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A Father's Day story: stepping in when the biological dad steps out
Tyson and Katherine Babcock pose for a family photo in this undated picture. CNS photo/courtesy Agnieszka Krawczynski
Tyson and Katherine Babcock pose for a family photo in this undated picture. CNS photo/courtesy Agnieszka Krawczynski
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Katherine Babcock was in college studying toward an arts degree when she found out she was pregnant. The child's father, her best friend of 10 years, could not cope with the news. More ...
Saturday, June 16, 2018

In world of difficult news, retreat houses can offer solace

Modern life can be stressful, from the balancing act of juggling work and busy family lives to the unexpected turns of death, divorce or addiction. Add to these issues the local, national and global problems seen in the news, and it’s difficult not to feel overwhelmed.

That’s where the benefits of retreat centers can come into play, for as 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 states, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed.”

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
What to expect at a retreat house
“Come as you are!” say the Sisters of Charity who run the Maris Stella Retreat & Conference Center, Harvey Cedars. More ...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Retreats, parish or otherwise, beneficial for kids, teens
Children and teens are busy. Between sports, clubs and school activities, the youth of today have a lot on their plates. Parishes in the Diocese of Trenton understand this as well as the need for youth to take a minute to catch their breath and spend quiet time with the Lord. More ...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Upcoming retreats, programs around the Diocese

Following is a listing of retreats and programs planned in and around the Diocese

 
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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Missions director recalls hospitality, faith of Nepalese people
Those on the East Coast may be exhausted by the number of recent nor’easters that have knocked over trees and left many without power for weeks, but imagine the impact a 7.8-magnitude earthquake might have on neighborhoods, employment and entire lives. More ...
Thursday, March 22, 2018
In Nepal, resoluteness, faith flourish years after powerful quake
I missed the historic event Feb. 4 when the Philadelphia Eagles won their first-ever Super Bowl championship. I was on a hanging bridge over the Indirawati River in Nepal with a Maryknoller priest, Father Joe Thaler, when we first learned about it. It was the sixth day of my mission trip there. More ...
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Serving the homebound, hospitalized a graced ministry for volunteers
Throughout the Diocese, there are numerous priests, deacons and laity who serve in the grace-filled ministry of bringing Christ to others, namely those who are hospitalized, living in nursing homes and the homebound. More ...
Friday, March 9, 2018
Journey into elderhood a time of transition sustained by contemplation
When sharing her wisdom and experience with elders, Catherine M. Keevey often offers the insight of Pulizter Prize-winning novelist Edith Wharton, who stressed that in spite of illness and sorrow, a long, meaningful life is possible “if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things and happy in small ways.” More ...
Friday, March 9, 2018
Courtroom-style talk aims to prove existence of God using law, nature
As often does in Catholic ministry, a budding friendship and common interest in defending the faith has grown into a mission for two parishioners of St. Veronica, Howell. More ...
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Lourdes medical expert gives tips for staying safe in frigid temperatures
As below-freezing temperatures chill most of the state, those going outdoors should keep in mind that the cold weather and frigid wind chills can be dangerous to your health if outside too long. That’s the advice of the chief of emergency medicine at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center.  More ...
Saturday, January 6, 2018



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