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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

'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
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

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