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Tenebrae Service to return in Holy Week
HOLY DARKNESS • St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake, shines in solemn candlelight as Bishop O’Connell leads the Tenebrae Service in March 2016. Jeff Bruno photo
HOLY DARKNESS • St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake, shines in solemn candlelight as Bishop O’Connell leads the Tenebrae Service in March 2016. Jeff Bruno photo
Reviving an ancient service that calls to mind the Passion in a darkened setting, the Diocese of Trenton’s Office of Worship will once again sponsor a Tenebrae service April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake. More ...
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mass of Chrism, a symbolic Holy Week liturgy
As Holy Week and the days leading up to the great celebration of Easter unfold, of that week of that week is an especially graced time for members of the diocesan family as they gather for the annual Mass of Chrism. More ...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Catholic Charities' Fix-It coordinator gets national award for helping seniors
John McCrone may have received national recognition from the American Red Cross, but he’s the first to admit his work with seniors was, and continues to be, a team effort. More ...
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Red Cross calls for blood donations in wake of March snowstorm
In wake of the March 14 snowstorm that pummeled the East Coast, the American Red Cross is calling for all eligible blood and platelet donors to give in order to help offset the shortfall in donations. More ...
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Diocesan Chancery closed

Due to the snowstorm, the diocesan Chancery in Lawrenceville, is closed on Tuesday, March 14. The staff from the diocesan Office of Communications and Media offers prayers that all remain safe and exercise utmost caution during the storm.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Catechetical conference gives tools to help engage families in their Catholic faith

In the eyes of the Catholic Church, the most effective means for catechizing children is if their parents are involved in the process. But it’s often challenging for parents to truly appreciate what that means and what the Church is asking them to do.

The ways in which the Church can assist parents in their role as the primary educators of the faith was a focus of a diocesan formation day for parish catechetical leaders, catechists and Catholic school educators hosted by the diocesan Department of Catechesis March 11 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017
Faith leaders, lawmakers come together in Burlington County to combat hate
In the wake of an increasing number of anti-Semitic threats and vandalism, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Maple Shade, hosted “Burlington Unites” March 2 – an interreligious evening of dialogue that featured local church and faith leaders, lawmakers and community members speaking out against bigotry and hate. More ...
Friday, March 10, 2017
Diocese's new website geared to building relationships
St. Ignatius of Loyola adopted an ancient rule of the pilgrim: the person accompanying the pilgrim must walk at his or her pace, not going on ahead, not falling behind.

In other words, meet people where they are.
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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Diocese's Encuentro team takes Hispanic ministry lessons to parishes
As Catholics throughout the United States have been preparing for the next Hispanic outreach summit known as Encuentro, the Diocese has been doing its part by preparing its own team as well as taking its training to the parish level. More ...
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Diocesan teams face off for basketball tournament titles
One overtime wasn’t enough for the boys’ junior varsity basketball team from St. Catharine, Spring Lake, to overtake a tough squad from St. Gregory the Great, Hamilton Square, for a Diocesan Basketball Tournament title March 5 in the CYO’s South Broad Street Center, Trenton. More ...
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
'You Are Mine' -- At Rite of Election, Bishop reminds catechumens that they have been called by God to become Catholic
For Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., it was a “great thrill” for him to see a filled St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, the afternoon of March 5, the First Sunday of Lent and welcome the 196 catechumens who gathered with their godparents, sponsors and family members for the Rite of Election. More ...
Monday, March 6, 2017
Bishop allows transfer of abstinence requirement for those attending Catholic-sponsored St. Patrick's Day events
In observance of the March 17 Feast of St. Patrick which this year falls on a Friday, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has addressed questions about the Lenten rule requiring Catholics to abstain from eating meat. More ...
Friday, March 3, 2017
Msgr. Shenrock remembered as a man of great faith and an inspiration to all
Hundreds of parishioners, past and present, gathered with prelates, clergy, family and friends to celebrate the life and legacy of Msgr. Joseph C. Shenrock Feb. 28 in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, where he served as pastor from 1987 until his retirement in 2008. More ...
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Taking Vocations On the Road
Holy Cross Academy, Delran, welcomed Father Michael Wallack, diocesan director of vocations and secretary to Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., Feb. 27. More ...
Monday, February 27, 2017
Catholic Men for Jesus empowered to go 'into the breach'
Most of the hundreds of men who attended the Catholic Men for Jesus Christ rally Feb. 25 in St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, have gone into the breach before. More ...
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Funeral services scheduled for Msgr. Joseph C. Shenrock
Msgr. Joseph C. Shenrock, a priest of the Diocese of Trenton for 63 years and  served as pastor, ecumenist, historian, scholar and author, died Feb. 23. He was 90.

Funeral services will be held in the chapel of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 30 Schoolhouse Rd., Whiting, where he served as pastor from 1987 until his retirement in 2008. The Rite of Reception will be held Feb. 27 starting at noon with visiting hours from noon to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Feb. 28 at 10:45 a.m. in the chapel.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Focus on Annual Catholic Appeal reminds faithful of their baptismal call to evangelize
Faithful from around the Diocese know well that in the early part of each year, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., reaches out to encourage support for the Annual Catholic Appeal, which provides funds for the Diocese “to conduct its work and ministry in service to our parishes and people.” More ...
Thursday, February 23, 2017



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