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Teens pitch in at Trenton community garden during Mission: Jersey retreat
More than a dozen teens and youth ministry leaders pose for a photo July 13 during Mission: Jersey in Trenton. The youth helped manicure an Isles’ community garden on Academy Street, one of the nonprofit’s urban beautification locations.  John Blaine photos

More than a dozen teens and youth ministry leaders pose for a photo July 13 during Mission: Jersey in Trenton. The youth helped manicure an Isles’ community garden on Academy Street, one of the nonprofit’s urban beautification locations.  John Blaine photos

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.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

More details emerge for Diocese's Year of Youth

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.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Freehold teens learn about prevalence of homeless kids, youth in local communities

Sadness and disbelief. Hope and prayer.

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.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018
As 2nd-generation Latina, area young adult visits Mexican border

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.

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Monday, July 2, 2018
Rambling Spirit Column: Why it's so hard to find a good story

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.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018
Young adults talk about discernment, God's will at 'Faith Uncorked' event

Young adults ranging from their early 20s to late 30s gathered June 28 at Iron Plow Vineyards, Columbus, for “Faith Uncorked: a night of wine-tasting, fellowship and an engaging talk on God’s will.


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Friday, June 29, 2018
Synod working document: Young Catholics need church that listens to them
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
Cohort-wide youth ministry event blends faith, fun in West Windsor
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
'The Dating Project' now on DVD

“The Dating Project,” a documentary from Paulist Productions, Mpower Pictures and Family Theater Productions, is now available on DVD and Digital Download from Pure Flix.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Georgian Court University students reflect on immigration, social justice after D.C. trip
Members of the Georgian Court University community traveled to the nation’s capital recently, joining students from other Mercy colleges and universities around the country to visit legislators and learn about social justice issues and faith-based advocacy in the policymaking process. More ...
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Bishop proclaims a Year of Youth in the Diocese of Trenton
In a new decree issued June 12, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has declared a Year of Youth in the Diocese of Trenton, beginning July 1, 2018, and closing on the Feast of St. Aloysius, patron saint for Catholic Youth, June 21, 2019. The Year of Youth encompasses multiple events over the next year aimed at inspiring young Catholics in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties to own their faith and act upon it. More ...
Friday, June 15, 2018
Mission: Jersey expands to two service opportunities this summer
Anticipating the official launch of the diocesan Year of Youth in October, current high school students can jump into service with Mission: Jersey, which will have multiple opportunities to put faith into action this summer as the annual service project grows to include two events. More ...
Friday, June 15, 2018
Youth grow closer to God, one another during Fearless retreat in Middletown
With sand between their toes and God in their hearts, about 100 teens and volunteers flocked to the grounds of St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Middletown, to engage with Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal and learn how to grow closer to Christ through prayer, faith-sharing and Eucharistic Adoration – between rounds of beach volleyball and pickup games of touch football. More ...
Friday, June 15, 2018
26 teens honored with Diocese's St. Timothy Awards
Love, virtue and serving as true witnesses to the Catholic faith are some of the examples youth ministry leaders shared about the young people honored with this year’s St. Timothy Awards. More ...
Friday, June 15, 2018
Formation Day strengthens Diocese's youth ministers in helping struggling teens
With depression and suicides in the news and on the rise nationwide, youth ministry leaders from across the Diocese of Trenton came together June 9 for a diocesan-led formation program on accompanying teens in emotional struggles. More ...
Thursday, June 14, 2018



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