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Bishop installs Father Grogan as pastor of Fair Haven parish
Day of Joy -- Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., left, and Father James Grogan are shown during the Mass of Installation celebrated April 15 in Nativity Church during which the Bishop installed Father Grogan as pastor of the Fair Haven parish. Hal Brown photos
Day of Joy -- Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., left, and Father James Grogan are shown during the Mass of Installation celebrated April 15 in Nativity Church during which the Bishop installed Father Grogan as pastor of the Fair Haven parish. Hal Brown photos
Father James Grogan was officially installed April 15 as pastor of Nativity Parish, Fair Haven – a parish he has come to know and love over the last nine months. He was appointed by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., as parish administrator there last June then was named pastor by the Bishop in January. And apparently the feeling is mutual.

“Since we’ve had Father Grogan here, the parish spirit is soaring,” said Patti Meyer-Cuje, Nativity parishioner for more than 40 years. “The man is absolutely incredible.”
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Holmdel parish to offer 'How to Talk About God' series
There’s a program coming up that will give Catholics who wish to enter into dialogue about their faith an opportunity to do so without having to be an expert and without provoking an argument. More ...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Notre Dame students share global solutions in competition
The Model United Nations club of Notre Dame High School continued its winning ways by taking home seven awards from the recent PhilMUN 2018 competition in Philadelphia. More ...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
'God's love for you is a bigger story,' faithful hear during 'Reboot! Live!'

“We believe in one God!” shouted internationally renowned Catholic speaker Chris Stefanick as the crowd before him echoed, “We believe in one God!” 

“The force that created the entire universe is love. God is love, and he created all of space and time to put you in it. Spiritually, you are a huge deal! You are made in the ‘image and likeness of God’ because he wants to be in a love relationship with you.”

Such was Stefanick’s message as he presented his “Reboot! Live!” message to the more than 800 gathered April 11 in St. Leo the Great School gym, Lincroft.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
St. Benedict School third-grader designs logo for diocesan Day of Service

Kayla Tarniowy, a third-grade student at St. Benedict School, Holmdel, was delighted when she learned her original drawing was chosen as the official logo of the 2018 Day of Service for all elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton.  

“I am so happy because it’s going to be on everything – bags and T-shirts,” said Kayla, who was awarded a certificate March 23 by Judy Nicastro, diocesan director of school services/school data management.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Collection underway in Catholic schools to help hospitalized children and their families

On any given day, in just about every Catholic school, students are involved in the effort to help others. From raising funds for worthy non-profits, to visiting nursing homes and stocking food pantries, there is no limit to the many acts of charity and kindness that are undertaken as part of the Catholic school experience.

But over the next few weeks, the 31 Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton will be dedicating themselves to a single service project, and the beneficiaries will be sick children and their families in about a dozen hospitals spanning Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Red Bank Catholic students organize day of prayer in wake of school violence
Less than a week after the “National School Walkout” day campaign, students in Red Bank Catholic High School put their best feet forward in an effort to raise awareness for school safety. More ...
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Kevin Donahue appointed principal
St. Benedict School, Holmdel, announced the appointment of Kevin Donahue as the new school principal effective July 1. More ...
Thursday, April 5, 2018
St. Vincent de Paul conference to hold May 3 fundraiser
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Environmental fair in Hightstown parish
St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, will hold an environmental fair April 15 from 8 a.m. to noon in the parish gym, 156 Maxwell Ave. More ...
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Blessing set for pregnant women, couples hoping to conceive, adopt
St. Denis Parish Elizabeth Ministry, Manasquan, will hold a Mass for women currently pregnant and couples hoping to conceive or adopt. The service will be at 11 a.m. April 8 in the church, 90 Union Ave. More ...
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Notre Dame High's Barry E. Breen to retire

The board of governors in Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, recently announced the retirement of school president, Barry Edward Breen, effective June 30.


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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Vocations dinner
St. Hedwig Council, Knights of Columbus, Trenton, will hold its annual vocations dinner honoring Father Michael Hall, director of the Diocesan Office of Worship and pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Ewing, and Dorothy Zadworny, religious education coordinator in St. Hedwig Parish, Trenton 3 p.m. April 15 in the Ancient Order of Hibernians Banquet Hall, 2419 Kuser Road, Hamilton. More ...
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Presentation on St. Therese of Lisieux slated for April 21
The Upper Room Spiritual Center, Neptune will present “St. Therese of Lisieux: Saint for our Violent Times,” April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with presenter Brother Joseph F. Schmidt, FSC. More ...
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Family health and safety fair offered
St. Francis of Assisi Community Center, Brant Beach, Long Beach Island Health Department and Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center will sponsor its 42nd annual family health and safety fair by St. Francis Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20in the Community Center gym 4700 Long Beach Boulevard. More ...
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
CBA to host Business Ethics Symposium April 17
Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, will host a Business Ethics Symposium featuring three accomplished CBA community members April 17 in the Henderson Theater. More ...
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Spring Lake school honored for Project Lead the Way participation
Led in by a bagpiper, students from St. Catharine School, Spring Lake, walked single file into the school auditorium. All dressed in green, the students prepared for their St. Patrick’s Day-themed prayer service. More ...
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Scholastic Olympics celebrate 25 years of student achievements
The silver anniversary celebration held in Toms River March 13 resembled so many others, with balloons decorating the venue, a dee jay enlivening the crowd, and broad smiles lighting up the faces of the more than 200 attendees. More ...
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Sacred Heart Mini Vinnies share element of friendship on Purple Passion Day
For the sixth year, students in Sacred Heart School, Mount Holly, participated in a Lenten event called Purple Passion Day retreat which is designed to engage students in a day of service through prayer, song and activities that will help them refocus on their Lenten promises. More ...
Thursday, March 22, 2018
All-senior CBA chess team captures state win
For the first time since 2015, the Christian Brothers Academy chess team has won the New Jersey Team Championship. More ...
Thursday, March 22, 2018
High school students come together to fight teen suicide, mental illness in Monmouth County
For years, students in Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven High Schools have been friends in their neighborhoods but rivals on the playing fields. More ...
Thursday, March 22, 2018

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