A wooden cross specially crafted for the diocesan Year of Youth observance is carried out of St. Mary of the Pines Church, Manahawkin, after the Mass Oct. 14 that was celebrated by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M. Jennifer Mauro photos
Excitement and enthusiasm prevailed in St. Mary of the Pines Church, Manahawkin, Oct. 14 as nearly a thousand youth, ministry leaders, schools and families gathered to welcome the start of the diocesan Year of Youth celebration.
Together, they prayed, shared camaraderie and joined in the celebration of Mass by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and about 20 priests who concelebrated.
“We begin this special year with the Eucharist, our greatest and most important prayer,” said Bishop O’Connell.
In his homily, the Bishop reminded the young people about how the Mass for the Year of Youth occurs simultaneously with the Synod on Youth taking place in Rome, where the Holy Father, Pope Francis, and bishops throughout the world are gathering to talk about “young people, the faith and vocational discernment.”
Deacon David O’Connor, the new diocesan Director for the Department of Catholic Cemeteries, is particularly adamant about one thing pertaining to funerals of the faithful – getting the word out about the beauty inherent in the Catholic rite, and how it ministers to both the deceased and those who mourn them.
St. Paul School, Burlington, had a unique opportunity Oct. 13 to be participants in a half hour game show, “The Class-HRoom,” on Fox 29 Philadelphia, with students competing against their teachers to answer questions about pop culture and academics.
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