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Cohort parishes hold ministry fair
Mini Ambassadors • Students in St. Veronica School, Howell, participate in the Cohort 11 “Building the Kingdom of God” ministry fair held Sept. 9-10 in St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Farmingdale. Photo courtesy of St. Catherine of Siena Parish
Mini Ambassadors • Students in St. Veronica School, Howell, participate in the Cohort 11 “Building the Kingdom of God” ministry fair held Sept. 9-10 in St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Farmingdale. Photo courtesy of St. Catherine of Siena Parish
The parishes of Cohort 11 co-hosted a ministry fair the weekend of Sept. 9-10 to acquaint all three sets of members to the multiple avenues of service to the Church in Monmouth County. More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Keyport parishes set to merge unite in faith, community
Hopes were high that 200 to 400 faithful from Keyport’s St. Joseph and Jesus the Lord Parishes would turn out to mark their upcoming merger with a multicultural Mass and potluck picnic Sept. 10. More ...
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Bishop to celebrate Mass Aug. 13 with multiple parishes at Belmar Beach Gazebo

In an inaugural event for the parishes that comprise Cohort 19, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and faithful from five Monmouth County shoreline parishes will gather for the celebration of Mass at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at the gazebo at Belmar Beach.

The Mass will bring together the parishes of Cohort 19 – St. Catharine-St. Margaret, Spring Lake; St. Rose, Belmar; St. Mark, Sea Girt; Ascension, Bradley Beach, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Avon. Parishioners and guests from all five parishes, as well as from the community at-large, are invited and encouraged to attend.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
After merger, Sacred Heart community places faith in their future
From where Father Dennis Apoldite stood on the grounds of the Mercer County CYO Day Camp in Yardville, it wasn’t the sparkling Olympic-sized swimming pool, spacious tree-lined grounds and ample picnic facilities that caught his eye. More ...
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Last Mass in Holy Angels Church marks end of an era
A mix of emotions was shared by the more than 500 faithful who gathered for the last Mass that was to be celebrated in Holy Angels Church, Hamilton. More ...
Thursday, July 13, 2017
After merger, parishioners from Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton, come together in prayer, fellowship
On a sunny and seasonably warm July 9 afternoon, members of the now former Divine Mercy Parish, Trenton, gathered on the beautiful grounds of the Mercer County CYO Day Camp in Yardville with their brothers and sisters from Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton, where they prayed, shared camaraderie and prepared to journey together as a new community of faith. More ...
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Teams forming, training set for FIOF implementation phase
Now that Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced his decisions regarding parish planning and strengthening, the diocesan-led Faith in Our Future process is moving into its next phase – implementation.

Gearing up in much the same way that the initial consultation process unfolded in the fall of 2015, the newest phase will begin with the formation of parish-based implementation teams selected by the pastor.  The teams, each consisting of four lay, non-staff parishioners and the pastor, are currently being formed, in preparation for workshops and training sessions that will begin in February and run through May.

 
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Thursday, February 9, 2017
Bishop David M. O'Connell's pastoral letter on our future together
As we move into a New Year, the time is right for us to adjust our vision to “new things” for our Diocese.  While what “has been” in our past experience is comfortable, we are a living, changing Catholic community, a changing local Church that is, in St. Augustine’s words, a “beauty ever ancient, ever new (Confessions, X).” More ...
Friday, January 27, 2017
Collaborative parishes sharing the load

The Faith in Our Future decisions announced by Bishop O’Connell this week group the parishes of the Diocese of Trenton into 25 Cohorts of collaborative parishes.  All of the parishes, even those involved in a linkage or merger at some time during the next three years, will be collaborating with neighboring parishes in ministry.

 
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Bishop announces Faith in Our Future decisions

January 2017

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., announced his decisions Jan. 25 in response to recommendations made as part of the Faith in Our Future pastoral planning process.  The eight-step initiative, meant to strengthen and enliven the parishes of the Diocese, has been underway for the last 18 months, involving consultation and conversation ...

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
A summary of the Faith in Our Future decisions
The decisions announced by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Jan. 25, will be implemented over a three-year period (2017-2020) resulting in: More ...
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Standing in the doorway
For many who read this article the beginning may seem strange. Harkening back to my high school years, I remember learning about the ancient Roman god “Janus.”   He is usually depicted as standing in the portal of the doorway of life and having two faces.  More ...
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Parish centers for cultural ministries to serve needs of diverse community

As parishes met individually and in Cohorts during the evaluation and consultation phases of the Faith in Our Future initiative, a priority that emerged was the need to provide for the growing diversity within the Diocese.

 
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Bishop consults with priests, diocesan leaders on planning recommendations

The season of Advent, a time of prayerful reflection and preparation, has provided an ideal setting for the period of consultation that Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is conducting on the recommendations issued in October by the Diocesan Planning Commission. 

The Bishop held a series of meetings throughout early December with different consultative bodies, as well as with priests in each of the counties Dec. 12-16.  In each of these meetings, the recommendations, intended to equip parishes to meet their current challenges and those they will face in the coming decade, were reviewed and discussed. 
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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Bishop receives Faith in Our Future recommendations
Surrounded by diocesan leaders and planners, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., received the product of more than a year’s worth of intense study and hard work by every parish in the Diocese as he was presented the final recommendations in the Faith in Our Future initiative Nov. 10. More ...
Thursday, November 10, 2016
'Guided by Faith': Planning Commission reconvenes to develop final recommendations for Bishop
The Diocese’s Faith in Our Future initiative reached a pivotal phase Oct. 18 as members of the Diocesan Planning Commission gathered in Eatontown for a three-day retreat to prepare final recommendations for parish development.

The retreat began in prayer as the 24 members of the Planning Commission came together for Mass with members of the diocesan staff and the Reid Group, the pastoral planning consultants for Faith in Our Future.
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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Faith In Our Future Monthly Update -- September 2016

Summertime in the parishes of the Diocese of Trenton had a decidedly different look and feel this year.

The typically quieter months of July and August were instead quite busy as parishioners, lay leaders and clergy worked to fully digest and respond to preliminary recommendations that had been made about the future of their faith communities. 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Cohorts discuss Commission recommendations, seek input from parishioners across Diocese

When it comes to working together for the future of the Catholic Church within the Diocese, Mary Ann Figura is optimistic.

“All four priests in our Cohort are committed to this process, and when you have this kind of leadership, it really does flow onto the laity working with them. Their support is contagious,” said Figura, co-chair of Cohort 2, which includes St. Charles Borromeo, Cinnaminson, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Maple Shade, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorestown, and Sacred Heart, Riverton, parishes.

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Monday, September 5, 2016
Monthly Update| July 2016: Preliminary recommendations issued for parish changes, Cohorts to discuss and respond
Faith in Our Future, the pastoral planning process that has been underway across the Diocese of Trenton since Fall 2015, calls for each of the 107 parishes involved to pursue a new course that will lead to stronger faith communities and more effective ministry.

This month, these parishes covering Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties, are getting a clearer idea of what that new course might look like following the issuance of preliminary recommendations by the Diocesan Planning Commission.
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Friday, July 15, 2016
Planning Commission convenes to develop Preliminary Recommendations for parishes

The Diocese of Trenton’s Faith in Our Future initiative entered its next significant phase June 14, as the Diocesan Planning Commission began a three-day retreat and conference in Eatontown to develop recommendations on how best to strengthen parishes.

Made up of 24 persons, the Planning Commission’s work is the third of eight steps in the process that was announced in December by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.  Faith in Our Future aims to develop ways for parishes to work better together at a time when the Diocese is experiencing major shifts in such factors as population, cultural makeup and available priests. 

Faith in Our Future began to take shape in the parishes early this year with parish self-evaluation measures and consultation conducted by Core Teams. 

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Friday, June 17, 2016
UPDATED: FIOF Commission Members bring wealth of experience, knowledge to table
Following are brief bios of commission members, organized by their county assignments, and including a glimpse into their background and vision for the future of the Diocese. More ...
Faith in Our Future Monthly Update for April 2016

DoT_FaithInOurFuture_FN_nlThe month of April was dedicated to the ongoing work of the Cohorts, as they continue to analyze the different realities in place among their parishes and discuss what organizational models might be suggested. 

As the schedule for Step 2 requires, the Cohorts will have met a total of six times between March and May and will be ready to submit their suggestions to the Diocesan Planning Commission by the beginning of June.

During this time, Cohort team members are encouraged by Faith in Our Future leaders to keep their parishes apprised of their work via parish bulletin announcements or other means.  

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Monday, May 9, 2016
Positive feedback shared during Burlington County Cohort training session
Faith in Our Future is about getting parishes to think differently, Msgr. Leonard F. Troiano, episcopal vicar for planning, recently told members of some 20 parish core teams who had gathered to be trained as Cohorts. More ...
Friday, April 8, 2016
MONTHLY UPDATE • Faith in Our Future
The Parish Self-Study Phase of the Diocese-wide pastoral planning process, Faith in Our Future, is well underway with parishioners across Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties invited to offer their input about their faith communities. More ...
Friday, February 26, 2016
Leaders, planners prepare to launch new diocesan initiative
Group by group, question by question, diocesan leaders and representatives of a professional strategic planning group have spent the last two months in a series of meetings about the upcoming diocesan pastoral planning initiative in order to prepare some of the key people who will be involved in the process. More ...
Friday, November 6, 2015



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