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Mission: Jersey volunteers find joy serving close to home
Bridget Filan, 14, of St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, prepares a plate of food for clients in the Atlantic City Rescue Mission as site leader Patrick Cavicchio, a former youth ministry member in the parish, looks on. Nearly 50 teens, young people and adults took part in service work across the state as part of this year’s Mission: Jersey. Jeff Bruno photo

Bridget Filan, 14, of St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, prepares a plate of food for clients in the Atlantic City Rescue Mission as site leader Patrick Cavicchio, a former youth ministry member in the parish, looks on. Nearly 50 teens, young people and adults took part in service work across the state as part of this year’s Mission: Jersey. Jeff Bruno photo


In the lower levels of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Matt Salmons peeled off his plastic gloves and hair net after helping serve lunch to the homeless. Only moments before, the sounds of plates being shuffled and trays sliding down a cafeteria counter rang throughout the kitchen and dining area.

“I’ve learned how we really are God’s servants. God is working through us,” said Salmons, 17, of St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, discussing his third year with Mission: Jersey.
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Spiritual Boot Camp prepares young people for keeping their faith in college
There’s a scene in the movie “Saving Private Ryan” that Father Patrick McPartland finds especially disturbing. It’s when the Marines arrive at the beach in Normandy in their amphibious landing craft and just as the vehicle’s large door opens, the Marines are met with a wall of German machine gun fire before they can even enter the fight. More ...
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Faith helps 24-year-old recover after life turned upside down by Four Wheeler crash
WASHINGTON – "Guys, I think Brandon is dead."

This is what Brandon Gosselin heard, lying in shock and a pool of his own blood, the left side of his face mangled where it had skidded across the gravel after he was hurled over the handlebars of his Four Wheeler traveling at 50 mph. He hit a deer. The Four Wheeler stopped. Gosselin didn't.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Photo galleries highlight good works at Mission: Jersey
Goodwill was in the hearts and minds of nearly 50 teens, young people and adults during this year’s Mission: Jersey held July 13 and from July 28 to Aug. 2. More ...
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Moved by grandfather's ministry, teen raises funds for Lakewood St. Vincent de Paul

A chance conversation between a grandfather and his grandson – and that grandson’s generous spirit – has proved Catholic social justice knows no boundaries.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Co-Cathedral benefit raises more than $6K for three sisters
“Beats for Bartone,” a coffeehouse talent show dedicated to assist three sisters in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral whose parents recently died, inspired generosity to the tune of more than $6,000. More ...
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Middletown teen eagerly anticipates music summer camp
Angela Gibilisco is ready to make a joyful noise far from home this summer with the help of a scholarship from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. More ...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Parishes celebrate milestones of teens and young adults
Milestones are meant to be shared. As young adults graduate from high school and leave for college, the military or a trade apprenticeship, their loved ones mark the occasion with gifts and well wishes. More ...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Co-Cathedral ministries plan coffeehouse fundraiser for three sisters in face of tragedy

Pope Francis has spoken often about the need for Christians to live out the Gospel values of love, mercy and compassion.

When someone is faced with a tragedy, a profound loss, or a crisis of some kind, we live these values by accompanying others on their journey, said Msgr. Sam Sirianni, rector, St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. Sometimes the journey is a long one, he stressed.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
'Keep this going,' faithful hear as Diocese concludes Year of Youth
As the Diocese concluded its Year of Youth observance with a June 21 Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, special appreciation was extended to those who volunteered their time and talents for helping to make “this year a successful year.” More ...
Saturday, June 22, 2019
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

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