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For World Mission Sunday, Bishop O'Connell calls on faithful to be a 'voice for mission'

Annually, the next to last Sunday of October marks the Church’s Eucharistic celebration for the Missions, World Mission Sunday.

In his message for this year’s celebration on October 21, Pope Francis explains that “life is a mission.” “Each one of us is called to reflect on this fact: ‘I am a mission on this Earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world’ (Evangelii Gaudium 273),” he writes. Focusing on young people, he notes: “In speaking to you, I also address all Christians who live out in the Church the adventure of their life as children of God.”

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Year of Youth Fest
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Recent Galleries, Videos

10/14/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Youth Event in St. Gregory the Great, Hamilton Square

10/14/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Year of Youth Celebration -- Festival

10/14/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Year of Youth Celebation -- Mass

10/11/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Catholic Schools Mass - Homily, prayers, awards

10/11/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Catholic Schools Mass - Procession

10/11/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Hurricane Michael

10/11/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Mass, Relics of St. Anthony of Padua in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold

10/7/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Respect Life Chain in Howell

10/2/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Blue Ribbon Celebration in St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft

10/1/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Blue Ribbon Celebration in St. Jerome School, West Long Branch

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Monday, April 2, 2018
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Catechetical convocation focuses on teaching role of the family
Recognizing that families are the primary educators in teaching their children about the Catholic faith served as the basis of the Parish Catechetical Leader Convocation held Oct. 18 in St. Isaac Jogues Parish, Marlton. More ...

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Evangelization, community both key for new director of cemeteries

Deacon David O’Connor, the new diocesan Director for the Department of Catholic Cemeteries, is particularly adamant about one thing pertaining to funerals of the faithful – getting the word out about the beauty inherent in the Catholic rite, and how it ministers to both the deceased and those who mourn them.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
New film tells true story of broken marriage restored by God's grace
SAN DIEGO -- Most people will never know firsthand what it's like to see their real-life marital struggles played out on the big screen. More ...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
NEW YORK -- In 2015, Jack Black portrayed real-life author R.L. Stein in the eponymous cinematic adaptation of Stein's phenomenally popular "Goosebumps" series of horror tales for kids. More ...

Monday, October 15, 2018
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
FAITH ALIVE: Part 2: Too distracted to pray the Rosary?
The Rosary simultaneously manages to be one of the easiest and the most difficult prayers of the Catholic Church. More ...

Friday, October 19, 2018
Oct.21 - Jesus points to us today demanding new models of leadership
The sons of Zebedee – James and John – did not quite catch the lesson that Jesus had delivered earlier in his ministry. More ...

Monday, October 15, 2018
Community Roundup
Worthy Cause
Some 400 people attended the 24th annual Taste of Burlington County, raising $60,000 to benefit Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton’s Providence House Domestic Violence Services.  More ...

Friday, October 19, 2018
Pope Francis
Indifference, hatred is the first step to murder, Pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Hurling insults and being indifferent to other people's lives is the first step along the winding path that leads to killing them, at least figuratively, Pope Francis said. More ...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
View stories related to Pope Francis
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
A message from Bishop O'Connell:'We are one body in Christ'
I have written before of my admiration for Pope Paul VI (1897-1978).  With his recent canonization — one of only eight popes in the 2,000-year history of the Church —  much attention has been given to him and his papal teachings. More ...

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Bishop O'Connell congratulates Diocese's five Blue Ribbon schools
As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I am delighted to congratulate the following Catholic schools in the Diocese who have been awarded the coveted “Blue Ribbon” by the United States Department of Education. More ...

Monday, October 1, 2018
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Thursday, October 18, 2018
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: Actress says film captured St. Romero's humanity, inner struggle, courage
SAN DIEGO -- Over the years, Ana Alicia has seen her past television and film work rebroadcast, introducing the actress to new generations of fans. More ...

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Child Protection
Our Promise to Protect
The Diocese of Trenton is committed to the initiatives outlined in the U.S. Bishop's Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in regard to the reporting and investigation of sexual abuse allegations involving minors.

If you have been sexually abused as a minor by a member of the clergy or anyone representing the Catholic Church, or if you know of someone who was, you can report that abuse through the diocesan Abuse Hotline.

To report the sexual abuse of minors call our hotline 1-888-296-2965 or email us at

Please note: The Diocese of Trenton reports any allegations of sexual abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Anyone with an allegation is also encouraged to provide that information to local law enforcement authorities.

To read more about Child Protection efforts in the Trenton Diocese, click here.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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At 75, Catholic Relief Services continues to change lives
Catholic Relief Services turns 75 this year and we would like to express our gratitude for the aid they consistently bring to those in desperate circumstances around the globe. More ...

Thursday, October 18, 2018
The potential for good in ordinary lives
Well, it’s that time of year again! No, I don’t mean pumpkin spice season. More ...

Monday, October 15, 2018
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

10/27/2018  - Marian Conference
10/27/2018  - Traveling Guadalupe Torches
10/27/2018  - Ministry of Consolation
10/29/2018  - Lumen Center Presentation
10/29/2018  - Author William Paul Young presentation
10/30/2018  - The Ignatian Way
10/30/2018  - Evangelization series in Holmdel parish
10/30/2018  - Bereavement Support Group
10/30/2018  - Walking With Purpose Catholic Faith Study
10/31/2018  - The Maturing of Your Soul
10/31/2018  - Book Dicussion Series
10/31/2018  - The Life of St. Teresa of Avila
11/1/2018    - Healing Program for Separated and Divorced
11/2/2018    - Mammography Van
11/2/2018    - All Soul's Day Mass
11/2/2018    - Co-ed recreation basketball
11/2/2018    - Pocketbook Bingo

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Friday, October 19, 2018
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