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Gloucester Catholic's Senior, Isabella Teti Receives Over $1.3 Million in Scholarship Offers

Bella Teti GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (April 21, 2024)--Bella Teti, a senior at Gloucester Catholic, has received over $1.3 million in scholarship offers from 13 universities and colleges. According to the winter-spring edition of RAMBLINGS, she also received the prestigious Christian Brothership scholarship from LaSalle University, which covers full tuition for all four years. Teti is an all-around student-athlete. She is a cheerleader and also plays varsity softball and volleyball. She was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. The clipping below is from the winter/spring edition of Ramblings, the school's newspaper. Read more →



UPDATED William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNews)--I underwent a medical procedure at Cooper University Hospital in Camden City in early January. Wheeled into the operating room I was administered sedation, and the next thing I remember, I was waking up in the recovery room. Once the sedation wore off, I was released. While waiting in the hallway for someone to push my wheelchair to valet parking downstairs, my wife Connie handed me my wedding ring. She had been holding it since jewelry was prohibited in the room during the surgery. As she hands me the ring,... Read more →

Parking Restrictions for Gloucester City Irish Parade

MEDIA RELEASE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE ROAD CLOSURES / PARKING RESTRICTIONS PARKING RESTRICTIONS On Sunday, March 3st the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin on Johnson Blvd. at Monmouth Street at 1:00 pm. The parade will proceed west on Monmouth Street to King Street, then south on King Street to Cumberland Street. In order to accommodate the parade, the following road closures/ no parking will be in place from 10:00 am until the Highway Dept. finishes sweeping the parade route. ROAD CLOSURES Monmouth St. from Johnson Blvd. to Ellis St. (Dead End). Johnson Blvd. from Highland Blvd. to Bergen... Read more →

Participants in Gloucester City's Irish Parade, Sunday, March 3 starts at 1PM

The best St Patrick’s Day Parade you might not know about! St. Patrick’s Parade Participants! Those listed as participants in the parade include, (but not limited to): Gloucester High School Color Guard, NJSP on Horseback, Gloucester City Old Timers String Band, Grand Marshall, Roseann Michel with Ancient Order of Hibernians & Legion of Mary, Division 1 Ancient Order of Hibernians, Monsignor Hodge, Fox29’s Bob Kelly, Betsy Ross, The Bank Bar, Peter School of Irish Dance, British Hessian Brigades, Durning String Band, Civil War Reenactors. Anyzek Antique Cars and Trucks, Irish Singer: Timmy Kelly, Cold Springs School, Knights of Columbus... Read more →

Saint Mary's Parish Irish Parade, Gloucester City

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2024 Participate in the Parade! Join us in making the Gloucester City St. Patrick's Parade an event to remember. We extend a warm invitation to non-profits, local businesses, and community groups to actively participate in this vibrant celebration. Your presence adds a unique and invaluable element to the festivities, fostering community spirit and making the parade a true reflection of our diverse and dynamic community. Come be a part of the excitement – it's more than a parade; it's an opportunity to showcase the heart and soul of Gloucester City and South Jersey. CLICK HERE FOR MORE... Read more →

Christmas Eve Falls on Sunday, Catholics Need to Attend Two Masses this Year

by OSV News December 19, 2023 “Pick 1,” directs a guide printed in the parish bulletin of St. Joseph Church in York, Pennsylvania. The command in the graphic is listed twice, over two columns: The first lists Mass times for the fourth Sunday of Advent, the second lists Christmas Mass times. The takeaway: No single Mass fulfills both a Catholic’s Sunday obligation and the Saint Mary's RC Church, Gloucester City CNBNews photo file Christmas obligation. Because they are different liturgical days – even if they overlap on the calendar – they require attendance at different Masses. Typically, Mass celebrated at... Read more →

BILL S2918/A4350:

NJ Taxpayers To Spend $10 Million Yearly on Free Abortions for Residents and Non-Residents

Voters urged to contact state senators over expanded NJ abortion bill GUEST OPINION: In yet another step toward more open access to abortion in New Jersey – including keeping parents in the dark about their minor children seeking an abortion – legislation was scheduled for a Dec. 14 hearing, prompting a plea to ask state senators to oppose the bill. Babies at full term are only aborted in seven states With the vote on the bill S2918/A4350 now scheduled for mid-December, the New Jersey Catholic Conference issued an action alert urging voters to reach out to their representatives. The... Read more →


Saint Mary's Parishioners Donate $100,000 for Construction of New School & Convent

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (DECEMBER 11, 2023)(CNBNews)--Cleaning out a file cabinet sitting in our home office, CNBNews discovered a small pamphlet containing the names of the people who donated the money to construct a new school and convent annex nearly 75 years ago next to the grammar school located at Cumberland and Sussex Street. The cover on the small booklet St. Mary's Building Fund 1949-1950. Contributions to the Building Fund ranged from a high of $5,300 to a low of .50 cents. Considering that the United States was getting over World War II and was... Read more →

Barbara F. Rein, age 87, of Gloucester City

Gloucester City – On October 8, 2023. Age 87. Born in Woodbury, NJ, she was the daughter of the late James and Emma (Batezel) Frampton. Loving wife of the late Francis L. Rein. Cherished mother of Lisa OGrady, Lorna Estep, Dorothy May, grandmother of 5 including Kelly Newton, great-grandmother of 8; aunt of James Frampton (Leah). Barb worked for many years as an accountant for the Board of Education in PA. Barb was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Gloucester City, where she was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court Giese #439. She also loved... Read more →


Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ—Even if the only news you receive is via the internet, surely you are familiar with the new (as of Saturday, October 7, 2023) invasion of the Hamas (Muslims) into Israel (primarily Jewish.) This is not just a boundary dispute. Hamas has said they will not stop until there is not a Jew left in the world. They mean it. CNBNews graphic file Hamas is not just after Jews; they are, after all, "infidels." That means you and me, too. They have declared Friday, October 13, "The Day of Jahid" worldwide. They have... Read more →

Michael Patrick Traficante Scholars Program Established at GCHS

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 9, 2023)(CNBNews)--Gloucester Catholic is pleased to share the announcement of the Michael Patrick Traficante Scholars Program in loving memory of Senior Airman Michael Traficante, GCHS Class of 2010. If you are considering the startup of a GC Scholars Program to honor your family, contact Pat Murphy, Executive Director of Development, at [email protected]. Gloucester Catholic is Pleased to Announce the Establishment of the Michael Patrick Traficante Scholars Program! Gene and Janice Traficante and their entire family are truly grateful to give back to the current generation of Ram students in memory of Senior Airman Michael Patrick Traficante,... Read more →

Saint Marys Parish Celebrates 175 Anniversary

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (SEPTEMBER 28, 2023)--Saint Mary Parish in Gloucester City continued its 175th-anniversary celebration on Sept. 17 with a Mass honoring the living and deceased students, alumni, faculty and staff of Gloucester Catholic Junior Senior High School and the former Saint Mary Grammar School. Deacon Joseph Rafferty, an alumnus and former teacher at both schools who is now principal of Saint Rose of Lima School in Haddon Heights, preached the homily and spoke lovingly of the many dedicated and passionate educators who walked the school halls and guided students in the faith. The Mass was attended by current and... Read more →

Robert L. Hodge Jr., of Gloucester City

Bob passed peacefully on August 26, 2023, at the age of 65. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late, Robert L. Sr. and Vita (Finazzo) Hodge. A long-time resident of Gloucester City, loving and devoted husband of 45 years to Karen L. (Cowley) Hodge. Proud father of Kimberly A. Hodge (James), Robert L. Hodge, III, Kristina M. Smith (Nicholas), and Sean M. Hodge (Jessica). Devoted and doting grandfather of Mikhayla, Demian, Jesse, Robert IV, Alexander, Amber, Nicholas, Jeremy and Matthew. Bob is also survived by his beloved sisters, Brenda King (Butch), Madia Foulke and special Aunt... Read more →

Mildred "Millie" Piscopio, of West Collingswood Hts., age 83, Member of the Belles of St. Mary's

West Collingswood Heights- Millie passed peacefully on August 31, 2023, at the age of 83. Born in Camden, NJ she was the daughter of the late Daniel F. and Mildred M. (Eckerle) Lynch. Cherished mother of Linda J. Piscopio, Joseph P. Piscopio (Lisa); loving grandmother of Daniel, Christian, Nola and Grace. She is also survived by her life-long friends, Ginny Horn and Sandra Andreas as well as many nieces and nephews. Millie was also predeceased by her husband of 57 years Joseph S. Piscopio. Millie worked for several years as a secretary for the Quarter Master - National Cemetery Supervisor... Read more →

William J. Glennan, Sr., age 94 of Oaklyn

William J. Glennan, Sr., age 94 of Oaklyn, passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2023, at Jefferson Hospital in Washington Twp. Mr. Glennan was born in Camden and had been a longtime resident of Oaklyn. His home had contributed to the manpower of our great nation upholding the ideals of our American freedoms in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bill made his career working as a sheet metal worker and was a member of the Sheetmetal Workers Union, Local 19, Philadelphia. Mr. Glennan is the widower of his late wife of 70 years, Neta G. (nee Fleming) Glennan.... Read more →

Saint Mary Parish 175 Anniversary Celebration Sunday, September 17

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (August 12, 2023)(CNBNews)--Please join us in celebrating the 175th anniversary of our parish at St. Mary Church in Gloucester City on Sunday, September 17th, 2023. We will honor the past and present students, faculty, and staff of Gloucester Catholic High School and St. Mary Grammar School. We invite you and your family to come together with our current Gloucester Catholic community for the 11:30 am Mass. St. Mary Parish is the oldest parish in the Diocese of Camden and St. Mary Grammar School and Gloucester Catholic are an integral part of that long and rich tradition. If... Read more →

Catholic Social Services Collecting Diapers and Baby Care Items

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES HOSTS DIAPER AND BABY CARE ITEM DRIVE FOR “PHILLY’S BIGGEST BABY SHOWER” PHILADELPHIA PA (JULY 31, 2023)(CNBNEWS)--Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CSS) is currently collecting diapers and other baby care items to support new and expecting mothers and their families who will attend the CSS and Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia’s co-sponsored “Philly’s Biggest Baby Shower” on Saturday, September 9, 2023. “CSS is committed to offering vital pregnancy and parenting support services throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area,” said Ms. Amy Stoner, director of CSS’ Community-Based and Housing and Homeless Services Divisions. “The donated items... Read more →

Richard "Ping" Sheldon, of Haddon Hts., Gcity Rotary Pres., Army Veteran, GCHS Alumni

HADDON HTS., NJ-- On July 2, 2023, Richard "Ping" Sheldon passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family. Born and raised in Gloucester City, Ping graduated from St. Mary's Grammar School before attending Gloucester Catholic High School Class of 1954 where he was an outstanding baseball player and played for the Brooklawn American Legion team. After high school, he played with the Philadelphia Phillies farm system for several years. He attended several universities before receiving his real estate appraisal and insurance MAI. After marrying his wife, Helen "Woodsy" Brennan in 1958, he served in the US Army / Army... Read more →

The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia 10th Anniversary

PHILADELPHIA, PA (June 12, 2023) – This July, The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia(CFGP), an independent nonprofit community foundation committed to growing Catholic philanthropy in the Greater Philadelphia area, will celebrate its 10 Year Anniversary. “What started as a dream 10 years ago has turned into a thriving nonprofit foundation that not only helps people all over the greater Philadelphia area but also accomplishes this with the love and intention of the teachings of our Catholic faith,” said Sarah Hanley, Chief Executive Officer for The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia. “This past year, we have been highlighting the people and... Read more →

Catholic Church Bans Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi from Receiving Communion

NOTIFICATION To United States Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi The Second Vatican Council, decree on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, reiterated the Church's ancient and consistent teaching that "from the first moment of conception life must be guarded with the greatest care while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes" (n. 51). Christians have, indeed, always upheld the dignity of human life ni every stage, especially the most vulnerable, beginning with life in the womb. His Holiness, Pope Francis, in keeping with his predecessors, has likewise been quite clear and emphatic in teaching the dignity of human life in... Read more →

Catherine Madeline (Thomas) Tilton, 94, of North Wildwood; GCHS Alumnus

Catherine Madeline (Thomas) Tilton November 12, 1928-April 28, 2023 (94) Madeline, known to many as Mad, passed away at 94 on April 28, 2023. She passed away along the Jersey Coast, where she always found refuge, after moving to Wildwood Crest with her “hunky” husband, Harold Franklin Tilton and their five children. Having graduated from Gloucester Catholic High School, Madeline wore many hats professionally, but her late-in-life work at Lenox Warehouse took the spotlight. Madeline and Harold moved around many mes during their 63 year marriage, living in multiple places from Circle Bay Yacht Club, FL to North Wildwood, NJ.... Read more →

Walter E. Green, 82, of Gloucester City

On April 30, 2023. Age 82. Of Gloucester City. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Alfred and Catherine (Shade) Green. Loving husband to the late Anna (DiCresenzo) Green. Walter is survived by his loving son, David E. Green; brother-in-law, Julio DiCrescenzo (Joan); sisters-in-law, Mary Wagner, Frances Shone, Emma Malin and many other nieces and nephews. Walter was also predeceased by his brother, Alfred Green; sister, Edna Dorsey and Joanne Piontkowski. Walter worked for many years as a candy maker for Whitman Chocolate in Philadelphia, PA. He attended Roman Catholic High School. He was a member... Read more →

David E. O'Shea, of Mays Landing/Gloucester City; Trump Marina Casino Fire Safety Manager

Of Mays Landing, formerly of Gloucester City - On April 13, 2023. Age 72. Born in Philadelphia, PA he was the son of the late Norman D’Angelo and Marie O’Shea. Loving brother of Lorraine Henderson, Thomas O’Shea, Dennis Henderson (Steffi) and many dear friends. David was also predeceased by his beloved wife, Frances A. (Shaw) O’Shea on October 12, 2020. David had worked as a Fire Safety Manager for 35 years with the Trump Marina & Resort Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Saturday morning, April 22, 2023 from 10:15 AM to... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic High School Inaugural Hall of Fame Class/ Ad Booklet Sponsorship Form

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ -- Gloucester Catholic High School will host its Inaugural Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at Auletto’s Sunset Ballroom in Almonesson, NJ, the Hall of Fame Executive Committee has announced. The Inductees of this prestigious inaugural class include: Arts/Academics/Educators Dr. Anthony Silvestri ’54 Dr. Patrick Harker ’77 Bert Nolan (Posthumous) Dr. James Gross ’51 Athletics Dennis Barth ’80, Baseball Lisa Angelotti-Gedaka ’84, Girls Basketball Ray Ford ’33, Boys Basketball (Posthumous) Ralph Saquella ’59, Boys Basketball Teams 1964 State Championship Boys Basketball Team 1974 State Championship Girls Basketball Team 1980 State Championship Baseball Team Special Category... Read more →


William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews I first met Father Brian when my mother-in-law Blanche Sarlo was sick with cancer. Brian arrived at St. Mary’s parish in 1977, a year before Blanche died. He visited her at home and during the last few weeks of her life at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. The first thing I liked about the man was his warm demeanor. He was charming and affable. He was especially easy to talk to. This particular day as we were driving home after seeing Blanche, I happened to say out of the clear, “Fr. Brian, the good Nuns... Read more →

Rev. Brian O'Neill, SJ Parish Pastor and Priest for Decades; Retired in 2010

Rev. Brian Edward O'Neill passed peacefully surrounded by loving family on March 31, 2023 at the age of 82. He was born on July 9, 1940 in Philadelphia and prepared for the Priesthood at Resurrection College in Ontario, Canada and Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University. Fr. O'Neill was ordained for the Diocese of Camden on May 18, 1968, by the Most Rev. George H. Guilfoyle at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He served as Parochial Vicar for St. Maria Goretti, Runnemede (1968-1971); Sacred Heart, Camden (1971-1976); St Andrew the Apostle, Gibbsboro (1976-1977); St Mary's,... Read more →

Msgr. Harry Jordan, Former Pastor of St. Mary Parish, and School Principal Dies

The Catholic Star Herald Staff Reports - Msgr. Harry J. Jordan, a retired pastor and dedicated principal in Catholic schools across the Diocese, died on March 25 at age 90. Born Nov. 25, 1932, in Philadelphia, Msgr. Jordan attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.; Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.; and Christ the King Seminary, N.Y., before being ordained a priest May 27, 1961, by Bishop Celestine J. Damiano. In addition to his many assignments as parochial vicar throughout the Diocese, he served as administrator of Saint Mary Church in Rosenhayn and pastor of Saint Isidore the Farmer, Vineland, and later of... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: Nashville Shooting Likely a Hate Crime

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the Nashville mass shooter: The Nashville mass shooting, which resulted in the killing of three children and three adults, needs to be investigated as a hate crime against Christians. Police Chief John Drake told NBC News that “There’s some belief that there was some resentment for having to go to that school.” The shooter, Audrey Hale, is a female who misidentified herself as a male. Her resentment against The Covenant School, a Christian school, is important given that Christianity teaches we are either male or female. In all likelihood, this is the source... Read more →

John Eddis Named Head GCHS Wrestling Coach

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 2, 2023)(CNBNews)--In a joint statement, Gloucester Catholic High School Principal Tom Iacovone, Jr, and Athletic Director Ryan Meehan announce the hiring of Mr. John Eddis as our new Head Wrestling Coach. “We are very happy to bring back our wrestling program to give our current and future students another opportunity to take part in an aspect of student life here at Gloucester Catholic. Coach Eddis brings with him an impressive resume and expertise with the sport of wrestling and is a man of strong character, so we are proud that he has agreed to be the... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: Seal Of Confession Under Fire

March 8, 2023 Catholic League president Bill Donohue addresses the priest-penitent privilege under scrutiny in Vermont: The Catholic League is used to doing battle with lawmakers who want to violate the seal of confession. Their intentions vary, but in each case the proximate cause of such legislation is the sexual abuse of minors. CNBNews graphic file In the last few years we succeeded in beating back attempts to vitiate the priest-penitent privilege in Utah and North Dakota. Now Vermont is considering such a law. The sponsor of the Vermont legislation is State Sen. Dick Sears Jr. Unlike many other lawmakers,... Read more →

Funeral Services Held for Sister Marie Victoria Bartkowski, served in Glassboro,

Sister Marie Victoria Bartkowski (formerly Sister Mary Florentine), a Felician Sister for 61 years and a former pastoral minister in Glassboro, died Feb. 22 at the Immaculate Conception Convent in Lodi. She was 80. Born in Wilmington, Del., in 1943, she entered the postulancy of the Felician Sisters in Lodi in 1961. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Felician College, Lodi, and a master’s degree in secondary education from Connecticut State University. In her six decades of religious commitment, Sister Marie Victoria served in educational and pastoral ministries throughout the Dioceses of Camden, Metuchen, Wilmington,... Read more →


And, The Real Reason You Drink 4 Cups of Wine Wine Suggestions for Vegetarian, Vegan & Traditional Seders (Bayonne, NJ, MARCH 6, 2023) – Every spring, Jews around the world celebrate Passover. The highlight of the holiday is the Seder—a festive meal when the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt is recalled and celebrated across the generations. Wine, considered the drink of royalty, plays a central role in the Seder ritual, as we are commanded to drink four cups throughout the evening. This year Passover is celebrated April 5- 13, 2023. Whether you are having traditional Seder fare, or... Read more →

Gloucester City's St. Patricks Parade This Sunday, 1 PM

The City of Gloucester City is celebrating its 400+ Anniversary The 2023 Annual St. Patrick’s Parade String Bands Bagpipes Irish Dancers and Music Bands Community Groups, and More! #gloucestergreen #IrishNJ Monsignor Bill Hodge performing the Mummers Strut in front of St. Mary's Church, 426 Monmouth Street. (2018 photo by Gus Danks) Monsignor Bill Hodge performing the Mummers Strut in front of St. Mary's Church, Monmouth Street. (2018 photo by Gus Danks) GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ CNBNewsnet)--Eight years ago, Monsignor Bill Hodge, who was the Pastor of St. Mary's Parish, at the time, came up with the idea of having an Irish... Read more →

A Shout-Out to Staten Island St. Pat's Day Parade

Bill Donohue | CNBNews Contributor On Sunday, March 5, Staten Island will hold its traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade. As always, everyone is welcome to celebrate the contributions of St. Patrick. Those who seek to hijack the parade by drawing attention to their own agenda are not welcome. Larry Cummings is the head of the Richmond County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. He made the right decision not to allow homosexuals to crash the parade. Gays are welcome to march, but, like everyone else, they are expected to blend in and not turn the parade into a celebration of their... Read more →

ProPublica Report: A Discredited Kansas Lawyer and a Anti-Abortion Law Firm Dispute the 2020 Election

by Megan O’Matz ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. For decades, lawyers at the Thomas More Society have backed provocateurs and long-shot causes in hopes of winning severe restrictions on abortion in the U.S. As others in the anti-abortion movement distanced themselves from clinic protestors accused of trespassing, vandalism, and sometimes violence, the Thomas More Society defended them in civil and criminal court. The legal nonprofit once sided with a Wisconsin pharmacist who refused to fill a birth control prescription on religious grounds.... Read more →

Tonight St. Mary's Parish Shamrock Festival

Shamrock Celebration FRIDAY, March 3, 2023 - 6:00 PM, Tickets: $30 MSGR. Edward B Lucitt Parish Hall (Gloucester Catholic Gymnasium) 333 Ridgeway Street Gloucester City...Honoring Monsignor William Hodge **Entertainment Featuring: The Susan and Gerard Band, with Susan Gillespie, the “Sweetheart of Mayo” with a special performance by the Jordan Hunt School of Irish Dance **Ticket price includes a delicious traditional Irish dinner, as well as dessert selection and beer and wine! Spirits are cash bar. **The event will also feature an “Irish Auction” with gift baskets, 50/50, and door prizes. Tickets: Purchase tickets online NOW or in person beginning January... Read more →

Guest Opinion: Tell DirecTV You Believe in Free Speech

DirecTV Still Stiffing Newsmax Bill Donohue President Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights On January 25, the same day that Newsmax announced that it had been unjustly sacked by the AT&T-owned DirecTV, I called on Catholics to rally to its side. Specifically, I asked them to cancel their subscription to DirecTV and acquire a new carrier. Subsequently, I was followed by a host of prominent Americans who registered their criticism of DirecTV, many of whom called for a boycott. Politicians, corporate leaders, TV personalities, sports figures, actors, lawyers, religious leaders—a Who’s Who of American public figures—lambasted DirecTV, calling... Read more →

Camden Diocese's Bishop Dennis Sullivan At State Meeting

New Jersey’s Catholic Bishops gather Bishop Dennis Sullivan, pictured next to Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archdiocese of Newark, left, joined the Catholic bishops and archbishops of New Jersey for the quarterly Board of Bishops meeting on Feb. 7 at the Saint John Neumann Pastoral Center in Piscataway. In addition to Bishop Sullivan and Cardinal Tobin, New Jersey’s bishops are Bishop James F. Checchio, Diocese of Metuchen; Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Diocese of Trenton; Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney, Diocese of Paterson; and Bishop Kurt Burnette, Eparchy of Passaic. (Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Metuchen) Read more →

Saint Mary Parish, Celebrates 175 Anniversary; Dominican Sisters 150 Anniversary to Gcity Parish

By Peter G. Sánchez, Staff Writer - January 27, 2023 Bishop Dennis Sullivan celebrates Mass on Jan. 22 in recognition of the 175th anniversary of Saint Mary’s Parish and the 150th anniversary of the Dominican Sisters of Hope ministry to the Gloucester City parish. (Photo by Rich Hundley III) GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ – Gazing around the Msgr. Edward Lucitt Hall, 70-year-old Joe Kain couldn’t help but smile as he stood surrounded by old friends on the familiar hardwood where he used to play basketball as a student at Saint Mary’s elementary school and Gloucester Catholic High School. Earlier that morning,... Read more →

3000 Plus from Philadelphia Archdiocese Headed to DC for March for Life

The Annual March for Life is a national event promoting respect and dignity for all human life from conception to natural death. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions. At the time, they legalized abortion nationwide. A delegation of approximately 3,000 individuals from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will take part in the Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 20, 2023 to promote respect for all human life from conception to natural death. The Philadelphia delegation includes strong representation from Saint Charles Borromeo... Read more →

Donna Danella Thomson, formerly of Gloucester City, GCHS Alum, Practical Nurse, SS Peter/Paul Parishioner

Donna Danella Thomson, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. She was 79. Donna was raised in Gloucester City, NJ, and was a proud graduate of St. Mary’s Grammar School and Gloucester Catholic High School (Class of 1962). Following high school, she attended Mount Saint Mary's College in Newburgh, NY. She was a devout Catholic and loved her faith. While at Mount Saint Mary's, Donna studied as a novitiate as Sister Mary John Vincent. Before her final vows to become a nun, God called her to other ministries. Several years later, Donna married... Read more →

Gloucester Catholic's Honors Service Class and 76er Paul Reed Spread Joy at Sacred Heart School

Gloucester Catholic spreads joy with help of 76er By Peter G. Sánchez, Staff Writer - December 23, 2022 Sacred Heart youngsters eagerly ask Reed questions during his visit to Sacred Heart School, Camden. (Photos by Rich Hundley III) CAMDEN CITY – In addition to Mr. and Mrs. Claus, the Gloucester Catholic High School honors service class was joined by a special guest as the teens brought cheer to Sacred Heart School students on a rainy afternoon before Christmas. Paul Reed of the Philadelphia 76ers joined the high-schoolers as they handed out gifts to elementary-aged students and led them in making... Read more →

Trish Powell(née Cullen) 78, of Haddon Heights ; GCHS Alum, Bells of St. Marys Member

Mary Patricia “Trish” Powell (nee Cullen), 78, of Haddon Heights, NJ passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on December 25, 2022. Trish is predeceased by her beloved husband of 45 years, Robert Powell, her “Paley”. Loving mother to Becky (Mike) Ford, Andrew (Lauren) Powell and her predeceased baby son, Kevin Cullen Powell. Devoted sister to Jody Cullen and her predeceased sister, Margie (David) Haggerty. Loving sister-in-law to Carol (Peaches) Larro. The most cherished Mimi and grandmom to Julia, Lyla, Michael, Emily and Kate. Adored Aunt Trish to Caryn, Michael, Megan, Christy, David, Amy and Mark. Trish was a 1963... Read more →

Theresa C. Boyle (Rodgers), age 97, lifelong resident of Gloucester City and Parishioner of St. Marys Parish

Theresa C. Boyle (Rodgers), age 97, lifelong resident of Gloucester City, NJ. Theresa passed away on December 24, 2022. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles H. Boyle. Devoted mother of Marie Phelps (Richard), Eileen Bruno (Steve), Joseph (Teresa Foti) and Daniel. Loving grandmother to Charles Boyle (Megan), Kevin Boyle, Nicholas Rotz, Carolyn College (Thomas), and Sean Bruno. Great-Grandmother to Jocelyn and Ava Boyle. Theresa was one of 12 children of the late Margaret and David Rodgers. Theresa was a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Gloucester City and graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School... Read more →

The Story Behind The Story: More Gloucester City Trivia

BY DOROTHY PHILBIN | CNBNews Columnist photo credit When was St. Mary's school built? a. 1893 b. 1896 c. 1902 d. 1905 2. Which of these was NOT a Gloucester City hotel in the early 1900s? a. Thompson's b. Beuna Vista c. The Sands d. McGlade's 3. Where was Billy Thompson's racetrack? The early 1900s. a. In what is now Proprietor's Park b. Charles Street c. Brick Street d. North King Street 4. What was the name of the car dealership which was where Carpenter's Hall is now? About 1960s. a. Flexon's b. Wally's c. Lightman Motors d. Ace... Read more →

Mrs. Rita B. Chew, age 97, of Gloucester City

Gloucester City – Surrounded by her loving family at home, Rita passed peacefully on December 7, 2022, at the age of 97. (nee Boyle). Loving wife of 57 years to the late Edgar D. Chew. Loving mother of Ritamarie Simmons (George), Edgar D. Chew, Jr. (Rose Mary), Bernadette Chew (Tom Woods), and the late Colleen Chew. Cherished grandmother of Colleen Simmons (Neil Macready), Kevin Simmons (Michela), John Chew, Mary Pecoraro (Daniel), Edgar W. Chew, Zach Haas and Wyatt Haas (Tatum). Loving great-grandmother of Meghan, Jean Marie, Savannah, Levon, Jack, Rose, Grace, Joseph, Francesca, Mila and Isabelle. Beloved sister of Eddie... Read more →

CNB Guest Opinion: Parents Give Disney A Wake-Up Call

November 29, 2022 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Disney’s latest box office failure: The most common word used by reviewers of Disney’s new film, “Strange World,” was “bombs.” Disney expected to bring in $30 to $40 million over Thanksgiving weekend but netted only $18.6 million. That’s pretty bad considering it cost $180 million to make the flick. It is expected to cost Disney $100 million when the final numbers are posted. The Wrap called it “one of Disney’s biggest failures ever,” saying it was the “biggest animated bomb in 20 years.” What happened? Those who live inside the... Read more →

Charles Maurice Keenan Jr., of Gloucester City: RR Worker; Loved his Family, Eagles, Notre Dame and Bandstand

Charles Maurice Keenan Jr., passed peacefully on November 19, 2022 at the age of 85. He was born on February 9, 1937 in Philadelphia, PA to Charles M. Keenan, Sr. and Mary Keenan (nee Humble). He grew up in Fairmont Park, Philadelphia, PA and later lived in Gloucester City, NJ. Charles was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Keenan (nee Friedel); granddaughter Charmaine C. Seiverd; son-in-law, Richard W. Seiverd, Sr.; daughter -in-law Audrey Keenan (nee Laxton); brothers, Jack, Ed, Leo, James, Joe, John, Billy, Charles and Franny; sisters, Helen Gismonde, Mary Griffith and Catherine Wilke and his parents, Charles and Mary... Read more →

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Women Raising South Jersey Sports Image

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet Sunday's Courier Post (November 13, 2022) profiled 50 South Jersey women who have raised the profile of women in sports in this year, the 50th anniversary of the implementation of Title IX which evened the playing field for all sports and genders. Three of those women are from Gloucester City. They are Lisa Angelotti Gedaka of Gloucester Catholic, class of '84; Megan Light Mason of Gloucester High School, class of 1998; and Bernadette McGlade, Gloucester Catholic, class of 1976. Here are their profiles. Lisa Angelotti Gedaka pictured with Monsignor Edward Luccitt scored over 2,000 points in... Read more →