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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

Pope urges students to fight their addiction to phones
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis told high school students to break their phone addiction and spend more time on real communication with others and in moments of quiet, personal reflection. More ...
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Musician Matt Maher discusses upcoming youth rally, evangelization of music
As Catholic youth of New Jersey anticipate the annual NJ Catholic Youth Rally May 19 in Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, The Monitor’s contributing editor, EmmaLee Italia, spoke with Christian/Catholic recording artist Matt Maher, who will close the rally this year with a 7 p.m. concert.

Maher has performed for numerous venues, including the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His latest album, “Echoes,” focuses on the Christian response to human suffering.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
During visit to Diocese, chastity speaker Pam Stenzel urges youth to set boundaries

Chastity speaker Pam Stenzel had students’ undivided attention as she discussed sex and its consequences outside of marriage.

“I can’t choose for you,” she said speaking on their personal decisions on intimacy. “What I can do is help you fully understand what’s going on.”

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Bishop celebrates Mass, enjoys lunch with college students

Holding a light gray sweatshirt with the letters TCNJ printed in bold navy and gold lettering across the front, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., smiled as he surveyed the gathering of college students who joined him for Mass and lunch April 7.

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Monday, April 8, 2019
Overnight youth retreat in Trenton one of energy, faith, spirit
The lock-in retreat hosted by Saint Mary Cathedral’s youth group, Jóvenes in Action (Young People in Action), proved itself to be a test of faith, not only for those receiving the retreat but also those in charge. More ...
Friday, April 5, 2019
Bishop to celebrate first diocesan-wide Mass with college students
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will celebrate a Sunday Mass with college students at 11:30 a.m. April 7 in the Spiritual Center at The College of New Jersey, Ewing. College-age students from all institutions of higher learning are invited to take part in this opportunity to spend time with their bishop and to connect with others from each county of the Diocese who share their faith values. More ...
Friday, April 5, 2019
NJ Catholic Youth Rally to feature Bishop O'Connell, musician Matt Maher

The Diocese of Trenton’s Year of Youth has seen many unique and inspiring events that celebrate young people throughout its four counties.

The annual New Jersey Catholic Youth Rally will not only continue that trend but also take things to a whole new level as it welcomes renowned Christian and Catholic music artist Matt Maher.

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Thursday, April 4, 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
In vivid detail, 'Outcasts' depicts ministry to society's downtrodden
A young man from Brooklyn lies on his deathbed. Suffering from full-blown AIDS, he moans and cries out, his forehead dripping with sweat, his eyes half-closed, the disease ravaging him from the inside. More ...
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Cultures unite during dinner with Syrian refugees
It was a night to conquer language barriers, cross the divide between religions and enjoy a night of food and fellowship.

“Syria has largely fallen off the front pages. The war is ongoing, the crisis is ongoing, but the world seems to have moved on,” said Stephanie Peddicord, Center for FaithJustice president.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Marlton Girl Scout pursues Gold Award by inspiring low-sensory Mass

A Burlington County Girl Scout is well on her way to achieving her Gold Award and giving a helping hand to families needing a more tranquil worship experience.

Shannon Rizzo, a parishioner in St. Isaac Jogues, Marlton, has inspired her parish – as well as that of St. John Neumann, Mount Laurel – to institute a monthly special needs, low-sensory Mass.

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Wednesday, March 27, 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
Prayer, dialogue, enthusiasm key to making good choices, Pope tells young people
VATICAN CITY – When it comes time for young people to make an important decision in life, if the possibilities do not create excitement and trepidation, "it's better to go to bed" and think ab More ...
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Dozens of Girl Scouts honored at Mass in Jackson
On March 9, St. Monica Parish, Jackson, hosted a Girl Scout Sunday Mass that celebrated 32 girls from the Jersey Shore area who ranged in age from 5 to 16. More ...
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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