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  • Epiphany observed with love for tradition

    The word “epiphany” is a big word that means revelation.

    “But [it’s] not any revelation,” Father Caesar Rubiano, pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Trenton, said Jan. 5 during the Mass he celebrated in St. Joachim Church. Epiphany, he said, is the revelation of God who comes to this world through the Incarnation and in human form. God was born of the flesh, he said, and “this revelation gave us the new beginning, the new life, the new joy.”

  • Bishop urges faithful: Celebrate the difference Christmas makes all year long
    There is something distinctly different about Christmas Day, when peace, joy and love reign for 24 hours.
  • Christmas photo galleries from around the Diocese!
    From Christmas choirs and Masses to churches being decorated, see how faithful around the Diocese of Trenton celebrated Christmastime. Check back as there’s more to come, too!
  • In Christmas message, Pope prays for peace, brotherhood
    VATICAN CITY – Delivering his formal Christmas message and blessing, Pope Francis prayed for a world where all people would recognize that they are brothers and sisters and would work for justice and for peace.
  • Bishop O'Connell: Allow Christmas in your heart every day of the year

    In my Christmas Message to the Diocese this year, I wrote, “The whole world becomes different at Christmas.”  Those are my words, yes, but they are not my idea. 

    The prophet Isaiah – 800 years before the birth of Christ – expressed the idea this way, as we heard in our First Reading tonight, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”  Light makes the dark world “different.”  It enables people to see.  And what do we see at Christmas?  “A child is born for us,” Isaiah explains, “A son is given us.  Upon his shoulders dominion rests.” 

    This is what we see; this is whom we see at Christmas.  A Child.  A Son. 

  • Christmas Eve marks 200th anniversary of beloved carol 'Silent Night'
    WASHINGTON – Exactly 200 years ago this Christmas Eve – Dec. 24, 1818 – in a little Church in what is now Austria, the world heard for the first time a poem set to music that eventually would be hailed as one of the most popular and beloved Christmas carols of all time.
  • Catholic experts in nutrition, ethics offer holiday temperance ideas
    PHILADELPHIA – Parties, cookie exchanges, family get-togethers and that bowl of Christmas candy on your co-worker's desk can all weigh heavily on the scale at this time of year.
  • Belmar schools have 'spectacular' time coming together at Christmas
    Belmar’s St. Rose High School started what is hoped to become a new tradition to usher in the Advent and Christmas seasons.
  • Brick parish abuzz with Christmastime activities - are you?

    Epiphany Parish, Brick, is keeping busy this Advent and Christmas season! Frist there was a “Night in Bethlehem” and live Nativity. Then there was the Magi Christmas Lunch as well as the annual junior youth gingerbread house-making contest.

    Is your parish busy with activities for Christmastime? Send your news and photos to The Monitor!
  • 'Everything changes' with Christ's birth, Pope says
    VATICAN CITY – The Annunciation – the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she will bear God's son – was such a tremendous, history-changing event that preaching about it is extremely difficult, Pope Francis said.
  • Youthful joy present at Freehold Co-Cathedral's first Simbang Gabi celebration

    A new light shined bright on a centuries-old tradition Dec. 14 with nearly 600 faithful coming together as St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral held its first Simbang Gabi observance.

    In his opening remarks, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., shared that it was a “great joy to be here beginning this celebration, which is so very important to the Filipino community and to all of us.”

  • A message from Bishop O'Connell: 'The whole world becomes different at Christmas'
    The Basilica Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in suburban Mexico City is the most visited Marian shrine in the world.  Millions of people pass through the Basilica’s doors each year, especially as the December 12 feast day approaches.
  • Christmas events from Rome, D.C. available live online and telecast
    Pope Francis has a full schedule of Christmastime events planned for December and January, which includes the customary Baptism of newborn babies Jan. 13, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
  • Hope, lying in a manger, is the reason for joy, even during our difficult times

    For Msgr. Sam A. Sirianni, rector of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, Advent and the Christmas season are fruitful times to help parishioners come to a fuller understanding of the meaning of Christian joy, since joy is inherent in this holy time of the Church.

    “Christian joy is rooted in hope, and our hope is in Christ and in a sense that life has meaning,” Msgr. Sirianni stressed.

  • Spirit of Christmas comes alive through parish, business collaborations
    In this season of wish lists and gift-giving, parishes, schools and neighborhood businesses have been collaborating to support families in need – partnerships that unite communities in sharing, which blesses not only those who receive, but also those who give.
  • Christmas events from Rome, D.C. available live online and telecast
    Pope Francis has a full schedule of Christmastime events planned for December and January, which includes the customary Baptism of newborn babies Jan. 13, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
  • Music adds prayerful dimension to Advent, Christmas seasons
    Terri Marino of St. Mary Parish, Middletown, strongly believes how hymns sung during Advent and the carols sung during Christmas can enhance one’s understanding and appreciation of the seasons surrounding the Birth of Jesus.
  • Stations of Nativity a teaching tool for all ages

    “Take a look. Listen. Breathe. And expect.”

    Such were the words Maria Gimello offered her fifth- through eighth-grade religious education students in hopes of getting them to focus more on the greatest gift of the season – Jesus.

  • Kids reaching out to kids is focus of Advent Day of Giving
    The gymnasium in St. Ann School, Lawrenceville, took on a fair-like setting for a couple of hours Dec. 8.
  • An Advent mini-retreat Dec. 5 in Morris Hall, Lawrenceville, gave volunteers who serve as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to the patients in St. Lawrence Rehab Center and Morris Hall an opportunity to focus on the importance of their “sharing” ministry.
  • Advent, Christmas a good time for families to reflect on how to live like Mary

    Jessica Donohue, parish catechetical leader in Sacred Heart Parish, Mount Holly, believes that thriving during Advent and Christmas begins with family relationships.

    “With the hectic nature of the holiday season, it is unfortunately sometimes too easy to neglect that,” she noted. “But caring for our ‘domestic Church’ is so important and really affects our other relationships as well.”

  • Instead of presenting a Christmas concert in the days and weeks before Dec. 25, the music ministry of St. Anselm Parish, Tinton Falls, has chosen to uphold its six-year tradition and host a concert on Epiphany Sunday.
  • Festival, parish choirs to present Dec. 14 Christmas concert
    The works of Camille Saint Saens and Benjamin Britten will be highlighted in the Dec. 14 Christmas concert to be presented by the music ministry of St. Anthony of Padua, Red Bank.
  • An Advent message from Bishop O'Connell: The 'both/and' nature of our spiritual preparation
    I confess, I’m guilty.  Once Thanksgiving is over my thoughts turn to Christmas.  I put up my tree and decorate the house for that “most wonderful time of the year.” I pull out my Christmas CDs and watch all those great Christmas specials and movies on TV.  All these preparations – admittedly secular – put me in a happy frame of mind and give me a good feeling to welcome my favorite holiday.  I don’t want to miss a minute! 

    At the same time, I don’t lose sight of the real “reason for the season,” the birth of the Savior, God the Father’s gift of his Son Jesus to the world.  The four weeks of Advent that precede Christmas Eve and Day keep me focused liturgically, in prayer and worship, on the ancient anticipation of the coming of the Messiah. 

  • Advent traditions bring peace to a busy holiday season
    Advent, the four-week period preceding Christmas, is a time to slow down as we wait in hopeful expectation for Christ’s coming. It’s a time to take stock of what’s important in our lives, casting away extra commitments and wasted energy we’ve added throughout the year.

    Here are a few traditions that an individual or family can practice to slow down and draw closer to Christ during Advent.


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