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Marriage gains momentum in Hamilton parish with happily married 'flash mob'
A proud couple stand with their children to be photographed for the “Happily Married Flash Mob” in St. Gregory the Great Church, Hamilton Square. Photo courtesy of Susan Scibilia

A proud couple stand with their children to be photographed for the “Happily Married Flash Mob” in St. Gregory the Great Church, Hamilton Square. Photo courtesy of Susan Scibilia

St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, is putting marriage front and center with its “Happily Married Flash Mob” promoted on the parish’s website and social media.

An activity begun by the newly formed marriage ministry in St. Gregory the Great, “Marriage Matters,” the YouTube video features a running series of couples holding a “Happily Married For [blank] Years” sign, with the number of years filled in by each couple.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Pope, youth minister offer ideas for bringing young Catholics back to Church

The statistics are staggering: Roughly one-third of young Catholics in the United States leave the Church before their 18th birthday.

Understandably, those who work with them are very concerned by the numbers and are engaged in conversations about what can be done to stem the tide of those departing, and to bring back those who have left. These two books are a welcome contribution to that conversation.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Hope is born of sorrow with infertility, pregnancy loss support group
Stefanie Riehl and her husband, Louis, parishioners of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, knew that their struggle with infertility and pregnancy loss could be something to which others could relate. More ...
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Simon Peter's special visit also a beloved family memory

“But what about Peter?” my son DeForeest asked as we returned from Easter Vigil Mass many years ago.

I’d started telling him about Jesus from the time he began to talk. By the age of three, he was familiar with the Gospel and showed interest in its supporting cast. I sometimes aided his imagination with occasional vocal characterizations for the various apostles, Pharisees, centurions and townsfolk who wander in and out of Scripture.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Year of Youth night brings all ages together in Lincroft parish

Talking and laughing, faithful of all ages flocked together March 23 for a family night and lock-in retreat geared toward forming stronger bonds in faith and friendship.

“I hope the teens walk out with what our Ignite Youth Group is all about: fun, faith and fellowship. Our theme is to be ignited with the Holy Spirit in our daily lives,” Joan Kret, youth ministry coordinator in St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft, said of the night.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019
Mary inspires, assists those seeking their vocation, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Signing his document dedicated to young people, faith and discernment, Pope Francis said Mary, the mother of God, is a source of inspiration and strength for everyone who seeks to understand their vocation and remain faithful to it. More ...
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Tale of teamwork unfolds in Burlington school

What started as a simple idea grew to a larger donation effort by two brothers in St. Paul School.

Santino Travia, a fourth-grader in the Burlington school, thought it would be good to add new books to the school library. 

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Students serve as 'teaching aides' for Lenten message in Brick
Faith formation students in grades one through six in Epiphany Parish, Brick, have been learning about Lent through “Preparing the Way of the Lord” projects. More ...
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
A family friendly guide to fast-food fish sandwiches in Lent

WASHINGTON – Man does not live on bread alone. But on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent, he'd better not add meat to the menu.

To help Catholics and their families observe Lenten abstinence rules, any fast-food restaurant worth its salt – and sodium is in abundance at those places – offers a fish sandwich on its menu, and starts airing TV commercials for them.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Fair Haven parish's Year of Marriage initiative yields affirming results

When a parish sees a nearly seven-fold increase in couples preparing for marriage in the span of 12 months, something unique is happening.

That something was a Year of Marriage initiative, instituted in Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, by its pastor, Father James Grogan, in December 2017. For the next 12 months, he dedicated homilies, essays and recognition to the vocation of marriage, hoping to support and strengthen the “remote preparation” for marriage.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

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