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Diocese to participate in 24 Hours for the Lord
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., announced Feb. 20 that the Diocese of Trenton will join the worldwide Catholic community in observing 24 Hours for the Lord, an initiative requested by Pope Francis and set for March 9 and 10.

In his 2018 Lenten message, Pope Francis invited dioceses, parishes and faith communities to join him in the initiative for the second consecutive year.  He asked that at least one church in each diocese  remain open for 24 consecutive hours over the prescribed dates.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bishop O'Connell's Ash Wednesday homily
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2/14/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass in Cathedral
2/14/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Ash Wednesday Service in St. Anthony of Padua, Hightstown

2/10/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Anniversary Blessing in St. Alphonsus Church, Hopewell

2/8/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Catholic Schools Week Prayer Service in Donovan Catholic, St. Joseph School

2/5/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Vocation Day in St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach

2/5/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Catholic Schools Week in St. Dominic School, Brick
2/3/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Diocesan Formation Day for Catechists
2/3/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Priests' Holy Land pilgrimage

2/2/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- CSW STEAM event in St. Veronica School, Howell

2/2/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- 2018 Catholic Schools Week Mass in St. Aloysius School, Jackson
2/2/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- LIFE St. Francis Super Bowl Pep Rally

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Monday, September 25, 2017
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Pope says Paul VI will be declared a saint this year
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis told pastors in the Diocese of Rome that Blessed Paul VI would be canonized this year. More ...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Florida school shooting an act of 'horrifying evil,' says Miami archbishop
MIAMI -- Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski urged community members to come together "to support one another in this time of grief" after a shooting rampage Feb. 14 at a Broward County high school left at least 17 people dead. More ...

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
NEW YORK -- While not suitable for the youngest viewers, the spirited biblically based drama "Samson" (Pure Flix) can provide a fine introduction to the Hebrew he-man's story for teens. More ...

Friday, February 16, 2018
'Great work of salvation' begins on Ash Wednesday, Hightstown faithful told
Sitting in the nave of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Hightstown, which was illuminated by the sun shining through the stained glass windows, about 100 faithful who gathered for the noon Ash Wednesday prayer service Feb. 14 were reminded in a unique way about what it means to receive ashes and the start of the Lenten season. More ...

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Feb. 25 - It is indeed good that we are here

Abraham had a very personal relationship with God.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Lenten focus on Repentance
The call to a change of heart and a change of life was a hallmark of the ministry of Jesus, of his forerunner, John the Baptist, and of his apostles. More ...

Friday, February 16, 2018
Community Roundup
Women's health fair scheduled March 3
LourdesCare at New Hanover, a comprehensive outpatient center that offers expert radiology testing and physical therapy services, is hosting a free women’s health fair March 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at 25 Wrightstown-Cookstown Road, just outside the entrance to McGuire Air Force Base. More ...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Pope Francis
Parents who give children up for adoption often are fragile, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- When people are unable to love or accept a child with problems or illness, many times it's because they are too weak themselves to be able to bear someone else's vulnerabilities, Pope Francis told a group of children and young people who are wards of the state. More ...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
Bishop O'Connell's homily for Ash Wednesday 2018
We begin again.  The season of Lent begins with the imposition of ashes on our foreheads in the sign of the cross. The ashes are a “mark of our repentance,” the Liturgy tells us, a sign of blessing upon the “sinner who asks for God’s forgiveness.” More ...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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"A Pope Francis Lexicon," edited by Cindy Wooden, the Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service, and Joshua J. McElwee, Vatican correspondent for National Catholic Reporter, has just been published by Liturgical Press. More ...

Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Thursday, February 8, 2018
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The Oblate Sisters of Providence: An American story
As we observe Black History Month in 2018, examining the early history of the Oblate Sisters of Providence can teach us several important lessons. More ...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

2/24/2018 - Catholic Men For Jesus Christ Conference
2/24/2018 - Buffet Fundraiser
2/24/2018 - Jordan's Roses - Forgiveness & Reconciliation
2/27/2018 - Discussion Series: Navigating the Relationship Maze
2/28/2018 - Personal Retreat Days
2/28/2018 - The Life of St. Teresa of Avila

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