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'We Have Seen His Star' -- Parishes commemorate the Epiphany with gifts, music, community
For the Christ Child -- Roberto Munoz, Carlos Aluarado, Hilario Bixcaxau dressed as the three kings for the Epiphany celebration in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Trenton. Joe Moore photos
For the Christ Child -- Roberto Munoz, Carlos Aluarado, Hilario Bixcaxau dressed as the three kings for the Epiphany celebration in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Trenton. Joe Moore photos
Normally celebrated Jan. 6, the 12th day of Christmas, the feast of the Epiphany -- the journey of the Three Kings to the stable in Bethlehem -- was moved this year to January 3, giving parishes throughout the Diocese of Trenton the opportunity to focus on the meaning of the Magi and their role in the Christmas story. More ...
Monday, January 4, 2016

Ministering To The Multitudes: How parishes prepared for Christmas crowds of 2015

Three priests. Six deacons.

Two dozen extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, 28 ushers, 21 readers, and four sacristans, not to mention multiple children’s choirs, an adult choir, a praise band, string ensemble and a cohort of organists and cantors.

And that doesn’t include the back-up ministers and volunteers ready to step up to the plate if called upon.

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Friday, January 8, 2016
Even in retirement, priests bring Christmas joy to Diocese
For a number of the priests in Villa Vianney, the residence for retired priests of the Diocese in Lawrenceville, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were spent on the road traveling to parishes around the Diocese to assist with celebrating Mass. More ...
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Las Posadas celebration recreates journey of Holy Family
St. Anthony of Padua Parish celebrated the birth of the Lord with a traditional “Las Posadas” procession Dec. 20 throughout the streets of the Red Bank town it calls home. More than 300 parishioners and young actors re-enacted the journey once taken by Mary and Joseph before the birth of Jesus. More ...
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Celebrating Christmas with spiritual sisters, brothers
For many, celebrating Christmas means gathering with loved ones and family members to welcome the arrival of the newborn King. More ...
Thursday, January 7, 2016
UPDATED: CHRISTMAS GREETINGS -- Notre Dame's student-produced Christmas video receives widespread attention

When Bishop David M. O’Connell concluded the pre-Christmas Mass he celebrated in Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, Dec. 22, he was likely one of the first outside of the school community to view a video Christmas card that has since gone global.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
In Christmas Eve homily, Bishop O'Connell retells story of Christ's Birth and his mission on earth
Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., celebrated Mass at 10 p.m. for parishioners of St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, on Christmas Eve.

Among the concelebrating priests who joined Bishop O'Connell at the altar was Msgr. Joseph Roldan, cathedral rector.

In his homily, the Bishop had insightful words on the meaning of Christmas that he shared with the faithful seated before him.

"The Christmas story tonight is no different than it has ever been.  Same characters; same stable; same angels; same shepherds; same star year after year after year.  You would think after 2,000 years, Christians would get tired of telling the same story.   And, yet, they never have and I suspect they never will.  The real miracle of the Christmas story is precisely that: it never gets old!" stated Bishop O'Connell.

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Friday, December 25, 2015
'Word Of The Father, Now In Flesh Appearing'

A Reading From the Holy Gospel According to Luke (2:1-14)

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus
that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth 
to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, 
because he was of the house and family of David, 
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
St. Mary of the Lakes School serve as 'lights' for orphans
A Catholic school in Medford has issued an enthusiastic “yes” to their missionary call just in time to make Christmas for the children in a Third World orphanage a little brighter. More ...
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Christmas Celebration at Notre Dame - Bishop O'Connell joins students, faculty for pre-Christmas Mass, Nativity presentation
The final hours of school this year for student sin Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, were packed with everything Christmas – including a Mass celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., a living Nativity packed with students and an infant, and a special Christmas video greeting involving all 1,289 students. More ...
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Vatican, EWTN announce Christmas programming
Faithful are invited to tune in to special programming of Christmas celebrations being celebrated in Rome and Washington, D.C. The following programs can be viewed on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN): More ...
Friday, December 18, 2015
'Glory to the Newborn King' Christmas Carol Festivals evangelize with music, witness and fellowship
It’s that time of year, the old song goes, when every song you hear seems to say “Merry Christmas.” More ...
Friday, December 18, 2015
Filipino community celebrates Simbang Gabi with Bishop
It’s called Rooster Mass, Misa de Gallo in Spanish, so named because the devotional Masses are held at dawn for nine straight days, originally held that early so farmers could attend before tending to their fields. More ...
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Classic beauty evangelizes, heralds true Christmas spirit

Midway through Advent, more than 300 people — seeking the true meaning of Christmas -- filled every seat in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Red Bank, to hear the parish choir and the Diocesan Festival Choir perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio.”

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Sunday, December 13, 2015
Bishop O'Connell spreads Christmas joy for Morris Hall residents
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., brought Christmas joy to the residents and guests of Morris Hall, Lawrenceville, when he joined them for the 15th annual Christmas Party Dec. 6. More ...
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Simbang Gabi celebrations prepare for Christ

For Filipino Catholics, their heritage includes a joyous novena of early morning Masses in preparation for the Na­tivity of our Lord called Simbang Gabi, or Mass at Dawn. 

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Year of Mercy, Christmas, New Year prayers fill pope's calendar
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' calendar of Masses and prayer services for December and January are a combination of annual Advent and Christmas celebrations and added events for the beginning of the Year of Mercy. More ...
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Christmas Carol Festivals slated for parishes

If your idea of celebrating Christmas involves time with family, friends and neighbors instead of strangers at a crowded mall, then Christmas Carol Festivals are for you.

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Monday, November 23, 2015
Faithful invited to ring in Advent season
“The Music of Advent,” a free event open to the public, will be held Dec. 2 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in Ocean County College, Toms River, in Room A117 of the Grunin Center for the Arts. More ...
Monday, November 23, 2015

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