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Spirituality Conference sheds light on power of love
Jesuit Father Matthew Linn, one of the three keynote speakers at the Spirituality Conference, chats with a participant during a break. Lois Rogers photos
Jesuit Father Matthew Linn, one of the three keynote speakers at the Spirituality Conference, chats with a participant during a break. Lois Rogers photos
As one of the keynotes speakers at the Upper Room Spiritual Center’s annual Spirituality Conference Nov. 10 who spoke on the healing power of love, Jesuit Father Matthew Linn recalled his own experience of how that emotion helped him cope when he was a passenger in a plane that seemed about to crash. More ...
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Guadalupe torches inspire parishes to combine community efforts, devotions

As the 15 torches honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe make their way across the Diocese of Trenton, their journey is marked by celebration, excitement and devotion. And their impact has been one of unity for Catholics of all backgrounds and their common love for the Blessed Mother.

Whether fusing the two-church families of a recently merged parish, or joining Spanish-speaking and English-speaking faithful, the torches have provided opportunities for drawing together as community.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Principals from Diocese's Blue Ribbon schools honored at national ceremony
Representatives from the five Diocese of Trenton schools named as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence in October gathered with their peers from across the country Nov. 7-8 in Washington to receive their awards and share best practices. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Catholic education to benefit from #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is known as a global day of giving, but it’s also one of the best ways to get involved in the community in one’s own back yard.

Such is the hope of this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign in the Diocese of Trenton, which aims to support Catholic education in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
After 30 years, former Catholic school teacher and graduate reunited on 'Today' show
The library in St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold, was recently transformed into a mini television studio as Dylan Dreyer, meteorologist on the “Today” show, returned to her alma mater to film the “Thank a Teacher” segment for the daily news program. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
TCA project promotes collaboration
Developing a sense of compassion for persons with physical challenges and even finding a way to help them was the goal of a recent project conducted by the sixth-grade class in Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Schools, parishes use All Saints Day as a teaching tool
Every Halloween, sixth-graders in All Saints Regional Catholic School, Manahawkin, put aside traditional costume ideas and instead dress as their favorite saint in order to host an All Saints Wax Museum for the entire school. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Humility, practice key to sports and faith, young people hear at annual CYO Mass
Drawing comparisons between athletics and Christianity by using humility as a bond, Father Michael Wallack inspired young student-athletes during the annual CYO Opening Day Mass.

“The virtue of humility goes well in sports,” Father Wallack, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, told the sizable crowd.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Priest to lead presentation in Princeton on Gospel of Luke's infancy narrative
Father Pablo Gadenz, a priest of the Diocese, will lead a presentation on “The Gospel of Luke: Focus on the Infancy Narrative” at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Spiritual Center of St. Paul Parish, 214 Nassau St., Princeton. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Schools, parishes use All Saints Day as a teaching tool
Every Halloween, sixth-graders in All Saints Regional Catholic School, Manahawkin, put aside traditional costume ideas and instead dress as their favorite saint in order to host an All Saints Wax Museum for the entire school. More ...
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Bishop celebrates All Saints Day Mass with Notre Dame school community
On All Saints Day, Nov. 1, Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, welcomed Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., to celebrate Mass for the Holy Day of Obligation for the entire community. More ...
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Veterans honored around Diocese
Our Lady of the Pines Council, Knights of Columbus, was among numerous parishes, schools and organizations from around the Diocese to conduct a prayer service in honor of Veterans Day on or about Nov. 11.

The occasion to recognize veterans, said Deacon Gerry Purcell of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, “brings people together, offers a prayer for all who have served and are serving, and shows appreciation of all who sacrificed so much so we have freedom we have today.”
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Bishop O'Connell visits with student-athletes from Notre Dame High School

Members of Notre Dame High School’s Catholic Athletes for Christ received a special visitor Nov. 7, as Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., dropped by the gymnasium for a wide-ranging question-and-answer session.

“It’s a great source of pride to the Diocese to see our young people so committed to Christ and wanting to bring Christ to every area and endeavor in their lives, including athletics,” Bishop O’Connell said prior to meeting with the Lawrenceville school’s student-athletes.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Veterans Day observances around the Diocese of Trenton
Parishes in the Diocese of Trenton are honoring veterans with Masses, luncheons and special collections. More ...
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Seeds of Service ready to serve Brick community, beyond
On the sixth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy,  Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., joined staff and supporters of Seeds of Service to celebrate its official opening at 725 Mantoloking Road in Brick. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
CBA siblings raise $100K for scholarship to military son
After two Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, students – who are also brothers themselves – received a special scholarship to help defray the cost of their tuition, they decided to pay it forward – to the tune of $100,000. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Lincroft school introduces new STEAM Wing
Students and teachers in St. Leo the Great School are using a newly renovated, state-of-the-art STEAM wing, not the type powered by water vapor, but instead a curriculum which highlights the latest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Hightstown parish moved to assist Guatemalan volcano victims
When news of the June 3 volcanic catastrophe in Guatemala reached the ears of parishioners in St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, their response was a single question: “What can we do to help?” More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
177 Project brings prayer experience to Fair Haven Parish
The sanctuary in Nativity Church glowed in soft candlelight and the scent of incense permeated as Father James Grogan solemnly placed a monstrance on the altar table. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Plastic pollution the topic for Wayside parish series
St. Anselm Parish, Wayside, will present its second in a monthly series of talks on “Laudato Sí: On Care for Our Common Home,” 2-4 p.m. Nov. 10. The topic will cover “Plastics Pollution – Rethink Disposables.” More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
GCU's Critical Concerns Week focuses on immigration
Georgian Court University, Lakewood, will mark its 12th annual Critical Concerns Week Nov. 5-8 with a slate of events focusing on the many facets of immigration: the dignity of every person, the need to work for just and humane policies, the root causes of forced emigration and the global impact of mass migration. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Bishop, parish communities commemorate Solemnity of All Saints, Feast of All Souls
The first two days of November mark significant observances for the Universal Church with the Solemnity of All Saints on Nov. 1 and the Feast of All Souls on Nov. 2. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
St. Benedict hosts vocations talk show for students
A parish gymnasium in Holmdel recently took on the look of a New York City television studio talk show as eighth-graders were transported to the set of St. Benedict’s own “Catholic Not-So-Late Show.” More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Good Counsel Homes celebrates co-founder
The more than 100 who gathered to celebrate Good Counsel Homes-South Jersey not only honored its pro-life advocates, but heard compelling stories from the people they work so tirelessly to serve. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Thanksgiving food drives, holiday meals planned
In recognition and thanksgiving for the blessings God has bestowed, parishes and organizations of the Diocese of Trenton are hosting events and food drives throughout November, extending a helping hand to those in need during this season of gratitude. Click on the link to see a partial listing is below; check back regularly for updates. More ...
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Ribbon-cutting for Seeds of Service in Brick set for Oct. 29
All are invited to celebrate the official opening of the community outreach center known as Seeds of Service from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at 725 Mantoloking Road, Brick. More ...
Friday, October 26, 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
Toms River schools celebrate the saints and warm up for Year of Youth
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
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

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