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BISHOP’S COLUMN: ‘GAY MARRIAGE AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: THE PLACE OF CONSCIENCE’ SUSSEX PASSAIC THE AWARDWINNING NEWSPAPER OF THE R.C. DIOCESE OF PATERSON, N.J. 3 MORRIS SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 ‘S ERVING C HRIST A MONG U S ’ 5 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Bishop’s Annual Appeal to serve the needy, seminarians, students and retired priests By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER 4 POPE SIMPLIFIES ANNULMENT PROCESS; ASKS TO WAIVE FEES 7 PRAYER SERVICE AT MEMORIAL TO UNBORN SATURDAY CLIFTON The 2015 Bishop’s An -nual Appeal kicks off at Masses this weekend, Sept. 12 and 13, in parishes around the diocese. Pledges to the Appeal will help the Diocese to continue its mission to serve the needy, support semi-narians studying for the priest-hood, help innercity students and assist retired priests. To prepare for the Appeal, Bishop Serratelli met with pastors, lay appeal chair-persons and parish staff at the St. John Paul II Center here Aug. 25. The diocesan Development Office coordinates the Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA). Under the theme, “Serving Christ Among Us” and inspired by Matthew 25:40, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me,” pledges to the Appeal will help diocesan Catholic Charities agencies to assist the needy, seminarians with their priesthood education costs, low income students who attend Catholic schools and Nazareth Village in Chester, the dioce-san priests’ retirement residence. “The outpouring of gen erosity from the faithful of our Diocese is overwhelming,” Bishop Serratelli said. “Whether it is volun-teering their time in their parishes, serving in various ministries, assist-ing in social outreach or giving fi-nancially to support the work of the Church, our parishioners use their stewardship gifts to serve Christ among us. I am continually grateful to our pastors and Lay Appeal chairpersons who help pro-mote the urgent needs addressed by our Annual Appeal. The needs of those we help continue each year, and so I hope that everyone will be consider prayerfully a sacri-ficial pledge to our Appeal.” To make the Appeal a success, pastors and lay chairpersons play an important role in sharing infor-mation about the Appeal with parishioners. “It’s a daunting fact that Jesus really depends on each of us to do his work. Without generous hearts, the work of Jesus and the mission would never be as effective as it is,” said Msgr. James Mahoney, vicar general, moderator of the Curia and pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham Township. “The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is a practi-cal way for each of us to share in the work of Jesus. The good that every person’s contributions make possible is staggering in terms of helping so many. It is humbling and so gratifying to see how peo-ple in every parish respond when presented with the needs of their own parish and the needs met by the diocese beyond their parish. BAA on 2 5 7 8-9 10-15 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS W HAT T O D O O BITUARIES V IEWPOINT C LASSIFIEDS St. Paul Inside the Walls to host training for ChristLife By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR MADISON Training sessions in ChristLife: Catholic Ministry for Evangelization, which equips Catholics for the work of spreading the Gospel, will be offered to indi-vidual parishioners and parish teams in two sessions at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here on Friday, Sept. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Father Michael Saporito, pastor of St. Helen Parish, Westfield, and a board member of the Maryland-based ChristLife, and his staff of 18 leaders will lead the training to pre-pare participants to help other peo-ple discover, follow and share Christ as members of the Catholic Church. The three-part ChristLife program “partners with parishes, clergy, reli-gious and lay leaders who are seek-ing to answer the Church’s call for the New Evangelization through a proven method of parish evangeliza-tion and outreach,” according to its web site, www.christlife.org. “We are excited to bring ChristLife to the Paterson Diocese,” said Allan Wright, St. Paul’s academ-ic dean. “This ministry has staying power, because it draws people to-gether in a way that is meaningful, joyful and gives them a sense of mission — inviting people to get in-volved in the Church. This extends the program and continues the mis-sion. For those, who get trained in ChristLife, it will be worth the in-vestment,” he said. ChristLife training on Friday will ST. PAUL INSIDE THE WALLS on 4 THE FAMILY THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER At St. Matthew BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI the Apostle Parish in Randolph, the Lang family (from left: Rick, Tana, Alexis and Niko), prays the “Our Father” at the Mass celebrated by Bishop Serratelli during his pastoral visit to the parish Sept. 5 during Labor Day weekend. For more photos, see page 6.

‘Serving Christ Among Us’

Cecile San Agustin

Bishop’s Annual Appeal to serve the needy, seminarians, students and retired priests

CLIFTON The 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal kicks off at Masses this weekend, Sept. 12 and 13, in parishes around the diocese.

Pledges to the Appeal will help the Diocese to continue its mission to serve the needy, support seminarians studying for the priesthood, help innercity students and assist retired priests. To prepare for the Appeal, Bishop Serratelli met with pastors, lay appeal chairpersons and parish staff at the St. John Paul II Center here Aug. 25. The diocesan Development Office coordinates the Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA).

Under the theme, “Serving Christ Among Us” and inspired by Matthew 25:40, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me,” pledges to the Appeal will help diocesan Catholic Charities agencies to assist the needy, seminarians with their priesthood education costs, low income students who attend Catholic schools and Nazareth Village in Chester, the diocesan priests’ retirement residence.

“The outpouring of generosity from the faithful of our Diocese is overwhelming,” Bishop Serratelli said. “Whether it is volunteering their time in their parishes, serving in various ministries, assisting in social outreach or giving financially to support the work of the Church, our parishioners use their stewardship gifts to serve Christ among us. I am continually grateful to our pastors and Lay Appeal chairpersons who help promote the urgent needs addressed by our Annual Appeal. The needs of those we help continue each year, and so I hope that everyone will be consider prayerfully a sacrificial pledge to our Appeal.”

To make the Appeal a success, pastors and lay chairpersons play an important role in sharing information about the Appeal with parishioners.

“It’s a daunting fact that Jesus really depends on each of us to do his work. Without generous hearts, the work of Jesus and the mission would never be as effective as it is,” said Msgr. James Mahoney, vicar general, moderator of the Curia and pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham Township. “The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is a practical way for each of us to share in the work of Jesus. The good that every person’s contributions make possible is staggering in terms of helping so many. It is humbling and so gratifying to see how people in every parish respond when presented with the needs of their own parish and the needs met by the diocese beyond their parish.Without the funds raised through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, so much of the most necessary work of the Church would not happen. But with your support, together we can bring the love of Jesus to thousands and thousands of people in our diocese.”

The majority of the funds raised will help support diocesan Catholic Charities agencies. Each year, diocesan agencies provide help to people in need throughout Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties at 43 locations. Services provided include day care and extended care for children, transportation services for seniors and the disabled, family counseling, emergency food banks, group homes for adults with disabilities, AIDS ministry, clothing and food pantries, substance abuse counseling and home repairs for seniors.

Students in innercity area Catholic schools will also benefit from the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Catholic schools give students the opportunity to learn in a Christ-centered environment with 21st century learning techniques, focusing on communications, collaboration and leadership.

The Appeal also helps to fund education for diocesan seminarians. This is especially important since the number of seminarians has increased dramatically in recent years, along with the cost of formation. In the last 10 years, 74 men have been ordained priests of the diocese. Priests, who have served the diocese for decades and now live in retirement at Nazareth Village in Chester, are also assisted. At Nazareth Village, 33 priests have called the residence home over the years. Many of these retired priests continue to celebrate Mass at nearby parishes. The Appeal helps both these groups of men: those who are preparing for a lifetime of service to the Church and those who have faithful served for decades.

Similar to other years, parish rebates will be given to parishes that raise money over their Appeal goal. Half of all funds received over a parish goal are returned to support local parish needs. Last year, parish rebates totaled a record $398,659.

To provide financial support to the Appeal, there are several ways to help: one-time gifts or pledges paid over several months with reminders; credit card contributions, and online contributions through www.2015appeal.org.

“The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is a great way to provide direct help to people in need throughout our Diocese,” said Tim Potter, diocesan director of development. “Working alone, we can only accomplish so much, but when people of faith come together for such an important cause, it becomes transformational. When one realizes just how much good work is done because of the thousands of people who make a pledge to the Bishop’s Appeal, the concept of ‘strength in numbers’ is brought to life for the benefit of our brothers and sisters throughout Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties.”

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St. Paul Inside The Walls To Host Training For Christlife

Michael Wojcik

MADISON Training sessions in ChristLife: Catholic Ministry for Evangelization, which equips Catholics for the work of spreading the Gospel, will be offered to individual parishioners and parish teams in two sessions at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here on Friday, Sept. 18, from 7 to 9 p. m., and Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Father Michael Saporito, pastor of St. Helen Parish, Westfield, and a board member of the Marylandbased ChristLife, and his staff of 18 leaders will lead the training to prepare participants to help other people discover, follow and share Christ as members of the Catholic Church. The three-part ChristLife program “partners with parishes, clergy, religious and lay leaders who are seeking to answer the Church’s call for the New Evangelization through a proven method of parish evangelization and outreach,” according to its web site, www.christlife.org.

“We are excited to bring ChristLife to the Paterson Diocese,” said Allan Wright, St. Paul’s academic dean. “This ministry has staying power, because it draws people together in a way that is meaningful, joyful and gives them a sense of mission — inviting people to get involved in the Church. This extends the program and continues the mission. For those, who get trained in ChristLife, it will be worth the investment,” he said.

ChristLife training on Friday will include a welcome prayer, a presentation on “Re-launching Evangelization in the Catholic Church” and another talk on “What Is Discovering Christ and Why Does It Work?” The Saturday-morning training session will include introductions and prayer; a choice of breakout sessions on either “Preparing to Run a Fruitful Course” or “Facilitating an Evangelizing Small Group”; a video presentation on “What Is the Meaning of Life?” followed by small-group discussion; and a talk on “A New Pentecost for the New Evangelization.” The Saturday-afternoon training session will include a presentation on “Worshipping in an Evangelizing Environment” and another talk on “Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Making the Invite,” followed by table discussions.

ChristLife ministry consists of following three, seven-week series:

• “Discovering Christ,” which helps anyone — from baptized Catholics in the pews to the unbaptized person, who has never walked into a church — enter into or renew a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, experience the love of God and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live as God’s children.

• “Following Christ,” which helps participants grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through the grace of God by praying together, teaching and supporting one another in some of the basic disciplines and truths practiced by Christians since the early Church.

• “Sharing Christ,” which trains Catholics to be open to sharing Christ with others and invite them to be part of the Church anytime and anywhere in their daily encounters.

Father Saporito returns to St. Paul’s this month, after having spoken at the evangelization center’s “Making All Saints” program last year. Attending ChristLife training will be graduates of the diocesan Certificate in Catholic Evan gelization program and Catholics who attended ChristLife training in Maryland in March, Wright said.

About two years ago, The Beacon visited St. Jude Parish, Hamburg, where about 50 parishioners had joined together for a session of “Discovering Christ,” the first part of the ChristLife series. They shared a meal and fellowship and had an opportunity to become enriched by the teachings and traditions of the Catholic faith as a way of deepening their belief in Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. Through the series, participants explored topics such as “Why Does Jesus Matter?” “New Life in the Spirit: Being a Catholic Disciple,” “The Holy Spirit and You” and “Believing and Belonging: Why We Need the Church.”

“This [‘Discovering Christ’] has been a boost. It has deepened my faith and increased my spiritual growth and development,” said longtime St. Jude parishioner Marsilia Basile, after having discussed with others the importance of the Resurrection. “I’ve never felt part of a church community like this. We really should get to know each other, eating together and discussing our faith. This is really beautiful,” she said.

The cost of ChristLife training at St. Paul Inside the Walls is $35 per person or $100 for a parish team of three or more. Coffee and a morning snack will be provided. Bring your own lunch.

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