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Faithful discuss prophetic nature of 'Humanae Vitae'
ONGOING DEBATE -- Participants of all ages gather in St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton, to listen to a talk about “Humanae Vitae” and discuss Pope Paul VI’s controversial encyclical. Georgiana Francisco photo
ONGOING DEBATE -- Participants of all ages gather in St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton, to listen to a talk about “Humanae Vitae” and discuss Pope Paul VI’s controversial encyclical. Georgiana Francisco photo
Exactly 50 years to the day since Pope Paul VI issued the encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” faithful from around the Diocese gathered to celebrate and learn more about the 15-page document that continues to influence today’s society. More ...
Friday, August 3, 2018

Catechetical website uses science, faith to tackle unbelief
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jesuit Father Robert J. Spitzer, former president of Gonzaga University, launched a cutting-edge catechetical website to confront the rising tide of unbelief spurred by an increasingly skeptical, science-saturated society.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Natural Family Planning positives, challenges discussed during presentation in Holmdel
Priests, deacons and lay ministry leaders were among those who gathered July 23 not only to learn more about Natural Family Planning, but to help dispel myths and rumors on the subject. More ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Books on saints, secrets, Mary for your children's summer reading

The following books, all published this year, are suitable for summer reading:

• "The Pope's Cat," by Jon M. Sweeney, illustrated by Roy DeLeon. (62 pp.)

Young lovers of Pope Francis and cats beware: You'll be hooked by this new series that displays the tenderness of an already beloved pope. True to his form of loving all of God's creation, Pope Francis adopts a stray cat who needs a little tender loving care (and a bath) before becoming more comfortable in the papal quarters. 

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018
School workshops aim to promote leadership in girls

New research shows that, without positive female role models and active parental intervention, many girls decide they aren’t as smart as boys by the tender age of six.

Studies have shown that girls fail to use their academic skill and believe their voices are not good enough, math is too difficult, engineering is just for boys and that history exists primarily of important men accomplishing great things.

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Parental awareness key when it comes to cybersecurity, St. Paul School parents hear
In a relatively new initiative called “Untapped Potential,” parents in Princeton’s St. Paul School community are being invited to share fellowship and conversation on topics important to their roles as guardians.

Spearheaded by the school’s Catholic Identity Committee, there have been two of these gatherings – Father Gabriel Zeis, diocesan vicar for Catholic education, who spoke Feb. 1 on God’s hand at work in a child’s life; and April 19, when I spoke on “Parenting in the Digital Age,” a daunting task given the weight that social media has in our society at large.
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Monday, May 7, 2018
Education specialist returns to Diocese for youth suicide discussion

Concerned parents gathered April 16 in the library of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, for a “Raising Healthy Teens” presentation led by education specialist George Scott, a licensed marital and family therapist from the Center for Counseling Services, Mercer County.

During the talk, his second in the Diocese in the past four months, Scott discussed how suicide remains the third leading cause of death for New Jersey youth ages 10 to 24.  A similar discussion by Scott was held in St. Gregory the Great Academy, Hamilton Square, in December.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Organization educates parents, teachers, students about online perils
OMAHA, Neb. – More than 83 percent of U.S. children ages 12 to 17 use a popular online social media application, Snapchat, at least monthly. But it’s one of the most unsafe apps they use. More ...
Friday, April 6, 2018
Video games under scrutiny again after Parkland shooting

WASHINGTON – It was only 40 years ago that the video game Space Invaders came onto the scene.

In 1978, video games were few and far between, unless you had some kind of primitive Atari or Intellivision console that you could hook up to your tube TV to play something other than Pong. But Space Invaders set the tone for generations of video games yet to come.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
USCCB's marriage, family website gets fresh, new look
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced its new mobile-responsive ForYourMarriage.org website that includes updated content, graphics and a new section dedicated to marriage and family ministry leaders.  

ForYourMarriage.org, which began in 2007, is an initiative of the USCCB that began as the communications component of the National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage. It continues to play a key role in advancing the USCCB’s priority on marriage and family. 
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Thursday, March 22, 2018



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