Collaborators in Ministry • Father Rene Pulgarin, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Keyport, right, chats with a fellow Planning Commission member during the first of a three-day retreat in Eatontown. John Batkowski photos
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. More ... Thursday, October 20, 2016
On Oct. 23, Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., joined with alumni, supporters and administrators of The Catholic University of America, Washington, where they worshiped together and celebrated their affiliation with the country’s only Catholic university that was founded by the U.S. Catholic bishops. More ... Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Whether it is through parish ministries or outreach to marginalized populations, the Church has long offered care and support to those who are suffering, ill, dying, lonely, grieving, abandoned or forgotten. More ... Monday, October 24, 2016
Faithful from throughout the Diocese joined with the universal Church in celebrating World Mission Sunday Oct. 23 as Father Peter James Alindogan, diocesan mission director, celebrated Mass in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, part of Mother of Mercy Parish, Asbury Park.
During his homily, Father Alindogan spoke of the Biblical story of the tax collector and his feeling true remorse and seeking divine mercy, stressing the importance of spiritual renewal and how it stems from expressions of genuine humility. More ... Sunday, October 23, 2016
On the heels of the canonization of St. Teresa of Kolkata, the Diocese of Trenton has just released a short-form documentary looking back at the 1995 visit of then-Mother Teresa to St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in the capital city. More ... Friday, October 21, 2016
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered in remembrance of all deceased relatives and friends Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery and Mausoleum, 1200 Cedar Lane, Building A, Trenton. Enter the grounds on South Olden Avenue and exit on Cedar Lane.
Though Catholic teachings call the faithful to help heal and comfort those in pain, the fact is that countless men and women struggling with the wounds of divorce often linger in a self-imposed exile, on the sidelines of their faith. More ... Thursday, October 20, 2016
Married couples from throughout the Diocese commemorating their first, 25th, 50th and more years of wedded bliss were recognized and received a blessing from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. throughout October. More ... Monday, October 17, 2016
With a nod to the universality of the Catholic Church and an appeal to the global faith community to support the less fortunate, parishes of the Diocese of Trenton will join congregations around the world in marking World Mission Sunday Oct. 23.
The Year of Mercy may be drawing to a close, but religious priests and sisters who gathered for this year’s Diocesan Celebration of Consecrated Life Oct. 8, agree there will be no stopping the need for its healing quality.
Good Counsel Homes-South Jersey, which provides assistance to homeless, pregnant women and their children, will hold its annual fundraising banquet Oct. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. in The Merion, 1901 Route 130 South, Cinnaminson.
The Diocese of Trenton invites you to watch the live video stream of the annual Catholic Schools Mass with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton. More ... Tuesday, October 4, 2016
The annual Mass, celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., brings together for the only time all year representatives from both elementary and secondary schools from all four counties in the Diocese. More ... Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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.
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.
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