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Bishop at Mass for Life: 'Inalienable rights' not open for interpretation
Precious Gifts -- Two students from St. Rose High School, Belmar, present the gifts of bread and wine to Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., during the Mass for Life he celebrated Jan. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Joe Moore photos
Precious Gifts -- Two students from St. Rose High School, Belmar, present the gifts of bread and wine to Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., during the Mass for Life he celebrated Jan. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Joe Moore photos
Commemorating a day of sorrow for lives lost with hopeful prayers for a changed future, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated the annual Mass for Life Jan. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

“The tragedy of abortion, my sisters and brothers in Christ, has continued to repeat itself millions of times in the last 45 years since the United States Supreme Court rendered its decision in the landmark case ‘Roe v. Wade,’” said the Bishop in his homily. “Today, the anniversary of that wrongheaded judicial announcement ... is an example of the fact that what is legal is not always moral.  ... What is ethically and morally wrong does not always find support in what a judicial body claims to be right and true.  The silent voices of over 53 million souls in the United States alone make the case.”

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Bishop's Homily from the 2018 Mass for Lifein the Cathedral
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1/15/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- MLK Service Project in St. Isaac Jogues, Marlton

1/15/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- MLK Service Day in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral

1/14/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates Mass in St. Hedwig Church, Trenton

1/7/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates Mass for Epiphany in Manalapan parish

1/6/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Epiphany celebration in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral
1/5/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Mercer County CYO Holiday Tournament

1/2/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- New Year's Day Mass with Bishop, Haitian community

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Monday, September 25, 2017
News
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In Chile and Peru, Pope tackles tough issues, urges compassion, unity
LIMA, Peru -- Pope Francis tackled politically charged issues during his weeklong visit to Chile and Peru, decrying human trafficking, environmental destruction, corruption and organized crime in speeches before audiences that included political leaders. More ...

Monday, January 22, 2018
Pope Francis calls for Church with 'Amazonian and indigenous' face

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru – Pope Francis called on indigenous people of the Amazon to work with missionaries and bishops to shape a Church with an "Amazonian and indigenous" face.

The Pope pledged the Church's "whole-hearted option for the defense of life, the defense of the earth and the defense of cultures" and called his audience to work together toward the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, which he has called for 2019.

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Friday, January 19, 2018
Features
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Forever My Girl
NEW YORK -- Most of the characters in "Forever My Girl" (Roadside Attractions), a gentle adaptation of Heidi McLaughlin's romance novel about an aspiring country music star, have a song on their lips. More ...

Friday, January 19, 2018
Courtroom-style talk aims to prove existence of God using law, nature
As often does in Catholic ministry, a budding friendship and common interest in defending the faith has grown into a mission for two parishioners of St. Veronica, Howell. More ...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Jan. 28 - Jesus exorcises the demons that lie within us
At the very outset of Jesus’ public ministry, he enters the Synagogue in Capernaum. Undoubtedly, as there is some evidence suggested in the Gospels that Jesus and Mary had relocated there at some point after the death of Joseph, this was very familiar territory to Jesus. More ...

Sunday, January 21, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Sacrament Series: Eucharist

The third installment of the Faith Alive series on the Sacraments offers insights on the Eucharist, the source and summit of our lives as Catholic Christians.

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Friday, January 19, 2018
Community Roundup
God Does Answer Prayers -- Go Eagles!
This message posted bright and early the morning of Jan. 22 obviously shows how pleased Father Daniel Swift, pastor of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford, and his parishioners are that the Philadelphia Eagles claimed the NFC Championship and are now on their way to Super Bowl LII. More ...

Monday, January 22, 2018
Pope Francis
Fear becomes sin when it leads to hostility toward migrants, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Being afraid and concerned about the impact of migration is not a sin, Pope Francis said, but it is a sin to let those fears lead to a refusal to help people in need. More ...

Monday, January 15, 2018
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
Homily from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., for the Mass for Life, Jan. 22, 2018
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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In the 50-plus years since the publication of the Second Vatican Council's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation ("Dei Verbum," Nov. 18, 1965), Scripture has become a more prominent part of Catholic life, and more Catholics pray with Scripture and participate in parish Bible study programs. More ...

Monday, January 22, 2018
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How can it all have a happy ending?
There’s a line in the writings of Julian of Norwich, the famous 14th century mystic and perhaps the first theologian to write in English, which is endlessly quoted by preachers, poets, and writers: But all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. It’s her signature teaching. More ...

Sunday, January 21, 2018
God's mouthpiece for vulnerable children
Jen Lilley didn’t just play a mom in her recent Hallmark Channel movie “Harvest Love,” she became a foster parent in real life because of her passion for children in the most vulnerable circumstances. Growing up, her family’s home sometimes served as a “safe house” for youth because her father was a judge, and her mother ran a crisis pregnancy center that helped young women going through unplanned pregnancies choose life for their unborn babies – or offered them counseling if they had already chosen otherwise. More ...

Sunday, January 21, 2018
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