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A note of thanks for her diocese, parish
While I attend Masses in other dioceses due to our traveling to see relatives in New Jersey and New York, I have come to appreciate the inspiring messages and following of the faith that I have experienced in the Diocese of Trenton, and most especially in my wonderful parish of St. Justin’s. More ...
Friday, February 9, 2018

Court decision on separation of Church and State creates needed opportunities
A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision (regarding the separation of Church and State) is potentially the most impactful decision on local government’s funding responsibilities for  both public and private primary and secondary schools since the 1960s. More ...
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Honoring diversity in religious belief
My wife and I were disappointed when we learned that, for the first time, our community’s annual holiday concert program listed no Christmas carols. More ...
Thursday, December 14, 2017
In Jesus, we are one family
I appreciate Hosffman Ospino’s dialogue in which he engaged with his six-year-old son (“Speaking about race with Hispanic children, part 1, Catholic News Service). I am an immigrant, born in Mexico, but lived also in England and Canada before coming to the U.S. More ...
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Parents express gratitude for Catholic school experiences

The following letters were penned by parents who wanted to make known how pleased they were with their childrens’ Catholic schools and teachers in the Diocese of Trenton.

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Friday, June 16, 2017
Religious freedom and the 'wall of separation'
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito recently said that the U.S. is entering a period when its commitment to religious liberty is being tested. People vilify those of faith and cite Jefferson’s “wall of separation” as the basis for their anger.   More ...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Inspired by the witness, voices at the March for Life
I recently marched for life with many people from many states, especially one 86-year-old nun from Divine Mercy Parish (Trenton) named Sister Juanita.  More ...
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Rethinking pain, and the atonement of sin
In the Oct. 20 edition of The Monitor, the reader’s letter entitled “Our Faith Requires that We Kill the Pain, not the Patient,” seems to neglect some of our articles of faith. Yes, we should never kill the patient, but are we really required to kill the pain? More ...
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Apologetics courses needed
I read, with interest, our Bishop’s essay on “the facts of our faith.”  Our Catholic education system is very efficient in explaining the facts of our faith to each young student. More ...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Reasons for joblessness explained
It was heartwarming to read the accounts of the work (that) dedicated people and groups are doing to alleviate the pain and suffering of the unemployed, the under employed and the underpaid.  However I feel the article; REASON FOR JOBLESSNESS NOT CLEAR-CUT (The Monitor, July 28, 2016, page 18), while dynamically highlighting the effects of joblessness, in no way addresses the reason for joblessness. More ...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Thanks due for legislation aimed at protecting children
On February 8, a historic bill authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton Square) was signed into law by President Obama. The law aims to protect children around the world from convicted pedophiles who travel the world seeking child victims. More ...
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Holy Family were once refugees
If you are an American Indian, then you are the only ones whose parents were not immigrants, many seeking refuge from wars from pre-Colonial days through the 21st century. We have had mass killings here in United States by those who were American-born and not Middle Eastern, such as the bombing in Oklahoma City and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut. More ...
Monday, November 23, 2015
The power of the plenary indulgence
The recent announcement of the plenary indulgence to be granted by Pope Francis during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy had a special resonance for me because I had recently been immersed in two books about the Crusades.  More ...
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Stopping violence against pre-born humans must be the priority
Cecil the lion was killed for sport. Many other wild animals also meet their demise in hunting expeditions. We can all agree it’s a pity. More ...
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Exposing the lies in the Planned Parenthood debate
Planned Parenthood has succeeded for now.   As a result of the nearly unanimous support of Democratic Senators, the Senate blocked a vote on a bill (S1881) which would have defunded Planned Parenthood. More ...
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Warm and happy memories
Thank you for highlighting the milestone anniversaries of the ordained and consecrated men and women who serve(d) the Diocese of Trenton. To paraphrase the words of Bishop O’Connell...we are grateful that they are “still here”. More ...
Thursday, August 13, 2015

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