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Government shutdown puts Catholic Charities' homelessness, domestic violence work at risk

The government shutdown has impacted a housing program run by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, leaving 24 homeless or recently homeless adults with an uncertain future.

The federal funding for Catholic Charities’ Rapid Rehousing program in Mercer County would have been renewed this month – but wasn’t because of the shutdown, which now exceeds 24 days. The emergency-housing program serves 17 single homeless adults, with another seven on the waiting list.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Bishop's March for Life Message 2019
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Recent Galleries, Videos

1/6/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Trenton

1/1/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- New Year's Eve Midnight Mass in Creole in Asbury Park

12/26/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Christmas Scenes in Our Parishes

12/25/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates Midnight Mass in Co-Cathedral

12/25/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Christmas Eve Mass in St. George Church, Titusville

12/25/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Christmastime Around the World 

12/24/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter Parish, Point Pleasant Beach

12/23/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Decorating for Christmas in St. Justin the Martyr Church, Toms River

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Monday, April 2, 2018
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Pope advances sainthood causes for 17 women
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of three women and recognized the martyrdom of 14 religious sisters who were killed during the Spanish Civil War. More ...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Christmas season concludes swimmingly in Keyport parish
Throughout Advent and Christmas, the Nativity scene that adorns the back wall of Keyport’s St. Joseph Church beckons faithful to turn their hearts and minds toward Bethlehem and the miracle of the Incarnation that took place in that tiny town 2,000 years ago. More ...

Monday, January 14, 2019
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
The Kid Who Would Be King
NEW YORK – The Arthurian legend gets an inventive updating in "The Kid Who Would Be King" (Fox), a thrilling adventure that casts schoolchildren as latter-day Knights of the Round Table, destined to save the world. More ...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Replicas, a movie with an interesting yet unrealistic focus
NEW YORK – The scientist who serves as the main character of the dull sci-fi misfire "Replicas" (Entertainment Studios) has clearly failed to heed the wisdom of Motown. More ...

Monday, January 14, 2019
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Jan. 20 - The Wedding Feast at Cana shows us the promise of a new covenant
A sign always points us to something. It can offer us direction or give instruction.  More ...

Monday, January 14, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Mass Series Part 1: The Mass is not a spectator event
The action on the field during a particularly exciting football game often locks spectators in its grip. With minutes to go and everything hanging in the balance, spectators hold their breath, jump up and down or even pray. The moment consumes them. More ...

Friday, January 11, 2019
Community Roundup
CBA adopts new 'device-free zone' in cafeteria
Face-to-face conversation has returned to the Christian Brothers Academy cafeteria this school year as the Lincroft secondary school has banned the use of computers, tablets and smartphones during its lunch periods. More ...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Pope Francis
Lord's Prayer is reaching out for father's loving embrace, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – To pray well, people need to have the heart of a child – a child who feels safe and loved in a father's tender embrace, Pope Francis said. More ...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
A Message from Bishop O'Connell: We must always bring 'life to light'
I have said it before and I say it again.  There is one thing we all have in common, my brothers and sisters.  Regardless of our race or place of natural origin; regardless of our religion or absence of it; regardless of our age or status or station in life: God gave us the gift of life which our mothers carried until the day of our birth. We were allowed to live! More ...

Friday, January 11, 2019
My Monitor
Log-In | E-Edition | Subscriber Exclusives
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: 'God was always there' for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For Thomas Rillo, it was the moment his wife could not remember how to use the computer. More ...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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Thursday, January 10, 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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May Sister Wendy Beckett rest in peace
May Sister Wendy Beckett rest in peaceNo community should botch its deaths. The renowned anthropologist, Mircea Eliade, suggested this and its truth applies to communities at every level. More ...

Monday, January 14, 2019
Suffering as a new year begins
The new year always comes with a feeling of sadness for times past. One thinks of conversations we should have had with loved ones now gone, of times we should have been more grateful, work we could have done better, time we could have used more wisely, acted more nobly. Time lost is gone forever. More ...

Monday, January 14, 2019
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot
1/19/2019  - Winter Art Exhibit
1/19/2019  - 
March for Life Mass
1/21/2019  - 
American Red Cross Blood Drive
1/22/2019  - 
Mass for Life
1/22/2019  - 
Rally for Life
1/22/2019  - 
Evening of Prayer
1/22/2019  - 
Faithful Citizenship: Strangers in a Strange Land
1/23/2019  - 
Attitude of Gratitude
1/24/2019  - 
New Bereavement Support Group


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Friday, January 11, 2019
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