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Schools across Diocese benefit from #GivingTuesday to tune of $19K
Students in Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, take part in filming a commercial for #GivingTuesday Nov. 15. The diocesan Department of Multimedia Production recruited seven students and a teacher to be part of the taping.  Rose O’Connor photo

Students in Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, take part in filming a commercial for #GivingTuesday Nov. 15. The diocesan Department of Multimedia Production recruited seven students and a teacher to be part of the taping.  Rose O’Connor photo

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

Los Posados to be commemorated in Hamilton Square parish
The Evangelization Ministry in St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, will celebrate the tradition of Los Posados 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
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
GCU's Critical Concerns Week focuses on immigration
Georgian Court University, Lakewood, will mark its 12th annual Critical Concerns Week Nov. 5-8 with a slate of events focusing on the many facets of immigration: the dignity of every person, the need to work for just and humane policies, the root causes of forced emigration and the global impact of mass migration. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Bishop, parish communities commemorate Solemnity of All Saints, Feast of All Souls
The first two days of November mark significant observances for the Universal Church with the Solemnity of All Saints on Nov. 1 and the Feast of All Souls on Nov. 2. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
St. Benedict hosts vocations talk show for students
A parish gymnasium in Holmdel recently took on the look of a New York City television studio talk show as eighth-graders were transported to the set of St. Benedict’s own “Catholic Not-So-Late Show.” More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Good Counsel Homes celebrates co-founder
The more than 100 who gathered to celebrate Good Counsel Homes-South Jersey not only honored its pro-life advocates, but heard compelling stories from the people they work so tirelessly to serve. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Thanksgiving food drives, holiday meals planned
In recognition and thanksgiving for the blessings God has bestowed, parishes and organizations of the Diocese of Trenton are hosting events and food drives throughout November, extending a helping hand to those in need during this season of gratitude. Click on the link to see a partial listing is below; check back regularly for updates. More ...
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Ribbon-cutting for Seeds of Service in Brick set for Oct. 29
All are invited to celebrate the official opening of the community outreach center known as Seeds of Service from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at 725 Mantoloking Road, Brick. More ...
Friday, October 26, 2018
177 Project brings Holy Hour, concert to Fair Haven Parish
As part of a nationwide initiative of Adoration Artists, the 177 Project is coming to Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, Oct. 28, 6:45 to 9 p.m. More ...
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Hightstown parish plans 'Let There Be Health Conference' for November
An awareness that there are many people in the surrounding community who have been ill and are battling many diseases and illnesses was the impetus for St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, to offer a “Let There Be Health Conference” planned for Nov. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. More ...
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Barnegat pastor, parishioner recall emotional visit to Uganda
After a 20-hour voyage, which included two flights and a layover in Brussels, travel-wearied Msgr. Kenard Tuzeneu and Ron Vanadia snapped to as 10 voices boomed “Welcome!” – which was followed by loud high-pitched trills, known as ululations, the African manner of voicing deep emotion.“You’d think a celebrity got off that plane. More ...
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Burlington school featured on Philly game show

St. Paul School, Burlington, had a unique opportunity Oct. 13 to be participants in a half hour game show, “The Class-HRoom,” on Fox 29 Philadelphia, with students competing against their teachers to answer questions about pop culture and academics.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Toms River schools celebrate the saints and warm up for Year of Youth
From the “Quad” in back of Donovan Catholic High School, to the halls of St. Joseph School and the vast church that bears his name, the saints made their presence felt Oct. 12 as more than 1,300 students celebrated a Saint Day/Year of Youth Kick Off. More ...
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Courtroom-dialogue presentation in Princeton to address apologetics of creation
The origins of the universe will be the topic of a courtroom-style presentation on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the spiritual center of St. Paul Parish, Princeton. More ...
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
More than 700 gather with Bishop for annual Catholic Schools Mass

Wearing bright smiles, students representing 40 Catholic schools from around the Diocese processed down the center aisle of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Oct. 11, proudly carrying their school banners at the start of the annual Catholic Schools Mass.

“All I can say is, ‘Wow!” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., said as he welcomed more than 700 schoolchildren, educators and volunteers to the Freehold church.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Cohort 13 learns how to develop habits to becoming dynamic Catholics
Hear the statement, “Our lives change when our habits change,” and chances are people would think about ways to improve their health,  job performance or relationships. More ...
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Vincent's Legacy restructured amid continued growth
As the Vincent’s Legacy furniture ministry continues to expand, organizers have restructured the program and improved systems to bolster its capacity to serve those in need. More ...
Friday, October 5, 2018
Bishop O'Connell celebrates with Altar Rosary Network
More than 200 Rosarians came together to celebrate the 21st area-wide gathering of the network of Rosary Altar Societies of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Oct.  3, in St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville. More ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Parishes observe Feast of St. Francis with special blessings of pets

Each year in and around Oct. 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is observed in various ways by Catholics throughout the world. A popular and beloved tradition that commemorates the saint’s love for all creatures that many parishes and even the Vatican choose to uphold is the blessing of pets.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018
West End parish welcomes community to first Mass in Tagalog
The ancient rituals of the Roman Catholic Church were proclaimed in Tagalog, the language spoken by a quarter of the people in the Philippines, during a Sept. 29 Mass celebrated in St. Michael Church, West End. More ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018

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