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BI S HOP’ S A NNU A L A PPE A L HELP S THO S E S TRUGGLING WITH A DDI C TION 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. 4 MORRIS NOVEMBER 17, 2016 12 7 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Two Holy Doors in Diocese close as Jubilee Year of Mercy concludes By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR BI S HOP M A KE S P AS TOR A L VI S IT TO OUR L A DY OF THE V A LLEY P A RI S H 10 TEEN S DI SC U SS PRIE S THOOD VO CA TION S WITH BI S HOP OVER PIZZ A 6 8-9 10-11 12 13-20 DOORS TO MERCY Bishop Serratelli was main celebrant and homilist during a Mass Nov. 12 at St. BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI Margaret of Scotland Church, Morristown, with assistance from altar server Angel Garcia. The Mass was followed by the closing of the church’s Holy Door that was opened for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which concludes Nov. 20. Another Holy Door that the Bishop designated for the Diocese, at Holy Rosary Church/the Diocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II in Passaic, closed Nov. 13. O BITUARIES V IEWPOINT Y OUTH W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS Diocese offers Preaching Institute to help priests, deacons improve homilies By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR MADISON Last week, 75 priests and deacons of the Paterson Diocese were reminded to take time in preparing homilies that not only “teach, delight and move” the faithful, but also ultimately “bring them to the Lord.” “Don’t stand outside. Show people in; draw them in from the inside,” Jesuit Father Thomas Scirghi, associate professor of theology at Fordham University, the Bronx, N.Y., told priests and deacons, who participated in the first work-shop of the Diocese’s Preaching Institute that was held Nov. 7 at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Evangelization Center at Bayley-Ellard here. “For the assembly, where Christ is present, we exegete [interpret] the Word. The Word pro-claimed becomes Eucharist and preaching moves us to the [Eucharistic] Table.” Father Scirghi spoke two topics — “The Purpose of Preaching” and “Preaching for the Lost Generation” — during an afternoon and again at an evening session. The workshop fo-cused on the theological foundations of preach-ing: why priests and deacons preach. It ended with a question-and-answer session between Father Scirghi and the audience. “This series will offer priests and deacons re-medial help and development, so their preaching can be as good is it can be,” said Deacon Peter Cistaro, director of the diocesan Permanent Diaconate, who developed the series with Father Paul Manning, diocesan vicar for evangelization and St. Paul’s executive director — at the sug-gestion of Bishop Serratelli. “We want to assure that we give our parishioners the best homilies.” In his talk, Father Scirghi asserted, “the prob-lem with preaching is not intelligence or elo-quence; it’s a lack of diligence — taking the time to prepare.” “The best compliment a homilist can receive is, ‘You really believe what you said.’ Speaking is like a great meal: it takes a lot of work,” said Father Scirghi, who then quoted from the “Decree on the Ministry of Priests” — that the ordained have the foremost task of preaching the Gospel to all people. St. Augustine instructed preachers to teach — MORRISTOWN The two Holy Doors that Bishop Serratelli designated for the Diocese — one at St. Margaret of Scotland Church here and the other at Holy Rosary Church/the Diocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II in Passaic — closed this past weekend — a week ahead of the conclusion of the universal Church’s observance of the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Sunday, Nov. 20, the Feast of Christ the King. During the Holy Year, countless individual pil-grims and groups from parishes in the Diocese and beyond visited either St. Margaret’s or Holy Rosary to walk through their Holy Doors, which symbolized that Jesus serves as our only door to forgiveness and salvation. The pastors of both parishes called hosting Holy Doors in the Diocese a “blessing” that highlighted the need for God’s mercy. The priests also assured people that the doors of their respec-tive parishes will remain open and welcoming, even after the Jubilee Year of Mercy ends. The Holy Door closed at St. Margaret’s, home of a large Hispanic population, on Nov. 12 after 5 p.m. Mass with Bishop Serratelli, as main celebrant and homilist. Concelebrating were priests, including Father Hernan Arias, pastor. At Holy Rosary, home to a large Polish community, the Holy Door closed during a ceremony with its pastor, Father Stefan Las, presiding at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Nov. 13. “Brothers and sisters, we have reached the end of the Jubilee Year — an extraordinary time of grace and mercy. With this liturgy, we give thanks for the gifts bestowed upon us,” said Bishop Serratelli at the Mass in St. Margaret’s, while thanking the parish for hosting a Holy Door and its priests for their dedication to its Holy Year activities. “This is a precious time of peace an conversion. We ask him [God] to pour his mercy unceasingly upon the entire world,” the bishop said. With great joy, Bishop Serratelli proclaimed, “This is the Lord’s gate; let us enter through it and obtain mercy and forgiveness” on Sunday, HOLY DOORS on 2 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS PREACHING INSTITUTE on 3

Diocese Offers Preaching Institute To Help Priests, Deacons Improve Homilies

Michael Wojcik

MADISON Last week, 75 priests and deacons of the Paterson Diocese were reminded to take time in preparing homilies that not only “teach, delight and move” the faithful, but also ultimately “bring them to the Lord.”

“Don’t stand outside. Show people in; draw them in from the inside,” Jesuit Father Thomas Scirghi, associate professor of theology at Fordham University, the Bronx, N.Y., told priests and deacons, who participated in the first workshop of the Diocese’s Preaching Institute that was held Nov. 7 at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Evangelization Center at Bayley-Ellard here. “For the assembly, where Christ is present, we exegete [interpret] the Word. The Word proclaimed becomes Eucharist and preaching moves us to the [Eucharistic] Table.”

Father Scirghi spoke two topics — “The Purpose of Preaching” and “Preaching for the Lost Generation” — during an afternoon and again at an evening session. The workshop focused on the theological foundations of preaching: why priests and deacons preach. It ended with a question-and-answer session between Father Scirghi and the audience.

“This series will offer priests and deacons remedial help and development, so their preaching can be as good is it can be,” said Deacon Peter Cistaro, director of the diocesan Permanent Diaconate, who developed the series with Father Paul Manning, diocesan vicar for evangelization and St. Paul’s executive director — at the suggestion of Bishop Serratelli. “We want to assure that we give our parishioners the best homilies.”

In his talk, Father Scirghi asserted, “the problem with preaching is not intelligence or eloquence; it’s a lack of diligence — taking the time to prepare.”

“The best compliment a homilist can receive is, ‘You really believe what you said.’ Speaking is like a great meal: it takes a lot of work,” said Father Scirghi, who then quoted from the “Decree on the Ministry of Priests” — that the ordained have the foremost task of preaching the Gospel to all people.

St. Augustine instructed preachers to teach — to give greater understanding of Scripture and doctrine, delight — to inspire and fill people with the Holy Spirit as the “Word pierces their hearts” and move — to motivate them to do what God wants them to do, Father Scirghi said.

“Words are powerful and we need to assure that our words matter. Careful preparation shows the congregation we care for them. Chose your words carefully,” the presenter said.

Father Scirghi also spoke about reaching and preaching to the millennial generation of young people born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. They have been described as the “nones” — people, who are disinterested in traditional notions of “faith.” Instead, they have cultivated their own “spiritual mix and match, blending a number of traditions and adhering to no one in particular, he said.

“They [millennials] are seekers. They have a sense that the questions are bigger than the answers they are getting. So they ask, ‘What is this faith tradition giving me — and failing to give me?’ ” said Father Scirghi, who emphasized that faith journeys involve doubt. “We [preachers] are missionaries, bringing faith to seekers. The Lord has given you and me a well trained tongue, to speak to the weary — and seekers — the Word that will rouse them,” the priest said.

Weddings and funerals often provide opportunities to preach to seekers because weddings “highlight human love as the ultimate friendship,” while funerals “show care for the deceased and hope [for everlasting life],” Father Scirghi said.

Over the next two years, the Diocese will offer a series of workshops for the Preaching Institute, which will cover the following topics: models for homily preparation, the content and the styles of delivering the homily. Each workshop will be offered twice — once in an afternoon session and again in the evening session — to allow for as many of us as possible to participate. The schedule of workshops has yet to be determined, Deacon Cistaro said.

In a letter inviting clergy and priests to the Nov. 7 workshop, Bishop Serratelli quoted Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Evan - gelii Gaudium,” in calling the homily “the touchstone for judging a pastor’s closeness and ability to communicate to his people.”

“Each of the popes that we have known in our lifetime, like Pope Francis, have encouraged us to carefully and courageously pray over, prepare for and deliver effective homilies. Over and over again, they have called us to make the most of the opportunity we have to preach the Word of God and to improve our homiletic skills,” Bishop Serratelli wrote in the invitation letter. “We know and cherish the privilege of preaching. “We also know that it can be a challenge, and that we can always use help to become better at it, for the glory of God and the good of our people,” he wrote.

One of the workshop participants was Father Brendan Murray, pastor of Sacred Heart Queen of the Most Holy Rosary and Sacred Heart parishes, both in Dover, who called it “helpful.”

“It was encouraging to hear why we preach a homily. It also was encouraging that Father Scirghi reminded us to prepare our homilies well. We all need to hear that again,” Father Murray said.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Diocese+Offers+Preaching+Institute+To+Help+Priests%2C+Deacons+Improve+Homilies/2640913/358596/article.html.

Two Holy Doors In Diocese Close As Jubilee Year Of Mercy Concludes

Michael Wojcik

MORRISTOWN

The two Holy Doors that Bishop Serratelli designated for the Diocese — one at St. Margaret of Scotland Church here and the other at Holy Rosary Church/the Diocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II in Passaic — closed this past weekend — a week ahead of the conclusion of the universal Church’s observance of the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Sunday, Nov. 20, the Feast of Christ the King.

During the Holy Year, countless individual pilgrims and groups from parishes in the Diocese and beyond visited either St. Margaret’s or Holy Rosary to walk through their Holy Doors, which symbolized that Jesus serves as our only door to forgiveness and salvation. The pastors of both parishes called hosting Holy Doors in the Diocese a “blessing” that highlighted the need for God’s mercy. The priests also assured people that the doors of their respective parishes will remain open and welcoming, even after the Jubilee Year of Mercy ends.

The Holy Door closed at St. Margaret’s, home of a large Hispanic population, on Nov. 12 after 5 p.m. Mass with Bishop Serratelli, as main celebrant and homilist. Concelebrating were priests, including Father Hernan Arias, pastor. At Holy Rosary, home to a large Polish community, the Holy Door closed during a ceremony with its pastor, Father Stefan Las, presiding at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Nov. 13.

“Brothers and sisters, we have reached the end of the Jubilee Year — an extraordinary time of grace and mercy. With this liturgy, we give thanks for the gifts bestowed upon us,” said Bishop Serratelli at the Mass in St. Margaret’s, while thanking the parish for hosting a Holy Door and its priests for their dedication to its Holy Year activities. “This is a precious time of peace an conversion. We ask him [God] to pour his mercy unceasingly upon the entire world,” the bishop said.

With great joy, Bishop Serratelli proclaimed, “This is the Lord’s gate; let us enter through it and obtain mercy and forgiveness” on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, as he opened the Holy Doors during Masses at St. Margaret’s and Holy Rosary. These ceremonies launched the Diocese’s observances of the universal Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began that Dec. 8 on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

During the Holy Year, Pope Francis granted a plenary indulgence — which removes all temporal punishment due for sins — to Catholics, who made a pilgrimage and passed through a Holy Door, whether in Rome or in their own dioceses. They also had to make a “worthy sacramental Confession, receive Holy Communion, recite the Creed and pray the Our Father for the intentions of the Holy Father,” the bishop wrote in his pastoral letter, “The Jubilee of Mercy and the Promise of Christ.”

“This year has been a great blessing for our parish, the Diocese and the Church,” Father Arias told Bishop Serratelli at the Nov. 12 Mass. “Thank you, Bishop, for the opportunity to host a Holy Door. So many people came to the parish and came for reconciliation — mercy that they received and can give to others,” he said.

Many pilgrims from the Diocese and beyond, including from the Newark Arch - diocese, visited St. Margaret’s to walk through the Holy Door — a clearly marked glass door with a gold frame and bars on the windows, topped with spires, that led from the vestibule to the main worship area, Father Arias said.

For the Holy Year, the parish held Mercy Tuesdays from 3:30 to 7 p.m., which included Mass in Spanish, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and opportunities for Reconciliation. Often, Father Arias and Father Jesus Peralta, St. Margaret’s parochial vicar, who also concelebrated the Nov. 12 Mass, would hear confessions until 9 p.m. Many people came to St. Margaret’s thanks to Mercy Tuesdays, which the parish may continue in the future, the pastor said.

Also during the Holy Year, the existing Divine Mercy group at St. Margaret’s continued reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on Fridays and also has been reading about the faith journey of St. Faustina Kowalska, the Polish nun, who promoted devotion to Divine Mercy. The parish’s rosary-making group distributed rosaries at Masses, which included distribution of prayer cards for the Jubilee Year of Mercy afterward. Also, the church displayed a banner for Divine Mercy over the altar and a banner for the Jubilee Year of Mercy over the main doors.

“The Jubilee Year of Mercy has been so effective in bringing people to St. Margaret’s,” Father Arias said. “St. Margaret’s doors, which were open during the Holy Year, will still be open to people.”

At Holy Rosary, about 20 busloads of pilgrims for parishes and many individual faithful visited the church, during the Holy Year.

“The Jubilee Year of Mercy and the Holy Door [at Holy Rosary] were good experiences for people. Many hearts are healing from different wounds. Pope Francis had a very good idea [for the Holy Year],” Father Las said.

Before opening the two Holy Doors in the Diocese, Bishop Serratelli declared, “Open the gates of justice; we shall enter and give thanks to the Lord.”

“Brothers and sisters, let us go forth in the name of Christ. He is the way that leads us in the year of grace and mercy,” said the Bishop at the ceremonies, before leading the procession of faithful through the Holy Doors.

After the Nov. 12 Mass at St. Margaret’s, Rita Guerra, a parishioner and member of the Divine Mercy group, reflected on the joy that she felt passing through the church’s Holy Door, during the Holy Year.

“It felt good to experience God’s mercy,” said Guerra in Spanish, which another Divine Mercy group member translated into English. “It has been a blessing.”

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Two+Holy+Doors+In+Diocese+Close+As+Jubilee+Year+Of+Mercy+Concludes/2640917/358596/article.html.

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