Due to receiving word of additional staff cases of COVID-19 or COVID-positive status at the Diocesan Chancery/Pastoral Center, the building will remain closed until Monday, Feb. 1 (unless otherwise announced), in-person meetings at the Chancery are postponed and Chancery staff will continue to work remotely.
The facility will need deep cleaning again before it can reopen.
Though mail will be delayed and no one is in the offices to take phone calls, Chancery staff can continue to be reached via email. For a list of departments and contacts, visit https://dioceseoftrenton.org.
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced the following clergy appointments:
Rev. Juan Rojas Hernandez, parochial vicar, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, requested transfer to the Archdiocese of Newark, effective Jan. 15, 2021.
Rev. Eugene K. Savarimuthu, military reserve chaplain, additionally to resident, St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, effective Jan. 5, 2021.
In observance of January’s commemoration of the legalization of abortion in the United States, Bishop O’Connell released a video message to the youth of the Diocese about the importance of protecting the sanctity of human life in the womb. In it, the Bishop tells his young audience: “Every one of us is a gift of God, and there are no exceptions, no mistakes and no accidents.” He reflects on the passage from the Book of Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose.”
Bishop O’Connell discusses what it means to be pro-life, and invites all young Catholics to be pro-life as they make something of their lives.
The message has been shared with all Catholic high schools and parish youth groups, and is streaming on all diocesan media sites. You may view it here: https://youtu.be/mQl12fNwPbE