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St. Rose of Lima youth fulfill early Christmas wish for dying child
The youth ministry of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Freehold, take a photo with Christmas cards they created for 9-year-old Jacob Thompson of Maine, who is battling Stage IV cancer. Photo courtesy of Charlene McGuckin

The youth ministry of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Freehold, take a photo with Christmas cards they created for 9-year-old Jacob Thompson of Maine, who is battling Stage IV cancer. Photo courtesy of Charlene McGuckin

It’s never too early to spread Christmas cheer, especially when it’s to someone who might not have much time left. That was the spirit behind the St. Rose of Lima Parish youth ministry’s Nov. 12 service project.

The Freehold teens designed handmade Christmas cards for Jacob Thompson, 9, who is battling Stage IV, high-risk neuroblastoma in a Maine hospital.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Registration open to college students for spring, summer FOCUS mission trips
The Fellowship of Catholic University Students, or FOCUS, is offering spring and summer mission trips and other opportunities to serve around the world and in one’s local communities. More ...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Teens urged to remember they're 'beloved children of God' during National Catholic Youth Conference

INDIANAPOLIS – The sound of more than 20,000 teens screaming and singing along with raucous music of Christian hip-hop band TobyMac was loud. The sound of the same number of youths in silent prayer was deafening.

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Monday, November 20, 2017
Donovan Catholic teens pray, serve, celebrate as Body of Christ
Donovan Catholic seniors recently took a break from academic rigors to participate in their annual class retreat, themed “The Body of Christ Prays, Serves and Celebrates.”

“[The retreat] gives our young people an opportunity to step away from their routine and reflect on their lives and their relationship with God,” said Mary Beth Deblasio, teacher and coordinator of campus ministry for the Toms River high school. 
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Diocese's teens, youth ministers looking forward to National Catholic Youth Conference

Whether attending the National Catholic Youth Conference for their first time or more,  those in youth ministry agree it’s something to look forward to.

“The trips are fantastic; it’s a way for our teenagers to see the larger Catholic Church,” said Catherine Werner, youth ministry coordinator in St. Joseph Parish, Toms River. “It’s inspiring and encouraging; it’s a way for them to dig deeper into their faith but also realize that they’re not alone in their faith.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
St. Robert Bellarmine teens host interreligious dialogue

When Sarbmeet Kanwal and Fatima Jaffari founded Garden State MOSAIC in 2013, they knew it had to involve youth.

Both Kanwal, a Sikh, and Jaffari, a Muslim, were members of interfaith organizations in Monmouth County but wanted that dialogue to be extended to younger generations of different faith communities, since, Kanwal explained, “the youth have the most impact in the future society.”

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Thursday, November 2, 2017
Rambling Spirit Column: Why George R.R. Martin is not the 'American Tolkien'
Before the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones” aired, George R.R. Martin was mostly known to just fantasy book geeks. Despite this esoteric reputation, the literary source of the HBO series – “A Song of Ice and Fire” – inspired Time Magazine to call the series’ Bayonne-native author the “American Tolkien.”

When I first heard this, I put my hand on my forehead, saying, “One does not simply compare an author to the Professor. Its implications are filled with more than just ignorance. The very thought is a pretentious scheme.”
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Thursday, November 2, 2017
Georgian Court University student athletes lend muscles to help Vincent's Legacy
Members of the men’s soccer team in Georgian Court University, Lakewood, have been leveraging their talents to deliver both on the field and in the community this season. More ...
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Actor Mark Wahlberg's faith journey leaves impression on young adults

CHICAGO – Hearing the faith journey of Hollywood actor and businessman Mark Wahlberg left an impression on the hearts of many young adults at the Archdiocese of Chicago's first (re)Encounter event Oct. 20 at the UIC Pavilion.

"It's powerful for a celebrity to feel that way about religion," said Omar Lopez, 21, from St. Gall Parish. "For me, when I think about a celebrity, I think cockiness, selfishness, but to hear an artist say that he takes time to just pray, that's an incredible feeling."

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Friday, October 27, 2017
World needs you to be courageous, Pope tells young people in Canada
VATICAN CITY – The courage and joyful witness of young men and women in the Church are needed to help their fellow youth look toward the future with hope, Pope Francis said Oct. 22 in a video message to participants in the Canadian National Youth Forum. More ...
Monday, October 23, 2017
Tabernacle teens, area parish youth hold up 180-pound cross for Hurricane Harvey relief

When Holy Eucharist Parish youth ministry leader Jeff Siedlecki reached out to parishes in Houston that were devastated by Hurricane Harvey, he was expecting to connect with a parish needing fundraiser monies to rebuild its church. So he was surprised by the response he received from St. Philip the Apostle Church in Huffman, Texas.

“They said, ‘We don’t want your money,’” Siedlecki recalled, explaining that instead of funds for the entire parish, youth minister Becky Pursell asked Siedlecki to help out 10 of her youth group members whose families were displaced because of the hurricane.

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Friday, October 20, 2017
Toms River Eagle Scout aids Catholics' walk with Mary
With the completion of his Eagle Scout project, Eric Knudsen has enabled faithful in St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, to walk and pray the Rosary one giant step at a time. More ...
Friday, October 20, 2017
Whiting parish brings teens together for Mocktail Party, lessons on Mary
Teens from the youth ministry of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, were joined by youth from neighboring parishes during a Mocktail Party Oct. 15 in honor of the Blessed Mother. More ...
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Freehold parish teen honored for starting outreach project
In the summer of 2016 , Lexi Santitoro brought the idea of collecting school supplies for children in need to a youth ministry group board meeting in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Parish, Freehold. More ...
Monday, October 9, 2017
St. Mary Parish's annual bonfire turns to hurricane relief efforts

Before lighting the annual bonfire behind the parish center gym, dozens of youth and adults gathered around to offer prayers not too long after twilight Sept. 23.

This year, however, their thoughts turned to a similar cause: those affected by the recent hurricane season.

“I wish I could do something more, like go there and help myself, but all I can do is pray,” Grace Parks, 15, of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, said of Florida, which was ravaged by Hurricane Irma. “I remember when all the boardwalks were being destroyed here from [Superstorm] Sandy, and all I felt was sadness. I wish I could do more.”

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Friday, October 6, 2017

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