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At Rite of Election, Bishop assures catechumens the "time of fulfillment" is at hand
Called By Name -- During the Rite of Election held  Feb. 18 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, godparents place their hands on the shoulders of their catechumen as they give witness to Bishop O'Connell of their catechumen's intention to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the coming Easter Vigil. Craig Pittelli photos
Called By Name -- During the Rite of Election held  Feb. 18 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, godparents place their hands on the shoulders of their catechumen as they give witness to Bishop O'Connell of their catechumen's intention to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the coming Easter Vigil. Craig Pittelli photos
On the First Sunday of Lent, Feb. 18, Dean Lentz took a giant step toward honoring the promise he made to become Catholic 23 years ago.

In St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, along with 213 fellow catechumens from around the Trenton Diocese, he was called by name to join the elect. They will enter into full Communion with the Catholic Church, receiving the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil on March 31.
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Pope says Paul VI will be declared a saint this year
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis told pastors in the Diocese of Rome that Blessed Paul VI would be canonized this year. More ...
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Annual Catholic Appeal highlights the work done in love

Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Mary Agnes Ryan made something of a confession when she spoke about her vocation during the Diocese of Trenton’s Annual Convocation for Religious.

“The love of my life is Jesus Christ, and for 52 years, with his grace, I have responded to his call to go where he wanted me to go, for as long as he’s wanted.”

That reflection from the diocesan director of the Department of Catechesis was one of many “Stories of Love” that are featured in the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal.

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Friday, February 16, 2018
At Mass of the Holy Spirit, GCU community prays for the wisdom to be followers of Jesus

From the moment the over-capacity crowd of Georgian Court University, Lakewood, students, faculty and staff started gathering in Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel for the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., it was clear that observances and obligations would unfold with reverence and enthusiasm.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
New program encourages families across Diocese to pray for vocations
As a way to involve and encourage parishioners in the Diocese to pray for vocations in their daily lives, Father Daniel Swift, an assistant diocesan director of vocations, has developed a Pray for Vocations program. More ...
Friday, February 9, 2018
GCU's Week of Love to feature Mass with Bishop, Columbine principal talk
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will celebrate a Mass of the Holy Spirit at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel at Georgian Court University, Lakewood – part of the school’s Week of Love observance planned for Feb. 8-15. More ...
Friday, February 9, 2018
Eagles have a fan in Bishop O'Connell
Bishop David M. O’Connell’s Philly roots were on display over the last few weeks, as the Philadelphia Eagles prepared for, and then won Super Bowl LII. More ...
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Annulment Information Evenings scheduled
The diocesan Office of Canonical Services and Tribunal will hold Annulment Information Evenings in parishes throughout the Diocese. More ...
Thursday, February 8, 2018
CYO Mercer director to be honored as Professional of the Year
The New Jersey Recreation and Park Association has chosen to bestow its 2018 Professional of the Year Award on Tom Mladenetz, executive director of Catholic Youth Organization of Mercer County. Mladenetz will receive the award during the NJRPA’s annual awards dinner March 6 in Atlantic City. More ...
Thursday, February 8, 2018
New episcopal appointment announced
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced the following appointment:Father Pablo Gadenz More ...
Thursday, February 8, 2018
New cremation garden erected on diocesan cemetery grounds
Recognizing the increasing number of Catholics choosing to be cremated when they die and the need to have a resting place where families can bury the urns containing the cremains of their loved ones, the Diocese of Trenton opened its first cremation garden on the grounds of St. Mary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hamilton, Jan. 30. More ...
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Bishop Ahr Fund accepting requests
Once again, the Diocese of Trenton is extending a helping hand toward social service-minded organizations that benefit the poor in the form of a grant named for its seventh bishop. More ...
Thursday, February 8, 2018
From the Diocese of Trenton: An important notice on liturgy and the flu

In response to questions spurred by the current flu outbreak, the Diocese has issued this advisory: With the guidance of the Bishop, it is the role of the pastor to judge whatever measures are needed to ensure the well-being of his parish community and to take every opportunity to remind the faithful that they should refrain from receiving Communion from the chalice if they are ill.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Update: At conference, catechists reminded that Jesus' work close at hand

Gathered for a roundtable discussion with more than 100 catechists, international formation-education consultant Sister Patricia McCormack relayed an important message – conveying their own devotion to Jesus is the most important gift they can give their students.

“Books won’t do it if we are not authentic. While we may not have all the answers, we know the one who does know all the answers,” the Immaculate Heart of Mary sister said. “Be people who are willing to share. Smile, that’s very important. Keep in mind that you are here to serve. … If you get criticism, ask [yourself], ‘What’s the message in that? What can I learn from that?”

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018
At conference, catechists reminded to have the heart of Jesus when carrying out their ministry
Practical suggestions, words of encouragement and ways to become reenergized in the ministry of catechesis were highlights presented during a formation day the diocesan Department of Catechesis hosted Feb. 3 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold.

The day, which was open to catechists, parish catechetical leaders and anyone using home study for religious education, featured a keynote address on “Structure for Success – Tips That Replace ‘Survive’ with ‘Thrive,’” by Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Patricia McCormack, who shared her breadth of knowledge from her own extensive classroom and administrative experiences working at the elementary, secondary and college levels.

Addressing a number of areas those in catechetical ministry regularly encounter, part of Sister Patricia's talk included offering organizational tips and suggestions on how catechists can better prepare for their sessions; ways to engage their students more during the classes as well as ways to better engage parents in their children’s faith development.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018
Holy Land pilgrimage a sacred learning experience for priests of Diocese

There was a common sentiment among the 21 priests who recently returned from their pilgrimage to the Holy Land ­— they will never be able to read Scripture again without thinking about how they “walked where Jesus walked.”

“To see where our Lord walked, lived his ministry, died and rose from the dead was wonderful,” said Father Mark Kreder, pastor of St. Justin the Martyr Parish, Toms River.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018
DOT excited about Super Bowl LII - GO EAGLES!!!
Philly-born Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is gearing up for Super Bowl LII.

“Put me in coach ... I can be in Minneapolis tonight!” Bishop O’Connell said, making it known that he’s ready to do whatever’s necessary to make sure the Philadelphia Eagles bring home the coveted football trophy.
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Friday, February 2, 2018

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