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St. Patrick's Day parades launch a frigid March
BELLS OF ST. PAUL’S • The bell choir of St. Paul School, Burlington, leads the school’s contingent while playing various tunes. John Blaine photos

BELLS OF ST. PAUL’S • The bell choir of St. Paul School, Burlington, leads the school’s contingent while playing various tunes. John Blaine photos

Showcasing one of the Catholic Church’s most well-known and celebrated saints, parades in honor of St. Patrick kicked off the first March weekend in the Diocese of Trenton, in spite of near-freezing temperatures, drawing participants and parade-goers from neighboring towns to take in the festivities. Catholic community members, some marching for the first time, joined others  in upholding a time-honored tradition. More ...
Friday, March 10, 2017

Funeral homes provide invaluable service, friendship to grief-stricken
Millie is a widow. She has no children and no family in the area. For the past 15 years, after she finishes a morning of grocery shopping, she sometimes stops at the funeral home where she made the final arrangements for her husband. More ...
Friday, March 10, 2017
Hidden Figures
NEW YORK -- The struggles of the civil rights era provide the backdrop for the appealing fact-based drama "Hidden Figures" (Fox 2000). Along with a personalized insight into the injustices that still prevailed in American society in the early 1960s, director Theodore Melfi's adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly's book -- which centers on three extraordinarily gifted mathematicians working for NASA -- successfully re-creates the tension of the Cold War space race. More ...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
St. Francis Center says goodbye to longtime staff member

By EmmaLee Italia

Ask Connie Becraft what she’ll miss most about her work at St. Francis Community Center, and she promptly replies, “Every part of it.”

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Thursday, January 5, 2017
The Bounce Back
NEW YORK -- "The Bounce Back" (Viva) is a pleasantly compact and diverting romance in which everyone goes out of their way to be both polite and well-attired. More ...
Friday, December 16, 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
Belmar parish priest makes it his mission to visit Guadalupe shrine
Our Lady of Guadalupe did a great favor for Father Walter Quiceno and his family this year, and now the parochial vicar in St. Rose Parish, Belmar, wants everyone to know the blessings of having a devotion to the Mother of the Americas.

“I did not know the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe,” said Father Quiceno, who came from Colombia to serve the Diocese of Trenton in 2008.  “In Colombia, we are devoted to the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Mount Carmel and never hear of Guadalupe.” 
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Cooking for brothers is ministry for Sister Christine

When it comes to education, Sister of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Pa., Christine Joseph Iacobacci is widely recognized and respected for her gifts, not only in teaching reading, but creating programs that help students master the vital skill.

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Monday, December 5, 2016
From Tepeyac to Malvern -- Retreat house invites local parish to join celebration of the Patroness of the Americas

Relationships… it all comes down to fostering relationships with our God, with our faith community, with one another. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, has long served as a bridge and relationship builder among cultures and ethnicities throughout the Americas and the world, and as intercessor between God and God’s people.

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Friday, December 2, 2016
Near-death experience inspires retiree to pen book

Michael R. Albert, 83, retells a dream he had when he was 12 years old in a children’s book he has authored entitled “Mekhail’s Dream.”

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Thursday, December 1, 2016
For seniors, spirituality in the Golden Years takes many forms
In 1996, when Franciscan Sister Robert Marie Green retired as principal of Corpus Christi School, Willingboro, after 36 years in education, she was determined to try something new. More ...
Thursday, December 1, 2016

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