Friday, July 20, 2018
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'Change is painful'
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Friday, July 20, 2018
What are judges for?
With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court, interest groups and politicians are insisting that any replacement must pledge to uphold the court's Roe v. Wade decision on abortion. More ...

Friday, July 20, 2018
What's Happening
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7/28/2018  - Day of Prayer
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