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4-5 DIO C E S E M A RK S WORLD MI SS ION S UND A Y 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 OCTOBER 22, 2015 B LESSING OF H OLY D OORS 12 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Young Professionals Ministry helps Catholics ‘know what they profess’ By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR D EFENDING T HEIR F AITH 8-1 1 6-7 12 13-14 16 17-20 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS BI S HOP JOIN S IN C ELEBR A TION S OF 50TH A NNIVER SA RIE S OF P A TER S ON A ND RO C K A W A Y SC HOOL S BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI Y OUTH W HAT T O D O V IEWPOINT O BITUARIES C LASSIFIEDS Bishop Serratelli blesses doors at the Shrine of St. John Paul II at Holy Rosary Church in Passaic Oct. 18. Father Stefan Las, pastor, and Father Kevin Corcoran, priest-secretary to the Bishop, assist him along with altar servers. The doors are designated in the diocese as Holy Doors to mark the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy, designated by Pope Francis. The doors will be opened Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, to begin the holy year. For more photos of Bishop Serratelli’s pastoral visit, turn to page 15. 2015 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports the retired priests at Nazareth Village By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER CHESTER When you first meet Msgr. George Dudak, a retired diocesan priest who has served in priestly ministry for 59 years, he doesn’t want you to call him “monsignor.” “Father George is fine. If you know that monsignor translates to ‘my Lord,’ I’d rather be known as father,” said the 84-year-old priest, who is currently living at Nazareth Village here, the priests’ retirement residence in the Paterson Diocese. Opened in July 1993, 33 priests have called Nazareth Village their home over the years. These priests have served as pas-tors, educators and chaplains throughout the Paterson Diocese and some, as missionaries in for-eign lands. Because of the serv-ice these men have giv-en to the Church, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal gives back to these dedicated priests. Under the theme, “Serving Christ Among Us,” the Bishop’s Annual Appeal will also support diocesan Catholic Charities agencies; inner-city area Catholic schools in the diocese; and seminarian education. Last year $340,000 was allocated to 2015 help support Nazareth Village. Currently 13 priests reside at this one-of-a-kind home, which provides a well-earned option for priests to have both fraternity with their brother priests and in-dependence. While these priests may be in retirement, many of them continue to min-ister throughout the diocese, assisting for weekday and weekend Masses, making sick calls to the faithful and taking part in diocesan events. Msgr. Dudak, who has lived at ANNUAL APPEAL on 3 MORRISTOWN Earlier this year, the Young Professionals Ministry at Assumption Parish here decided to deepen their understanding of Catholicism and hone their abili-ties to defend the faith by taking it upon themselves to develop monthly talks on Catholic apolo-getics, taking turns researching various aspects of the faith and then presenting that information to other young adults and inter-ested parishioners. Since, the Young Professionals have explored a broad array of subjects, during their talks on the last Friday of the month, includ-ing the Creed, “Why We Believe What We Believe,” “Why We Pray to Mary?” and “How to Answer an Atheist.” The group of Catholics, ages 21 and older, also welcomed Bob Bird, the father of member Elena Zolnick, who spoke about the Shroud of Turin. The Catholic Apologetics series contin-ues on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in Assumption’s community room with a presentation by parishioner John J. Mihalko on “Why Do Catholics Pray for the Dead?” He will discuss the Communion of Saints as the Church approaches the month of November, when it prays for the dead and honors the saints. “The Young Professionals came up with idea for the Catholic Apologetics series. I told them, ‘Great! Go for it,’ ” said Father Przemek Nowak, Assumption’s parochial vicar, who oversees the group; reviews the material for each session before the presenta-tion; and attends each sessions to be available for discussion and DEFENDING THEIR FAITH on 3

2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal Supports The Retired Priests At Nazareth Village

Cecile San Agustin

CHESTER When you first meet Msgr. George Dudak, a retired diocesan priest who has served in priestly ministry for 59 years, he doesn’t want you to call him “monsignor.” “Father George is fine. If you know that monsignor translates to ‘my Lord,’ I’d rather be known as father,” said the 84- year-old priest, who is currently living at Nazareth Village here, the priests’ retirement residence in the Paterson Diocese.

Opened in July 1993, 33 priests have called Nazareth Village their home over the years. These priests have served as pastors, educators and chaplains throughout the Paterson Diocese and some, as missionaries in foreign lands.

Because of the service these men have given to the Church, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal gives back to these dedicated priests. Under the theme, “Serving Christ Among Us,” the Bishop’s Annual Appeal will also support diocesan Catholic Charities agencies; inner-city area Catholic schools in the diocese; and seminarian education. Last year $340,000 was allocated to help support Nazareth Village.

Currently 13 priests reside at this one-of-a-kind home, which provides a well-earned option for priests to have both fraternity with their brother priests and independence. While these priests may be in retirement, many of them continue to minister throughout the diocese, assisting for weekday and weekend Masses, making sick calls to the faithful and taking part in diocesan events.

Msgr. Dudak, who has lived at Nazareth for eight years, said, “The staff at Nazareth Village truly is great in making us old guys feel at home. Msgr. Ray Lopatesky is an excellent director (at Nazareth Village). He has such wisdom. This place is a great thing that happened for the diocese, giving retired priests a place to have companionship and live along side our brother priests. We’ve known each other for years.”

When Msgr. Dudak isn’t at Nazareth, he can often be found helping Father John Tarantino, administrator at Resurrection Parish in Randolph, as part-time parochial vicar. “I’m happy to still be able to help parishes,” said Msgr. Dudak, “At Resurrection, it is sort of funny because when I served at St. George Parish in Paterson, Father Tarrantino was one of the altar boys serving at Masses. Now, I’m assisting him.”

In addition to serving at St. George in Paterson, Msgr. Dudak also served for 30 years as pastor of Our Lady of the Mountain Parish in Long Valley. He also served at Our Lady of Mercy in Whippany and Our Lady of Lourdes in Paterson. Before becoming pastor at Our Lady of the Mountain, he also served for five years as a missionary in Ica, Peru. His time in Peru was some of the happiest years serving as a priest, he said.

At Nazareth Village, each priest’s apartment has a sitting room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. In addition, there are several community rooms such as a library, game and TV room, refectory, parlor, laundry, physical therapy room, scriptorium and an exercise room. The residents are charged a portion of their monthly pension for rent.

During the weekdays, a main meal is served at Nazareth Village and this is when all the priest-residents come together for food and fellowship. “These meals make us never feel alone here,” said Msgr. Dudak.

Before moving to Nazareth Village seven years ago, Msgr. Dudak had retired in 1999 for health reasons, to take care of his mother and fix up his family home in Hibernia. “While it was nice to be back home with my mom, I was almost isolated. When I came here, I was able to live an old familiar routine,” said Msgr. Dudak.

The cornerstone and heart of Nazareth Village is its chapel, Our Lady, Mother of Priests. That is where the priests celebrate the Sacred Liturgy when they are not helping out in area parishes. The chapel reminds all of the lifetime commitment that each priest makes for the people of God.

“I thank the good people of the Paterson Diocese for enabling us to live here with our brother priests as we continue to serve the diocese in our golden years,” Msgr. Dudak said.

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Defending Their Faith

Michael Wojcik

Young Professionals Ministry helps Catholics ‘know what they profess’

MORRISTOWN Earlier this year, the Young Professionals Ministry at Assumption Parish here decided to deepen their understanding of Catholicism and hone their abilities to defend the faith by taking it upon themselves to develop monthly talks on Catholic apologetics, taking turns researching various aspects of the faith and then presenting that information to other young adults and interested parishioners.

Since, the Young Professionals have explored a broad array of subjects, during their talks on the last Friday of the month, including the Creed, “Why We Believe What We Believe,” “Why We Pray to Mary?” and “How to Answer an Atheist.” The group of Catholics, ages 21 and older, also welcomed Bob Bird, the father of member Elena Zolnick, who spoke about the Shroud of Turin. The Catholic Apologetics series continues on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in Assumption’s community room with a presentation by parishioner John J. Mihalko on “Why Do Catholics Pray for the Dead?” He will discuss the Communion of Saints as the Church approaches the month of November, when it prays for the dead and honors the saints.

“The Young Professionals came up with idea for the Catholic Apologetics series. I told them, ‘Great! Go for it,’ ” said Father Przemek Nowak, Assumption’s parochial vicar, who oversees the group; reviews the material for each session before the presentation; and attends each sessions to be available for discussion and questions. “I’m impressed [with the presenters’ research and presentations]. They want to know Catholic values and truths about the faith. It’s a good group of people, who are living their faith and are looking to understand it,” the priest said.

Those who attend the Catholic Apologetics sessions learn to build a case for their faith in the public. These two-and-a-half-hour events are BYOB, where pizza is provided, and start with fellowship, followed by a presentation — usually delivered with the aid of a PowerPoint slide program — and questions and discussion. The series — which is open to the parish — will start back up in January, after Thanksgiving and Christ mas, Father Nowak said.

Zolnick, a professional opera singer, helped develop the Catholic Apologetics series and even delivered the first presentation on the Creed with his husband, Matthew.

“I thought, ‘What make us Catholics different from other Christian denominations?’ There are a lot of complex features of our faith. Let’s discuss them,” Zolnick said. “In this day, it’s important for Catholics to engage in conversation with other Catholics and non-Catholics about what it is that we truly believe. The secular media doesn’t give a clear picture of the faith, so it’s important for people to know what the Church teaches. We should not be ashamed of what we profess. But first, we need to know what we profess,” she said.

The Catholic Apologetics Series grew out of the Young Professionals’ continual hunger for spirituality and service. Every other week, they hold Grow in Faith Thursdays — sessions on topics to help strengthen their faith. On alternate weeks, they gather for Fellowship Fridays, when they go out to eat, go bowling or go see a movie. The group — which includes married couples, young families and their friends — also has embarked on pilgrimages; collected Christmas Cookies for the Troops; conducted a bale sale for educating children in Haiti and held Thanks - giving, Christmas and Easter parties. Recently, a few members experienced the joy of seeing Pope Francis twice during his visit to Philadelphia: once at the Festival of Families and again at the papal Mass, attended by 1 million people, Father Nowak said.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Defending+Their+Faith/2301035/277423/article.html.

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