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8 S TILL TIME TO DON A TE TO THE C HRI S TM AS S H A RING FUND 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 DECEMBER 18, 2014 Gives growing faith community more space for worshippers, ministries, activities Bishop blesses $2.4M addition at Hamburg parish By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR 7 3 I C ON OF THE IMM AC UL A TE C ON C EPTION VI S IT S P A RI S H N A ME SA KE IN FR A NKLIN BI S HOP LE A D S THE BLE SS ING FOR RE S TOR A TION OF S T. JOHN’ S CA THEDR A L 7 9 13-14 15 18-19 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS 10-1 1 W HAT T O D O Y OUTH V IEWPOINT O BITUARIES C LASSIFIEDS Designed by an architect from Lafayette, Allan Spector, this ambitious project includ-HAMBURG Last Sunday, ed expansion of the worship Bishop Serratelli blessed a 10-space, including a new nar -year dream in the making for thex, a relocated main entry St. Jude the Apostle Parish and restrooms. The worship here: a $2.4 million addition area was expanded by utiliz-that gives the Sussex County ing the space of the old faith community another parish hall that was adjoining 8,881-square-feet of space for the church. The expansion of worship, ministries and activ-the church, built in 1968, ities. Already, parishioners added 27 more pews, which have been utilizing these long-increased its capacity from awaited facilities — including 300 to 400 people, Father a new parish hall and multi-Collins said. purpose resource center and The addition also includes expanded worship space — five multipurpose resource which were designed to serve rooms that serve the parish St. Jude’s growing population. in many ways, most notably On Dec. 14, Bishop Serra -offering classroom space for BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI telli was the main celebrant BLESSING FROM THE BISHOP Bishop Serratelli blessed a new $2.4 addition at St. Jude the its religious education pro-and homilist of a Mass at St. Apostle Parish, Hamburg, which adds another 8,881-square-feet to its facilities for worship, gram, including an office, Jude where he blessed the ministries and activities to serve the Sussex County faith community’s growing population. and many of its ministries, new facility that added a new The bishop blesses the narthex of the addition on Dec. 14 with help from Deacon Edward such as evangelization and parish hall, five new resource Boscia and Wade Trainor. rosary and prayer shawl mak-rooms and 141 seats to the ers, Father Collins said. church, which “enables parish ioners to participate had welcomed Bishop Serratelli to St. Jude’s for The new 200-person-capacity parish hall that fully in the worship service and give them a the groundbreaking of the addition last year. already has hosted a “Sweet 16” birthday party direct line of sight to the sanctuary, altar and “The new addition is much more comfortable. and is booked to host an Eagle Scout ceremony. tabernacle,” said Father William Collins, St. Jude’s More space, with new heating and air condition-Father Collins said that he envisions the large ing, makes the facility more functional and at-space, for other parish events, such as Italian pastor and a concelebrant of the Mass. “Parishioners are very happy with the addition. tractive. I hope that it helps enhance the spiri-Night, repasts after funerals and “Coffee and…” ADDITION on 4 They like the look of it,” said Father Collins, who tuality of the people,” he said. ‘SPEAKING OF FAITH’ SERIES AT ST. PAUL INSIDE THE WALLS Lawyer urges Catholics to ‘hear God, be open and surrender to him’ By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR MADISON The noble profession of the law can wait but the Lord can-not. Prominent attorney Karol Corbin Walker of Assumption Parish, Morristown, makes certain to begin each morning in prayer, often re-flecting on Scripture or other reli-gious texts. “That [prayer] is what gets me centered. In the morning, I say, ‘They [her commitments] can wait,’ ” said Corbin Walker, a distin-guished African-American lawyer, on Dec. 10, during the latest in a series of conversations about faith, life and work, called “Speaking of Faith,” at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here. “I’m am a triple ‘A’ personality. I have to be in control. But you need to hear God, be open and surrender to him. Once you are receptive to his thoughts, everything will be fine. Now, I don’t worry about a thing,” she said. On a snowy Thursday evening, Corbin Walker — the first African-American woman to become both a partner in a major N.J. law firm and the first African-American president of the N.J. Bar Association — sat behind a small table in a classroom at St. Paul’s, speaking with Father Paul Manning, its executive director and diocesan vicar for evangeliza-tion. About 100 audience members — among them prominent judges and fellow attorneys and members of St. Paul’s Outreach to Attorneys — listened to Corbin Walker, a con-vert to Catholicism, speak about the importance of her faith, prompted by Father Manning’s insightful ques-tions. “ ‘Speaking of Faith’ is a series of interviews with noted Catholics, where we ask them to reflect on the concept of God and about the inte-gration of faith with life,” Father Manning told the audience, which also included members of faith com-munities of St. Virgil, Morris Plains, and Assumption. During the conversation, Corbin Walker also spoke about her profes-sional life. A shareholder at law firm LeClairRyan, Corbin Walker focuses on business, commercial, employ-ment, environmental, hazardous waste, insurance coverage, toxic tort and product liability litigation mat-ters. Her clients have included Fortune 500 corporations and other publicly and privately held corpora-SERIES on 16

Bishop Blesses $2.4M Addition At Hamburg Parish

Michael Wojcik

Gives growing faith community more space for worshippers, ministries, activities

HAMBURG Last Sunday, Bishop Serratelli blessed a 10- year dream in the making for St. Jude the Apostle Parish here: a $2.4 million addition that gives the Sussex County faith community another 8,881-square-feet of space for worship, ministries and activities. Already, parishioners have been utilizing these longawaited facilities — including a new parish hall and multipurpose resource center and expanded worship space — which were designed to serve St. Jude’s growing population.

On Dec. 14, Bishop Serra - telli was the main celebrant and homilist of a Mass at St. Jude where he blessed the new facility that added a new parish hall, five new resource rooms and 141 seats to the church, which “enables parish ioners to participate fully in the worship service and give them a direct line of sight to the sanctuary, altar and tabernacle,” said Father William Collins, St. Jude’s pastor and a concelebrant of the Mass.

“Parishioners are very happy with the addition. They like the look of it,” said Father Collins, who had welcomed Bishop Serratelli to St. Jude’s for the groundbreaking of the addition last year. “The new addition is much more comfortable. More space, with new heating and air conditioning, makes the facility more functional and attractive. I hope that it helps enhance the spirituality of the people,” he said.

Designed by an architect from Lafayette, Allan Spector, this ambitious project included expansion of the worship space, including a new nar - thex, a relocated main entry and restrooms. The worship area was expanded by utilizing the space of the old parish hall that was adjoining the church. The expansion of the church, built in 1968, added 27 more pews, which increased its capacity from 300 to 400 people, Father Collins said.

The addition also includes five multipurpose resource rooms that serve the parish in many ways, most notably offering classroom space for its religious education program, including an office, and many of its ministries, such as evangelization and rosary and prayer shawl makers, Father Collins said.

The new 200-person-capacity parish hall that already has hosted a “Sweet 16” birthday party and is booked to host an Eagle Scout ceremony. Father Collins said that he envisions the large space, for other parish events, such as Italian Night, repasts after funerals and “Coffee and…” socials after Masses on Sundays. Also, parents of religious education students will have a place to gather and talk, while waiting for their children in class — “a great way for people to get to know each other,” the pastor said.

The new parish social hall and multi-purpose resource center has eased overcrowding in the existing facilities, which do not have enough room for religious education and other ministries. St. Jude’s scheduled each CCD class for alternating Sunday mornings or afternoons. That’s because the current space could not accommodate all the classes at one time, Father Collins said.

“The area has been growing over the past 15 years with the building of new homes and housing developments,” said Father Collins, who noted that St. Jude’s takes in or is surrounded by several municipalities, including Hamburg, sections of Hardyston Township, the Scenic Lakes area of Vernon and a small part of Wantage.

St. Jude’s has increased to 600 families — far more than the 187 families who helped start the faith community as a mission of Immaculate Conception Parish, Franklin, in 1965. Over the years, the parish has been expanding its offering of outreaches and ministries to meet the needs of its growing population, Father Collins said.

“We also needed to improve our facilities,” said Father Collins about the reason for the new addition.

So 10 years ago, planning for the new addition by the Feasibility Study Committee, the Building Committee and the Parish Council began and included a capital fund-raising campaign. At first, St. Jude’s delayed construction, due to the economic downturn a few years ago, but then realized that it would be financially prudent to start the project around that time. Eager for work, contractors were reducing their prices, said Father Collins, who noted that the parish will put the finishing touches on the project in the spring with some landscaping.

The new addition joins other renovation projects that have been undertaken at St. Jude’s over the years. In 1987, the church was renovated. An Allen organ was installed in 2003. Also, parish has undertaken other construction projects, such as the rectory in 1982, the garage in 1986, the church interior renovation in 1987, the parking lot extension in 1994, the parish kitchen in 1997 and the church exterior renovation in 2004, according to the history of the small parish.

After last Sunday’s Mass, Father Collins thanked Bishop Serratelli for visiting, St. Jude’s, parishioners for their generous financial support and all those who worked on the project.

“To have Bishop Serratelli here is a great honor any time that he comes. The people appreciate it,” Father Collins said.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Bishop+Blesses+%242.4M+Addition+At+Hamburg+Parish/1887139/239314/article.html.

Lawyer Urges Catholics To ‘Hear God, Be Open And Surrender To Him’

Michael Wojcik

MADISON The noble profession of the law can wait but the Lord cannot. Prominent attorney Karol Corbin Walker of Assumption Parish, Morristown, makes certain to begin each morning in prayer, often reflecting on Scripture or other religious texts.

“That [prayer] is what gets me centered. In the morning, I say, ‘They [her commitments] can wait,’ ” said Corbin Walker, a distinguished African-American lawyer, on Dec. 10, during the latest in a series of conversations about faith, life and work, called “Speaking of Faith,” at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here. “I’m am a triple ‘A’ personality. I have to be in control. But you need to hear God, be open and surrender to him. Once you are receptive to his thoughts, everything will be fine. Now, I don’t worry about a thing,” she said.

On a snowy Thursday evening, Corbin Walker — the first African- American woman to become both a partner in a major N.J. law firm and the first African-American president of the N.J. Bar Association — sat behind a small table in a classroom at St. Paul’s, speaking with Father Paul Manning, its executive director and diocesan vicar for evangelization. About 100 audience members — among them prominent judges and fellow attorneys and members of St. Paul’s Outreach to Attorneys — listened to Corbin Walker, a convert to Catholicism, speak about the importance of her faith, prompted by Father Manning’s insightful questions.

“ ‘Speaking of Faith’ is a series of interviews with noted Catholics, where we ask them to reflect on the concept of God and about the integration of faith with life,” Father Manning told the audience, which also included members of faith communities of St. Virgil, Morris Plains, and Assumption.

During the conversation, Corbin Walker also spoke about her professional life. A shareholder at law firm LeClairRyan, Corbin Walker focuses on business, commercial, employment, environmental, hazardous waste, insurance coverage, toxic tort and product liability litigation matters. Her clients have included Fortune 500 corporations and other publicly and privately held corporations, financial institutions, entertainers and insurance companies. A litigator with trial experience in the State and Federal Courts, she also has been a member of several governmental boards and numerous professional organizations, Father Manning said.

That night, Corbin Walker said that she was reared African Methodist Episcopal in Jersey City and became a Lutheran in seventh grade. Her husband of 29 years, Paul, a Catholic, never asked her to convert. Corbin Walker, got closer to the Catholic Church years ago, after a friend suggested visiting Assumption.

“I felt the love of God in everyone there,” said Corbin Walker, who entered the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process in 1984 at Assumption. Ten years later, the Walkers became leaders of RCIA there, an experience that has enabled her to “see how Church grows.” During the conversation, several candidates got up to speak about the friendliness and family atmosphere of Assumption’s RCIA program and praised the Walkers.

Corbin Walker also spoke about her legal career and her not-so secrets to her success, including her natural leadership skills and abilities to cultivate long-lasting professional and personal relationships and to surmount obstacles. She credited God for placing in her life so many mentors and colleagues, who have helped in her career.

The Nov. 10 “Speaking of Faith” evening concluded with Corbin Walker’s question-and-answer session with the audience. When asked if she ever experienced racism, she noted that she has addressed racism head-on in the workplace, but has not experienced any racism in the Catholic Church. Then, one man asked about her perspective on atheist groups that have filed lawsuits against religious expression.

“Faith will triumph over all that. Diversity [of opinions] is good. It forces us to engage in conversation and get a better grasp of the issues,” said Corbin Walker, also a member of the Order of Malta, which is committed to protecting the faith and serving the poor and sick. “By your acts and words, you might be the change for that [non-believing] person,” she answered.

Afterward, Robert Bianchi, partner in the Bianchi Law Group and a member of St. Paul’s Outreach to Lawyers, said that the lively conversation helped him explore how spirituality intersects with life and “how spirituality changes lives.”

“Our profession [as lawyers] is spiritual. We can affect social change. When you look at the law in a faith-based way, you become more compassionate,” Bianchi said.

Allan Wright, St. Paul’s academic dean, called Corbin Walker one of countless faithful Catholics in the diocese, “who go about their work and their lives, filled with faith and joy, permeating the culture with the light of Christ.”

“Karol’s story, which is still being written, gives me inspiration and hope because such a prominent and successful woman puts her relationship with God first and is not afraid to let it show,” said Wright, who expressed hope that Corbin Walker’s story could inspire his three daughters one day.

The “Speaking of Faith” series continues next year at St. Paul’s on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. with Tom Healey, a prominent local business executive.

Information: (973) 377-1104.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Lawyer+Urges+Catholics+To+%E2%80%98Hear+God%2C+Be+Open+And+Surrender+To+Him%E2%80%99/1887140/239314/article.html.

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