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Bishop O'Connell celebrates Assumption Masses; prayer grotto blessed in Hamilton parish
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., smiles after blessing the new Blessed Mother’s Prayer Grotto on the grounds of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square. Rose O’Connor photo

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., smiles after blessing the new Blessed Mother’s Prayer Grotto on the grounds of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square. Rose O’Connor photo

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Aug. 15 with the parish communities of St. Gregory the Great, Hamilton Square, and St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

“For us who believe, today’s feast means that what Jesus promised to those who have faith, life eternal in glory with him is offered to us, with our Blessed Mother as a reminder and an encouragement."
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Point Pleasant Beach parish healing service for addiction draws more than 100
Conventual Franciscan Father Brennan Joseph Farleo drew from his own family experience with addiction as he shared how faith can move mountains for those in crisis as well as their families. More ...
Friday, August 23, 2019
'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
Pro-life warriors pray Rosary along Seaside boardwalk
“Everybody’s thirsty for the Word,” Brigida Alexander said as passers-by glanced curiously at the group of faithful standing along the Seaside Heights boardwalk on a recent Friday morning. More ...
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
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.        

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Healing service for addiction planned in Point Pleasant Beach
St. Peter Parish, Point Pleasant Beach, will host a healing prayer service Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. in the church at 406 Forman Ave. More ...
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
St. James parishioner nominated as state health commissioner
ACatholic nurse and parishioner in St. James, Pennington, has been tapped by N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy to be the state’s next Department of Health commissioner. More ...
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Memorial Mass for aborted babies slated for Sept. 7
A Memorial Mass at the tomb of the 100 aborted Loveladies babies will be celebrated Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. in Ocean County Memorial Parish, 1722 Silverton Road, Toms River. More ...
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Hamilton parish celebrates grandparents on memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne
Catholic scholars are fond of pointing out that the most highly blessed grandparents in history are St. Anne and St. Joachim, whose grandson was Jesus Christ. More ...
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
St. Rose community prays for healing for injured student
More than 450 members of St. Rose Parish, Belmar, and its two school communities, along with neighboring St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Bradley Beach, packed the parking lots and church pews July 26 for a Mass of Healing for one of their own. More ...
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Tabernacle pastor, photojournalist leading pilgrimage to Jordan
Father Andrew Jamieson, pastor of Holy Eucharist Parish, Tabernacle, has been trying to organize a pilgrimage to Jordan for years. But it wasn’t until picking up a spring issue of The Monitor that he saw his dreams become a reality. More ...
Friday, July 26, 2019
Local, nationwide rallies show frustration over border conditions

Inspired by ongoing questions and concerns about treatment of refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border, more than a thousand rallies were held locally, nationwide and across the world during July. 

In Princeton, demonstrators participated from various social justice and church groups, including four members of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, in a “Lights for Liberty” vigil, one of about 800 that took place worldwide July 12.

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Co-Cathedral to host workshop to combat injustice
The group Faith in Monmouth County will sponsor a grassroots leadership training session to combat injustice Aug. 5 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. More ...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Mary's Child Pro-Life Ministry dinner slated for Oct. 27
The Mary’s Child Pro-Life Ministry, which represents the Monmouth County parishes of St. Catharine-St. Margaret, Spring Lake; St. Denis, Manasquan; St. Mark, Sea Girt; St. Rose, Belmar; St. Teresa of Calcutta, Avon-by-the-Sea, and Holy Innocents, Neptune, will honor its 2019 Champions for Life at a dinner to be held Oct. 27 in Doolan’s Shore Club, Spring Lake Heights. More ...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
'Night of Worship' with national singer-songwriter slated July 26 in Freehold
A young adult singer-songwriter with roots in the Diocese of Trenton is returning for a performance after an evening of worship, Adoration and music in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. More ...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Pray the Rosary on the Seaside Heights boardwalk
All are invited to join in a public display of life in faith as a public recitation of the Rosary will be held July 26 on the Seaside Heights boardwalk. More ...
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Bishop visits summer religious education students in Toms River
Students in summer religious education programs in St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, were all smiles July 11 as Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., joined the children and parish catechists for Mass. More ...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Medford parish carnival celebrates second year of faith, fun

Squeals of laughter, carousel  music and the smells of funnel cake and popcorn are abound in the Diocese of Trenton as parishes across the four counties host their annual fairs and carnivals.

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Monday, July 8, 2019
Free facilitator training offered for bereavement support group and ministry leaders
The Roman Catholic Churches of Toms River will offer a free, two-day training program July 20 and Aug. 3 for anyone wishing to become a bereavement facilitator for support groups or ministries in Toms River’s four Catholic parishes: St. Joseph, St. Justin the Martyr, St. Luke and St. Maximilian Kolbe. More ...
Saturday, June 29, 2019
In newly blessed Adoration Chapel, Medford parishioners can pray with the Lord 24/7
Praying before the Blessed Sacrament during Eucharistic Adoration is important to Natalie M. Stone. It’s a form of prayer that she has practiced for a very long time, sometimes weekly and sometimes monthly. More ...
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Wedding of the Sea Festival Aug. 15
Our neighboring Diocese of Camden will sponsor the annual Wedding of the Sea Festival Aug. 15 in Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City from noon to 7 p.m. More ...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Co-Cathedral ministries plan coffeehouse fundraiser for three sisters in face of tragedy
Pope Francis has spoken often about the need for Christians to live out the Gospel values of love, mercy and compassion.

When someone is faced with a tragedy, a profound loss, or a crisis of some kind, we live these values by accompanying others on their journey, said Msgr. Sam Sirianni, rector, St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. Sometimes the journey is a long one, he stressed.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Red Bank's St. James marks 125th anniversary of its cornerstone with Mass of Thanksgiving
On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus, June 23, well over 500 faithful gathered with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in St. James Church, Red Bank, for a Mass of Thanksgiving commemorating the 125th anniversary of the laying of its cornerstone. More ...
Monday, June 24, 2019
Corpus Christi feast is time to reflect on the Eucharist
Corpus Christi feast is time to reflect on the Eucharistaithful from around the Diocese of Trenton brought their belief in the Eucharist to the streets the weekend of June 22-23 as they participated in processions for the Feast of Corpus Christi. More ...
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Diocesan Cursillo marks a milestone with first bilingual Mass
“De Colores!” This joyful greeting of the Cursillo movement resounded through the vaulted nave of St. Robert Co-Cathedral, Freehold, June 7. There, hundreds of members of the English and Spanish Cursillo movements shared their first diocesan bilingual Mass and fellowship. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Young people take steps to be future of Church through Sacrament of Confirmation
Those times of administering the Sacrament of Confirmation to youth “are joyful occasions, and parents are rightfully proud of their daughters and sons as they take this important step into Catholic Christian adulthood,” wrote Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in his 2014 catechesis on the Sacrament of Confirmation. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Adult confirmandi come to deeper understanding of faith

It was after a serious car accident from which she walked away unscathed that Ashley Wood realized it was time to become fully initiated into the Church.

Wood, a parishioner of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton, was born in Virginia, where her father was stationed with the Navy. She was baptized and received First Holy Communion in New Jersey parishes, but she never received her Confirmation.

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Friday, June 14, 2019
Elementary schools journey in faith through times of transition
As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, it is a time of recalling the many lessons learned and the highlights of another year completed. For some schools in the Diocese, it is also a time of transition, as a need for change becomes a reality. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Red Bank's St. James to mark 125 years with Mass
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will be principal celebrant of a Mass in St. James Parish, Red Bank, June 23 at noon. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Fun and faith combine at St. Charles Borromeo Carnival
The parish family of St. Charles Borromeo, Cinnaminson, believes evangelization is right at home next to Sno-Cones and Tilt-a-Whirls. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
West Long Branch school, parish celebrate spiritual gifts of retiring principal
Three generations of students passed through the portals of St. Jerome School and Church on the faith-filled, 42-year watch of Filippini Sister Angelina Pelliccia. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Mercy Sister Carole MacKenthun's lifetime of devotion saluted


That was Mercy Sister Carole MacKenthun’s word for the two-hour-plus celebration of the major milestones in her life that rocked the full-to-overflowing auditorium of Spring Lake’s St. Catharine School with music, speeches and waves of applause May 30.

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Friday, June 14, 2019
Maple Shade parish marks 100th anniversary milestone
In 1919, the Diocese of Trenton was just 38 years old. Newspapers cost one cent and the average wage was 28 cents an hour. More ...
Monday, June 3, 2019
At Day of Prayer for Vocations, faithful focus on responding to God's call

There were two reasons Sheree Carnevale was motivated to attend the Day of Prayer for Vocations in St. Michael Parish June 1.

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Monday, June 3, 2019
Faithful come together in prayer in Mount Laurel, Yardville on Memorial Day
The roar of two military jets was a vivid reminder of the reason why faithful gathered May 27 for Mass on Memorial Day in Jesus Bread of Life Cemetery and Mausoleum, Mount Laurel. More ...
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Father and daughter share in college graduation joy
Georgian Court University’s sports field was crowded May 23 as the class of 2019, nearly 600 strong, assembled to receive their diplomas. More ...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
May Crowning tradition shared in Holy Cross Prep
Father Christopher Colavito believes in teaching by example. More ...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
SPS students wow SVDP with service scholarship applications
Thanks to their outstanding commitment to community service, seven students of St. Paul School, Princeton, were awarded scholarships from the St. Paul conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society. More ...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Vocations need prayer more than ever, pastor says
St. Michael Parish, West End, has made an important change to its annual Parish Day of Prayer for Vocations tradition. More ...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Maple Shade parish to celebrate century of faith
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Maple Shade, will mark a century of faith at a Mass celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. and concelebrated by its pastor, Father Joel Wilson,  at 11 a.m. June 2 in the church at 236 East Main St. More ...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft, recognized on national level as Green Ribbon School
The U.S. Department of Education announced May 22 that St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft, has been recognized as a 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.

In offering her congratulations, JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, noted that St. Leo the Great School is the first Catholic school in New Jersey to receive the honor. In 2019, 35 schools, including 25 public and 10 non-public, 14 school districts and four postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact, improve health and wellness and ensure effective sustainability.


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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Toms River parish welcomes joyous Filipino Santacruzan festival
The Filipino community’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the love of colorful festivals blended seamlessly on the grounds of Toms River’s St. Luke Parish May 18 as the joyous commemorations of Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan were held for the first time in Ocean County. More ...
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Children around Diocese receive Jesus for the first time during Holy Communions

“It was an amazing experience [even though] I felt kind of nervous.” The words of Kathryn Franco describing her First Eucharist were echoed by fellow communicants in Our Lady of the Angels Parish: a mix of pride, nerves and joy.

As the Easter season progressed into May, children across the Diocese o

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Friday, May 17, 2019
Parishioners of all ages come together to celebrate Blessed Mother
It was as if there was a meeting of old friends between faithful from two Toms River parishes as youngsters from St. Joseph visited the faithful of St. Maximilian Kolbe May 12 for the parish’s May Crowning. More ...
Thursday, May 16, 2019
New leadership team for Dominican Sisters of Hope
During a late April Chapter gathering in Tarrytown, N.Y., the Dominican Sisters of Hope elected new leadership team members. The Chapter had as its theme, “Sojourners Embracing Communion.” More ...
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Popular Father Pivonka speaks on God's never-ending love, mercy
Sin is much more than an infraction, like breaking a law. More ...
Thursday, May 16, 2019
'Dining in the Kingdom' retreat planned for June 8
Sacred Doorways, a nonprofit organization that has as its mission to serve the community through thought-provoking, spiritual retreats and events, will host a luncheon retreat, “Dining in the Kingdom – A Menu for the Feast of Life,” from noon to 3 p.m. June 8 in St. Joan of Arc Parish, 100 Willow Bend Road, Marlton. More ...
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
With eye on future, Hainesport worship center breaks ground

Tucked away in a quiet, residential area of Hainesport, the quaint, white building that is home to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish blends into its neat surroundings.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
'Shark Tank' project brings out innovation in students
In the auditorium of St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach, a painting of a swimming shark was set at center stage the morning of May 9. More ...
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Kateri Day Camp begins 43rd season of service to low-income children

As the school year draws to a close, summer day camps throughout the region prepare their campus and staff to supervise a joyful onslaught of youngsters eager to swim, run, jump and play while their parents are at work.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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