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Epiphany observed with love for tradition

The word “epiphany” is a big word that means revelation.

“But [it’s] not any revelation,” Father Caesar Rubiano, pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Trenton, said Jan. 5 during the Mass he celebrated in St. Joachim Church. Epiphany, he said, is the revelation of God who comes to this world through the Incarnation and in human form. God was born of the flesh, he said, and “this revelation gave us the new beginning, the new life, the new joy.”

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Monday, January 7, 2019
Bishop urges faithful: Celebrate the difference Christmas makes all year long
There is something distinctly different about Christmas Day, when peace, joy and love reign for 24 hours. More ...
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Christmas photo galleries from around the Diocese!
From Christmas choirs and Masses to churches being decorated, see how faithful around the Diocese of Trenton celebrated Christmastime. Check back as there’s more to come, too! More ...
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
In Christmas message, Pope prays for peace, brotherhood
VATICAN CITY – Delivering his formal Christmas message and blessing, Pope Francis prayed for a world where all people would recognize that they are brothers and sisters and would work for justice and for peace. More ...
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Bishop O'Connell: Allow Christmas in your heart every day of the year

In my Christmas Message to the Diocese this year, I wrote, “The whole world becomes different at Christmas.”  Those are my words, yes, but they are not my idea. 

The prophet Isaiah – 800 years before the birth of Christ – expressed the idea this way, as we heard in our First Reading tonight, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”  Light makes the dark world “different.”  It enables people to see.  And what do we see at Christmas?  “A child is born for us,” Isaiah explains, “A son is given us.  Upon his shoulders dominion rests.” 

This is what we see; this is whom we see at Christmas.  A Child.  A Son. 

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Monday, December 24, 2018
Christmas Eve marks 200th anniversary of beloved carol 'Silent Night'
WASHINGTON – Exactly 200 years ago this Christmas Eve – Dec. 24, 1818 – in a little Church in what is now Austria, the world heard for the first time a poem set to music that eventually would be hailed as one of the most popular and beloved Christmas carols of all time. More ...
Monday, December 24, 2018
Catholic experts in nutrition, ethics offer holiday temperance ideas
PHILADELPHIA – Parties, cookie exchanges, family get-togethers and that bowl of Christmas candy on your co-worker's desk can all weigh heavily on the scale at this time of year. More ...
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Belmar schools have 'spectacular' time coming together at Christmas
Belmar’s St. Rose High School started what is hoped to become a new tradition to usher in the Advent and Christmas seasons. More ...
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Brick parish abuzz with Christmastime activities - are you?

Epiphany Parish, Brick, is keeping busy this Advent and Christmas season! Frist there was a “Night in Bethlehem” and live Nativity. Then there was the Magi Christmas Lunch as well as the annual junior youth gingerbread house-making contest.

Is your parish busy with activities for Christmastime? Send your news and photos to The Monitor!
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Thursday, December 20, 2018
'Everything changes' with Christ's birth, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – The Annunciation – the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she will bear God's son – was such a tremendous, history-changing event that preaching about it is extremely difficult, Pope Francis said. More ...
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Youthful joy present at Freehold Co-Cathedral's first Simbang Gabi celebration

A new light shined bright on a centuries-old tradition Dec. 14 with nearly 600 faithful coming together as St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral held its first Simbang Gabi observance.

In his opening remarks, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., shared that it was a “great joy to be here beginning this celebration, which is so very important to the Filipino community and to all of us.”

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Saturday, December 15, 2018
A message from Bishop O'Connell: 'The whole world becomes different at Christmas'
The Basilica Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in suburban Mexico City is the most visited Marian shrine in the world.  Millions of people pass through the Basilica’s doors each year, especially as the December 12 feast day approaches. More ...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Christmas events from Rome, D.C. available live online and telecast
Pope Francis has a full schedule of Christmastime events planned for December and January, which includes the customary Baptism of newborn babies Jan. 13, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Hope, lying in a manger, is the reason for joy, even during our difficult times

For Msgr. Sam A. Sirianni, rector of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, Advent and the Christmas season are fruitful times to help parishioners come to a fuller understanding of the meaning of Christian joy, since joy is inherent in this holy time of the Church.

“Christian joy is rooted in hope, and our hope is in Christ and in a sense that life has meaning,” Msgr. Sirianni stressed.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Spirit of Christmas comes alive through parish, business collaborations
In this season of wish lists and gift-giving, parishes, schools and neighborhood businesses have been collaborating to support families in need – partnerships that unite communities in sharing, which blesses not only those who receive, but also those who give. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Christmas events from Rome, D.C. available live online and telecast
Pope Francis has a full schedule of Christmastime events planned for December and January, which includes the customary Baptism of newborn babies Jan. 13, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Kids reaching out to kids is focus of Advent Day of Giving
The gymnasium in St. Ann School, Lawrenceville, took on a fair-like setting for a couple of hours Dec. 8. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Music adds prayerful dimension to Advent, Christmas seasons
Terri Marino of St. Mary Parish, Middletown, strongly believes how hymns sung during Advent and the carols sung during Christmas can enhance one’s understanding and appreciation of the seasons surrounding the Birth of Jesus. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018

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