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FE AS T OF OUR L A DY OF GU A D A LUPE TO BE D A Y OF PR A YER 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. 3, 16 MORRIS DECEMBER 8, 2016 ‘C HRISTMAS F LOURISH ’ I N T IME FOR C HRISTMAS 12 5 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Parishioner restores historic Nativity figures at Passaic’s St. Nicholas Parish By CECILE PAGLIARULO REPOR TER S T. THERE S E C HUR C H IN P A TER S ON WEL C OME S THE BI S HOP BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI 6 BI S HOP M A KE S P AS TOR A L VI S IT TO S T. JO S EPH’ S IN P A TER S ON 7 10-11 12 13 14-16 At the Diocese of Paterson’s annual Christmas Concert Dec. 4 in St. Peter the Apostle Church in Parsippany, members of the diocesan children’s choir, comprised of 15 fourth-to eighth graders from five different parishes, sing “Go Tell It On the Mountain.” In 2017, they will perform in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, in the International Federation Pueri Cantores Northeast Festival. For story and more photos of the Christmas concert, see page 8. Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O O BITUARIES C LASSIFIEDS PASSAIC Christmas trees, snow-men decorations and bright lights all make the holiday season festive but for Catholics around the world, there is one display that reflects the true meaning of Christmas — the Nativity scene. During Advent and beyond, churches in the Paterson Diocese are displaying scenes and statues to re-create the Nativity, which depicts the Holy Family at Jesus’ birth in a stable. Along with the Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, some parishes have statues depicting the Three Kings, angels, shepherds and barn-yard animals to complete the scene. While decorating the church last Advent, RoseAnn Juszcyk, a long-time parishioner of St. Nicholas Church here, noticed that the figures used in her parish’s Nativity had de-teriorated over the years. Many pieces from the Nativity, which were all ceramic, were broken, cracked or missing. Knowing the importance of the Nativity to help the faithful reflect upon the birth of Jesus, she offered to restore the Nativity statues at the parish. With a background in the repair of ceramics, Juszcyk took on the task, which she began in February, to restore St. Nicholas’ Nativity set. It included the Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the Three Kings, a shepherd and four sheep. She asked permis-sion from Father Jorge Rodriguez, pastor of St. Nicholas and St. Mary parishes here and the parish council at St. Nicholas, to complete the proj-ect. It is believed that the Nativity set is the original one which has IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS on 2 Foundation established in late Rockaway parochial vicar’s memory By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR To help poor in Haiti proposed the idea of the foundation to help children and uneducated women in Haiti. It has the following two principal missions: • To come to the aid of poor and vulnerable children in St. Jean-Claude’s hometown of Plaine Du Nord in northern Haiti by paying school fees and providing school supplies and the proper clothing so that they can go to school to realize their full potential and make their contribution to society. • To encourage and offer finan-cial support to women in rural areas and to older adults, who find them-selves in precarious situations, to im-prove their quality of life, to break through their isolation and to pro-mote social, economic and personal autonomy. It plans to offer early ed-ucation workshops in music, do-it-DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS RANDOLPH A non-profit founda-tion has been established that clearly reflects and acts on the big-hearted compassion of its namesake, the late Father Jean-Claude St. Martin. A “gentle giant” of a diocesan priest, he had great concern for the des-perately poor of his native Haiti, where he died at 38 years old on a visit home in 2011. People of goodwill from around the Diocese and beyond are being invited to contribute financially to the new Father Jean Claude Foun -dation, which will operate as a min-istry under the 501c3 charity Haiti Hope and Promise, formed by parishioners of St. Matthew the Apostle Parish here. Father Jean-Claude’s brother, Holy Cross Father Jonas St. Martin at the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montréal, Canada, had yourself repairs, sports, sewing and crafts, computer use, and literacy, was well as vocational training, dis-cussion groups, mentoring and food IN HIS BROTHER’S NAME Holy Cross and clothing banks. “Many of you have called him [Father Jean-Claude] a ‘giant.’ I come CHARITY on 9 Father Jonas St. Martin (left), from Canada, helped to establish a foun -dation to assist women and chil -dren in Haiti in honor of his late brother, Father Jean-Claude St. Martin (depicted on poster) who was former parochial vicar of St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart parishes, Rockaway. Father Jonas is shown at St. Cecilia’s where he spoke at Masses from Nov. 26 to 27 to promote the new charity.

In Time For Christmas

Cecile Pagliarulo

Parishioner restores historic Nativity figures at Passaic’s St. Nicholas Parish

PASSAIC Christmas trees, snowmen decorations and bright lights all make the holiday season festive but for Catholics around the world, there is one display that reflects the true meaning of Christmas — the Nativity scene.

During Advent and beyond, churches in the Paterson Diocese are displaying scenes and statues to recreate the Nativity, which depicts the Holy Family at Jesus’ birth in a stable. Along with the Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, some parishes have statues depicting the Three Kings, angels, shepherds and barnyard animals to complete the scene.

While decorating the church last Advent, RoseAnn Juszcyk, a longtime parishioner of St. Nicholas Church here, noticed that the figures used in her parish’s Nativity had deteriorated over the years. Many pieces from the Nativity, which were all ceramic, were broken, cracked or missing.

Knowing the importance of the Nativity to help the faithful reflect upon the birth of Jesus, she offered to restore the Nativity statues at the parish.

With a background in the repair of ceramics, Juszcyk took on the task, which she began in February, to restore St. Nicholas’ Nativity set. It included the Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the Three Kings, a shepherd and four sheep. She asked permission from Father Jorge Rodriguez, pastor of St. Nicholas and St. Mary parishes here and the parish council at St. Nicholas, to complete the project. It is believed that the Nativity set is the original one which has been used by the parish for all of its 148- year-old history.

“It was a privilege to work on these pieces this past year. It felt great knowing how the people of the parish were all supportive,” said Juszcyk. “To me, this was my way of sharing this talent God gave me back to my parish.”

For the past year, Juszcyk worked on the statues in a studio created in the basement of her home during her free time on evenings after work and during weekends. Each statue weighed close to 60 pounds and stood from 2 to 3 feet tall.

Laura Hamilton, a longtime friend and co-worker of Juszcyk, who is a parishioner at Our Lady of the Holy Angels in Little Falls, said, “She would tell us about this project and it was inspiring to hear about her dedication. She did this out of the goodness of her heart.”

Juszcyk , who has created many pieces of art, took extra special care with this set knowing its historical value and knowing that it would be used for generations to come at her parish. She took pictures of the figures to ensure that she could replicate the color and design of each piece and truly capture its original state. Some of the pieces repaired included a crown that had lost its points, and a king whose neck had broken; chips were also missing from the decorative attire of the statues.

The project helped bring back the beauty of the historic Nativity for the Passaic church, where Juszcyk ’s husband, Alan Juszcyk, has been a parishioner since his birth. The couple of Polish descent was married at the parish 29 years ago. Even with the changing demographic of mostly Hispanic families now, they have been faithfully continuing to attend Mass there and stay active in the parish’s events, both spiritual and social.

In addition to staying faithful and active in the parish, Juszcyk helped the parish financially with the Nativity restoration using her own supplies or purchasing other needed supplies. The Nativity restoration would have otherwise cost a significant amount if the parish had used a professional firm to restore the statues.

Father Rodriguez said, “The Nativity looks beautiful. For Catholics, the Nativity is an important tradition of the Church. It is the focus of what Christmas really means. I am so very grateful to Rose Ann for helping the parish restore its Nativity for this Christmas season for all to see and enjoy.”

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/In+Time+For+Christmas/2658070/366071/article.html.

Foundation Established In Late Rockaway Parochial Vicar’s Memory

Michael Wojcik

RANDOLPH A non-profit foundation has been established that clearly reflects and acts on the big-hearted compassion of its namesake, the late Father Jean-Claude St. Martin. A “gentle giant” of a diocesan priest, he had great concern for the desperately poor of his native Haiti, where he died at 38 years old on a visit home in 2011.

People of goodwill from around the Diocese and beyond are being invited to contribute financially to the new Father Jean Claude Foundation, which will operate as a ministry under the 501c3 charity Haiti Hope and Promise, formed by parishioners of St. Matthew the Apostle Parish here. Father Jean- Claude’s brother, Holy Cross Father Jonas St. Martin at the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montréal, Canada, had proposed the idea of the foundation to help children and uneducated women in Haiti. It has the following two principal missions:

• To come to the aid of poor and vulnerable children in St. Jean- Claude’s hometown of Plaine Du Nord in northern Haiti by paying school fees and providing school supplies and the proper clothing so that they can go to school to realize their full potential and make their contribution to society.

• To encourage and offer financial support to women in rural areas and to older adults, who find themselves in precarious situations, to improve their quality of life, to break through their isolation and to promote social, economic and personal autonomy. It plans to offer early education workshops in music, do-it your self repairs, sports, sewing and crafts, computer use, and literacy, was well as vocational training, discussion groups, mentoring and food and clothing banks.

“Many of you have called him [Father Jean-Claude] a ‘giant.’ I come today to talk about someone you have known, loved and who in turn, loved this Christian community and loved you all without exception,” said Father Jonas. He called his brother’s death “a difficult time for you, as well as for us, his family members,” as part of his talks at Masses Nov. 26-27 to promote the foundation at St. Cecilia Parish, Rockaway. “We would like to cherish his memory. When you make a donation to Father Jean-Claude St. Martin Foundation, you are contributing to people in Haiti, who desire to succeed in life. We are convinced that we can meet the growing needs of the poor and afflicted people,” he said.

Recently, Father Jonas approached a few local Catholics, who knew the late priest and/or had missioned in Haiti, about starting an organization in his name to give the poor of the impoverished island nation some much-needed hope. Standing at about six-feet, four-inches tall, Father Jean Claude was serving as parochial vicar of St. Cecilia’s and Sacred Heart Parish, also in Rockaway, at the time of his death. He died on Feb. 11, 2011, while visiting family at his mother’s home in Haiti — sad news that shocked everyone who knew him or served with him in the Diocese.

“Father Jean-Claude’s warm smile and gentle spirit touched many people in the community,” said Albert J. Capuzzi of St. Virgil Parish, Morris Plains, who helped establish the foundation and knew Father Jean-Claude whom Bishop Serratelli ordained to the priesthood in 2008. “We [several local Catholics] discussed Father Jonas’ desire to create a foundation in his brother’s memory and to fulfill one of his dreams of helping those in need in his native Haiti.”

The late priest’s big heart has remained with Capuzzi, who worked on various Haiti outreach programs over the past decade. The Capuzzi family was close to Father Jean Claude, who had presided over a memorial Mass with concelebrating priests on Jan. 28, 2011 — shortly before his death — to mark the first anniversary of the massive earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, on Jan. 12, 2010.

Originally, Father Jean-Claude arrived from Haiti to the Diocese though a friendly long-distance association with Our Lady of the Lake (OLL) Parish Sparta. In 1999, he met Msgr. Paul Knauer — then OLL’s pastor, who is now retired — and a small group of parishioners, who had embarked on a mission trip to the poor nation. Fluent in his homeland’s native languages, French and Creole, he served as their translator.

Later, the future Father Jean-Claude helped OLL coordinate its supply shipments to Haiti. In 2000, Msgr. Knauer invited him to OLL, where he returned to in 2004 to serve the people by visiting local hospitals with Msgr. Knauer, among other outreaches. In 2006, he came to the Diocese, after having completed his priestly studies.

People interested in helping the St. Jean-Claude St. Martin Foundation can sponsor or co-sponsor a child. The cost to sponsor one child per year is $365, which pays for tuition, books and school uniform. They types of financial gifts include: a single gift, a gift in honor of a special person, an in-memoriam gift in honor of the memory of a dearly departed person or a monthly or annual gift, according to the foundation’s promotion materials.

“Your contribution, of whatever amount, is important because, combined with the gifts of other donors, it makes a real difference in the lives of these persons. A gift of but one dollar a day can make a great difference,” the promotional materials state.

People also can contribute by volunteering — lending their time and expertise to the advancement of the mission of the foundation, according to the promotional materials.

“Father Jean-Claude was a chartable man, who always made himself available for those in need, both spirituality and materially. He also was concerned about the plight of his people in his homeland,” said Father Zig Peplowski, pastor of both Rockaway parishes, who noted that the two faith communities plan to get involved contributing to the foundation after Christmas. “Father Jean-Claude was highly esteemed at St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart, so anything to promote his memory would be a good thing.”

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Foundation+Established+In+Late+Rockaway+Parochial+Vicar%E2%80%99s+Memory/2658074/366071/article.html.

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