Upcoming Activities

Faith, Film & Food

The lineup for our “Faith, Film & Food” summer gatherings is as follows. Three great family oriented movies that are sure to inspire us all!

Wednesday, July 10th – Evan Almighty (BBQ will be served)
Wednesday, July 24th – Going My Way (Subs/Sandwiches will be served)
Wednesday, August 7th – Peaceful Warrior (Pizza)

There is no registration required for any of these events. At the conclusion of the event, we do encourage you to contribute to the free will offering to cover the cost of the food. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

Can I Get A Witness? – Life Night

What Can We Learn From Saint Paul?

This Life Night takes us on a trip to the days of the early Church. Through a skit version of a trial of St. Paul, teens meet early Church figures and understand how the letters and writings of the New Testament shaped this community. Teens will share their witnesses in small groups, hear from fellow teens, and see how the Scriptures, and the epistles in particular, are relevant today in this culture and their lives. Just as He called St. Paul, the Holy Spirit calls each person to witness to Christ.

Holy Father’s Message for “World Children’s Day”

Dear children,

Your first World Day, which will be held in Rome on 25-26 May this year, is fast approaching. That is why I thought of sending you a Message. I am happy that you will be able to read it and I thank all those responsible for passing it on to you.

I want to speak to each of you, dear children, because, as the Bible teaches us, and as Jesus showed so often, “you are precious” in God’s eyes (Is 43:4).

At the same time, I am addressing this Message to all of you, because all children, everywhere, are a sign of every person’s desire to grow and flourish. You remind us that we are all children, brothers and sisters. We would not be alive unless others brought us into this world, nor could we grow without having others to love and from whom to receive love (cf. Fratelli Tutti, 95).

All of you, girls and boys, are a source of joy for your parents and your families, but also for our human family and for the Church, in which each of us is like a link in a great chain stretching from the past to the future and covering the whole earth. That is why I encourage you to pay attention to the stories of grown-ups: your moms and dads, your grandparents and great grandparents. And not to forget all those other children and young people who are already battling illness and hardship, in hospital or at home, and those who even now are being cruelly robbed of their childhood. I think of children who are victims of war and violence, those experiencing hunger and thirst, those living on the streets, those forced to be soldiers or to flee as refugees, separated from their parents, those prevented from going to school, and those who fall prey to criminal gangs, drugs or other forms of slavery and abuse. Let us listen to their voices. We need to hear those voices, for amid their sufferings they remind us of reality, with their tearful eyes and with that tenacious yearning for goodness that endures in the hearts of those who have truly seen the horror of evil.

Dear young friends, in order for us and our world to grow and flourish, it is not enough to be united with one another; we need, above all else, to be united with Jesus. From him we receive a great deal of courage. He is always close to us, his Spirit goes before us and accompanies us on all the world’s pathways. Jesus told us: “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21:5); this is the theme I have chosen for your first World Day. These words invite us to become as clever as children in grasping the new realities stirred up by the Spirit, both within us and around us. With Jesus, we can dream of the renewal of our human family and work for a more fraternal society that cares for our common home. This starts with little things, like saying hello to others, asking permission, begging pardon, and saying thank you. Our world will changed if we all begin with these little things, without being ashamed to take small steps, one at a time. The fact that we are small reminds us that we are also frail and need one another as members of one body (cf. Rom 12:5; 1 Cor 12:26).

That is not all. The fact is that we cannot be happy all by ourselves because our joy increases to the extent that we share it. Joy is born of gratitude for the gifts we have received and which we share in turn, and it grows in our relationships with others. When we keep the blessings we have received to ourselves, or throw tantrums to get this or that gift, we forget that the greatest gift that we possess is ourselves, one another: all of us, together, are “God’s gift.”

Other gifts are nice, but only if they help us to be together. If we don’t use them for that purpose, we will always end up being unhappy; they will never be enough.

Instead, when we are all together, everything is different! Think of your friends, and how great it is to spend time with them: at home, at school, in the parish and the playground, everywhere. Playing, singing, discovering new things, having fun, everyone being together and excluding no one. Friendship is wonderful and it grows only in this way: through sharing and forgiving, with patience, courage, creativity and imagination, without fear and without prejudice.

Now, I am going to share a special secret with you. If we really want to be happy, we need to pray, to pray a lot, to pray every day, because prayer connects us directly to God. Prayer fills our hearts with light and warmth; it helps us to do everything with confidence and peace of mind. Jesus constantly prayed to the Father. Do you know what Jesus called him? In his language, he simply called him “Abba”, which means “Daddy” (cf. Mk 14:36). Let’s do the same thing! We will always feel that Jesus is close to us. He himself promised us that, when he said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 18:20).

Dear children, you may know that in May, many of us will be together in Rome, to be together with children from all over the world. To prepare well for this, I would ask all of you to pray the same prayer that Jesus taught us – the Our Father. Recite it every morning and every evening, in your families too, together with your parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents. But not just by saying the words! Think about those words that Jesus taught us. He is calling us and he wants us to join actively with him, on this World Children’s Day, to become builders of a new, more humane, just and peaceful world. Jesus, who offered himself on the Cross to gather all of us together in love, who conquered death and reconciled us with the Father, wants to continue his work in the Church through us. Think about this, especially those of you who are preparing to receive First Communion.

God has loved us from all eternity (cf. Jer 1:5). He looks upon us with the eyes of a loving father and a gentle mother. He never forgets us (cf. Is 49:15) and every day he accompanies us and renews us with his Spirit.

Together with the Most Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, let us pray in these words:

Come, Holy Spirit,

show us your beauty,

reflected in the faces

of children all over the world.

Come, Jesus,

you who make all things new,

who are the way that leads us to the Father, come and remain with us always.

Amen.

FRANCIS.

Service & Social (Young Adult Ministry)

On Saturday, June 1st join St. David the King and the Diocese of Trenton in participating in the Service & Social. It will be a casual day for Young Adults to build community and put their faith into action by serving those in need. The day will begin at 9:00 AM at Vincent’s Legacy in Wall, New Jersey (2201 Marconi Road (InfoAge/former Camp Evans site), Wall Township, 07719). Please enter through main gates, turn right at the “T” intersection, follow road around a few bends, Warehouse #9037D will be on your left, directly across from the Brookdale Community College parking lot. Our day will end at 2:00 PM.

This is a great opportunity to connect with other young adults from our Diocese and use our gifts and talents to serve God and make a difference in the community!

Part of our day will be delivering furniture and home goods to families in need that have recently acquired housing. We will also pick up donations and help organize and clean them, etc. So, close toed shoes are required. Also, I recommend bringing water to stay hydrated! We will need to car pool from the warehouse to the locations we will serve. If you are willing to drive please let me know! Be prepared for the weather, dress for the possibility of getting dirty, and be open to doing whatever task needs to be done!

Pizza will be provided for lunch. (If you have special dietary needs, please bring your own lunch).

If you have any additional questions, please contact Matthew Simms (609-275-7111 (ext. 202) | msimms@stdavidtheking.com).

Piece It Together – Life Night (Youth Ministry)

Sunday – May 5th from 5:00 – 6:30

This Life Night helps teens see how the Old Testament fits into the larger story of salvation history. The session begins with assembling simple floor puzzles within small groups. Just when teens think the activity is too simple, there is an unexpected twist. The combined Proclaim and Break sections are presented in collaboration between a teacher and a storyteller, with content presentation alternating between upfront teaching and Connect Group small group processes. The session concludes with a reflection on our personal pieces of the puzzle. This is a great Life Night to help teens learn more about the Old Testament so they can better know God’s love for them.

Vocation Discernment Mass and BBQ

Vocation Discernment Mass and BBQ to be held on June 11. Offered for young men ages 14-40 wanting to learn more about the priesthood, the annual “Come & See” event will begin with a Mass celebrated at 4 p.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, 61 Georgia Rd., Freehold, in which all are welcome to attend and pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood. After Mass, there will be a barbecue during which the men who are discerning a call to priesthood will have an opportunity to meet with priests from the Diocese as well as current seminarians. Reservations are not needed to attend. For more information, contact Father Christopher Colavito, diocesan vocations director, at 609-406-7448 or email ccolavito@dioceseoftrenton.org

St. David the King Footsteps & Holy Door Pilgrimage

In October 2025, embark on a 12-day sacred Biblical pilgrimage, retracing the footsteps of the Apostle Paul across the ancient lands of Greece and Italy. This transformative journey begins in Thessaloniki, where you’ll explore Philippi and Kavala, sites steeped in Biblical significance, before immersing yourself in the rich history of Thessaloniki itself. As you stand in awe before the Meteora Monasteries and traverse the storied streets of Athens, the enduring legacy of faith comes to life before your eyes.

In Rome, the heart of Catholicism, your pilgrimage reaches its pinnacle. From the solemn halls of Mamertine Prison to the hallowed grounds of St. Peter’s Basilica, each site offers a profound connection to the martyrdom of the Apostle Paul and the early Christian community. As you attend a Papal Audience and cross the Holy Door, you’ll experience moments of profound spiritual reflection, deepening your bond with the Church and its rich traditions.

Throughout your journey, Masses at revered sites such as the Bema of Apostle Paul in Berea and the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls provide moments of spiritual renewal and communion with the faithful. Join us on this sacred odyssey, where faith, history, and tradition converge to illuminate the path of discipleship and grace.

Click here to register and secure your spot today!

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Young Adult Ministry – Theology on Tap

On Tuesday, June 18th join St. David the King and the Diocese of Trenton at Twin Lights Brewing Company (4057 Asbury Ave, Tinton Falls, NJ 07753) for another Theology on Tap! Our evening of fellowship begins at 7:00 PM with a talk followed by a small group discussion. Registration is $10, which includes light food options, soft drinks, and other light refreshments. Also, there will be a cash bar available.

Register on Flocknote before June 11th!

If you have any additional questions, please contact Matthew Simms (609-275-7111 (ext. 202) | msimms@stdavidtheking.com).