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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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. More ... Friday, February 2, 2018
Once every 10 years, as each new decade begins, some 2,000 local residents of the little Bavarian town of Oberammergau come together to present the Passion Play, a dramatic recreation of Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection. More ... Thursday, January 25, 2018