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WASHINGTON (CNS) — Various Catholic agencies are collecting donations to aid with the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, as people flee to escape Russian bombing and shelling. Here are some places to donate. This list is not exhaustive.

The international Caritas confederation is collecting funds to help Caritas Ukraine. In the United States, that is through Catholic Relief Services. Internationally, you can donate through Caritas Internationalis.

The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia also has a link to donate.

Two pontifical agencies also are taking donations for Ukraine: Catholic Near East Welfare Association and Aid to the Church in Need. Internationally, Aid to the Church can be reached here.

The Knights of Columbus launched the Ukraine Solidarity Fund for humanitarian needs in Ukraine and through refugee sites in Poland.

Donations can also be made to Jesuit Refugee Service to support the agency’s work with those forced to flee conflict in Europe.

The Salesians also are accepting donations to help refugees.

  Offerings at Francis House of Prayer
Trenton Diocesan Spiritual Center and Retreat House84 Walnford Road • Allentown, NJ
 Please check for dates, registration, directions and for our other offerings!
All programs will be offered online and in-person unless otherwise indicated.


Jesuit priest, Jim Harbaugh, has combined praying The Exercises with praying through the 12 Steps by offering meditations that relate to both.  You can be well versed or brand new to the Exercises or the 12 Steps to attend. You are committing to a one-hour meeting every other week and 30 minutes of prayer a day.  Donation: $200



3 Mondays          1:00 – 3:30 PM

The diversity of the human race is beyond our imagination.  The singularity of the human race is at the heart of God’s imagination.  We, though many, truly are one.  How might we communicate this union with one another?  In Gregory Boyle, S.J.’s book, The Whole Language, we are reminded the only communication needed is that of tenderness.  Join us as we allow Father Boyle’s stories to find a home in our hearts.  Donation: $60



4 Mondays             9:30 – 11:30 AM

In her book, Braving the Thin Places: Celtic Wisdom to Create a Space for Grace, Julianne Stanz takes us on a wild ride to becoming aware and open to the “thin places” in our lives.  Here is where we meet God who transforms our brokenness into healing and wholeness.  Donation: $75



7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday

September 30 – October 2

 Due to the frantic pace of contemporary life, it is essential for our spiritual and physical health to take time to pray.  A weekend directed retreat offers you the opportunity to experience the graced rhythm of life in which silence and rest restore your body and God revives your soul.  Liturgy, spiritual direction and optional contemplative prayer periods are included.  Donation: $165/$65 non-refundable deposit.

 10 Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:30 AM
 St. Teresa has the great gift of writing about her relationship with God in such a way that helps us know that intimacy with God is an invitation and gift to us all. We will use Interior Castle Explored, by Ruth Burrows and Keith Egan’s tape on the Interior Castle to lead us. Each session includes 20 minutes of Centering Prayer. Donation: $175
 5 Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 PM
 We will use Father Thomas Keating’s Meditations on the Parables of Jesus to help us understand and pray with the parables which are so full of mystery and meaning for us in our times. Donation: $75
 9 Fridays 9:15 AM – Noon
 We will learn to listen to ourselves closely, be attentive to our real feelings and notice how we are expressing what we are trying to say. Our communication with God, ourselves and others will become gentler and more respectful, more inclusive, and less reactive. This retreat also includes Centering Prayer and the Practice of Examen. We will use A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer, by Jim Manney and Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg. Donation: $200
 4 Fridays 9:30 AM – Noon
 Romantics will tell us there is nothing quite like one’s first love. Our God would concur as God loved you first and now YOU remain God’s forever love! Take this opportunity to savor such a love and to deepen your awareness of its presence in your daily life. William Barry, S.J.’s, A Friendship Like No Other will be used. Donation: $100
Donovan Catholic High School is the premier school of choice in Ocean County. Since 1962, Donovan Catholic has provided a focused, rigorous educational environment encouraging our students to their fullest capabilities. We provide the highest quality education where students excel in academics, athletics, performing and fine arts, gain confidence and succeed in a faith-based, student leadership centered, and safe environment. And Donovan’s unique curriculum offers block scheduling, AP and college credit classes, and flex time, so you can attend club meetings, enjoy extra curricular activities or get some extra help. And if that isn’t enough, Donovan is a great investment in your child’s future. Because last year, Donovan Catholic students were awarded over 22 million dollars in academic scholarships to attend college. And 60 percent of Donovan seniors received at least one merit scholarship that exceeded the cost of tuition at Donovan Catholic High School. But don’t take it from us. See for yourself by scheduling your own personal tour. Meet the faculty and staff, tour the school, participate in classroom activities and have fun. To register, just go to
 The Department of Evangelization and Family Life is pleased to announce the 2022 Bishop’s Anniversary Blessing for all couples celebrating a milestone anniversary of their Catholic Marriage. All couples celebrating their 1st, 25th or 50th (or more) anniversary in the 2022 calendar year are invited to attend. Anniversary couples must be validly married in the Catholic Church and registered members of a parish in the Diocese of Trenton.
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The Bishop’s Anniversary Blessing Mass for Mercer and Burlington County Parishes will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 3 pm in the Cathedral of St. Mary in Trenton. The Anniversary Mass for Ocean and Monmouth County Parishes will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 3 pm at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine in Freehold. Registration opens July 1, 2022; deadline for registrations is September 15, 2022.

Bishop’s Anniversary Blessing instructions, registration information and promotional materials for parishes can be found at General information about the 2022 Bishop’s Anniversary Blessing events including online registration for anniversary couples can be found at:

As with last year, couples will be able to register themselves online, and will need to provide their Catholic wedding date along with the name and city of their wedding parish. Couples will also be asked to verify that they are officially registered for their listed home parish; if not they will be instructed to contact their local parish office to register.

Bishop O’Connell is pleased to share with you his video message encouraging all parishioners to get vaccinated and about a Catholic Charities initiative to assist parishes. While this is not a requirement, getting vaccinated is an act of charity. We are aware that many in the Latino, Hispanic and Black communities have had trouble getting access to the vaccine - even though they have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Catholic Charities is now working to fix those inequities by:

- Helping people in our parishes pre-register for and get vaccines.
- Conducting COVID-19 Testing
- Building a community health worker workforce with community colleges.
- And encouraging people to join the “COVID Community Corps” as volunteers to help others access the vaccine.

Working Together to Stop COVID-19

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