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UPDATE: With signs, cheers, energy, Diocese's pilgrims give witness during March for Life
Father Daniel Kirk, left, pastor in St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson, takes part in the March for Life Jan. 19 in Washington with parishioners as well as pilgrims from member parishes in Cohort 2.  Photo courtesy of John Loftus

Father Daniel Kirk, left, pastor in St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson, takes part in the March for Life Jan. 19 in Washington with parishioners as well as pilgrims from member parishes in Cohort 2.  Photo courtesy of John Loftus

In previous years, participants in the annual March for Life showcased their tenacious commitment to the pro-life cause by steadfastly bracing wind, sleet and snow on behalf of the unborn.

This year in Washington, D.C., temperatures in the high 40s helped marchers feel a little less frigid – but no less determined.

“There are ‘Black Lives Matter, ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ but not ‘Tiny Lives Matter,’” said Paul Ordog, a member of Sts. Francis and Clare Parish, Florence Township. “I feel someone has to stand up for those who cannot.”

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Video shows Diocese faithful gathering for respect life events at local, national levels
Faithful from all corners of the Diocese were well represented at the events commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion. Click here to see a video that highlights the various events which included the March for Life in Washington, the Statehouse Rally in Trenton and two Masses for Life celebrated by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M. More ...
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Pro-life leaders decry Senate failure to pass 20-week abortion ban

WASHINGTON – The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities has decried the Senate's failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, and called on senators to "rethink" their stance on late-term abortions.

The chairman, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, called the vote "appalling."

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
March for Life: A conversation with Rep. Chris Smith
Following the March for Life Jan. 19, The Monitor spoke with Congressman Chris Smith, the long-time representative from New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District and member of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square. More ...
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Diocese's faithful take part in statewide Rally for Life in Trenton
Sporting royal blue scarves and ties in pro-life solidarity, people from across the state gathered the morning of Jan. 22 at the State House Annex, Trenton, to make their presence felt by state lawmakers at the annual Rally for Life, sponsored by New Jersey Right to Life.

“Do you think it’s a coincidence that they decided to schedule it today, while we’re having the rally?” said NJRTL executive director Marie Tasy, referring to a hearing concerning two bills before the state Legislature that would determine taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. “We will continue to raise our voices to oppose and resist the use of our hard-earned tax dollars to fund [abortion].”
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Bishop at Mass for Life: 'Inalienable rights' not open for interpretation
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,’” the Bishop said 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
OUR DIOCESE TODAY: In annual Mass, Bishop O'Connell cites inalienable rights' for every human life
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated Mass Jan. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, to mark the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, and the Church’s designation as the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. More ...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
'Love and be loved,' thousands of youth hear at Mass before March for Life

WASHINGTON – The Capital One Arena in Washington, which typically hosts professional basketball and hockey games and sold-out concerts, was filled with thousands of youth from around the country who gathered there Jan. 19 to stand up for life.

The Archdiocese of Washington's annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life preceded the 45th annual March for Life marking the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018
OUR DIOCESE TODAY: Mass for Life in Trenton to be livestreamed; Questions about the flu
On Monday, Jan. 22, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will celebrate the second of two diocesan Masses for Life to mark the tragic 45th anniversary of legal abortion in the United States. More ...
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Diocese's faithful march for life, share personal stories

In previous years, participants in the annual March for Life showcased their tenacious commitment to the pro-life cause by steadfastly bracing wind, sleet and snow on behalf of the unborn. 

This year in Washington, temperatures in the high 40s helped marchers feel a little less frigid – but no less determined. 

“I have the opportunity to see so many students grow in their faith and stand up for what they believe,” said Deborah Flego, moderator of Red Bank Catholic High School’s Respect Life club, Caseys4Life.

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Friday, January 19, 2018
NJ congressman, Hamilton parishioner Chris Smith addresses March for Life

Among the speakers at the Jan. 19 March for Life rally was Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. and a parishioner of St. Gregory the Great, Hamilton Square.

Following is his address to the hundreds of thousands who descended on the nation’s capital to demonstrate for the Respect Life movement:

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Friday, January 19, 2018
Every child 'a precious gift from God,' Trump tells pro-life rally

WASHINGTON – In remarks broadcast to the March for Life from the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump said that his administration "will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life."

He invoked the theme of this year's march, "Love Saves Lives," and praised the crowd as being very special and "such great citizens gathered in our nation's capital from many places for one beautiful cause" – celebrating and cherishing life.

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Friday, January 19, 2018
President Trump to address March for Life crowd live via satellite
WASHINGTON – White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced at her daily press briefing Jan. 17 that President Donald Trump will become the first president to address the March for Life live from the White House Rose Garden via satellite. More ...
Thursday, January 18, 2018
One eve of March for Life, Bishop gathers diocesan family in prayer for life
On Jan. 18, hours before more than 1,000 representatives from the Diocese’s parishes and schools were due to depart for Washington and the annual March for Life, scores of faithful gathered with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, to bid them Godspeed. More ...
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Poll shows a strong majority of Americans want restrictions on abortion
WASHINGTON  -- The annual poll of Americans' views on abortion sponsored by the Knights of Columbus indicates that more than three-fourths continue to want "significant restrictions" on abortion access, even though a slim majority describe themselves as "pro-choice." More ...
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
March for Life events in Freehold, Trenton, Washington promote pro-life stance
Faithful of the Diocese of Trenton will have numerous opportunities to be part of the 45th annual March for Life, the world’s largest pro-life demonstration, through Masses and other events being held within the Diocese as well as the march Jan. 19 in Washington, D.C.

Under the theme “Love Saves Lives,” more than 100,000 are expected to descend on the nation’s capital for the noon march. Closer to home, faithful in the Diocese of Trenton may show their love for life in all its forms at events slated for Jan. 18 and Jan. 22.
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Thursday, January 4, 2018
A list of local parishes, KOC Councils sending buses to March for Life
Pilgrims from across the Diocese of Trenton will participate Jan. 19 in the 45th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., departing on buses from various locations. The following parishes and Knights of Columbus Councils are chartering buses to the March for Life. More ...
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Catholic youth from across the Diocese look forward to March for Life
Among the tens of thousands heading to the nation’s capital for the 45th annual March for Life will be high school students from the Diocese of Trenton on a mission – to give witness to the dignity of human life from conception until natural death. More ...
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Plenary indulgence offered for those taking part in March for Life celebrations
In a letter sent to all U.S. bishops Dec. 20, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington announced on behalf of the Holy See that a plenary indulgence can be obtained under certain conditions and with specific intentions by the Christian faithful who are taking part in the “sacred celebrations, along with the great assembly of people, throughout the whole course of the annual event that is called ‘March for Life’”... More ...
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
March for Life announces location, tentative speakers

WASHINGTON – March for Life organizers announced in a Dec. 6 briefing a tentative group of speakers, a theme and other details for a Jan. 18 conference and expo and Jan. 19 march and rally in Washington.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Annual K-8 Respect Life Contest now accepting posters, essays, memes

Entries are now being accepted for the Diocese’s annual Respect Life Poster, Essay and Photo-Meme Contest for kindergarten through eighth grade.

The 2017-2018 contest theme is “Be Not Afraid.” Participation is open to children enrolled in Catholic grammar schools, parish religious education programs, junior youth programs and home-schooled students.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017



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