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Champions for Life Hendricks, Father Padovani celebrated at annual gala
Divine Word Father Martin Padovani thanks those in attendance for their support and affirmation of his work as a counselor and priest as he receives the Lifetime Achievement Award during the annual Champions for Life awards dinner in Spring Lake Heights. Christina Leslie photos

Divine Word Father Martin Padovani thanks those in attendance for their support and affirmation of his work as a counselor and priest as he receives the Lifetime Achievement Award during the annual Champions for Life awards dinner in Spring Lake Heights. Christina Leslie photos

Rachel Hendricks, a mother of five and longtime advocate for the unborn, delivered a call to action to the dozens of teens in the Spring Lake Heights banquet hall Oct. 28.

“Our Church needs you, and our communities need you,” she said during the 29th annual Champions for Life awards dinner held in Doolan’s Shore Club. “We need you to know that each of you is uniquely created by God in his likeness, that you are deeply loved and that God has a plan for you to build up a culture of life in your generation.”

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Good Counsel Homes celebrates co-founder
The more than 100 who gathered to celebrate Good Counsel Homes-South Jersey not only honored its pro-life advocates, but heard compelling stories from the people they work so tirelessly to serve. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Love focus of Holy Innocents Society Mass, luncheon
For the students in Holy Innocents Society programs, Sacramental preparation is merely the first step. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
March for Life in January will emphasize 'pro-life is pro-science'
WASHINGTON -- Next year's March for Life plans to fortify its pro-life message with science that proves life begins at conception and with a specific focus on stem-cell research. More ...
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Annual art contest open for submissions
The Diocese of Trenton is now accepting submissions for its 2018-19 Respect Life Poster, Essay and Photo-Meme Contest, open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. More ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018
USCCB Respect Life statement calls for more 'messengers of God'
WASHINGTON – Each year, the U.S. Catholic Church observes October as Respect Life Month, which calls Catholics "to cherish, defend and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between," said the chairman of the bishops' pro-life committee. More ...
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Message from Bishop O'Connell: The noble fight to Respect Life
The expression “culture warrior” is used in contemporary conversation to describe people who fight for those causes that run counter to prevailing cultural values and preferences, chief among those causes, the protection of human life in all its stages, from conception to natural death.

It is rarely spoken or written in a positive way.  And, yet, those who are labeled “pro-life” are, indeed, engaged in a significant battle to convince their opponents and critics that, as Pope St. John Paul II affirmed, “When some lives, including the unborn, are subjected to the personal choices of others, no other value or right will long be guaranteed.”
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
In Remembrance
The sanctity of life from the moment of conception was proclaimed and celebrated by several parishes in the Trenton Diocese during the sixth annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children observed Sept. 8. More ...
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Holy hours, life chains, conferences planned around the Diocese
The month of October has been commemorated as Respect Life Month by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, with Oct. 7 designated as Respect Life Sunday. More ...
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Hendricks, Father Padovani to be honored during Champions for Life dinner
The 29th annual Champions for Life dinner Oct. 28 will recognize two stalwart defenders of life who have advocated for the unborn and their mothers throughout the Diocese of Trenton. More ...
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Respect Life Contest winners celebrated at four county Masses

The theme of this year’s diocesan Respect Life Contest was “Be Not Afraid.” It seems that Skylar Cary took the message to heart.

The Holy Cross School sixth-grader and her family, who live in Rumson near the Shrewsbury River, didn’t let water-clogged roadways keep them from attending the March 4 Monmouth County Mass and ceremony, where Cary would be honored for her winning poster.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Palliative care is pro-life response to euthanasia, panelists say
ROME -- Intentionally causing a patient's death is different from accepting that a patient is dying, then providing emotional and spiritual support and pain relief, said a doctor who practices and promotes palliative care. More ...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Diocesan Respect Life Ministry announces contest winners in poster, essay, meme categories

Once again, elementary school students throughout the four counties of the Diocese of Trenton showed their support for Respect Life by creating works for the diocesan Respect Life Contest that expressed their value of life in all its stages.

Working off the 2018 theme of “Be Not Afraid,” the students of Catholic schools, parish religious education programs and youth groups designed posters, wrote essays – and this year, submitted entries to a new category: a photo meme.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Video shows Diocese faithful gathering for respect life events at local, national levels
Faithful from all corners of the Diocese were well represented at the events commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion. Click here to see a video that highlights the various events which included the March for Life in Washington, the Statehouse Rally in Trenton and two Masses for Life celebrated by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M. More ...
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Pro-life leaders decry Senate failure to pass 20-week abortion ban

WASHINGTON – The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities has decried the Senate's failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, and called on senators to "rethink" their stance on late-term abortions.

The chairman, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, called the vote "appalling."

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
March for Life: A conversation with Rep. Chris Smith
Following the March for Life Jan. 19, The Monitor spoke with Congressman Chris Smith, the long-time representative from New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District and member of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square. More ...
Thursday, January 25, 2018
UPDATE: With signs, cheers, energy, Diocese's pilgrims give witness during March for Life

In previous years, participants in the annual March for Life showcased their tenacious commitment to the pro-life cause by steadfastly bracing wind, sleet and snow on behalf of the unborn.

This year in Washington, D.C., temperatures in the high 40s helped marchers feel a little less frigid – but no less determined.

“There are ‘Black Lives Matter, ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ but not ‘Tiny Lives Matter,’” said Paul Ordog, a member of Sts. Francis and Clare Parish, Florence Township. “I feel someone has to stand up for those who cannot.”

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
Diocese's faithful take part in statewide Rally for Life in Trenton
Sporting royal blue scarves and ties in pro-life solidarity, people from across the state gathered the morning of Jan. 22 at the State House Annex, Trenton, to make their presence felt by state lawmakers at the annual Rally for Life, sponsored by New Jersey Right to Life.

“Do you think it’s a coincidence that they decided to schedule it today, while we’re having the rally?” said NJRTL executive director Marie Tasy, referring to a hearing concerning two bills before the state Legislature that would determine taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. “We will continue to raise our voices to oppose and resist the use of our hard-earned tax dollars to fund [abortion].”
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Bishop at Mass for Life: 'Inalienable rights' not open for interpretation
Commemorating a day of sorrow for lives lost with hopeful prayers for a changed future, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated the annual Mass for Life Jan. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

“The tragedy of abortion, my sisters and brothers in Christ, has continued to repeat itself millions of times in the last 45 years since the United States Supreme Court rendered its decision in the landmark case ‘Roe v. Wade,’” the Bishop said in his homily. “Today, the anniversary of that wrongheaded judicial announcement ... is an example of the fact that what is legal is not always moral.  ... What is ethically and morally wrong does not always find support in what a judicial body claims to be right and true.  The silent voices of over 53 million souls in the United States alone make the case.”

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
OUR DIOCESE TODAY: In annual Mass, Bishop O'Connell cites inalienable rights' for every human life
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated Mass Jan. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, to mark the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, and the Church’s designation as the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. More ...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
'Love and be loved,' thousands of youth hear at Mass before March for Life

WASHINGTON – The Capital One Arena in Washington, which typically hosts professional basketball and hockey games and sold-out concerts, was filled with thousands of youth from around the country who gathered there Jan. 19 to stand up for life.

The Archdiocese of Washington's annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life preceded the 45th annual March for Life marking the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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