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Faith Online FORMED conference introduces parish leaders to new evangelization tools
Wealth of Information -- Sean Dalton, director of parish evangelization for the Augstine Institute leads a PowerPoint presentation on Formed, an online resource for parish ministry. Joe Moore photos
Wealth of Information -- Sean Dalton, director of parish evangelization for the Augstine Institute leads a PowerPoint presentation on Formed, an online resource for parish ministry. Joe Moore photos

Global connectivity is here to stay, a way of life that was only science fiction a few short years ago. More ...
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Catholic Charities in Lakewood gets $5K to help military families

Catholic Charities’ Ocean Community Services in Lakewood has received a $5,000 grant from OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River in order to help meet the basic needs of veterans and local service men and women – active and retired – and their families who are struggling financially.


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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Diocese to live stream the Catholic Schools Mass
On Thursday, Oct. 12, every seat in every pew of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral will be filled with students, educators and volunteers, all gathered from every corner of the Diocese of Trenton for the annual Catholic Schools Mass with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.  But those who want to view the Mass, will be able to do so via live video stream on the Diocese’s websites. More ...
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Diocese's new Respect Life coordinator has sights on education
Rachel Hendricks has always believed life begins at conception. But it wasn’t until she began to take notice of legislation moving through the state Legislature on embryonic stem cell research nearly 15 years ago that she felt called to make her voice heard. More ...
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Life Chains in Diocese promote sanctity of life
In recognition of October being Respect Life Month, Life Chains were held throughout the country as quiet witness for the dignity of human life. In the Diocese of Trenton, one such demonstration was held outside St. Veronica Parish, Howell, Oct. 1 on busy Route 9. More than 50 individuals from the parish, other faith traditions and the community at large assembled in front of the church’s grounds. More ...
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Walk of Hope generates more than $15K for Catholic Charities
The fourth annual Walk of Hope to support Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, boasted more than 100 participants the morning of Sept. 30, who came to show their solidarity with those in need throughout the Diocese’s four counties. More ...
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Hard work, strength honored at Catholic Charities gala

For organizations like Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, transformation as the fruit of faith and hard work is always the goal.

It has been no different for Lauren Cieloscik, whose tenacity and courage led her from a life of seemingly insurmountable obstacles to the recipient of Catholic Charities’ 2017 Client Achievement Award.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
At annual conference, Diocese's PTA members recharged in vision, ministry
Stories of success and words of affirmation were appreciated by all who attended the 92nd annual conference of the Trenton Diocesan Council of Parent-Teacher Associations held Sept. 30 in Toms River. More ...
Friday, October 6, 2017
Bishop urges 'Ministers of the Law' to respect life

A centuries-old tradition invoking the Holy Spirit to guide all those who seek and administer justice was continued Oct. 1 at the second annual Monmouth County Red Mass in St. Michael Church, West End.

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Friday, October 6, 2017
Father McGeough begins new ministry in Emmitsburg parish
Ask Vincentian Father Martin McGeough what he enjoyed most about ministering in the Trenton Diocese and without missing a beat he says “going to jail.” More ...
Friday, October 6, 2017
Hispanic ministries gather for V Encuentro to share faith, build best practices

Three months ago, Ninfa Lazo González managed to convince a distraught and pregnant young woman not to take her own life.

It was about 3 a.m., and González was a few miles from her Princeton home, in her pajamas, having driven to the young woman upon receiving a desperate phone call.

González, a social worker and Hispanic ministry coordinator in her parish, St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, relied on her professional expertise and her faith-filled ministry experience to convince the young woman not to take her own life, or the one of her unborn child.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017
NJ Catholic Charismatic Renewal focuses on conversion, grace during 50th celebration
“Come Holy Spirt, let the fire fall,” more than 650 faithful sang jubilantly as they gathered Sept. 23 in St. Mary Mother of God Church, Middletown. More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Diocese's generous support aids those in Holy Land, draws appreciation
A letter sent from the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land in September to Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., recognized the support of the Diocese of Trenton for the 2017 Pontifical Good Friday Collection.  More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Faithful around Diocese bring pets to church for blessings
Seeking the protection of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, many parishes around the Diocese of Trenton have been holding pet blessing ceremonies on or around the 12th-century saint’s Oct. 4 feast day. More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Convocation for Consecrated Life offers time for women and men religious to be spiritually renewed

Little Sister of the Immaculate Conception Lucy Ptak remained deeply in prayer after Mass inside the nave of Lawrenceville’s St. Ann Church Sept. 30.

“We need time to focus on contemplation,” said Sister Lucy, director of faith formation in Incarnation-St. James Parish, Ewing.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017
Biblical scholar Jeff Cavins visiting Diocese to help faithful understand the Word

Like any good book, lose the narrative and the reader goes with it.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Bishop hears immigrants' stories as 'Share the Journey' launches in Diocese of Trenton

Wearing a crisp light blue shirt and turquoise tie, Kevin wiped the back of his hand across his eyes, trying to stop his tears.

“It’s hard to see my parents struggle,” the young Catholic high school teen said. “I’m really grateful to them; they’ve sacrificed so much for me and my brothers.”

Kevin, who said his father works diligently in construction and his mother is employed with a catering business, has two younger brothers, ages 6 and 4. Though his brothers were born in America, the youngster from Mother of Mercy Parish, Asbury Park, is one of the 800,000 “Dreamers,” or youth brought illegally to the United States as minors. His parents emigrated from Mexico to America when he was only six.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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