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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
Bishop O'Connell introduces Young Saint series for the Year of Youth

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
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
Hamilton Square pastor holding teen talk on Blessed Pier Giorgio
Father Michael McClane, pastor of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, will lead a discussion group for teens on the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio, a model of holiness for young people. More ...
Friday, September 7, 2018
Teens invited to audition talents for Year of Youth Fest
Are you a teen with a talent to share? Do you know anyone in grades seventh to 12th who want to strut their stuff? 

Calls have gone out for teens in that age group who want to showcase their talents during the diocesan-sponsored Year of Youth Fest, set for Oct. 14.
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Friday, September 7, 2018
Year of Youth Resource Book a valuable tool for engagement

A unique resource now available from the Diocese will serve as a valuable tool for navigating the diocesan-sponsored Year of Youth successfully.

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Friday, September 7, 2018
Co-Cathedral youth ministry bridges generational gap by spending summer playing Bingo with seniors
“We have Bingo here!”

For an hour on the evening of Aug. 2, those words resonated across the activities room of The Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center, Freehold Township, as 12 young people and about an equal number of seniors worked the boards in repeated rounds of Bingo.
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Thursday, September 6, 2018
Manalapan parishioner reflects on witnessing WYD Cross in Washington

When Kyle McBride learned that the official World Youth Day Cross and Marian Icon would be visiting several cities across the United States for the first time in a quarter-century, he knew he couldn’t miss the opportunity to see the two religious symbols of faith.

The 24-year-old Manalapan resident, and member of the town’s St. Thomas More Parish, visited the nation’s capital the weekend of Aug. 25, where the procession of the cross began at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and moved along the National Mall.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

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