More than a dozen teens and youth ministry leaders pose for a photo July 13 during Mission: Jersey in Trenton. The youth helped manicure an Isles’ community garden on Academy Street, one of the nonprofit’s urban beautification locations. John Blaine photos
With the sun bearing down upon them, and shovels and rakes in hand, teens from around the Diocese lent their time and energy July 13 to a community garden in Trenton, putting their call of service and faith into action.
The service project, part of the first of two Mission: Jersey retreat weekends, kicked off with more than a dozen teens gathered beneath the shade of a wooden gazebo.
“It’s a humbling experience to get your hands dirty," said Madelyn Balko, 15, of St. Mary Parish, Barnegat.
WASHINGTON – Some migrant children younger than 5 separated from their families by the government were recently reunited with loved ones with help from Catholic organizations.
About two dozen families in all were brought back together July 9 with help from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Migration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities USA and a network of other agencies from around the country.
The following books, all published this year, are suitable for summer reading:
• "The Pope's Cat," by Jon M. Sweeney, illustrated by Roy DeLeon. (62 pp.)
Young lovers of Pope Francis and cats beware: You'll be hooked by this new series that displays the tenderness of an already beloved pope. True to his form of loving all of God's creation, Pope Francis adopts a stray cat who needs a little tender loving care (and a bath) before becoming more comfortable in the papal quarters.
Real miracles can be seen in God's love and mercy for us Ralph Waldo Emerson calls the stars in the night sky “envoys of beauty, lighting the universe with their astonishing smile” and submits that if they appeared for a single night only every thousand years, we’d be on our knees in worship and would cherish the memory for the rest of our lives. More ...