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  • Catechists receive recognition for their service
    Eileen Ziesmer is impassioned when she reflects on those who serve in catechetical ministry in St. Denis Parish, Manasquan.
  • Catechetical Sunday theme a call to young Catholics

    On Sept. 15, the Catholic Church throughout the nation will mark its annual celebration of Catechetical Sunday ...

  • A Message from Bishop O'Connell for Catechetical Sunday
    The Church that the Lord Jesus Christ asked to “go out to all the world and tell the good news (Mark 15:16)” has had its share of “not so good news” this summer. 

    It will make the work of the catechist this particular year harder, for sure.  But it is not a reason to stop catechizing.  In fact, it makes catechesis even more urgent, more compelling, more necessary to follow the Lord’s command.
  • Parish catechetical leaders reflect on the fruits of their mission

    As the hustle and bustle of a new school year gets underway, parish catechetical leaders are busy preparing for another year of nurturing witnesses for Jesus Christ in their parish communities.

  • Remaining faithful to the call of all baptized Christians to spread the Gospel message, catechists worldwide will renew their dedication to evangelization on Catechetical Sunday, celebrated this year on Sept. 16.

  • 2018 Annual Catechetical Sunday Tribute

    Catechetical Sunday, observed this year on Sept. 16, is a time to celebrate those who serve their parish and school communities as catechists and catechetical leaders.

    With the theme, “Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ,” this special day provides an opportunity for reflection on the role each person plays, by virtue of their Baptism, in handing on the faith. Parents and guardians are also commended for their roles. Blessings and commissioning ceremonies for those in this ministry will soon take place during Masses in parishes across the Diocese.

    Click here to view the digital version of the annual Catechetical Tribute supplement.

  • Diocese, parishes offer many resources for special needs religious instruction
    The Diocese of Trenton and its parishes are answering the call to catechize special needs children. Here is a sampling of the programs in operation.
  • Marlton parish couple with special needs daughter pens book on importance of catechesis, prayer
    “Every interaction, whether it be at the hair salon, waiting in the doctor’s office or at the grocery store, is an opportunity for prayer,” said Mercedes Rizzo, who with her husband, David, are parents to four children, one of them with special needs.

  • Diocesan Department of Catechesis welcomes new director
    Bringing an extensive background in religious education and a passion for continuing the mission of educating all generations about the Catholic faith, Denise Contino arrives to the Diocesan Chancery confident in her new role as director of the Department of Catechesis.
  • Multigenerational catechesis a goal for Angelo

    Michelle Angelo has a long history of catechetical leadership, serving in her home parish of St. John the Apostle, Linden, for four years as assistant coordinator and then coordinator of religious education, followed by eight years as director of faith formation in Holy Trinity Parish, Westfield.

    Now ready to take on a position as director of religious education in St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, Angelo feels blessed to begin her new ministry.


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.