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Travelers on pilgrimage with Bishop in Mexico moved by Guadalupe story, spirituality of others
Bishop O'Connell poses for a photo with faithful from the Diocese and beyond during the Our Lady of Guadalupe pilgrimage in Mexico Dec. 2-7. John Batkowski photo
Bishop O'Connell poses for a photo with faithful from the Diocese and beyond during the Our Lady of Guadalupe pilgrimage in Mexico Dec. 2-7. John Batkowski photo

When Maria Arriola, parishioner of St. Joseph, Trenton, visited the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, she had a specific mission – to dedicate her son to the Blessed Mother, keeping a promise she had made many years ago.

“I asked for a miracle to have a child … But my son was born early and was very small,” she explained. “I asked for a miracle of health, and promised to present him when he turned 15 to the Blessed Mother in Guadalupe. Unfortunately when he was 15, I did not have the funds to take him. So when my son told me about the pilgrimage, I knew I had to go to keep my promise."

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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Monday, April 2, 2018
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Stepping down after 50 years, Notre Dame field hockey coach leaves legacy of support on, off field
If there was a thesaurus entry for “Barb Major,” it would consist of about 50 positive synonyms – one for every year she coached. In discussing Major with those who worked with or played for her, one cannot help but be struck by the amount of accolades her admirers throw out.

It is why a special luncheon was held Dec. 8 to honor Major for her 50 years as head coach of the Notre Dame High School varsity field hockey team. Let that sink in for a moment – a half-century of coaching the same sport at the same school.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Vatican publishes Pope's Christmas schedule
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has a full schedule of Christmastime liturgies planned for December and January, including the customary baptism of newborn babies Jan. 13, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. More ...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
Filmmaker's 'Camino' documentary finally finds home on PBS
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Stan & Ollie closely follows Laurel and Hardy storyline
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Friday, December 7, 2018
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Dec. 16 - John calls us to discover God in one another
John the Baptist, in his role as precursor of the coming of Jesus, presents a message that is stern and demanding. More ...

Monday, December 10, 2018
Advent week two - Reading the Advent season through nature
Advent is a season of expectation, of waiting for promises to be fulfilled – God's promises, to our Israelite ancestors in the faith and to us. Isaiah promises the birth of a child named Emmanuel, "God with us." More ...

Friday, December 7, 2018
Community Roundup
Sharing Christmas Spirit in Washington
Two priests ordained from the Diocese of Trenton who are currently living in the residence for priests on the campus of The Catholic University of America, Washington, enjoy fellowship during a Christmas party in early December. More ...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Pope Francis
Pope: Prepare for Christ's Birth by recognizing mistakes, sowing peace
VATICAN CITY – Advent is a time for people to think about what they can change about themselves so that they can sow the seeds of peace, justice and fraternity in their daily lives, Pope Francis said. More ...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
An Advent message from Bishop O'Connell: The 'both/and' nature of our spiritual preparation
I confess, I’m guilty.  Once Thanksgiving is over, my thoughts turn to Christmas.  I put up my tree and decorate the house for that “most wonderful time of the year.”  I pull out my Christmas CDs and watch all those great Christmas specials and movies on TV.  All these preparations – admittedly, secular – put me in a happy frame of mind and give me a good feeling to welcome my favorite holiday.  I don’t want to miss a minute! More ...

Friday, November 30, 2018
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SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: With color, Salvadoran photographer transmits message of hope, solidarity
WASHINGTON – Miguel Servellon remembers that his mother's prayers during difficult times of war in his native El Salvador included the phrase "life always has color," words of comfort she used to transmit to her children the message that there is always beauty in the world even when times are hard. More ...

Monday, December 10, 2018
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Child Protection
Our Promise to Protect
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.

To read more about Child Protection efforts in the Trenton Diocese, click here.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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A creche ritual
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Understanding the theology of Christmas
On the Feast of the Incarnation we celebrate almighty God’s decision to become man by assuming the body of a human being. More ...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

12/15/2018  - Sight and Sound Trip
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12/15/2018  - Christmas Carol Festival
12/15/2018  - Memory-Tree lighting ceremony and reception
12/15/2018  - Los Posados commemoration in Hamilton Square parish
12/16/2018  - Infancy Narratives: An Advent Reflection
12/18/2018  - Walking With Purpose Catholic Faith Study
12/19/2018  - Morning Retreat
12/21/2018  - Silent Directed Retreat Weekend

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Friday, November 23, 2018
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