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TCA says farewell to beloved president, Sister Dorothy Payne
Serving as president of Trenton Catholic Academy has been Sister Dorothy’s pride and joy since 2005. In this photo, she happily accepts a gift from two Upper School graduating seniors during the 2017 commencement exercises. Monitor file photo
Serving as president of Trenton Catholic Academy has been Sister Dorothy’s pride and joy since 2005. In this photo, she happily accepts a gift from two Upper School graduating seniors during the 2017 commencement exercises. Monitor file photo

The community of Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, is mourning the passing of its founding president, St. Joseph Sister Dorothy L. Payne, who died Feb. 3.

A viewing, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial was to be held Feb. 7 in St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown,  Pa. A Memorial Mass for Sister Dorothy will be celebrated in Trenton Catholic Academy, 175 Leonard Ave., Hamilton, on Feb. 13 at 9 a.m., to which the community is invited.

“Sister Dorothy’s philosophy was to dream big and then work hard to make it a reality,” said Anne Reap, TCA’s Lower School director. “She had a strong relationship with the Lord and made sure service and good works were part of her daily life. She encouraged us all to be better.”

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Princeton parish to host saint-themed retreat with artist 'Brother Mickey'
St. Paul Parish, Princeton, will host award-winning artist and author, Brother Michael “Mickey” McGrath, who will offer a retreat Feb. 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., on the importance of the saints. More ...
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Mass recalls devoted TCA administrator
The Trenton Catholic Academy family gathered to bid farewell to their beloved founding president, Sister of St. Joseph Dorothy Payne, at a Feb. 13 Memorial Mass. More ...
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Interfaith relations, Christian brotherhood topic of Princeton talk
“Ecumenism in the Age of World Christianity” will be explored in a Feb. 21 talk at 7 p.m. by professor Raimundo Cesar Barreto, hosted in the spiritual center of St. Paul Parish, Princeton. More ...
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Freehold art auction to help fund emergency homeless shelters
To raise funds for their mission of assistance, the Emergency Housing and Advocacy Program will host its first annual Charity Art Auction March 23 in the Dentici Hall of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. More ...
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Survivors use Holocaust stories to teach about bullying
It was April 17, 1948 when Danny Goldsmith first saw the United States as he sailed into the New York harbor aboard a World War II Liberty ship that carried immigrants from Europe to the “promised land.” More ...
Sunday, February 10, 2019
'Reboot! Live!' turns into evangelization mission for cohort

“I love New Jersey!” Chris Stefanick announced happily before kicking off his third “Reboot! Live!” event in the Diocese of Trenton in as many years.

“When I come to New Jersey, I am with my people,” he joked, explaining that he grew up in the Diocese of Paterson.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019
Nursing school programs to host open house
St. Francis Medical Center's Schools of Nursing and Radiologic Technology will hold an open house March 7 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in Crean Hall Auditorium at 601 Hamilton Ave., Trenton.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019
Red Bank Catholic pays respects to young military alumnus
The Red Bank Catholic school community stood as a silent, prayerful witness for one of their own. More ...
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Catholic Charities' Loughery appointed to oversight board
Susan Loughery, director of operations for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, has been appointed by Gov. Philip Murphy to an oversight board for healthcare providers. More ...
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
St. Francis Counseling Service introduces new social skills group
St. Francis Counseling Services, Brant Beach, has introduced a free social skills group for children ages 10 to 13. More ...
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Prayer vigil for slain parishioner in Freehold brings outpouring of love, support
Throughout her years as a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Denise Bartone never hesitated to share her love and compassion with members of the parish and the community at large. More ...
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
St. Francis Counseling Service introduces new social skills group
St. Francis Counseling Services, Brant Beach, has introduced a free social skills group for children ages 10 to 13 More ...
Saturday, February 2, 2019
St. Greg's plans collection, Mardi Gras to benefit The Joy of Sox
Helping the homeless to battle the bitter temperatures of winter, the Women of Spirit group of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, and Hamilton Council Knights of Columbus have two events planned. More ...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Clergy Association plans panel discussions
Committed to bringing faith communities together in worship, action and learning, the Freehold Clergy Association offers panel discussions and special education opportunities to explore facets of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. More ...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Evening of Reflection in St. Gregory Parish
St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, will host an evening of reflection on “Finding Peace and Joy in Today’s Rat Race!” Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the parish’s evangelization center. More ...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Mercer CYO reaps rewards of holiday appeal
This winter, the Catholic Youth Organization of Mercer County was selected by the Times of Trenton newspaper as one of two agencies in the greater Mercer County area to benefit from its annual Holiday Appeal, and reaped about $16,000 in donations toward its operating costs. More ...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Center for FaithJustice to expand parish work with major grant
The Center for FaithJustice has received a major grant from the Lilly Endowment to nurture youth-led initiatives in parish communities. More ...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Communities honor Dr. King's legacy through works of service
Each year, on the third Monday in January, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is observed as a “day on, not a day off,” as passed by the U.S. Congress in 1994. More ...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Catholic Men's Conference slated for Feb. 23 in Middletown
Catholic Men for Jesus Christ will present its 22nd Annual Men’s Conference on Feb. 23 in St. Mary Parish, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Rd., Middletown. More ...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Christmas season concludes swimmingly in Keyport parish
Throughout Advent and Christmas, the Nativity scene that adorns the back wall of Keyport’s St. Joseph Church beckons faithful to turn their hearts and minds toward Bethlehem and the miracle of the Incarnation that took place in that tiny town 2,000 years ago. More ...
Monday, January 14, 2019
Super Plunge planned for Feb. 3 in Brant Beach
The 15th Annual Super "Plunge" Sunday is scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. More ...
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Catholic schools gearing up for annual Polar Plunge fundraiser
Going for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean in January may sound a bit daunting, but those who are planning to participate in the 13th annual Ancient Order of Hibernians Polar Plunge for Catholic Education are ready to take on the freezing temperatures and generate support for their beloved Catholic schools. More ...
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Brick parish to host storytelling program for children
One way to convey positive and spiritual messages to children in easy and understandable ways is through the art of storytelling. More ...
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Jackson parishes to host popular 'Reboot! Live!' presentations
“Reboot! Live!,” an initiative of Real Life Catholic, will return   Jan. 30-31 for another highly anticipated presentation in the Diocese of Trenton, this time in Jackson. More ...
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
CBA adopts new 'device-free zone' in cafeteria
Face-to-face conversation has returned to the Christian Brothers Academy cafeteria this school year as the Lincroft secondary school has banned the use of computers, tablets and smartphones during its lunch periods. In September, the administration announced the cafeteria would become a “device-free zone” in order to offer the students a break in the constant onslaught of electronic technology. More ...
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
St. Aloysius and St. Veronica Schools announce plans to form new Catholic academy

Two strong and successful Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton – situated just over three miles apart – will pool their resources and efforts to become a newly established Catholic Academy that will open its doors in September 2019.

St. Aloysius School in Jackson and St. Veronica School in Howell will undergo a merger at the end of this school year, transitioning into Mother Seton Academy, according to the pastors of the two sponsoring parishes.

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Monday, January 7, 2019
Point Pleasant Beach parish to host workshop on forgiveness
The inability to deal effectively with anger seems to be endemic to almost every culture. However, Church literature and the mental health field have identified forgiveness as the treatment of choice for anger. More ...
Monday, January 7, 2019
Asbury Park's Haitian community marks New Year's with Blessed Mother, prayers for unity

Asbury Park’s faithful welcomed 2019 in the early morning hours of Jan. 1 by celebrating beloved traditions and praying for hope and peace in the New Year.

Coming together for two great feasts, the Haitian community of Mother of Mercy Parish gathered for Midnight Mass in Holy Spirit Church and recalled the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, as well as Haiti’s Independence Day.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Save the Date: 'Reboot! Live!' coming to Diocese in late January
Jackson’s two Catholic parishes – St. Aloysius and St. Monica – are each hosting a presentation of “Reboot! Live!” featuring Chris Stefanick, a multimedia event that’s designed to motivate all to become more engaged in their parish communities and energized about their Catholic faith. More ...
Friday, December 28, 2018
CBA welcomes faculty, students from Japan counterpart
Two Lasallian schools from across the world had an opportunity to come together to share traditions and learning experiences when Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, recently hosted a contingent of nearly 80 students and 10 faculty members  from Hakodate La Salle High School in Hokkaido, Japan. More ...
Thursday, December 20, 2018
All Saints Regional School to become St. Mary Academy under administration of Barnegat parish

All Saints Regional Catholic School in Manahawkin, which has provided education to children in five Ocean County parishes for more than 20 years, will move away from its regional model and reopen in July 2019 as St. Mary Academy under the administration of St. Mary Parish, Barnegat.

Msgr. Ken Tuzeneu, pastor of St. Mary Parish, announced and celebrated the change at the annual school Christmas concert Dec. 18.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
St. Vincent de Paul, Samaritan Center among organizations rewarded by Manalapan's Mayor's Gala
The season of joy abounded with community spirit Dec. 12 as funds raised in this year’s Mayor’s Gala in Manalapan Township were distributed to worthy charities including the St. Thomas More Parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference and the Samaritan Center food pantry. More ...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Catholic Charities employees recognized for service
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, honored 59 employees for their dedicated service at a luncheon Dec. 7 in Hamilton. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Handel's 'Messiah' in West Long Branch
St. Michael Parish, 800 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, will present Handel’s Messiah Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in the church. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Classic Car Club members restore 'a Vette for a Veteran'
Members of the Classic Car Club at St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, are doing a lot more than just admiring hot rods these days – they are volunteering their time on an overhaul and restoration of a vintage Corvette. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Princeton eighth-grader wins essay contest on Holocaust
Claire King, eighth-grader in St. Paul School, Princeton, was recognized as one of three New Jersey student winners of the Fifth Annual Holocaust Essay Competition. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
'Karin's Follies' performance to benefit Donovan Catholic scholarship
To celebrate the memory of their recently departed teacher and friend, Karin Krenek, the alumni and students in Donovan Catholic will present the musical program, “Karin’s Follies” 2 p.m. on Dec. 30 in the gymnasium at 711 Hooper Ave., Toms River. More ...
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Las Posadas to be commemorated in Hamilton Square parish
The Evangelization Ministry in St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, will celebrate the tradition of Las Posadas Dec. 15 starting at 6 p.m. More ...
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Estate Planning Basics and Advance Directives seminar
The Parish Nurse Ministry of St. Dominic Parish, Brick, is sponsoring a seminar on advanced directives/living wills, asset protection trusts, trusts, wills, special needs planning Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the community room. More ...
Monday, December 3, 2018
Mass in the Extraordinary Form marks seventh year in Diocese

Over the past seven years, a very close, vibrant community of faithful devoted to the celebration of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form, or Latin Mass, has grown in both faith and number.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Students honor principal with 'piggy party,' special presentations
When students in St. Veronica School, Howell, wanted to show appreciation for their principal of 27 years, Resurrection Sister Cherree Power, they managed to do so with one of her favorite things – pigs. More ...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Student to serve on NJSIAA student athlete council
Kyle Harris, a junior in St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, was recently selected to serve on the inaugural Student Athlete Advisory Council of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. More ...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Schools across Diocese benefit from #GivingTuesday to tune of $19K
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton broke new ground Nov. 27 with #GivingTuesday, offering proponents of Catholic education the opportunity to show their financial, volunteer or prayer support online, coinciding with a global day of generosity. More ...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Brick parishioners expand Thanksgiving meal assistance, drive to hundreds of homes
Sharing Thanksgiving food and fellowship is something the less fortunate of Brick have looked forward to each year for the past 25 years, thanks to the efforts of Epiphany Parish. More ...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
#LEADLIKEAGIRL conference seeking proposals
Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, is looking for proposals for its third annual leadership conference, “#LEADLIKEAGIRL: A Conference for Risk-Takers and Changemakers.” More ...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Medford Knights build, donate ramp to paralyzed veteran
Why would a group of guys spend hundreds of hours building a wheelchair ramp for someone they didn’t know? More ...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Mass and Healing Service Dec. 4
Spiritual director and charismatic preacher Father James Blount will be the celebrant of a Mass and Healing Service Dec. 4 in St. Paul Church, Princeton. More ...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Baby booties mark Baptisms, Guadalupe feast in St. Greg's
In preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12, St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, wanted to create a visual experience that reminded people of her title as Patroness of the Unborn. More ...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Parish upgrades to be celebrated at Christmas party
The parishioners of St. Monica Parish, Jackson, really know how to raise a roof. Through the collective efforts of energetic and tireless parishioners and its ministries, in just two years, the parish of 1,500 members was able to raise more than enough of the $26,000 needed to replace the aging roof. But the roof isn’t the only thing getting a facelift. 

“We worked really hard in the last couple of years to regenerate the building itself, and in doing so, I think a lot of the parishioners have been regenerated as well,” explained parishioner and fundraiser, Caroline White. 
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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Students top state in robotics coding competition
Students from three Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton combined their STEM talents and a precise series of zeros and ones to add up to success in the statewide Cyber Robotics Coding Competition. More ...
Wednesday, November 28, 2018



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