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4 2 DIO C E SA N S EMIN A RI A N S ORD A INED AS DE AC ON S IN ROME 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 6, 2016 16 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard LONG V A LLEY P A RI S HIONER S S HOW A PPRE C I A TION OF POLI C E Passaic parish celebrates 125 years serving immigrants By CECILE PAGLIARULO REPOR TER 13 CA N C ER S URVIVOR LEND S VOI C E TO OPPO S E ASS I S TED S UI C IDE BILL BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI 15 PURSUIT OF JUSTICE Bishop Serratelli leads applause with Father Paul Manning for Andrew Anselmi of McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen & Carvelli, P.C., who was honored Oct. 2 at the Diocesan Red Mass with the inaugural Diocesan Advocati Christi Award and a portrait of St. Thomas More, patron saint of lawyers. 8-9 10-11 16 18-23 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS Lawyers join together for Inaugural Diocesan Red Mass By CECILE PAGLIARULO REPOR TER MADISON Lawyers from across the Diocese came to the auditorium at St. Paul Inside the Walls here Oct. 2 to take part in the Diocese’s Inaugural Red Mass with Bishop Serratelli as the main celebrant. The Red Mass is a traditional Mass held every year in Catholic dioceses throughout the world for government officials, lawyers and judges for their continuous pursuit of justice in the world and their daily lives. To begin the Red Mass, Bishop Serratelli said, “Today we honor and pray for God’s blessing for all those in the legal profession. Your work is so important to continue building up the Kingdom of God. We join you and your families today invoking the Holy Spirit for the guidance of almighty God in our lives.” “The human law of pagan society collapsed before the law of the Gospel and the world was actually better for it,” Bishop Serratelli said Traditional event held in Catholic dioceses throughout the world in his homily. “All this happened because of faith — because of people who believed. This Red Mass makes us reflect on the impact of faith on your vocation in the legal profession. An impact so needed at a time when our civil laws contradict the teaching of Jesus and in a way marginalizes faith.” He continued, “Faith means that we not on-ly entrust our lives to the Risen Lord but that we live our lives according to his teachings. The Church’s teaching — Jesus’ teaching — has been pressing the moral issues of our day that face us. Sanctity of all life, human sexuali-ty, family life, the needs of the poor, the needs RED MASS on 2 PASSAIC The city of Passaic has always been a home for immigrants seeking the American dream. And in the neighborhood surrounding St. Mary of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church here, although the places where many of these immigrants have come from may have changed, the heart of the parish community has remained the same over the last Some 125 years 125 years. ago immigrants To celebrate its from Slovakia rich heritage, the parish community founded and built at St. Mary’s this beautiful marked the 125th church. Today, a anniversary of its founding at a Mass new generation of Sept. 30 with Latino immigrants Bishop Serratelli as is bringing to this main celebrant church new life in with Msgr. John Demkovich, pastor the preaching of emeritus, and the Gospel, in the Father Jorge celebration of the Rodriguez, pastor, and several priests sacraments.’ from neighboring — B ISHOP S ERRATELLI Pas saic parishes as concelebrants. At the start of Mass, Bishop Serratelli said, “In a very special way, we are so thankful for the wonderful history of this parish. We are thankful that God has worked in the lives of so many for the past 125 years and we are thankful today for him sending his son, Jesus.” Founded in 1891, St. Mary’s first opened its doors to Slovak immigrants settling in the city. For many years, St. Mary’s was home to the second-and third-generations of American-born Slovaks, who came from suburban areas to attend Mass. While there is a group of Slovak parish-ioners at the parish, the demographics of the area around the parish changed over the years. The neighborhood, once filled with Slovak, ‘ PASSAIC PARISH on 12

Passaic Parish Celebrates 125 Years Serving Immigrants

Cecile Pagliarulo

PASSAIC The city of Passaic has always been a home for immigrants seeking the American dream. And in the neighborhood surrounding St. Mary of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church here, although the places where many of these immigrants have come from may have changed, the heart of the parish community has remained the same over the last 125 years.

To celebrate its rich heritage, the parish community at St. Mary’s marked the 125th anniversary of its founding at a Mass Sept. 30 with Bishop Serratelli as main celebrant with Msgr. John Demkovich, pastor emeritus, and Father Jorge Rodriguez, pastor, and several priests from neighboring Pas saic parishes as concelebrants.

At the start of Mass, Bishop Serratelli said, “In a very special way, we are so thankful for the wonderful history of this parish. We are thankful that God has worked in the lives of so many for the past 125 years and we are thankful today for him sending his son, Jesus.” Founded in 1891, St. Mary’s first opened its doors to Slovak immigrants settling in the city.

For many years, St. Mary’s was home to the second- and third-generations of Americanborn Slovaks, who came from suburban areas to attend Mass.

While there is a group of Slovak parishioners at the parish, the demographics of the area around the parish changed over the years. The neighborhood, once filled with Slovak, Hungarian and Polish Catholics living in the vicinity of Market Street where St. Mary’s is located, is now home to Hispanic immigrants, many from Mexico. Seeing the need to serve its new neighbors, the parish began a Spanish ministry and outreach in 2009.

Since the start of serving these families in the area, the 12:30 p.m. Sunday Mass in Spanish sees the church fill to standing room only. The parish celebrates its rich history of service to immigrants and a hope ful future with Father Rodriguez, who came to the parish nine months ago as its pastor.

In his homily, Bishop Serratelli reflected on St. Mary’s history in the people it has served by remembering St. Jermone, whose feast day fell on the day the anniversary Mass. St. Jermone is best known for his translation of the Bible into spoken language of the people.

“We honor St. Jerome not only because he was a scholar but also because he was a saint. What made him a saint was the simple fact that he translated the Word of God. The challenge is to make the Word of God come alive in our own lives. And this is what we are celebrating tonight. Some 125 years ago immigrants from Slovakia founded and built this beautiful church. Today, a new generation of Latino immigrants is bringing to this church new life in the preaching of the Gospel, in the celebration of the sacraments. You, the faithful of this parish, have received Jesus, the very word of God. You have been translating that Word in flesh, in blood, in your family life, in your care for the poor, in defense for human life. By such faithful members of this great parish, your lives have become the best book for others to read and to understand the Word of God. In the years to come may God spread his grace and fill you with the joy of knowing Jesus, the Word of God made flesh, knowing him and bringing others to him in your own life.”

As the parish continues to celebrate its history created by the Slovak founders to the continuation of the church community with Mexican and Latino immigrants, the mission to help others find the love of Jesus remains the same.

Peter Bakarich, president of the parish council at St. Mary’s, began attending the parish in 1974 because of his wife Kathleen’s roots at the parish. Her grandparents were one of the founding families. The Bakarichs were also married at St. Mary’s and their children received all their sacraments in the church.

“This will always be our parish,” he said, “Everyone here is so nice and we consider this place our second home.”

Msgr. John Demkovich, who served St. Mary’s for more than 40 years said, “It’s wonderful to celebrate and thank those who built this church more than a century ago. The Lord kept this place going all these years.”

Elizabeth Gallardo started attending St. Mary’s when she was looking for a place to worship. “That was 26 years ago and when I walked in here, I immediately fell in love. I felt God’s presence here. We give thanks to the Lord for his mercy endures forever. Through the challenges and our history, it’s exciting to celebrate.”

The celebration of the 125th anniversary was culminated by the refurbishing of the church’s Stations of the Cross, which are depicted through statues. Father Rodriguez presented each family that donated to the project a certificate of appreciation during the Mass.

“So far, it has been great to be with this community,” he said. “The original families continue to come here and the Hispanic families are very active.”

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Passaic+Parish+Celebrates+125+Years+Serving+Immigrants/2604679/345558/article.html.

Lawyers Join Together For Inaugural Diocesan Red Mass

Cecile Pagliarulo

Traditional event held in Catholic dioceses throughout the world

MADISON Lawyers from across the Diocese came to the auditorium at St. Paul Inside the Walls here Oct. 2 to take part in the Diocese’s Inaugural Red Mass with Bishop Serratelli as the main celebrant.

The Red Mass is a traditional Mass held every year in Catholic dioceses throughout the world for government officials, lawyers and judges for their continuous pursuit of justice in the world and their daily lives.

To begin the Red Mass, Bishop Serratelli said, “Today we honor and pray for God’s blessing for all those in the legal profession. Your work is so important to continue building up the Kingdom of God. We join you and your families today invoking the Holy Spirit for the guidance of almighty God in our lives.”

“The human law of pagan society collapsed before the law of the Gospel and the world was actually better for it,” Bishop Serratelli said in his homily. “All this happened because of faith — because of people who believed. This Red Mass makes us reflect on the impact of faith on your vocation in the legal profession. An impact so needed at a time when our civil laws contradict the teaching of Jesus and in a way marginalizes faith.”

He continued, “Faith means that we not only entrust our lives to the Risen Lord but that we live our lives according to his teachings. The Church’s teaching — Jesus’ teaching — has been pressing the moral issues of our day that face us. Sanctity of all life, human sexuality, family life, the needs of the poor, the needs of the stranger among us — Jesus’ teaching of the Church is clear.”

The Bishop spoke about the importance of a person’s private beliefs being consistent with his or her public life. “Some say they are privately in line with the Church’s teachings but politically they take a stance on the opposite side. How logical is that? Can anyone privately be against violence but say publicly if someone wants to be violent in their own home it’s not their concern? Can someone hold privately that slavery is an absolute evil and then publicly not support laws against human trafficking. Truth held privately must be lived publicly.”

“You, who share in the noble profession of law, actively participate in the Church’s redemption of the world,” the Bishop said. “Your action on behalf of justice is a dimension of the preaching of the Gospel. In a word you carry out in many places where it is so needed the real work of evangelization. May your faith truly guide your life in establishing God’s kingdom in this world.”

Since the founding of St. Paul’s in 2008, the Diocese’s evangelization center has had an active outreach to attorneys who would like to learn more about or deepen the practice of the profession of their faith and integrate it into their daily life and law practices.

With so many lawyers active in the Outreach to Catholic Lawyers at St. Paul’s, Father Paul Manning, executive director of St. Paul’s and the Diocese’s vicar for evangelization, announced at the Mass the newest initiative of the outreach — “Advocati Christi.” The “Advocates of Christ” are Catholic lawyers and judges who have entered into an elite fellowship of those who are committed to both the legal profession and the profession of their faith. The membership includes seasoned founding fellows, senior fellows who act as mentors and guides and fellows elect who are in the process of becoming members.

At the Inaugural Red Mass, St. Paul Inside the Walls honored Andrew Anselmi, founding director of McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen & Carvelli, P.C., who is a friend and supporter of Evangelization Center and chairman of the board of trustees of St. Paul’s. He also serves as chairman of the board of trustees of Assumption College for Sisters in Denville and a member of the Delbarton School alumni board in Morristown. Anselmi specializes in complex commercial, environmental and employment litigation.

Father Manning said, “He practices law in the same manner that he practices life — consistent with the faith and traditions of the Catholic Church.”

Bishop Serratelli presented Anselmi with a portrait of St. Thomas More in the presence of his wife, Soledad, his three children — Gabrielle, Luke and Nicholas — and his family and friends.

Accepting the award, Anselmi said, “We should all take stock in what we do in the administration of the law — to have empathy for our clients and not treat them as customers but as people who have placed their lives in our hands. In special cases, they become our friends from whom we can learn much. We should hold to the conviction that our zealous arguments with our adversaries are our greatest human engine of truth that the world has ever known. We have to appreciate the thin blue line of law enforcement that separates us from chaos and keeps us peaceful and secure in our communities and in our homes. We must revere the wisdom of our judges and the genius of our juries.”

Anselmi ended his speech by saying, “We rarely see pictures of Jesus smiling but I believe that Jesus smiles upon our administration of the law. To keep him smiling we need to be patient and civil with one another — to not hide or obscure the truth but to find the better truth, to not grow cynical but to be animated by the Holy Spirit at all times keeping in our minds and our hearts the magnificence of it all.”

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Lawyers+Join+Together+For+Inaugural+Diocesan+Red+Mass/2604686/345558/article.html.

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