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

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 our consciences to exercise faithful citizenship in the coming election, and the need to pray for the healing of a burdened nation.

This new issue also features several special sections you won’t want to miss:

  • IN FOCUS:  Celebrating religious orders and their members serving in the Diocese
  • HIGH SCHOOL SHOWCASE:  A convenient round-up of all that the Catholic high schools in the Diocese have to offer
  • WORLD MISSION SUNDAY: Raising awareness about the Church’s missionary outreach around the globe

To learn more about what’s in the October issue, and to get a sneak peak of the digital edition, click HERE.


­­­­The fifth annual celebration of Las Antorchas Guadalupanas – Torches of Our Lady of Guadalupe, “A Season of Remembrance” – will take on new meaning in this year of the coronavirus.

Kicking off the monthlong traversing of torches throughout the Diocese of Trenton, a remembrance service and lighting of the torches will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold. The event will be livestreamed at

 Attendance will be limited to five people per parish due to pandemic restrictions. To reserve a space, call the Department of Evangelization and Family Life at 609-403-7151.

For 2020, a Tribute Wall Memorial – available at – will allow faithful to enter the names of those who have died this year.

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Father Vincent Coppola, who served as parochial vicar of St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Lavallette, and Sacred Heart Parish, Bay Head, died Oct. 2 in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia following a lengthy illness. He was 57.

Funeral services will be held Oct 8 in St. Joseph Church, 685 Hooper Ave., Toms River. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., serving as principal celebrant and homilist. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, seating in church is limited to 250 people. However, the Mass will be livestreamed on the parish Facebook page

Click here to read his obituary.

Men interested in learning more about becoming a deacon for ministry in the Diocese of Trenton are invited to an information session Oct. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Bishop Ahr Conference Room of the Diocesan Chancery, 701 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville. 

The sessions are being sponsored by the diocesan Office of Clergy and Consecrated Life. To register, call 609-403-7181 or email Msgr. Mullelly at

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The Diocese’s annual convocation for parish catechetical leaders, which will be conducted virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The convocation is scheduled for Oct. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and will focus on how to engage families through faith formation in their parishes. The featured speaker will be Paul Canavese, director of the Pastoral Center, a family owned business and ministry that assists colleagues in the pastoral ministry field with suggestions for practical and affordable resources for themselves as well as for the families they serve.

Registration details and more information on the webinar may be found at or by contacting Debbie D’Agostaro at

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