Bridget Filan, 14, of St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, prepares a plate of food for clients in the Atlantic City Rescue Mission as site leader Patrick Cavicchio, a former youth ministry member in the parish, looks on. Nearly 50 teens, young people and adults took part in service work across the state as part of this year’s Mission: Jersey. Jeff Bruno photo
In the lower levels of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Matt Salmons peeled off his plastic gloves and hair net after helping serve lunch to the homeless. Only moments before, the sounds of plates being shuffled and trays sliding down a cafeteria counter rang throughout the kitchen and dining area.
“I’ve learned how we really are God’s servants. God is working through us,” said Salmons, 17, of St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, discussing his third year with Mission: Jersey. More ... Thursday, August 8, 2019
There’s a scene in the movie “Saving Private Ryan” that Father Patrick McPartland finds especially disturbing. It’s when the Marines arrive at the beach in Normandy in their amphibious landing craft and just as the vehicle’s large door opens, the Marines are met with a wall of German machine gun fire before they can even enter the fight. More ... Wednesday, August 7, 2019
This is what Brandon Gosselin heard, lying in shock and a pool of his own blood, the left side of his face mangled where it had skidded across the gravel after he was hurled over the handlebars of his Four Wheeler traveling at 50 mph. He hit a deer. The Four Wheeler stopped. Gosselin didn't. More ... Wednesday, August 7, 2019
“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
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
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.
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
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.”
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
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.
“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."