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Bishop blesses oils, faithful show support of priests during annual Chrism Mass
Bellarmine Co-Cathedral. He breathes over the vessel in a symbolic gesture of the breath of the Holy Spirit. Craig Pittelli photos
Bellarmine Co-Cathedral. He breathes over the vessel in a symbolic gesture of the breath of the Holy Spirit. Craig Pittelli photos

Fran Thompson was exuberant as she described witnessing for the first time the sacred traditions of the annual Chrism Mass.

“It was nothing like what I expected. It was just beautiful. You have to see it to believe it.  You have to experience it,” the St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, parishioner said. “I’m bringing my husband next year.”

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Diocese of Trenton faithful share feelings of sadness, horror over Notre Dame fire

“We all know that a church is not just a building. It is ‘living stone’ created from a continuous stream of prayer," Cheryl Manfredonia, co-founder of the Domestic Church Media apostolate, Ewing, said of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Effective ministry workshops scheduled in June
To help foster skills in communication and collaboration, the Diocese is offering a two-part workshop in June for those who serve in ministry. More ...
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
'Hearts to Hospitals' campaign continues in schools of the Diocese
Once again, the Diocese of Trenton’s Catholic elementary schools will dedicate themselves to fulfilling a community-minded single service project to enrich the lives of hospitalized children and their families. More ...
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Save the date for annual golf outing to benefit retired priests
The eighth annual Bishop John C. Reiss Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for June 10. More ...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Heartfelt thanks from grateful retired religious
The Diocese of Trenton was recognized for in its 2018 participation in the Retirement Fund for Religious collection, to the tune of $304,308. More ...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Episcopal appointments announced
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced the following appointments: More ...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Catholic Home Missions Appeal set for April 27-28
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) annual Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be held in most dioceses across the country the weekend of April 27-28. More ...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Knights of Columbus share 'Pride in our Priests' at annual banquet
Faith and fellowship were on the menu April 11 in Doolan’s Shore Club, Spring Lake Heights, as two groups of men integral to the life of the Church gathered for the annual Knights of Columbus “Pride in our Priests” banquet. More ...
Sunday, April 14, 2019
OUR DIOCESE TODAY: Chrism Mass to be live streamed
St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral in Freehold will be filled to capacity April 15 as the Diocese of Trenton gathers for the Chrism Mass. More ...
Friday, April 12, 2019
Episcopal appointments announced
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced the following appointments: More ...
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Chrism Mass to be celebrated April 15 in Co-Cathedral
Faithful from throughout the diocesan family can have the graced opportunity to come together and participate in one of the most solemn and significant liturgies in the Church year, the annual Chrism Mass. More ...
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Catechetical leader hopefuls look for ways to serve Church
Bill Schmidt is thinking about becoming more involved in his parish, St. Mary of the Lakes, Medford, after he retires from his job in August. More ...
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Retreat Day for Caregivers slated for May 3
All those who serve others in ministry are invited to an all-day retreat, “Replenishing the Minister: A Day Away for Those who Serve,” May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the San Alfonso Retreat House, 755 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch. More ...
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Annual Blue Mass honoring law enforcement set for April 30
“Support your local police” is a slogan often seen on billboards, T-shirts and even lawn signs. More ...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Hope is key to Church healing, says speaker at Priest Spirituality Day
“What the Church needs today is courageous unrest … It needs the courage to seek what is great, and so to become worthy of it … What we need most as a Church today is the virtue of hope.” More ...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Knights Assembly honors seminarians at annual dinner
When an organization known for its charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism reaches out in prayerful and financial support to men studying for the priesthood, both sides reap the rewards. More ...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Annulment Information Evenings scheduled
For many people, the process of marriage annulment is very mysterious, often accompanied by considerable misinformation. In order to dispel misconceptions, the diocesan Office of Canonical Services and Tribunal has been holding Annulment Information Evenings in parishes throughout the Diocese. More ...
Friday, March 15, 2019
Vacation Club to hold registration April 8
St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach Island, will hold registration for its Vacation Club April 8 starting at 4:30 p.m.St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach Island, will hold registration for its Vacation Club April 8 starting at 4:30 p.m. More ...
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Diocese warns of donation scam using pastor's name
The Diocese of Trenton has issued an alert regarding reports of email and text scams that will use the name of a pastor to solicit funds in the form of gift cards or cash donations. More ...
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
At Rite of Election, Bishop assures faithful new life in Christ is at hand

For Hassan Ahmad, the Easter Vigil will mark both the culmination of a long quest for faith and a new beginning.

Born in Pakistan to a Muslim family, he was not actively engaged in faith when he arrived in Princeton University to study political theory. But after finding “people who were living faithfully in a well-ordered life” at the university, he was inspired to embark on his own search for faith.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019
Prison ministry coordinator brings Jesus to all he serves
There are two things Peter Haas treasures most about his volunteer experience as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Wrightstown. More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
AFF ministry to gain support through spring training sessions
Adult Faith Formation Ministry Training sessions begin again this month, providing skill building for those who wish to start or strengthen the ministry in their parish. More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
RCIA Lenten retreat slated for April
The diocesan Department of Catechesis is sponsoring a Lenten retreat day, “Prayer, Fasting and Works of Service,” for all parish Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults team members, elect and candidates April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother of Mercy Parish’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel Campus in Asbury Park. More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Schools to hold summer STREAM Camp
This summer, students entering grades two through eight once again are invited to explore their inner scientist, artist or engineer during three one-week sessions in the greater Trenton area. More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Bishop O'Connell calls for prayers to end infanticide
The U.S. Senate recently failed to pass the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act – legislation that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an attempted abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her or his life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.

Our two New Jersey senators, Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Robert Menendez, voted against the legislation. Please join us in the Diocese of Trenton in a prayer for an end to infanticide.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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