Honoring Their Founder -- Bishop O'Connell presides over the blessing and dedication of the new Msgr. Dentici Hall, named in honor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish's founding pastor, Msgr. Thomas Dentici. Priests standing behind the Bishop are, from left, Father Daniel Gowen, Co-Cathedral parochial vicar, Father Edward Jawidzik, who served as parohial vicar in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish for some 16 years, Father Michael Wallack, priest secretary and master of ceremonies to Bishop O'Connell, and Msgr. Sam Sirianni, Co-Cathedral rector. Photo from St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Facebook page
It was standing room only and then some Sept. 17 as hundreds joined Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., at Freehold’s Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine, to witness the blessing and rededication of the newly named Msgr. Thomas F. Dentici Hall.
The hall, built 42-years ago by Msgr. Dentici, the founding pastor, will serve, as Bishop O’Connell noted in his proclamation, not only as a hub for parish events but diocesan liturgies and programs.
And the ceremony in the wide expanse of the hall on the feast of the Co-Cathedral’s patron saint, brought to a joyous conclusion a three-month, general renovation project that had spanned the summer and included installation of new floor tiles, walls, upgrades to the electrical systems, kitchen and audio-visual systems.
MEXICO CITY – A Catholic bishop and a Caritas worker in Mexico said the situation was extremely serious after the Sept. 19 earthquake, and much aid would be needed.
"The situation is complicated, because the first earthquake (Sept. 7) had already affected thousands of people in Chiapas and Oaxaca," Alberto Arciniega, head of communications for Caritas Mexico, told Catholic News Service Sept. 20. "The church is continuing to assist those dioceses, but with what happened yesterday, the emergency situation is being re-evaluated to get a more exact assessment of the aid that is needed."
Reflecting on the Parable of the Lost Sheep when the Shepherd leaves behind his flock of 99 and goes out in search of the one who is lost, Vincentian Father Martin McGeough urged priests of the Diocese to remember that they are shepherds who have been called to go out and find the lost sheep in their communities and bring them back into the fold. More ... Friday, September 15, 2017
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and some 140 priests have gathered for three days of rest and renewal during the annual Convocation for Priests being held Sept. 12-14 in Galloway. More ... Wednesday, September 13, 2017
With smiles, song and worship, dozens of members of the Trenton Cursillo movement, many sporting vests brightly embroidered with religious symbols and phrases, gathered Sept. 8 for Mass and to celebrate the installation of a new secretariat of officers.
In his homily, Father Edward H. Blanchett, pastor of Visitation Parish, Brick, and chaplain to the Trenton Cursillo, drew a parallel between the genealogy of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew and the aims of the Cursillo movement. More ... Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Those attending weekend Masses in St. George Church, Titusville, were reminded of the miracle of creation Sept. 2-3, as artwork by parishioners along with a 36-inch globe with an image of the earth taken were displayed in the church.
“This is a time to bring people to focus on God’s gift of creation,” Msgr. Vincent Garland said before the 11 a.m. Mass Sept. 3, speaking of the Season of Creation, which runs from Sept. 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, through Oct. 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
Catholic men discerning a possible call to serve the Church as a Permanent Deacon are invited to attend one of two information sessions to be held Sept. 27 and Oct. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Diocesan Chancery, 701 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017
Diocesan leaders and ministry coordinators will have a unique opportunity Oct. 6 to learn about FORMED, a Catholic resource for evangelization and faith formation, during the FORMED Diocesan Evangelization Conference. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017
With an eye toward ministering to the Hispanic population of the Trenton Diocese, the Office of Pastoral Life and Mission and Hispanic Ministry Initiatives is sponsoring a diocesan V Encuentro retreat Sept. 30. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017
Registration is now open for 12 diocesan workshops in pastoral care, hosted at the Diocese of Trenton Chancery and Pastoral Center, 701 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will serve as principal celebrant of the second annual Monmouth County Red Mass at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in St. Michael Church, West End. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017
As the Diocese and its parishes enter the homestretch of the multi-year endowment campaign, Faith To Move Mountains, there is cause for both profound gratitude and great hope for the future of the Church of Trenton.
The numbers attached to the campaign reflect a true success story that has played out in the Diocese’s 107 parishes across Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. With pledges nearly reaching $70 million from 22,709 donors as of Sept. 5, Faith To Move Mountains has achieved nearly 94 percent of its $75 million goal. Of the almost $70 million, more than $31 million has been collected to date. With 38 parishes still in the campaign process and other plans for alternative giving, there are good signs that the campaign will not only reach, but surpass its goal. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017
The Diocese of Trenton Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will hold a spiritual assembly celebrating the society’s 400th anniversary Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson.
The event will feature the celebration of Holy Mass by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and a Communion breakfast.
Pope Francis designated September 1 – Friday this year – as a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.”
In his message of September 1 last year, the Holy Father explained that he has done so to “offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live (para. 1).” His purpose – and our purpose as Catholics and Christians in following his lead – is no more complicated than that.
Ask Irene Gallagher of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Avon, about the striking banner she created for the Mass celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in the Belmar gazebo Aug. 13, and she promptly speaks about the man from whom she drew great inspiration for its design – St. John Paul II. More ... Friday, August 25, 2017
Time seemed to stand still at 2:44 p.m. EST in the Diocese of Trenton, as those from Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties looked to the heavens for the partial eclipse of the sun Aug. 21.
Though millions across the nation saw everything from a full eclipse to a partial viewing, it was reported locally that about 80 percent of the sun was covered as the moon crossed its path.
Among those wearing special viewing glasses was Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., who stood on the steps at the diocesan Chancery in Lawrenceville, and a group of youngsters who attend the Mercer County CYO camp in Yardville. More ... Thursday, August 24, 2017