Teens Volunteer at Jersey City Church for New Archdiocese of Newark Service Program
Jersey City, N.J. – A group of young parishioners volunteered to assist with maintenance projects at Our Lady of Sorrows/Christ the King Church in Jersey City on July 17. Their efforts were part of “Days in the Diocese,” a new summer program presented by the Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark that offers one-day service immersion experiences to archdiocesan teens throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties.
The participating high school students — who are all enrolled in a parish youth group or Confirmation program — washed windows, moved furniture, polished pews, swept floors, and completed a variety of other cleaning work in the church and its parish hall. They were joined by Bishop Gregory J. Studerus, the archdiocesan auxiliary bishop representing Hudson County, who blessed the teens and led them in prayer.
“Catholics of every age are called to serve God’s children, so it warmed my heart to see the Archdiocese’s young people giving up their free time to help a parish in need,” Bishop Studerus said. “It goes to show, today’s youth are still committed to their faith despite the rising secularization of society. And that commitment is owed, in large part, to the Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry’s crucial work teaching children and teens about the love of Jesus.”
The Saturday of service at Our Lady of Sorrow/Christ the King Church was the first of four “Days in the Diocese” planned for this summer. The upcoming three will take place at archdiocesan sites in Essex, Union, and Bergen counties.
“I hope the teens realize they can make a difference,” said Rich Donovan, the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry’s Associate Director for Events and Training. “A lot of people say teens are the Church of tomorrow, but they are very much the Church of today. They’re very important. But if we don’t get them involved through programs like ‘Days in the Diocese’ and show them how significant they are, they may not be here tomorrow.”
To learn more about “Days in the Diocese” and other initiatives within the Archdiocese of Newark’s Youth & Young Adult Ministry, visit https://www.newarkoym.com/.
About the Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry
The Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry trains, equips, and supports parishes for the tremendous challenge of ministering to, with, by, and for our Catholics. The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry reaches hundreds of young Catholics each year throughout the 212 parishes of the Archdiocese with the love and truth of Jesus and His Church. As a result, parishes come alive with enthusiasm, becoming faith communities; and most of all, young people hear Jesus’ call to change this world for God.
About the Archdiocese of Newark
The Archdiocese of Newark serves approximately 1.3 million Catholics who reside in the 511 square miles of the four counties it serves: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties. Comprised of 212 Catholic parishes and 74 primary and secondary Catholic schools, the Archdiocese is shepherded by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. He was appointed Archbishop of Newark on November 7, 2016, and elevated to Cardinal by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on November 19, 2016. Cardinal Tobin was installed as Archbishop of Newark on January 6, 2017. To learn more, visit www.rcan.org.
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