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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.

  • Oratorian looking to bring joy, peace to catechists in Red Bank
    Since becoming a part of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Red Bank’s St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Brother Daniel Bowers has immersed himself in the ways of the religious order and the life of the parish.
  • Bridges brings 30 years' experience to Colts Neck parish
    Having been engaged in catechetical ministry at various levels for more than 30 years, Dr. Jim Bridges brings not only a wealth of knowledge to his new role as pastoral coordinator for faith formation and director of religious education in St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, but a pragmatic perspective as well.
  • Dayton is happy to work with families again

    As Melissa Dayton arrives to St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, as the new faith formation director, she brings a wealth of ministerial experiences that spans some 25 years.

    “I think I have experience in many different ministries that work in a parish setting well,” she said.

  • Lincroft PCL desires to make faith relevant for kids

    Kay Hetherington, the new parish catechetical leader in St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft, has devoted more than 20 years to serving in faith formation and religious education. Most recently she was a catechetical leader in St. Joseph Parish, Keyport, which is now part of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Keyport. 

  • Kozlowska relishes 'great adventure in teaching'
    In culturally blended St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Lakewood, a new season of religious education will begin under the leadership of parish catechetical leader Maria Kozlowska.
  • Long Branch PCL's new role fits her desire to serve

    Hildelise Limardo has served Christ the King Parish, Long Branch, as a volunteer in the bustling religious education program for five years.

    That being the case, it came as no surprise when Limardo, who is also an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at the parish, was named parish catechetical leader for the religious education program there.

  • Kim ready to lead with bilingual skills
    Jinhee Magdlena Kim, the new parish catechetical leader in the Church of the Korean Martyrs, which is part of Lawrenceville’s St. Ann Parish, is looking forward to getting the new religious education year off to a bilingual start.
  • Mount Laurel parishioner ready to energize youth

    Danielle Meosky, a 22-year member of St. John Neumann Parish, Mount Laurel, is quite familiar with the religious education arena.

    Having spent 15 years as a religious education teacher, and five years as assistant to the parish’s coordinator for religious education, she was ready when the opportunity arose in July for her to assume her predecessor’s role.

  • Familiar face ready for lifelong learners in Point Pleasant Beach
    Carol Pisani, who has served in Church ministries for 30 years, began a new chapter in that ongoing journey recently when St. Peter Parish, Point Pleasant Beach, welcomed her as pastoral associate for Lifelong Faith Formation.
  • Santucci committed to Catholic identity
    Though new to the position of St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, coordinator of faith formation for youth and young adults, Matthew Santucci has logged hundreds of miles in his goal to bring the Good News to Catholic youth.
  • Schmidt relishes dream position as PCL
    Joana Schmidt, the newly appointed parish catechetical leader in St. Theresa Parish, Little Egg Harbor, has been working toward her goal of finding what she regards as a “dream position” for quite some time.
  • Farmingdale, Whiting religious educators among those honored on Catechetical Sunday

    Each year, the Church celebrates Catechetical Sunday on the third Sunday of September as a day for parishes to focus on honoring and commissioning catechists for their important role of handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.

    This year’s theme, “Living as Missionary Disciples,” also encourages each person, by virtue of their Baptism and as part of a community of faith, to rededicate themselves to this mission.

  • 2017 Annual Catechetical Sunday Tribute
    Click here to view digital version of the annual Catechetical Sunday tribute from The Monitor, that includes resources and insights for those serving in catechetical ministry.
  • Fruitful discipleship comes from encounter, accompaniment

    We celebrate and give thanks always, at all times and in all places, but most especially this month for those involved in faith formation and religious instruction in all our parishes.

    Those include parish catechetical leaders, parish catechists, adult faith formation catechists, RCIA catechists and  those in our Catholic elementary and secondary schools – all those who provide instruction and formation in the faith for God’s people, who witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his values. 

    The theme for Catechetical Sunday 2017, Sept. 17 this year, is “Living as Missionary Disciples.” This theme permeated many of the sessions at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders gathering in Orlando from July 1-4. Several of the keynote speakers in the plenary sessions, panelists, and breakout session presenters addressed aspects of this topic. 

  • Catechetical Sunday theme shows anyone can evangelize

    As men and women across the country who serve in the ministry of catechesis are recognized Catechetical Sunday, veterans of evangelistic ventures advise that effective evangelizing for ordinary Catholics means keeping it simple: Listen first. Then talk.

    “There’s no one way to evangelize. I’ve become more and more convinced that evangelization is not built over large things, but rather, small events,” said Father Frank Donio, director of the Catholic Apostolate Center and a consultant on evangelization for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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