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The Beacon Beacon_October 13 2016 : Page 1

3 DIO C E S E S EEK S CA NDID A TE S FOR BO A RD S , C OUN C IL 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 OCTOBER 13, 2016 10 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Bishop Serratelli blesses renovations to St. Cecilia Church in Rockaway By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR ‘E NTER H IS G ATES W ITH T HANKSGIVING ’ Bishop’s Appeal donors continue mission of Christ By CECILE PAGLIARULO REPOR TER 4 9 HOLY S EPUL C HRE C EMETERY A DDING WING S TO M A U S OLEUM BI S HOP S PE A K S A T MENDH A M P A RI S H’ S C OMMUNION BRE A KF AS T 5 6-7 9 10 11-15 O BITUARIES V IEWPOINT Y OUTH W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS St. Cecilia Parish here Oct. 2 to ded-icate and bless the new renovations to the interior and exterior of its church — a summer-long project that brightened up the worship space with the painting of the walls, cleaning the floors and ceiling, refurbishing the choir loft and adding interesting spir-itual design details, such as new stat-ues of St. Patrick and St. Mother Teresa, that are designed to enrich the experience of churchgoers. Bishop Serratelli served as main celebrant and homilist of 4:30 p.m. Mass Oct. 1, where he blessed the renovations, costing $200,000, that were made possible by the generosity ROCKAWAY Bishop Serratelli visited A NEW LOOK Bishop Serratelli was main celebrant and BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI homilist of a Mass on Oct. 2 at St. Cecilia Parish, Rockaway to dedicate renovations to the interior and exterior of its church. Above, the Bishop blesses a new statue of St. Patrick that sits below an existing statue of St. Joseph with the Christ Child, highlighted by a full body halo that was ST. CECILIA on 8 recently painted as part of the renovation work. CLIFTON Last May, Bishop Serratelli ordained 10 men to the priesthood for the Paterson Diocese in St. Philip the Apostle Church here en-suring the mission of Christ will continue for generations to come. The Diocese has been blessed to have had 75 men ordained as priests in the past decade, and to have 55 men studying for the priesthood in sem-inaries around the coun-try and abroad, with five seminarians studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. With a wealth of vocations to the priesthood in the Diocese, the opportunity for diocesan sem-inarians to be educated and fully prepared to serve the people of God in the Diocese relies on the assistance of the laity. For that reason, sem-inarian education is one of the beneficiaries of the 2016 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Under the theme “Be Rich in Good Works,” the Bishop’s Annual Appeal not only supports seminarians studying for the priesthood but also aids diocesan Catholic Charities agencies; Catholic school students in inner-city areas; and Nazareth 2016 APPEAL on 3 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Hispanics in Diocese join together to celebrate Year of Mercy By CECILE PAGLIARULO REPOR TER PASSAIC It was a moment of mercy for more than 500 Hispanic Catholics of the Paterson Diocese as they joined together to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy during a diocesan convo-cation held at St. Mary’s Assumption Church here and the diocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II at Holy Rosary Parish here. The Spanish-language event included prayer services, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, an outdoor procession and pre-sentations by Franciscan Father Gonzalo Torres, parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in Pompton Lakes, and Father Enrique Corona, pastor of St. Agnes and St. Michael parishes in Paterson. In his presentation, Father Torres reflected on Pope Francis’ book, “The Name of God is Mercy.” The Franciscan priest said, “I talked to the people about mercy and how we can be merciful. The Pope shows us through dialogue with can bring peace that is needed in the world today. The Year of Mercy has been a very successful year. Pope Francis has been a pastor not just to Catholics but also to the whole world. He is bringing people JOIN TOGETHER on 2 YEAR OF MERCY Processing through the city of Passaic, more than 500 Hispanic Catholics recently joined together for a convocation cele brating the Year of Mercy. Father Alexander Londono, Diocesan Director of Migrant Ministry, holds the Blessed Sacrament.

‘Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving’

Michael Wojcik

Bishop Serratelli blesses renovations to St. Cecilia Church in Rockaway

ROCKAWAY Bishop Serratelli visited St. Cecilia Parish here Oct. 2 to dedicate and bless the new renovations to the interior and exterior of its church — a summer-long project that brightened up the worship space with the painting of the walls, cleaning the floors and ceiling, refurbishing the choir loft and adding interesting spiritual design details, such as new statues of St. Patrick and St. Mother Teresa, that are designed to enrich the experience of churchgoers.

Bishop Serratelli served as main celebrant and homilist of 4:30 p.m. Mass Oct. 1, where he blessed the renovations, costing $200,000, that were made possible by the generosity of St. Cecilia’s parishioners. Concelebrating the Mass were Father Sigmund Peplowski, pastor of both St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart parishes in Rockaway; Father Marcin Michalowski and Father Mateusz Jasniewicz, parochial vicars of both parishes; Father Joseph Khai Vu from the Newark Archdiocese, who celebrates St. Cecilia’s Vietnamese Mass; and Father Philip Michael Tangorra, chaplain of Catholic Campus Ministry at William Paterson University, Wayne. Parishioners, who filled the church for the Mass were delighted to return to the church’s main worship space, after attending Mass in the summer in Hayes Hall in the basement of the building, during the undertaking of the extensive project.

“The last renovation in St. Cecilia was about 15 years ago. The interior was looking very tired. It needed a make over,” said Father Peplowski, who wrote in last week’s bulletin, “We are finally back in our church. We come into the presence of the Lord in the holy house that was erected 60 years ago so that the celebration of the Sacred Mysteries could take place and the sacraments celebrated for the People of God. We come before the Lord today with thanksgiving for the generosity of so many parishioners who supported the renovation of our church. Faith and generosity are the principal characteristics of you, the parishioners of Saint Cecilia’s.”

The renovations included Victor Zucchi & Son of Bogota painting the interior from a battleship grey to shades of brown and tan, Father Peplowski showed The Beacon during a visit to St. Cecilia’s church — three days before Bishop Serratelli’s visit.

Also inside, Evergreen Architectural Art Corporation in Manhattan painted full body halos on the walls around the existing statues of St. Joseph and Mary on either side of the altar and a colorful border around the existing Stations of the Cross, which highlights their beauty and importance. The company also painted sacred verses over the front entrance, the two confessionals on either side of the worship space and a stained glass window up in the choir loft. The verse above the front entrance reads, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise” (Ps. 100:4). The verse above the choir loft reads: “Sing a new song to the Lord for he has done marvelous deeds” (Ps. 12:5). They added the Greek symbols of alpha and omega [the beginning and the end], re-guilded the cross that hangs above the altar and added Christian symbols, including a harp for St. Cecilia, the patron of the parish and of music, Father Peplowski said.

The day of The Beacon’s visit, Father Peplowski accepted delivery of the two new statues — one of St. Patrick in honor of the former St. Patrick Parish in Hibernia, which closed in 1928, and St. Mother Teresa, “canonized in this Year of Mercy, when we finished the renovations.” The statues were placed next to the statues of the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph on either side of the altar. Renovations also included installing a new tabernacle and holy water fonts at the doors, removing of 60 years of dust and dirt from the ceiling and lights and cleaning the tile floors. Also, some exterior brick was repainted, because moisture had seeped in and was disintegrating the walls of the choir loft, the pastor said.

The initial funding for the project came from a bequeath by the late Mary Reynolds, a parishioner in whose name restoration of the sanctuary has been dedicated. After having consulted with the parish finance committee, Father Peplowski started raising additional funds during spring and summer from “generous and enthusiastic parishioners,” who gave gifts that ranged from $50 to $25,000. The choir loft restoration was dedicated in memory of Helen Lucas, a choir member, by her family, the pastor said.

During renovations, St. Cecilia’s held baptisms and funerals in nearby Sacred Heart Church. After Mass in Hayes Hall, parishioners were allowed to walk upstairs to see the progress of the work. In fact, Bishop Serratelli viewed the progress, during pastoral visits to St. Cecilia’s on Aug. 14 and Sept. 20. The church renovation took place during a busy summer at St. Cecilia’s, which included the creation of Divine Mercy Academy — opened on Sept. 7 — which merges the former St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart schools. The building of the former St. Cecilia School on Halsey Avenue was refurbished to house Divine Mercy Academy, which both St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart parishes support financially.

“I am grateful for the support of so many parishioners and the generosity which was shown to begin the project of up keeping the dignity of the House of the Lord,” Father Peplowski wrote in last week’s bulletin.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/%E2%80%98Enter+His+Gates+With+Thanksgiving%E2%80%99/2609708/347084/article.html.

Bishop’s Appeal Donors Continue Mission Of Christ

Cecile Pagliarulo

CLIFTON Last May, Bishop Serratelli ordained 10 men to the priesthood for the Paterson Diocese in St. Philip the Apostle Church here ensuring the mission of Christ will continue for generations to come. The Diocese has been blessed to have had 75 men ordained as priests in the past decade, and to have 55 men studying for the priesthood in seminaries around the country and abroad, with five seminarians studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

With a wealth of vocations to the priesthood in the Diocese, the opportunity for diocesan seminarians to be educated and fully prepared to serve the people of God in the Diocese relies on the assistance of the laity. For that reason, seminarian education is one of the beneficiaries of the 2016 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

Under the theme “Be Rich in Good Works,” the Bishop’s Annual Appeal not only supports seminarians studying for the priesthood but also aids diocesan Catholic Charities agencies; Catholic school students in inner-city areas; and Nazareth Village, the retired diocesan priests’ residence in Chester.

Father Hubert Jurjewicz, diocesan director of vocations, said, “These men seek to give themselves entirely in service to our Lord and to his people as priests. In the midst of our distracted and distracting culture, they have heard the voice of Christ calling them to something worthy of themselves: a life of radical, priestly discipleship rooted in intimate prayer, joyful service and steadfast faithfulness to the Church. In short, these men are seeking that their hearts become one with the heart of the Good Shepherd.”

Last year, the Diocese allocated $1,093,797 to help fund the cost of seminarian education. On average, one year of priestly formation for one seminarian costs $47,000.

Seminarians experience long days of study during the week with times of prayer and Mass. They also have meetings throughout the week with spiritual directors, formation advisers and small group formation. Many times, seminarians also assist at local parishes to serve God’s people through various ministries on the weekend.

To those who are considering donating the to Appeal, Father Jurjewicz said, “First and foremost, I ask that you pray for our men and for an increase in the number of men who hear the call to serve as priests in the Diocese of Paterson. I especially thank those of you who consistently offer prayers and sacrifices for these men and for all our priests. Your prayers are obviously being heard. If, in addition to your prayers, you can make a financial contribution of any size, please donate to the Appeal. It might be the case that you could sponsor all or part of one seminarian’s formation costs.”

In addition to tuition and room and board, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal helps with retreat costs, books and a small stipend that seminarians are paid to help with incidental expenses.

“With more committed disciples, we will witness a rise in vocations to the priesthood. We need priests to help rebuild the soul of the Church according to the Holy Spirit rather than the Spirit of the World,” Father Jurjewicz said. “Our seminarians want to help rebuild God’s Church by forming parishes that are schools of prayer rather than schools of 10,000 activities. Pope Francis spoke beautifully of the call for disciples to beware of the Spirit of the World: ‘But they are those who think following Jesus is a career … Following Jesus is … going with him out of love, behind him: on the same journey, the same path. And the Spirit of the world will not tolerate this and what will make us suffer, but suffering as Jesus did.’ Each seminarian has encountered Jesus Christ and is responding to their call of discipleship. Now they want to go make more disciples and sanctify the world through the sacramental life of the Church. This is the mission of the priest.”

[To donate to the Bishop’s Appeal, go to www.2016appeal.org or call (973) 777-8818, ext. 218. For information on the priesthood, go to: www.vocationspaterson.com or call (973) 777-8818, ext. 711.]

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Bishop%E2%80%99s+Appeal+Donors+Continue+Mission+Of+Christ/2609710/347084/article.html.

Hispanics In Diocese Join Together To Celebrate Year Of Mercy

Cecile Pagliarulo

PASSAIC It was a moment of mercy for more than 500 Hispanic Catholics of the Paterson Diocese as they joined together to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy during a diocesan convocation held at St. Mary’s Assumption Church here and the diocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II at Holy Rosary Parish here. The Spanish-language event included prayer services, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, an outdoor procession and presentations by Franciscan Father Gonzalo Torres, parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in Pompton Lakes, and Father Enrique Corona, pastor of St. Agnes and St. Michael parishes in Paterson.

In his presentation, Father Torres reflected on Pope Francis’ book, “The Name of God is Mercy.” The Franciscan priest said, “I talked to the people about mercy and how we can be merciful. The Pope shows us through dialogue with can bring peace that is needed in the world today. The Year of Mercy has been a very successful year. Pope Francis has been a pastor not just to Catholics but also to the whole world. He is bringing people together. He has called each of us to welcome every person and to see Christ in each of them.”

Father Torres also talked about the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the need for people to go to Confession. He also spoke to his brother priests about being confessors. “We are to be priests and not to judge the people. We are to bring about God’s mercy.”

A highlight of the daylong event was a visit to one of the diocesan Holy Doors at the Shrine of St. John Paul II. The hundreds of participants who attended the Hispanic convocation filled the streets of Passaic in a prayerful procession following Blessed Sacrament, which was held on high by priests and deacons for the mile-long walk.

True pilgrims in a sense, Deacon Guido Pedraza, diocesan director of Hispanic Ministry, said, “The procession was a moving experience especially because of the area. Many bystanders joined the procession and it stayed very peaceful and prayerful. One lady walking from the hospital joined the procession because she was so moved by it.”

At the Shrine of St. John Paul II, the “pilgrims” then walked through the Holy Doors, which were designated by Bishop Serratelli last December following Pope Francis’ call that each diocese open a Holy Door through which pilgrims can journey. These doors represent the compassion, love, mercy and consolation of God. The second Holy Door in the diocese is at St. Margaret Church in Morristown.

Once at the shrine at Holy Rosary Church, the participants had the opportunity receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Seven priests were available to hear their confessions.

Deacon Pedraza said, “The lines were very long for Confession, which shows how much people desire God’s mercy. Before the Blessed Sacrament, we prayed about forgiveness and in thanksgiving for what God has given us.”

Celebrating the Year of Mercy as a community was important for the Hispanic Catholics of the Diocese. “The Year of Mercy has been a special opportunity to have an encounter with the Lord and share his mercy with others. It is important to reconcile and to receive forgiveness. This year, we have been given the gift to find the Lord in our lives,” said Deacon Pedraza.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Hispanics+In+Diocese+Join+Together+To+Celebrate+Year+Of+Mercy/2609713/347084/article.html.

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