By Jennifer Mauro | Associate Editor

In anticipation of upcoming pro-life marches in Trenton and Washington, D.C., the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Family Life has produced a video featuring the Diocese’s young adults talking about their faith, society and the gift of life.

“What is going on with our generation?” one young woman asks in the video, titled “Now is the time.”

“They’re not taking interest in the world around them,” another young man says with a slight frown.

The intent of the two-minute video, filmed entirely in black and white, is to hear young adults in their own words talk about their faith experiences as well as to engage the generation to dig deeper into their faith as young people, said Jerry Wutkowski, assistant coordinator of young adult ministry.

“All we had to do was ask if they would answer some questions on camera about their faith journey,” he said. “The response was incredible. It opened our eyes that there are young people in our Diocese who want to make a difference.”

The video, organized by Wutkowski and the Diocese’s Young Adult March for Life Committee, was released more than a month before the Trenton Rally for Life on Jan. 23 and the annual pro-life march that draws tens of thousands to Washington. This year’s March for Life in the nation’s capital is set for Jan. 27.

Wutkowski said the committee decided on a video format because of the prevalent use of social media.

“What we hope to do is engage young people in tough questions of why life is a gift and why it’s so important to actively practice their faith,” Wutkowski said. “We thought it would be powerful to get this [video message] out there to start a conversation and ask, ‘Will you join us?’”

In the video, young adults address the camera directly as they talk about the present society and  its future, and their own struggles, hopes and faith.

Denielle Balint, 24, who graduated from Georgian Court University, Lakewood, in 2015 with a degree in digital communications and multimedia, helped produce and edit the video. She said the production, which was not scripted, shows young people engaging in honest conversation.

“I cried when I saw it,” said Balint of St. Monica Parish, Jackson. “I think this video could be the thing that sparks someone to think a bit more about their faith.”

Videographer Matthew Marzorati, 26, who also worked on the production, agreed.

“It was refreshing to see all the testimony. There’s so much bad stuff going on in the world, but here you see so much good my generation is doing to stand up for life, to stand up for truth,” said Marzorati, 26, who went to the March for Life in 2009 as a high school senior.

“I believe video is an important medium,” the parishioner of St. Aloysius, Jackson, added. “[This video] is a big responsibility because you can positively shape minds and get people to react. We need more positive media out there.”

Wutkowski is not only hoping that the video encourages young adults to travel to Trenton or Washington but that the pro-life marches prompt a transformation for those who attend, too.

“Young adults need to see they’re not alone and understand why our Catholic faith stands up for pro-life issues,” he said. “We hope to answer the question, ‘What can I do?’”

That’s a question Balint feels she may have answered by working on the video. Balint, a wedding videographer, said being involved in the diocesan project made her feel like she was “doing something for God.”

“Even if one person comes to the March for Life because of this video, that would be fulfilling,” she said.

To view the video or for more information on transportation from parishes around the Diocese to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., visit www.dioceseoftrenton.org/respectlifeministry/marchforlife2017/ or www.facebook.com/dotfamilylife.