Bishop releases mid-Lenten message; parishes open doors for 24 Hours for the Lord

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. has released a message to address the midpoint of the Lenten season, reminding the faithful in the Diocese of Trenton that the holy season of Lent is “a marathon to Easter!”

Living our Catholic faith takes practice all the time.  And even when we fall, the true believer picks himself/herself up, dusts himself/herself off and carries on where he/she left off.  A marathon with a goal, a finish line in view!

So it is with the holy season of Lent, that annual time of penance and grace the Church gives us.  There are crosses and resurrections throughout these 40 days heading for the commemoration of Christ’ own cross and resurrection.  Perhaps we started off on Ash Wednesday with the very best of Lenten intentions and plans.  And we may have stumbled on the way.  But we shouldn’t give up on what we hoped and wanted to do for the Lord.  Get up, dust yourself off and carry on!

“Where we start and where we finish”, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., 2019

You can read Bishop O’Connell’s message in full, here.


The faithful are invited to take part in 24 Hours for the Lord, the Lenten observance called by Pope Francis and observed in dioceses around the world.  Bishop O’Connell recently announced the Diocese of Trenton’s participation in 24 Hours for the Lord for the second consecutive year, and released a list of churches throughout Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties that will open their doors for 24 hours over March 29 and 30. 

Sponsoring parishes are planning special devotions and the offering of sacraments for this observance, including Stations of the Cross, Confessions, Anointing of the Sick, Adoration and special prayers for peace. 

For an updated list of participating parishes in the Diocese, click here.

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