Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., takes a photo with a first communicant during the 2015 diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. This year’s pilgrimage will be Nov. 4. Ken Falls photos
Like a patriarch looking forward to the next family reunion, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is joyfully anticipating the upcoming diocesan pilgrimage Nov. 4 to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
His enthusiasm was evident when the Bishop recently recorded a video message in which he extends a personal invitation to the faithful of the Diocese, asking them to take part in the daylong celebration. It will be the fourth pilgrimage that Bishop O’Connell has led since first coming to the Diocese in 2010.
After last year’s successful celebration of faith, hope and light, the traveling torches dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe will once again dwell in the Diocese’s four counties and blaze the way to greater love of Mary. Seven “Antorchas Guadalupanas,” or Guadalupe torches, symbolizing Mother Mary lighting the way to her Son, will be begin their journey during the Nov. 4 diocesan pilgrimage. More ... Friday, October 20, 2017
In keeping with tradition, The Monitor will publish a special keepsake magazine featuring Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., bestowing a blessing on more than 300 married couples in the Diocese marking one, 25, 50 or more years of marriage this year.
Through news coverage and pages of color photos, The Monitor will bring to life the two Anniversary Blessing events that will have taken place Oct. 8 and 22, as well as hundreds of original wedding photos from the couples being honored. More ... Friday, October 20, 2017
Tucked away in a diocesan resource manual of 12 training sessions and seemingly innumerable pages is a short reflection by Henri J. M. Nouwen: “The mystery of ministry is that we have been chosen to make our own limited and very conditional love the gateway for the unlimited and unconditional love of God.” More ... Thursday, October 19, 2017
The diocesan Department of Catholic Cemeteries will offer two All Souls Day Masses in remembrance of all deceased relatives and friends, both beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 2. All are welcome to attend either Mass. More ... Thursday, October 19, 2017
“I continue to be in awe of the support we receive from our community partners and the positive energy our guests bring to our vision for peace,” said Mary Pettrow, associate director, Providence House Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, as she greeted the sell-out crowd attending the 23rd Annual Taste of Burlington County held in The Merion, Cinnaminson, Oct. 11. More ... Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Catholic Charities’ Ocean Community Services in Lakewood has received a $5,000 grant from OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River in order to help meet the basic needs of veterans and local service men and women – active and retired – and their families who are struggling financially.
On Thursday, Oct. 12, every seat in every pew of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral will be filled with students, educators and volunteers, all gathered from every corner of the Diocese of Trenton for the annual Catholic Schools Mass with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. But those who want to view the Mass, will be able to do so via live video stream on the Diocese’s websites. More ... Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Rachel Hendricks has always believed life begins at conception. But it wasn’t until she began to take notice of legislation moving through the state Legislature on embryonic stem cell research nearly 15 years ago that she felt called to make her voice heard. More ... Tuesday, October 10, 2017
In recognition of October being Respect Life Month, Life Chains were held throughout the country as quiet witness for the dignity of human life. In the Diocese of Trenton, one such demonstration was held outside St. Veronica Parish, Howell, Oct. 1 on busy Route 9. More than 50 individuals from the parish, other faith traditions and the community at large assembled in front of the church’s grounds. More ... Tuesday, October 10, 2017
The fourth annual Walk of Hope to support Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, boasted more than 100 participants the morning of Sept. 30, who came to show their solidarity with those in need throughout the Diocese’s four counties. More ... Tuesday, October 10, 2017
For organizations like Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, transformation as the fruit of faith and hard work is always the goal.
It has been no different for Lauren Cieloscik, whose tenacity and courage led her from a life of seemingly insurmountable obstacles to the recipient of Catholic Charities’ 2017 Client Achievement Award.
Stories of success and words of affirmation were appreciated by all who attended the 92nd annual conference of the Trenton Diocesan Council of Parent-Teacher Associations held Sept. 30 in Toms River. More ... Friday, October 6, 2017
A centuries-old tradition invoking the Holy Spirit to guide all those who seek and administer justice was continued Oct. 1 at the second annual Monmouth County Red Mass in St. Michael Church, West End.
Three months ago, Ninfa Lazo González managed to convince a distraught and pregnant young woman not to take her own life.
It was about 3 a.m., and González was a few miles from her Princeton home, in her pajamas, having driven to the young woman upon receiving a desperate phone call.
González, a social worker and Hispanic ministry coordinator in her parish, St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, relied on her professional expertise and her faith-filled ministry experience to convince the young woman not to take her own life, or the one of her unborn child.