“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."
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.” More ... Monday, May 13, 2019
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
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. More ... Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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
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. More ... Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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.
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