Diocese calls all to share in recognition of grandparents, elderly

The Diocese of Trenton is joining its counterparts around the world in preparing to celebrate the first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, proclaimed by Pope Francis to occur on the fourth Sunday of July each year, close to the Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, grandparents of Jesus.  Set to take place this[…]

A Pro-Life Message from Bishop O’Connell

As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I encourage all our Catholic clergy, religious and lay faithful to sign a petition to protect congressional legislative provisions in support of life: http://www.NoTaxpayerAbortion.com by July 16. Please access the New Jersey Catholic Conference website: https://njcatholic.org/protecting-the-hyde-amendment and also read the Action Alerts posted on the NJCC website: https://njcatholic.org. Please consider writing letters in[…]

Superintendent: Masks optional in Catholic schools this fall

Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools, released a memo June 30 updating the use of face masks in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton for the upcoming school year. “Masks on employed adults are optional,” the memo stated. “This includes teaching staffs, members of administration and non-contact employees. Masks on[…]



U.S. Bishops gather virtually for Spring Assembly • Seminarians take part in annual retreat • Faithful asked to participate in Religious Freedom Week

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will take part in the 2021 Spring General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is being held virtually from June 16-18. Among the topics under consideration are whether the Bishops should draft a formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the[…]

Father Rjoy Ballacillo ordained to the priesthood • A note of thanks

New priest ordained for Diocese; Bishop posts note of thanks to well-wishers for their prayers In a poignant and emotional ceremony, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., ordained Father Rjoy Ballacillo to the priesthood June 5 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.  Before an assembly of communicants in the Cathedral and hundreds of loved[…]

With joyful hearts, we return • Clergy appointments

A message from Bishop O’Connell. This weekend, when the Catholic Church in our Diocese celebrates the Solemn Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, seems like the perfect occasion to welcome all the faithful of the four counties to return to full participation in the Holy Eucharist by lifting the dispensation from[…]

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[…]