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  • Keepsake Edition: The Monitor celebrates Anniversary Blessings couples

    Nearly 350 couples came together for the Bishop’s Anniversary Blessings Oct. 7 and 21 in Freehold’s Co-Cathedral and the Cathedral in Trenton. Among them were Ben and Frances Paolillo of St. Luke Parish, Toms River – the only ones celebrating 75 years of marriage. 

    The Diocese’s annual gatherings brought anniversary couples and their loved ones together with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and area priests for a tribute to married love and fidelity.

  • Hundreds of couples come together for Bishop's annual Anniversary Blessings Masses

    “There’s a lot of love in this room,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., said as he looked over a sea of smiling couples, each celebrating a milestone anniversary this year.

    “Today is a wonderful occasion for us to celebrate marriage, your marriage, your anniversaries in the midst of a community of faith,” he said. “This is your Sacrament, and this Sacrament that brought you together, this Sacrament that kept you together is a bond that has become stronger and deeper and holier with the passage of time.”

  • Anniversary couples reflect on married love
    After receiving blessings from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and being enveloped in the warmth of the greater Church community and supported by families and friends, couples mingled with one another at receptions after both Anniversary Blessings Masses, recalling stories of love and faith.

    The sentiments that follow are among those shared by those celebrating their first, silver, golden and more anniversaries as they discussed their stories, the Sacrament of Marriage and how their Catholic faith plays a significant role in their lives as a couple.
  • Slideshows: Anniversary Couples' 'Our Wedding Memories'
    Bishop David M. O'Connell celebrated two Anniversary Blessings Masses throughout the Diocese for couples marking their 1st, 25th, 50th or more wedding anniversaries.

    In these two slideshows, created by The Monitor production staff, are photos of the anniversary couples.
  • Toms River parishioners share love advice after 75 years of marriage

    Ask Ben and Frances Paolillo what the secret is to their 75-years-and-still-going-strong marriage, and one word keeps coming up: respect.

    “The secret is respect,” Ben explained. “Take care of her, and she’ll take care of you.”

    “And don’t argue,” Frances added. “Arguments don’t help – they only make you feel like a bad person.”

  • SLIDESHOW: Anniversary Couples' Hall of Memories
    Bishop David M. O'Connell celebrated two Anniversary Blessings Masses throughout the Diocese for couples marking their 1st, 25th, 50th or more wedding anniversaries.
  • VIDEO: Anniversary Blessings homily
    The Diocese of Trenton presents the homily of Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., at the 2017 Anniversary Blessings Mass held Oct. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.
  • VIDEO: Stories of love from anniversary couples
    Bishop David M. O'Connell celebrated two Anniversary Blessings Masses throughout the Diocese for couples marking their 1st, 25th, 50th or more wedding anniversaries. Held on Oct. 8 in St. Aloysius Church, Jackson, and Oct. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, these two Masses blessed couples from the four counties of Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean.

    In this video produced by the Department of Multimedia, couples share their reflections on the Mass, love and marriage.
  • KEEPSAKE EDITION: The Monitor honors anniversary couples

    Joy, tenderness and gratitude were reflected in the faces of nearly 300 couples honored by the Diocese of Trenton during the annual Bishop’s Anniversary Blessings Oct. 8 and 22. Couples marking one, 25 and 50 or more years of marriage were blessed by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., who affirmed them in their vocation to married life and thanked them for the powerful witness they offer to their families, friends and community.  

     

  • Anniversary blessings bestowed by Bishop highlight gifts of enduring love

    June may be the month for weddings, but October was the month to reaffirm those vows as some 300 couples pledged their fidelity, faith and love anew during anniversary celebrations hosted by the Diocese of Trenton.

    The couples, from parishes around the Diocese marking one, 25, 50 or more years of marriage, took part in the Bishop’s Anniversary Blessings Masses Oct. 8 in St. Aloysius Church, Jackson, and Oct. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

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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.