Experience of a Lifetime • Sara Kraeutler of St. Anselm Parish, Wayside, stands outside the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, one of Rome’s four major basilicas. Kraeutler, a 20-year-old student at James Madison University in Virginia, visited Rome in mid-March as part of a mission trip. Photos courtesy of Sara Kraeutler
Twenty-year-old Sara Kraeutler admits that leaving her Ocean Township home to attend college in Virginia wasn’t easy. In fact, she needed some help from the Lord. More ... Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Life can be full of ups and downs, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing – especially if you’re spending a day at Six Flags Great Adventure with your friends in faith from around the state! More ... Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Holy Week may be coming to a close this weekend, but the spiritual and artistic discussion series that began as a Lenten study in St. David the King Parish is far from over.
Since March 6, the young adult ministry in this West Windsor parish has been studying “Catholicism,” Bishop Robert Barron’s 10-part video series that gives viewers an around-the-world lesson in faith. Filmed on 50 locations in countries such as Rome, Israel, Germany and Spain, the video explores the rich traditions, culture, art and beliefs of the Catholic faith.
While many college students soaked up the sun on tropical beaches or slalomed down ski slopes during spring break, 35 students from Massachusetts, Ohio and Florida found themselves enriched by a road trip to Trenton, where they lived and worked with the urban poor. More ... Sunday, April 9, 2017
Pam Stenzel, noted author and abstinence educator, talked about chastity while relating personal anecdotes in St. Catharine Church, Holmdel, saying, “After nine years, I’ve realized that we have a lot of teenagers out there making decisions about sex having no idea – none – what the consequence of that choice will be." More ... Thursday, April 6, 2017
Deacon David Colter surveyed the 20 or so teens who gathered March 18 to help distribute food in the parish center of St. Raphael Church.
“The kids really want to give back and serve their communities,” he said as youngsters from the Life Teen youth ministry based in St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish volunteered their morning for Reach Out Saturday – an opportunity for those in need to receive items from the parish food pantry at the Hamilton church.
The Monitor has published a special keepsake edition featuring compelling photos, stories and reflections from DYC2017 held March 4 in St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square. More ... Thursday, March 23, 2017
Catholic Boy and Girl Scouts from around the Diocese were recognized for their faith and community service March 5 during the annual Court of Honor awards ceremony in Epiphany Parish, Brick. Some three dozen youth and their adult Scouting leaders were presented with awards by pastor and diocesan Scouting chaplain Father Michael A. Santangelo.
Instead of fielding questions and just talking about all that goes into becoming a priest, Father Daniel Swift has made arrangements for young men to see for themselves. More ... Wednesday, March 22, 2017
“Ain’t no party like a Catholic party,” DJ Bernal sang into the microphone as he addressed the hundreds gathered March 4 for the Diocesan Youth Conference 2017 in St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square.