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Diocese to participate in 24 Hours for the Lord
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., announced Feb. 20 that the Diocese of Trenton will join the worldwide Catholic community in observing 24 Hours for the Lord, an initiative requested by Pope Francis and set for March 9 and 10.

In his 2018 Lenten message, Pope Francis invited dioceses, parishes and faith communities to join him in the initiative for the second consecutive year.  He asked that at least one church in each diocese  remain open for 24 consecutive hours over the prescribed dates.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

'Great work of salvation' begins on Ash Wednesday, Hightstown faithful told
Sitting in the nave of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Hightstown, which was illuminated by the sun shining through the stained glass windows, about 100 faithful who gathered for the noon Ash Wednesday prayer service Feb. 14 were reminded in a unique way about what it means to receive ashes and the start of the Lenten season. More ...
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Lent is a time of repentance, forgiveness, mercy, Bishop reminds faithful during Ash Wednesday Mass
Christians around the world marked the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14 by attending Mass and receiving ashes in the form of a cross on their foreheads. For the faithful, it is a day of fasting, reconciliation and prayer. More ...
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Keeping the Feast column: On Ash Wednesday, try salmon and potato cakes
In preparation for adding new Lenten recipes to Keeping the Feast every year, I review past columns which, including print and internet editions, go back 16 years. Doing so sheds a lot of light on ever-evolving culinary trends as well as how faith and food can work hand in hand to make the most of this important season. More ...
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Keeping the Feast column: Fat Tuesday recipe with a quiche and a prayer

In kitchens throughout the Christian world, the countdown to Lent – which begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14 – is underway.

That being the case, countless meatless recipes are under serious scrutiny.

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Monday, February 12, 2018
Retreats, missions planned around Diocese for Lent
Following is a listing of Lenten events and programs planned in and around the Diocese of Trenton. Check back for more updates throughout the season.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Seaside Heights, will hold a Lenten parish mission 7 p.m. Feb. 19, 20 and 21 at 100 Grant Ave.
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Monday, February 12, 2018
Bishop O'Connell: Lenten obligations include fasts, abstinence
During the days and weeks of penance that lie ahead – from Ash Wednesday, February 14th  until Holy Thursday, March 29th – the Catholic Church throughout the world commemorates the penitential season of Lent. The model Jesus gave us for “these forty days” was his own experience in the desert and the temptations that followed him there where he encountered Satan face to face.   More ...
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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