The Blessed Mother visits her cousin Elizabeth in this stained-glass window image in Visitation Parish, Brick. Advent and Christmas are a good time to reflect on how Mary can teach Catholic families to remember the link between humility, holiness and humanness, parish catechetical leaders say. Courtesy photo
Jessica Donohue, parish catechetical leader in Sacred Heart Parish, Mount Holly, believes that thriving during Advent and Christmas begins with family relationships.
“With the hectic nature of the holiday season, it is unfortunately sometimes too easy to neglect that,” she noted. “But caring for our ‘domestic Church’ is so important and really affects our other relationships as well.”
Families and members of the junior youth group in St. Anselm Parish, Wayside, took time to thank the parish’s veterans following Mass Nov. 4, hosting its first Veterans Day Luncheon for what they called their “true heroes.” More ... Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Children, teens, young adults, parents and grandparents in St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, heard a personal account Oct. 14 from their parochial vicar, Father Augusto Gamalo, when he told the story of his journey to the priesthood, and how the older generations can encourage the young in the life of the Church, particularly during this Year of Youth for the Diocese. More ... Thursday, October 18, 2018
Sunday morning has long been the traditional time for Mass attendance, with the addition of Saturday vigil Masses allowed to fulfill the Sunday obligation following the Second Vatican Council. However, the latest trend is growing in popularity – Sunday evening Masses. More ... Thursday, October 4, 2018
Couples celebrating their milestone first, 25th, 50th anniversaries and higher in 2018 will have their marriages blessed by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrant and homilist for the annual diocesan Anniversary Blessing Masses. More ... Thursday, September 20, 2018
Parents, guardians and their children are being encouraged to attend a workshop on chastity being offered in St. Mary Parish, Middletown. The program – “Pure Freedom: What’s Love Got to do with it?” – is open to parents and teens ages 13 and older. More ... Thursday, September 20, 2018
Following a favorite summer tradition, the CYO of Mercer County’s Broad Street Center again hosted its own World Cup soccer program, which blends an athletic competition with a challenge to learn about different countries. More ... Thursday, August 23, 2018
Exactly 50 years to the day since Pope Paul VI issued the encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” faithful from around the Diocese gathered to celebrate and learn more about the 15-page document that continues to influence today’s society. More ... Friday, August 3, 2018
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jesuit Father Robert J. Spitzer, former president of Gonzaga University, launched a cutting-edge catechetical website to confront the rising tide of unbelief spurred by an increasingly skeptical, science-saturated society.
Priests, deacons and lay ministry leaders were among those who gathered July 23 not only to learn more about Natural Family Planning, but to help dispel myths and rumors on the subject. More ... Wednesday, July 25, 2018