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NJ Catholic Youth Rally draws nearly 2,000 for day of fun, faith at Great Adventure
Teens from the Diocese of Trenton receive Holy Communion at Mass during the NJ Catholic Youth Rally held May 20 at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson. Hal Brown photos

Teens from the Diocese of Trenton receive Holy Communion at Mass during the NJ Catholic Youth Rally held May 20 at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson. Hal Brown photos

Catholic families and youth from around the state gathered May 20 at Six Flags Great Adventure for a day of fun and fellowship during the 23rd annual New Jersey Catholic Youth Rally.

The annual event, coordinated by the Dioceses of Trenton, Metuchen, Camden and Paterson, along with the Archdiocese of Newark, drew around 2,000 participants ranging in age from young families to parish youth ministries.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Gold for service awarded to entire Marlton Girl Scout troop
Julianne Toich, Girl Scout and parishioner of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton, along with four additional members of Troop 23267, has earned the Gold Award for service – making it five for five. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
With teens' input, health addressed at Trenton parish
Youth in Blessed Sacrament-Our Lady of the Divine Shepherd Parish, Trenton, inspired a recent health event that attracted adults from the parish community as well. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Medford teens call for action on homelessness
Twenty-six members from St. Mary of the Lakes Parish youth ministry partnered with Covenant House for an inaugural Sleep Out at the Medford school April 27, raising more than $5,000 and collecting 100 toiletry and 100 hygiene bags for homeless young people. More ...
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Box City teaches Barnegat youth fear, frustration felt by homeless families

You lose a job. You get sick. Your relationship falls apart. A natural disaster ruins your home. You may be alone or have a family – kids, a pet or three. Staying with family or friends may not be an option. What do you do?

That’s the question organizers from St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, and Family Promise of Southern Ocean County hope youth and families learned during the annual Cardboard Box City event, held overnight April 27 at St. Mary of the Parish Church, Manahawkin.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018
Diocese's millennials weigh in on 'Dating Project' film
Single and married young people from the Diocese of Trenton were among the moviegoers nationwide who attended the one-day screening of “The Dating Project” – a documentary that begs the question: “What is dating today?” More ...
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Youth from cohort parishes come together to hear speaker's journey with cerebral palsy

Dr. Paul Wichansky was born with cerebral palsy and a hearing loss, but that never stopped him from living out his dreams.

“I wanted to walk, but doctors told my mom, ‘Paul will never be able to walk,’” he told a crowd consisting mainly of teens April 22 in the parish center of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Three-day Fearless Retreat Weekend in Middletown to offer youth unique experience
Registration is currently open for the Fearless Retreat Weekend June 1-3 in St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Middletown – one that organizers say will be a captivating, life-altering experience. More ...
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Rambling Spirit Column: Restoring hope in history
There are two popular ways of looking at human history, as far as I know. Either it is linear like a highway headed to a destination, or it’s cyclical like the seasons and has no ultimate end. More ...
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Christina Capecchi Column: The art of slow living: when calligraphy becomes prayer
Erica Tighe was 26 when she made the leap: she would set out on her own to be a calligrapher. Full time. In order to pay her $800 rent and cellphone bill and $1,000 college-loan payment and also hopefully afford some food. More ...
Monday, April 23, 2018
Annual NJ Catholic Youth Rally set for May 20

Arrangements are in full swing for the annual New Jersey Catholic Youth Rally May 20 at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson. Registration is open until May 11.

Sponsored in the Trenton Diocese by the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, the daylong event is open to all youth and their families,

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Thursday, April 19, 2018
St. Dominic Parish teens keep busy with stream of service projects

The Torch youth ministry group in St. Dominic Parish has been putting in a tremendous amount of community service over the past months. From coat drives and pasta dinners to letter-writing campaigns and helping the homeless, there seems to be no task too small for the Brick parish’s teens.

“I am thankful that I am able to participate in all of these service opportunities,” said Jeffrey Frankenburg, a 13-year-old youth ministry member. “I know that I am very lucky to have what I have, and I like that I can give back while having fun with my friends.”

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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Campus ministry retreat to give millennials view of Catholic marriage
The Catholic Campus Ministry at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, is holding a daylong retreat to help young adults prepare for when they are ready for Catholic marriage. More ...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Faith, honor go hand in hand for Stanford scholarship winner from Hamilton

David Liedtka, 21, of Hamilton Square has been selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar and will get a full scholarship to pursue graduate studies in computer science at Stanford University. With more than 3,600 candidates, Liedtka was one of 49 scholars chosen.

“It’s an honor to be selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. It’s humbling that the selection committee felt comfortable investing in my potential to make a difference in the world and in the future,” said Liedtka.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018
Rambling Spirit Column: Renouncing relativism, the philosophy of self
We are in a philosophical crisis, and it is caused by too much self-interest. This leads to us thinking a great deal about one another as well, which sounds good until we realize that our impetus for doing so comes from the same dangerous philosophy of self.

We are so interested in not offending one another that we avoid speaking truth due to its tendency to often offend people. God, being truth, subsequently falls into a very inconvenient corner of our conversations. 
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Thursday, April 5, 2018



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