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3 X A VERI A N MI SS ION A RY MINI S TRY THRE A TENED BY EBOL A VIRU S SUSSEX THE A W A RDWINNING NEW S P A PER OF THE R. C . DIO C E S E OF P A TER S ON, N.J. PASSAIC MORRIS 8/21/2014 Knights’ letter writing project sends encouraging words to those studying for priesthood B AC K TO SC HOOL 2014 6 7-14 15 BI S HOP M A KE S P AS TOR A L VI S IT TO SAC RED HE A RT P A RI S H IN DOVER G ARDEN O F E ATIN ’ The garden tended to by Bishop Serratelli at his residence in Paterson, is yielding another bumper crop this August. The bishop, who has had a garden at his residence since becoming the Diocese of Paterson’s seventh bishop 10 years ago, is shown with baskets full of tomatoes, peppers, basil and arugula, which he had just picked over the weekend — with plenty more to be harvested. 4 6 16-17 18-19 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS O BITUARIES W HAT T O D O V IEWPOINT C LASSIFIEDS able group of men has not only helped me financially, but also and most im-portantly, through prayer and encour-LITTLE FALLS For almost 15 years, aging words. Every time, I receive a Knights of Columbus Councils in letter or card from the Knights it acts as an energy boost to per-the state of N.J. have severe in my own voca-written letters of support tional journey. Their and encouragement to “To see the words and thoughts re-young men study ing in flect the deep love they seminaries around the faithful ... on have for the Church.” world. They have also in-fire with Because of these en-spired elementary school couraging words and the students to send letters of their faith ... love for the appreciation to seminari-strengthens knights’ Church, Jaramillo, whose ans. home parish is St. An -More than 2,000 let-the priestly thony’s in Passaic, often ters were sent last year to identity of finds himself going back seminarians and also to to read these letters dur-some religious sisters in any young ing his personal prayer. formation expressing grat -man seeking When he witnesses the itude, thanks and prayers faith of God’s people, it to the commitments and to answer him to continue sacrifices they are making God’s call.” motivates on his journey of spiritual in following their voca-tions. C ESAR J ARAMILLO growth. Our Lady of the High -Cesar Jaramillo, a dio -way Council 3835 here is cesan seminarian who is a second year theology student at the Knights’ council that supports Pontifical North American College in Jaramillo along with sending letters Rome, said, “The Knights of Columbus of support to fellow seminarians, Lem play a very important role in the for-Camacho and Dan Ferrari, who also mation of future priests. This remark-SUPPORTING SEMINARIANS on 5 REPOR TER By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN A SPIRITUAL ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE DIOCESE Eagle Scout rehabs Marian shrine at Green Pond parish [ EDITOR’ S NOTE: This story is the fifth in a series featuring many of the shrines, prayer gardens, rosary walks and other devotional sites that local faithful can visit on their travels throughout the diocese this summer. ] By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR GREEN POND Day and night, streams of cars and trucks rumble through the twists and turns of busy Green Pond Road that cuts through Rockaway Township and passes by St. Simon the Apostle Church here. Still, visitors to the parish grounds can find God’s peace and quiet on this occasionally noisy country road, praying and reflecting in front of the refurbished and expanded shrine to Our Lady of Green Pond that sits be-tween the church and rectory. The centerpiece of the outdoor shrine, a white statue of the Blessed Mother holding green rosary beads, stands perched, looking reverently onto St. Simon’s parking lot and Green Pond Road and greeting visi-tors. Two brown wooden benches sit on either side of the Our Lady statue, inviting people to sit, pray and reflect on the Morris County parish’s bucolic property. “The shrine is magnificent, truly a sign of devotion to the Blessed Mother. It is a place of solace and peace. It’s a good place to come and pray or meditate,” said Father Richard Bay, pastor of St. Simon’s, located just a few miles off Route 23 South. “People just stop in. They come out to the shrine at different times of the day and night, because it is well lit at night.” On many mornings, parishioner Jim Rogers visits the shrine, while out rollerblading. This married father of two sons walks up the stone steps to the left of the devotional space and onto a landing covered with stones, cordoned of by a brown wooden railing and elevated by a concrete retaining wall. Rogers said he enjoys the shrine even more since Bishop Emeritus Rodimer, who lives nearby, rededicated it on April 6. Last October, Matthew Adamson of Troop 165, made major improvements to the six-year-old space for his Eagle Scout service project. “I like the quiet and solitude at the shrine. I can hear the birds chip-ping. I say my prayers to the Blessed Mother to help my family and friends,” said Rogers, who added that he enjoys taking in the natural won-ROAD TRIP on 5

Knights’ Letter Writing Project Sends Encouraging Words To Those Studying For Priesthood

Cecile San Agustin

LITTLE FALLS For almost 15 years, Knights of Columbus Councils in the state of N.J. have written letters of support and encouragement to young men studying in seminaries around the world. They have also inspired elementary school students to send letters of appreciation to seminarians.

More than 2,000 letters were sent last year to seminarians and also to some religious sisters in formation expressing gratitude, thanks and prayers to the commitments and sacrifices they are making in following their vocations.

Cesar Jaramillo, a diocesan seminarian who is a second year theology student at Pontifical North American College in Rome, said, “The Knights of Columbus play a very important role in the formation of future priests. This remarkable group of men has not only helped me financially, but also and most importantly, through prayer and encouraging words. Every time, I receive a letter or card from the Knights it acts as an energy boost to persevere in my own vocational journey. Their words and thoughts reflect the deep love they have for the Church.”

Because of these encouraging words and the knights’ love for the Church, Jaramillo, whose home parish is St. Anthony’s in Passaic, often finds himself going back to read these letters during his personal prayer. When he witnesses the faith of God’s people, it motivates him to continue on his journey of spiritual growth.

Our Lady of the High - way Council 3835 here is the Knights’ council that supports Jaramillo along with sending letters of support to fellow seminarians, Lem Camacho and Dan Ferrari, who also are studying in Rome. Both Camacho’s and Ferrari’s home parish is Our Lady of the Holy Angels here, where Council 3835 is based. The council also supports Kevin Kilgore, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Newark.

Christopher Troyano, vocations chancellor for the council, said, “Being involved in vocations is an important mission of the Knights of Columbus. Sup porting those men and women, who are following their vocations, is an inspirational way to practice one’s faith and one’s ministry.”

With the seminarians studying in Rome, correspondence occurs through e-mail but often the council will send overseas mail. “We sent Lem the Our Lady of the Holy Angels parish calendar last year,” Troyano said. “He said looking through it makes him feel like he’s home.”

For Jaramillo, who remained in Rome this summer as a requirement of his seminary studies, staying in touch with home is important. He participated in a seminarian study program in the Holy Land and Turkey. He also volunteered with the Missionaries of Charity, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s order, in Reggio, Italy, serving some of the poorest people in that region of the country.

In recognition of Our Lady of the Highway Council’s participation in the Seminarian Letter Project, they were one of 14 councils to receive an engraved plaque at the N.J. Knights’ annual convention in Wildwood.

John Tirado, chairman of the letter project who lives in the Diocese of Camden, said, “In this day, newspapers and television often carry negative stories about the priesthood. Some of our churches are closing in part due to the shortage of priests. Recognition of the Seminarian Letter Project may increase awareness of the seminarians who are considering the rich rewards and sacrifices of the priesthood. We hope the letter project encourages prayer and similar efforts in support of seminarians.”

Jaramillo appreciates all of the faithful who support him. “To see the faithful actively participating in the life of the Church and on fire with their faith nourishes a priestly vocation and strengthens the priestly identity of any young man seeking to answer God’s call,” he said.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Knights%E2%80%99+Letter+Writing+Project+Sends+Encouraging+Words+To+Those+Studying+For+Priesthood/1788510/222008/article.html.

Eagle Scout Rehabs Marian Shrine At Green Pond Parish

Michael Wojcik

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is the fifth in a series featuring many of the shrines, prayer gardens, rosary walks and other devotional sites that local faithful can visit on their travels throughout the diocese this summer.]

GREEN POND Day and night, streams of cars and trucks rumble through the twists and turns of busy Green Pond Road that cuts through Rockaway Township and passes by St. Simon the Apostle Church here. Still, visitors to the parish grounds can find God’s peace and quiet on this occasionally noisy country road, praying and reflecting in front of the refurbished and expanded shrine to Our Lady of Green Pond that sits between the church and rectory.

The centerpiece of the outdoor shrine, a white statue of the Blessed Mother holding green rosary beads, stands perched, looking reverently onto St. Simon’s parking lot and Green Pond Road and greeting visitors. Two brown wooden benches sit on either side of the Our Lady statue, inviting people to sit, pray and reflect on the Morris County parish’s bucolic property.

“The shrine is magnificent, truly a sign of devotion to the Blessed Mother. It is a place of solace and peace. It’s a good place to come and pray or meditate,” said Father Richard Bay, pastor of St. Simon’s, located just a few miles off Route 23 South. “People just stop in. They come out to the shrine at different times of the day and night, because it is well lit at night.”

On many mornings, parishioner Jim Rogers visits the shrine, while out rollerblading. This married father of two sons walks up the stone steps to the left of the devotional space and onto a landing covered with stones, cordoned of by a brown wooden railing and elevated by a concrete retaining wall. Rogers said he enjoys the shrine even more since Bishop Emeritus Rodimer, who lives nearby, rededicated it on April 6. Last October, Matthew Adamson of Troop 165, made major improvements to the six-year-old space for his Eagle Scout service project.

“I like the quiet and solitude at the shrine. I can hear the birds chipping. I say my prayers to the Blessed Mother to help my family and friends,” said Rogers, who added that he enjoys taking in the natural wonder of the wooded property, which is populated by tall trees, bushes and colorful flowers.

Rogers appreciates the efforts of Adamson, also a St. Simon parishioner, who refurbished and expanded the shrine, which another Boy Scout, Joseph Beckman, originally created six years ago for his Eagle project. During two days in last October, Adamson and a group of fellow Scouts cleaned the existing statue, a gift from a parishioner; the stone pedestal that holds the Our Lady image; and the benches. Supervised by adult Scout leaders, they filled more stones in on the landing and steps. The improvements to the existing shrine were necessary, because the winter weather in Green Pond “is harsh and wears on the shrine,” Father Bay said.

Adamson and his fellow Scouts also expanded the shrine area, erecting a brown wooden trellis over the statue, a railing around the space and a handrail for the steps. They also moved a row of paving stones to enlarge a flowerbed behind the statue. They added even more plants and flowers to the flowerbed and around the benches and statue, including mums, daffodils and rose bushes, Adamson said.

“I see people come out here to meditate. It’s peaceful,” said 17-year-old Adamson, an honor student at Morris Hills High School, Rockaway, who is still working to complete his requirements for Eagle Scout. “The project came out better than I thought it would.”

This year, the shrine became the site of the parish’s first outdoor May crowning, Father Bay said.

After praying at the Our Lady of Green Pond shrine, interested visitors can walk to the backyard of the nearby rectory. There stands a small white statue of St. Francis of Assisi, which Bishop Emeritus Rodimer fondly remembers when it stood for many years in the backyard of the bishop’s residence in Paterson. The statue was removed, when the backyard of the bishop’s residence was renovated, so Father Kevin Corcoran, priest-secretary to Bishop Serratelli, suggested that St. Simon take possession of it.

Looking out onto the Our Lady of Green Pond shrine, Father Bay — who consulted on and approved Adamson’s Eagle project — mused, “It was great to see the Scoutmasters work with the Scouts, serving as mentors, as well as parents of the Scouts joining in on the project.

“The community was fantastic in joining together to make this shrine project come together and become a reality,” Father Bay said.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Eagle+Scout+Rehabs+Marian+Shrine+At+Green+Pond+Parish/1788516/222008/article.html.

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