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At Rite of Election, Bishop assures catechumens the "time of fulfillment" is at hand
Called By Name -- During the Rite of Election held  Feb. 18 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, godparents place their hands on the shoulders of their catechumen as they give witness to Bishop O'Connell of their catechumen's intention to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the coming Easter Vigil. Craig Pittelli photos
Called By Name -- During the Rite of Election held  Feb. 18 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, godparents place their hands on the shoulders of their catechumen as they give witness to Bishop O'Connell of their catechumen's intention to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the coming Easter Vigil. Craig Pittelli photos
On the First Sunday of Lent, Feb. 18, Dean Lentz took a giant step toward honoring the promise he made to become Catholic 23 years ago.

In St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, along with 213 fellow catechumens from around the Trenton Diocese, he was called by name to join the elect. They will enter into full Communion with the Catholic Church, receiving the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil on March 31.
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Bishop O'Connell's Ash Wednesday homily
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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
CSW Appreciation Days in Lincroft, Cinnaminson

Appreciation Days are a highlight of most Catholic Schools Week celebrations.

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Saturday, February 10, 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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Joy unburdened by envy and jealousy
In an address to the people of Rome early in his pontificate, Pope Francis said, “A jealous heart is a bitter heart, a heart that instead of blood seems to have vinegar.” More ...

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Investing in young women in the church
In a recent survey conducted by America Media in collaboration with the Center for the Applied Research in the Apostolate, more than 67 percent of all the Catholic women who were surveyed reported that they have never participated in parish ministry. More ...

Sunday, February 18, 2018
What's Happening
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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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