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At Rite of Election, Bishop assures catechumens 'time of fulfillment' is at hand
Called By Name -- During the Rite of Election held  Feb. 18 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, godparents place their hands on the shoulders of their catechumen as they give witness to Bishop O'Connell of their catechumen's intention to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the coming Easter Vigil. Craig Pittelli photos
Called By Name -- During the Rite of Election held  Feb. 18 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, godparents place their hands on the shoulders of their catechumen as they give witness to Bishop O'Connell of their catechumen's intention to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the coming Easter Vigil. Craig Pittelli photos
On the First Sunday of Lent, Dean Lentz took a giant step toward honoring a promise he made 23 years ago. More ...
Monday, February 19, 2018

Witnesses give testimony to God's mercy during Catholic men's conference

God never tires of showing mercy. That was one of the messages more than 600 men witnessed Feb. 24 at the 21st annual Catholic Men for Jesus Christ Conference in St. Gregory the Great Church, Hamilton Square.

“We are in the season of Lent. What better time than this time of penance and grace to give some thought to mercy, to ask for mercy, to show mercy: at home, within your family; at work, with your co-workers; at Church, within your parish; in the neighborhood, with the community; in life, within all you experience,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., said in his homily.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
CBA networking dinner includes encouraging words on family, youth by Bishop O'Connell

“I see it every year at these events,” Christian Brother Frank Byrne, president of Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, explained. “You see guys walk in who graduated in the 70s, 80s, 2000s, not quite sure of what to say. Then in 20 minutes, they are all swapping stories just like they did back in the cafeteria at school. That is how strong the brotherhood is with CBA alumni.”

On Feb. 22, more than 100 graduates of CBA gathered in Beacon Hill Country Club, Middletown, to celebrate that brotherhood at their annual networking event.

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Bishop holds meetings to discuss teen suicide, addiction
St. Paul’s second letter to the people of Corinth, Integrity in the Ministry, stresses, “For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ. But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us (2 Corinthians 4:6-7).” More ...
Friday, February 23, 2018
What are the Rite of Sending and Rite of Election?
When adults wish to become members of the Catholic Church, they must participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA. More ...
Friday, February 23, 2018
Faithful called to support special collection for Catholic Relief Services
During the weekend of March 10-11, parishes across the Diocese of Trenton will be called upon to support the national collection for Catholic Relief Services. More ...
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Catholic University receives $111K from Diocese's faithful
People from throughout the Diocese once again showed their generous spirit and commitment to supporting faith-based higher education through their participation in an annual collection to benefit The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. More ...
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Former Columbine principal shares faith, lessons learned in years since school shooting

Frank DeAngelis may have illustrated his talk Feb. 13 at Georgian Court University with a slide presentation, but he never relied on notes to tell the story of Columbine High School.

He didn’t have to.

Throughout his two-and-a-half hour talk at the Lakewood institution, it was clear that DeAngelis, the principal who steered the Colorado High School community through its darkest hours, remembers every moment of the tragedy that began unfolding April 20, 1999.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Pope says Paul VI will be declared a saint this year
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis told pastors in the Diocese of Rome that Blessed Paul VI would be canonized this year. More ...
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Annual Catholic Appeal highlights the work done in love

Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Mary Agnes Ryan made something of a confession when she spoke about her vocation during the Diocese of Trenton’s Annual Convocation for Religious.

“The love of my life is Jesus Christ, and for 52 years, with his grace, I have responded to his call to go where he wanted me to go, for as long as he’s wanted.”

That reflection from the diocesan director of the Department of Catechesis was one of many “Stories of Love” that are featured in the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal.

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Friday, February 16, 2018
At Mass of the Holy Spirit, GCU community prays for the wisdom to be followers of Jesus

From the moment the over-capacity crowd of Georgian Court University, Lakewood, students, faculty and staff started gathering in Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel for the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., it was clear that observances and obligations would unfold with reverence and enthusiasm.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
New program encourages families across Diocese to pray for vocations
As a way to involve and encourage parishioners in the Diocese to pray for vocations in their daily lives, Father Daniel Swift, an assistant diocesan director of vocations, has developed a Pray for Vocations program. More ...
Friday, February 9, 2018
GCU's Week of Love to feature Mass with Bishop, Columbine principal talk
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will celebrate a Mass of the Holy Spirit at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel at Georgian Court University, Lakewood – part of the school’s Week of Love observance planned for Feb. 8-15. More ...
Friday, February 9, 2018
Eagles have a fan in Bishop O'Connell
Bishop David M. O’Connell’s Philly roots were on display over the last few weeks, as the Philadelphia Eagles prepared for, and then won Super Bowl LII. More ...
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Annulment Information Evenings scheduled
The diocesan Office of Canonical Services and Tribunal will hold Annulment Information Evenings in parishes throughout the Diocese. More ...
Thursday, February 8, 2018
CYO Mercer director to be honored as Professional of the Year
The New Jersey Recreation and Park Association has chosen to bestow its 2018 Professional of the Year Award on Tom Mladenetz, executive director of Catholic Youth Organization of Mercer County. Mladenetz will receive the award during the NJRPA’s annual awards dinner March 6 in Atlantic City. More ...
Thursday, February 8, 2018
New episcopal appointment announced
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced the following appointment:Father Pablo Gadenz More ...
Thursday, February 8, 2018



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