Conor Holtz, center, a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima, Freehold, poses for a photo with others wearing a T-shirt with his image emblazed on the front. Holtz created the shirts as a gag gift, but their popularity has spurred him to now sell the shirts for charity. Courtesy photos
Lying on his stomach with his head held in his hands, feet crossed in the air behind him, Conor Holtz smiles at the camera in a white T-shirt and white-washed jeans. This is the photo emblazed upon the front of shirts being spread around the country after what began as a Christmas gag gift turned into a face for hope and promise. More ... Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., visited St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, on Dec. 2 and met with the Guardians of the Altar, a group of specially trained altar servers who serve at all Cathedral Masses and other liturgical celebrations when the Bishop is present. More ... Friday, December 15, 2017
The streets of Manhattan had a rigorous ambiance that Monday evening. People were rushing home from work, robustly conversing on their cell phones in expensive suits, loading trucks and delivering food on bikes. More ... Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The theme of this year’s National Catholic Youth Conference was “Called,” so it was appropriate that 35 teens and youth ministry leaders from the Diocese of Trenton would travel roughly 700 miles to join thousands of Catholic youth from across the country with one goal in mind: to worship and grow with God. More ... Thursday, November 30, 2017
Registration is now open for the 2018 Diocesan Youth Conference, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, for teens in eighth through 12th grades. More ... Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The Fellowship of Catholic University Students, or FOCUS, is offering spring and summer mission trips and other opportunities to serve around the world and in one’s local communities. More ... Tuesday, November 21, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS – The sound of more than 20,000 teens screaming and singing along with raucous music of Christian hip-hop band TobyMac was loud. The sound of the same number of youths in silent prayer was deafening.
It’s never too early to spread Christmas cheer, especially when it’s to someone who might not have much time left. That was the spirit behind the St. Rose of Lima Parish youth ministry’s Nov. 12 service project.
The Freehold teens designed handmade Christmas cards for Jacob Thompson, 9, who is battling Stage IV, high-risk neuroblastoma in a Maine hospital. More ... Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Donovan Catholic seniors recently took a break from academic rigors to participate in their annual class retreat, themed “The Body of Christ Prays, Serves and Celebrates.”
“[The retreat] gives our young people an opportunity to step away from their routine and reflect on their lives and their relationship with God,” said Mary Beth Deblasio, teacher and coordinator of campus ministry for the Toms River high school. More ... Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Whether attending the National Catholic Youth Conference for their first time or more, those in youth ministry agree it’s something to look forward to.
“The trips are fantastic; it’s a way for our teenagers to see the larger Catholic Church,” said Catherine Werner, youth ministry coordinator in St. Joseph Parish, Toms River. “It’s inspiring and encouraging; it’s a way for them to dig deeper into their faith but also realize that they’re not alone in their faith.
When Sarbmeet Kanwal and Fatima Jaffari founded Garden State MOSAIC in 2013, they knew it had to involve youth.
Both Kanwal, a Sikh, and Jaffari, a Muslim, were members of interfaith organizations in Monmouth County but wanted that dialogue to be extended to younger generations of different faith communities, since, Kanwal explained, “the youth have the most impact in the future society.”
Before the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones” aired, George R.R. Martin was mostly known to just fantasy book geeks. Despite this esoteric reputation, the literary source of the HBO series – “A Song of Ice and Fire” – inspired Time Magazine to call the series’ Bayonne-native author the “American Tolkien.”
When I first heard this, I put my hand on my forehead, saying, “One does not simply compare an author to the Professor. Its implications are filled with more than just ignorance. The very thought is a pretentious scheme.” More ... Thursday, November 2, 2017
Members of the men’s soccer team in Georgian Court University, Lakewood, have been leveraging their talents to deliver both on the field and in the community this season. More ... Thursday, November 2, 2017
CHICAGO – Hearing the faith journey of Hollywood actor and businessman Mark Wahlberg left an impression on the hearts of many young adults at the Archdiocese of Chicago's first (re)Encounter event Oct. 20 at the UIC Pavilion.
"It's powerful for a celebrity to feel that way about religion," said Omar Lopez, 21, from St. Gall Parish. "For me, when I think about a celebrity, I think cockiness, selfishness, but to hear an artist say that he takes time to just pray, that's an incredible feeling."