Christ, Our Light -- Bishop O'Connell blesses the Paschal fire at the start of the Easter Vigil in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Craig Pittelli photo
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Faithful across the Diocese of Trenton came together Good Friday, joining in prayer, reflection and Veneration of the Cross in anticipation for the coming of Easter.
Common in reflections of parishioners who attended the service commemorating the Passion and Death of Jesus in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, and St. George Church, Titusville, were gratitude for the sacrifice and love of Jesus, and a sense of duty to serve and make sacrifices for others.
“It is realizing the sacrifice that Jesus made for us – a solemn day of being thankful for his sacrifice,” said Patricia Clinton-Luke, a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, in reflecting on Good Friday.
Members of the Diocese of Trenton joined their Christian brothers and sisters around the world March 29 to take their first steps into the blessed Triduum during Holy Thursday Masses. More ... Thursday, March 29, 2018
On Easter Sunday, as an anticipated 4 million plus viewers from around the United States tune in to the national televised Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord, they will be taken to Spring Lake, NJ, and the unique church thought to be among the most beautiful sites along the Jersey Shore.
This year, the televised Mass takes place in St. Catharine Church, and features Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., as principal celebrant and homilist, several concelebrating priests and more than 300 worshipers who gathered from around the Diocese of Trenton. More ... Thursday, March 29, 2018
ROME – Before washing the feet of 12 prisoners, Pope Francis told them and hundreds of inmates to remember that Jesus constantly stands before them with love, ready to cleanse their sins and forgive them.