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St. Mary Parish's annual bonfire turns to hurricane relief efforts
Dozens of youth and adults gather for the annual youth ministry bonfire Sept. 23 behind St. Mary of the Pines Church, Manahawkin. This year’s event was also used to kick off a relief drive for Hurricane Irma victims.  Jeff Bruno photos

Dozens of youth and adults gather for the annual youth ministry bonfire Sept. 23 behind St. Mary of the Pines Church, Manahawkin. This year’s event was also used to kick off a relief drive for Hurricane Irma victims.  Jeff Bruno photos

Before lighting the annual bonfire behind the parish center gym, dozens of youth and adults gathered around to offer prayers not too long after twilight Sept. 23.

This year, however, their thoughts turned to a similar cause: those affected by the recent hurricane season.

“I wish I could do something more, like go there and help myself, but all I can do is pray,” Grace Parks, 15, of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, said of Florida, which was ravaged by Hurricane Irma. “I remember when all the boardwalks were being destroyed here from [Superstorm] Sandy, and all I felt was sadness. I wish I could do more.”

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Freehold parish teen honored for starting outreach project
In the summer of 2016 , Lexi Santitoro brought the idea of collecting school supplies for children in need to a youth ministry group board meeting in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Parish, Freehold. More ...
Monday, October 9, 2017
Toms River parish to host Holy Hour for young adults
Young Adults in Faith, a group consisting of millennials from parishes in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, will hold a Holy Hour for young adults Oct. 20 in St. Justin the Martyr, Toms River. More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
CBA students live service through various outreach ministries

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, mountains of them, “handcrafted” by the LaSallian Youth ministry of Christian Brothers Academy, are a sure sign that another year of service and sharing is getting underway on the Lincroft campus.

As part of an ongoing tradition at the heart of the Gospel message to “Do unto others as you would do to yourself,” the young men gather in the school cafeteria twice a month to spend most of the day putting the sandwiches together. They then personally distribute the food to the homeless and needy in various neighborhoods around Asbury Park.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Center for FaithJustice lines up new, returning programs for school year

From expanded university partnerships to the facilitation of additional retreats and service projects, there is a lot to look forward to at the Center for FaithJustice this year.

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Monday, September 25, 2017
Princeton freshmen learn about faith-based service
At a time when many college freshmen would be preoccupied with moving into their dorm rooms, several hundred members of Princeton University’s entering class spent a recent week off campus learning about community service organizations in the Diocese of Trenton. More ...
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Group unites young adults in mission to grow and cultivate faith

When Millstone resident Denielle Balint graduated from college and moved further into adulthood, she found herself missing her past youth group participation. But the 25-year-old wasn’t just missing the social interaction.

“I really miss that sense of community,” she recalled thinking.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017
Young teens spend night in cardboard boxes during lesson on homelessness
Using cardboard boxes donated by parishioners, 18 youngsters constructed their own makeshift homes outside St. Anselm Church, Wayside, to sleep in on the mid-summer evening of Aug. 25 as part of an effort to learn more about homelessness. More ...
Thursday, September 7, 2017
St. Ann Parish teens 'tour' world with kids
Teens from the youth ministry of St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville, spent the last month of summer vacation helping their young counterparts in faith learn more about the world. More ...
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Dozens nominated by pastors invited to be young adult leaders in Diocese
Almost 50 faithful who could be the faces of young adult leadership in the Diocese gathered Aug. 27 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Parish, Freehold, for an evening of faith sharing and fellowship.

Those in attendance were invited by their pastors from around the Diocese to attend Mass in the Co-Cathedral and a barbecue and information session afterward sponsored by the diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017
Former Red Bank Catholic student competing for Miss America title

While many of her classmates headed back to campus during the last week of August, University of Delaware senior Chelsea Bruce traveled from her home in Manasquan to Atlantic City to represent the state of Delaware in this year’s Miss America pageant.

The graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School’s Class of 2013 entered the competition equipped with 15 years’ experience as a dancer, a reputation for excellence, diligence and compassion, and a family legacy of deeply rooted faith.

“We are so proud of her. This contest opens lots of doors for her,” said her mother, Marie Connie Bruce, a parishioner in St. Denis Parish, Manasquan.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Second trip to Cuba even better than first for Red Bank Catholic senior

For the second year in a row, Red Bank Catholic High School senior Catherine Curtin spent part of her summer with her peers – in Cuba.

“It was like we were going back to see old friends,” said Curtin, 17. “We picked up right where we left off.”

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Manalapan pilgrim shares reflection from four-day Polish walk
From Aug. 10 to 13, many from around the Diocese took part in the 30th anniversary of the Polish walking pilgrimage, a nearly 60-mile walk from Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Great Meadows, to the Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown, Pa.

Among them were members of the Young Adults in Faith, a group of millennials from various parishes around Monmouth County; Father John E. Large, parochial vicar in St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, and adviser of the group, as well as fellow parishioners.
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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Young couples across Diocese invited to deepen their relationships

Young Catholic adults throughout the Diocese of Trenton are invited to delve more deeply into their relationship as a couple in a new bi-monthly gathering to be held on the campus of Rider University, Lawrenceville.

Beginning Sept. 5, each session will cover subjects such as prayer life, sexuality, God’s plan for a relationship and other topics. The program is open to all dating couples in the Diocese, ages 18-30 who wish to explore what it means to be a young Christian couple, said Cristina D’Averso-Collins, director of campus ministries at Monmouth and Rider Universities.

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Friday, August 25, 2017
New study group in Freehold aims to help teens apply Bible lessons to daily lives

All teenagers, regardless of parish or religious affiliation, are invited to a new teen Bible study being held in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Parish, Freehold.

“The Scriptures are one of the most important things you’ll ever read,” said Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry, parish pastoral assistant, stressing their importance on one’s development, outlook on life and “who we’ll be as human beings.”

“It’s underutilized, underappreciated and if kids were taught to read it properly, it could make a huge difference in their lives,” she said.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

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