A wooden cross specially crafted for the diocesan Year of Youth observance is carried out of St. Mary of the Pines Church, Manahawkin, after the Mass Oct. 14 that was celebrated by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M. Jennifer Mauro photos
Excitement and enthusiasm prevailed in St. Mary of the Pines Church, Manahawkin, Oct. 14 as nearly a thousand youth, ministry leaders, schools and families gathered to welcome the start of the diocesan Year of Youth celebration.
Together, they prayed, shared camaraderie and joined in the celebration of Mass by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and about 20 priests who concelebrated.
“We begin this special year with the Eucharist, our greatest and most important prayer,” said Bishop O’Connell.
In his homily, the Bishop reminded the young people about how the Mass for the Year of Youth occurs simultaneously with the Synod on Youth taking place in Rome, where the Holy Father, Pope Francis, and bishops throughout the world are gathering to talk about “young people, the faith and vocational discernment.”
Deacon David O’Connor, the new diocesan Director for the Department of Catholic Cemeteries, is particularly adamant about one thing pertaining to funerals of the faithful – getting the word out about the beauty inherent in the Catholic rite, and how it ministers to both the deceased and those who mourn them.
Just as in life, when multitudes flocked to hear St. Anthony of Padua preach, so in death, believers show their devotion at his tomb in Italy in the Basilica of di Sant’Antonio, at shrines around the world, in churches during the visitation of his relics. More ... Thursday, October 11, 2018
Wearing bright smiles, students representing 40 Catholic schools from around the Diocese processed down the center aisle of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Oct. 11, proudly carrying their school banners at the start of the annual Catholic Schools Mass.
“All I can say is, ‘Wow!” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., said as he welcomed more than 700 schoolchildren, educators and volunteers to the Freehold church.
“There’s a lot of love in this room,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., said as he greeted married couples celebrating their 1st, 25th, 50th and more anniversaries.
More than 250 married couples from Ocean and Monmouth Counties as well as their families and friends gathered Oct. 7 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, for the first of Bishop O’Connell’s two annual Anniversary Blessing Masses.
Providence House Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, will hold its 24th annual Taste of Burlington County fundraiser Oct. 10 at The Merion, 1301 Route 130 South, Cinnaminson. The event, which will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m., will feature samplings from more than 20 local restaurants, a gift auction and raffle drawing. More ... Sunday, October 7, 2018
A series of ministry training sessions to assist parishes wishing to form Adult Faith Formation teams will be provided throughout the fall months in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold. More ... Thursday, October 4, 2018
Oct. 1 wasn’t just another Monday afternoon in the Diocese of Trenton.
Cheers rang out, balloons arches were created, pom-poms were waved and beach balls were sent flying as five Catholic schools of the Diocese learned their names had been added to the membership of an elite group: the U.S. Department of Education’s 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools.
The more than 100 school administrators, parents and teachers gathered for the 93rd annual Diocesan PTA Fall Conference heard not only how they are a help to others, but how they, too, are angels in their own right. More ... Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Rob Fasoli addressed a crowd of more than 200 with words that encapsulated the recurring themes of relationship and community running through “Breaking the Chains of Addiction: The Role of Catholic Parishes in Supporting Recovery.”
Focusing on the work of Jesus rather than allowing oneself to be intimidated by the aspects of evil highlighted one of the keynote addresses presented at the 51st annual New Jersey Catholic Charismatic Conference held Sept. 21-22 in St. Mary Mother of God Church, Middletown.
Providing loving, compassionate attention to individuals in need – the kind that can only come from face-to-face recognition of the suffering, the poor, the outsider – was at the heart of the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Spiritual Assembly Sept. 22 in St. Martha Church, Point Pleasant.
Those in the Trenton Diocese who are unable to attend the V National Encuentro Sept. 20-23 in Texas will have an opportunity to participate in a different way on the local level. More ... Thursday, September 20, 2018
The Cursillo community in the Diocese of Trenton gathered Sept. 7 in St. Raphael-Holy Angels Church, Hamilton, where they prayed and supported each other on their journeys of faith. More ... Thursday, September 20, 2018
Ten delegates from the Diocese of Trenton will be joining the more than 3,000 Hispanic Catholic leaders expected to gather for the V National Encuentro Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine, Texas. More ... Wednesday, September 19, 2018
From Catholic high schools spanning the Diocese of Trenton, teen leaders of Catholic Athletes for Christ assembled Sept. 18 in the Chancery, Lawrenceville, to celebrate their common ground – faith, and athletics. More ... Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Women and men sharing a vocation to Consecrated Life are invited to attend a convocation hosted by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and the diocesan Office of Clergy and Consecrated Life Oct.13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in St. Ann Parish, 1253 Lawrenceville Rd., Lawrenceville. More ... Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will serve as principal celebrant and homilist of the third annual Monmouth County Red Mass at 12 noon Sept. 30 in St. Michael Church, West End. More ... Wednesday, September 19, 2018