On Monday, Jan. 22, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will celebrate the second of two diocesan Masses for Life to mark the tragic 45th anniversary of legal abortion in the United States. More ... Saturday, January 20, 2018
TRUJILLO, Peru – Encouraging the people of one of Peru's most battered cities, Pope Francis said the Gospel message can give Christians strength and hope to navigate amid life's storms.
Celebrating Mass Jan. 20 in the northern coastal city of Trujillo, Pope Francis said he knew the tragic consequences the people have suffered because of an unusual weather pattern that meteorologists dubbed a "coastal El Nino."
In previous years, participants in the annual March for Life showcased their tenacious commitment to the pro-life cause by steadfastly bracing wind, sleet and snow on behalf of the unborn.
This year in Washington, temperatures in the high 40s helped marchers feel a little less frigid – but no less determined.
“I have the opportunity to see so many students grow in their faith and stand up for what they believe,” said Deborah Flego, moderator of Red Bank Catholic High School’s Respect Life club, Caseys4Life.
Mount Carmel Guild is now accepting nominations for its Community Service Award, which recognizes men, women and organizations that unselfishly serve in the Mercer County area. More ... Friday, January 19, 2018
On Jan. 18, hours before more than 1,000 representatives from the Diocese’s parishes and schools were due to depart for Washington and the annual March for Life, scores of faithful gathered with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, to bid them Godspeed. More ... Thursday, January 18, 2018
The diocesan family will gather Jan. 18 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, for a special Preparatory Mass to pray for a renewed respect and protection for life at all its stages. Celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and concelebrated by Msgr. Sam Sirianni, Co-Cathedral rector, the 7 p.m. Mass is offered particularly for those who will travel to Washington D.C. the next morning to take part in the annual March for Life, and many others who wish to show their spiritual support. More ... Wednesday, January 17, 2018
A busy January Church calendar is the main focus in the January installment of “The Shepherd’s Voice,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.’s hour-long, monthly radio program and video produced by Domestic Church Media. More ... Monday, January 15, 2018
Two recently completed audits confirm the Diocese’s compliance in its work to keep children safe and to exert vigilant stewardship over financial resources.
Joseph Bianchi, executive director of the Diocese’s Office of Child and Youth Protection, explained, “The Diocese of Trenton successfully completed an on-site audit in November and was found to be in full compliance with every article of the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Youth and Young People.”
Audits such as this have been undertaken in the Diocese for 15 years, since the adoption of the Charter, said Margaret Dziminski, the office’s associate director.
The last year brought a range of highs and lows around the world and in the Diocese of Trenton.
Epic disasters devastated vast areas in the southern and western United States, Central America and the Caribbean, yet the generosity of the Catholic community has been unyielding. Even as hatred, racism and violence erupted, the Catholic community gave witness to their belief in Jesus Christ and the Gospel values that he taught.
Milestones were prayerfully commemorated including the Fatima Centennial, and new endeavors brought fresh causes for celebration, such as the elevation of a Co-Cathedral for the Diocese. More ... Thursday, January 11, 2018
Just four days into 2018, winter storm Grayson dug in its heels and walloped the eastern seaboard with frigid temperatures, fierce winds and snow ranging from 6 to 18 inches throughout New Jersey, forcing schools, offices, stores and churches to close. More ... Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Hundreds of Haitian Catholics from throughout the Diocese of Trenton filled Holy Spirit Church, part of Mother of Mercy Parish, Asbury Park, for a Mass Jan. 1 for the annual New Year’s celebration and this year's marking of the 214th Haitian National Independence Day – Jan. 1, 1804.
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated the Mass in French for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, along with concelebrants: Divine Word Father Miguel Virella, pastor of Mother of Mercy Parish; Father Paul Janvier and Divine Word Father Messan Kodjo Tettekpoe, parochial vicars of Mother of Mercy; Father Jean Felicien, parochial vicar of Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton; Divine Word Father Pierre Claver Fleury Lunimbu, parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament-Our Lady of the Divine Shepherd Parish, Trenton; and Father Albert Gardy Villarson, OMI, a Haitian priest who lives in residence in St. Helena Parish, Philadelphia. More ... Tuesday, January 2, 2018
The God Squad II, a basketball team made up of priests from across the Diocese, recently took on students from Saint John Vianney High School, Holmdel, for a friendly game of hoops to help foster vocations. More ... Thursday, December 21, 2017