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Food pantries work to keep shelves stocked during summer lull
HEALTHY ALLOTMENT • Volunteers pack monthly food bags at one of the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, food pantries in February. Food donations during the colder months tend to be more substantial, as illustrated by the full pantry shelves. Photos courtesy of Lisa Thibault 
HEALTHY ALLOTMENT • Volunteers pack monthly food bags at one of the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, food pantries in February. Food donations during the colder months tend to be more substantial, as illustrated by the full pantry shelves. Photos courtesy of Lisa Thibault 
Summer offers many reasons for people to look forward to the season – beach weather, vacation time, relaxed schedules and a break from school. But for many across the Diocese of Trenton, that break presents a very real challenge: hunger.

Food pantries, typically supplied not only by state and federally funded food banks and monies, also rely heavily on the generosity of their neighbors: local parishes, schools and individuals who remember the nutritional needs of the less fortunate during their grocery trips and food drives. While people take a summer break, however, hunger certainly does not.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Decline of civil society, community seen as 'spiritual crisis' for nation
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has initiated the Social Capital Project, a research effort that examines the importance of "associational life," which includes families, religious congregations and other communities. More ...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
In time of intolerance, faithful urged to use Catholic beliefs in public discourse

With Pew Research Center and Gallup surveys showing that political polarization in America has recently peaked, with a rise in violence threatening civility in public discourse, faithful across the nation are being called to respect and trust in dialogue as well as to see education on the Church’s stance in areas of social concerns.

In a recent interview with Catholic News Service, John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, stressed the universal nature of Catholicism, indicating that being an active member of the Church should involve an open-minded approach to dialogue.

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Friday, July 14, 2017
N.J. Catholic schools see budget increases across the board

Gov. Chris Christie has signed the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, and for Catholic schools, desperately needed financial increases are included.

After months of petitions and requests through the New Jersey Catholic Conference – the public policy arm of the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey – and other advocates including the Network for Catholic School Families, the budget signed July 4 provides increased funding levels for nonpublic school transportation as well as nursing, technology and school security.

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Friday, July 7, 2017
Registration for citizenship preparation classes June 13 in Toms River

Donovan Catholic High School, Toms River, is hosting a free citizenship preparation class from June 20 to July 27.

The six-week program assists participants in completing their N400 applications for citizenship and presents the content of  the questions asked at the interview in U.S. history, government and civics. 

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Friday, June 2, 2017
Concern for youth triggers pushback against popular Netflix series depicting suicide

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth in the United States.

Yet, despite its disturbing frequency, an act of suicide, especially among youth, is still met with a gap in understanding, raising the painful question, “Why?”

Perhaps that is part of the reason the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” has become what some refer to as a viral phenomenon among youth.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017



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