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6 RO SA RI A N S LE A RN TO U S E RO SA RY TO EV A NGELIZE SUSSEX PASSAIC 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. MORRIS 10/2/2014 12 2 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard S T. C LEMENT P A RI S H M A RK S IT S GOLDEN A NNIVER SA RY A DECADE OF SERVICE BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI 7 HUNG A RI A N P A RI S H IN P ASSA I C C ELEBR A TE S 110TH A NNIVER SA RY 10-11 12 13 14-15 Bishop Serratelli marks his tenth anniversary as the Bishop of Paterson with a Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Peter the Apostle Church, Parsippany, Sept. 28. Celebrating with him (in center) are (from left): Retired Auxiliary Bishop Dominic Marconi of Newark, Archbishop Emeritus Peter Gerety of Newark (seated), Retired Auxiliary Bishop Charles McDonnell of Newark, Retired Auxiliary Bishop David Arias of Newark, Benedictine Abbot Richard Cronin, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Bishop Emeritus Frank Rodimer, Archbishop Bernard Hebda, coadjutor Archbishop of Newark, Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Flesey of Newark, Bishop Younin Hasbash and Auxiliary Bishop Manuel Cruz of Newark. V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O O BITUARIES C LASSIFIED At Mass of Thanksgiving, Bishop Serratelli marks 10th anniversary as diocese’s Shepherd By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS PARSIPPANY With great joy, Bishop Serratelli marked the 10th anniversary of his installation as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Peter the Apostle Church Sept. 28. Concelebrants of the Mass included Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, who ordained Bishop Serratelli as a bishop on Sept. 8, 2000. Also concelebrating were 10 bishops, including Bishop Emeritus Rodimer, and numerous priests of the diocese, many of whom the bishop taught in seminary and some of whom he ordained as priests and has installed as pastors of parishes. Many religious and lay faithful of the diocese also attended the Mass fill-ing St. Peter’s to capacity. In his welcoming remarks, the bishop said: “A priest once long ago raised this question, ‘Why is the bishop agreeing to a 10th anniversary?’ Well, you know that the bishop wears a ring — it is a wedding ring because the bishop is married to the Church in love and in fidelity. But this is not your usual marriage. When a bishop is sent to care for and love a particular local Church it’s always an arranged marriage.” “But I must say,” he said, “this bishop did very THE BISHOP’S 10TH on 8 Straight & Narrow helps those with addictions thanks to Bishop’s Annual Appeal By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER PATERSON At least once a week, Joe Duffy, executive director of Straight and Narrow (S&N), hears from a client, a former client, a fam-ily member or a staff member these words: “Straight & Narrow saved my life.” The frequency of that state-ment attests to the mission of Straight & Narrow. An agency of diocesan Catholic Charities with its main headquarters located in downtown Paterson, S&N has provided help and hope to more than 60,000 people, who have been addicted to drugs and alcohol, those living with HIV/AIDS, children living in its Paterson neighborhood and families with the desire to become stronger for the past 60 years. Under the theme, “Be an Ambas -sador for Christ,” S&N is one of the recipients of gifts from the 2014 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. In addition to Catholic Charities agencies, which also includes Catholic Family and Community Services and De part -ment for Persons with Disa bili ties, the Appeal will support the Catholic Academy of Passaic County, semi-narian education and Nazareth Village, the retired priests’ residence. Duffy, who also serves as presi-dent of diocesan Catholic Charities agencies, said, “We truly believe we make a difference in the lives of so many. With the help of the faithful, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal contin-ues to provide more than a million dollars to our Catholic Charities agencies each year. While we receive BAA on 4

At Mass Of Thanksgiving, Bishop Serratelli Marks 10th Anniversary As Diocese’s Shepherd

Cecile San Agustin

PARSIPPANY With great joy, Bishop Serratelli marked the 10th anniversary of his installation as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Peter the Apostle Church Sept. 28.

Concelebrants of the Mass included Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, who ordained Bishop Serratelli as a bishop on Sept. 8, 2000. Also concelebrating were 10 bishops, including Bishop Emeritus Rodimer, and numerous priests of the diocese, many of whom the bishop taught in seminary and some of whom he ordained as priests and has installed as pastors of parishes. Many religious and lay faithful of the diocese also attended the Mass filling St. Peter’s to capacity.

In his welcoming remarks, the bishop said: “A priest once long ago raised this question, ‘Why is the bishop agreeing to a 10th anniversary?’ Well, you know that the bishop wears a ring — it is a wedding ring because the bishop is married to the Church in love and in fidelity. But this is not your usual marriage. When a bishop is sent to care for and love a particular local Church it’s always an arranged marriage.”

“But I must say,” he said, “this bishop did very well by an arrangement made by others. So today we gather for the wedding anniversary as the Church of Paterson.”

In his homily, the bishop referred to the day’s Gospel reading found in Matthew 21:28-32 about the Parable of Two Sons. “Every day we face the same test (the two sons faced). What proves whether or not we are sincere and earnest, is that our words of love become deeds of love,” he said.

The bishop then spoke about serving as the leader of the Paterson Diocese. “For the last 10 years as your bishop, I have listened to your words of encouragement and counsel. I have witnessed your works of charity. In so many ways, you are following Jesus, the perfect Son of the Father. This is what makes the Church of Paterson what we are called to be — the Body of Christ, given for others. May God continue to keep us united in faith and in love.”

During the Mass, Prayers of the Faithful were said in English, Italian, Polish and Spanish reflecting the diversity of languages spoken in the diocese. The Paterson Diocesan Choir lead the congregation in song and near the end of Mass, the Religious Teachers Filippini choir sang an Italian hymn, “Dell’aurora tu sorgi piu bella,” which translates to “From the dawn you rise more beautiful.”

As Mass came to a conclusion, the bishop’s Prayer for Vocations was recited and Bishop Serratelli spoke about the need for continuing to find men to be priests and women to serve in religious orders.

Following the Mass, a reception was held at Parsippany Sheraton, which was attended by some 700 guests.

Cardinal McCarrick spoke at the reception and in his letter of congratulations to the bishop, wrote, “In a very special way, I rejoice as you complete 10 extraordinary years as the shepherd of the Church of Paterson. Since I had the enormous privilege of ordaining you to the episcopacy and of serving with you for so many years in the Archdiocese of Newark, I truly thank God for your priestly and episcopal ministry over so many wonderful but challenging years. I have been very proud of you as your episcopal father in Christ and I truly rejoice that this decade of service has been a blessing to the Church which you have served so well as bishop.”

Father Hernan Arias, vicar for pastoral administration, spoke at the dinner and focused on Bishop Serratelli’s long career teaching in the seminary, calling him a “renowned teacher.” He also spoke of the bishop’s deep love for his family and shared family stories about the bishop’s close relationship with his mother Eva, who passed away on April 27.

Sister of Christian Charity Mary Edward Spohrer, diocesan chancellor/delegate for religious, who also was a speaker, said, “It is a joy to celebrate Bishop Serratelli’s decade of episcopal service here, among us, in the Diocese of Paterson. As we recount the marvels that God has done through the hard work, faithful dedication and visionary leadership of our bishop, we can only say a huge ‘thank you’ — to God and to him. The priorities which bishop has set for us — vocation, collaboration, evangelization — have brought a strong infusion of life and energy to the mission which we share. As we gratefully remember all that our bishop has done for us with such enthusiasm these past 10 years, we also look forward to what lies ahead, so that, as one family in faith, we will continue to build up the Church and fulfill God’s dream for us.”

In his remarks, the bishop gave his own Top 10 list of “why it is a joy to be the Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson,” with No. 1 being the faithful of the diocese, whom, he said, “Make this diocese the greatest diocese in the state of New Jersey.”

Among the other top reasons he cited for his joy were: clergy, seminarians and deacons who “go the extra mile to reach out to people;” the Chancery staff; the “dedicated religious” in the 45 institutes of consecrated life in the diocese; the charity of the people of the diocese to others; the vibrant young people he meets across the diocese; the diversity of the diocese where Masses are celebrated in 11 different languages weekly, and the diocese as the birthplace and home of the first and only evangelization center — St. Paul Inside the Walls — in the nation.

Msgr. James Mahoney, vicar general and moderator of the Curia, served as Master of Ceremonies. Bishop Emeritus Frank Rodimer gave the invocation and Archbishop Bernard Hebda, coadjutor of Newark, gave the Benediction.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/At+Mass+Of+Thanksgiving%2C+Bishop+Serratelli+Marks+10th+Anniversary+As+Diocese%E2%80%99s+Shepherd/1826694/227420/article.html.

Straight & Narrow Helps Those With Addictions Thanks To Bishop’s Annual Appeal

Cecile San Agustin

PATERSON At least once a week, Joe Duffy, executive director of Straight and Narrow (S&N), hears from a client, a former client, a family member or a staff member these words: “Straight & Narrow saved my life.” The frequency of that statement attests to the mission of Straight & Narrow.

An agency of diocesan Catholic Charities with its main headquarters located in downtown Paterson, S&N has provided help and hope to more than 60,000 people, who have been addicted to drugs and alcohol, those living with HIV/AIDS, children living in its Paterson neighborhood and families with the desire to become stronger for the past 60 years.

Under the theme, “Be an Ambas - sador for Christ,” S&N is one of the recipients of gifts from the 2014 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. In addition to Catholic Charities agencies, which also includes Catholic Family and Community Services and De part - ment for Persons with Disa bili ties, the Appeal will support the Catholic Academy of Passaic County, seminarian education and Nazareth Village, the retired priests’ residence.

Duffy, who also serves as president of diocesan Catholic Charities agencies, said, “We truly believe we make a difference in the lives of so many. With the help of the faithful, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal continues to provide more than a million dollars to our Catholic Charities agencies each year. While we receive a great deal of government funds, we could not make ends meet without the support of the Appeal, without your support. The gifts that you will pledge to the Appeal are very important to us.”

The one-of-a-kind agency is known statewide and around the country for its specialized services for those battling drug and alcohol addiction. Through its residential facilities, men, women — including those who are pregnant or with infants — and teen boys receive around-the-clock help for six to 12 months. Programs such as the 12-step program, and individual and group counseling help clients to overcome addiction by seeking the source of their behavior.

Judy Kurtzer, director of men’s treatment services, said, “Our clients really connect with the 12 steps. They learn a lot about who they are and the relationships in their lives. You can see as they go through the program that for the first time in their lives, they feel good about themselves.”

Another helpful part for the residents are the self-help books, they have received upon entering S&N, which were funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. “These books sort of become a bible for them,” said Kurtzer. “The books are theirs to keep and often times, as they pass through the program they are able to earn more books on other subjects about becoming a stronger person.”

Beyond the mental health aspect, S&N has provided a home-like environment for the clients. With so much time at the facilities for a significant period of time, the residential facilities have various recreational activities for the clients.

“The clients are here 24 hours a day. When they aren’t going through the different treatment programs, it’s important in order for them to stay well that we have something else for them to do to break up the monotony besides have them sit in front of a television all day. Also we need to show them there are so many ways to have fun and enjoy life without the use of drugs and alcohol,” said Duffy.

During their time in treatment, the clients receive recovery coins or key chains to mark the amount of days they have stayed sober. Karen Roccisano, director of women’s services at S&N, said, “They wear them like a badge of honor. They feel proud as they reach each different milestone.”

In the past, funds from the bishop’s appeal have also paid for the registration and test costs for the GED for many of the clients, which costs $90. Duffy said, “It is not much but multiply that by the indigent clients in our substance abuse programs taking the GED course with us and it becomes big dollars.”

In addition to the treatment facilities, S&N provides outpatient counseling, medical detox, intoxicated driver resource center, methadone maintenance, housing for persons with HIV/AIDS, a family success center and two day care centers for children living in Paterson. S&N welcomes visits to its facilities for those who want to see firsthand the work of the agency.

Rick Moses, 28-day program coordinator, who is one of the first staff members a new client meets at S&N, said, “Emotions are very raw when they get here. For some it is their first time facing some very real emotions. Eventually though, they find an excited and inspired hope to change their lives.
Ultimately, we give our clients the choice, it’s about planting the seed.”

To support the appeal, the In-Pew Commitment Weekend will take place during the weekend Masses on Oct. 11-12 to invite parishioners to make a pledge or donation. Parishioners can provide financial support to the 2014 BAA through one-time gifts or pledges paid over several months with reminders, credit card contributions or on-line contributions. Legacy gifts to the BAA can also be considered in a will or estate plan.

[Information: www.2014appeal.org or call 973-777-8818, ext. 215.]

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Straight+%26amp%3B+Narrow+Helps+Those+With+Addictions+Thanks+To+Bishop%E2%80%99s+Annual+Appeal/1826707/227420/article.html.

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