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7 C ORPU S C HRI S TI FOOD DRIVE FILL S P A NTRIE S 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 JUNE 16, 2016 8 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Prayers, sympathy for Orlando victims Our prayers and sym-pathy join with all people of good faith for those killed or injured in the recent Orlando massacre. May God be merciful to those who died. May he bring healing to the injured. May their fami-lies and friends be con-soled by his presence. May God give us the grace to live with hope in the face of evil and to work strenuously to re-move hatred and preju-dice from our midst. — Bishop Serratelli Diocesan priests mark milestone anniversaries at annual Jubilee Mass By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER M ORE T HAN A M ILLENNIUM OF S ERVICE KINNELON The service to God’s people of the 23 priests who are marking milestone anniver-saries this year totals 1,065 years — more than a millennium. Their years of service have been spent cele-brating the Eucharist and giving the faithful Jesus through Holy Communion; baptizing ba-bies; joining men and women together in the Sacrament of Matrimony; bringing the Sacra -ment of the Sick to those who where ill; forgiv-ing sins through the Sacrament of Reconcili -ation, and preaching the Good News in parish-es across the Diocese. For others, years of serv-ice were spent in distant lands, bringing the Word of God to people who had never heard it before. In honor of their service to the Church and to the Paterson Diocese, Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant and presider of a Mass of Thanksgiving at the annual Diocesan Jubilee Celebration for Priests in Our Lady of the Magnificat (OLM) Church here June 7. PRIESTS’ JUBILEE Bishop Serratelli elevates the Host during the Consecration of the Eucharist with BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI MORE on 10 priests, who are marking significant anniversaries of their ordination to the priesthood, as concelebrants of the Mass for annual Diocesan Jubilee Celebration June 7 in Our Lady of the Magnificat Church in Kinnelon. DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Parish volunteers help build home, hope at Morristown Habitat for Humanity work site BY MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR PARSIPPANY Danielle Nicosia of St. Ann Parish here uses long ver-tical strokes to help paint the walls of an upstairs bedroom in a house that sits on a quiet dead-end street in Morristown. On a hot June 11 morning, sunlight streams through a large window into the room, empty except for her and her team of four other parishioners, who volunteered to paint the interior of the new residence — part of a five-unit townhouse complex that the non-profit Morris Habitat for Humanity has almost finished building. Dipping her roller into the white paint, Nicosia — one of 16 St. Ann’s parishioners who volun-teered at the Habitat for Humanity work site that day — forgets her own aches and imagines that bed-room a few weeks from now — filled with furniture, people and dreams in the making. Already, that unit will be filled with a ma-jor dream fulfilled: a poor family that can finally afford its own place. “Even though we [St. Ann’s vol-unteers] will never see the new occupants, we will be part of their families. We will have something to do with the memories that they will make in these units — what a home is,” said 30-year-old Nicosia, a teacher in Parsippany. “Jesus called us not only to serve him, but also serve the less fortunate. Being Christian isn’t only about sit-ting in church. It’s about getting out there and acting on our faith,” she said. The St. Ann’s volunteers beat back the heat to help to put finish-ing touches on the two-or three-bedroom units in suburban HABITAT on 4 “To all those who share in the noble vocation of fatherhood in any way, our gratitude and prayers. May God bless you for your generous and self-sacrificial love.” — Bishop Serratelli 8 12 13-14 15-20 W HAT T O D O Y OUTH V IEWPOINT C LASSIFIEDS

More Than A Millennium Of Service

Cecile San Agustin

Diocesan priests mark milestone anniversaries at annual Jubilee Mass

KINNELON The service to God’s people of the 23 priests who are marking milestone anniversaries this year totals 1,065 years — more than a millennium.

Their years of service have been spent celebrating the Eucharist and giving the faithful Jesus through Holy Communion; baptizing babies; joining men and women together in the Sacrament of Matrimony; bringing the Sacrament of the Sick to those who where ill; forgiving sins through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and preaching the Good News in parishes across the Diocese. For others, years of service were spent in distant lands, bringing the Word of God to people who had never heard it before.

In honor of their service to the Church and to the Paterson Diocese, Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant and presider of a Mass of Thanksgiving at the annual Diocesan Jubilee Celebration for Priests in Our Lady of the Magnificat (OLM) Church here June 7.

Celebrating priesthood ordinations of 65, 60, 50, 40 and 25 years, the priest jubilarians have served or are serving as pastors, parochial vicars, administrators, missionaries, chaplains, counselors and teachers. Three priests were marking their 65th anniversary to the priesthood — Bishop Emeritus Rodimer, Msgr. Leo Carey and Msgr. Brendan Madden.

In his welcoming message, Bishop Serratelli said, “We celebrate the great gift of the priesthood. St. Ambrose once said, ‘The priest is the vicar of God’s love’ and that love is most real and manifested in the celebration of the Eucharist. As priests we exist for the Eucharist, we exist to celebrate God’s self-sacrificial love with others. And so with great joy, we gather with our jubilarians to celebrate the privilege — the gift of holy priesthood.”

Priests from all corners of the diocese attended the Mass to honor their brother priests marking these significant milestones in their priestly lives, along with lay people attending to support the jubilarians. Msgr. John Carroll, who is marking his golden anniversary and is the pastor of OLM, was homilist for the Mass.

In his homily, Msgr. Carroll reflected on the Gospel reading for the Mass, recounting Peter’s meeting with Jesus, in which Jesus asked Peter, if he loved him. Msgr. Carroll said, “Jesus asks Peter three times, ‘Do you love me?’ Although the Scripture does not say it, Peter must have hesitated a little in his answer for Jesus to repeat the question. Peter knew that Jesus had just been crucified and rose from the dead so there must be more to the question. He must have sounded somewhat uncertain when he said, ‘Yes’ as if he wanted to say ‘no’. It is a very human to hesitate when ‘yes’ has such a price. Saying ‘yes’ and ‘no’ is an everyday thing. We say ‘yes’ to visit the children in our schools and religious education programs and ‘no’ to soccer and golf. ‘Yes’ to a meeting and ‘no’ to our friends. ‘Yes’ to prepare a homily and ‘no’ to go out to the theater. For jubilarians, our prayer for you today and all time, is that even when we hesitate and want to say ‘no’, we say ‘yes’. ‘Yes,’ and know that I love you.”

Following the homily, the priest jubilarians in attendance were called forth by Father Richard Bay, pastor of St. Simon Parish in Green Pond. They then made a renewal of commitment to priestly service before Bishop Serratelli to continue serving God’s people. At the closing of the Mass, the priests joined in unison to sing the Marian hymn, “Salve Regina.”

At the end of Mass, Bishop Emeritus Rodimer spoke at the pulpit and reflected on the priesthood. “The Holy Father has given us this extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to recognize we are not the sum of our mistakes and failures but that we have the capacity and that we have so many gifts that enable us to be images of Jesus. From Hebrews 3:13, it says to ‘Encourage one another daily while it is still today.’ I think as we jubilarians celebrate our anniversaries, it is important to recognize we have the opportunity to be the images of Our Father’s Divine Son. We are not the sum of our mistakes and failures. We are the sum of the Father’s love and the capacity to be our Father’s Son. Congratulations jubilarians.”

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/More+Than+A+Millennium+Of+Service/2510710/312630/article.html.

Parish Volunteers Help Build Home, Hope At Morristown Habitat For Humanity Work Site

Michael Wojcik

PARSIPPANY Danielle Nicosia of St. Ann Parish here uses long vertical strokes to help paint the walls of an upstairs bedroom in a house that sits on a quiet dead-end street in Morristown. On a hot June 11 morning, sunlight streams through a large window into the room, empty except for her and her team of four other parishioners, who volunteered to paint the interior of the new residence — part of a five-unit townhouse complex that the non-profit Morris Habitat for Humanity has almost finished building.

Dipping her roller into the white paint, Nicosia — one of 16 St. Ann’s parishioners who volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity work site that day — forgets her own aches and imagines that bedroom a few weeks from now — filled with furniture, people and dreams in the making. Already, that unit will be filled with a major dream fulfilled: a poor family that can finally afford its own place.

“Even though we [St. Ann’s volunteers] will never see the new occupants, we will be part of their families. We will have something to do with the memories that they will make in these units — what a home is,” said 30-year-old Nicosia, a teacher in Parsippany. “Jesus called us not only to serve him, but also serve the less fortunate. Being Christian isn’t only about sitting in church. It’s about getting out there and acting on our faith,” she said.

The St. Ann’s volunteers beat back the heat to help to put finishing touches on the two- or threebedroom units in suburban Morristown. They put in their “sweat equity,” dividing into three teams to tackle three tasks: painting and carpentry and landscaping. This project — which started at 8:30 a.m. and finished at 4:30 p.m. — was part of the Morris County parish’s observances of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which the universal Church will celebrate until November, said Sister of the Church Frances Sanzo, a St. Ann’s pastoral associate.

Each unit houses bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a laundry room and a single-car garage. Morris Habitat for Humanity picked occupants by lottery and offered them an interest-free mortgage. Occupants must complete 300 “man hours” of work, which can include help from family and friends. Construction of these units began in March on what was an open piece of land and should be completed by August, said Bob Preis, Morris Habitat for Humanity’s project manager, while supervising the work that day.

“The day that we hand the keys over to the new occupants is fulfilling. It’s great to see their faces. The house is like a mansion to the kids, who are like pogo sticks — so excited,” said Preis. “These new housing units — and Habitat for Humanity — would not be possible without these volunteers.”

Inside one unit, 36-year-old Michael Morino and Joe Cistaro brandish hammers and nail guns to put up white molding around doors on the upper-floor rooms. Morino used to work in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning industry with this father. That morning, he told The Beacon that he enjoys utilizing his trade skills, which he now only uses on his house and for the benefit of friends and family.

“This [work] feels great. I love helping people out,” Morino, who now works in building automation.

Inside another unit, Nicosia leads her team — a mix of St. Ann’s parishioners from teens to seniors — as they climb ladders or crouch down painting the upper-level rooms. Meanwhile, another team of volunteers landscapes the outside in the rear and side of the new building. They plant trees and shrubs. They rake soil and dig up and remove rocks and then plant grass seed and lay down hay on a slope that will become part of the complex’s lawn.

“Today, I learned how deep and wide you need to dig a hole for a shrub,” said Lolita Vazquez, who helped publicize and coordinate St. Ann’s work at the Morristown site, which attracted parishioners as young as 16. “This has been terrific. It’s great to see the vision of Habitat for Humanity in building these houses — the only opportunity many of these folks will have to own their own homes. It’s also great that in six months, I can drive by the houses and say, ‘I planted that tree over there,’ ” she said.

As the volunteers dug into their projects at the job site, a team of adults and children, who were too young to work with Habitat for Humanity, gathered at 10 a.m. in the kitchen of St. Ann Church to make lunch for the volunteers with food that local vendors donated. An adult transported the lunches to the work site. Among those helping that morning were 10-year-old Christian Pyles and his mother, Yvonne — who both originally proposed the Habitat for Humanity project — along with the rest of their family.

“It’s the idea of community service. It’s something that the kids and other people can enjoy,” said Pyles, while another volunteer, 13-year-old Evan Vojta, remarked after bagging the lunches, “It feels good to be helping other people.”

The Habitat for Humanity work continues St. Ann’s lengthy schedule of Jubilee Year of Mercy activities, which have included drives for coats and jackets, clothing for job interviews for women and tools for the building project. The parish also sent cards to retired priests at Nazareth Village, Chester, and to residents of nursing homes and held a Holy Year Lenten mission. Religious education students collected food for the poor and visited residents in assisted living facilities, said Virginia Bissig, a St. Ann’s pastoral associate.

“The Jubilee Year of Mercy encompasses the care of everyone and the Corporal and the Spiritual Works of Mercy,” Sister Sanzo said after the lunches were shipped.

While painting with Nicosia, 16-year-old Sarah Vojta, a member of St. Ann’s youth ministry and sister of Evan, spoke about her experience in this area of home improvement: painting around the house and for stage crew at school.

“This [project] brings us closer to our faith and to our connection with God and Jesus. We also become closer as a parish by getting to know each other,” Vojta said.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Parish+Volunteers+Help+Build+Home%2C+Hope+At+Morristown+Habitat+For+Humanity+Work+Site/2510722/312630/article.html.

Prayers, Sympathy For Orlando Victims

Our prayers and sympathy join with all people of good faith for those killed or injured in the recent Orlando massacre.

May God be merciful to those who died. May he bring healing to the injured. May their families and friends be consoled by his presence. May God give us the grace to live with hope in the face of evil and to work strenuously to remove hatred and prejudice from our midst.

— Bishop Serratelli

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Prayers%2C+Sympathy+For+Orlando+Victims/2510732/312630/article.html.

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