HARD AT WORK • The teens in Brick’s St. Dominic Parish youth ministry take part in numerous service projects throughout the year including an annual coat drive, “Breakfast with Santa” and most recently, collecting items for the homeless. Photos courtesy of Karen Wojciak
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
High school students looking to spend part of their summer making a difference in their communities are encouraged to take part in the Center for FaithJustice’s summer WorX programs throughout the Diocese and beyond. More ... Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Little did he know what a noble purpose awaited him when Don Ritchie settled into a house on Old South Head Road back in 1964. The former Navy seaman and retired salesman was eager to soak in the stunning view with his wife: an ocean cliff at Watsons Bay in Eastern Sydney known as The Gap. More ... Thursday, March 22, 2018
When Child Care Resources of Neptune reached out to St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, asking for help with hosting a diaper drive for Monmouth County, the response was overwhelming.
“The diaper drive falls into our calling as Catholics,” said 15-year-old youth ministry member Eugenia Craggan, “because every time we are helping that person, we are helping ourselves, and we are doing it for God. During Lent, almsgiving is all about giving and helping others.” More ... Thursday, March 22, 2018
With statements like “No one has sinned so much that they are beyond the grace of God,” and “Don't ever let anyone tell you that because you have had sex in the past that you have to keep doing it,” chastity speaker Pam Stenzel held the rapt attention of a gymnasium filled with Red Bank Catholic High School students March 9. More ... Thursday, March 22, 2018
“We, as Scouts, need to live our lives in such a way that others will say there is something different about us,” said Father Michael Santangelo, diocesan Catholic Scouting chaplain. “One of the beauties of scouting is that it gives us confidence and the opportunity to rejoice in the unique people we are.”
Nearly two dozen such unique boys and girls, all members of scouting troops in the Diocese of Trenton, gathered March 4 in Epiphany Church, Brick, for the organization’s annual Court of Honor awards ceremony.
A Young Adult Night with National Evangelization Team (NET) Ministries is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. March 16 in the Monmouth University Catholic Student Center, West Long Branch. More ... Thursday, March 8, 2018
My friend Jerry loves to work out. He knows all the best exercise routines and has made staying in shape into an admirable hobby. He also loves his Catholic faith, and somewhere along his spiritual journey, he noticed that he was spending a lot more time exercising than he was with God. His faith life suffered as a result. More ... Thursday, March 8, 2018
When Araba Aikins was named as one of two Mercer County Young Women of Achievement for 2018, she was admittedly honored, but not only for her diligent volunteer and service work. She hopes her recognition will symbolize the true potential of her generation. More ... Friday, February 23, 2018
Noted author and abstinence educator Pam Stenzel is returning to the area to present “Nobody Told Me!” to students in eighth grade through high school, parents, religious education leaders and catechists, and youth ministers across the Diocese.
During the 90-minute presentation, Stenzel will use her pregnancy counselling experience, as well as her personal story, to help educate teens about the true meaning of sexuality and the consequences of sexual activity outside of marriage.