Joey Tun, youth ministry director in St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, takes a photo with members of the parish’s youth ministry May 21 at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson. John Blaine photos
“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.”
When I was 23, I was restless, so I moved to Philadelphia with the determination to start an intentional Catholic young adult community with some friends. It is a chapter of my life I don’t talk about too often because we kind of failed at what we tried to do. In the eight years since, however, I have noticed how that failure was just what I needed at the time. More ... Thursday, May 4, 2017
For four years, Father John E. Large has made the nearly 60-mile walk from Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Great Meadows, to the Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown, Pa.
But this year, Father Large, parochial vicar in St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, hopes young adults from around the Diocese will join him on the 30th anniversary of the Polish walking pilgrimage. More ... Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Life can be full of ups and downs, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing – especially if you’re spending a day at Six Flags Great Adventure with your friends in faith from around the state! More ... Wednesday, April 19, 2017