Building on its annual tradition of youth outreach, the Mission: Jersey summer service program for young Catholics will kick off in July and August in all four counties of the Diocese.

Following the same format as last year, the program sponsored by the diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries will consist of four one-day in-person service events from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., all taking the same format. All students entering eighth grade through recent high school graduates are welcome to attend one of the four events.

Participants will learn about and participate in various service projects that support local community service agencies. All projects will be arranged and supervised by adult leaders and representatives from the partner organizations.

To provide a further inspirational and reflective component to the Mission: Jersey experience, this year each program will include a witness talk followed by breakout discussions. The theme for each talk will be “Bread of Life,” and will draw connections to the National Eucharistic Revival. In addition to prayer, games and fellowship, the Mission: Jersey program will also offer an opportunity to make and bake bread that will be distributed to those in need through local food pantries.

Dates and locations for each Mission: Jersey program are as follows: Monmouth – July 26, St. Gabriel Church, Marlboro; Mercer – July 28, St. Gregory the Great Church, Hamilton Square; Ocean – Aug. 2, St. Barnabas Church, Bayville; Burlington – Aug. 4, Holy Eucharist Church, Tabernacle

Registration is open at Parents can register their teens individually or through a parish youth ministry group. A $10 donation per participant is suggested to cover the cost of materials, and participants should bring a bagged lunch.

For more information, email or call 609-403-7182.