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Diocesan Year of Youth launches with message of hope by Bishop O'Connell
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 

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.”

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Aquinas Institute exhibit to feature the story of the Diocese of Trenton
John Baptist Satori was the founder of the first pasta-making factory in the United States. Why is this of interest to Catholics? More ...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Evangelization, community both key for new director of cemeteries

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.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Charismatic women's conference coming to Middletown
The “Freedom!”Women’s Conference will be hosted Nov. 10 from 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in St. Mary, Mother of God Parish, Middletown. More ...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Feast of All Souls Masses scheduled
The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, or, Feast of All Souls, will be observed with Masses in two diocesan cemeteries Nov. 2. More ...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Episcopal Appointment
Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., has announced the following appointment:

 

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Friday, October 12, 2018
Relics of St. Anthony draws more than 1,000 faithful to Freehold Co-Cathedral
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
More than 700 gather with Bishop for annual Catholic Schools Mass

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.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Bishop O'Connell blesses anniversary couples from Monmouth, Ocean Counties at annual Mass

“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.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Taste of Burlington County to benefit Providence House
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
Adult Faith Formation ministry training planned for parish leaders
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
Federal official visits CCDOT to discuss opioid crisis

Not too many months ago, Sabrina was pregnant and living in an abandoned house with her boyfriend. Both were using heroin, as they had been for the past six years.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018
Five schools in Diocese receive prestigious Blue Ribbon Schools distinction

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.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018
PTA reps energized, renewed at annual diocesan conference
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
Photo Gallery: Bishop, Cardinal, clergy address addiction symposium in Freehold
Hundreds gathered Sept. 29 with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., to hear how the Church can play a supporting role when it comes to addiction. More ...
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Update: Addiction symposium encourages parishes to help healing wounds

“We recover together.”

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.”

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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Red Mass draws scores of jurists to West End parish

More than 300 came together Sept. 30 to pray for members of the legal profession and judiciary, regardless of their denomination, ahead of the new term for the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We ask God’s blessings, the God ‘in whom we trust’ on the judicial year ahead,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., said during the annual Red Mass.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Social justice, empowerment recognized at annual Catholic Charities gala

Modern day good Samaritans is how Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton staff and honorees were described Sept. 22 at the organization’s annual Guardian Angels Dinner Dance.

“Looking out, I see angels around the tables,” said Vito Nardelli, board of trustees chairman. “Because of you and the work you conduct, no challenge is too great for this agency to overcome.”

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
NJ Charismatic Conference participants learn about five keys of healing

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.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018
Our Duty to Serve-- Vincentians reminded that mission more than humanitarianism, philanthropy

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.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018
Diocesan conference to follow-up messages of V Encuentro
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
Cursillo members enjoy evening of prayer, renewal, fellowship
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
Diocese's faithful joining others in Texas for V Encuentro
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
Student-athletes brainstorm evangelization opportunities in annual CAC meeting
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
Convocation for Consecrated Life
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
'Red Mass' planned Sept. 30 in West End
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



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