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  • For many people, the struggle with faith is real. There are any number of deep personal issues that exacerbate the problem.
  • At the close of the Last Supper the evangelist John notes that Jesus prayed for the disciples.
  • Author says rosary 'can help us achieve peace in the world'

    The history of the rosary traces to the 13th century. It is believed that Mary gave St. Dominic the rosary to rescue the church from the Albigensian heresy.

    Initially, 150 Hail Marys were prayed as a part of the rosary.

    "The prayer of the rosary, originally composed of 150 Hail Marys, is based on the 150 psalms of the Psalter prayed in monasteries since antiquity," said Gretchen Crowe, editor-in-chief of OSV Newsweekly in Huntington, Indiana, and author of the new book "Why the Rosary, Why Now?"

  • Rosary prayer unites life with Christ, Pope says in video message

    VATICAN CITY – Christians who pray the rosary unite their own lives with Christ by meditating on his life, ministry and death, Pope Francis said.

    "This simple prayer, in fact, helps us to contemplate all that God in his love has done for us and for our salvation and helps us understand that our life is united to Christ's," the Pope said in a video message June 18 to pilgrims of the Ta Pinu Marian Shrine in Gozo, Malta.

  • The following organizations are in need of volunteer assistance:
  • FAITH ALIVE: Mary experienced God's game-changing ways
    God is not reluctant to astonish people, it is said. That is a good thing, even when astonishing news briefly causes people to feel startled or confused -- amazed by one of life's unexpected developments.
  • FAITH ALIVE: Forgiving offenses willingly
    In the heat of the moment, with tempers flaring and family members shouting out every ill-chosen word, the power of forgiveness probably is the farthest thing from anyone's mind.
  • It is no doubt by design that, as we open the Synod on the Family this weekend that the readings for the Liturgy are focused on the complementarity of man and woman and the indissolubility of marriage. This makes, certainly, for an interesting backdrop as the bishops assemble with the pope for this fourteenth general synod.
  • FAITH ALIVE: Spiritual guides provide support and an example to emulate

    In appreciation for "the givenness of life" helps people thrive in their daily existence. The world around them needs this appreciation too. But what is "the givenness of life"?

  • Join the Readers’ Prayer Circle by remembering in prayer the special intentions from Monitor readers.
  • The Second Vatican Council called for a renewed sense of holiness among all the faithful not just the priests and religious. The council referred to this as the “Universal call to Holiness.” It was the common practice among Catholics to hold that the laity participated in the holiness of the religious through their devotional and moral life, but there was no real sense of what it meant for an ordinary layman or woman to be “holy.”
  • The following parishes and outreach agencies have put out a call for volunteer assistance
  • FAITH ALIVE -- A renewal of faith in the modern church

    On the eve of Pentecost 2014, Pope Francis attended a conference in an Italian stadium with 50,000 Catholics who appeared every bit as excited as the soccer fans who had swarmed the venue a few weeks later.

  • Here we are, summer is just about at its usual close and most of us have been able, I hope, to get some time for a break or vacation. We all need to refresh ourselves and to focus on things other than work and the usual chores of living. It is a necessary human experience.

  • Taking our place among the saints
    What’s all the fuss about saints? We name our children, our churches, schools and hospitals after them. They are patrons of nations, cities, organizations and families Prayers are written for them, and by them, and a variety of cultural customs and traditions have grown up around them.

  • Our focus on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time turns to a consideration of the meaning of faith.

  • Diversity is a blessing when all are united in faith, pope says
     VATICAN CITY -- Calling for unity -- not uniformity -- in the church, Pope Francis said diversity is a blessing only when all Catholics recognize and follow church teaching.

    "It is the church which brings Christ to me and me to Christ; parallel journeys are dangerous," he told some 200,000 members of Catholic lay movements and groups during a Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Square.

  • Bringing the Bible to Life
    New book shines light on God’s imperfect heroes & heroines

    When Jackson author Barbara Hosbach began writing “Fools, Liars, Cheaters & Other Bible Heroes,” Franciscan Media, $14.99, what she had in mind was a book that would help Scripture come to life for contemporary readers.
  • What can God and nature have had in mind when they designed the aging process? Why is it that just when our mental prowess, our human maturity, and our emotional freedom are at their peak, the body begins to fall apart?

  • Two feast days celebrate the light of Christ dispelling any darkness

    With the month of February, my favorite month of the year, comes some very special events. Granted my birthday being one of them, I would like to focus on the two days that begin the month, Feb. 2 and Feb. 3.

  • Q. I was wondering whether you’re allowed to change your child’s godparents and, if so, how to go about it and have it be acceptable to the Church. The situation is this: When we chose our daughter’s godparents, seven years ago, they were Catholic and went to church. But over the years, they stopped going to church, and I’m not even sure that they still consider themselves Catholic.

  • Since the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, wrote his famous work, “On the Interpretation of Dreams,” the sense and meaning of dreams has been forever reshaped in western society.

    Jan. 13 | Through our Baptism, we enter new life in Christ
    It is not unusual for us at times to be looking for the right thing but still looking in the wrong place or the wrong direction.

  • Q. Most of the parishioners at our current parish hold hands during the Our Father and then raise their hands when saying, “The kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.”
  • We suffered a computer’s death in our household a few days ago. Perhaps it failed after contracting a virus through an infected e-mail.

    What is noteworthy is that acquiring a new computer immediately became a top priority for us. I guess the reality is that we now regard the computer and quick Internet access as lifestyle necessities.

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 abuseline@dioceseoftrenton.org

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.