As you might guess from the latest cover, this is the month when the Church focuses in a very real way on the gift of marriage with the celebration of World Marriage Day and National Marriage Week. The February magazine dedicates the IN FOCUS section to this sacred vocation with lots of insight and resources that will help couples build and retain strong, healthy marriages.

In his message for the annual celebration, Bishop David M. O'Connell reflects that as the Diocese of Trenton, “Let us together thank God for the gift, vocation, and witness of married life and all its many blessings, joys and even challenges within our beloved Diocese. May married couples continue to mirror the love of Christ for his Church, always remembering his command to all of us, whatever our vocation may be: ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’”

This is also Catholic Press Month and there is no greater evidence of the need for strong Catholic-based publications than this latest magazine. At 76 pages, the February issue offers readers a good understanding of the range and depth of initiatives and events in the Catholic Church during this very busy time of year. It is an especially clear example of how much there is to know and share about the Catholic faith. Here is just a partial list of Church news that you will find:

  • Catholic-led efforts to protect unborn babies and their mothers in the face of broader abortion access
  • Catholic Schools Week – Celebrating the gift of Catholic education in the life of the Church
  • World Day for Consecrated Life – Affirming those who serve the Church as religious men and women
  • World Day of the Sick – A time to pray for those who are ill and those who take care of them
  • Add to that mix messages from Pope Francis and other spiritual writers; remembrances of beloved diocesan leaders; a recap of the annual Diocesan Youth Conference; ideas for family listening; early information for Lent, and the launch of the 2022 Annual Catholic Appeal
  • ALSO, look for our Spanish-language section, EL ANZUELO; and SPIRITUAL LIFE

The February print edition has been mailed to all PREMIUM SUBSCRIBERS and the digital edition is now posted. Not yet a subscriber? Why not treat yourself or someone you love . . . Sign up by clicking HERE, or writing to Remember that DIGITAL and PREMIUM subscribers have unlimited access to all content at

May God bless you all.

Rayanne Bennett, Associate Publisher 
And The Monitor team