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Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection slated for Nov. 18-19
The annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will be held at all Masses the weekend of Nov. 18-19, which coincides with the Church’s celebration of the first World Day of the Poor. More ...
Friday, November 17, 2017

Bishop lights Guadalupe torches at national shrine in Washington
Nestled into the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., is a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the curved walls creating a cloak of comfort for all who enter to pray.

In the center, an image of the Marian apparition that appeared to the young Mexican peasant Juan Diego in 1531 shines like a beacon, and on either side, the walls are adorned with paintings of pilgrims bearing torches as they approach the Virgin Mary.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Guadalupe torch procession: what you need to know
Faithful of the Diocese of Trenton will be able to follow the journey of “Las Antorchas Guadalupanas” as they travel from one worship site to the next Dec. 2 through Trenton, culminating with Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, which will be celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Music, dance groups readying for Our Lady of Guadalupe pilgrimage performances
At this year’s “Antorchas Guadalupanas,” Emilia Olivos will be helping to honor Mother Mary as she appeared to Juan Diego in 1531 under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe. “This is more than honoring tradition – this is about faith, our Catholic faith,” Olivos said. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Pro-life torch joins Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrations
Every Saturday, from 7 to 10 a.m., a small group gathers to quietly pray the Rosary and stand witness near the parking lot outside Princeton Women’s Services, Hamilton, which, in addition to health care, offers abortions. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Diocese's deceased deacons honored during Memorial Mass
Antonina Oliveri smiled as she thought of her late husband, Deacon Vito Oliveri, and his service to the Church. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
All Souls Day: Remembering loved ones with tears, hope
At Jesus, Bread of Life Cemetery, Mount Laurel, and St. Mary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hamilton, faithful of the Diocese of Trenton gathered Nov. 2 to commemorate All Souls Day, and to pray with hope for the souls of the deceased. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Hispanic priests of the Diocese gather to support ministry
More than a dozen Hispanic priests from across the Diocese met with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Nov. 8 in the Chancery, Lawrenceville, to discuss their ministry and to consider other areas of concern as the Church of Trenton continues to implement its “Plan for Hispanic Ministry,” which the priest group developed three years ago.  More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Diocesan cemetery in Burlington County to hold open house
Jesus, Bread of Life Catholic Cemetery, the first diocesan Catholic cemetery in Burlington County, will hold an open house Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More ...
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Clergy Appointments
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced the following: More ...
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Diocese to hold first Festival of Praise Nov. 18
Faithful from across the Diocese are invited to attend the first Festival of Praise to be held Nov. 18 in St. Mary Parish, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Road, Middletown. More ...
Monday, November 13, 2017
Deceased deacons remembered at Memorial Mass
As has been the tradition for many years each November, deacons from the Diocese gathered for a Memorial Mass to pray for their brothers who have gone home to God. Also remembered were wives and children of deacons who have died.

This year's Mass was celebrated Nov. 11 in St. Dominic Church, Brick. Msgr. Thomas Mullelly, episcopal vicar for clergy and consecrated life was principal celebrant of the Mass. Concelebrants were St. Dominic pastor, Msgr. James Brady and parochial vicar Father Michael Gentile. A poignant part of the Mass was when the names of all the deceased deacons were called. As each name was called, a family member or fellow deacon placed a flower in the vases that were set up in the sanctuary.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Catholic Charities to open new ambulatory detox program in Trenton
Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton is opening a new ambulatory detox program to round out a full complement of addiction and mental health recovery treatment services offered at their Trenton campus located at North Clinton Avenue and Southard Street. More ...
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Mausoleum in Burlington County plans open house
Jesus, Bread of Life Catholic Cemetery, Mount Laurel, the Diocese of Trenton’s newest cemetery will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at 3055 Fostertown Road. More ...
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
2,000 of Diocese's pilgrims descend on nation's capital for community, prayer in Basilica

They came from the four corners of the Diocese, many of them up before the sun to board nearly four dozen buses with one destination: the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Some snuggled into jackets and toted stuffed-animal carrying children and lunch bags, while others shared smiles with family, friends, fellow parishioners, deacons and priests as they set off for the nearly four-hour drive to “Mary’s House” for the biennial diocesan pilgrimage Nov. 4.


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Sunday, November 5, 2017
Milestones marked during Mount Carmel Guild gala

Those who attend the annual Mount Carmel Guild of Trenton gala can certainly say that each year is special.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017
An All Souls Day message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.
The month of November has begun with the Solemn Feast of All Saints followed by the Commemoration of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The 16th century tradition of devoting each month of the year to a special intention continues in the Catholic Church with November annually assigned to our prayerful remembrance of “those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.” We identify the saints as “the Church triumphant” and believe them to be in the eternal presence of God. The rest of the faithful departed are called “the Church suffering”: those believers who have died but whose souls exist in a state of atonement for sins committed during their lives. This condition of “purgation” is known as Purgatory. 

While often misunderstood or mispresented, Purgatory is an element of Church doctrine that describes our passing from this earth and its attachment to sin to the full freedom and joys of heaven. One hundred and fifty years before Christ, the Book of Maccabees proclaimed, “It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead (2 Maccabees 12: 46).” And so we Christians, with faith in Christ’s Resurrection and promise of eternal life to those who believe in him, pray for the dead that their souls, too, may rise with Christ. Rather than simply punishment, Purgatory is a sign of God’s ultimate love, forgiveness and mercy for those who have sinned.  The souls in Purgatory will enter paradise, that is our faith conviction. And it has long been our Catholic custom to help them on their way with our prayers and good works on their behalf, especially during the month of November.  

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

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