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2 DIOCESAN MISSIONARIES OF MERCY COMMISSIONED BY POPE FRANCIS SUSSEX PASSAIC THE AWARDWINNING NEWSPAPER OF THE R.C. DIOCESE OF PATERSON, N.J. MORRIS FEBRUARY 18, 2016 Bishop elects 119 Catechumens at Rite of Election The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard 9 63 adults, 56 children elected at annual event By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER 4 5 MADISON STUDENTS TAKE PART IN FUTURE CITY COMPETITION BISHOP MAKES PASTORAL VISIT TO NOTRE DAME PARISH 4 8 9 12-13 14-20 Y OUTH O BITUARIES W HAT T O D O V IEWPOINT C LASSIFIEDS DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS CLIFTON Catechumens from across the Diocese of Paterson, joined catechumens in dioceses around the world on the First Sunday of Lent, Feb. 14, in reaching an important milestone on their journey to receiving the Sacraments of Initiation — Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist — at the Easter Vigil when they were formally selected — or elected — by Bishop Serratelli at the diocesan Rite of Election in St. Philip the Apostle Church here. Carrying the Book of Elect of parishes from around the diocese, priests and religious edu-cation directors presented the Bishop with the names of those who were enrolled. Bishop Serratelli congratulated the catechu-mens, telling them: “What a happy coinci-dence the Rite of Election takes place this year on Valentine’s Day. On a day that celebrates the love we have for one another, we have the all-authentic love, the great love God has for each of us. We thank God for each of these Elect as they prepare to receive the sacra-ments.” The catechumens have been studying tenets of Catholicism through their parish’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program, the Church’s official process by which new members are prepared for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. RITE OF ELECTION With Msgr. John Hart, pastor of Assumption Parish, Morristown, looking on, Tyler BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI Whitehouse, a catechumen from Assumption Parish, stands with his wife and sponsor, Molly, along with John and Lori Mihalko, members of Assumption’s RCIA team, at the Diocese’s annual Rite of Election on the First Sunday of Lent, Feb. 14 in St. Philip the Apostle Church, Clifton. Whitehouse was among 119 catechumens who were asked to stand as an act of admission or election and were formally selected — or elected — by Bishop Serratelli. They are now known as the elect. Receiving the three sacraments of initiation on Holy Saturday will be 63 adults from parishes around the diocese. Also present at the Rite of Election were 56 children, some of whom will be baptized while others will receive First Communion at the Easter Vigil. Delivering the homilies at the Rite of Election Sunday afternoon were two diocesan priests who were ordained last May by Bishop Serratelli — Father Mateusz Jasniewicz, parochial vicar at both St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart parishes in Rockaway, who gave the homily in English, and Father Darwin Lastra, parochial vicar at St. Vincent Martyr in Madison, who preached in Spanish. RITE OF ELECTION on 10 Youth group spreads awareness about teen dating violence By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER message that “love is respect” has been a mission for the young people at Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Parish here as they mark Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national ef-fort to raise awareness and pro-tect teens from violence. Laura Shamber, coordinator of high school youth ministry at OL-GC, came across the initiative on social media and shared the mes-sage to her teens as an issue to POMPTON PLAINS Spreading the Teens need to feel as if they can go to some-one, whether it is another teen or an adult, if they are in an abusive relationship. They need to understand that they are not alone.” “ — M CKENZIE K ENNELLY address during the Year of Mercy. Youth ministry members at OLGC, who call themselves LOOP (Living Out Our Purpose), decided to wear the color orange on Feb. 11 at their high schools in solidarity with teens who may have been in this situation and to make their peers more aware about teen dat-ing violence. Shamber said, “It’s important teens recognize the signs of dat-ing abuse. Sometimes it’s not just physical but also mental and even digital. Because of the access to social media and cell phones, dig-ital abuse is around more than we think. It’s about reminding the teens to respect themselves and who they date.” According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), statistics for students who date, show that 21 percent of girls and 10 percent of boys reported experiencing physical violence and/or sexual vi-olence from a dating partner in the past 12 months. High school senior Bill Troast, a member of LOOP, said, “Teens need to know about dating vio-lence because nobody deserves to be in an abusive relationship. Most teens believe abuse only happens YOUTH GROUP on 4

Bishop Elects 119 Catechumens At Rite Of Election

Cecile San Agustin

63 adults, 56 children elected at annual event

CLIFTON Catechumens from across the Diocese of Paterson, joined catechumens in dioceses around the world on the First Sunday of Lent, Feb. 14, in reaching an important milestone on their journey to receiving the Sacraments of Initiation — Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist — at the Easter Vigil when they were formally selected — or elected — by Bishop Serratelli at the diocesan Rite of Election in St. Philip the Apostle Church here.

Carrying the Book of Elect of parishes from around the diocese, priests and religious education directors presented the Bishop with the names of those who were enrolled.

Bishop Serratelli congratulated the catechumens, telling them: “What a happy coincidence the Rite of Election takes place this year on Valentine’s Day. On a day that celebrates the love we have for one another, we have the all-authentic love, the great love God has for each of us. We thank God for each of these Elect as they prepare to receive the sacraments.”

The catechumens have been studying tenets of Catholicism through their parish’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program, the Church’s official process by which new members are prepared for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Receiving the three sacraments of initiation on Holy Saturday will be 63 adults from parishes around the diocese. Also present at the Rite of Election were 56 children, some of whom will be baptized while others will receive First Communion at the Easter Vigil.

Delivering the homilies at the Rite of Election Sunday afternoon were two diocesan priests who were ordained last May by Bishop Serratelli — Father Mateusz Jasniewicz, parochial vicar at both St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart parishes in Rockaway, who gave the homily in English, and Father Darwin Lastra, parochial vicar at St. Vincent Martyr in Madison, who preached in Spanish.

Following the homilies, the catechumens were presented to the Bishop and both the catechumens’ godparents and the congregation made an official affirmation of their worthiness for reception of the Sacraments of Initiation. Then, recognition of the enrolled names was presented to the Bishop in the Book of Elect. The catechumens were then asked to stand as an act of admission or election, They are now known as the elect.

During the time following the Rite of Election and until the Easter Vigil, the newly elect will begin a period of Purification and Enlightenment — the final preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation. On the following Sundays of Lent, three scrutinies - rites of self-searching, repentance and the presentations of the Creed and Lord’s Prayer - take place. After this period, they will receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil at their parish.

One of the newly elected at the Rite of Election was Marlayna Best of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Oak Ridge. Best, who is married to a Catholic, became a mother for the first time last year and decided it was important to raise her daughter as a Catholic.

“My baby daughter was baptized before me last year,” Best said, “and the community at St. Thomas has been very welcoming.”

Also ready to become a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church is Nicholas Hunter, who has been preparing for the sacraments at St. Gerard Majella Parish in Paterson.

”Becoming Catholic and receiving the sacraments is something I always wanted to do. Through the process, I learned the Catholic Church is very spiritual and going to Mass each Sunday makes my week. Mondays aren’t so bad when I attend Mass on Sunday. Mondays feel not so good when I don’t,” said Hunter.

Hunter said he was inspired to finally become a Catholic because he is engaged to be married to his fiancée Caterina Cefalo next August.

Rich Oliver, who grew up as an Evangelical, will also receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. He was inspired to become a Catholic by the example of his girlfriend, Marisol Diaz, who would take him to Mass on Sundays. They eventually became members of the young adult group at St. Paul’s Inside the Walls, the Diocese’s Evangelization Center in Madison.

Diaz said, “I was surprised he got into it. He would be the one to initiate joining the different programs at St. Paul’s. Oliver said, “I began to explore it with an open mind and an open heart. The Catholic Church feels very engaging to me.” At Mary Help of Christians Academy (MHCA) in North Haledon, two students will be receiving all three Sacraments of Initiation while four other students will be completing the reception of their Sacraments of Initiation, all at St. Gerard Majella Parish in Paterson.

Jada Joseph, a junior at MHCA, is one of the students who will receive Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion. “I wanted to do this for a long time,” she said. “I attended Catholic school my whole life so I always felt like I belonged to the Church. My mom has been supportive but my dad who wasn’t at first, is starting to accept my decision. I am really looking forward to the day.”

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Bishop+Elects+119+Catechumens+At+Rite+Of+Election/2398058/290729/article.html.

Youth Group Spreads Awareness About Teen Dating Violence

Cecile San Agustin

POMPTON PLAINS Spreading the message that “love is respect” has been a mission for the young people at Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Parish here as they mark Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence.

Laura Shamber, coordinator of high school youth ministry at OLGC, came across the initiative on social media and shared the message to her teens as an issue to address during the Year of Mercy. Youth ministry members at OLGC, who call themselves LOOP (Living Out Our Purpose), decided to wear the color orange on Feb. 11 at their high schools in solidarity with teens who may have been in this situation and to make their peers more aware about teen dating violence.

Shamber said, “It’s important teens recognize the signs of dating abuse. Sometimes it’s not just physical but also mental and even digital. Because of the access to social media and cell phones, digital abuse is around more than we think. It’s about reminding the teens to respect themselves and who they date.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), statistics for students who date, show that 21 percent of girls and 10 percent of boys reported experiencing physical violence and/or sexual violence from a dating partner in the past 12 months.

High school senior Bill Troast, a member of LOOP, said, “Teens need to know about dating violence because nobody deserves to be in an abusive relationship. Most teens believe abuse only happens in relationships between adults, but this is not true. It can happen at any age, and no matter how old a person is, it’s wrong to be abused by someone who supposedly loves you. It’s not normal for anyone to be put through that and there are no excuses.”

The problem of teen violence can have serious long-term effects and still many teens don’t report it because they are afraid to tell family and friends. Mckenzie Kennelly, a LOOP member and high school senior, believes teens can help their peers out, who may be in this situation. “Teens can truly help other teens when it comes to dating violence. The support of a peer could be just what the victim needs. They need the confidence and reassurance that they can and will be able to leave the toxic relationship.”

Getting the message out to wear orange, LOOP members informed friends through social media about the campaign and fellow classmates not part of LOOP also participated. This was the case at Pequannock Township High School as students took selfies and posted pictures and messages about the day.

“Through social media, the awareness for teen dating violence gets out in just a few seconds. Within one click, all my followers know that I am an advocate against teen dating violence. I can spread positive messages quickly and to mass amounts of teens,” said Kennelly.

Troast believes more must be done. “Sadly, I realized there isn’t a huge awareness for the topic. A couple of kids in my school started to raise awareness and while there could be more to follow, I believe that in the future this will catch on and dramatically reduce the amount of abusive teenage relationships,” he said.

Throughout the year, LOOP involves itself in many spiritual and social activities ranging from feeding the poor to fasting and Bible studies to mission trips. The orange shirt campaign was a non-gathered youth ministry event that was successful. Thanks to the effort of the teens.

“Sometimes relationships don’t work out in the way we want them to. Things can go wrong and possibly feel uncontrollable,” Kennelly said. “Teens have to be aware of teen dating violence because often nobody realizes what happens behind a closed door. Teens need to feel as if they can go to someone, whether it is another teen or an adult, if they are in an abusive relationship. They need to understand that they are not alone.”

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Youth+Group+Spreads+Awareness+About+Teen+Dating+Violence/2398059/290729/article.html.

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