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24 Hours for the Lord returns to Diocese during Lent
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced that the Diocese of Trenton will once again be observing 24 Hours for the Lord, an initiative in which certain churches remain open for 24 consecutive hours over the prescribed dates. More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Keeping the Feast: Old-fashioned potato corn chowder is Lenten comfort food

This recipe for potato corn chowder is reminiscent of some of the creamy soups my mother served during Lent. Composed of simple ingredients, many of which came out of the canned goods and jarred vegetables she kept in her well-stocked pantry, such soups were easy to put together on a Friday night after at the end of a work day. 

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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Farmingdale parish to hold Palm Sunday choral concert
The adult and children’s choirs of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Farmingdale, will unite to present their first formal concert, “Jesus, Remember Me,” April 14 at 3 p.m. in the church at 31 Asbury Road. More ...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Princeton Parish to offer simple explanation of Holy Week, Easter Triduum
The various liturgies celebrated during Holy Week and the Easter Triduum will be explained in a simple fashion during a presentation to be given by Msgr. Joseph N. Rosie April 9 at 7 p.m. in the spiritual center of St. Paul Parish, 214 Nassau St., Princeton. More ...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Stations of the Cross underway during Lent in diocesan mausoleum
The beautiful Catholic tradition of walking the Way of the Cross and praying for the souls of purgatory in the sacredness of a Catholic cemetery is alive. On March 8 alone, more than 60 families of those resting in peace at Jesus Bread of Life Cemetery came together in this wonderful blessed tradition. More ...
Monday, March 11, 2019
Lent is a time to reflect on where God is needed most, Bishop O'Connell says on Ash Wednesday

Along with giving things up for Lent, “we are also called to give,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., advised the faithful during the Ash Wednesday Mass he celebrated March 6 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

Examples of almsgiving included concern for the poor and love for others, while sacrifices could be “giving up those areas of sin which can hurt us,” the Bishop told those who filled the Cathedral nearly to capacity.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019
A pillar of Lent, almsgiving better than storing up gold
As with fasting and prayer during Lent, where almsgiving is concerned, it’s good to have a plan. So say those who make it their mission to help faithful carry out the three pillars of the season. More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Keeping the Feast: a pasta presto to remember
Gemelli, a simple shape of two strands of pasta twisted together, is one of my favorites, and it’s a kick to read the description of the box of our family’s preferred band: “These small pasta twists are remarkably versatile, as their shape holds the flavor of the sauce beautifully while retaining a firm, ‘al dente’ texture.” More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
A family friendly guide to fast-food fish sandwiches in Lent

WASHINGTON – Man does not live on bread alone. But on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent, he'd better not add meat to the menu.

To help Catholics and their families observe Lenten abstinence rules, any fast-food restaurant worth its salt – and sodium is in abundance at those places – offers a fish sandwich on its menu, and starts airing TV commercials for them.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Diocesan Mausoleum to host Stations of the Cross
Jesus, Bread of Life Cemetery and Mausoleum, Mount Laurel, will hold Stations of the Cross for the Souls in Purgatory during the six Fridays of Lent beginning March 8 at 3 p.m. More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Musicians, including Diocesan Festival Choir, coming together for Lenten Cantata in Red Bank
St. Anthony of Padua’s music ministry will be presenting a Lenten Cantata in the weeks leading up to Holy Week and Easter. More ...
Monday, March 4, 2019
Palms to ashes: A few things to know about Ash Wednesday
WASHINGTON – Ash Wednesday is March 6 this year. Here are some things to know about Ash Wednesday and the kickoff to Lent: More ...
Friday, February 22, 2019
Official Lenten guidelines for fast, abstinence
During the days and weeks of penance that lie ahead – from Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019, until Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019 – the Catholic Church throughout the world commemorates the penitential season of Lent.  More ...
Friday, February 22, 2019
Keeping the Feast: Basic quiche recipe adapts easily to Lenten season
On Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent, I always enjoy sharing family recipes created by my mother and some will indeed appear in this year’s series. More ...
Friday, February 22, 2019
Opportunities for spiritual reflection during Lent
Following are spiritual observances being held around the Diocese during the Lenten season.  More ...
Friday, February 22, 2019
A message from Bishop O'Connell: The season of Lent: A time for 'both/and'
As with so many traditions in the Church, Lent has evolved over the years.  People began to emphasize more “giving” rather than “giving up.” More ...
Friday, February 22, 2019



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