Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced the following appointments:
Father John Large, current administrator of St. Theresa Parish, Little Egg Harbor, to pastor, effective Feb. 28.
Father Jarlath Quinn, current administrator of Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish, Atlantic Highlands, to pastor, effective Feb. 28.
Five parishes in the Diocese will welcome all who wish to participate in 24 Hours for the Lord, a Lenten devotion planned in churches around the world March 20 and 21. The local parishes will open their doors for 24 hours, during which time visitors can pray before the Blessed Sacrament in Eucharistic Adoration, seek the Sacrament of Reconciliation, join in healing services or spend time in prayer.
Twenty-four Hours for the Lord began in 2018 when Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., asked parishes to join with Catholics throughout the world in the initiative that was established by Pope Francis.
Father Jeffrey Kegley, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Middletown, explained, “In participating in 24 Hours for the Lord, a person will encounter the love and mercy of Jesus Christ as their sins are forgiven. After Confession, people again have another opportunity to encounter Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration. Both Confession and Adoration provide an amazing opportunity for healing of souls.”
Along with St. Mary Parish, the other parishes hosting 24 Hours for the Lord are Nativity, Fair Haven; Mary, Mother of the Church, Bordentown; Holy Cross, Rumson, and St. Michael, West End.
For times and other information, go to TrentonMonitor.com and search for 24 Hours for the Lord.
The Diocese of Trenton, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies throughout the region, will host the 21st annual Celebration of Law Enforcement, or Blue Mass, April 21 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. All law enforcement personnel, who live or work in the Diocese of Trenton, along with their family and friends, are invited to attend.
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will serve as principal celebrant, and a luncheon will follow.
During the Mass, law enforcement will serve as active participants, proclaiming the Readings, participating in the presentation of the gifts, and serving in procession as bagpipers, fife and drum legions and color guard members. Officers who lost their lives this past year in the line of duty will be remembered in prayer. The Mass starts at 10:30 a.m. St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral is located at 61 Georgia Road. The diocesan Office of Communications and Media will be livestreaming the Blue Mass; it can be watched at TrentonMonitor.com and DioceseofTrenton.org.
For more information, including how to reserve a seat at the luncheon, visit www.bluemass.org.