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El Centro looking for mentors to help kids find better future
Sandra Pinto, client services coordinator for El Centro, looks over a mentor program information sheet with Agustíne Chavez and Monica Cabrera at the El Centro office in Trenton. Matt Greeley photo
Sandra Pinto, client services coordinator for El Centro, looks over a mentor program information sheet with Agustíne Chavez and Monica Cabrera at the El Centro office in Trenton. Matt Greeley photo
Sandra Pinto has some advice for those looking to make a difference – start in your own backyard.

“This is our opportunity to help Trenton, to help the people who live here have a better future. You want to change the world? This is one right here,” said Pinto, client services coordinator for El Centro, which provides outreach to the Spanish-speaking community.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Bishop O'Connell reflects on 'Aid in Dying'
As the Bishop of a Diocese, I am frequently asked to issue “statements” on a variety of subjects and I often do. I try to be very careful in what I write and preach, avoiding topics of a political nature, keeping in mind my responsibility to use opportunities that I have to address and teach the faithful on matters of faith and morals. I prefer to label my writings as “reflections” or “messages,” more homiletic in nature and content, designed to encourage believers to follow the Gospels of Jesus Christ and to apply the teachings of the Church to issues or events of contemporary relevance to Catholics in our Diocese.

It’s not that I don’t have political opinions – I do. We all have a right to our own opinions, political and otherwise, and a right to express them with constitutionally guaranteed protections. But I don’t consider the various pulpits that I have as Bishop to be the appropriate place to make my political opinions known. The faithful look to their Bishop for spiritual not political guidance. My proper text is the Word of God as truth; my proper text is the teaching of the Catholic Church as truth; my proper text is the Christian life as truth that these texts attempt to encourage and support.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Local, nationwide rallies show frustration over border conditions

Inspired by ongoing questions and concerns about treatment of refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border, more than a thousand rallies were held locally, nationwide and across the world during July. 

In Princeton, demonstrators participated from various social justice and church groups, including four members of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, in a “Lights for Liberty” vigil, one of about 800 that took place worldwide July 12.

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Catholic Charities USA accepting donations online to help migrant children
Catholic Charities USA is accepting donations online to help its agencies along the U.S. border with Mexico meet basic needs and ensure that migrant children "are being treated with care and kindness" as the humanitarian crisis there grows, the agency said in an announcement. More ...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Catholics urged to take action to protect Religious Employers Exemption
The Religious Employers Exemption, a provision in state law that protects the rights of Catholic employers who choose not to violate their fundamental beliefs, is at risk of being revoked. More ...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Food pantries in dire need of help in Burlington, Mercer Counties

Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton is in need of both monetary and food support, as donations have decreased in the past few months for its Community Services program.

“We count on the community to partner with us to help their neighbors in need,” said Arnold Valentin, director of Community Services. “So we’re putting out the call: We need help now. Please, do what you can, because your support can make a big difference for hundreds of people who live on the margins in our area.”

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019



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