JOB WELL DONE • Participants in Project Appalachia, the summer service camp attended by members of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, pose in front of the wheelchair ramp and deck they built for a family in need. Joe Moore photos
Teens, young adults and adult chaperones from St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, devoted part of their summer to changing the lives of families in Appalachia – and in the process, they transformed their own lives as well. More ... Thursday, August 9, 2018
Building upon the success of the recent first Mission: Jersey opportunity, the second part of the service project retreat kicked into full swing the week of July 29 as young people volunteered around the Diocese – including the Lunch Break soup kitchen in Red Bank, which provides food and clothing for those in need.
“Last year’s Mission: Jersey was the best experience of my life. Since then, I’ve changed my outlook on everything,” said Hannah Dalton, 16, of St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, explaining her personal growth through Mission: Jersey.
A priest wants to buy a car for a friend who has been down on his luck, but can’t for one ridiculous reason. A new father needs to buy a home because his small apartment is too small for his growing family, but the same barrier prevents him. Countless young men and women have bought things they never needed in attempt to dodge the same predicament: no credit. Not bad credit. Just no credit. More ... Thursday, July 26, 2018
They may have been in different locations, but the LifeTeen youth ministries of St. Mary, Mother of God Parish, Middletown, and St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton, were on the same mission: to hear how God’s love is revealed. More ... Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Spending almost a week in a new environment can certainly give one a new perspective. The senior high youth ministry members of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford, experienced this firsthand.
The young Catholics recently returned from a five-day summer service trip to assist the Newark chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Although the group trip has been a longstanding tradition for the high school youth group, this year was their first time partnering with the Newark chapter.
With the sun bearing down upon them, and shovels and rakes in hand, teens from around the Diocese lent their time and energy July 13 to a community garden in Trenton, putting their call of service and faith into action.
The service project, part of the first of two Mission: Jersey retreat weekends, kicked off with more than a dozen teens gathered beneath the shade of a wooden gazebo.
“It’s a humbling experience to get your hands dirty," said Madelyn Balko, 15, of St. Mary Parish, Barnegat.
The Diocesan Year of Youth recently declared in a decree issued by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will kick off officially at St. Mary Parish, Barnegat.
On June 12, Bishop O’Connell, C.M., decreed the diocesan Year of Youth to coincide with the Synod of Bishops on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment in October, and with the worldwide gathering of young people with Pope Francis in January 2019 for World Youth Day in Panama.
These were some of the emotions as two dozen youth ministry members of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, came together to hear about the outreach Ocean’s Harbor House provides to those their own age – and younger.
For Kimberly Macario, the issue of immigration is personal – now more than ever.
A second-generation Latina, Macario had long heard about immigration and experiences at the U.S.-Mexico border from her parents after their journey to America. But due to a recent pilgrimage, she now has a much deeper sense about the topic and a greater appreciation for risks that many take along the border on a daily basis.
Have you ever walked out of a movie theater or finished a novel wondering, “What happened to good storytelling?”
Movies full of special effects and famous actors, and novels full of profanity, sex and shallow suspense seem to cover up the reality that today’s most popular storytellers, or at least those who get their stories on the silver screen and bookshelves, aren’t that good at telling good stories anymore.
VATICAN CITY • Young Catholics are looking for a Church that listens to their concerns, accompanies them in discerning their vocations and helps them confront the challenges they face, said a working document for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on young people. More ... Thursday, June 28, 2018
The close of the school year was a colorful one for youth ministry members in St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville; St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown; St. David the King Parish, West Windsor; St. Hedwig Parish, Trenton, and St. Paul Parish, Princeton. More ... Thursday, June 28, 2018