From The Heart • Father Joel Wilson, left, a priest of the Diocese of Trenton who serves on the faculty of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, chats about the priesthood last fall with a young parishioner from St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford. The Diocese’s Ministry of Vocations is planning another seminary visit April 30 for boys in grades seven through 12. Photo courtesy of Father Daniel Swift
Instead of fielding questions and just talking about all that goes into becoming a priest, Father Daniel Swift has made arrangements for young men to see for themselves. More ... Wednesday, March 22, 2017
“Ain’t no party like a Catholic party,” DJ Bernal sang into the microphone as he addressed the hundreds gathered March 4 for the Diocesan Youth Conference 2017 in St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square.
The diocesan Department of Evangelization and Family Life recently sent a notice to all youth ministers in the Diocese that nominations are being accepted for the St. Timothy Awards. More ... Saturday, March 11, 2017
The Monitor has published a special keepsake edition featuring compelling photos, stories and reflections from DYC2017 held March 4 in St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square. More ... Friday, March 10, 2017
“For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them.” Mt. 18:20
I’m delighted to say that there were more than two or three gathered on Saturday, March 4, for the Diocesan Youth Conference. As a first-timer, I didn’t know what to expect, and yet I knew within my heart that it would be an exciting day for all the young people attending.
From the moment our department (Evangelization and Family Life) started to plan this year’s DYC, we all felt God’s hand in it. Even when planning became difficult, he always came through, and that’s exactly what he did Saturday, March 4. Not only did he come through, he came face to face with all those who attended. I was overwhelmed with so many emotions, but the one that stood out was love. More ... Thursday, March 9, 2017
Colleen Owens takes the words she has highlighted in print to heart.
“We cannot neglect youth and young adults in the Diocese and our parishes. They are the best, the only, hope for our future,” read the words from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.’s, pastoral letter on Faith in Our Future, published in January.
The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal will visit St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, for a Catholic Underground event featuring adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, music by the friars and fellowship. More ... Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Youth from four Ocean County parishes gathered the last weekend of February for their annual winter retreat, which this year took the theme of Fire & Ice.
The 27 high-schoolers from the parishes of St. Mary, Barnegat; St. Pius X, Forked River; St. Francis of Assisi, Long Beach Island, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Whiting, turned out Feb. 25-26 for fun and lessons in faith at the Maris Stella Retreat Center in Harvey Cedars. More ... Friday, March 3, 2017
Looking to test out your artistic skills while hanging out with friends in faith?
The young adult ministry group in St. James Parish, Red Bank, is hosting a paint night at 7 p.m. March 10 in Red Bank Catholic High School’s Valentino Meeting Room, located right next door to the parish.
Following through on a promise to bring together millennials from area parishes to get acquainted and encourage young adult ministry, St. Mary of the Lakes, Medford, hosted a brunch Feb. 25. More ... Thursday, March 2, 2017
About 40 young adults gathered Feb. 17 in the Monmouth University Catholic Student Center all with the same intent – to become closer to the Lord.
With the lights dimmed and candles lit, the West Long Branch center welcomed the young adults, ranging in age from 18 to 28, to a Young Adult Night. Sponsored by the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Family Life, the event featured dinner, fellowship, witness and Mass, with special guests NET and BREAK Ministries. NET – which stands for National Evangelization Team – travels the country in hopes of spreading the Word of Jesus.
Dan Waddington, youth minister in St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, has been named diocesan director of youth and young adult ministries effective July 1.
Until he assumes the role full time, however, he will serve as a part-time member of the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Family Life as associate director for youth ministry, and remain with the BATS youth group in St. Barnabas Parish until the summer.