Month: May 2020

The Wind Blows Where It Pleases

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., shares a reflection on the Solemnity of PentecostMay 31, 2020 The Sacred Scriptures remind us that “the love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit dwelling with us (Romans 5: 5).” The Easter Season – one unlike any other in our memory  comes to an end as[…]

Bishop O’Connell announces new directives for Mass and Sacraments

In this excerpt from the live-stream of the Solemnity of Pentecost Mass on Sunday May 31, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. announced the limited restoration of the weekend Masses in the Diocese of Trenton. Bishop O’Connell’s full directives follow. Diocese of Trenton Liturgical-Pastoral Directives in a Time of Pandemic Limited Public Celebration of the Mass[…]

I Am with You Always

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., shares a reflection about the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord: Although the liturgical celebration of the Solemnity of the Ascension has been transferred to this coming Sunday in the Dioceses of New Jersey this year, I can’t help but reflect about its meaning today, Thursday, 40 days after[…]

Ascension moved to May 24, Bishop to celebrate livestream Mass

In-car Masses gearing up, diocesan Requiem Mass announced The date of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord has been moved this year from May 21 to May 24 in the five (arch)dioceses across New Jersey. Traditionally celebrated on the Sixth Thursday of Easter, the Solemnity had been transferred in many other provinces to[…]

Giving thanks for the unconditional love of our mothers

A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., for Mother’s Day I can still hear her voice, so sweet and gentle.  Her face is always in my mind’s eye as I remember her bright eyes and happy smile.  There was never a doubt how much she loved her family.  We were her life, my brothers and I, and[…]