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Catholic Underground brings faithful of all ages together in Whiting
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE • Father Pasquale Papalia, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, uses the thurible to incense the offering March 17 during the Lenten Weekend Mission, led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and their organization, Catholic Underground. Brother Pierre Toussaint is shown in background playing the acoustic guitar.  Michael Glenn photos
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE • Father Pasquale Papalia, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, uses the thurible to incense the offering March 17 during the Lenten Weekend Mission, led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and their organization, Catholic Underground. Brother Pierre Toussaint is shown in background playing the acoustic guitar.  Michael Glenn photos

It may traditionally be known for its mission to draw young people to the Church, but the Catholic Underground of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal drew a multigenerational crowd March 17 as the brothers opened the annual Lenten Weekend Mission in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting.

 
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Princeton school to present mime Stations of the Cross
Each grade in St. Paul School, Princeton, has an opportunity during the school year to take on a particular responsibility – receiving a Sacrament, performing a special program or a service project. More ...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Bishop, priests renewed at Lenten Spirituality Day
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and about 110 priests came together for a Lenten Spirituality Day March 9 in St. John the Baptist Church, Allentown. More ...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
A Message from Bishop O'Connell: This Lent, 'repent and believe the Good News'
The Holy Season of Lent arrives once more with its invitation to “repent and believe the Good News.” More ...
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Holmdel pastor encourages faithful to look at Lent as gift for Lord
Wearing the traditional violet vestments, Msgr. Gregory Vaughan addressed the dozens who attended the 9 a.m. Ash Wednesday Mass March 1, asking those gathered in St. Catharine Church, Holmdel, to think about the true meaning of Lent. More ...
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Lent is time to relive exodus from slavery to freedom, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – Like the people of Israel freed from the bondage of slavery, Christians are called to experience the path toward hope and new life during the Lenten season, Pope Francis said.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Hundreds join with Bishop O'Connell for Ash Wednesday Mass

Sending a clear signal that the beginning of Lent was moments away, hundreds of faithful from around the state capital skipped lunch on Ash Wednesday and headed to St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

 
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Video series offers Catholics Gospel guidance for their Lenten journey
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- One of the biggest challenges of Lent, for many people who are caught up in the demands of everyday life, is to set aside meaningful time during the penitent season to forge a deeper connection with Christ. More ...
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Bishop O'Connell speaks on Lenten obligations of fasts, abstinence

“These forty days of Lent, O Lord, with you we fast and pray.” 

This line from a popular hymn we sing in our parishes during the season of Lent contains a very important truth. During the days and weeks of penance that lie ahead – from Ash Wednesday, March 1st, until Holy Thursday, April 13th – it is with YOU, Lord, with YOU we fast and pray. The model Jesus gave us for “these forty days” was his own experience of the desert and the temptations that followed him there where he encountered Satan face to face. And yet, Jesus, there in the desert – alone, fasting and in intense prayer – beat back the devil and triumphed over temptation, as strong and as unrelenting as it was throughout those 40 days.

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Monday, February 27, 2017
Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

WASHINGTON – In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday – celebrated March 1 this year – leaves a mark.

That’s because not only are Catholics marked with a sign of penitence with ashes on their foreheads, but the rich symbolism of the rite itself draws Catholics to Churches in droves even though it is not a holy day of obligation and ashes do not have to be distributed during a Mass.

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Friday, February 24, 2017
Lent Event Listings
The following parishes in and around the Diocese have announced the following Lenten events and programs: More ...
Friday, February 24, 2017
Money, pride make people ignore God's Word, neglect others, Pope says in Lenten message
VATICAN CITY – Without making room for God’s Word in their heart, people will never be able to welcome and love all human life, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, February 24, 2017
#Ashtag: When posting Ash Wednesday photos, use your head
WASHINGTON – Ash Wednesday seems to offer contradictory messages. The Gospel reading for the day is about not doing public acts of piety but the very act of getting ashes – and walking around with them – is pretty public. More ...
Friday, February 24, 2017
New Life in Christ Jesus -- Easter season welcomes new Catholics into the faith -- Blessed Mother was source of inspiration for Kindnerski

If there’s one thing Nicole Kindnerski could have changed about particiatng in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, she wishes that she had joined the process sooner. “I wanted to invite God into my life,” she said.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
New Life in Christ -- Easter season welcomes new Catholics into the faith
In parishes around the Diocese of Trenton, more than 600 women and men entered into full communion with the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil celebrated March 26. About 195 elect were baptized, confirmed and received first Eucharist. the remaining 400 candidates, who were already baptized, were confirmed and received first Eucharist at the Vigil. 

Over the next few weeks of this Easter Season, The Monitor's facebook page will highlight a few stories of the newly baptized, focusing on how they came to respond to God's invitation in their lives. Here we read about Tom Cunningham of Sacred Heart Parish, Mount Holly.
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Friday, April 15, 2016
New Life in Christ Jesus! Easter season welcomes new Catholics into the faith
In parishes around the Diocese of Trenton, more than 600 women and men entered into full communion with the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil celebrated March 26. About 195 elect were baptized, confirmed and received first Eucharist. The remaining 400 candidates who were already baptized, were confirmed and received first Eucharist at the Vigil. 

Over the next few weeks of this Easter Season, The Monitor's facebook page will highlight a few stories of the newly baptized, focusing on how they came to respond to God's invitation in their lives. Here we read about Michael Grom of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Freehold.
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Friday, April 15, 2016
New Life in Christ Jesus -- Easter season welcomes new Catholics into the faith
In parishes around the Diocese of Trenton, more than 600 women and men entered into full communion with the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil celebrated March 26. About 195 elect were baptized, confirmed and received first Eucharist. The remaining 400 candidates who were already baptized, were confirmed and received first Eucharist at the Vigil. 

Over the next few weeks of this Easter Season, The Monitor's facebook page will highlight a few stories of the newly baptized, focusing on how they came to respond to God's invitation in their lives. Here we read about Laciana Tinsley of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington. 
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Friday, April 15, 2016
At Last!--After long journeys, East Vigil unites elect, candidates and their families in faith
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On Easter Morn
A group of faithful from St. Veronica Parish, Howell, celebrated Easter Sunday morning with a prayer service on a beach and gazebo area in Spring Lake. More ...
Sunday, March 27, 2016



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