The following is a homily delivered by Father Jay on January 22, 2017

This past Friday (January 20, 2017,) President Barack Obama stepped down from the Office of President of the U.S.A. and President-elect Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the U.S.A.

Change the names a bit, and today’s second reading from the First Century Letter of St. Paul the Corinthians could well apply to our nation in the 21st Century. On the one hand, our Nation is so great, so beautiful, so wonderful, and yet, on the other hand, it is so angry, so divided.

But since the earliest day of our Nation, from the time of our founding fathers and mothers there have been serious disagreements and divisions. There has been so much violence and hatred, tragedy and killing. It is so true - whether we are talking about the 21st Century, or the 1900s, the 1800s with its terrible Civil War, or the days before and after American Revolution.

With all of the very real and important differences and disagreements between them, President Obama and President Trump did continue our Nation’s great tradition of the peaceful transfer of power.

Whatever our political, personal, religious, reasoned or emotional views, beliefs and differences are, I believe that we, and all of us, in our beloved United States of America need to hear and do our very best to help others to be – as St. Paul wrote nearly 2,000 years ago – UNITED in the same mind and the same purpose. As I said - here we change the names – BUT HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD. DO NOT SAY "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos,” or "I belong to Cephas.”

Sisters and Brothers, these next words are familiar to us, and in this year 2017, I urge you, and I urge myself, to resolve to do and speak what we can to help the American Dream be even more real in our time:

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."


What a joy to see so many at Saturday's School of Leaders! The Holy Spirit is working very hard to keep us on the right path!

The talk from Deacon Tony Martucci was so informative and interesting. I never knew there was so much prayer in such a little book.

Our spiritual commitment hopefully was an exercise in fruition as we pledge to God an action that will bring us closer to our Lord this year.

Hope to see Everyone next month as we send Team 125 off to be fishers of men. De Colores!


Please begin your palanca for the Team and Candidates for Trenton 125. The theme is "Please Come In, The Door is Open" 

The Team

Father Jay Bowden, Spritual Director
Father Ed Blanchett, Spritual Director
Father Jerome Guld,  Spritual Director       
Deacon Tony Martucci, Spritual Director
Al Martella, Rector
Rick Klarmann, Assistant Rector
Mike Ivanko, Liturgist

Bob Burke, Warden, Prayer Team
Robert Lauricella, Auxiliary
John Capuano, Auxiliary

Confirmed candidates:
Nicholas Grippo (William Grippo)
Matthew Lucas (Tony Martucci)
Joseph Seelinger (Robert Burke)
John Carlucci (George and Mary Weis)
Tom Maier (Tim Fikete)
Michael Mastrocola (Tom McGuire)
Michael Gaynor (Carole Gaynor)

Tentative candidates:

Alton Drake (Robert Lauricello)
Edwin (Eddie) Petruzzi (Tony Martucci)
Westley Pamphile (Johnny DiStefano)
Les Bauer (Johnny DiStefano)
John Juchniewicz (Johnny DiStefano)
Kyle Johnson (Johnny DiStefano)
Adam Johnson (Johnny DiStefano)

We also ask that you pray from home or work for the following presenters and their talks:

Ideal (Bob) Friday 9:30 AM
Layperson in Church (Michael) Friday 1:15 PM
Piety (Deacon Tony) Friday 4:15 PM
Study (Al) Saturday 9:15 AM
Action (John) Saturday 2 PM
Leaders (Rick) Saturday 6:30 PM
Study of the Enviornment (Robert) Sunday 9:10 AM
Christianity in Action (Rick) Sunday 1 PM
Cursillista Beyond The Cursillo and Total Security (Al) Sunday 2 PM

Know Yourself (Deacon Tony) Thursday 8:30PM
The Prodigal Son (Father Jerome) Thursday 9:30PM
The Three Glances of Christ (Father Jerome) Friday 7:15AM
Habitual Grace (Father Jay) Friday 10:30AM
Actual Grace (Deacon Tony) Friday 2:15PM
The Person of Christ (Father Jay) Saturday 7AM
Sacraments (Father Ed/Deacon Tony) Saturday 10:15AM
Obstacles to a Life of Grace (Deacon Tony) Saturday 3:30PM
Christ’s Message to the Cursillista (Deacon Tony) Sunday 7:15AM
Life in Grace (Father Jay) Sunday 10:40AM 


Deacon Tony Martucci shares: "As America prepares to welcome a new president, the Knights of Columbus is urging its members and other Catholics to pray the Novena for National Unity from Thursday, Jan. 12, through Inauguration Day, Friday, Jan. 20. The prayer invokes the maternal intercession of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States." The Knights ask all Catholics to pray this Novena for National Unity, beginning on Thursday, Jan. 12, and concluding on Friday, Jan. 20.

For more details, go to this link.


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