Bishop O’Connell radio show • Priest Ordination • Updated COVID protocols

Bishop O’Connell radio show • Priest Ordination • Updated COVID protocols

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Father Jason Parzynski, diocesan director of vocations, and two seminarians who are preparing for the priesthood for the Diocese were at the Domestic Church Radio studio in Ewing June 3 to record a special program, “On Discerning a Vocation.”

The radio program, during which Bishop O’Connell and Father Parzynski interview Anthony Gentile, 1st theology, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa., and Nicholas Alescio, who will enter pre-theology in Mount St. Mary Seminary and University, Emmitsburg, Md., is slated to air June 4 on WFJS-1260 AM, 89.3 FM, WGYM-1580AM and WSMJ 91.9 FM from 3 to 4 p.m. as well as online at

After the June 4 airing, an archive of the program will be available on the diocesan vocations website,,  as well as other diocesan websites.


Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will ordain Rev. Mr. RJoy Ballacillo to the diocesan priesthood tomorrow, June 5, at 10 a.m., in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. The Ordination will be livestreamed on diocesan media, including

To view the livestream, click HERE.


On May 26, the Diocese of Trenton announced a set of protocol changes as the faithful are encouraged to return to in-church Masses.

The Bishops of New Jersey have ended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation effective June 5-6, 2021, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.  The faithful are to return to the practice of participating at weekly celebration of Mass in-church.  As is always the case, the obligation does not apply to the sick, those with underlying health conditions, and those who remain fearful of COVID-19 transmission.

Effective May 28, 2021, N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the mandates requiring the wearing of masks and social distancing. Yet, recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic remains active, wearing a mask is an option for those who wish to do so.  The clergy and faithful should use their best judgment to protect their own health and the health of their neighbors. Moreover, those who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Limits on church capacity to pre-pandemic levels will be lifted on June 4, 2021.

In light of these developments, the protocols regulating the celebration of Mass and Sacraments in effect since June 2020 are greatly modified, if not ended. The following guidance is provided to facilitate an orderly and careful return to parish life. No one is to be refused the Sacraments due to vaccination status.

CLICK HERE for revised protocols.

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