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Job Seekers Invited to Career Saturday at Brookdale - Aug. 16
Saturday, 26 July 2014
FREEHOLD, NJ - Residents interested in careers in information technology, health care and other in-demand fields are invited to a free workshop at... Read More...
Artists with Disabilities Showcase Artwork at Paper Mill Playhouse
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Millburn Theater Partners with VSA New Jersey this Summer Millburn, NJ - Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd... Read More...
IMAGE New Jersey Peaches in Season
Saturday, 26 July 2014
TRENTON, NJ - “New Jersey peaches are healthy and delicious and available in abundance throughout the state,” said New Jersey Secretary of... Read More...
IMAGE Neptune Man Sentenced for His Role in 2008 Murder
Friday, 25 July 2014
FREEHOLD, NJ - A Neptune man convicted in February for his role in the 2008 murder of an Eatontown man was sentenced Friday to 40 years in a New... Read More...
IMAGE August 2014 – New Events for Adults and Teens at Middletown Library
Friday, 25 July 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - August 2014 – New Events for Adults and Teens: Teen Photography Club (Monday, 8/4; 7 pm)Learn new photography techniques and share... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Adoption Involving Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Laura Bloch adored his picture. “My husband and I had just been approved through an adoption agency and the agency sent out a letter with a picture... Read More...
IMAGE Is It The Shadow?
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 25 July 2014
“Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of man? (Hoo-hoo-hoo-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!) The Shadow...” Starting in the 1930s, and extending well into... Read More...
IMAGE Spectator’s Observations
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 24 July 2014
During the World Cup, I watched as many games as possible. I watched them here at home, I watched a couple of games in Turkey where they were... Read More...
IMAGE What Does the Fox Say?
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 24 July 2014
As a long-time Middletown resident and a nature lover, I have seen my share of backyard critters. We have mice, voles, squirrels, raccoons, skunks,... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - July 24, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Thursday, 24 July 2014
I created a page called "Fact Jack".  If you want, like it on Facebook http://bit.ly/FactJackFb or follow on... Read More...

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Tue Jul 29 @ 3:00PM - 04:30PM
Free Summer Mini-Camp
Wed Jul 30 @ 3:00PM - 04:30PM
Free Summer Mini-Camp
Mon Aug 04 @ 8:00PM -
Middletown Township Committee Workshop Meeting
Tue Aug 05 @ 3:00PM - 04:30PM
Free Summer Mini-Camp
Wed Aug 06 @ 3:00PM - 04:30PM
Free Summer Mini-Camp

Praised be Jesus Christ!  With the Church throughout the world, the Diocese of Trenton offers prayers of joyful and hope-filled gratitude at the election of His Eminence Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J., as the Vicar of Christ and Successor of St. Peter.  A truly inspired choice, our new Holy Father Pope Francis brings to the Chair of Peter pastoral gifts and ecclesial experience especially well-suited to his new role as universal Shepherd of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis had received much attention in the conclave that elected Pope Benecdict XVI.  I am sure that his name was still fresh in the minds of today's cardinal-electors who were present then.  He has a reputation for scholarship, leadership and for a deep humility and simplicity.  The choice of the name "Francis" certainly indicates his respect and admiration for the beloved saint who bears that name.

As he stood on the loggia of St. Peter's, Pope Francis exuded a peaceful and radiant joy, speaking of love and compassion and warmly thanking those gathered to greet him.  He has a kind and gentle smile that seemed to touch those who witnessed this historic moment in the Catholic Church.  The story is told that the day following his consecration as bishop, he spent in a soup kitchen.  I sense almost immediately that the Church will love and embrace him with joy and hope.  And he, in turn, will love the Church that he now shepherds.

As Successors to the Apostles, Bishops are special collaborators with the Pope in fulfilling the mission given them by Christ to teach, to govern and to sanctify.  I look forward to sharing these responsibilities with our new Holy Father Pope Francis I, especially for the Church of Trenton, and I ask its clergy, religious and lay faithful to join me in praying for him as he begins his apostolic ministry in the Chair of Peter.

May Mary, Mother of the Church, draw him ever closer to the heart of her Beloved Son.  St. Peter, pray for us!  St. Francis, pray for him!