This Ash Wednesday, March 6, parishes in the Diocese of Trenton will be taking up the annual collection to support the Catholic Church in Central and Eastern Europe. The funds collected are used to support seminaries, youth ministry, social service programs, pastoral centers, church construction and renovation and Catholic communications projects in 28 counties in Central and Eastern Europe.
The liturgical season of Lent will begin Wednesday, March 6. To commemorate this new season, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. has recently issued his 2019 Lenten Reflection and instructions to his flock on the faithful observance of Lent. In his message, Bishop O’Connell shares how Lent is not just a time for us to “give up” things, but also a time to simply “give.”
The Catholic Church around the nation is observing Catholic Press Month, and The Monitor invites the Diocese of Trenton’s faithful to take a closer look at their diocesan newspaper, which marks its 65th anniversary this year.
All teens and their families are invited to view a special screening and discussion of the 2018 feature film “Paul, Apostle of Christ.”
Faithful in parishes across the Diocese of Trenton will be asked to reflect on the teaching of St. Paul VI as the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal is introduced at Masses Feb. 23 and 24.
As a proposed piece of legislation that would allow physicians to assist some terminally ill patients to end their lives moves forward in the NJ State Legislature, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., issued a letter to legislators expressing his opposition as a “bishop, a priest, a man of faith… but also as a human being and a son.”
Teens and youth ministers from all four corners of the Diocese of Trenton attended the annual Diocesan Youth Conference (DYC), Feb. 9 in Holy Cross Prep Academy, Delran.
National Marriage Week kicked off Feb. 7 among communities of faith across the United States. The highlight of this special week, World Marriage Day, was established by Worldwide Marriage Encounter in 1983 and is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of February. In 2019, World Marriage Day fell on Feb. 10.
As Catholic Schools Week 2019 neared its end, student representatives and school officials from Catholic schools around the state were recognized Jan. 31 in the New Jersey State House in Trenton for all that they contribute to their state and communities.