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Teens pitch in at Trenton community garden during Mission: Jersey retreat
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

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.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Strings by the Sea with Msgr. Arnister
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7/9/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Inaugural Mass for Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton
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Monday, April 2, 2018
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Belmar pastor lends his voice to orchestra for summer concert on boardwalk
On a breezy mid-summer evening July 11, Msgr. Edward J. Arnister, pastor of Belmar's St. Rose Parish, joined Kathleen McGee-Daly's Strings by the Sea orchestra concert at the Avon Pavilion, at the Avon-by-the-Sea oceanfront, singing a rendition of “Climb Every Mountain” from “The Sound of Music.” More ...

Friday, July 13, 2018
Catholic organizations playing key role in reunification of children

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.

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
NEW YORK -- Like the excursion around which it's built, the animated kids' comedy "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" (Sony) makes for a pleasant diversion. More ...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Books on saints, secrets, Mary for your children's summer reading

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. 

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
July 22 - We all act like we are sheep without a shepherd
Returning from their missionary activity, Jesus takes the disciples away to a deserted place where they can rest, reflect and pray. More ...

Sunday, July 15, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Science and faith
Science and religion are not seen by the church as opposing forces, but distinct and valuable approaches to understanding the universe and our place in it. More ...

Friday, July 6, 2018
Community Roundup
Radiologic Technology Graduates
St. Francis Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology recently held commencement for its 2018 graduates. Father Carmen Carlone celebrated a graduation Mass in the medical center’s chapel. More ...

Monday, July 16, 2018
Pope Francis
A good Christian shares the Gospel, Pope says
VATICAN CITY -- All Christians are called to be missionaries, concerned more with sharing the Gospel than with earning money or even with being successful at winning converts, Pope Francis said. More ...

Monday, July 16, 2018
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EMMITSBURG, Md. -- Counting on her fingers to keep track of points in an ice-breaker game she was playing with a young woman at the Fiat Days discernment retreat, an aspirant for the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco rattled off the names of various scents from the Bath & Body Works collection: "Cucumber Melon," "Lavender Vanilla," "Country Apple." More ...

Monday, July 16, 2018
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Monday, July 16, 2018
Miracle in motion
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Monday, July 16, 2018
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7/21/2018  - Dinner Dance
7/24/2018  - July Discussion Series: Stress Less, Savor More
7/24/2018  - Blood Drive
7/25/2018  - Personal Retreat Days
7/25/2018  - The Life of St. Teresa of Avila
7/26/2018  - Trip planned to see ‘Nunsense’
7/26/2018  - Study of St. John of the Cross

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