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S I S TER S OF THE S ORROWFUL MOTHER IN DIO C E S E A RE C ELEBR A TING JUBILEE 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. 2 MORRIS JULY 21, 2016 10 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal tops $4.1M By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER AR ECORD A MOUNT 3 CA MPU S MINI S TRIE S JOIN FOR C E S TO C RE A TE VIDEO S ERIE S FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 6-7 9 10 11-16 V IEWPOINT O BITUARIES W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS CLIFTON With the theme “Ser ving Christ Among Us,” the 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal raised $4,116,170 in pledges — the largest amount in Appeal history — to help fund diocesan Cath olic Charities agencies, seminarian education, in-ner-city Catholic school stu-dents and Nazareth Vil lage in Chester, the diocesan priests’ retirement residence. The record amount pledged topped the amount the 2014 Appeal raised by $460,000. The 2015 Appeal had 19,991 donors — an increase of more than 1,000 donors over the 2014 Appeal. “Words alone cannot adequately express the gratitude I have for everyone who participated in the 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal,” said Bishop Serratelli. “I wish each and every parishioner could join me when I visit the different places throughout our Diocese that are supported by the Appeal. It would most certainly put a smile on your face. To see the great work that is being accomplished by this out-pouring of generosity is a constant reminder of the goodness of both the people we serve and those who help make it possible.” The Bishop’s Annual Appeal was launched last September with the goals of supporting the sick, the poor and the disabled, assisting re-tired priests and investing in the diocese’s future by supporting semi-narian education and educating in-ner-city children served by schools in the Diocese. Tim Potter, diocesan director of development, said, “The numbers on the charts in this week’s Beacon show something beyond the amount raised for the 2015 MEETING THE BISHOP Ryan and Jacqueline DeBlock and their two BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI APPEAL on 4 daughters, Julia and Anna, parishioners of St. Patrick’s in Chatham, meet Bishop Serratelli. Julia, who made her First Communion this spring, was disappointed that she was unable to attend the annual diocesan Eucharistic Catechesis for First Communicants with the Bishop in June because she was sick that day. With excitement, she wore her First Communion dress and took the opportunity to meet the Bishop when he made a pastoral visit to St. Patrick’s July 17. For more photos from the Bishop’s pastoral visit, see page 8. DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Discernment at Casa Guadalupe ‘fashions’ religious vocation By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER Seeing the beauty in religious life said, “I always wanted a more full life. I got into fashion design be-cause I considered it a calling in upholding the dignity of people through what they wear. I especial-ly wanted to do this for women and create fashion for a generation of women who were dignified (by what they wore).” Two years after graduating col-lege in 2010, Taylor moved to New York City, one of the major fashion capitals of the world. There she worked with a costume designer for Broadway shows. She said she enjoyed the many different activi-ties living the city life provided. “I remember after college I wanted adventure so I moved to the city and I thought about having a family and dreamed of having a career as well. Everything I wanted, it seemed I could have, but then I would lose interest. What it came down to is that I wanted more of Jesus in my life,” said Taylor. The first time Taylor felt called to religious life was when she was 8. “During elementary school, there was a nun named Sister Roseanne and there was something about her that set her apart from other nuns. In high school, I remember attend-ing an ordination for some Jesuit CLIFTON Does fashion design have anything in common with a religious vocation? It did for Alida Taylor, a resident of Casa Guada -lupe, the Diocese’s house of dis-cernment for women here, because she said they share one important similarity — beauty. Seeing the beauty in religious life and bringing that beauty into a world that is immersed in a throw-away culture was why the 28-year-old Taylor is following her calling to join the Sisters of Life in New York City, the order she will enter as a postulant on Sept. 10. Taylor, originally from Louisiana, priests and when they were pros-trated before the altar, it pulled at me,” said Taylor. During her studies at the University of Louisiana, the fashion design major continued to pray about her vocation. She felt the tug at her heart often about becoming a religious sister — a feeling that continued to stay with her through-out her young adult years. When Taylor moved to the city, she also joined a Catholic young adult group called Frasetti Fellowship of NYC, led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Through this group, she learned about the Sisters of Life and at-tended a “come and see” retreat. BEAUTY on 2

A Record Amount

Cecile San Agustin

2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal tops $4.1M

CLIFTON With the theme “Serving Christ Among Us,” the 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal raised $4,116,170 in pledges — the largest amount in Appeal history — to help fund diocesan Catholic Charities agencies, seminarian education, inner- city Catholic school students and Nazareth Village in Chester, the diocesan priests’ retirement residence.

The record amount pledged topped the amount the 2014 Appeal raised by $460,000. The 2015 Appeal had 19,991 donors — an increase of more than 1,000 donors over the 2014 Appeal.

“Words alone cannot adequately express the gratitude I have for everyone who participated in the 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal,” said Bishop Serratelli. “I wish each and every parishioner could join me when I visit the different places throughout our Diocese that are supported by the Appeal. It would most certainly put a smile on your face. To see the great work that is being accomplished by this outpouring of generosity is a constant reminder of the goodness of both the people we serve and those who help make it possible.”

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal was launched last September with the goals of supporting the sick, the poor and the disabled, assisting retired priests and investing in the diocese’s future by supporting seminarian education and educating inner- city children served by schools in the Diocese.

Tim Potter, diocesan director of development, said, “The numbers on the charts in this week’s Beacon show something beyond the amount raised for the 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. They demonstrate a deep commitment by so many of our parishioners to the Gospel imperative to share our gifts with those in need. It is a blessing that so many people want to be part of the important work accomplished by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Their gifts truly made a difference in the lives of so many.”

The success of the Appeal relies on the commitment and hard work of many people, especially pastors and priests and the Lay Appeal chairpersons who inspire their fellow parishioners to donate. Both the Bishop and the development office acknowledged the contributions made by the pastors and lay volunteers who assist in the Appeal process.

“I extend my thanks to our pastors and Lay Appeal chairpersons who so effectively promote the Appeal each year and who encourage the participation of their parishioners,” said Bishop Serratelli. “Their leadership is one of the key reasons that the Appeal is able to do so much good work for God’s people.”

Potter added, “None of this success would have been possible without the incredible efforts of our pastors and the parish Lay Appeal Chairpersons. I want to thank them for all the work they put into telling the story of the thousands upon thousands of people who are helped each year.”

Msgr. James Mahoney, vicar general, moderator of the Curia, and pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham Township, said, “The generosity of the faithful in the Paterson Diocese is a wonderful thing to witness. As a pastor, it is affirming to see so many good and caring people look beyond the borders of their own parish and respond so positively to the needs of their brothers and sisters throughout Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties.”

Diocesan Catholic Charities is the largest recipient of Appeal contributions. The diocese’s social service agencies assist people in all three counties of the diocese in 43 locations ministering to seniors, children, families, the disabled, the sick, veterans and the addicted. Programs include emergency services in providing food and shelter, adult day care, group homes for adults with disabilities, after school and summer programs, clothing distribution, food pantries, substance abuse counseling and home repairs for seniors.

The Appeal also helps in the education of diocesan seminarians and inner-city students at diocesan Catholic schools. Within the last 10 years more than 80 men have been ordained priests of the diocese. Inner-city students who attend Catholic schools receive a faith-filled education in a safe, loving environment.

Another recipient is Nazareth Village, the retired diocesan priests’ residence located in Chester. The Appeal helps those priests who have given a lifetime of service to the Church of Paterson by giving them an option to live in community with their brother priests. Thirty-three priests have called Nazareth Village their home throughout the years and many retired priests continue to assist at weekend Masses in nearby parishes.

In addition to Appeal funds being used for these diocesan ministries, parishes that pledged more than their appeal goal will receive a rebate to be used for parish needs. Fifty percent of all funds received over a parish goal are returned. Last year, parish rebates totaled a record $517,691.

Msgr. Mahoney said, “When our people come together in great numbers for an important and worthy cause, the impact is profound. It is because of this overwhelming support that tens of thousands of people are served with love and compassion each year. Thanks to our pastors, our Lay Appeal chairpersons and all those who contributed to the 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. We are a more caring Church due to the way in which you have responded to the invitation of Jesus to help those in need.”

For the complete list of parish pledges to the Appeal, see the chart on page 4 provided by the Diocesan Development Office, which coordinates the Appeal.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/A+Record+Amount/2537919/322415/article.html.

Discernment At Casa Guadalupe ‘Fashions’ Religious Vocation

Cecile San Agustin

Seeing the beauty in religious life

CLIFTON Does fashion design have anything in common with a religious vocation? It did for Alida Taylor, a resident of Casa Guadalupe, the Diocese’s house of discernment for women here, because she said they share one important similarity — beauty.

Seeing the beauty in religious life and bringing that beauty into a world that is immersed in a throwaway culture was why the 28-yearold Taylor is following her calling to join the Sisters of Life in New York City, the order she will enter as a postulant on Sept. 10.

Taylor, originally from Louisiana, said, “I always wanted a more full life. I got into fashion design because I considered it a calling in upholding the dignity of people through what they wear. I especially wanted to do this for women and create fashion for a generation of women who were dignified (by what they wore).”

Two years after graduating college in 2010, Taylor moved to New York City, one of the major fashion capitals of the world. There she worked with a costume designer for Broadway shows. She said she enjoyed the many different activities living the city life provided.

“I remember after college I wanted adventure so I moved to the city and I thought about having a family and dreamed of having a career as well. Everything I wanted, it seemed I could have, but then I would lose interest. What it came down to is that I wanted more of Jesus in my life,” said Taylor.

The first time Taylor felt called to religious life was when she was 8. “During elementary school, there was a nun named Sister Roseanne and there was something about her that set her apart from other nuns. In high school, I remember attending an ordination for some Jesuit priests and when they were prostrated before the altar, it pulled at me,” said Taylor.

During her studies at the University of Louisiana, the fashion design major continued to pray about her vocation. She felt the tug at her heart often about becoming a religious sister — a feeling that continued to stay with her throughout her young adult years.

When Taylor moved to the city, she also joined a Catholic young adult group called Frasetti Fellowship of NYC, led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Through this group, she learned about the Sisters of Life and attended a “come and see” retreat. She also learned about Casa Guadalupe in the Diocese of Paterson from the friars and moved there last summer.

“At Casa, I had the space to grow more deeply in prayer with Jesus, to discern through different communities and to experience his love and mercy for me,” Taylor said. “And the Lord has made his call clear, inviting me to follow his love by upholding the sanctity and dignity of every human life through the Sisters of Life. And with great joy, they have accepted my application to enter.”

But, before she could be accepted to the Sisters of Life, who receive no salary or stipend, Taylor had to be debt free. So she started a GoFundMe campaign on June 29 to raise the funds needed to pay her student loans from college. As the news spread of the page, donations poured in and she surpassed her goal July 14. Her unique campaign drew the interest of television networks including WCBS-TV in New York. “The Lord when it’s His will, he always provides, and I just trust Him,” Taylor said about the GoFundMe campaign.

After a year of living at Casa Guadalupe, Taylor has become the “quickest” vocation from the house of discernment to be accepted, which has already seen many religious vocations from young ladies who have lived there. Taylor is the second young woman from Casa Guadalupe to join the Sisters of Life. Three other women joined the Carmelites and another joined the Dominican Sisters.

As Taylor prepares to enter the Sisters for Life, her proud parents, Alex and Cathy, who live in Louisiana, said they feel blessed to have a daughter enter religious life. Taylor’s older sister, Iris, will be getting married next spring, making it a celebratory year for Taylor family.

At Casa Guadalupe, the young women commit to live there for one year and are allowed to renew for another year if they need to continue the discernment process. They are involved in several apostolates, which include Vita Consecrata, a women’s discernment group; mission trips across the country and overseas; and Corazon Puro, a chastity ministry. The women can often be found attending daily Mass at St. Philip the Apostle Church here and they are associates of St. Michael Friary in Paterson and partners with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal serving there. Franciscan Father of the Renewal Agustino Torres is spiritual director to the women and helped found the Clifton residence, which is located in a home that formerly served as the diocesan Office for Clergy Personnel and Vocations on Valley Road near the Diocesan Pastoral Center.

With many young women interested in discerning their vocation, Casa Guadalupe welcomes the faithful to help in its mission in the education and formation of these young women, who also receive counseling throughout the discernment period. There are also various apostolic needs such as funding for missions and evangelization materials and household needs for general repairs and renovations.

Holly Lawmaster, housemother at Casa Guadalupe, said, “We welcomed three more young women to live at Casa Guadalupe last month from California, Connecticut and Illinois. We wonder how these women find us but it shows how God is working. These young women are smart, beautiful and love the Lord. A lot of young girls can look up to these women. Religious orders are looking for women who are healthy in mind, body and spirit and holy.”

[Information: visit www.casaguadalupe.net.]

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Discernment+At+Casa+Guadalupe+%E2%80%98Fashions%E2%80%99+Religious+Vocation/2537921/322415/article.html.

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