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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

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
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
Sharing Easter Greetings

On Easter Sunday morning April 1, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., stopped by Morris Hall, Lawrenceville, to wish Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith a Happy Easter and bring him a gift of a potted lily plant.

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Friday, April 6, 2018
Praying for Life on Good Friday
Pro-lifers from several Monmouth County parishes commemorated Good Friday March 30 by participating in a “Pro-Life Stations of the Cross.”  More ...
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Televised Easter Mass with Bishop O'Connell draws millions of viewers
On Easter Sunday, as an estimated 4 million plus viewers from around the United States tuned in to the national televised Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord, they were taken to Spring Lake and the unique church thought to be among the most beautiful sites along the Jersey Shore. More ...
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Notre Dame students welcomed into Church
Wearing proud smiles, five students in Notre Dame High School completed their Sacraments of Initiation during the blessed time of Holy Week. More ...
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Watch the nationally televised Easter Sunday Mass with Bishop O'Connell
The nationally televised Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord aired early Easter Sunday morning – this year taking a local turn as Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., served as principal celebrant and homilist. More ...
Sunday, April 1, 2018
On Easter Sunday, Pope talks on the power of love, which renews the world
VATICAN CITY – Easter makes it clear that in the life of Jesus, but also in the lives of modern men and women, "death, solitude and fear" do not have the last word, Pope Francis said before giving his Easter blessing. More ...
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Joy, peace, gratitude highlight Easter morning celebrations around Diocese

Joining their brothers and sisters around the world in celebrating the risen Lord, the Diocese’s faithful reflected on joy and peace in the Resurrection during the Easter morning Masses they attended with family and friends.

“I think it is the pinnacle of joy, of hope,” said Dorothy O’Hara of St. Michael Parish, West End, one of many who attended the 6 a.m. sunrise Mass April 1, hosted by the parish but held in the chapel at nearby Stella Maris Retreat House, Long Branch.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018
Hope of Easter breaks routine, renews lives, Pope says during Vigil

VATICAN CITY – Truly celebrating Easter means allowing Jesus to triumph over personal fears and give life to hope, creativity and care for others, Pope Francis said.

Easter is "an invitation to break out of our routines and to renew our lives, our decisions and our existence," the Pope said during the Easter Vigil March 31 in St. Peter's Basilica.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018
At Easter Vigil, Bishop O'Connell preaches on the promise of the Messiah; new members celebrated

In the Trenton Diocese, churches were full March 31 with countless faithful eagerly awaiting the moment when the dark hours marking the Death of Jesus give way to the light of his return. In just two of those churches, Trenton’s St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral and St. Barnabas, Bayville, the jubilant sense of expectation was palpable during the Easter Vigil.

In the Cathedral, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., baptized three young men and confirmed 22 faithful of many generations.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018
Long Branch parish presents Living Stations of the Cross
The faithful of Christ the King Parish, Long Branch, commemorated the Passion and Death of Jesus during a presentation March 30 of the Living Stations of the Cross. More ...
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Smiles bountiful during Easter food blessings at St. Monica Church
As was similar in many churches across the Diocese during Holy Week, parishioners in St. Monica Church assured their Easter feasts wouldn’t be served without the most important ingredient – God’s blessing – as they brought baskets of food to the Jackson church March 31. More ...
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Jesus' Church offers truth, comfort, Pope says on Good Friday
ROME – Leading a prayer to God for the grace to feel ashamed and repentant for so many sins in the world, Pope Francis highlighted the hope that always comes from Jesus. More ...
Friday, March 30, 2018

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