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Toms River schools celebrate the saints and warm up for Year of Youth
Eighth graders in St. Joseph School, Toms River, spent their Oct. 12 school day having the opportunity to teach their younger counterparts about being a saint. Mike Ehrmann photos
Eighth graders in St. Joseph School, Toms River, spent their Oct. 12 school day having the opportunity to teach their younger counterparts about being a saint. Mike Ehrmann photos
From the “Quad” in back of Donovan Catholic High School, to the halls of St. Joseph School and the vast church that bears his name, the saints made their presence felt Oct. 12 as more than 1,300 students celebrated a Saint Day/Year of Youth Kick Off. More ...
Saturday, October 13, 2018

177 Project brings Holy Hour, concert to Fair Haven Parish
As part of a nationwide initiative of Adoration Artists, the 177 Project is coming to Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, Oct. 28, 6:45 to 9 p.m. More ...
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Hightstown parish plans 'Let There Be Health Conference' for November
An awareness that there are many people in the surrounding community who have been ill and are battling many diseases and illnesses was the impetus for St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, to offer a “Let There Be Health Conference” planned for Nov. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. More ...
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Barnegat pastor, parishioner recall emotional visit to Uganda
After a 20-hour voyage, which included two flights and a layover in Brussels, travel-wearied Msgr. Kenard Tuzeneu and Ron Vanadia snapped to as 10 voices boomed “Welcome!” – which was followed by loud high-pitched trills, known as ululations, the African manner of voicing deep emotion.“You’d think a celebrity got off that plane. More ...
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Burlington school featured on Philly game show

St. Paul School, Burlington, had a unique opportunity Oct. 13 to be participants in a half hour game show, “The Class-HRoom,” on Fox 29 Philadelphia, with students competing against their teachers to answer questions about pop culture and academics.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Courtroom-dialogue presentation in Princeton to address apologetics of creation
The origins of the universe will be the topic of a courtroom-style presentation on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the spiritual center of St. Paul Parish, Princeton. More ...
Wednesday, October 10, 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
Cohort 13 learns how to develop habits to becoming dynamic Catholics
Hear the statement, “Our lives change when our habits change,” and chances are people would think about ways to improve their health,  job performance or relationships. More ...
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Vincent's Legacy restructured amid continued growth
As the Vincent’s Legacy furniture ministry continues to expand, organizers have restructured the program and improved systems to bolster its capacity to serve those in need. More ...
Friday, October 5, 2018
Bishop O'Connell celebrates with Altar Rosary Network
More than 200 Rosarians came together to celebrate the 21st area-wide gathering of the network of Rosary Altar Societies of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Oct.  3, in St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville. More ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Parishes observe Feast of St. Francis with special blessings of pets

Each year in and around Oct. 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is observed in various ways by Catholics throughout the world. A popular and beloved tradition that commemorates the saint’s love for all creatures that many parishes and even the Vatican choose to uphold is the blessing of pets.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018
West End parish welcomes community to first Mass in Tagalog
The ancient rituals of the Roman Catholic Church were proclaimed in Tagalog, the language spoken by a quarter of the people in the Philippines, during a Sept. 29 Mass celebrated in St. Michael Church, West End. More ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Unity Mass affirms parish's unification efforts
Since the 2014 unification (merger) of the two parishes that now make up Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish, Atlantic Highlands, a number of changes have taken place in order to help the new faith community put its best foot forward. More ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Marian Conference in North Brunswick
Our Lady of Peace Parish, North Brunswick, will host a Marian Conference entitled “Eucharistic Healing and Deliverance” Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium at 277 Washington Place. Topics will include “The Holy Spirit speaking to the Church; “Discernment: freedom to follow the Holy Spirit,” “Standing firm in the faith,” and “Fatima, a Message of Hope for Today.” More ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Immaculata's new scholarship focuses on affordable education
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'Shining Lights' to be honored at gala
The Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County will honor St. Francis Medical Center, Hamilton, and Kathy and Anthony Lo Bue, members of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, at the 11th annual Shining Lights gala to be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Stone Terrace by John Henry’s, 2275 Kuser Road, Hamilton. More ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Diocesan priests to be honored for work with interfaith care

Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey will be honoring two priests of the Diocese for their commitment to the interfaith organization.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018
Wayside parish plans series on 'Laudato Si'
As a way to inform how Catholics are called to care for the environment, the Human Concerns Social Justice Committee of St. Anselm Parish, Wayside, is sponsoring a series of monthly workshops on Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home.” More ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Holy Cross School scores grant from USTA
The After School Care tennis program in Holy Cross School, Rumson, was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from Net Generation, the official youth tennis division of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). More ...
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
Five schools in Diocese receive prestigious Blue Ribbon Schools distinction

Calling it “an extraordinary accomplishment for the Diocese,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., congratulated five Catholic schools of the Diocese of Trenton that received word Oct 1 that they had achieved the coveted “2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools” designation from the U.S. Department of Education.

St. Catharine, Spring Lake; St. Dominic, Brick; St. James, Red Bank; St. Jerome, West Long Branch, and St. Leo the Great, Lincroft, each received word around 1 p.m.

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Monday, October 1, 2018
'Shining Lights' to be honored at gala
The Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County will honor St. Francis Medical Center, Hamilton, and Kathy and Anthony Lo Bue, members of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, at the 11th annual Shining Lights gala to be held Oct. 11 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Stone Terrace by John Henry’s, 2275 Kuser Road, Hamilton. More ...
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Good Counsel Homes banquet scheduled for Oct. 25
Good Counsel Homes-South Jersey, which provides assistance to homeless, pregnant women and their children, will hold its 12th annual fundraising banquet Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. in The Merion, 1901 Route 130 South, Cinnaminson. More ...
Monday, September 24, 2018
Prince Edward visits Georgian Court University for rounds of tennis

Georgian Court University hosted Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, for a short visit Sept. 13 to the university’s Lakewood campus.

Prince Edward, third son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, visited the university and played Court Tennis as part of a two-week visit to the United States to raise awareness of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award USA.

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Friday, September 21, 2018
West End parish to hold Mass in Tagalog
A Mass in the Tagalog language will be celebrated Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. in St. Michael Church, 800 Ocean Ave., West End. More ...
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Pennington retreat planned
The Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley, which is composed of St. James Parish, Pennington; St. Alphonsus Parish, Hopewell, and St. George Parish, Titusville, will host a retreat, “Encountering Jesus in a Joyful, Vibrant Life of Faith,” Oct. 7, 8 and 9 in St. James Church, Pennington. More ...
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Catechists in area parishes appreciated for devotion to ministry
Parishes around the Diocese observed Catechetical Sunday the weekend of Sept. 15-16, recognizing catechists for the important role they play in handing on the faith to the next generation. More ...
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Leadership summit enriches Donovan Catholic teacher
In the time-honored tradition of sharing summer memories and highlights on the first day of school, at least one Donovan Catholic High School, Toms River, teacher likely gave some of her students a run for their money. 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
Parish to present DVD series
The “Fire of Faith” Spirituality Committee of St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake, will present an eight-part DVD series by Father Jeff Kirby entitled “Kingdom of Happiness” beginning Oct. 3 in the Francis Duffy Hall of St. Margaret Church, 300 Ludlow Ave., Spring Lake. More ...
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
'A Bond Between Women'-- Annual Catholic Women of Zion rally calls for praise, healing
It was a prayer-filled day of personal testimony to faith and healing at the annual Catholic Women of Zion rally as more than 200 women gathered to praise God and honor the ministry’s 29-year history. More ...
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Parishes plan Sept. 11 anniversary observances
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Villa Victoria Academy ceases Lower School, focuses on middle, high school

Another academic year is underway at Villa Victoria Academy, which last year changed its focus to educating solely girls from grades six through high school. The Ewing private school had originally included a Lower School for students from kindergarten through the eighth grade.

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Friday, September 7, 2018
Mater Dei students lead by example at U.N. summit
Representing not only their school’s interest in effective global communication, but also the Catholic Church teaching on being peacemakers, students of Mater Dei Prep, Middletown, gave a presentation at the Aug. 22 United Nations DPI / NGO 67th Global Summit, “We the Peoples: Global Summit for Global Solutions.”

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Friday, September 7, 2018
Special needs families find value in Middletown Knights of Columbus support group

The day dawned sunny with a light breeze, perfect weather for the age-old battle between man and fish. Young anglers, gripping their rods and reels tightly, strode or wheeled eagerly down the wooden pier in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, with Knights of Columbus and family members following closely behind, offering encouragement.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018
Diocese, parishes offer many resources for special needs religious instruction
The Diocese of Trenton and its parishes are answering the call to catechize special needs children. Here is a sampling of the programs in operation. More ...
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Purple flags fly in Monmouth County for lives lost to opioid abuse
Family, friends and faithful affected by the opioid abuse epidemic came together the week of Aug. 27 in Monmouth County to plant flags in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day. More ...
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Allentown parish to hold sacred music workshop
Fresh from hosting a sacred music camp for youngsters, St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, will now be holding a sacred music workshop, “Exploring the Music and Teachings of the Catholic Church,” for those of all ages. More ...
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Holmdel parish hosts evangelization series
St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, will host a seven-week program beginning Oct. 2, “Discovering Christ,” which invites people to explore the meaning of life and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. More ...
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Bereavement support series being held in Lincroft
St. Leo the Great Parish Bereavement Ministry, Lincroft, will host a nine-week guided bereavement series for those who want to work through the tasks of grief in the light of faith. The program is entitled “A Journey from Grief to Healing” and is open to those who have lost a spouse, parent, sibling or friend. More ...
Friday, August 24, 2018
Sacred music camp in Allentown teaches Gregorian chant, liturgy

Gregorian chant and other sacred music, with roots in the earliest days of the Catholic Church, can elevate worship in ways easily overlooked without guided instruction. But not if the Diocese of Trenton can help it.

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Friday, August 24, 2018
Brick senior community left in lurch after homes destroyed by flood
On the morning of Aug. 13, more than 100 residents of the Greenbriar I adult community in Brick found themselves being evacuated as nearly 8 inches of rain led to flash flooding. As the residents returned in the days that followed, their furniture, clothes and lifelong possessions that were once nestled comfortably inside their homes, were soaked and piled into large black contractor bags amongst piles of rubble on their front lawns. More ...
Friday, August 24, 2018
Upper Room Spiritual Center to host Spirituality Conference in Freehold
The Upper Room Spiritual Center, Neptune, will host the 23rd annual Spirituality Conference, “The Healing Power of Love,” Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold. More ...
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Cinnaminson school holding 9th annual Labor Day races
St. Charles Borromeo School, Cinnaminson, will hold its annual “Rock ‘n’ Roll Run Back to School” Labor Day, Sept. 3, in the school parking lot at 2500 Branch Pike. Sponsored by the school’s PTA Board, all proceeds directly benefit St. Charles Borromeo School. More ...
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Overdose Awareness Day to be marked by 2,000-piece flag display

When Melinda Kogut had a family member who was struggling with addiction, she experienced something quite common among loved ones in similar predicaments.

“I really felt alone, and afraid to reach out and to get help,” she said.

That family member has now been in recovery for two and a half years, and Kogut dedicates her time to help make sure others, like her, don’t have to experience that same isolation.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Farmingdale parish's Back to School drive brings in 2,500 supplies
As schoolchildren ready for the new academic year, the newly formed Social Concerns Commission in St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Farmingdale, wanted to begin the season with impact – specifically, with a service project appealing to both kids and adults. More ...
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Epiphany Parish collecting donations for Brick flood victims during annual Italian Festival

The annual Italian Festival in Epiphany Parish, Brick, is returning this weekend with a two-fold mission.

Not only will the festival commemorate the Feast of the Assumption, the parish will be taking cash donations for the town’s age-restricted community known as Greenbriar, which was devastated by recent floodwaters.

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Friday, August 17, 2018
Our Lady of the Assumption feast celebrated with prayer, festivities around the Diocese

On Aug. 15, Catholics throughout the world joyfully observed the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a feast and Holy Day of Obligation commemorating Mary’s body and soul being assumed into heaven at the end of her earthly life.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Walking pilgrimage is beloved Polish tradition for many
In the past 10 years, Father Marcin Kania has participated in the 34-mile walking pilgrimage from Trenton to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, Pa., as often as possible. It’s an event, he said, that allows him to reflect on his priesthood, his Catholic faith and to become spiritually renewed. More ...
Monday, August 13, 2018
Local musicians talk liturgy, community at NPM gathering
Those from around the Diocese who attended the annual National Association of Pastoral Musicians convention agreed, there were a lot of lessons they hope to bring back to their parish ministries.  More ...
Friday, August 10, 2018
Sessions on how to prepare a spiritual will
“The Journey Never Ends – How to Prepare a Spiritual Will” will be the theme of a two-part presentation to be held Aug. 23 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Leo the Great Convent, Lincroft. More ...
Thursday, August 9, 2018

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