Under the Office of the Bishop, the diocesan Office of Missions, which is comprised of the Pontifical Mission Societies, exists to promote mission awareness and support for the various programs.These Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Mission Union of the Clergy and the Society of St. Peter the Apostle.
Thank you for your interest in the Office of Missions of the Diocese of Trenton. We enthusiastically embrace the challenge of our baptismal commitment to Jesus Christ, and are privileged to participate in his mission, embodied in the Church, to build unity among all peoples in the world. We hope you will join us in our work through the many activities and programs we offer. We invite you to contact us if you need additional information.
The Pontifical Mission Societies consist of The Society for The Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, The Society of Saint Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. The Pontifical Mission Societies have, as their primary purpose, the promotion of the universal mission spirit—a spirit of prayer and sacrifice— among all baptized Catholics.
The first three Societies, in carrying out that goal, invite baptized Catholics to express their missionary commitment by offering their prayers, personal sacrifices and financial support for the work of the Church in the missions. The missionary Union of Priests and Religious works to deepen mission awareness among priests, men and women Religious, catechists, and educators so that they are fully prepared to take on the mission formation of the faithful. These four Societies each received the title “pontifical” in 1922 to indicate their status as official instruments of the pope and the Church worldwide.
- The Society for The Propagation of the Faith
- Missionary Childhood Association
- The Society of Saint Peter Apostle
- Missionary Union of Priests and Religious
How We Serve
The Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies supports 1,150 struggling mission dioceses around the world. Programs are offered to parishes and schools to promote mission awareness, as well as the spiritual and financial support of the Church’s home and foreign missions.
Missionaries visit diocesan parish communities
The 107 parishes across Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties are preparing to cultivate the “missionary heart” of the Diocese of Trenton this summer as missionaries from throughout the world make their annual visits and offer appeals for support. [continue reading…]
While parishes have hosted missionaries in May, June, and July, several dozen others are scheduled for visits throughout the summer months. Here is the listing of the parishes that will be visited this summer:
Aug. 8 and 9
St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft
St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck
St. Anselm Parish, Wayside
St. Denis Parish, Manasquan
St. James Parish, Red Bank
St. Mary Parish, Deal
St. James Parish, Pennington
Aug. 15 and 16
Sacred Heart Parish, Mount Holly
Corpus Christi Parish, Willingboro
St. Rose of Lima Parish, Freehold
St. John Parish, Lakehurst
Sts. Francis and Clare Parish, Florence Township
St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel
St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Freehold
Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton
Holy Eucharist Parish, Tabernacle
Aug. 22 and 23
St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Red Bank
Jesus the Lord Parish, Keyport
St. Joseph Parish, Keyport
St. Theresa Parish, Little Egg Harbor
St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton
St. Catharine Parish, Holmdel
St. Paul Parish, Princeton (Aug. 23)
Aug. 29 and 30
St. Hedwig Parish, Trenton
St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson
St. Dominic Parish, Bricktown
St. Catherine Parish, Middletown
Sept. 12 and 13
Mother of Mercy Parish, Asbury Park
Jesus, the Good Shepherd Parish, Riverside (Sept. 13)
Sept. 19 and 20
St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Lavallette
Missionary visits to St. Monica Parish, Jackson; Holy Family Parish, Keyport; St. Catharine Parish, Spring Lake; St. Veronica Parish, Howell, and Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Trenton, have not yet been scheduled.
Mission Reach Out
Mission Reach Out, sponsored by the Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies, offers grammar schools, religious education programs, and high school students of the diocese the opportunity to hear personal witness from missionaries who have served in various countries. Students are challenged to fulfill their baptismal call to mission by invigorating their mission identity, learning about global trends in mission, and offering prayerful and sacrificial support.
Each Reach Out is highlighted by the celebration of a mission liturgy at which the bishop serves as principal celebrant. For more information contact the Diocesan Pontifical Mission Societies at 609-267-7729.
2016 Elementary and High School Reachout
High School Reachout and Grade School/REP Reachout will be incorporated with the Bishop’s Catholic School Mass October 4, 2016, St. Mary Cathedral, Trenton. Rev. Albert A. Adeleke from the Diocese of Ijebu-Ode will be speaking prior to Mass on his mission experiences and mission involvement. Numerous missionary representatives from Dioceses around the world and mission order priests, brothers and sisters will be present.
Missionary Childhood Association Annual Christmas Artwork Contest 2016-2017
Entry Form and Rules mailed to every Principal and/or RE/CCD Director. Deadline for entries January 31, 2017, Open to those in grades K-8. ALL entries must be mailed with completed entry form to Diocese of Trenton, Mission Office, 2420 Branch Pike, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077.
If an entry form is needed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions call 609-267-7729 Tuesday or Thursday.