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11/20/2014
There is always something to be grateful for ...
Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.


As we look to Thanksgiving, many of us will gather with our dear loved ones, and sometimes people we do not know, to celebrate God’s abundant blessings in our lives.

Check out the Thanksgiving works of service taking place around the Diocese. To see photos from the Mount Carmel Guild food drive, click here.

To see photos of the food distribution in Mother of Mercy Parish, Asbury Park, click here.

Thanksgiving food collection in St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft. Click here to view photos.

Click here for photo gallery of a Thanksgiving Interfaith Service in St. Ann, Lawrenceville.


When we sit down at our holiday tables, whether we are surrounded by many or a few or no one else; whether there is loud laughter and conversation or none at all; whether there is a grand turkey before us or something more modest, every one of us can find something in our hearts to be grateful for, something to move us to bow our heads in thankful prayer to God, our creator.

This Thanksgiving, I again give thanks to our loving God for all of you: priests, deacons, religious, seminarians, lay women and men — all part of the extended family and community God has given me to shepherd and teach in the four counties of our Diocese.

It is my prayer that you might find joy and peace in your homes, health and well-being in your lives and faith, hope and love to enable you in Jesus Christ to face whatever comes your way, “giving thanks to God our Father through him (Colossians 3:17).”

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.






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