Bishop’s Reflections for Advent: A Time to Encounter

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., continues his Advent series with a focus on Week 4, “For your reflection, meditation and prayer, drawn from the Church’s rich spiritual history.” In the newest compilation, the Bishop begins with Scripture: The Holy Spirit will come upon you,and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.Therefore the child to[…]

Bishop’s Reflections for Advent: A time to rejoice

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., continues his Advent series with a focus on Week 3, “For your reflection, meditation and prayer, drawn from the Church’s rich spiritual history.” In the newest compilation, the Bishop begins with Scriptural: Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.In all circumstances give thanks,for this is the will of God for you in Christ[…]


Pope Francis announces “The Year of St. Joseph”

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., shares Pope Francis’ announcement of the “Year of St. Joseph,” which the Holy Father released in his apostolic letter, “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”). Bishop O’Connell’s statement follows: Today, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Holiness Pope Francis has used the feast[…]

Bishop O’Connell on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 remains a holy day for Catholics, but this year, it is not a day of obligation to attend Mass due to the dispensation granted during the COVID pandemic.   Catholics may still attend Mass in person where possible, safely observing all diocesan pandemic restrictions, or via livestream.   In[…]



Support Catholic Schools tomorrow on Giving Tuesday

Tomorrow, the Diocese of Trenton invites its faith community to support Catholic schools by participating in #GivingTuesday on Dec. 1. Supporters are asked to make a donation, and/or to commit to volunteer for their local Catholic school or to offer prayers for the mission of Catholic education. Funds collected will benefit the Catholic Schools Have it All[…]

Embracing the spiritual opportunities of Advent

A reflection series by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. The word “advent” comes from the Latin term adventus, literally meaning “coming to.”  The four weeks of the season of Advent before Christmas create a unique season of hope-filled preparation for all of us in the Catholic Christian community — although it can easily be missed[…]