Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The New Roman Missal

Today, I had the chance to chat with a couple of our neighboring pastors, and I was really surprised that they hadn't heard about an important workshop coming to our diocese, indeed to our own backyard, at Monmouth University in August. It's a workshop sponsored by FDLC and the BCDW (Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship) on the implementation of the new Roman Missal. It's going to be one of 20 workshops like this to be offered all over the country.

I think that it's really important for all of the priests of the Trenton Diocese, and of New Jersey to take advantage of this workshop. We will have top-notch presenters and leaders of the FDLC present at this event, including Bishop John M. Smith of the Trenton Diocese, Archbishop Donald Reece from Jamaica, Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, NJ and the chair of the BCDW, and Msgr. John Burton, the Executive Director of the FDLC will be present at this workshop. All should be able to share some valuable insights into the new Missal, as well as insights into effective preparation techniques to help with the much-needed catechesis that we'll need to do as pastors and church leaders.

Here's a link to the info about the workshop here in Trenton in August:


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Check this out!

Not sure what to think of this!

I wouldn't feel comfortable singing a song like this, if I were being installed as a new Bishop of a diocese....

...but that may be why I'll never be considered for being a Bishop!

Let me know what you think of this!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Take up your Cross

We hear in today's Gospel: "Take up your cross....and follow me." Powerful words.

What are the crosses in YOUR lives? What are you "bearing"? Use the Comment line to let me know.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

A new Co-adjutor Bishop for Trenton!

Today, at a 10:00 a.m. Press Conference held at the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Trenton, it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI has named Rev. David O'Connell, C.M. as the Co-adjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton. Bishop-elect O'Connell, the recent President of the Catholic University of America, is no stranger to the Diocese. He attended high-school in Princeton, his religous community has some foundations in our diocese, and he was planning a sabbatical at the Jersey Shore!

So much for sabbatical plans!

We welcome the new Bishop to the Diocese of Trenton, and we look forward to walking with him in the future years.

Friday, June 4, 2010

A Big Day Later Today!

In the Diocese oF Trenton, we're expecing BIG NEWS later today. There is scheduled a 10:00 a.m. Press Conference in Trenton.

Lots of rumors are floating around.

For my money, I'll bet that they are going to announce the naming of a Coadjutor Bishop for Bishop John. M. Smith. Bishop Smith is due to submit his resignation on his 75th birthday later this month, so tomorrow's events aren't totally unexpected.

Tune in to the Vatican website for official news regarding the new appointment.

Let's pray for each other as we enter this new chapter!

In Christ's peace,

Fr. Gene