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Inspired by Miss America parade, Girl Scout from Marlton parish helps homeless get back on their feet
Jacqueline Wenzel of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton, brings a carload of shoes to AtlantiCare Mission Healthcare, Atlantic City. The 100 pairs of shoes were part of a larger effort to help the homeless and spread the word about foot health. Photos courtesy of Nicole Wenzel

Jacqueline Wenzel of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton, brings a carload of shoes to AtlantiCare Mission Healthcare, Atlantic City. The 100 pairs of shoes were part of a larger effort to help the homeless and spread the word about foot health. Photos courtesy of Nicole Wenzel


When then-eighth grader Jacqueline Wenzel joined her Girl Scout Troop 23267 walking in the Miss America Pageant “Show Us Your Shoes” parade, she couldn’t help but notice something striking: while contestants were driven down the Atlantic City boardwalk with shoes decorated to reflect their home state, they were passing both spectators and those living in extreme poverty. More ...
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Middletown youth introduce 'Scrooge' to the Baby Jesus in Christmas play

After watching, “A Christmas Carol” with her family, 15-year-old Angela Gibilisco, wanted to take the story and give it a religious twist.

“It was during the scenes with the Ghost of Christmas Past that I first imagined an angel appearing to a man similar to Scrooge," said Gibilisco, member of the youth ministry in St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Middletown.


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Twenty Something Column: For New Year's 2018 resolution, consider faith-based self-care
The themes emerge predictably. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, we gravitate toward the biggies: get healthy, get organized, get a life. We vow to travel more, read more, save more and volunteer more. We conjure visions of the expansive, to live life to the fullest. More ...
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Summer youth program promises integration of faith, reason, education
Registration is now open for the eighth annual Faith and Reason Summer Program set for June 10-15 and hosted at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa. The one-week seminar is designed specifically for advanced high school and first-year college students who are curious about religion. More ...
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Student from Massachusetts inspired to start business that employs refugees
WASHINGTON • A panel discussion last year on the challenges faced by refugees didn’t sit well with a freshman at the Jesuit-run College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

“The stories that I heard reminded me that when we picture refugees, we falsely imagine a mass of people hoping to hoard into our country and disturb our system,” Riley Benner wrote in a class paper.
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Thursday, January 4, 2018
Red Bank Catholic student's pro-life logo made into lapel pin for fundraiser

Kerry Bates supports life from conception to natural death wherever she can.

A student in Red Bank Catholic High School, Bates recently represented her generation’s dedication to the pro-life cause through the creation of lapel pins using a winning logo design she created for the Diocese of Trenton’s 2015 Loving Life Logo contest.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Bishop meets with Guardians of the Altar in Trenton's Cathedral
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., visited St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, on Dec. 2 and met with the Guardians of the Altar, a group of specially trained altar servers who serve at all Cathedral Masses and other liturgical celebrations when the Bishop is present. More ...
Friday, December 15, 2017
Youth pack boxes of toys, surprises for underprivileged children

Since early November, youth ministries in four of the Diocese’s parishes have been working hard to ensure that impoverished children will have a merry Christmas.

“It’s just kind of unfathomable that a kid would get only one gift or no gifts at all come Christmastime,” said Andrew Scala, youth ministry coordinator in St. David the King Parish, West Windsor.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017
Freehold parishioner's T-shirt joke raises more than $900 for Puerto Rico relief
Lying on his stomach with his head held in his hands, feet crossed in the air behind him, Conor Holtz smiles at the camera in a white T-shirt and white-washed jeans. This is the photo emblazed upon the front of shirts being spread around the country after what began as a Christmas gag gift turned into a face for hope and promise. More ...
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Rambling Spirit Column: Shroud of Turin sheds light on historical facts of Christianity
The streets of Manhattan had a rigorous ambiance that Monday evening. People were rushing home from work, robustly conversing on their cell phones in expensive suits, loading trucks and delivering food on bikes. More ...
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Diocese's teens return from NCYC with renewed energy
The theme of this year’s National Catholic Youth Conference was “Called,” so it was appropriate that 35 teens and youth ministry leaders from the Diocese of Trenton would travel roughly 700 miles to join thousands of Catholic youth from across the country with one goal in mind: to worship and grow with God. More ...
Thursday, November 30, 2017
2018 DYC aims to help teens be 'fearless' in Christ
Registration is now open for the 2018 Diocesan Youth Conference, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, for teens in eighth through 12th grades. More ...
Wednesday, November 29, 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
St. Rose of Lima youth fulfill early Christmas wish for dying child
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

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