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, Feb. 18, Dean Lentz took a giant step toward honoring the promise he made to become Catholic 23 years ago.
In St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, along with 213 fellow catechumens from around the Trenton Diocese, he was called by name to join the elect. They will enter into full Communion with the Catholic Church, receiving the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil on March 31. More ... Monday, February 19, 2018
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Recognizing the increasing number of Catholics choosing to be cremated when they die and the need to have a resting place where families can bury the urns containing the cremains of their loved ones, the Diocese of Trenton opened its first cremation garden on the grounds of St. Mary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hamilton, Jan. 30. More ... Thursday, February 8, 2018
Once again, the Diocese of Trenton is extending a helping hand toward social service-minded organizations that benefit the poor in the form of a grant named for its seventh bishop. More ... Thursday, February 8, 2018
In response to questions spurred by the current flu outbreak, the Diocese has issued this advisory: With the guidance of the Bishop, it is the role of the pastor to judge whatever measures are needed to ensure the well-being of his parish community and to take every opportunity to remind the faithful that they should refrain from receiving Communion from the chalice if they are ill.
Gathered for a roundtable discussion with more than 100 catechists, international formation-education consultant Sister Patricia McCormack relayed an important message – conveying their own devotion to Jesus is the most important gift they can give their students.
“Books won’t do it if we are not authentic. While we may not have all the answers, we know the one who does know all the answers,” the Immaculate Heart of Mary sister said. “Be people who are willing to share. Smile, that’s very important. Keep in mind that you are here to serve. … If you get criticism, ask [yourself], ‘What’s the message in that? What can I learn from that?”