CELEBRATION is a recurring theme that runs through many of the coverage pieces included in your latest issue of The Monitor Magazine.

From the Month of Mary to Holy Week and Easter, the May issue shares the stories of the many beautiful ways that our parish and school communities commemorated the observances and traditions that are so central to our Catholic faith and dear to our hearts.  This month’s IN FOCUS explores the special role that Mary has held throughout history as mother to us all, and how so many in the Diocese draw strength from her example of unconditional love.  Don’t miss Bishop O’Connell’s message on what we can learn from Mary during this, her special month.

The celebration continues in our reporting of several recent joyful events, including Bishop O’Connell’s reception of the relics of beatified teenager, Blessed Carlo Acutis, during a special Mass in St. Dominic Church, Brick, April 28.  A few days later, the Bishop joined members of the Filipino community in the Diocese for their celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.

This is also a time to celebrate the men who are preparing to be ordained deacons May 21 by Bishop O’Connell. We introduce you to the five who will be ordained permanent deacons and the one seminarian who will be ordained a transitional deacon as he prepares for his priestly ordination expected next year.

There is lots more to look for in this latest issue . . .

IN THE PARISHES: Catholic Daughters celebrate their 100th anniversary in Freehold; Parishes mark completion of renovation projects in Spring Lake and Whiting

ISSUES & ADVOCACY: Catholic congressman fights against antisemitism and hate crimes; New Jersey Catholic Conference issues guide for parents on states new core curriculum; Leaked Supreme Court document on Roe vs. Wade

YOUTH & FAMILY LIFE: Check out info on Statewide Youth Rally at Six Flags; Service and Social event, and Mother-Daughter Tea

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As the Easter season continues, count on The Monitor to keep you connected with all that’s happening in your parishes and the Diocese.  May God continue to bless you all.

Rayanne Bennett, Associate Publisher 
And The Monitor team