Bishop visits seminary | Fr. Coppola remembered |Annual Appeal helps parishes | High school showcase published

Bishop visits seminary | Fr. Coppola remembered |Annual Appeal helps parishes | High school showcase published

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and Msgr. Thomas Mullelly, vicar for clergy and director of seminarians, traveled to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia Oct. 7 to conduct their annual visit with the Diocese of Trenton’s seven seminarians studying for the priesthood there. 

“I always enjoy the opportunity to meet with our seminarians and to encourage and get to know them better,” related the Bishop.  “They are our future priests and it is important that the Diocese show its support for them, and that they see and feel that.”

Read more about this event HERE.

Wearing masks and keeping a social distance, mourners waited to pay their last respects and participate in the Mass of Christian Burial celebrated Oct. 8 for Holy Cross Father Vincent J. Coppola, parochial vicar of St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Lavallette, and Sacred Heart Parish, Bay Head.  Father Coppola died Oct. 2 following a lengthy illness.

“Today we come together to pray for Father Vincent and for those who remain behind at Holy Mass, the prayer he loved so much to celebrate,” said Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., principal celebrant of the Mass and homilist.

For full coverage on funeral services for Father Coppola, click HERE.

Raising funds for the work of the Church in the midst of a public health emergency and its accompanying financial crisis presents serious challenges by any measure. However, those administering the Annual Catholic Appeal for the Diocese of Trenton know that people will respond as they are able when they fully understand the needs and the benefits of making a financial gift.

Key to that understanding is knowing how the Appeal supports local parish needs through its rebate program.  In fact, an estimated $500,000 each year is awarded back to the parishes from the donations to the Appeal.

Learn more about how parishes benefit from the 2020 Appeal HERE.

The October issue of The Monitor Magazine includes a CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SHOWCASE with information on Catholic secondary education in the Diocese of Trenton as each of the schools plan Fall Open Houses. The special section includes a snapshot on each school to help eighth grade students and their families in selecting a Catholic high school for next year.


The Chancery will be closed to business Monday, Oct. 12, in observance of Columbus Day.  Business will resume at 9 a.m. Oct. 13.

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