PERSONAL STORIES • Cristina Imparato, assistant coordinator of the diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, gives a personal testimony to potential young adult leaders at a barbecue Aug. 27 in Freehold. Father Martin O’Reilly, seated center, diocesan youth chaplain, and Father John E. Large, seated far right, parochial vicar in St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, assisted during the event.
Almost 50 faithful who could be the faces of young adult leadership in the Diocese gathered Aug. 27 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Parish, Freehold, for an evening of faith sharing and fellowship.
Those in attendance were invited by their pastors from around the Diocese to attend Mass in the Co-Cathedral and a barbecue and information session afterward sponsored by the diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017
When Millstone resident Denielle Balint graduated from college and moved further into adulthood, she found herself missing her past youth group participation. But the 25-year-old wasn’t just missing the social interaction.
“I really miss that sense of community,” she recalled thinking.
Using cardboard boxes donated by parishioners, 18 youngsters constructed their own makeshift homes outside St. Anselm Church, Wayside, to sleep in on the mid-summer evening of Aug. 25 as part of an effort to learn more about homelessness. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017
Teens from the youth ministry of St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville, spent the last month of summer vacation helping their young counterparts in faith learn more about the world. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017
While many of her classmates headed back to campus during the last week of August, University of Delaware senior Chelsea Bruce traveled from her home in Manasquan to Atlantic City to represent the state of Delaware in this year’s Miss America pageant.
The graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School’s Class of 2013 entered the competition equipped with 15 years’ experience as a dancer, a reputation for excellence, diligence and compassion, and a family legacy of deeply rooted faith.
“We are so proud of her. This contest opens lots of doors for her,” said her mother, Marie Connie Bruce, a parishioner in St. Denis Parish, Manasquan.
From Aug. 10 to 13, many from around the Diocese took part in the 30th anniversary of the Polish walking pilgrimage, a nearly 60-mile walk from Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Great Meadows, to the Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown, Pa.
Among them were members of the Young Adults in Faith, a group of millennials from various parishes around Monmouth County; Father John E. Large, parochial vicar in St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, and adviser of the group, as well as fellow parishioners. More ... Saturday, August 26, 2017
Young Catholic adults throughout the Diocese of Trenton are invited to delve more deeply into their relationship as a couple in a new bi-monthly gathering to be held on the campus of Rider University, Lawrenceville.
Beginning Sept. 5, each session will cover subjects such as prayer life, sexuality, God’s plan for a relationship and other topics. The program is open to all dating couples in the Diocese, ages 18-30 who wish to explore what it means to be a young Christian couple, said Cristina D’Averso-Collins, director of campus ministries at Monmouth and Rider Universities.
All teenagers, regardless of parish or religious affiliation, are invited to a new teen Bible study being held in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Parish, Freehold.
“The Scriptures are one of the most important things you’ll ever read,” said Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry, parish pastoral assistant, stressing their importance on one’s development, outlook on life and “who we’ll be as human beings.”
“It’s underutilized, underappreciated and if kids were taught to read it properly, it could make a huge difference in their lives,” she said.
Walking out of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, talking with his fellow priests, Father Brian Woodrow stood in admiration of his young altar servers who were standing in a group sharing a laugh.
“They were all gathered together, getting along on the rock where Christ founded the Church,” recalled Father Woodrow, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown. “Looking at them, I got the overwhelming sense that they knew they were home. This is as close to home that they could ever be.
Pulling weeds in a farm field on a blistering hot summer day may not be how most teenagers would spend their summer vacation. But the 42 youth and 18 adults from five Ocean County parishes taking part in the fifth annual Mission: Jersey service project wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Just knowing that God put me here to do his work is so powerful to me,” said Brittney Speer, 17, of St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville.
“It’s been great, seeing so many teenagers give a week of their summer,” said Matt Accisano, 27, of St. Theresa Parish, Little Egg Harbor, one of the young adults to serve as group leader during the weeklong service immersion experience held the first week of August. “It’s great seeing them bond with each other and make friendships.”
Gathered together in St. Catharine School, Spring Lake, the morning of July 25, 45 teens and youth ministers came ready and willing, not simply to work but to serve the Lord.
The teens participated in the annual, one-day service work project and retreat known as Splash, a service program set up for students in grades eight through 12 that is coordinated by the diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. More ... Thursday, July 27, 2017
Cooperation was at the heart of service when youth ministers and teens from Mercer County parishes joined to serve the hungry July 23 at The Lord’s Table, a program held once a month in Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton, that provides a meal and fellowship to those in need. More ... Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The teens in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Parish, Freehold, often spend their youth ministry group meetings socializing and discussing faith and their roles in the Church.
But with the recent popularity of the Jay Asher novel-inspired Netflix drama series, “13 Reasons Why,” which tells the story of a high school sophomore who commits suicide and reveals her reasons in doing so through 13 audio tapes, one of the group’s recent meetings instead focused on a growing, prominent issue: teenage suicide. More ... Tuesday, July 18, 2017
After a childhood of competitive swimming and months of training in cold weather in preparation for her first Olympic-distance event, Stephanie Peddicord, president of the Center for FaithJustice, completed the “Escape the Cape” charity triathlon in just 3 1/2 hours.