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Mount St. Mary professor breaks down the process, necessity of apologetics
Dr. John Mark Miravalle and his wife, Jessica, speak with Father Michael McClane, pastor of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, after Miravalle’s talk on apologetics. EmmaLee Italia photo

Dr. John Mark Miravalle and his wife, Jessica, speak with Father Michael McClane, pastor of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, after Miravalle’s talk on apologetics. EmmaLee Italia photo

 “Apologetics is a strategy, or subset of evangelization – it’s about bringing people to Christ, so that he can give them the gift of faith. Don’t get attached to the argument; if apologetics isn’t work, be willing to try another avenue of evangelization.”

This clarification and more came from Dr. John Mark Miravalle, who spoke to an audience March 1 in St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, breaking down the basis of how to know and defend the Catholic faith.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Community Center to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month
In observance of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, St. Francis Counseling Service will offer the following programs to raise awareness throughout Ocean County. More ...
Tuesday, March 12, 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
Determination proves fruitful for Hopewell Valley linked parishes during Festa Italiana

“How threatening can it be to come together to eat meatballs, spaghetti, salad and dessert?”

With a smile on his face, that was the question Msgr. Michael J. Walsh asked when he reflected on the number of parishioners who came to the pre-Lenten Festa Italiana held March 2 in the hall of St. James Church, Pennington. more than 600.

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Friday, March 8, 2019
Mardi Gras celebration a success thanks to Cohort 9 collaboration
It may have been a friendly wager between two parishes that led to the idea of a Mardi Gras celebration, but it was pure Cohort cooperation that brought it to a fun-filled fruition the afternoon of March 3. More ...
Friday, March 8, 2019
'How Big Is Your God' workshop planned in Point Pleasant Beach
St. Peter Parish, Point Pleasant Beach, will host a workshop entitled “How Big is Your God? Change Your Vision, Change Your Life,” March 20 at both 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the parish’s Kolbe Hall. The presenter is Carol Pisani, pastoral associate for lifelong faith formation in St. Peter Parish. More ...
Friday, March 8, 2019
Faith, friendship mingle at annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Belmar
The missionary spirit of St. Patrick was evident in every aspect of the Belmar-Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as first responders, schools, parishes and the community at-large came together to ensure that the 46th annual celebration was a success. More ...
Thursday, March 7, 2019
St. Patrick' Day events planned across Diocese
The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 is quickly approaching, and parishes and schools around the Diocese are gearing up to commemorate the feast of Ireland’s beloved saint by joining in festivities taking place throughout the month. Following is a schedule of events that have been announced. More ...
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Catholic magazine recognizes Howell, Toms River schools as innovations finalists
Two schools in the Diocese were recently selected by Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine as finalists in its Innovations in Catholic Education Awards. In all, 12 awards were presented across four categories for innovative projects in: promoting Catholic identity, curriculum and instruction, technology integration and total community involvement. More ...
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Conference in Freehold focuses on Mass as the 'mysterious power of God's love'
Mysteries are usually thought of as being something that needs to be solved. But the word mystery takes on different meaning when referring to the celebration of Mass, according to internationally known Catholic speaker and author Joe Paprocki. More ...
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Seminar on drug abuse to be held in Brick
Visitation Parish, Brick, will hold a seminar on opioid and heroin abuse titled “Not Even One” March 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the parish hall at 755 Mantoloking Road. More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Immaculata University hosts annual spirituality day
As part of the Spirituality Under the Dome series, Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pa., will hold its 13th annual Spirituality Day April 6, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments followed by the opening prayer and welcome at 9:15 in Alumnae Hall. 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
Women's suffrage explored by DAR essay contest honorees
Students in St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft, recently finished in the top three tiers for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade entries in the 2018-19 Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest. More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
St. Mary School heads to YouTube with CSW highlights
St. Mary School, Middletown, recently produced a video with highlights of its 2019 Catholic Schools Week. More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Disabilities services workshop slated for Neptune
 The N.J. Regional Family Support Planning Council of Monmouth and Ocean Counties will sponsor a public forum and providers fair for families of disabled adults March 14 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Children’s Center of Monmouth County, 1115 Green Grove Road, Neptune.  More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Respect Life contest winners commended in diocesan Masses

Students selected as first-place winners and runners-up in the diocesan Respect Life contest were recognized during Masses March 3 in each of the Diocese’s four counties.

Following the contest theme “Every Life – Cherished, Chosen, Sent,” students in kindergarten through eighth grade expressed their deep desire to protect human life, resulting in award-worthy, heartfelt projects expressed in essays, posters or memes.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Retreat Day for Laity slated for March 2 in Bayville
St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, will host a retreat day for laity entitled “Deeper Spirituality: Acceptance, Humility and Loving in Troubling Times” March 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parish’s Rucki Hall at 33 Woodland Road, Bayville. More ...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
'Catholic Refresher Course' in Princeton Junction

St. David the King Parish, 1 New Village Road, Princeton Junction, will host a five-session “Catholic Refresher Course” for Catholics who feel a need to get back in touch with the basics of their faith.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Retreat Day for Laity slated for March 2 in Bayville

St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, will host a retreat day for laity titled “Deeper Spirituality: Acceptance, Humility and Loving in Troubling Times” March 2 in the parish’s Rucki Hall at 33 Woodland Road, Bayville.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Farm to School Day takes root in Hamilton Square
Isaiah Dunn, an eighth grader in St. Gregory the Great Academy, Hamilton Square, said he always enjoyed school visits to area farms in nearby West Windsor and Howell. But the special Farm to School Day, in which the farms were brought to his school Feb. 13, was something he found to be quite impressive. More ...
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Youngsters from Brick parish delight seniors with sweet, musical Valentines treat
The reviews after a Valentine’s Eve concert by the Visitation Parish Children’s and Youth Choirs Feb. 13 at Shorrock Gardens Care Center were phenomenal. More ...
Saturday, February 16, 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
Bishop remembers Sister Dorothy as being a 'woman of faith'
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., posed an interesting point when he spoke about the day Sister  of St. Joseph Dorothy Payne entered eternal life. More ...
Friday, February 8, 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
TCA says farewell to beloved president, Sister Dorothy Payne

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
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
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

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