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Christmas season concludes swimmingly in Keyport parish
Father Rene Pulgarin sent children home with 50 fish in small bowls. He asked the children to think about how drawings of fish were the earliest symbols of Christ and to reflect on that when they bring them home.  Lois Rogers photo
Father Rene Pulgarin sent children home with 50 fish in small bowls. He asked the children to think about how drawings of fish were the earliest symbols of Christ and to reflect on that when they bring them home.  Lois Rogers photo
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
Guadalupe torches inspire parishes to combine community efforts, devotions

As the 15 torches honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe make their way across the Diocese of Trenton, their journey is marked by celebration, excitement and devotion. And their impact has been one of unity for Catholics of all backgrounds and their common love for the Blessed Mother.

Whether fusing the two-church families of a recently merged parish, or joining Spanish-speaking and English-speaking faithful, the torches have provided opportunities for drawing together as community.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Principals from Diocese's Blue Ribbon schools honored at national ceremony
Representatives from the five Diocese of Trenton schools named as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence in October gathered with their peers from across the country Nov. 7-8 in Washington to receive their awards and share best practices. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Catholic education to benefit from #GivingTuesday
Today is #GivingTuesday!

Help support Catholic education in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties by visiting, where donors have the option to help Catholic schools in the Diocese in three ways: make a secure, tax-deductible contribution; volunteer their time or say a prayer.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
After 30 years, former Catholic school teacher and graduate reunited on 'Today' show
The library in St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold, was recently transformed into a mini television studio as Dylan Dreyer, meteorologist on the “Today” show, returned to her alma mater to film the “Thank a Teacher” segment for the daily news program. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
TCA project promotes collaboration
Developing a sense of compassion for persons with physical challenges and even finding a way to help them was the goal of a recent project conducted by the sixth-grade class in Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Schools, parishes use All Saints Day as a teaching tool
Every Halloween, sixth-graders in All Saints Regional Catholic School, Manahawkin, put aside traditional costume ideas and instead dress as their favorite saint in order to host an All Saints Wax Museum for the entire school. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Humility, practice key to sports and faith, young people hear at annual CYO Mass
Drawing comparisons between athletics and Christianity by using humility as a bond, Father Michael Wallack inspired young student-athletes during the annual CYO Opening Day Mass.

“The virtue of humility goes well in sports,” Father Wallack, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, told the sizable crowd.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Priest to lead presentation in Princeton on Gospel of Luke's infancy narrative
Father Pablo Gadenz, a priest of the Diocese, will lead a presentation on “The Gospel of Luke: Focus on the Infancy Narrative” at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Spiritual Center of St. Paul Parish, 214 Nassau St., Princeton. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Schools, parishes use All Saints Day as a teaching tool
Every Halloween, sixth-graders in All Saints Regional Catholic School, Manahawkin, put aside traditional costume ideas and instead dress as their favorite saint in order to host an All Saints Wax Museum for the entire school. More ...
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Bishop celebrates All Saints Day Mass with Notre Dame school community
On All Saints Day, Nov. 1, Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, welcomed Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., to celebrate Mass for the Holy Day of Obligation for the entire community. More ...
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Veterans honored around Diocese
Our Lady of the Pines Council, Knights of Columbus, was among numerous parishes, schools and organizations from around the Diocese to conduct a prayer service in honor of Veterans Day on or about Nov. 11.

The occasion to recognize veterans, said Deacon Gerry Purcell of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, “brings people together, offers a prayer for all who have served and are serving, and shows appreciation of all who sacrificed so much so we have freedom we have today.”
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Spirituality Conference sheds light on power of love
As one of the keynotes speakers at the Upper Room Spiritual Center’s annual Spirituality Conference Nov. 10 who spoke on the healing power of love, Jesuit Father Matthew Linn recalled his own experience of how that emotion helped him cope when he was a passenger in a plane that seemed about to crash. More ...
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Bishop O'Connell visits with student-athletes from Notre Dame High School

Members of Notre Dame High School’s Catholic Athletes for Christ received a special visitor Nov. 7, as Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., dropped by the gymnasium for a wide-ranging question-and-answer session.

“It’s a great source of pride to the Diocese to see our young people so committed to Christ and wanting to bring Christ to every area and endeavor in their lives, including athletics,” Bishop O’Connell said prior to meeting with the Lawrenceville school’s student-athletes.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Veterans Day observances around the Diocese of Trenton
Parishes in the Diocese of Trenton are honoring veterans with Masses, luncheons and special collections. More ...
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Seeds of Service ready to serve Brick community, beyond
On the sixth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy,  Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., joined staff and supporters of Seeds of Service to celebrate its official opening at 725 Mantoloking Road in Brick. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
CBA siblings raise $100K for scholarship to military son
After two Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, students – who are also brothers themselves – received a special scholarship to help defray the cost of their tuition, they decided to pay it forward – to the tune of $100,000. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Lincroft school introduces new STEAM Wing
Students and teachers in St. Leo the Great School are using a newly renovated, state-of-the-art STEAM wing, not the type powered by water vapor, but instead a curriculum which highlights the latest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Hightstown parish moved to assist Guatemalan volcano victims
When news of the June 3 volcanic catastrophe in Guatemala reached the ears of parishioners in St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, their response was a single question: “What can we do to help?” More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
177 Project brings prayer experience to Fair Haven Parish
The sanctuary in Nativity Church glowed in soft candlelight and the scent of incense permeated as Father James Grogan solemnly placed a monstrance on the altar table. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Plastic pollution the topic for Wayside parish series
St. Anselm Parish, Wayside, will present its second in a monthly series of talks on “Laudato Sí: On Care for Our Common Home,” 2-4 p.m. Nov. 10. The topic will cover “Plastics Pollution – Rethink Disposables.” More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018

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