Diocese of Metuchen

 Youth Ministry Newsletter

To Accompany and Empower those Ministering to YouthFebruary 3, 2012



Jesus Christ is the Lord of compassion, love, power and of all good things. The Gospels account for his ministry before  the crificxion. He came to show us how to love in a compassionate, yet a powerful way. Such, that this type of love is capable of transforming hearts, minds, situations, and anything that lies under the sun. This week's gospel states that: " When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases". Then the gospel goes on to say that rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.


The accounts of these events nourish our faith anywhere where there are hearts that believe. At times humans cannot see or feel the power of His love, but the power and the love are still there. God loves each person in the way that each person needs to be loved. He is alive, with us and eager to keep healing anyone who seeks Him on this earthly walk. Let us be grateful and faithful followers. By our witness we will be a bridge between heaven and earth for our youth in the simple things in life.


Diocesan Youth Day - "Rejoice in the Lord, Always"

This will be a fun day for teens from all around the dioceses to come together for worship, learning, and liturgy amongst other spirit-enriching activities. March 10, 2012 at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church in Bridgewater. See our flyer. Also, click here  to download registration and promotional materials.  

POSTPONED:"Ministry of Advocacy " workshop 


Don't miss- "Hidden Disabilities Awareness" Workshop on March 5th, as part of the Ongoing Formation Program.


This workshop will present an overview of a variety of hidden disabilities which are prevalent among youth today, including learning and developmental disabilities such as autism, attention differences and dyslexia and mood disorders. Included in the workshop will be interactive experiential exercises and some general tips on how to reach out to the faith community to involve and welcome young people with special needs in youth ministry. See our flyer for more details.   


Youth Ambassador Trip to Guatemala  


 This trip is annually hosted by our office. It is a  trip that allows its participants to better understand  the lives of our brothers & sisters in Guatemala. The annual ambassador trip to Guatemala will take place in July 2012. The deadline to apply for this trip is February 18, 2012.  Click here to download an application.  

Depression & Suicide Prevention - Workshop

Sun., Feb 5th at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 380 Smith Street, Perth Amboy, NJ

(in the gym)


The Joao Jose 'John' Santos Charitable Organization, in collaboration with Our Lady Of Fatima Church,  will be hosting a FREE educational workshop regarding our nation's health crisis: Mental Health & Suicide. Donations are accepted. See flyer.

Theology of the Body: for Teens -middle school edition

Weds., April  25th at St John Neumann Pastoral Center: 146 Metlars Lane, Piscataway 

Cost:$55 before 3/25- includes light breakfast & lunch, 9AM-3PM

PCL's, Principals and Priests $20 before 3/25


Join us for this timely and important training where you will be introduced to the Theology of the Body as it specifically relates to middle schoolers. See flyer 

Contact Us

Javier W. Bustamante
732-562-1990 ext. 1635

Angelica Barrera-Cruz
Associate Director
732-562-1990 ext. 1631

Karen Schreck
Administrative Assistant
732-562-1990 ext. 1627

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Featured Resource

Passing on the Faith: A Radical Model for Youth & Family Ministrybook  

This book is about passing on the faith from generation to generation, throughout the milestones of a person's life. Faith is created and nurtured by the Holy Spirit through the Gospels. The vision underlying the RADICAL model was developed in light of the theological principle that faith is formed by the Holy Spirit through personal, trusted relationships, often, but not always, in our own homes. A youth and family ministry for the 21st century connects all the generations in the total ministry of the congregation and, through the cross of Christ, recognizes the work of the Holy Spirit shaping faith in all the circles of relationships.


This and other resources are available to you through the youth and young adult library. To borrow this or other resources simply email us


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