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  • While the Baptism of Jesus is unlike our own – though it prefigures our own Baptism – it is a necessary and natural consequence of the Incarnation.
  • FAITH ALIVE: How parishes can support families of pregnancy and infant loss
    As a mother, the Lord has asked me to do many difficult things. 
  • Assumption feast invites people to look to heaven with hope, Pope says
    Mary's assumption into heaven calls people to put aside all those insignificant ...
  • Cohorts find successful inroads to strengthen Diocese as Faith in Our Future progresses

    “I’m a firm believer that together, we are much stronger,” Msgr. Michael J. Walsh says when speaking of the three linked parishes he shepherds that comprise the Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley.

    That sentiment may apply to his Cohort, Cohort 8, established in the diocesan Faith in Our Future initiative, but it’s also a familiar theme expressed by those across the Diocese who are dedicated to strengthening the Church of Trenton.

  • Hope, faith and unity hallmarks of newly merged Monmouth County parish
    Pelting rain and unseasonably chilly temperatures Sept. 9 failed to dampen the spirits of hundreds of Catholic faithful in the greater Long Branch area who gathered to celebrate the union of St. Jerome Parish, West Long Branch, and Deal’s St. Mary Parish which merged into the new Our Lady of Hope Parish on July 1.
  • Coming Together -- 
Faithful bring beloved traditions, rich heritages to new Sacred Heart Parish

    In the weeks since Blessed Sacrament-Our Lady of the Divine Shepherd and Sacred Heart Parishes, both in Trenton, were merged, Father Dennis Apoldite, pastor, and the parishioners have been striving to establish roots as members of the newly created Sacred Heart Parish.

  • A new day for Keyport's Catholic faithful
    With a salute to the past and abundant hope for the future, Keyport’s Catholics opened the door to a new chapter in the life of their community July 1 under the patronage of Our Lady of Fatima.
  • Faithful in newly merged St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish move forward in hope

    Kristyn and Dylan Wagner have an eye on the future.

    Not only are they expecting their first child, a boy, in October, the two grew up in St. Elizabeth Parish, Avon, which as of July 1, merged with Ascension, Bradley Beach, to form the new parish of St. Teresa of Calcutta.

  • With July 1 mergers, new parishes embrace pride in past, hope for future

    As 14 parishes across the Diocese are poised for July 1 – when they will become seven new merged communities – a sense of hope is almost palpable.

    So, it is no surprise that many of those involved in these mergers speak often of the word “hope.”

    “The new name for our merged parish is Our Lady of Hope. The name is very apropos,” said Father Peter James Alindogan, pastor of the merging parishes of St. Jerome, West Long Branch, and St. Mary, Deal. “We have hopes that everything will work out smoothly blending two parishes with two personalities and both with rich histories.”

  • Previously merged parishes bring valuable insights to FIOF table

    When Deacon Walter Karpecik realized that St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, would observe the 10th anniversary of its establishment this year, he thought something should be done to commemorate the milestone.

  • Chancellor gives update as initiatives implemented

    Jennifer Mauro, managing editor of The Monitor, recently sat down with Terry Ginther, diocesan chancellor and executive director of Pastoral Life and Mission, to speak about the Faith in Our Future process – its successes, challenges, hopes and where it stands today.

  • Trenton faithful look ahead to a new day
    On July 1, one of the most diverse parish communities in the City of Trenton – Blessed Sacrament-Our Lady of the Divine Shepherd – will become part of the oldest parish in New Jersey – Sacred Heart Parish – bringing together the legacy built on hundreds of years of treasured faith traditions, rich cultural customs and a deep devotion to Our Lord and his holy Church.
  • Moving Forward
    About 25 members of the diocesan Faith in Our Future Implementation Commission gathered for a two-day working retreat June 5-6 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, during which they reviewed progress being made by parishes and Cohorts since restructuring decisions were announced in January 2017.
  • Bishop announces new names, pastors for parishes set to merge July 1
    In letters sent to seven pastors April 10, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., announced details related to the new parish entities following July 1 mergers of 14 individual communities.  Announced in 2016, the mergers are part of a multi-year implementation process resulting from the pastoral planning initiative Faith in Our Future.
  • Parish leaders gather for progress report on Faith in Our Future implementation work
    Some 30 representatives from parishes throughout the Diocese gathered Feb. 24 in St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, for a meeting of Cohort chairmen and women. The gathering, facilitated by Msgr. Leonard F. Troiano, episcopal vicar for planning, and Terry Ginther, executive director for pastoral life and diocesan chancellor, brought the Cohort chairs and project managers together to discuss the implementation phase of Faith in Our Future, the diocesan initiative to address the challenges facing the Church of Trenton.
  • Cohort parishes hold ministry fair
    The parishes of Cohort 11 co-hosted a ministry fair the weekend of Sept. 9-10 to acquaint all three sets of members to the multiple avenues of service to the Church in Monmouth County.
  • Keyport parishes set to merge unite in faith, community
    Hopes were high that 200 to 400 faithful from Keyport’s St. Joseph and Jesus the Lord Parishes would turn out to mark their upcoming merger with a multicultural Mass and potluck picnic Sept. 10.
  • Bishop to celebrate Mass Aug. 13 with multiple parishes at Belmar Beach Gazebo

    In an inaugural event for the parishes that comprise Cohort 19, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and faithful from five Monmouth County shoreline parishes will gather for the celebration of Mass at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at the gazebo at Belmar Beach.

    The Mass will bring together the parishes of Cohort 19 – St. Catharine-St. Margaret, Spring Lake; St. Rose, Belmar; St. Mark, Sea Girt; Ascension, Bradley Beach, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Avon. Parishioners and guests from all five parishes, as well as from the community at-large, are invited and encouraged to attend.

  • After merger, Sacred Heart community places faith in their future
    From where Father Dennis Apoldite stood on the grounds of the Mercer County CYO Day Camp in Yardville, it wasn’t the sparkling Olympic-sized swimming pool, spacious tree-lined grounds and ample picnic facilities that caught his eye.
  • Last Mass in Holy Angels Church marks end of an era
    A mix of emotions was shared by the more than 500 faithful who gathered for the last Mass that was to be celebrated in Holy Angels Church, Hamilton.
  • After merger, parishioners from Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton, come together in prayer, fellowship
    On a sunny and seasonably warm July 9 afternoon, members of the now former Divine Mercy Parish, Trenton, gathered on the beautiful grounds of the Mercer County CYO Day Camp in Yardville with their brothers and sisters from Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton, where they prayed, shared camaraderie and prepared to journey together as a new community of faith.
  • On June 9, 2017, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., issued a decree calling for the merger of Divine Mercy Parish into Sacred Heart Parish, both in Trenton.
  • Teams forming, training set for FIOF implementation phase
    Now that Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced his decisions regarding parish planning and strengthening, the diocesan-led Faith in Our Future process is moving into its next phase – implementation.

    Gearing up in much the same way that the initial consultation process unfolded in the fall of 2015, the newest phase will begin with the formation of parish-based implementation teams selected by the pastor.  The teams, each consisting of four lay, non-staff parishioners and the pastor, are currently being formed, in preparation for workshops and training sessions that will begin in February and run through May.

  • Bishop David M. O'Connell's pastoral letter on our future together
    As we move into a New Year, the time is right for us to adjust our vision to “new things” for our Diocese.  While what “has been” in our past experience is comfortable, we are a living, changing Catholic community, a changing local Church that is, in St. Augustine’s words, a “beauty ever ancient, ever new (Confessions, X).”
  • The decisions announced by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Jan. 25, will be implemented over a three-year period (2017-2020) resulting in:
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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.

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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.