TRENTON, NJ - Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Diocese of Trenton, will lead a special prayer service at the New Jersey Viet­nam Veterans’ Memorial, Holmdel, Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m. to remember and give thanks to God for living and deceased veterans and for those currently serving in the military. All are invited to take part in the service and a procession with bagpipers’ accompa­niment, beginning shortly after 10 a.m., from the PNC Bank Arts Center Gate, adjacent to the memorial.

This prayer service is being held in conjunction with the diocese’s first-ever Eucharistic Congress, set for Oct. 12 -14 at the PNC Bank Arts Center. With the theme of “His Presence, Our Faith, Celebrate!” the congress will draw Catholics and other people of faith from Central New Jersey and beyond to celebrate their faith in Jesus Christ and the gift of the Eucharist.

According to Terry Ginther, executive director for the diocesan Office of Pastoral Life and Mission and a member of the congress planning committee, individuals participating in the prayer service will intercede prayers for veterans and military families, and ask God to grant peace­ful repose to the dead. She explained, “Catholics believe that no matter where a person goes, Christ goes there before him and is present to him in any need. We believe that nothing – even death – can separate us from the love of God …

(Romans 8:38-30).”

Those who attend the prayer service at the Veterans’ Memorial are welcome to participate in the many other activities of the congress, including Mass at noon celebrated by Bishop O’Connell in the main amphitheatre and a variety of presentations for people of all ages. There is no admission fee for the activities of the congress, though free-will donations will be ac­cepted.

For more information about the prayer service at the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial or about the Diocese of Trenton Eucharistic Congress, please contact the Office of Communications at 609-403-7188 or visit the website at http://www.eucharistic­congress.net/.