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Holy Innocents School to close in June
The pastor of Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune, and principal of the parish school issued a joint letter the weekend of Nov. 10 and 11 announcing that the Catholic elementary school will close its doors in June due to declining enrollment and financial shortfalls. More ...
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Chancery offices closed Nov. 12
The Chancery offices in Lawrenceville are closed Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day.  Regular business hours will resume Nov. 13. More ...
Monday, November 12, 2018
Diaconate community urged to keep the faith, have hope in times of grief
Carol Glogoza of St. John Parish, Lakehurst, appreciates gathering with other deacons, their wives and family members, but she was especially heartened to be surrounded by their warmth and presence Nov. 3.

Glogoza was among those who attended the annual Memorial Mass for Deceased Deacons of the Diocese in St. Thomas More Church, Manalapan. Her husband, Deacon Richard Glogoza, who was ordained in May, 2009, died Aug. 18.

“I want to do whatever I can to remember who he was and the ministry that he loved,” said Glogoza, who attended the memorial Mass in past years with her husband.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Relics of St. Pio to visit Diocese of Trenton

After an historic 2017 U.S. tour, relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina – also known as Padre Pio – will resume a series of 2018 visits, making a Nov. 13 stop at St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold.

Public veneration of St. Pio’s relics will be available from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. including a glove, cotton gauze with St. Pio’s blood, a lock of hair, his mantle and handkerchief. Following veneration, Msgr. Thomas Gervasio, diocesan vicar general, will celebrate a 7 p.m. Mass.

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Friday, November 2, 2018
Sister Agnes Marie Gunn, former secretary for community relations, delegate for religious
Sister of St. Joseph Agnes Marie Gunn, who formerly served in several positions in the Diocese of Trenton including as secretary of community relations and delegate for religious, died Oct. 19 in St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pa. She was 90. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Leading children to Christ is priority for Dominica Vullo
As a parish catechetical leader Dominica Vullo maintains there is a top priority when it comes to helping to form children and their families in the Catholic faith. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
CCHD is reminder to faithful to serve the poor, priest says
Father John C. Garrett offers a compelling reason on why faithful from throughout the Diocese should consider helping those less fortunate by contributing to the annual 2018 Catholic Campaign for Human Development. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Catholic agencies appreciate support from 2017 CCHD funds
Six Catholic social service agencies located within the Diocese of Trenton providing a range of assistance to people in need have been awarded monetary grants through the 2017 Catholic Campaign for Human Development. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
A bicycle, a dog attack and a life of poverty
I bought the bicycle in March and started the cross country bicycle tour from San Francisco, Calif., to Washington, D.C., in June 2003 – 15 years ago. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Guild honorees serve as living examples of Christ
Madalyn Tusay was filled with gratitude as she welcomed all to the 23rd annual Mount Carmel Guild Gala. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Bishop O'Connell to join in Feast of Miraculous Medal observances
The Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia will once again be a graced place of welcome, warmth and prayer to the thousands of people who are expected to participate in the various services surrounding the Feast of the Miraculous Medal. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Father Joseph Tedesco named Mepkin Abbey superior
Father Joseph A. Tedesco, who formerly served as a priest for the Diocese of Trenton for 28 years, has been named superior of Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery located on the Cooper River outside of Moncks Corner, S.C., effective Nov. 3. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Pastoral Care Week marked with lunch to recognize, affirm chaplains
The gift of presence and hospitality shown daily by pastoral care workers to those they serve was reciprocated in a special way Oct. 25 when the Diocese hosted a Chaplains’ Appreciation Luncheon in the Chancery. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Annual gathering offers hope, healing for separated, divorced
For individuals dealing with separation or divorce, “healing doesn’t follow a specific timeline.” More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Love focus of Holy Innocents Society Mass, luncheon
For the students in Holy Innocents Society programs, Sacramental preparation is merely the first step. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Guadalupe torches double as interest grows
Celebrating its third year in the Diocese of Trenton, the pilgrimage of Las Antorchas Guadalupanas – the torches of Guadalupe – has already begun in all four counties, with a few noteworthy changes. More ...
Thursday, November 1, 2018
A reflection from Bishop O'Connell on All Saints, All Souls Days
Many times during the course of the year, I visit the graves of my parents.  I bring flowers or small plants to place there in loving memory as I pray for them.  Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays bring me there, as well as other days with no particular significance. 

As memories flood my mind, I sometimes smile, and other times, shed a few tears.  Their graves remind me how much I miss them and love them still.  In faith, I know they are not “there” but their remains rest in that sacred place.  I always feel a real “communion” with them.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., on the mass killing in a Pittsburgh synagogue
The devastating tragedy in Pittsburgh and the senseless loss of life at the Tree of Life Synagogue make it horribly clear, once again, that the effects of such hatred and violence are felt by us all, here at home and around the world.

Hatred and the evil it generates, however, cannot be the thing that unites us in society – faith and the love it promotes must bring us together as sisters and brothers of a loving God. 

As Catholics, we join in heartfelt prayer for those who have died, and we grieve with those who mourn. May God help us embrace one another as sisters and brothers in the face of tragedy and strengthen our resolve to reject the hatred and violence that attempt to tear us apart.
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Monday, October 29, 2018
OUR DIOCESE TODAY: A reminder on upcoming holy days of obligation
The Solemnity of All Saints, Thursday, November 1, and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Saturday, December 8, are holy days of obligation for all Catholics. More ...
Monday, October 29, 2018
Spirituality of service focus of annual convocation for deacons
Surrounded by brother deacons whose ranks they seek to join, five men from the four counties of the Diocese took a meaningful step on their journey Oct. 27 when they were formally accepted by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., as candidates for the diocesan diaconate program. More ...
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Bishop celebrates Mass as Our Lady of Guadalupe torches begin month-long pilgrimage

To hear Nelson Abru explain it, there is a very important message accompanying the 15 torches on their journey across the Diocese for Las Antorchas Guadalupanas.

“As Mary carried the Light of Christ, we need to bring the Light of Christ forward. We need to share this Good News with our parishioners, with those in our communities and with the rest of the world,” said Abru, a member of the respect life ministry in Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
Pastoral Care Week celebrated Oct. 21-27
The Diocese of Trenton joined other diocesan communities around the country in marking Pastoral Care Week, Oct. 21-27. More ...
Friday, October 26, 2018
Korean parish community in Eatontown hosts World Mission Sunday Mass

Immaculate Conception parishioner Rosa Lee is grateful for being able to worship and celebrate the Sacraments in her native language, Korean, because, she says, it helps bring  the parish community together.

“We can share his love with others,” said Lee, whose Eatontown parish serves as a spiritual home to Korean Catholics from Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties by offering the celebration of Mass in the East Asian nation’s language.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Anniversary celebrates Upper Room as harbor of hope, place of prayer

For 40 years the Upper Room Spiritual Center in Neptune has been a source of prayer, community and education for faithful in the Trenton Diocese and beyond.

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Catechetical convocation focuses on teaching role of the family
The ways in which the Church can assist parents in their role as primary educators of the faith was a focus of the 2018 Parish Catechetical Leader Convocation held Oct. 18 in St. Isaac Jogues Parish, Marlton. More ...
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Diocesan World Mission Sunday Mass Oct. 21
The diocesan World Mission Sunday Mass will be celebrated Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 64 Broad Street, Eatontown. More ...
Thursday, October 18, 2018



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