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'Great work of salvation' begins on Ash Wednesday, Hightstown faithful told
Mark of Humility -- Deacon Michael Scannella imposes ashes on the foreheads during the noon Ash Wednesday prayer service in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Hightstown. Mike Ehrmann photos

Mark of Humility -- Deacon Michael Scannella imposes ashes on the foreheads during the noon Ash Wednesday prayer service in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Hightstown. Mike Ehrmann photos

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
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

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