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, Dean Lentz took a giant step toward honoring a promise he made 23 years ago. More ... Monday, February 19, 2018
God never tires of showing mercy. That was one of the messages more than 600 men witnessed Feb. 24 at the 21st annual Catholic Men for Jesus Christ Conference in St. Gregory the Great Church, Hamilton Square.
“We are in the season of Lent. What better time than this time of penance and grace to give some thought to mercy, to ask for mercy, to show mercy: at home, within your family; at work, with your co-workers; at Church, within your parish; in the neighborhood, with the community; in life, within all you experience,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., said in his homily.
“I see it every year at these events,” Christian Brother Frank Byrne, president of Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, explained. “You see guys walk in who graduated in the 70s, 80s, 2000s, not quite sure of what to say. Then in 20 minutes, they are all swapping stories just like they did back in the cafeteria at school. That is how strong the brotherhood is with CBA alumni.”
On Feb. 22, more than 100 graduates of CBA gathered in Beacon Hill Country Club, Middletown, to celebrate that brotherhood at their annual networking event.
St. Paul’s second letter to the people of Corinth, Integrity in the Ministry, stresses, “For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ. But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us (2 Corinthians 4:6-7).” More ... Friday, February 23, 2018
People from throughout the Diocese once again showed their generous spirit and commitment to supporting faith-based higher education through their participation in an annual collection to benefit The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. More ... Thursday, February 22, 2018
Frank DeAngelis may have illustrated his talk Feb. 13 at Georgian Court University with a slide presentation, but he never relied on notes to tell the story of Columbine High School.
He didn’t have to.
Throughout his two-and-a-half hour talk at the Lakewood institution, it was clear that DeAngelis, the principal who steered the Colorado High School community through its darkest hours, remembers every moment of the tragedy that began unfolding April 20, 1999.
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