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In Young Saint Series, Bishop tells young people that saints can and do look like them

What does it take to become a saint? What do you have to do – or not do – to achieve sainthood?

As daunting and challenging as it sounds, becoming a saint is very much something that can be reached by all the faithful regardless of their age or gender or economic status or academic successes.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Center for FaithJustice celebrates 10 years

Maureen Plover is quick to point out that the three summers she served with the Center for FaithJustice ignited her passion for social justice and working for those in poverty.

“I’ve become a mission-driven individual because of my time here,” said Plover, an engagement associate for the nonprofit Manna on Main Street in Lansdale, Pa. “I wouldn’t be who I am today if I didn’t have that experience.”

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Youth remain engaged in faith after working with Center for FaithJustice programs, study finds

A new two-year, longitudinal study recently released shows the effectiveness of the Center for FaithJustice’s service immersion programs, finding that “youth engagement in faith continues long after programs end.”

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Young adult program on sexuality, faith focuses on being honest with God in all aspects of life

Describing today’s trends when it comes to the meaning and purpose of sexuality, Gene Zannetti didn’t mince words: “We’re in a battle. We get a message from the media and society that’s very different from our faith and morals.”

Born Catholic, Zannetti grew up as an altar server who attended Mass. “But I wasn’t completely giving my heart to Jesus.”

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Young adult program at GCU to facilitate dialogue on sexuality, faith

Young adults and college students across the Diocese of Trenton are invited to attend a special program designed to facilitate an open dialogue around the meaning and purpose of sexuality.

The daylong program – “Your Body and Your Life: Unveiling God’s Love” – will take place Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Georgian Court University, Lakewood.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Hopewell teen reflects on unity of Year of Youth kick-off
I was delighted to be among 1,000 participants. I was proud to join other representative youth of the three churches [St. Alphonsus, St. George and St. James] that compose the Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley with the delegations from so many other parishes and schools. More ...
Monday, November 5, 2018
Middletown parish holding teen swing dance party
The youth ministry of St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Middletown, is inviting teens of the parish and surrounding areas to join them for their “Swing into the Holiday” Swing Dance party Nov. 30. And if their last swing dance event is any indication, this next one promises to be an invigorating time for all. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Young people share talents, friendship during Year of Youth Fest

“I don’t think I could’ve been more nervous,” Anthony Gaudino, a 10th-grader from St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Red Bank, said with a smile after playing a self-composed piece on the piano. “When you share music … you’re saying a prayer to God, and it can be very, very powerful.”

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Diocesan Year of Youth launches with message of hope by Bishop O'Connell

On the day that the universal Church welcomed seven new saints – including a 19-year-old layman – more than 1,000 from the Church of Trenton, most of them young people, gathered with their shepherd for the diocesan Year of Youth official kickoff.

“What an awesome day to begin the Year of Youth,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., said, referencing not only the saints’ canonization but the month-long Synod of Bishops on young people, both in Rome.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018
Barnegat parish teen offers thoughts on drug abuse education program
St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, took time Sept. 27 to educate parishioners about the dangers of drug abuse through a program titled “Project PRIDE” (Promoting Responsibility in Drug Education).

St. Mary’s youth ministry member Toni Marchlewski, a freshman in Donovan Catholic High School, Toms River, offered a reflection on the evening.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Upcoming Synod to show young Catholics' needs, gifts

VATICAN CITY – The Synod of Bishops will meet in October to try to look at the world and the Catholic Church through the eyes of teenagers and young adults and find ways to encourage their enthusiasm and dreams, help them sift through the possibilities life offers them to serve others and resist the temptations that come their way.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018
Siblings maintain commitment to faith, service
The Granito siblings – Ryan, 17, Julianna, 19, and Nicole, 22 – might be at different stages in their lives as they work toward their life and career trajectories, but one thing they each carry with them is their faith and a sense of responsibility to help those in need. More ...
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Sea Girt teen finds purpose during Mission: Jersey
We all want our lives to matter. At this point in my life, my parents are encouraging me to get good grades, choose a college, graduate, get a good job and make lots of money in the hopes that they have raised an individual who will be a responsible and reliable adult when I take my place in society. More ...
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Toms River teens put faith in action in West Virginia
A handful of members from the St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, youth ministry spent a recent week serving at Nazareth Farm in Salem, W. Va. More ...
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Manasquan parish to offer faith program for middle school girls
St. Denis Parish, Manasquan, will pilot a new program for middle school girls based upon the popular “Walking with Purpose” Catholic Bible study for women. More ...
Friday, September 7, 2018



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