Month: October 2020

Celebrating Anniversary Couples

Couples across the Diocese are invited to tune into a special Holy Hour for Marriage this weekend that is being livestreamed from Nativity Parish, Fair Haven. The Holy Hour was planned for couples celebrating their first, 25th, 50th or more anniversaries after COVID-19 postponed the annual Bishop’s Anniversary Blessings Masses. However, all couples are encouraged to take part in[…]


Bishop thanks Divine Word Missionaries at 125th Anniversary Mass

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated Mass Oct. 19 with the Society of the Divine Word community in their Bordentown residence to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the arrival of their first missionary in America. Divine Word Father Martin Padovani preached the homily at Mass, reflecting on his ministry in the Diocese of Trenton since[…]



Keep Holy the Lord’s Day

A pastoral message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. When the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation issued by bishops for their dioceses during the COVID pandemic is finally lifted – and it will be – Catholics will be required again to “return to church.”  Canon law[…]



New issue of The Monitor Magazine • Guadalupe torch event to begin • Father Coppola dies • Diaconate info sessions set to begin • Webinar for parish catechetical leaders

The cover image of Our Lady of the Rosary leads the October issue of The Monitor Magazine. At 72 pages, this new package is filled with in-depth content about the special events and observances taking place this month. Look for messages from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., covering such topics as Respect Life Month; forming[…]

‘Fratelli tutti’: Reflections on the third encyclical of Pope Francis

A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. Our Holy Father Pope Francis has published his third encyclical letter entitled “Fratelli tutti”(literally “brothers all”), signing it in Assisi on October 3, at the tomb of his patron, St. Francis of Assisi, on the 794th anniversary of his death.  Despite the controversy that has arisen over its[…]