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A message from Bishop O'Connell: The season of Lent: A time for 'both/and'
Bishop O’Connell hears the Confession of a young person attending the 2016 Diocesan Youth Conference at Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville. Craig Pittelli photo
Bishop O’Connell hears the Confession of a young person attending the 2016 Diocesan Youth Conference at Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville. Craig Pittelli photo
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

Stations of the Cross begin in diocesan mausoleum
“The Way of the Cross represents the sorrowful journey that Jesus made with the cross to die on Calvary. The Church teaches that the Souls in Purgatory undergo a process of purification that must include suffering. By praying and making sacrifices for the Holy Souls, you have the power and privilege to relieve their pain. Their gratitude brings to the prayerful, countless blessings.” 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
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
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
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



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