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Gentle rains accompany faithful around Diocese honoring Blessed Mother's Assumption
Msgr. Edward Arnister, pastor of St. Rose Parish, Belmar, is joined Aug. 15 by Father David Baratelli, a priest of the Newark Archdiocese and chaplain at Newark Airport, during the Blessing of the Sea on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Belmar. Lois Rogers photo

Msgr. Edward Arnister, pastor of St. Rose Parish, Belmar, is joined Aug. 15 by Father David Baratelli, a priest of the Newark Archdiocese and chaplain at Newark Airport, during the Blessing of the Sea on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Belmar. Lois Rogers photo

For the first time that anyone could recall, rain blanketed the Jersey Shore on the Aug. 15 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

But the precipitation that fell on and off throughout the day failed to dampen spirits in many coastal parishes of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. There, traditional processions to the waters went on as scheduled from morning to night, a joyful outdoor witness to the ancient belief that the Mother of Jesus was taken up to heaven at the end of her earthly life.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Choir camp, VBS among summer activities that keep kids active in faith
Faith doesn’t take a vacation.

That’s what parishes in the Diocese of Trenton affirm summer after summer by providing children with activities that lead them to learning more about Jesus and the Catholic faith.
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Monday, August 14, 2017
Choir camp in Colts Neck teaches children, teens discipline, skills and beauty of Church music
Pointing to her midsection, one young participant at the three-day choir camp in St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, proudly reviewed some of the new skills she learned.

“When you sing, you sing from here,” she said, indicating that a singer should breathe deeply enough so that the projected sound comes from the diaphragm area and not the throat. And when singing, the mouth should form an “O” shape, she shared.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Parishes to honor Our Lady of Fatima's 100th anniversary
The following events have been scheduled in observance of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, when the Blessed Mother appeared to the three children in the Portuguese village of Fatima.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Rumson parish offers Bible study
Holy Cross Parish Bible Study, Rumson, will present the 24-week “Bible Timeline” classes weekly from Sept. 28 to April 19, 2018. More ...
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
'Journey Through Grief' in Forked River
St. Pius X Parish, Forked River, will sponsor an eight-week “Journey Through Grief” bereavement support group starting Aug. 30. More ...
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Father Colavito uses 'In House Open House' to share good news about Holy Cross Academy
Father Christopher Colavito has his own idea of what it means to hold an open house.

Instead of waiting until Oct. 5, when prospective students and their families are invited to attend the open house planned in Holy Cross Academy, Delran, Father Colavito is doing a little preliminary promoting of his own on Burlington County’s only Catholic high school now during the summer.

During July and August, the chaplain of Holy Cross Academy, is traveling each weekend to a parish in Burlington County where he hosts an “In House Open  House.”

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Friday, August 4, 2017
CWOZ Chapter 1 plans August retreat in Howell
Catholic Women of Zion, Chapter 1, will host a retreat day Aug. 12 in St. William the Abbot Parish, Howell. The Catholic Women of Zion is a ministry striving to meet the needs of today’s modern women, inspired by the Holy Spirit through healing of mind, body and spirit. More ...
Monday, July 31, 2017
Brant Beach parish to hold carnival Aug. 9 -13

St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Brant Beach, will host its 42nd annual “Festival of the Sea” Carnival Aug. 9 -13 in the parish center parking lot from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly.

The Festival of the Sea carnival features rides, food, games and fellowship for people of all ages.

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Monday, July 31, 2017
Low-sensory Masses help those with special needs take part in ministry

The lights were a bit dimmer, the music a bit softer, and the voices a bit lower during a recent Saturday night Mass in St. Joan of Arc Church – the third low-sensory Mass celebrated in the Marlton parish, designed to offer a calming environment for individuals with sensory needs.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
An Occasion of Joy: Barnegat parish celebrates 75 years as a community of faith
The atmosphere was charged with jubilation as St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, commemorated the 75th anniversary of its founding.. More ...
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Doylestown Pilgrimage set for Aug. 12-13
Faithful of all ages are encouraged to join the hundreds of their brethren Aug. 12-13 poised to embark upon a two-day, roughly 37-mile pilgrimage from St. Hedwig Church, Trenton, to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown, Pa. More ...
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Burlington, Ocean Counties say goodbye to retiring principals
At the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, five elementary schools in the Diocese bid farewell to the principals who are entering a new phase in their lives – retirement. More ...
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Students, school future key to outgoing St. Paul chief
When retiring principal William Robbins considers what he will miss most about St. Paul School, Burlington, the lifelong educator answers without hesitation: “The children. That’s what I was in this for.” More ...
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Toms River school an honor to serve, retiring leader says
Michele Williams has been involved in Catholic education for most of her adult life, and whether it was as parish director of religious education or in a Catholic school setting, the ministry is something she has found to be “life giving.” More ...
Thursday, July 20, 2017
St. Ann Parish holds annual novena July 18-26
St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville, will hold its annual novena to their patron saint from July 18 to 26 in the church at 1253 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville.  More ...
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
CYO campers given surprise summer gift - bicycles
Tell 55 young kids that each of them is going to get an unexpected surprise and they obviously get really excited. More ...
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Bringing God's Word to the streets focus of evangelization training
According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the New Evangelization exhorts the faithful to deepen their faith, believe in the Gospel message and spread the Good News to others. More ...
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Parish to host first choir camp for children, teenagers
Children and teenagers looking to hone their music skills while having fun might consider attending the inaugural choir camp being hosted by the music ministry in St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck. More ...
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Barnegat parish to celebrate 75 years
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will be principal celebrant of a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the 75th anniversary of St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, July 23 at 1:30 p.m. More ...
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Retiring principal Costantino hopes Hamilton school's legacy of family will continue
When he became principal of Our Lady of Sorrows School, Hamilton, in 2011, Donald Costantino felt “he had come full circle.” More ...
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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