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Opioid abuse talk at Trenton Catholic Academy offers sobering statistics
Michele Schreffler-Perez of the Hamilton-based organization City of Angels leads a demonstration through what a typical teen girl’s room may look like – showing how drugs and drug paraphernalia can be hidden in plain sight. Schreffler-Perez was one of many speakers to talk on drug abuse during a presentation Oct. 31 at Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton. Rose O’Connor photos

Michele Schreffler-Perez of the Hamilton-based organization City of Angels leads a demonstration through what a typical teen girl’s room may look like – showing how drugs and drug paraphernalia can be hidden in plain sight. Schreffler-Perez was one of many speakers to talk on drug abuse during a presentation Oct. 31 at Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton. Rose O’Connor photos

The more than 50 concerned parents, community members and school and public officials who came together recently for a presentation at Trenton Catholic Academy on the increasing national heroin and opioid epidemic were met with some sobering statistics.

More than 170 people die each day in the United States from an overdose; every three weeks, overdose deaths equal the number of people who died in the 9-11 terror attacks on the Twin Towers, and America makes up 4.6 percent of the world population but accounts for more than 80 percent of the world’s opioid usage.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

National Catholic group to accept Boy Scouts' decision to allow girls

IRVING, Texas – The leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, which has its headquarters in the Dallas suburb of Irving, said they “accept and will work with the new membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America” to admit girls.

“We were informed this morning” of the policy change, said an Oct. 11 statement by George Sparks, the national chairman of the group, and the committee’s national chaplain, Father Kevin Smith, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Story of Creation, farm animals delight youngsters in Medford

Youngsters and their families received a hands-on lesson in creation as more than 30 children rubbed elbows – and a few ears and chins – with farm animals after a lesson on Genesis.

“There are few channels for the little ones to learn about Jesus and hear stories from the Bible unless parents take the time to teach them,” said Father Roy Aris B. Ballacillo, parochial vicar in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford. “Our Littlest Disciples Ministry is a wonderful way to bridge the gap from infancy to Holy Communion, serving not only as a source of fellowship, but also as a way of introducing little children to the love of Jesus in a safe and enjoyable setting.”

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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Training program aims to bring married, new couples together

The first step to counteracting the culture of divorce is to get newly married couples involved in the life of the Church.

That was the message heard by about 40 priests, deacons and marriage preparation coordinators from about 18 parishes in the Diocese of Trenton and nearby dioceses who gathered Sept. 9 in St. Gregory the Great Church, Hamilton Square, for the Witness to Love certification training program.

Co-sponsored by the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Family Life and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Life and Family, the Catholic marriage preparation ministry was presented by its founders, Mary-Rose and Ryan Verret.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Families, kids on hand for junior youth ministry kickoff in Hainesport
There was joyful chatter and lots of cheer in the air in the grassy park across from Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Hainesport, as children gathered around a small tent to get their freshly minted red or blue “I Like Being a Catholic” T-shirts before choosing teams for a game of kickball. More ...
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Kids invited to learn story of creation
The Littlest Disciples Ministry of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish and School, Medford, will present “The Story of Creation,” an evening of prayerful reflection, storytelling, and activities for children and their families. More ...
Thursday, September 7, 2017



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