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In Young Saint Series, Bishop O'Connell tells young people that saints can and do look like them

What does it take to become a saint? What do you have to do – or not do – to achieve sainthood?

As daunting and challenging as it sounds, becoming a saint is very much something that can be reached by all the faithful regardless of their age or gender or economic status or academic successes.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Co-Cathedral benefit raises more than $6K for three sisters
“Beats for Bartone,” a coffeehouse talent show dedicated to assist three sisters in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral whose parents recently died, inspired generosity to the tune of more than $6,000. More ...
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Middletown teen eagerly anticipates music summer camp
Angela Gibilisco is ready to make a joyful noise far from home this summer with the help of a scholarship from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. More ...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Parishes celebrate milestones of teens and young adults
Milestones are meant to be shared. As young adults graduate from high school and leave for college, the military or a trade apprenticeship, their loved ones mark the occasion with gifts and well wishes. More ...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Co-Cathedral ministries plan coffeehouse fundraiser for three sisters in face of tragedy

Pope Francis has spoken often about the need for Christians to live out the Gospel values of love, mercy and compassion.

When someone is faced with a tragedy, a profound loss, or a crisis of some kind, we live these values by accompanying others on their journey, said Msgr. Sam Sirianni, rector, St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. Sometimes the journey is a long one, he stressed.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
'Keep this going,' faithful hear as Diocese concludes Year of Youth
As the Diocese concluded its Year of Youth observance with a June 21 Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, special appreciation was extended to those who volunteered their time and talents for helping to make “this year a successful year.” More ...
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Diocesan Youth Sunday events recognize young people of faith

Parishes around the Diocese celebrated Diocesan Youth Sunday, the Solemnity of Pentecost, by incorporating their smallest members in a big way.

“The youth of my parish are the ‘now’ of God,” said Linda Xerri, youth minister in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford. “They are following the Gospel message and the Gospel values, and all we can hope for is that they continue to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.”

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Friday, June 14, 2019
2019 St. Timothy Awards recognize 26 teens
Humility. Service. Leadership. Ministry. Holiness. These are just a few of the qualities displayed by the Diocese of Trenton teens who received the St. Timothy Award honor this year. Nominated by their parish youth ministry leaders, these high-schoolers demonstrated exemplary involvement in the life of their parishes, youth groups, ministries and schools, giving the best of themselves time and again. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Mission: Jersey retreat returning - an opportunity for youth to serve their neighbors

Dan Waddington smiles as he reflects on a concrete example of how Mission: Jersey can impact the teenagers who take part in the annual service project retreat.

“There was a young person who came on Mission: Jersey and was so taken by the experience of serving in a local soup kitchen that for her birthday a few weeks later, her request was to return to the soup kitchen with her family and friends as a gift to her,” explained Waddington, diocesan director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Hamilton teen has high hopes after receiving CUA scholarship named for Bishop O'Connell

Joseph Stillwell knows exactly where he will be on Aug. 26 – sitting in class as an incoming freshman at The Catholic University of America, Washington.

“When opportunity presents itself – seize it. Never let it go,” said Stillwell, this year’s recipient of the Most Reverend David M. O’Connell Service Scholarship.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
'Are you willing to be known as a Catholic?' Bishop asks thousands at annual youth rally
“Are you willing to be known as a Catholic? As a Christian?” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., asked in his homily during the annual NJ Catholic Youth Rally held May 19 in the Six Flags Great Adventure arena. “Does your faith make a difference in the way you show yourself to others, in the way you live as a young person?"

“Here’s the fact: We are all created by God just as we are, and God loves us just as we are."

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Monday, May 20, 2019
St. Catherine's youth gather local community to build 'blessing bags' for homeless

With hopes of compiling a few hundred bags of necessities for local homeless, the youth ministry of St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Middletown, more than tripled expectations.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
'Fearless' youth retreat returning to Middletown

St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Middletown, will once again host the Christ-centered “Fearless” Retreat Weekend May 31-June 2 for all teens in grades eight through 12.

The design of the retreat is “to bring teens closer to Christ and spend a weekend free from distractions of their everyday hectic schedules,” said Theresa Gibilisco, parish youth ministry leader.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Bishop O'Connell visits Middletown parish youth for honest talk about life, vocations
Bishop David M. O’Connell visited youth of St. Mary Parish May 11, encouraging open dialogue, enjoying camaraderie over dinner and sharing his thoughts on vocations.

“The young people were amazing and asked all kinds of questions, ranging from what a bishop does to how young people can grow in their Christian lives,” Bishop O’Connell said. “I felt so encouraged by their joy and hope.”
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Monday, May 13, 2019
Monmouth County youth meet the need for change with Diaper Drive
Picture it: Easter Tuesday, April 23, a 35-foot-trailer loaded with 10 pallets of diapers and baby wipes collected in the second annual Diaper Drive by the youth groups of four Monmouth County parishes pulls into the parking lot of Child Care Resources in Neptune. More ...
Thursday, May 2, 2019

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