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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

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
Teens have a field day during Battle of the Youth Groups

Kathleen Connelly was all smiles as she spoke about the field day-like event that saw youth from different parishes engaging in some friendly competition.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
Summer program invites juniors, seniors to learn about faith, careers in DC
How can rising high school juniors and seniors get a taste of college life in the nation’s capital while learning how faith can play a role in their future careers? More ...
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Donovan Catholic student, friend organize annual fashion show to benefit youth with autism
For Alyssa Lego and her close friend, Amanda Witkowski, the fashion show they have organized three years running is about much more than trendy clothes. More ...
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Living Stations a 20-year legacy of love, camaraderie in Bayville parish
For those who have never seen St. Barnabas Parish’s annual Living Stations, the church is plunged into darkness as a reflection is read over the loudspeaker. Then, music comes forth, and a spotlight illuminates the Station being portrayed.

The actors, members of the Bayville parish’s youth ministry, stand frozen in place, searing into the viewers’ minds dramatic images of Jesus’ last moments.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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

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