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Walking pilgrimage is beloved Polish tradition for many
Shepherd's Greeting -- En route to Doylestown, Pa., the 270 pilgrims from St. Hedwig Parish and other parishes in the Diocese, stopped for respite in Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, West Trenton, where, to their surprise and delight, were welcomed by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.
Shepherd's Greeting -- En route to Doylestown, Pa., the 270 pilgrims from St. Hedwig Parish and other parishes in the Diocese, stopped for respite in Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, West Trenton, where, to their surprise and delight, were welcomed by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.
In Poland, there’s a centuries-old tradition in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary where folks from throughout the country would make a pilgrimage on foot to Jasna Gorna monastery in Czestochowa.

People would walk, some for hundreds of miles, some carrying their shoes, some crawling on their knees, until they arrived at the shrine.
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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
Bishop O'Connell to celebrate second Mass in Belmar Beach gazebo
For the second consecutive year, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will join faithful from the four shoreline parishes that comprise Cohort 19 for the celebration of Mass at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 19 at the gazebo on Belmar Beach. More ...
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Registration open for annual CWOZ Rally in September
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will be the principal celebrant at a 10 a.m. Mass Sept. 15 during the annual Catholic Women of Zion Women’s Rally. More ...
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Polish Archbishop Depo brings God's Word, many blessings to Lakewood's faithful

Standing at the ambo during Mass, Archbishop Waclaw Depo preached words of wisdom and exhortation as he urged the faithful to look to Mary, the mother of Jesus, as the best model of how to trust in God even as they contemplate how difficult it must have been for her throughout her earthly life.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Georgian Court University forms partnership to offer scholarships to those in addiction recovery

Georgian Court University, Lakewood, is partnering with the Ammon Foundation to help make a college degree more affordable and attainable for people in addiction recovery.

The foundation’s mission is to empower individuals in addiction recovery by combating stigma and providing strategic support to enable personal success. 

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Monday, August 6, 2018
Pilgrimage to Czestochowa shrine set for August
Catholics throughout the region are eagerly anticipating the outpouring of love and peace they will experience during the annual summer pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pa., this year slated from Aug. 9-12. More ...
Thursday, July 26, 2018
CYO of Mercer receives United Way grant to fight hunger
Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of Mercer County recently received a $5,000 grant from United Way of Greater Mercer County, as part of United Way’s Strike Out Hunger summer initiative. More ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Manasquan area churches unite to benefit food pantries
Parishioners in St. Denis, Manasquan, have joined forces with other Monmouth County faithful to feed the hungry while forging bonds amongst their faith communities. More ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Abortion Memorial Mass Aug. 6 in Toms River
A Memorial Mass for babies killed by abortion will be held Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. in St. Justin the Martyr Parish, 975 Fischer Blvd., Toms River. More ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Allentown parish to hold Gregorian chant workshop for young people
St. John the Baptist, Allentown, will hold a three-day sacred music camp for young people in grades three to 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 14-16 in the church at 1282 Yardville-Allentown Road. More ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Lakewood parishes holding trilingual Mass for Polish archbishop visit
The Cohort of St. Mary of the Lake Parish and St. Anthony Claret Parish, both Lakewood, will gather for a special trilingual Mass Aug. 5 celebrated by Archbishop Waclaw Depo from the Metropolitan of Czestochowa in Poland, who will dedicate an icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe parishioners received on a recent trip. More ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Belmar pastor lends his voice to orchestra for summer concert on boardwalk
On a breezy mid-summer evening July 11, Msgr. Edward J. Arnister, pastor of Belmar's St. Rose Parish, joined Kathleen McGee-Daly's Strings by the Sea orchestra concert at the Avon Pavilion, at the Avon-by-the-Sea oceanfront, singing a rendition of “Climb Every Mountain” from “The Sound of Music.” More ...
Friday, July 13, 2018
Brick parish to offer vascular screenings
St. Dominic Parish Nurse Ministry, in collaboration with Hackensack Meridian Health, will sponsor vascular screenings Aug. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. More ...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
'Come Alive' Catholic family talk slated for July 25
Families and individuals with deep questions about their life paths and how faith can influence them have an opportunity to explore those questions during the “Come Alive: Holy. Healthy. Free.” speaking engagement at 7 p.m. July 25 in St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square. More ...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Howell parish offers respite from the heat to those without air conditioning
The mercury was still topping 90 degrees on July 5 as St. Veronica Parish on Route 9 in Howell prepared to welcome folks needing another afternoon of relief from the heat wave battering New Jersey for days. More ...
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Red Bank parish to host day of prayer July 28
The St. Anne’s Society of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Red Bank, will host a day of prayer July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church on 121 Bridge Ave., Red Bank. The day will begin with Mass followed by a light brunch and three speakers on the topic of spiritual vitality. More ...
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Novena set in St. Ann Parish July 18-26
St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville, will hold its annual novena to their patron saint July 18-26 in the church at 1253 Lawrenceville Road. More ...
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
GCU students, staff invest nearly 121,000 community service hours
Students, faculty, and staff of Georgian Court University, Lakewood, contributed nearly 121,000 volunteer service hours in the past year to help individuals, community organizations and area nonprofit agencies, including one sponsored by Belmar’s St. Vincent de Paul conference. More ...
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Hearts, Hands, Health, Help
Student representatives from the 31 Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton visited numerous hospitals and medical centers in the past months with tokens of love for the young patients within. More ...
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Mater Dei Prep senior selected for prestigious United Nations youth committee

Katelyn Grano is making quite a name for herself in the arena of international peacebuilding and leadership, and she hasn’t even graduated from high school yet.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018
Msgr. Innocenzi honored at Knights of Columbus charity ball

A lifelong Trenton native and longtime priest of the Diocese of Trenton was feted June 15 at the annual Knights of Columbus Charity Ball Dinner held in Tavistock Country Club, Haddonfield. The John Tatham Assembly, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Burlington County, long celebrated for their support of diocesan seminarians, raised about $28,000 during the event which celebrated the ministry and contributions of Msgr. James G. Innocenzi, diocesan judicial vicar.

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Monday, June 25, 2018
Jackson kindergartener's Christmas artwork receives national recognition

An early Christmas present came by way of a national award for Penelope Michael.

The kindergarten student in St. Aloysius School, Jackson, recently learned that she was one of 24 students nationwide to have her artwork chosen as a winner in the annual Missionary Childhood Association’s Christmas Artwork Contest.

She also found out that her winning entry, which depicts an angel glowing in a yellow dress with arms wide open against a brilliant blue sky, will be on display during the Advent and Christmas seasons in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington.

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Sisters spearhead effort at Fair Haven parish to protect girls in impoverished countries
The goal of volunteers in Nativity Parish, Fair Haven – to provide girls in impoverished countries the chance to own their own dress – can ultimately help protect them from human trafficking. More ...
Friday, June 15, 2018
Spring Lake students, parishioners make a difference a world away

“Mission of Mercy Uganda,” the outreach program of St. Catharine School and St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake, has existed as an integral part of the faith community for 16 years.

What began as a diocesan twinning with the Diocese of Kasana-Luweero, Uganda, was continued by St. Catharine’s with annual fundraisers geared toward specific improvements for the African diocese.

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Friday, June 15, 2018
SPS students' Read to Feed funds will help purchase animals for families
When teachers in St. Paul School invited representatives from the nonprofit organization Heifer International to speak about participating in its Read to Feed program in April, they were pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response. More ...
Friday, June 15, 2018
An 84th birthday surprise for Villa's Sister Lillian
Longtime president of Villa Victoria Academy, Ewing, Filippini Sister Lillian Harrington, was feted by students and staff with a surprise 84th birthday party in the school cafeteria June 5. More ...
Friday, June 15, 2018
St. James Parish campus installs solar panels
The campus of St. James Parish, Red Bank, has come up with 1,224 ways to rein in energy costs while adhering to the principles outlined in Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home”: new solar panels atop the buildings of the Monmouth County faith community. More ...
Friday, June 15, 2018
Medford parish marks 75 years with Mass of Thanksgiving
With songs of praise and prayers of gratitude, 600 faithful gathered in Medford’s St. Mary of the Lakes Church with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. June 10. There, they celebrated the 75th anniversary of a parish that began with a handful of families in a log cabin, and grew over the decades to serve a multitude of thousands. More ...
Monday, June 11, 2018
Parish Afternoon Tea a time of fellowship and Catholic connection
For each of the saints, blesseds and venerables of the Church there is a symbol. More ...
Thursday, June 7, 2018
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine!-- Parishes uphold beloved tradition to mark Corpus Christi feast

Parishes around the Diocese upheld a centuries’ old tradition by observing the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ June 3. With their pastors and parish priests, faithful joined in solemn outdoor Eucharistic processions during which the Blessed Sacrament was exposed and prayerfully carried around the parish grounds.


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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
St. Ann parishioner spearheads pillowcase project for hospitalized children
Julia Bannon, newly initiated member of St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville, wasted no time putting her Catholic mission of service into practice. More ...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Role of laity in the Church discussed in Fair Haven
“Our panel on the ‘Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity’ is a discussion for the laity. More ...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Walk of Hope raises $10K for Catholic Charities
Braving the weather for 3.1 miles through Mercer County Park, participants in Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton’s 5th annual Walk of Hope donned rain gear May 19 and banded together to raise funds for the institution’s various programs – and walked away more than $10,000 stronger.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Vegetables, chicks, zoos all products of St. Dominic STEM lab
With STEM curriculum at the forefront of Catholic education in the Diocese of Trenton, the days of only reading, writing and “rithmatic” are long gone. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Toms River parish and schools unite as family over loss of beloved drama teacher
A Donovan Catholic Facebook post announcing the passing May 18 of Karin Krenek remembered her as “the kind of teacher who makes impressions on the lives of her students, inspiring them to reach higher; the kind of a friend whose hugs and smiles and laughter uplifted them on tough days; a wife and mother and sister whose imprint on the world will never fade.” More ...
Friday, May 25, 2018
Learn more about the laity's role in the Church at Fair Haven event
Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, will host a panel discussion on “The Role of Laity in the Church Today” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today, May 22, in the parish hall at 180 Ridge Road. More ...
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Niceties Club makes prom dreams come true for underprivileged girls
Attending one’s high school prom might seem like a given rite of passage for many students – that is, unless you are unable to afford the customary attire. More ...
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
May crownings remain beautiful, beloved Marian tradition
For many centuries in the Church, May has been a month in which the faithful pay special homage and devotion to Mary. Among those devotions is the May Crowning, honoring Mary as Mother of God and as Queen of Heaven and earth. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Point Pleasant Beach Rosarians celebrate 110th anniversary
Members of the Rosary-Altar Society of St. Peter Parish, Point Pleasant Beach, could not ask for a better day to celebrate the society’s 110th anniversary May 11. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Retreat offered to heal wounds of abortion
Rachel’s Vineyard is offering a retreat to heal the wounds of persons who have had an abortion at 7:30 p.m. May 23 in St. Joseph Church, 685 Hooper Ave., Toms River. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
'The Joy of Pentecost' to be celebrated in Maple Shade
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Maple Shade, will hold “The Joy of Pentecost” from 6 to 7 p.m. with Holy Hour Adoration and Reconciliation followed by a 7:15 p.m. Healing Mass May 25 in the church at 236 East Main Street. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Medford parish gearing up to mark 75 years strong
Anticipation is building for the 75th anniversary of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford. With various events leading up to it, the anniversary Mass will take place at noon June 10, celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Bayville parish to host concert June 10
St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, will observe its patron’s feast day with a concert by award winning Italian tenor Michael Castaldo & Friends, accompanied by a string quartet June 10 at 7 p.m. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Pro-life efforts at RBC serve women, babies
The Red Bank Catholic High School pro-life club, Caseys4life, recently learned a little something about themselves as a school community when they hosted a baby shower in the classroom for Birthright of Red Bank. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
'Moon crash' has happy ending for Belmar students
Surviving a crash landing on the moon sounds like science fiction – but students of St. Rose Grammar School, Belmar, are ready for it when it happens. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
St. Catharine STREAMS forth with cathedrals
Pulling from all aspects of STREAMS education (science, technology, religion, engineering and English, art, math and social studies), sixth-graders in St. Catharine School, Spring Lake, recently built models of 10 famous cathedrals around the world – including the Diocese’s St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Service a key component to CBA teacher's Ed of Year award
At Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, Matthew Butler was recently recognized as Lasallian Educator of the Year – an award that CBA principal R. Ross Fales says is well deserved. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Lifeguards to be blessed on Long Beach Island
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Brant Beach, will hold its 11th annual blessing of the lifeguards from 4:45 to 4 p.m. May 19 at the St. Francis Aquatic Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, for all LBI and mainland beach and pool lifeguards. More ...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Radio host Fulwiler stresses importance of personal passion amid family life during talk in Princeton

The debate over whether women can truly have it all can conjure up an ideal that combines Martha Stewart’s home decorating skills, Mary Poppins’ childrearing habits and Sheryl Sandberg’s career trajectory – with a dollop of Theresa of Avila’s piety to boot.

The problem with that standard, national radio host and author Jennifer Fulwiler told a crowd of about 140 attendees gathered May 14 at St. Paul Parish, Princeton, is not just that it’s unachievable, but that it discourages anyone from cultivating their creative passions that too often are ignored or trampled on by the hustle of contemporary life.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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