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  • Middletown couple uses first-hand experience to help pregnant couples cope with terminal diagnosis of babies
    It is difficult enough to lose a child, but receiving a terminal diagnosis for your unborn child can result in an unprecedented sense of grief.

    Barbara Keith and her family know all too well how difficult that can be. Keith, a lifelong member of St. Mary Parish, Middletown, and her husband, Ian, were given the devastating news halfway through her pregnancy in 2011 that their unborn daughter had Trisomy 18, a rare chromosome disorder. The Keiths were told that their baby, Joan, would likely not survive and that perhaps they should consider an abortion.
  • Listening is the key to ministry of bereaved
    Doris Hudak has learned a few valuable lessons during her 35 years in the field of bereavement ministry, the most important of which is that finding the right words to say to survivors after the death of a loved one is not the most important goal.
  • Spring Lake first responder's second book features stories of grief, faith, laughter
    After a successful first book on courage in the face of fear and grieving, Spring Lake first responder Andrea Jo Rodgers is back with “On Heaven’s Doorstep: God’s Help in Times of Crisis,” which features 30 true stories.
  • Nothing brings with it more opportunities for joy, and the unexpected, than spending time with your grandchild.

    On Easter morning, my five-year-old granddaughter brought me a toy that was not working. She asked me to change the batteries, but we needed a special screwdriver and not one of her uncles knew where this magical tool might be.

  • The Diocese’s pastoral care training program set to begin in the fall will include sessions required for those interested in bereavement ministry.
  • 2018 Annual Bereavement Supplement
    Click here to view the digital version of the annual bereavement supplement from The Monitor, which this year features stories on perinatal hospice, a personal account of bereavement ministry, a local author who shares her story on being  a first responder and more.
  • Advance funeral planning can spare loved ones extra grief

    No one expected Joe to die. Replace the name “Joe” with anyone you’ve known into that sentence. 

  • In genealogy research, Catholic cemeteries can provide some help

    OXNARD, Calf. – As interest in genealogical research increases, some Catholics have found that their relatives' final earthly addresses can be helpful, even valuable resources.

  • Support for the grieving comes in many forms
    Sometimes it comes by way of a life-changing phone call: “There’s been an accident…” At other times, it starts with a diagnosis: “We’ve gotten the results of the biopsy…” or sometimes simply by the passage of so much time: “I don’t think Grandma has much time left.”
  • 2017 Annual Bereavement Supplement

    Click here to read a downloadable version of the annual bereavement supplement from The Monitor, that offers resources and insights for those mourning the loss of a loved one.

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.