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'Night of Worship' with national singer-songwriter slated July 26 in Freehold
A young adult singer-songwriter with roots in the Diocese of Trenton is returning for a performance after an evening of worship, Adoration and music in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. More ...
Monday, July 22, 2019

Pray the Rosary on the Seaside Heights boardwalk
All are invited to join in a public display of life in faith as a public recitation of the Rosary will be held July 26 on the Seaside Heights boardwalk. More ...
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Bishop visits summer religious education students in Toms River
Students in summer religious education programs in St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, were all smiles July 11 as Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., joined the children and parish catechists for Mass. More ...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Medford parish carnival celebrates second year of faith, fun

Squeals of laughter, carousel  music and the smells of funnel cake and popcorn are abound in the Diocese of Trenton as parishes across the four counties host their annual fairs and carnivals.

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Monday, July 8, 2019
Free facilitator training offered for bereavement support group and ministry leaders
The Roman Catholic Churches of Toms River will offer a free, two-day training program July 20 and Aug. 3 for anyone wishing to become a bereavement facilitator for support groups or ministries in Toms River’s four Catholic parishes: St. Joseph, St. Justin the Martyr, St. Luke and St. Maximilian Kolbe. More ...
Saturday, June 29, 2019
In newly blessed Adoration Chapel, Medford parishioners can pray with the Lord 24/7
Praying before the Blessed Sacrament during Eucharistic Adoration is important to Natalie M. Stone. It’s a form of prayer that she has practiced for a very long time, sometimes weekly and sometimes monthly. More ...
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Wedding of the Sea Festival Aug. 15
Our neighboring Diocese of Camden will sponsor the annual Wedding of the Sea Festival Aug. 15 in Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City from noon to 7 p.m. More ...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Co-Cathedral ministries plan coffeehouse fundraiser for three sisters in face of tragedy
Pope Francis has spoken often about the need for Christians to live out the Gospel values of love, mercy and compassion.

When someone is faced with a tragedy, a profound loss, or a crisis of some kind, we live these values by accompanying others on their journey, said Msgr. Sam Sirianni, rector, St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. Sometimes the journey is a long one, he stressed.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Red Bank's St. James marks 125th anniversary of its cornerstone with Mass of Thanksgiving
On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus, June 23, well over 500 faithful gathered with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in St. James Church, Red Bank, for a Mass of Thanksgiving commemorating the 125th anniversary of the laying of its cornerstone. More ...
Monday, June 24, 2019
Corpus Christi feast is time to reflect on the Eucharist
Corpus Christi feast is time to reflect on the Eucharistaithful from around the Diocese of Trenton brought their belief in the Eucharist to the streets the weekend of June 22-23 as they participated in processions for the Feast of Corpus Christi. More ...
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Diocesan Cursillo marks a milestone with first bilingual Mass
“De Colores!” This joyful greeting of the Cursillo movement resounded through the vaulted nave of St. Robert Co-Cathedral, Freehold, June 7. There, hundreds of members of the English and Spanish Cursillo movements shared their first diocesan bilingual Mass and fellowship. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Young people take steps to be future of Church through Sacrament of Confirmation
Those times of administering the Sacrament of Confirmation to youth “are joyful occasions, and parents are rightfully proud of their daughters and sons as they take this important step into Catholic Christian adulthood,” wrote Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in his 2014 catechesis on the Sacrament of Confirmation. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Adult confirmandi come to deeper understanding of faith

It was after a serious car accident from which she walked away unscathed that Ashley Wood realized it was time to become fully initiated into the Church.

Wood, a parishioner of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton, was born in Virginia, where her father was stationed with the Navy. She was baptized and received First Holy Communion in New Jersey parishes, but she never received her Confirmation.

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Friday, June 14, 2019
Elementary schools journey in faith through times of transition
As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, it is a time of recalling the many lessons learned and the highlights of another year completed. For some schools in the Diocese, it is also a time of transition, as a need for change becomes a reality. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Red Bank's St. James to mark 125 years with Mass
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will be principal celebrant of a Mass in St. James Parish, Red Bank, June 23 at noon. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Fun and faith combine at St. Charles Borromeo Carnival
The parish family of St. Charles Borromeo, Cinnaminson, believes evangelization is right at home next to Sno-Cones and Tilt-a-Whirls. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
West Long Branch school, parish celebrate spiritual gifts of retiring principal
Three generations of students passed through the portals of St. Jerome School and Church on the faith-filled, 42-year watch of Filippini Sister Angelina Pelliccia. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Mercy Sister Carole MacKenthun's lifetime of devotion saluted


That was Mercy Sister Carole MacKenthun’s word for the two-hour-plus celebration of the major milestones in her life that rocked the full-to-overflowing auditorium of Spring Lake’s St. Catharine School with music, speeches and waves of applause May 30.

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Friday, June 14, 2019
Maple Shade parish marks 100th anniversary milestone
In 1919, the Diocese of Trenton was just 38 years old. Newspapers cost one cent and the average wage was 28 cents an hour. More ...
Monday, June 3, 2019
At Day of Prayer for Vocations, faithful focus on responding to God's call

There were two reasons Sheree Carnevale was motivated to attend the Day of Prayer for Vocations in St. Michael Parish June 1.

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Monday, June 3, 2019
Faithful come together in prayer in Mount Laurel, Yardville on Memorial Day
The roar of two military jets was a vivid reminder of the reason why faithful gathered May 27 for Mass on Memorial Day in Jesus Bread of Life Cemetery and Mausoleum, Mount Laurel. More ...
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Father and daughter share in college graduation joy
Georgian Court University’s sports field was crowded May 23 as the class of 2019, nearly 600 strong, assembled to receive their diplomas. More ...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
May Crowning tradition shared in Holy Cross Prep
Father Christopher Colavito believes in teaching by example. More ...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
SPS students wow SVDP with service scholarship applications
Thanks to their outstanding commitment to community service, seven students of St. Paul School, Princeton, were awarded scholarships from the St. Paul conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society. More ...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Vocations need prayer more than ever, pastor says
St. Michael Parish, West End, has made an important change to its annual Parish Day of Prayer for Vocations tradition. More ...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Maple Shade parish to celebrate century of faith
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Maple Shade, will mark a century of faith at a Mass celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. and concelebrated by its pastor, Father Joel Wilson,  at 11 a.m. June 2 in the church at 236 East Main St. More ...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft, recognized on national level as Green Ribbon School
The U.S. Department of Education announced May 22 that St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft, has been recognized as a 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.

In offering her congratulations, JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, noted that St. Leo the Great School is the first Catholic school in New Jersey to receive the honor. In 2019, 35 schools, including 25 public and 10 non-public, 14 school districts and four postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact, improve health and wellness and ensure effective sustainability.


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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Toms River parish welcomes joyous Filipino Santacruzan festival
The Filipino community’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the love of colorful festivals blended seamlessly on the grounds of Toms River’s St. Luke Parish May 18 as the joyous commemorations of Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan were held for the first time in Ocean County. More ...
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Children around Diocese receive Jesus for the first time during Holy Communions

“It was an amazing experience [even though] I felt kind of nervous.” The words of Kathryn Franco describing her First Eucharist were echoed by fellow communicants in Our Lady of the Angels Parish: a mix of pride, nerves and joy.

As the Easter season progressed into May, children across the Diocese o

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Friday, May 17, 2019
Parishioners of all ages come together to celebrate Blessed Mother
It was as if there was a meeting of old friends between faithful from two Toms River parishes as youngsters from St. Joseph visited the faithful of St. Maximilian Kolbe May 12 for the parish’s May Crowning. More ...
Thursday, May 16, 2019
New leadership team for Dominican Sisters of Hope
During a late April Chapter gathering in Tarrytown, N.Y., the Dominican Sisters of Hope elected new leadership team members. The Chapter had as its theme, “Sojourners Embracing Communion.” More ...
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Popular Father Pivonka speaks on God's never-ending love, mercy
Sin is much more than an infraction, like breaking a law. More ...
Thursday, May 16, 2019
'Dining in the Kingdom' retreat planned for June 8
Sacred Doorways, a nonprofit organization that has as its mission to serve the community through thought-provoking, spiritual retreats and events, will host a luncheon retreat, “Dining in the Kingdom – A Menu for the Feast of Life,” from noon to 3 p.m. June 8 in St. Joan of Arc Parish, 100 Willow Bend Road, Marlton. More ...
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
With eye on future, Hainesport worship center breaks ground

Tucked away in a quiet, residential area of Hainesport, the quaint, white building that is home to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish blends into its neat surroundings.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
'Shark Tank' project brings out innovation in students
In the auditorium of St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach, a painting of a swimming shark was set at center stage the morning of May 9. More ...
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Kateri Day Camp begins 43rd season of service to low-income children

As the school year draws to a close, summer day camps throughout the region prepare their campus and staff to supervise a joyful onslaught of youngsters eager to swim, run, jump and play while their parents are at work.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima to visit Toms River parish

A pilgrim statue commissioned by Pope Francis in 2017 of Our Lady of Fatima that has been known to travel internationally is making a stop in the Diocese of Trenton.

A statue will visit St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, May 12-13. From 6:30 to 10 p.m. May 12, the parish will celebrate by welcoming the statue with a bilingual Mass, followed by a candlelight Rosary procession through the church parking lot and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy Chaplet and Confessions.
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Friday, May 10, 2019
Multicultural club, annual retreat help students to live in a diverse world
Graduating senior Nabia Evans admits the next phase of her life will be exciting – and a bit scary – but with the help of her school’s multicultural club, she’s more prepared to face the future. More ...
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Bishop makes pastoral visit to Long Beach Island parish, confirms 50 candidates
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., visited the Diocese’s southernmost parish of Ocean County May 6, conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation and visiting with the friars and staff of St. Francis of Assisi, Brant Beach. More ...
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Two opportunities to join Filipino tradition of Santacruzan in Diocese

Santacruzan, the traditional Filipino celebration of the Blessed Mother, is spreading through the Diocese of Trenton, as people of Filipino decent and the wider community embrace the Marian devotion with outdoor processions and prayers.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019
'Fire of Faith' talks continue in Spring Lake
Pastoral talks by area clergy are continuing through May and June in St. Margaret Church, Spring Lake, as part of an eight-part “Fire of Faith” lecture series. More ...
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Catholic Daughters celebrates 65 years of service in Middletown

For the past 65 years, the mission of the ever-faithful group of Catholic women meeting in Middletown can be distilled into just two words: unity and charity.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
Mailbox project honors beloved teacher, is source of hope

The new mailbox that’s been installed by the entrance to Donovan Catholic, Toms River, has nothing to do with the U.S. Postal Service.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
Ken Jennings named president of Notre Dame High School
The board of governors of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, recently announced that Ken Jennings will assume the role as the school’s president effective July 1. More ...
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Candlelight vigils illuminate respect for life

Faithful stood up for the sanctity of life April 13 during two candlelight vigils held outside Monmouth County Planned Parenthood offices.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
Laudato Sí' inspires St. Mary parishioner to spearhead beach cleanup

When Michael Bruno, a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, was looking for a way to bring the Church and community together, he immediately thought of cleaning his beloved beach.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
Faithful find peace, take heart in Divine Mercy
On the day dedicated to remind the world’s faithful of God’s infinite mercy, and that no mortal soul is beyond the reach of God’s love and forgiveness, faithful from the Diocese joined with their brothers and sisters throughout the world in commemorating the Feast of Divine Mercy April 28. More ...
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Notre Dame High to host 'First Look' open house for sixth- and seventh-grade students
Every spring for the past seven years, Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, has dedicated a Sunday afternoon in which sixth- and seventh-grade students are invited to visit and take a look around.  More ...
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Coyne to serve as principal of new St. Mary Academy
During an informational meeting held for parents April 8, Msgr. Kenard Tuzeneu, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, announced that Lizanne Coyne has been named to serve as principal of the new St. Mary Academy. More ...
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Georgian Court University launches master's degree in higher education and student affairs administration
A newly approved master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration is set to launch in the fall at Georgian Court University, enabling the university to train more professionals who can help students succeed in college. More ...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Bicycle Safety Rodeo and Safe Kids Day
St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, Lawrenceville, will host its annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo and Safe Kids Day May 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.  More ...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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