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A message from Bishop O'Connell: 'This is my Body. This is my Blood.'
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., administers Holy Communion during this year’s Easter Vigil in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Craig Pittelli photo

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., administers Holy Communion during this year’s Easter Vigil in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Craig Pittelli photo

One of the most troubling things I read all summer was the finding of a Pew Research Study released August 5 that only 31 percent, or one-third of current, self-identifying Catholics believe that the bread and wine consecrated at Mass BECOME AND ARE the Body and Blood of Christ.

This belief, described and known since the Middle Ages as “transubstantiation” in Catholic doctrine, has been and remains a core conviction of the Catholic faith since the Lord Jesus first spoke the words, “This is my Body ... this is my Blood,” at the Last Supper (Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25). “Do this in memory of me.”
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Monday, August 19, 2019

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8/19/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Mass for Our Lady of Vailankanni

8/15/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Assumption Mass in St. Gregory the Great Church

8/11/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Dominic Feast and Parish Picnic

7/30/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- 2019 Mission: Jersey, Atlantic City

7/30/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- 2019 Mission: Jersey, Seeds of Service, Brick

7/24/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- 2019 Senior Spirituality Day

7/23/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- 2019 Seminarian Retreat in Loyola Retreat House, Morristown

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
'Blessed Among Women': NJ Catholics of Asian subcontinent gather for second annual celebration

As the church of St. David the King, Princeton Junction, began to fill the afternoon of Aug. 17 for a multi-cultural Catholic celebration, it was clear that unity and diversity were abundantly present.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019
Bishop O'Connell visits St. Dominic Parish for feast day festivities
The gentle hum of excited voices filled St. Dominic Church, Brick, as more than 1,200 people from multiple counties gathered Aug. 11 to honor the Feast Day of St. Dominic. More ...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
'The Angry Birds Movie 2' teaches a heartwarming moral lesson
NEW YORK – Much feathery fun is packed into "The Angry Birds Movie 2" (Sony), the latest animated installment in the franchise based on the addictive phone app. In fact, in every respect, it's far superior to, and more intelligent than, the 2016 original. More ...

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
'Dora and the Lost City of Gold' has positive messages for young people
NEW YORK – Teenage and grown viewers will find much to cheer about in "Dora and the Lost City of Gold" (Paramount). More ...

Friday, August 9, 2019
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Aug. 25 - Is salvation really a thing anymore?
The question as to how many people go to heaven or are saved seems to have been important to the early Church and one that certainly is important in the Church to the present day More ...

Monday, August 19, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Part 1: The 'journey of friendship' between Catholics and Jews
On June 13, 1960, French historian Jules Isaac arrived at the Vatican for a private audience with St. John XXIII. More ...

Friday, August 16, 2019
Community Roundup
RBC English teacher spends summer inspiring young writers
Beth Boylan, English teacher and department chair in Red Bank Catholic High School, Red Bank has spent a portion of her summer at The School of the New York Times Summer Academy. More ...

Friday, August 16, 2019
Pope Francis
Pope at Angelus: Christians choose fidelity to Gospel over hypocrisy
VATICAN CITY – Christians must not be hypocrites, Pope Francis said. More ...

Monday, August 19, 2019
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
A message from Bishop O'Connell: Catholic Schools: 'Our best and greatest inheritance'
There are many wonderful public and Catholic schools in New Jersey that do a great job educating our kids. Parents choose “Catholic” schools BECAUSE they are Catholic. With all due respect to public schools, there is and there should be a difference. More ...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
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SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: Author's advice on moral investing not the only Catholic way
George P. Schwartz, a certified financial adviser and CEO of Schwartz Investment Counsel, explores the idea of "participating in the capital markets in a purposeful, reasoned and ethical way to achieve legitimate investment objectives and avoid morally objectionable businesses" in his book, "In God We Trust." More ...

Monday, August 19, 2019
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Thursday, August 8, 2019
Child Protection
Our Promise to Protect
The Diocese of Trenton is committed to the initiatives outlined in the U.S. Bishop's Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in regard to the reporting and investigation of sexual abuse allegations involving minors.

If you have been sexually abused as a minor by a member of the clergy or anyone representing the Catholic Church, or if you know of someone who was, you can report that abuse through the diocesan Abuse Hotline.

To report the sexual abuse of minors call our hotline 1-888-296-2965 or email us at

Please note: The Diocese of Trenton reports any allegations of sexual abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Anyone with an allegation is also encouraged to provide that information to local law enforcement authorities.

To read more about Child Protection efforts in the Trenton Diocese, click here.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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My interview with Mr. Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers was a good friend for many years. He entertained and educated children for more than a generation, and died on Feb. 27, 2003. More ...

Monday, August 19, 2019
Learning to trust in providence

For the past year, we Little Sisters of the Poor have been celebrating the 150th anniversary of our congregation’s arrival in the United States.

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Monday, August 19, 2019
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

8/24/2019 - Rachel's Vineyard Retreat
8/24/2019 - Catechist Spirituality Day - Finding Joy in the Journey
8/24/2019 - Annual Art Show and Sale

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Friday, August 16, 2019
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