Father Phillip C. Pfleger, pastor, accepts the “Light of Hope Award” for Burlington County on behalf of his parish, St. John Neumann, Mount Laurel. At right is Marlene Lao-Collins, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Trenton; Robert L. Tanzola Jr., the agency’s board of trustees chairman, stands at left.
Susan Parker walked into the Catholic Charities Guardian Angel Dinner Dance with a smile, knowing she would be receiving the organization’s “Client Achievement Award.” But the look of disbelief she wore as the evening came to a close proved she never imagined she would be leaving the gala with a scholarship to Georgian Court University. More ... Wednesday, September 28, 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.
Throughout the past year, the Catholic Church throughout the world has celebrated “The Year of Mercy,” an extraordinary Holy Year proclaimed by Our Holy Father Pope Francis. As this jubilee draws to a close, the month of October, once again, urges us, “moved by mercy,” to respect life. There is no value as important, as fundamental, as essentially merciful as the protection of human life – from conception to natural death – and, yet, we are surrounded by a culture that does not share that value, a “throwaway culture (Pope Francis),” a “culture of death (St. John Paul II).”
It begins in the womb with abortion and can be seen and felt in the way we fail to respect the inherent, sacred dignity of human life in all its subsequent stages. Canonized during this Year of Mercy, St. Teresa of Calcutta once remarked, “We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other.” That is a sad admission and a sad truth.
It is tragic enough that disregard for human life is so blatantly widespread and commonplace everywhere we turn but the fact that it has been justified by and chiseled into our country’s laws is beyond comprehension. What kind of nation have we become? Thomas Jefferson, one of the architects of our democracy, wrote, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” There can be no reasonable doubt, as Pope Francis has affirmed, that “the right to life is the first among human rights.” And life deserves our greatest respect, again from conception to natural death. That is what we, as Catholics, are called to believe.
It is in the local communities of the Diocese – the parishes, schools and other groups – that the most significant part of the Church’s Respect Life ministry unfolds. More ... Friday, September 23, 2016
On a rainy Saturday afternoon in late July, five determined youngsters set up a lemonade stand to raise money for what they considered to be a very important cause. They wanted to contribute toward their parish’s Faith to Move Mountains goal. Their hard work paid off – they raised $500.
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., invites alumni, parents and friends of the Catholic University of America to join him for Mass at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in St. Catharine Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake. More ... Friday, September 23, 2016
In the United States of America, there is no “state religion.” The First Amendment to the Constitution clearly prohibits it. The text of the amendments states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...”
James Madison’s original wording of this text was: “The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any matter, or on any pretext, infringed.”
For the first time, the Trenton Diocesan Council of St. Vincent de Paul is holding membership drives at the diocesan level throughout September in hopes of increasing Vincentian participation across the Diocese’s four counties. More ... Friday, September 23, 2016
The Diocese of Trenton joins the Archdiocese of Newark and all the dioceses of New Jersey in mourning the loss of retired Archbishop Peter L. Gerety, who died Sept. 19. At 104 years of age, he was the oldest bishop in the world. We give thanks for the gift of his faithful ministry and inspiring legacy in the Province of New Jersey. May God grant him eternal rest.
To read about the life and ministry of Archbishop Gerety, click here.More ... Wednesday, September 21, 2016
“Do you love me,” Father Mariusz Koch said softly as he leaned his arms on the podium before him, addressing the 160 priests in attendance – posing not a question, but rather, a reflective statement. More ... Thursday, September 15, 2016
As a longtime Catholic educator who has served on elementary, secondary and university levels, Father Gabriel Zeis said it’s been his fervent desire that the classroom setting “be the place where students encounter Christ.”
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and the diocesan Office of Clergy and Consecrated Life will host a convocation for women and men sharing a vocation to Consecrated Life Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in St. Ann Church, 1253 Lawrenceville Rd., Lawrenceville. More ... Monday, September 12, 2016
The Diocesan Office of Clergy and Consecrated Life will hold a presentation that will include information concerning the role of a deacon, the discernment process and the five-year Diaconate Formation Program Oct. 4 and 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Diocesan Chancery at 701 Lawrenceville Rd., Trenton, for those men discerning God’s call to serve the Church in the Diocese of Trenton as permanent deacons. More ... Friday, September 9, 2016
All those who lost their lives on 9/11 fifteen years ago, especially members of our parishes; All the families and loved ones who were left behind on that tragic day, especially members of our parishes; All the courageous first responders and caregivers, many of whom paid the ultimate price for their courage on that fateful day, especially members of our parishes.