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The epidemic of drug and alcohol addiction knows no limits. Its devastating effects can be found in every age group, ethnicity, economic level and community. Addictions can be triggered by emotional or spiritual anguish, and sometimes as a negative reaction to medication legally prescribed for an injury or surgery. Regardless of its roots, the journey that follows for the victims and their families is harrowing.
With your help, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen can continue to provide life-saving treatment and counseling services for those struggling with addiction through both group and individual settings.
Moreover, you are helping to build a civilization of love through your support of the initiatives offered by the Office of Family Life that address the spiritual needs of those impacted by this crisis. The prayer vigils and personal sharing sessions being held throughout the year are an invitation to people of all faiths seeking healing and the strength to overcome addiction and its often tragic aftermath.
GUIDING OUR YOUTH
In the Diocese of Metuchen and throughout the universal Church, there is a renewed focus on improving 600 ways to support young Catholics’ baptismal call to holiness, to welcome the contributions they make to the Church and help them in their process of growing in faith and deciding the state of life that would best correspond to what God wants from them.
Thanks to your gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, our diocesan Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry is responding to the call for action by offering ample opportunities for young people to engage in a dialogue with Bishop Checchio, priests and religious, parish youth ministers and their peers.
World Youth Day in Metuchen brought home the excitement of the world-wide gathering in Panama through live-streaming, Mass and fun activities for high school age students. Young Adult Holy Hours with praise & worship music and confessions followed by social gatherings at a local pub are inviting young men and women to a deeper relationship with Christ and to an occasion to connect with one another. Days of Reflection for Youth Ministers bring our parish youth leaders together to pray, collaborate and support one another. And, for those young men and women considering priesthood or religious life, the Office of Vocations is there to accompany them through the process of discernment. All of these programs for our youth would not be possible without your gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
It was the first-time Isabel Esparza, a parishioner of St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish in Flemington, experienced the Annual Hispanic Heritage Mass. “It is so beautiful that regardless of the different cultures, the different traditions, the different devotions, we’re all here for Christ,” Esparza said.“That’s what unites us.”
Connecting faith and heritage through similar prayerful events which celebrate the cultural diversity of the Church of Metuchen is one of the goals of the Office of Cultural Diversity Ministries. The ministry provides pastoral care to immigrants and people of different ethnicities, cultures and languages and actively invites inclusion and fuller participation of all God’s people in the life of the Church.
Your gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal helps to support our local Encuentro (Spanish for “encounter”) process which is part of a national conversation of the missionary role of Spanish/Latino Ministry in the Catholic Church. Your gift also supports the Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers Program through which pastoral leaders build a foundation of knowledge and skills for intercultural communication and understanding for harmonious work across cultures.