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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

Keeping the Feast Column: Coconut curry brings taste of Church of India to table
Over the years, many wonderful friends have volunteered in the mission fields and brought back not only moving stories of their time but great recipes to share as well. One of the first to do so spent a year in Kerala, India, and returned with great insights about the Saint Thomas Christians who trace their origins to St. Thomas the Apostle in the first century. More ...
Friday, February 23, 2018
St. Vincent de Paul ministry to sponsor 'Late Nite Catechism' show
The St. Vincent de Paul Society Diocese of Trenton will sponsor a production of “Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?” at 7:30 p.m. March 24 in St. Denis School, Manasquan. More ...
Friday, February 23, 2018
Notre Dame student Myles Kowalski shares Lenten reflection
So, this morning we ask ourselves some rather thought provoking questions: What is prayer? What does prayer mean? How do we pray? Now all of these questions have an answer, but that answer varies tremendously based on the individual. Because that is one of the greatest thing about prayer, it is so flexible! More ...
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Notre Dame student Megan Drumm shares Lenten reflection
Having a relationship with God is the most important thing in life. Speaking to God through prayer and mass, working for Him, and finding Him through other people’s words or actions is vital to maintain a strong relationship. Personally, I have had a strong relationship with God, but it has not always been a perfect one. More ...
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Notre Dame High School chaplain, students share Lenten reflections

The onset of the Lenten season traditionally leads to faithful entering a mode of self-reflection.

In this spirit, Father Jason M. Parzynski, chaplain in Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, shared his own Lenten reflection – along with those of two students – with the entire campus community as well as The Monitor.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Parish mission planned in Hamilton
St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton, will hold a Lenten parish mission “The Challenge of Faith: Living with God’s Mercy and Love” 8:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. March 19 to 21 in the church at 3500 South Broad Street. More ...
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Feb. 22 Update: Retreats, missions planned around Diocese for Lent
The following parishes and retreat centers in and around the Diocese have announced Lenten events and programs: More ...
Wednesday, February 21, 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 gathered for the noon Ash Wednesday prayer service Feb. 14 were reminded 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
As Christians around the world marked the beginning of Lent by receiving ashes in the form of a cross on their foreheads Feb. 14, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., urged the faithful gathered in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral to view this time as one when “we have the opportunity to draw closer to God, to embrace him and welcome him back into our lives again.” 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
A Message from Bishop O'Connell: A recipe for 'getting it right' this Lent
My Mom was a great cook and baker. One needs only to look at her sons to see the evidence!

Growing up, I would frequently sit with her in the kitchen as she worked her magic. I remember so well a little file box in the kitchen cabinet, decorated with Pennsylvania Dutch symbols. In it she kept clippings from magazines or notes written out in pencil on index cards or scraps of paper.

These were her treasured “recipes” collected over the years. Most of them she had committed to memory although, as she grew older, she would consult her recipes from time to time to make sure she “got it right” for her family, especially as the holidays approached. ...

Speaking of seasons, it’s hard to believe that Lent is already upon us once more. 

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Lent is time to become aware of false prophets, cold hearts, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Catholics should use the season of Lent to look for signs and symptoms of being under the spell of false prophets and of living with cold, selfish and hateful hearts, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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