Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., issued this appeal to his flock Sept. 1:
Hurricane Laura has wreaked havoc in Louisiana and Texas, devastating families, and damaging and destroying homes and churches. Here in New Jersey we are quite familiar with such experiences. I invite you to consider contributing a gift to help rebuild and restore the lives of our affected sisters and brothers and their families through these dioceses or their Catholic Charities agencies.
- Hurricane Laura Relief Fund, Diocese of Lake Charles, 414 Iris Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
- Hurricane Laura Relief Fund, Diocese of Beaumont, P.O. Box 3948, Beaumont, TX 77704-3948
May God bless, protect and restore the people suffering from the effects of Hurricane Laura! Let’s keep them in our prayers. Thank you for your generosity!
In his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Sept. 1 and the Season of Creation, which runs through Oct. 4, Pope Francis said the observance is a time to renew, repair and restore humanity’s broken relationship with God and his creation.
“As a time of remembrance”, he said, “the day of prayer and the Season of Creation should call to mind “creation’s original vocation to exist and flourish as a community of love.”
Five years ago, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., marked the inaugural World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation by celebrating Mass in Manasquan. Click here to view the multimedia coverage.
For the full article from The Monitor on this year’s message from Pope Francis, click here
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Church leaders have called upon the faithful to remember in prayer several crises that continue to bring suffering to individuals and nations. The Diocese of Trenton echoes this call and encourages its community to pray the Rosary in support of the need for solidarity and racial justice and in response to Bishop David M. O’Connell’s Aug. 17 invitation to his flock to pray the Rosary with him daily for the needs of the nation.
Pope calls for a Day of Prayer Sept. 4 in solidarity with people of Lebanon — One month after a massive explosion at a fertilizer storage facility tore through Beirut and reopened Lebanon’s old wounds, Pope Francis expresses his and the Church’s solidarity with the troubled nation and calls for a Worldwide Day of Prayer Sept. 4.
USCCB calls for a Day of Prayer and Fasting Sept. 9 – In the wake of violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and in other cities across the nation, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops urge all people of faith to observe the Memorial Feast of St. Peter Claver Sept. 9 as a Day of Fasting (where possible) and Prayer. We urge Catholics to consider attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and offer their participation in reparation for sins of racism to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and for the intercession of the saints who have fought for racial equality such as St. Katharine Drexel and St. Peter Claver.
In his message about the Rosary, Bishop O’Connell wrote: I invite all Catholics in the Diocese of Trenton to consider making this powerful devotion part of your daily life of prayer. Please join with me in praying Our Lady’s Rosary every day between now and October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, for the many intentions and needs of our nation today. To read more, click HERE.
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced assignments of the following religious order priests to parishes in the Diocese of Trenton:
Rev. Francis J. Di Spigno, OFM, pastor, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Beach Haven, effective Sept. 8, 2020
Rev. Andrew Reitz, OFM, parochial vicar, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Beach Haven, effective Sept. 8, 2020
Rev. Stephen E. Kluge, OFM, parochial vicar, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Beach Haven, effective Sept. 8, 2020
Rev. Jan Stanislaw Pastuszczak, SVD, parochial vicar, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Lakewood, effective Sept. 8, 2020
Rev. Brandon Help Nguyen, SVD, resident with diocesan faculties, Mother of Mercy Parish, Asbury Park, effective Aug. 15, 2020