Youth from five parishes gather around a 12-foot, 180-pound cross they took turns holding up for 24 hours nonstop outside Holy Eucharist Church, Tabernacle. The parish’s youth ministry, H.E.R.O., organized the event Oct. 7-8 to raise funds for Texas teens whose families were displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Dubravka Kolumbic-Cortese photos
When Holy Eucharist Parish youth ministry leader Jeff Siedlecki reached out to parishes in Houston that were devastated by Hurricane Harvey, he was expecting to connect with a parish needing fundraiser monies to rebuild its church. So he was surprised by the response he received from St. Philip the Apostle Church in Huffman, Texas.
“They said, ‘We don’t want your money,’” Siedlecki recalled, explaining that instead of funds for the entire parish, youth minister Becky Pursell asked Siedlecki to help out 10 of her youth group members whose families were displaced because of the hurricane.
VATICAN CITY – The courage and joyful witness of young men and women in the Church are needed to help their fellow youth look toward the future with hope, Pope Francis said Oct. 22 in a video message to participants in the Canadian National Youth Forum. More ... Monday, October 23, 2017
With the completion of his Eagle Scout project, Eric Knudsen has enabled faithful in St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, to walk and pray the Rosary one giant step at a time. More ... Friday, October 20, 2017
Teens from the youth ministry of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, were joined by youth from neighboring parishes during a Mocktail Party Oct. 15 in honor of the Blessed Mother. More ... Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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
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.”
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017
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.