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'Crowning jewel' of national shrine - Trinity Dome Mosaic - dedicated
Mosaic tiles depicting the Immaculate Conception and various saints are seen in the Trinity Dome at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The mosaic was dedicated Dec. 8. 
Mosaic tiles depicting the Immaculate Conception and various saints are seen in the Trinity Dome at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The mosaic was dedicated Dec. 8. 
WASHINGTON – The overflowing congregation at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception hardly needed reminding to raise their "eyes to the heavens" during a dedication of the Trinity Dome Mosaic Dec. 8.

When it was blessed during Mass, incense rose above the congregation and bright lights were turned on to give a better view of the newly finished dome that includes the words of the Nicene Creed encircling the base and a depiction of the Holy Trinity, Mary, the four Evangelists, angels and more than a dozen saints connected to the United States or the shrine.
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

2017 Guadalupe Pilgrimage
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Our Diocese Today
Bishop O'Connell celebrates Advent with faithful of Trenton Diocese
Since Advent began Dec. 3, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has been busy visiting the faithful across the Diocese of Trenton and snapping photos along the way. More ...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Recent Galleries, Videos

12/12/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Celebrating Advent 2017 with Bishop O'Connell
12/11/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Mater Dei vs. St. Joseph in NJSIAA Non-Public Group II football championship

12/6/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop's Christmas gathering with retired priests
12/5/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Lighting of Advent candle in Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish

12/04/2017 – PHOTO GALLERY – Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass, Dances
 
12/04/2017 – PHOTO GALLERY – Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage Walk
12/04/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Blessing of Creche at State House
12/01/2017 – PHOTO GALLERY – Pope Francis in Myanmar, Bangladesh
11/28/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Diaconate Rite of Candidacy, Rite of Lectors
11/21/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- 2017 Cross Country Meet of Champions
11/19/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Ritual for Suspension of Use of Holy Angels Church
11/17/2017 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Knights of Columbus honor Bishop
11/16/2017- PHOTO GALLERY -- Hoops for Hope at Notre Dame High

Diocesan Our Lady of Guadalupe pilgrimage 

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Monday, September 25, 2017
News
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Bishop O'Connell reflects on vocations dinner spent with priests, young men of Diocese
In these days leading up to Christmas, it is not unusual to hear the question “What would you like for Christmas?”

I have a pretty big list – four counties worth! – but, if asked, I would be quick to respond, “more seminarians for the Diocese of Trenton!” That wish was evident on Saturday evening, Dec. 9, when 13 local young men braved the season’s first snowstorm and came to my residence in Princeton for dinner and conversation about the priesthood.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Georgian Court University to open satellite campus in Flemington
Georgian Court University, Lakewood, has entered into a partnership to open a satellite campus in Flemington, which would make it the only higher-education institution in Hunterdon County. More ...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Features
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
Franciscans involved in making of 'The Sultan and the Saint' documentary
WASHINGTON -- A moment in time that has been captured in art has now been captured on film. More ...

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Let There Be Light
NEW YORK -- "Let There Be Light" (Atlas) is an evangelical Christian drama with a familiar plot: A wayward sinner, in this case a famous atheist, experiences a change of heart. More ...

Friday, December 8, 2017
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Dec. 17 - The Lord calls us even in our wilderness
We are not a people who live in the wilderness. The hustle and bustle of Central Jersey keeps us deeply attuned to the rhythm of urban life. More ...

Sunday, December 10, 2017
FAITH ALIVE: Advent week two: Promise, prophecy and return

The world needs modern-day prophets like Isaiah who continue to declare hope during bleak times and can remind people that God has not forgotten them. God's promise lives on.

Advent is a time of preparation through repentance. We must admit our sinfulness. Yet, it is repentance born out of hope.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017
Community Roundup
NJ DOH Acting Commissioner Christopher Rinn tours Catholic Charities' ambulatory detox
Opioid addiction doesn’t discriminate but access to treatment does. Low income adults living in New Jersey’s capital city had little hope of obtaining addiction recovery treatment, until the week of Dec. 4. More ...

Monday, December 11, 2017
Pope Francis
Prepare way for the Lord with prayer, acts of charity, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – Advent is a time to make a renewed commitment to prayer and to caring for others, Pope Francis said.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
View stories related to Pope Francis
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
From the Bishop: 'Nothing is impossible with God': the message of the Immaculate Conception

A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., for the Solemn Feast of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated on Dec. 8.

Never had our world heard better news than that spoken by the Angel Gabriel to an innocent Jewish maiden, barely a teenager, in the Gospel from St. Luke proclaimed on the Solemn Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Centuries of longing of the Chosen People of God came to an end as the Angel announced to Mary, "Hail, full of grace!  The Lord is with you (Luke 1:28)." 

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela -- Carlos Etcheray made two wooden sticks dance over the drum as if he had done it all his life. More ...

Friday, December 8, 2017
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Thursday, November 30, 2017
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Commentary
Columns | Op/Ed | Readers' Letters
Reticence and secrecy as virtue
In all healthy people there’s a natural reticence about revealing too much of themselves and a concomitant need to keep certain things secret. More ...

Monday, December 11, 2017
Vocational discernment and anxiety
"The purpose of vocational discernment is to find out how to transform (our choices), in the light of faith into steps toward the fullness of joy to which everyone is called." More ...

Monday, December 11, 2017
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

12/16/2017  - Defending the Faith series
12/16/2017  - Confidential sexual violence advocate training
12/16/2017  - Villa Walsh Christmas Bazaar
12/16/2017  - Retreat for Women
12/16/2017  - A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother
12/18/2017  - Oremus study program
12/20/2017  - The Life of St. Teresa of Avila
12/22/2017  - Christmas concert

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