Month: November 2020

Support Catholic Schools tomorrow on Giving Tuesday

Tomorrow, the Diocese of Trenton invites its faith community to support Catholic schools by participating in #GivingTuesday on Dec. 1. Supporters are asked to make a donation, and/or to commit to volunteer for their local Catholic school or to offer prayers for the mission of Catholic education. Funds collected will benefit the Catholic Schools Have it All[…]

Embracing the spiritual opportunities of Advent

A reflection series by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. The word “advent” comes from the Latin term adventus, literally meaning “coming to.”  The four weeks of the season of Advent before Christmas create a unique season of hope-filled preparation for all of us in the Catholic Christian community — although it can easily be missed[…]

Is it morally permissible to take the COVID-19 vaccine?

As COVID-19 vaccines draw closer to completion and distribution, so, too, have questions as to the moral implications surrounding them. To assist the faithful in understanding these questions, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is sharing the following pertinent information from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Doctrine and Pro-Life Committees issued November 23, 2020.[…]

Bishop to celebrate funeral Mass for Father Rocco A. Cuomo

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will be principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial for Father Rocco A. Cuomo, a retired priest of the Diocese who died Nov. 21. The Mass will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 25 in St. Leo the Great Church, 50 Hurleys Lane, Lincroft, where Father Cuomo most recently served as[…]

Annual CCHD collection for anti-poverty assistance set for Nov. 21-22

The national collection to support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) marks 50 years this November, and with the continued global pandemic, help is needed more than ever. Coinciding this year with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, on Nov. 21-22, the U.S. Catholic bishops’ domestic anti-poverty program is[…]

Proposed RFA targets most vulnerable human life • COVID leads to scheduling changes for Las Antorchas Guadalupanas

A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. The proposed New Jersey “Reproductive Freedom Act” (S3030 / A4848) is another legislative attempt to advance and expand the state’s “abortion agenda” in service to the widespread “culture of death” by eliminating the few remaining state regulations intended to protect the life and health of pregnant mothers. […]

Bishop O’Connell: Day Two of the USCCB fall meeting

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., participated in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual fall meeting Nov. 16-17.  Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting was conducted using a virtual format. Bishop O’Connell’s report from Nov. 17 follows: The second day of the annual USCCB Fall Meeting began with the bishops of New Jersey and Pennsylvania gathering[…]

Bishop O’Connell: Day One of the fall meeting of the U.S. bishops

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is participating in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual fall meeting. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the Nov. 16-17 meeting is using a virtual format.  A report from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. Although the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops hosted a webinar Nov. 2 to demonstrate how to[…]

Clergy appointments • U.S. bishops’ fall meeting • Open access to latest Monitor Magazine

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., announced the following clergy appointments: Rev. Michael McClane, to parochial vicar, St. Dominic Parish, Brick, effective Nov. 28, 2020. Rev. Charles Flood, O.SS.T., to temporary administrator, Incarnation-St. James Parish, Ewing, effective immediately. ———————————————————————————————————— Today is the first day of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ annual fall meeting. They are gathering Nov. 16-17[…]