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Diocese's faithful celebrate Christmas octave with prayer, thankfulness, charity
Second-graders in St. Mary Parish, Bordentown, re-enact the Nativity Story during 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. Joe Moore photo

Second-graders in St. Mary Parish, Bordentown, re-enact the Nativity Story during 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. Joe Moore photo

Just as Joseph and Mary traveled from their homeland to the tiny Bethlehem manger, so, too, did the faithful of the Diocese of Trenton travel in faith throughout the blessed octave of Christmas celebrating the Infant Jesus’ Birth.

Solitary, quiet prayer was counterbalanced by youthful and joyous evangelization, and adorning parish environments and extending thankful praise to helping hands served as worthy exhibitions of faith and gratitude.
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Beloved Filipino religious tradition flourishes in Diocese
Simbang Gabi may be a long-treasured tradition in the Philippines that has begun to grow around the Diocese’s parishes and beyond, but for Father Leandro Dela Cruz, it’s a childhood memory, too. More ...
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Bishops Share Christmas visit
Christmas found Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.,  making visits around the Diocese of Trenton – including stops at the state prison and Morris Hall. More ...
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Bishop O'Connell celebrates Mass for Simbang Gabi, 600-Year Philippine religious tradition
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated the ninth and last Mass of the Simbang Gabi, a long-treasured Filipino Christmas tradition, in St. Charles Borromeo, Cinnaminson, Dec. 11. More ...
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Marriage advice: Make time for each other, especially at Christmas
DUBLIN -- People who work with married couples have urged them to make time for each other, especially during the often-stressful Christmas season. More ...
Monday, December 19, 2016
From the Bishop: Christmas narratives illustrate core belief of 'God with us'

A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.

If you are looking to find out what the Bible says about Christmas, you don’t have to look far. The story of Christ’s birth is only mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in what students of the Scriptures call the “infancy narratives.” As you look and compare the two accounts of the same event, you quickly realize that they differ from one another in detail. 

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Monday, December 19, 2016
St. William the Abbot children celebrate global Christmas
St. William the Abbot Parish’s School of Religion, Howell, hosted a Christmas celebration at the global level, with its annual Christmas Pageant and Christmas Around the World program Dec. 10. More ...
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Music of the season opens doors to evangelization
In the season where elves on shelves compete with Advent calendars and Santa overrides St. Nicholas in the marketplace, what’s spiritually lacking on the visual landscape can be found audibly in Christmas carols and sacred music.

Related Evangelization Story: Diocese's youth, young adults spread joy and good will during Advent

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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Midnight Mass in Washington's Crossing
It was around 11p.m.on a cold Christmas Eve in 1776 that Gen. George Washington and his troops began the historic crossing of the Delaware at McConkey’s and Johnson’s Ferries, moving on to surprise  the Hessians in Trenton early Christmas morning. This victory raised the hopes of the American Colonists. More ...
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Crèche blessed in front of State House in Trenton
Hundreds from around the Diocese celebrated Christmas in the public square Dec. 10 at the annual blessing of the crèche on the lawn of the New Jersey State House. More ...
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Medford parish choirs get in the Christmas Spirit
To celebrate the start of the Christmas season with local communities, St. Mary of the Lakes Parish and School, Medford, hosted its annual Christmas Choir Concert Dec. 4 in the church. More ...
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Bishop visits annual Christmas party at Morris Hall
It’s always a festive and fun day around Morris Hall when residents and staff hold their annual Christmas party and get to welcome special guests such as Santa Claus and Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. More ...
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Mary shows what good comes from wholehearted 'yes' to God, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- Although she was just a humble young woman from a small town, Mary's total "yes" to God was "the most important 'yes' of history" and overturned Adam and Eve's prideful "no," which unleashed sin into the world, Pope Francis said. More ...
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Eatontown parish sponsors Nativity scene in front of Borough Hall

Puffs of breath could be seen in the cold, early evening air as hundreds rocking back and forth for warmth awaited the annual tree lighting Dec. 2 in front of Eatontown’s Borough Hall.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Parishes usher in Advent with special projects, service
During the four-week preparation of Advent, parishes throughout the Diocese of Trenton have planned many spiritual, social and charitable activities to enrich the lives of their parishioners – and hopefully turn people’s minds toward the reality of Christ’s coming. The first Sunday of Advent was a chance for parishes to set the tone for the season. More ...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Filipino Christmas tradition prepares for the birth of Jesus
Parishes around the Diocese are gearing up for Simbang Gabi, or Mass of the Rooster – a tradition held by the Filipino community to prepare for the birth of Jesus. More ...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Advent 2016: St. Ann choir's Lessons and Carols to recall the true meaning of Christmas
The adult choir of St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville, will present a Ceremony of Lessons and Carols at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the church at 1253 Lawrenceville Road.  More ...
Friday, November 18, 2016
Advent 2016: Dominicans' Advent mission will focus on love in families
During the busy preparations of the Advent season, it can be difficult to tear ourselves away to spend time with God. More ...
Friday, November 18, 2016
Advent 2016: Rumson parish choirs to present 'Messiah'
Holy Cross Parish, Rumson, is celebrating the Advent season through music with a choir concert featuring George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” More ...
Friday, November 18, 2016

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