Never had our world heard better news than that spoken by the Angel Gabriel to an innocent Jewish maiden, barely a teenager, in today's Gospel from St. Luke. Centuries of longing of the Chosen People of God came to an end as the Angel announced to Mary, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." More ... Thursday, December 8, 2016
As he walked along the streets of Trenton, shoulder to shoulder with his brothers and sisters in faith, Deacon Benito de Jesus Torres smiled and turned around in a little dance to the sounds of mariachi music.
“This shows the community that God wants us to come together – we are one Church, not churches,” Deacon Torres, liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the Hispanic community, said with a smile as he walked alongside the hundreds from around the Diocese who came together in pilgrimage to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“God calls us to remember we are one family,” he said.
And the faithful – some playing traditional Mexican music on brass horns while others carried roses, Mexican flags, banners of Our Lady of Guadalupe and of course, the torches adorned with ribbons from parishes of all four counties of the Diocese – seemed to do just that.
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., was able to spend time with seminarians of the Diocese who are attending St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., when he took part in a Mass and Rector’s Dinner Nov. 30. Accepting an invitation from Bishop Timothy Senior, seminary rector, Bishop O’Connell served as principal celebrant and homilist for the Mass, which was attended by scores of representatives of the seminary community.
Bishop O’Connell explained to The Monitor that Bishop Senior and the seminary faculty invite bishops who send seminarians to St. Charles Borromeo to celebrate Mass and attend the dinner that follows. The Diocese of Trenton currently has seven men studying at the Philadelphia-based seminary, as well as Father Joel Wilson, a priest of the Diocese, who serves on the seminary faculty. More ... Thursday, December 1, 2016
Amidst the busy holiday season, women throughout the Diocese of Trenton are invited to spend a day with fellow Catholic women to rest, reflect and connect with their faith.
The Diocese of Trenton Catholic Charismatic Renewal will host its third annual Women’s Conference Dec. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in St. Mary Parish, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Road, Middletown. More ... Wednesday, November 30, 2016
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, think about contributing to a worthy cause today, also known as #Giving Tuesday, and give to Catholic education here in the Diocese of Trenton. More ... Tuesday, November 29, 2016
It is a wonderful coincidence that our celebration of Thanksgiving occurred before the First Sunday of Advent.
Although not a liturgical feast, it is appropriate on Thanksgiving that we bowed our heads in grateful prayer to God before beginning a new Church year. It is not without significance that part of our Thanksgiving this year included gratitude to God and to so many of our fellow parishioners for our efforts in the Diocese to embark upon a thoughtful process to renew our Diocese through the “Faith In Our Future” initiative. More ... Monday, November 28, 2016
In an effort to foster spiritual growth and integral formation, more than 250 Hispanic ministry coordinators from throughout the Diocese attended a daylong workshop Nov. 19 in the gymnasium of St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.
Jodie D’Angiolillo likes to use the example of building a bonfire when describing what it’s like to evangelize others. Arranging the wood and sticks appropriately in order to get the fire to start and then climb can be an analogy for the preparation one must make in helping people come to know Jesus. More ... Monday, November 21, 2016
As the Extraordinary Jubilee of the Year of Mercy drew to a close Nov. 20, hundreds joined with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Freehold in a sweeping Diocesan farewell to the months of special devotion Pope Francis described as the “very foundation of the Church’s life.”
While in Baltimore for the U.S. Bishops’ Fall General Assembly, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., took the opportunity to visit with seminarians of the Diocese who are studying either at Mount St. Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md., or St. Mary Seminary, Baltimore. More ... Friday, November 18, 2016
Father Arian Wharff, parochial vicar in St. Theresa Parish, Little Egg Harbor, preached about unity during his homily Nov. 13 as the parish welcomed the Ocean County La Antorcha Guadalupana. More ... Thursday, November 17, 2016
As churches in each county of the Diocese continue to celebrate Las Antorchas Guadalupanas – a series of traveling torch lightings leading up to the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – many are gearing up for the Diocese-wide pilgrimage Dec. 3 in Trenton that will bring the torches together.
As the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy comes to a close, the Holy Doors in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, also closed along with those in hundreds of churches and basilicas around the world. A Mass to mark the closing of the Holy Door in the Cathedral was celebrated Nov. 13.
Resounding messages of honor and gratitude were heard – and experienced – Nov. 11 and in the days preceding as those across the Diocese marked Veterans Day and celebrated the servicemen and women who have given much to protect the country. More ... Thursday, November 17, 2016
What does it mean to truly be a disciple of Christ? What are the characteristics of a disciple? Discipleship certainly is not easy, but with guidance and formation, we are all called to give our best attempt. More ... Tuesday, November 15, 2016