Teens from the Diocese of Trenton receive Holy Communion at Mass during the NJ Catholic Youth Rally held May 20 at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson. Hal Brown photos
Catholic families and youth from around the state gathered May 20 at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, for a day of fun, fellowship and prayer during the 23rd annual New Jersey Catholic Youth Rally.
“It was great seeing how many Catholics are here and how we can all come together as one besides all of our differences or the way we look,” said Mirelis Villegas, a teen from St. Joseph Parish, Trenton. “We all have the same faith and we all believe in one thing.”
Julianne Toich, Girl Scout and parishioner of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton, along with four additional members of Troop 23267, has earned the Gold Award for service – making it five for five. More ... Thursday, May 17, 2018
Twenty-six members from St. Mary of the Lakes Parish youth ministry partnered with Covenant House for an inaugural Sleep Out at the Medford school April 27, raising more than $5,000 and collecting 100 toiletry and 100 hygiene bags for homeless young people. More ... Sunday, May 6, 2018
You lose a job. You get sick. Your relationship falls apart. A natural disaster ruins your home. You may be alone or have a family – kids, a pet or three. Staying with family or friends may not be an option. What do you do?
That’s the question organizers from St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, and Family Promise of Southern Ocean County hope youth and families learned during the annual Cardboard Box City event, held overnight April 27 at St. Mary of the Parish Church, Manahawkin.
Single and married young people from the Diocese of Trenton were among the moviegoers nationwide who attended the one-day screening of “The Dating Project” – a documentary that begs the question: “What is dating today?” More ... Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Dr. Paul Wichansky was born with cerebral palsy and a hearing loss, but that never stopped him from living out his dreams.
“I wanted to walk, but doctors told my mom, ‘Paul will never be able to walk,’” he told a crowd consisting mainly of teens April 22 in the parish center of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold.
Registration is currently open for the Fearless Retreat Weekend June 1-3 in St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Middletown – one that organizers say will be a captivating, life-altering experience. More ... Wednesday, May 2, 2018
There are two popular ways of looking at human history, as far as I know. Either it is linear like a highway headed to a destination, or it’s cyclical like the seasons and has no ultimate end. More ... Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Erica Tighe was 26 when she made the leap: she would set out on her own to be a calligrapher. Full time. In order to pay her $800 rent and cellphone bill and $1,000 college-loan payment and also hopefully afford some food. More ... Monday, April 23, 2018
The Torch youth ministry group in St. Dominic Parish has been putting in a tremendous amount of community service over the past months. From coat drives and pasta dinners to letter-writing campaigns and helping the homeless, there seems to be no task too small for the Brick parish’s teens.
“I am thankful that I am able to participate in all of these service opportunities,” said Jeffrey Frankenburg, a 13-year-old youth ministry member. “I know that I am very lucky to have what I have, and I like that I can give back while having fun with my friends.”
The Catholic Campus Ministry at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, is holding a daylong retreat to help young adults prepare for when they are ready for Catholic marriage. More ... Wednesday, April 18, 2018
David Liedtka, 21, of Hamilton Square has been selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar and will get a full scholarship to pursue graduate studies in computer science at Stanford University. With more than 3,600 candidates, Liedtka was one of 49 scholars chosen.
“It’s an honor to be selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. It’s humbling that the selection committee felt comfortable investing in my potential to make a difference in the world and in the future,” said Liedtka.
We are in a philosophical crisis, and it is caused by too much self-interest. This leads to us thinking a great deal about one another as well, which sounds good until we realize that our impetus for doing so comes from the same dangerous philosophy of self.
We are so interested in not offending one another that we avoid speaking truth due to its tendency to often offend people. God, being truth, subsequently falls into a very inconvenient corner of our conversations. More ... Thursday, April 5, 2018