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12-13 BI S HOP’ S P AS TOR A L LETTER: ‘THE JUBILEE OF MER C Y A ND THE PROMI S E OF C HRI S T’ DECEMBER 3, 2015 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 19 7 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Bishop Serratelli begins Diocese observances of Jubilee Year with pastoral letter, opening Holy Doors By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR Y EAR OF M ERCY two Holy Doors on Sunday, Dec. 13 — one at St. Margaret Church, Morristown, during 10:30 a.m. Mass and another at a 7 p.m. Mass at the diocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II at Holy Rosary Church, Passaic. On the same day, Pope Francis, who declared the Holy Year, will open a Holy Door at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. Just prior to the start of the Holy Year, Bishop Serratelli wrote a pastoral letter, “The Jubilee of Mercy and the Promise of Christ,” which he promulgated Nov. 22. It appears in the centerfold of this week’s edition of The Beacon [see pages 12 and 13]. In “The Jubilee of Mercy and the Promise of Christ,” Bishop Serratelli examines the Holy Year — and its highlighting of God’s boundless forgiveness — through the prism of numerous texts, in-cluding Holy Scripture, Church YEAR OF MERCY on 8 S T. JOHN K A NTY P A RI S H IN C LIFTON M A RK S 80 TH A NNIVER SA RY VERNON RO SA RY M A KER S RE AC H MILE S TONE WITH 100,000 TH RO SA RY 4-5 16-17 19 20 21-24 18 Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O O BITUARIES C LASSIFIEDS CLIFTON Amid the great antici-pation sweeping through the uni-versal Church, Bishop Serratelli will celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy — “a spe-cial time of grace” that “turns our minds and hearts to God, who is waiting with open arms to embrace us with His love” — in the Paterson Diocese with a Mass on Thurs -day, Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Philip the Apostle Church here. Also after the start of the Year of Mercy on Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obliga-tion, Bishop Serratelli will begin Diocesan observations by opening BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI F IRST S UNDAY OF A DVENT With the first candle of the Advent wreath burning brightly, Deacon Stephen Marabeti proclaims the Gospel for the First Sunday of Advent Nov. 29 in Holy Spirit Church, Pequannock, where Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of the Mass. For more photos, see page 14. DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS ANNUAL MEETING HELD AT ST. JOHN PAUL II CENTER Bishop meets with major superiors of religious orders By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER CLIFTON Major superiors of reli-gious orders serving the Paterson Diocese met with Bishop Serratelli at their annual meeting in the St. John Paul II Center here Nov. 24. Sister of Christian Charity Joan Daniel Healy, the Diocese’s chan-cellor/delegate for religious, coor-dinated the meeting and the agenda, which included the col-laborative effort made by religious to successfully create the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women in Passaic; reaching out to immi-grants; and updates about the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) audit of the Diocese’s child protection program and the ongoing restoration proj-ect at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson. Bishop Serratelli also gave a report on the fall USCCB meeting he attended and some of the Diocese’s plans to celebrate the Year of Mercy and also the cele-bration in the Diocese after the cathedral restoration is completed in the next year. Afterward, the religious enjoyed lunch together and then were invited to tour the Diocesan Pastoral Center and the St. John Paul II Center. Sister Joan Daniel told the reli-gious, “It’s wonderful we are able to meet together between the Feast of Christ the King and the celebration of Thanksgiving. There’s an electric atmosphere here today and this gathering is an opportunity to meet and get to know each other.” A common theme in the meet-ing was about collaboration and using the different charisms and talents of the religious orders in the Diocese. Sister of Christian Charity Ann Marie Paul, director of the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women, along with Filippini Sister Ascenza Tizzano, provincial superior, and Mission ary Sister of the Immaculate Concep -tion Eleanor Goekler, provincial co-ordinator, revisited the Passaic ini-tiative through prayer and a slide -show. The idea for the center be-gan in 2011 and since then has had more than 3,000 visits by women living in the inner city. “This is our project; be proud of the accomplishments we have made in serving the poor.” Sister Ascenza said. Sister Ann Marie MEETING on 9

Year Of Mercy

Michael Wojcik

Bishop Serratelli begins Diocese observances of Jubilee Year with pastoral letter, opening Holy Doors

CLIFTON Amid the great anticipation sweeping through the universal Church, Bishop Serratelli will celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy — “a special time of grace” that “turns our minds and hearts to God, who is waiting with open arms to embrace us with His love” — in the Paterson Diocese with a Mass on Thurs - day, Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Philip the Apostle Church here.

Also after the start of the Year of Mercy on Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, Bishop Serratelli will begin Diocesan observations by opening two Holy Doors on Sunday, Dec. 13 — one at St. Margaret Church, Morristown, during 10:30 a.m. Mass and another at a 7 p.m. Mass at the diocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II at Holy Rosary Church, Passaic. On the same day, Pope Francis, who declared the Holy Year, will open a Holy Door at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.

Just prior to the start of the Holy Year, Bishop Serratelli wrote a pastoral letter, “The Jubilee of Mercy and the Promise of Christ,” which he promulgated Nov. 22. It appears in the centerfold of this week’s edition of The Beacon [see pages 12 and 13].

In “The Jubilee of Mercy and the Promise of Christ,” Bishop Serratelli examines the Holy Year — and its highlighting of God’s boundless forgiveness — through the prism of numerous texts, including Holy Scripture, Church teaching and the writings of Pope Francis.

“We who receive the abundant mercy of God are called to share that mercy with others. By our charitable acts, no matter how small, we relieve human misery and continue in our day the Jubilee that Jesus began. By our kindness and compassion to others, we stand before Christ who promises us: ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.’ (Mt 5: 7),” writes Bishop Serratelli in his pastoral letter, which has been posted on the websites of the Diocese, www.rcdop.org, and St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangelization, Madison, www.stpaulinsidethewalls.org. “In a particular way, during this Holy Year, Pope Francis invites us to share in the Jubilee indulgency by performing the spiritual works of mercy [admonishing the sinner, instructing the ignorant, counseling the doubtful, comforting the sorrowful, bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving injuries and praying for the living and the dead] and the corporal works of mercy [feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, visiting the imprisoned, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick and burying the dead],” the Bishop writes.

There will be many diocesan observances of the Year of Mercy — which will conclude on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe — that are listed in “Document of overview of Jubilee for Diocese,” on a special Holy Year page on St. Paul’s web site, http://insidethewalls.org/the-year-of-mercy. Next year, they include, among other events: a reconciliation Initiative; “Conversion of St. Paul: Ecumenism” on Monday, Jan. 25; a presentation on Consecrated life on Tues - day, Feb. 2; “24 Hours for the Lord” on Friday-Saturday, March 4-5; Mercy for Persons with Disabilities on Sunday, June 12; and conclusion of the Year of Mercy on Sunday. Nov. 20.

Bishop Serratelli encourages individuals to learn more about the Year of Mercy and parishes to plan their own observations with the help of resources that are linked on St. Paul’s site. It links with the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, which explains the Holy Year, its logo and posts various related documents of the Church or Pope Francis’ writings and Vatican City’s Year of Mercy calendar of events. St. Paul’s page also provides links to give parishes ideas for activities — such as prayer services, a pilgrimages to Jubilee Doors and organize works of mercy — from sources like the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic publishers. It also posts Year of Mercy observances at St. Paul’s and links to pages of local parishes that already have scheduled related events.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Year+Of+Mercy/2338516/283481/article.html.

Bishop Meets With Major Superiors Of Religious Orders

Cecile San Agustin

CLIFTON Major superiors of religious orders serving the Paterson Diocese met with Bishop Serratelli at their annual meeting in the St. John Paul II Center here Nov. 24.

Sister of Christian Charity Joan Daniel Healy, the Diocese’s chancellor/ delegate for religious, coordinated the meeting and the agenda, which included the collaborative effort made by religious to successfully create the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women in Passaic; reaching out to immigrants; and updates about the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) audit of the Diocese’s child protection program and the ongoing restoration project at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson.

Bishop Serratelli also gave a report on the fall USCCB meeting he attended and some of the Diocese’s plans to celebrate the Year of Mercy and also the celebration in the Diocese after the cathedral restoration is completed in the next year. Afterward, the religious enjoyed lunch together and then were invited to tour the Diocesan Pastoral Center and the St. John Paul II Center.

Sister Joan Daniel told the religious, “It’s wonderful we are able to meet together between the Feast of Christ the King and the celebration of Thanksgiving. There’s an electric atmosphere here today and this gathering is an opportunity to meet and get to know each other.”

A common theme in the meeting was about collaboration and using the different charisms and talents of the religious orders in the Diocese. Sister of Christian Charity Ann Marie Paul, director of the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women, along with Filippini Sister Ascenza Tizzano, provincial superior, and Missionary Sister of the Immaculate Conception Eleanor Goekler, provincial coordinator, revisited the Passaic initiative through prayer and a slide - show. The idea for the center began in 2011 and since then has had more than 3,000 visits by women living in the inner city.

“This is our project; be proud of the accomplishments we have made in serving the poor.” Sister Ascenza said. Sister Ann Marie added, “We could not do this alone. This collaborative effort called forth the gifts of so many.”

The religious also learned about First Friends, an organization which supports detained immigrants and asylum seekers. Ruby Cribbin of the organization told the religious, “You are a group of people in touch with your members and this issue is happening right here in many of our nearby detention centers. These people are full of despair and I invite you to be a friend or volunteer.”

Many retired religious can get involved with First Friends and its letter writing initiative, which invites people to be a pen pal for a detained person. Other ways people can help is by visiting an immigrant or refugee, donating writing materials and stamps, offering temporary housing, advocating to change laws, participating in vigils and donating to the organization’s mission.

Following the two presentations, Msgr. James Mahoney, vicar general, and diocesan staff updated the religious on the Diocese’s “Protecting God’s Children” program and the recent USCCB audit, which the Diocese passed, having been found to be compliant in all areas by the auditors. The religious were also informed about the progress on the restoration of the Cathedral of St. John in Paterson.

Bishop Serratelli told the religious, “I’m always open to new ideas and once again, I want to thank you for the enthusiasm as religious, both men and women, that you give to our great Diocese. We live in a very difficult time. People are frightened because of terrorism; church attendance is low. We need to get people to know and to love Jesus and become an active part of the Church. That happens by us — one on one — and I just want to thank you for the work you do in that regard.”

Presentation Sister Mary Byrnes, who is part of her order’s leadership team, said, “It was an excellent and informative meeting with a good mixture of different orders serving the Diocese in attendance. The whole presentation on the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women was inspiring and reminds us about the importance of serving the poor. I remember when we sat down discussing it before it began.”

“The meeting was very positive with a strong emphasis on serving the community and outreach to the poor,” said Sister of Charity of St. Elizabeth Rosemary Moynihan, superior. “The meeting was very positive with a strong emphasis on serving the community and outreach to the poor. I’m also grateful to the Bishop who gives religious of the diocese a lot of support. It means a lot.”

Precious Blood Sister Maria Goretti Chaloux, prioress, called the meeting “very helpful, especially knowing about what is happening in the Diocese such as updates on the cathedral.”

“It was a fabulous meeting and magnificent to have this collaboration whether you are contemplative or active in serving the Church,” said Hermit of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Sister Teresa Margaret DeBois, prioress.

“It was great to see everyone again. The meeting was spiritually and socially stimulating,” said Sister of Christian Charity Mary Edward Sphorer, provincial superior, and former diocesan chancellor/ delegate for religious.

[Information: www.rcdop.org or www.consecratedlifepaterson.org.]

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Bishop+Meets+With+Major+Superiors+Of+Religious+Orders/2338518/283481/article.html.

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