New issue of The Monitor Magazine • Guadalupe torch event to begin • Father Coppola dies • Diaconate info sessions set to begin • Webinar for parish catechetical leaders

The cover image of Our Lady of the Rosary leads the October issue of The Monitor Magazine. At 72 pages, this new package is filled with in-depth content about the special events and observances taking place this month. Look for messages from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., covering such topics as Respect Life Month; forming[…]

‘Fratelli tutti’: Reflections on the third encyclical of Pope Francis

A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. Our Holy Father Pope Francis has published his third encyclical letter entitled “Fratelli tutti”(literally “brothers all”), signing it in Assisi on October 3, at the tomb of his patron, St. Francis of Assisi, on the 794th anniversary of his death.  Despite the controversy that has arisen over its[…]

Celebrating anniversary couples • Guardian Angel Benefit of Hope virtual celebration • Mass for Venerable Father McGivney, Knights’ founder

The special events that the Diocese traditionally hosts each fall to celebrate anniversary couples had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. But couples marking milestone anniversaries will still be affirmed throughout October when the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Family Life will share special resources on its Facebook and webpages, each geared toward first,[…]

Bishop O’Connell and faithful mark Archangel feast with prayer

On this day when we remember the archangels, Bishop O’Connell asks us to pray with him the prayer to Saint Michael Archangel. Let us pray: Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle; Be our refuge against perversity And the devil’s stalks. Reprise God, we ask for supplicants; And you, Prince of the heavenly militia, throws[…]


Bishop O’Connell announces death of retired Newark Archbishop John J. Myers • Shares Pope’s message for World Day of Migrants, Refugees • Look back at Pope Francis visit

Bishop O’Connell announces death of retired Newark Archbishop John J. Myers •  Shares Pope’s message for World Day of Migrants, Refugees •  Look back at Pope Francis visit It was with sadness that I learned early this morning of the passing of Most Revered John J. Myers, Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of the ecclesiastical province of[…]


Catholics Vote!: ‘Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship’

A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. Baptized Catholic citizens of the United States of America have a “dual citizenship,” one within the nation and one within the Catholic Church.  Although distinct, they exist jointly in each baptized American Catholic citizen.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reminds American Catholics that, as citizens of[…]


Updates to church directives announced by Bishop

COVID 19 is still a virulent contagious virus communicated between people.  Everyone should remain conscious and alert that risks to either contract or spread the disease remain possible at any gathering of people, indoors or outdoors.  The risk is considered by public health experts to be especially significant indoors at prolonged, sedentary gatherings where coughing,[…]