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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

Evening with NET Ministries opens hearts to Christ
On March 12, the traveling NET Ministries team visited The Catholic Center of Monmouth University for an evening of dinner, fellowship and Adoration. More ...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Young adults begin Lent with faith, solidarity during retreat

Jesse and Elsie Hornblum traveled more than an hour with their five-month-old baby, Joseph, in tow with a faith-filled mission in mind: “starting Lent off on the right foot.”

“It’s good to have a time to think about Lent,” said Elsie Hornblum of St. Paul Parish, Princeton, who cradled the couple’s wide-eyed son. “There’s a different layer of commitment that you feel just being here that supports your faith.”

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Sunday, March 10, 2019
Chastity speaker Pam Stenzel to discuss truth, self-worth

Truth.

That’s what’s at the heart of educating young people about the Church’s teachings when it comes to the decisions they will face in their lives.

As such, noted author and abstinence educator Pam Stenzel is returning to the Diocese to present “Because you are Worth It” – a chastity event for parents and teens – open to students in eighth grade through high school as well as those who work with young people in schools and parishes.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Diocese's youth awarded at annual Boy Scout Court of Honor ceremony
“Scouting serves as a reflection of what we profess as followers of Christ,” Father Michael Santangelo, diocesan Catholic Scouting chaplain, told the 17 uniformed and badge-emblazoned young men seated before him, “Live what it is we believe.” More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Audience gathered in SJV takes message of filmmaker, movie 'Paul' to heart
It was an all-too-rare experience for moviegoers as teens and adults emerged from the darkness – both literally and figuratively – of St. John Vianney High School’s theater after watching a film with a powerful message that didn’t involve explosions, superheroes or over-the-top technical effects. More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Rambling Spirit Column: What we teach says much about us
“Some years ago – never mind how long precisely,” I attended a board of education meeting as a journalist, covering a story about the use of R-rated films in class lessons at a local high school. More ...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Movie producer visit, lunch with Bishop YOY highlights
With the diocesan Year of Youth in full swing, opportunities abound in the coming weeks for young adults ages 18-39 to gather and celebrate their unique place in the universal Church. More ...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Teens get history lesson on vocations trip to Baltimore
Eight young men of the Diocese had the recent opportunity to travel from Medford to Baltimore for a guided visit through two of the city’s famed cathedrals in an effort to explore their possible call to religious life. More ...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Free clothing store a monumental effort by youth, families
The third annual clothing drive and free store held in the gym of Holy Trinity School, Long Branch, was an unqualified success – not an item of clothing remained after the two-hour donation window Feb. 17. More ...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Diocesan Youth Conference inspires hearts, minds of young Catholics
Empowering! Energizing! Inspiring! Youth across the four counties of the Diocese used these words to describe “Servant,” the 2019 Diocesan Youth Conference – a yearly gathering for teens in grades 8-12 in which they encounter Jesus through a joyful celebration of their faith while connecting with other young Catholics from across the Diocese. More ...
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Bishop reminds youth that they were born to serve

The 600 or so young people who attended the 2019 Diocesan Youth Conference focused a lot of attention on the theme of “Servant.”

But probably the most powerful message they heard came from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., who offered simple, yet profound insight on how one goes about becoming a servant.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019
Film company minister to attend screening of 'St. Paul' movie at St. John Vianney High School
Teens and their families will have an opportunity March 1 to view a special screening and discussion of the 2018 feature film “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” as part of the Diocese of Trenton’s Year of Youth initiative. More ...
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Eagle Scout project updates Stations of the Cross in Lincroft parish prayer garden
Members of St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft, can now visit refurbished Stations of the Cross in the parish prayer garden, thanks to the careful planning and hard work of a young parishioner. More ...
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Panama shows solidarity with pilgrims along route to World Youth Day vigil
PANAMA CITY – As thousands of pilgrims streamed through the neighborhood of Las Acacias en route to the World Day Youth vigil, those from Nicaragua and Venezuela received special cheers and applause as they carried the flags of their respective countries. More ...
Monday, January 28, 2019



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