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5 ‘THE GREEN POPE?’ EN C Y C LI CA L DI SC U SS ED A T S PIW 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 SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 I NTHE P RESENCE OF THE P OPE 21 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Religious sisters, youth groups, social justice ministries in Diocese to attend papal events By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER 6-7 16 C ONFIRM A NDI MEET WITH BI S HOP A T DEP A UL H. S . BI S HOP IN S T A LL S NEW P AS TOR A T S T. JOHN K A NTY P A RI S H CLIFTON Excitement is building as PHOTO | © L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO 9 18-19 20 21 22-28 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Y OUTH V IEWPOINT O BITUARIES W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS Let the Countdown Begin! Pope Francis will make his first trip to the United States next week visiting Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. The visit is generating excitement among Catholics of all ages in the U.S. just as his greeting to pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for the Wednesday general audience Sept. 9 did. American Catholics prepare to welcome Pope Francis when he visits the United States for the first time next week. The popular pontiff will be making a three-city tour as he visits Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. In the Paterson Diocese, some of faithful are looking forward to Pope Francis’ visit with several different groups planning on participating in some of the papal events. Seven Sisters of Christian Charity serv-ing in Passaic and in Mendham, will be volunteering during the papal Mass in Philadelphia Sept. 27 for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families. Sister of Christian Charity Ann Marie Paul, di-rector of the Women’s Neighborhood Center in Passaic, said, “This will be my first experience attending a papal Mass. When it was confirmed that the Holy Father would celebrate Mass on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Phila delphia, the sis-ters I live with in Passaic were excited to find out what we could do to help out since Philly is so close to us. Two of the sisters, Sister Mary Amata and Sister Marie Jose, have volunteered to be nurses and the rest of us will do various tasks, such as crowd control, giving directions and providing for people with disabilities.” In order to volunteer, the seven sisters went through a background check and attended a training webinar to prepare them for this immense event, which is expected to draw more than 1.5 million people to the Mass. “The visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. is important because he brings with him the message of unconditional love, which PRESENCE on 4 Catholics in Diocese to mark pope’s visit with variety of events P ALPABLE P ARTICIPATION IN P APAL P ROCEEDINGS By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR CLIFTON While the majority of Catholics in the Paterson Diocese will not get the opportunity to see Pope Francis “up close and personal” at any of the events during his his-toric visit Sept. 22-27, it has not stopped excitement and anticipation from intensifying among the faithful in the Diocese. Regardless, many Catholics here have been busy preparing spiritually in their own parishes or planning to participate in activities “close to home” during the Holy Father’s first trip to the U.S. Among the many events taking place around the diocese will be “Fellowship with Francis,” a gather-ing at Good Shepherd Parish, Andover, on Friday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. to watch the pontiff celebrate Mass from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Participants will share food and have the opportunity for discussion after Mass, which will be shown on a projection screen in the parish hall, said Nick Berg, Good Shepherd’s evangelization coordina-tor and head of the parish’s com-munications team. “This [gathering] is a way to get people more involved in parish life, both socially and spiritually. We are bringing people together to share this experience — seeing the Pope, which is a big deal. We have a spe-cial bond with the Pope, because he’s the closest to Christ that we will get to here on Earth. He also relates well to the common people — par-ents, grandparents and children,” said Berg, who noted that the gath-ering marks the first collaboration between Good Shepherd’s hospital-ity ministry and newly established communications team. “Fellowship with Francis” partic-ipants are asked to bring an appe-tizer, snack or dessert. There is no cost for the event, but “in the spirit of service inspired by Pope Francis,” they are asked to bring a donation for Good Shepherd’s food pantry, “to better serve those in need around our community,” the parish’s bulletin stated. On Sunday, Sept. 20, St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangelization Center at Bayley-Ellard, Madison, will host “Catholic Families Fully Alive” with Bishop Serratelli from 4 to 6 p.m. The Diocesan Office of Evangeli -zation, which is coordinating the event, seeks to uplift and encourage families of the diocese with the beauty, joy and importance of ANTICIPATION on 2

In The Presence Of The Pope

Cecile San Agustin

CLIFTON Excitement is building as American Catholics prepare to welcome Pope Francis when he visits the United States for the first time next week. The popular pontiff will be making a threecity tour as he visits Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia.

In the Paterson Diocese, some of faithful are looking forward to Pope Francis’ visit with several different groups planning on participating in some of the papal events.

Seven Sisters of Christian Charity serving in Passaic and in Mendham, will be volunteering during the papal Mass in Philadelphia Sept. 27 for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families. Sister of Christian Charity Ann Marie Paul, director of the Women’s Neighborhood Center in Passaic, said, “This will be my first experience attending a papal Mass. When it was confirmed that the Holy Father would celebrate Mass on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, the sisters I live with in Passaic were excited to find out what we could do to help out since Philly is so close to us. Two of the sisters, Sister Mary Amata and Sister Marie Jose, have volunteered to be nurses and the rest of us will do various tasks, such as crowd control, giving directions and providing for people with disabilities.”

In order to volunteer, the seven sisters went through a background check and attended a training webinar to prepare them for this immense event, which is expected to draw more than 1.5 million people to the Mass.

“The visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. is important because he brings with him the message of unconditional love, which is a message all of us need to hear right now,” said Sister Ann Marie said. “There is so much division — political, religious, social — that we need to be reminded of the importance of right relationships. We need to be reminded that we need each other and the poorest among us cannot be forgotten. In fact, the poorest should be our first priority. Pope Francis will bring that message with him to the White House, to Congress, to the U.N. and to Philadelphia.”

Also attending the papal Mass in Philadelphia will be youth from Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Parish in Wayne. They will be staying at St. Denis Parish in Havertown, outside Philadelphia.

“This will be a true pilgrimage experience for the young people,” said Cathy Conlee, youth minister at IHM, who will be leading a group of nine teenagers and three chaperones from her parish. The youth group will be leaving New Jersey on Saturday morning to head south to Philadelphia and plan to participate in the Festival of Families, which is part of the World Meeting of Families, later that evening and then the attend the papal Mass on Sunday afternoon.

“The young people are very excited to see Pope Francis. He has been very relatable to all people because he comes from a place where he seems to understand who we are,” said Conlee.

Because of Pope Francis’ down-to-earth style many young people connect with him and the ultimate aim for a Catholic youth is a “pope selfie,” chuckled Conlee about the goal of one ninth-grader who will be attending. “It won’t exactly be a selfie more like a selfie with a million other Catholics,” she laughed. “We actually have very simple goals for this experience. We hope we get a good spot for the parade route so the young people can get a glimpse of Pope Francis and for the Mass, we hope to at least see the Mass on a jumbotron.”

To prepare the young people for a prayer service and meeting with the parents about logistics and a teaching catechesis relating to the Pope’s visit.

Eni Honsberger, director of the diocesan Office of Family Life, will also be in Philadelphia participating in the World Meeting of Families. “I’m excited to be with like-minded people, who want to live out their faith in the domestic Church,” she said. “I want to bring the ideas that the speakers talk about back to the Diocese to improve family life here. The meeting shines a light on families, which have been cast in a negative light in recent years. This is where they will be celebrated and appreciated. There will be keynote speakers and workshops on topics such as how to create more family time at home, fatherhood and how to bring family life programs into the parish.”

Participating in the pope’s visit to New York in anticipation of his address at the United Nations is the Social Justice Ministry of St. Mary Parish in Pompton Lakes. Members will take part in a multi-faith convergence called “Light the Way” on Sept. 24 at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, a few blocks from the U.N. from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Leaders from the Catholic community as well as other faith groups will offer prayers, meditations and music in support of the pope’s address to world leaders on topics of climate change and world poverty. The group invites all parishioners to participate and to meet at the plaza at 4 p.m.

“It’s very exciting to have the pope speak at the United Nations,” said Jackie Schramm, director of St. Mary’s social justice ministry. “His message is clear and he tells us we have to be better stewards of the planet. On top of his encyclical, Laudato Si’, I see his visit building up momentum on bringing to light the issue of climate change. From all walks of life, people are coming together on this issue.”

Franciscan Sister of Peace Ellen Byrnes, pastoral associate at St. Joseph Parish in Lincoln Park, will get to see the pope will be at the Vesper Service for Religious at St. Patrick Cathedral in New York City Sept. 24 as member of the general council of her community.

“I look forward to his message to religious. It feels special to be part of this service in such a beautiful cathedral. He truly inspires all those who serve the Church,” said Sister Ellen.

No matter what events the faithful in the diocese take part in, the experience of being in the presence of the Holy Father is the opportunity of a lifetime. “I am most looking forward to the fellowship that will be created by the pope’s visit,” said Sister Ann Marie. “I’m sure we could get much better views from television watching from home but being among people who will have gone to great lengths to have this experience with each other will be exciting and unifying.”

[Contributing to this story was Michael Wojcik, news editor.]

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/In+The+Presence+Of+The+Pope/2270250/272917/article.html.

Catholics In Diocese To Mark Pope’s Visit With Variety Of Events

Michael Wojcik

PALPABLE PARTICIPATION IN PAPAL PROCEEDINGS

CLIFTON While the majority of Catholics in the Paterson Diocese will not get the opportunity to see Pope Francis “up close and personal” at any of the events during his historic visit Sept. 22-27, it has not stopped excitement and anticipation from intensifying among the faithful in the Diocese. Regardless, many Catholics here have been busy preparing spiritually in their own parishes or planning to participate in activities “close to home” during the Holy Father’s first trip to the U. S.

Among the many events taking place around the diocese will be “Fellowship with Francis,” a gathering at Good Shepherd Parish, Andover, on Friday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p. m. to watch the pontiff celebrate Mass from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Participants will share food and have the opportunity for discussion after Mass, which will be shown on a projection screen in the parish hall, said Nick Berg, Good Shepherd’s evangelization coordinator and head of the parish’s communications team.

“This [gathering] is a way to get people more involved in parish life, both socially and spiritually. We are bringing people together to share this experience — seeing the Pope, which is a big deal. We have a special bond with the Pope, because he’s the closest to Christ that we will get to here on Earth. He also relates well to the common people — parents, grandparents and children,” said Berg, who noted that the gathering marks the first collaboration between Good Shepherd’s hospitality ministry and newly established communications team.

“Fellowship with Francis” participants are asked to bring an appetizer, snack or dessert. There is no cost for the event, but “in the spirit of service inspired by Pope Francis,” they are asked to bring a donation for Good Shepherd’s food pantry, “to better serve those in need around our community,” the parish’s bulletin stated.

On Sunday, Sept. 20, St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangelization Center at Bayley-Ellard, Madison, will host “Catholic Families Fully Alive” with Bishop Serratelli from 4 to 6 p.m. The Diocesan Office of Evangelization, which is coordinating the event, seeks to uplift and encourage families of the diocese with the beauty, joy and importance of healthy families and the significance the family has in society.

The event is geared for families who cannot attend the weeklong World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia during his visit. Bishop Serratelli will engage families with a brief teaching and then allow time for a question and answer session. The event will also include many family-friendly activities such as music, carnival snacks, a fun and simple family activity and a special family blessing. The event will be recorded and aired on Relevant Radio with John Harper of Morning Air on Relevant Radio acting as emcee.

“We are so exited,” said Eniola Honsberger, diocesan director of Family Life at St. Paul’s. “For people, who can’t attend the World Meeting of Families, this event will give them a glimpse of the big picture. Also, Bishop Serratelli loves families and loves teaching about them,” she said.

Relevant to Pope Francis’ visit will be a talk by Father Paul Manning, St. Paul’s executive director and diocesan vicar for evangelization, at “The Family: the Call to Authentic Love and Joy: a Day of Prayer and Inspiration with Reflection on the Upcoming Canonization of Louis and Zelle Martin, Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux.” The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 9 a. m. in Lewis Hall at Immaculate Conception Seminary on the campus of Seton Hall University, South Orange. Other speakers will be Father Fredrick L. Miller, spiritual director of St. Andrew’s Seminary there, and Marcia Reina, parishioner of St. Theresa of Avila Parish, Summit.

The reflection ties into the pope’s visit, because of his upcoming appearance at the World Meeting of Families and because of the opportunity in Philadelphia for faithful to venerate a reliquary that contains relics of St. Therese of Lisieux and of her parents at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, from Sept. 21 to 24. Pope Francis will canonize Louis and Zelle Martin on Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Vatican — the first married couple to be canonized together.

At the Diocesan Center in Clifton on Thursday, Sept. 24, diocesan employees will be able to watch the Pope’s address to a joint session on Congress on a large screen TV and Father Edward Lambro, development director for diocesan Catholic Charities, will facilitate a discussion afterward.

Across the diocese, parishes have been printing various types of material related to visit, including The Prayer for Pope Francis by St. Paul Parish, Clifton; information about the World Meeting of Families by St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Mountain Lakes; the pope’s itinerary by St. Jude Parish, Hopatcong; and suggestions on strengthening family life by many pastors.

To prepare for the visit, St. Joseph Parish, Lincoln Park, distributed small handheld papal flags at the weekend Masses Sept. 12-13. The parish asked for a good will offering for the donated flags “that will be used for those in need in our local area: in keeping with Our Holy Father’s concern for the poor.” Parishioners are urged to display the flags outside their homes “to show support during his visit,” said Franciscan Sister of Peace Ellen Byrnes, St. Joseph’s pastoral associate and director of religious education. “The flags are a nice way to participate in Pope Francis’ visit,” she said.

Also, a larger papal flag — donated by Deacon Stephen Marabeti — hangs at the main church entrance in honor of the visit. At the Lincoln Park town-wide celebration on Saturday, Sept. 26, parishioners of St. Joseph’s will staff a booth that will feature a life-size cardboard cutout of Pope Francis. Visitors will be invited to take “selfie” photograph with the pontiff, Sister Ellen said.

“Pope Francis radiates an aura — an energy. He makes me proud to be Catholic. He lives the Gospel and challenges me to be the best person I can be,” said Sister Ellen, who plans to attend a vespers service for religious with the pontiff on Sept. 24 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Catholics+In+Diocese+To+Mark+Pope%E2%80%99s+Visit+With+Variety+Of+Events/2270253/272917/article.html.

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