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In Young Saint Series, Bishop 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

Mater Dei Prep students combat hate, intolerance by producing film shown at United Nations

“Obnoxious.” “Sensitive.” “Too Poor.” Such are the words written on tape and placed over the mouths of teens in a film produced by and featuring Mater Dei Prep, Middletown, students.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
High school senior takes up cause to support military families in need
When 17-year-old Kayla Loges learned that a mold issue forced the relocation of the food bank at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst – and with it, the unfortunate loss of its entire stock of food items – she was moved to action. More ...
Friday, November 30, 2018
Matt Maher, podcaster Father Schmitz among SEEK2019 guests
Registration is now open for college-age faithful wanting to attend SEEK2019. More ...
Friday, November 30, 2018
Medford teen reflects on service project aimed at nonviolence, community building

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

The National Stop the Violence Alliance Inc. is one group that strives to live out this Gospel message daily in an effort to bridge the gap between law enforcement and those living in inner-city communities by building trust. The group seeks to provide resources and mentorship opportunities to those living among the threat of daily gun violence and crime.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Pope's World Youth Day itinerary in Panama released
VATICAN CITY – When Pope Francis visits Panama for World Youth Day in January, he will meet with young people not able to attend the festivities: some in jail and with some living with HIV. More ...
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Interfaith meeting helps Freehold teen learn more about own religion

Throughout history, society has been quick to judge Catholics due to the negative portrayal of the religion.

Nowadays with media being more popular than ever, religion seems to have lost its credibility. With everyone being given a platform, it has become more difficult to filter out false news from among what is true. However, media has the ability to make more of an impression than it ever did in the past.

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Friday, November 16, 2018
Center for FaithJustice celebrates 10 years

Maureen Plover is quick to point out that the three summers she served with the Center for FaithJustice ignited her passion for social justice and working for those in poverty.

“I’ve become a mission-driven individual because of my time here,” said Plover, an engagement associate for the nonprofit Manna on Main Street in Lansdale, Pa. “I wouldn’t be who I am today if I didn’t have that experience.”

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Youth remain engaged in faith after working with Center for FaithJustice programs, study finds

A new two-year, longitudinal study recently released shows the effectiveness of the Center for FaithJustice’s service immersion programs, finding that “youth engagement in faith continues long after programs end.”

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Young adult program on sexuality, faith focuses on being honest with God in all aspects of life

Describing today’s trends when it comes to the meaning and purpose of sexuality, Gene Zannetti didn’t mince words: “We’re in a battle. We get a message from the media and society that’s very different from our faith and morals.”

Born Catholic, Zannetti grew up as an altar server who attended Mass. “But I wasn’t completely giving my heart to Jesus.”

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Young adult program at GCU to facilitate dialogue on sexuality, faith

Young adults and college students across the Diocese of Trenton are invited to attend a special program designed to facilitate an open dialogue around the meaning and purpose of sexuality.

The daylong program – “Your Body and Your Life: Unveiling God’s Love” – will take place Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Georgian Court University, Lakewood.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Hopewell teen reflects on unity of Year of Youth kick-off
I was delighted to be among 1,000 participants. I was proud to join other representative youth of the three churches [St. Alphonsus, St. George and St. James] that compose the Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley with the delegations from so many other parishes and schools. More ...
Monday, November 5, 2018
Middletown parish holding teen swing dance party
The youth ministry of St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Middletown, is inviting teens of the parish and surrounding areas to join them for their “Swing into the Holiday” Swing Dance party Nov. 30. And if their last swing dance event is any indication, this next one promises to be an invigorating time for all. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Young people share talents, friendship during Year of Youth Fest

“I don’t think I could’ve been more nervous,” Anthony Gaudino, a 10th-grader from St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Red Bank, said with a smile after playing a self-composed piece on the piano. “When you share music … you’re saying a prayer to God, and it can be very, very powerful.”

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Diocesan Year of Youth launches with message of hope by Bishop O'Connell

On the day that the universal Church welcomed seven new saints – including a 19-year-old layman – more than 1,000 from the Church of Trenton, most of them young people, gathered with their shepherd for the diocesan Year of Youth official kickoff.

“What an awesome day to begin the Year of Youth,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., said, referencing not only the saints’ canonization but the month-long Synod of Bishops on young people, both in Rome.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018



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