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  • A message from Bishop O'Connell: Easter faith in God's mercy will defeat sin

    Good and evil are deeply rooted in humankind; they coexist.  When God created the world, however, Scripture tells us, “God looked at everything he had made and found it very good (Genesis 1: 31).”  

    How did evil originate?  The Book of Genesis goes on to talk about the “Garden of Eden” and a tree growing there “in the middle of the garden,” the fruit of which bore knowledge of “good and evil” for those who ate it.

  • Blessing of the Baskets in Lakewood helps keep faith in the Easter feast
    Hours would pass before Kasia Pawka, her husband, Jacek and their daughters Marta and Ula could breakfast on the culinary treasures that filled the woven reed basket sitting tucked between them on a pew in Lakewood’s St. Mary of the Lake Church.
  • Faithful around Diocese celebrate Risen Lord on Easter Sunday

    The sun shone brightly on faithful from around the Diocese as thousands gathered on Easter Sunday to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord.

    In two of the Diocese’s parishes – St. Joan of Arc, Marlton, and St. Isidore the Farmer, New Egypt – faith, new life and a sense of community was at the forefront of Easter messages.

  • Continuing Easter celebrations, Pope again prays for Sri Lanka
    VATICAN CITY – On Easter Monday, Pope Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter's Square in praying for the hundreds of people who died or were injured in bomb blasts the previous day in Sri Lanka.
  • Only risen Christ can bring peace to world at war, Pope says at Easter
    ROME – As the machine of warfare continues to churn out more dangerous weaponry, only the power and joy of Christ's resurrection can fill hearts with comfort and peace, Pope Francis said before giving his Easter blessing.
  • At Easter, the stones of sin, despair, are rolled away, Pope says at vigil
    VATICAN CITY – As individuals and as a church, it can be tempting to dwell on mistakes, failures and sins that block the fullness of life, but Easter is the proclamation that the Lord is victorious and his love will triumph, Pope Francis said.
  • Easter hope: God in our future
    At a cafe in Chicago, I was chatting with a British former journalist and economist who is currently director of social responsibility and sustainability at a large European company.
  • A Message From Bishop O'Connell: Late arrival does not diminish the life-giving power of Easter
    This year, 2019, Easter Sunday falls on April 21.  That will not happen again until 2030.  By all accounts, April 21 is one of the latest dates on which Easter can occur, the latest of which is April 25, which will not happen until 2038. 

    While these are interesting facts from meteorological, practical and planning points of view, the actual date of Easter in the Western Church does not change what Easter means for the Catholic, for the Christian.

    Easter is the celebration of the foundational event of the Catholic faith, the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus from the dead.  St. Paul reminds us in his First Letter to the Corinthians, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is in vain, you are still in your sins.  Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished (1 Corinthians 15: 17-18).” 

  • Parishes announce Holy Week, Easter schedules
    The following parishes have shared their schedules for Holy Week and Easter.
  • Slideshow a meditative aid to stay centered this Holy Week, Easter
    In today’s busy world, it can be easy to get distracted from our Catholic faith – even during the holy time of Easter.

    Stay spiritually centered by revisiting the dramatic movements of Holy Week and Easter captured in The Monitor's 2018 slideshow, "From Darkness to Light."

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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 abuseline@dioceseoftrenton.org

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.