Teens paint the convent at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Long Branch, during the 2016 Splash retreat. Rose O’Connor photo
Teens looking to share in the camaraderie of faith while serving God by helping others are invited to take part in the upcoming summer Splash event, the Diocese’s annual community service experience. More ... Tuesday, June 27, 2017
For 41 years, the Shamrocks football team of the Basilian-run Detroit Catholic Central High School had a coach named Tom Mach who lived the motto of the school, “Teach Me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge.” He retired earlier this year after bringing 10 state titles to the school, and a whole lot of legacy. More ... Thursday, June 22, 2017
Service, faith and an awe-inspiring joy. These are just some of the characteristics 25 teens from different parishes around the Diocese of Trenton have in common in winning this year’s St. Timothy Awards.
Presented annually by the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Family Life, the awards recognize youth who follow in the footsteps of St. Timothy as an example of love, faith and virtue.
In their own words, read what youth ministry leaders found exceptional in nominating these young people – and how this next generation of Catholics is living God’s mission of love and mercy in everyday life.
Young adults who look forward to the Theology on Tap series are in for a rare treat: Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will be the featured speaker June 27 at Triumph Brewery in Princeton. More ... Thursday, June 15, 2017
As part of the St. Benedict Parish faith formation committee’s goal to encourage community-building, two young adults organized an evening of art on Ascension Thursday as a way to reflect on Scripture and prayer through canvas painting. More ... Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The young adult ministry of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford, will be hosting a dinner June 10 for millennials from its cohort parishes.
Sean Bell, the ministry’s co-leader, says the dinner is intended to bring together young adults from area parishes to socialize, discuss young adult ministry’s role in the Church as well as what he aspires for the collaborative group moving forward.
“Many people think faith and fun are not words that go together,” Gabby Cano, 16, said after spending a day at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson. “This day goes to show that isn’t necessarily true.”
Cano, a member of the student ministry in St. Paul Parish, Princeton, was one of many teens, youth ministry leaders and families from the state’s five dioceses to attend the 22nd annual New Jersey Catholic Youth Rally held May 21. The annual day of friendship and faith is coordinated through the Dioceses of Trenton, Camden, Metuchen and Paterson as well as the Archdiocese of Newark.
On spring and summer weekends, Dominic Esposito, a junior in Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, can be seen traveling through Monmouth and Ocean Counties in a white pickup truck collecting metal from homes and businesses.
A productive blending of faith, social media and young adults can yield a fruitful harvest, as evidenced by Emily Clark, 18, winner of the first John Cardinal Foley Award for Social Communications Young Professionals Video Competition.
More than 20 youth of St. Veronica Parish and School, Howell, had an opportunity May 7 to encounter the message of Christ through an all-day retreat led by NET Ministries. More ... Thursday, May 18, 2017
To advance the mission of the Church’s sisters in Christ, the smallest college in New Jersey – and the last college in America primarily dedicated to educating nuns – has recently established a Young Professionals Committee made up of young adults from around the state.
“This is open to any young professionals who feel drawn to Catholic higher education and the work of these religious sisters,” said Louis A. Scarpa, who serves on the board for the Assumption College for Sisters, Denville. More ... Saturday, May 13, 2017
Shortly after St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral parishioner Danny Scerbo, 16, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December, he posted a video online of himself performing a cover of singer Sia’s hit, “Unstoppable.”
“We used that theme to tie this all together,” the Freehold parish youth group coordinator, Jeanne Marinello, said about the charity event being held in Danny’s honor.
St. John Vianney High School sophomore Alyssa Militello hopes that through her art, she can give the world a better understanding of autism.
“I think it will show people a different and positive view of people who have autism,” the Holmdel school student said. “I’m not 100 percent sure how it will [have an effect], but I hope it’s something good for us members of the autistic community. We have a voice in our art rather than our words.”