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  • 2019 Health & Wellness Special Supplement

    Every year, The Monitor publishes a special supplement focusing on health.

    In this issue, read how faith, friendship and forgiveness are good for soul.

  • Workshop explores the 
'why' and 'how' to forgive

    People need to learn how to deal with their anger and learn how to forgive. Otherwise, “If you don’t forgive, it’ll destroy you physically,” said Brother Loughlan Sofield during a presentation on “Forgiveness – It’s Good for Your Health” in St. Peter Parish, Point Pleasant Beach, on Jan. 29.

  • CCDOT addiction program expands to reach vulnerable young adults

    In an effort to reach more young people who struggle with addiction in Mercer County, a program geared toward teenagers is expanding its services to serve those up to age 21.

  • The original 'FaceTime': the key to keeping families well

    Once upon a time, in an era of fewer distractions and more predictable schedules, family members spent time in one another’s presence by default.

    Homes centered around daily chores essential for survival – the growth, harvest and preparation of food, as well as the construction and upkeep of clothing, livestock, tools, the house itself – anything that allowed life to continue in spite of climate, conflict and other uncontrollable forces. And at the center of it all, for families of faith, was the recognition that none of this was even possible without the hand of God interceding daily.

  • The 'old school' art of eating together

    The kitchen table is more than just a piece of furniture – it’s a hub. This is what ours looks like: Homework papers accompany pencils and eraser crumbs, a phone charger, notepads with grocery and to-do lists, a book I’ve been reading in five-minute spurts, scented candles, cork trivet, hand sanitizer, someone’s watch, paper napkins, a rubber bracelet from summer camp (it’s September, mind you), hair ties from out-the-door-for-school touchups, yellow legal pads and a bottle of vitamins.

  • Cooking together a main ingredient for healthy families
    Some of my earliest childhood memories include me sitting in a high-backed kitchen chair, legs dangling, reading aloud cookie recipes to my mother as she added ingredients to her stand mixer. They may have been recipes she knew by heart, but that didn’t matter; it was my mom’s way of indulging my four-year-old desire to “help,” which was so often followed by the desire to “sample.” There will never be a more delicious experience for me than a fresh, generously-cut slice of homemade bread.
  • The family that plays together laughs together, explores together, gets dirty together, learns...

    Yes, the list really does go on and on.

    Play is vital to a healthy childhood, and I think it is also vital to a healthy adulthood. That leads me to think that play is absolutely vital, crucial even, to the well-being of our families

  • Faith strengthens family bonds
    I met my husband on the first day of my sophomore year at Princeton University. After a wonderful summer at home with my family, I was returning to school with a renewed interest in living out my Catholic faith, but unsure of how to fit religious practice into my busy life on campus. 
  • For many Catholics, protecting the environment is key to wellness

    “I fell in love with a crab,” declared a parent chaperone, following a Young Scientist Club marine biology cruise in Cape May.

    She attributed her newfound appreciation for one of God’s uniquely lovely creatures to an experience that demonstrated reverence and respect for creation, said Joanne Arnold, science teacher in St. Dominic School, Brick, who has been arranging the club cruise for 36 years.

  • To live safely, with dignity, independence and care close at hand, is the concern for many seniors as they begin to struggle with health issues.

    Most would prefer to remain in their homes and communities rather than move into a nursing home, explained Maggie Welsh, marketing coordinator, Life St. Francis, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Bordentown.


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.