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Annual Blue Mass honoring law enforcement set for April 30
Hundreds of law enforcement officials gather for the annual Blue Mass in 2018. This year’s Mass will be held April 30.  Craig Pittelli photo

Hundreds of law enforcement officials gather for the annual Blue Mass in 2018. This year’s Mass will be held April 30.  Craig Pittelli photo

“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
Annual conference calls men of all generations to rebuild the Church

Noted author Curtis Martin opened the annual Catholic Men for Jesus Christ Conference by inviting all to step forward on behalf of the Church.

Referring to the Apostles who responded to Jesus, Martin said, “Each had a love for Christ, and all lived with the radical fact that he was leading them to a different path. Jesus tells us to put out into the deep and have no fear. … What if you look at all the suffering on earth? What if we, like the Apostles, live in a radically different way in the time we have?”

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Sunday, February 24, 2019
Ash Wednesday collection to support the Catholic Church in Central and Eastern Europe
WASHINGTON • The annual special Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will be taken up in most dioceses on Ash Wednesday, March 6. More ...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Rite of Election to mark major milestone for those on faith journeys
Every year on the first Sunday in Lent, bishops throughout the world welcome those who are preparing to join the Catholic Church. More ...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
2019 Annual Catholic Appeal adopts instruction of St. Paul VI

Faithful in parishes across the Diocese of Trenton will be asked to reflect on the teaching of St. Paul VI as the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal is introduced at Masses Feb. 23 and 24. 

As related in a message for the Appeal from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., St. Paul VI once said, “Never REACH OUT your hand unless you are willing to EXTEND AN ARM.” 

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Recruitment fair for potential catechetical leadership positions planned
With an eye toward reaching individuals in parishes who have an interest in leading a parish religious education program, the diocesan Department of Catechesis is sponsoring a recruitment fair March 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Diocesan Chancery, 701 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville. More ...
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Questions and Answers Concerning the Release of Names of Credibly Accused Roman Catholic Clergy in New Jersey
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A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., regarding the published list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor
As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I write to share with you a preliminary list that the Diocese has compiled of clergy ordained for/incardinated in the Diocese of Trenton who have been credibly accused of the sexual abuse of a minor. This preliminary list will be updated as more information becomes available. I do this with the greatest sadness and with a heavy heart.

Our first responsibility must always be to those who have endured sexual abuse as minors and the release of these names is our effort to express acceptance of their allegations as credible and to indicate the status of their alleged abusers.  I greatly admire and respect the courage of those victims who have come forward. It is our hope that the public presentation of these names will contribute to healing the awful wounds that victims have endured at the hands of some clergy. 

Please join me in prayer for all victims of sexual abuse in society, for their families and for all who have been affected and harmed by the sexual abuse of the young and vulnerable.  We also pray that the release of these names will encourage anyone who was abused as a child but has not reported that abuse to come forward now.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Morris Hall residents unite in World Day of the Sick commemoration

Well before the start of Mass in the chapel of Morris Hall, Lawrenceville, residents gathered not only inside the sacred space but in the spacious hallway outside and upstairs choir loft for prayer and fellowship.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
On World Day of Sick, volunteers reflect on the graces gained in helping the infirm
Morning Masses are always well attended in Morris Hall Chapel, tucked into the heart of the 40-acre diocesan health care campus in Lawrenceville. More ...
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Two Renowned Administrators Announce State-wide New Jersey Compensation Program for Victims of Church Sexual Abuse of Minors
Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros, two noted victims’ compensation experts, have been named Administrators of a New Jersey state-wide Compensation Program – approved and supported by all five Roman Catholic Dioceses located in the state. More ...
Monday, February 11, 2019
Assisted suicide bill moves forward in Trenton

Pro-life advocates were dealt a setback Feb. 7 as legislation that would allow terminally ill adults to end their lives advanced in the state Legislature.

By a vote of 6-3, the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee voted in favor of the “Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Act” (S1072/A1504). It now goes to the Senate Budget Committee.

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Friday, February 8, 2019
Parishes' strong support spells success for 2018 Appeal
When pastors are asked what makes the Annual Catholic Appeal successful, they are quick to highlight the generosity of their parishioners, embracing the vision, adherence to a plan of action, and the importance of prayer. More ...
Friday, February 8, 2019
Words of St. Paul VI inspire new Appeal campaign
During his 15-year pontificate, notably throughout the Second Vatican Council, St. Paul VI worked tirelessly as a prophetic witness to the joy of the Gospel and the communion of the Body of Christ. More ...
Friday, February 8, 2019
A message from Bishop O'Connell on the Annual Catholic Appeal
During his time of shepherding the Church, Pope St. Paul VI called all to holiness and a response in faith to meet the spiritual and material needs of others. More ...
Friday, February 8, 2019

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