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SUSSEX THE AWARDWINNING NEWSPAPER OF THE R.C. DIOCESE OF PATERSON, N.J. PASSAIC MORRIS 8 PRINCETON PROFESSOR TO SPEAK ON MORAL TRUTH AT SPIW FEBRUARY 9, 2017 4 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard ‘TREASURES OF THE CHURCH’ Vernon church plans to display relics of more than 150 saints By CECILE PAGLIARULO REPOR TER BISHOP VISITS FILIPPINIS’ 3 GENERAL HOUSE IN ROME PRIESTS AT MENDHAM PARISH TALK TO STUDENTS ABOUT VOCATIONS 9 4 5 6-7 8 10-16 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS W HAT T O D O O BITUARIES V IEWPOINT Y OUTH C LASSIFIEDS VERNON Imagine seeing a piece wood from the Cross of Jesus or touching a fragment of a veil worn by the Blessed Mother. These “Treasures of the Church” can be viewed in the Paterson Diocese at St. Francis de Sales Church in the McAfee section of Vernon on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. More than 150 relics of saints, contained in reli-quaries, will be on display, ‘The saints including those of the remind us Twelve Apostles. From fragments of hair, bones how we are and clothing, other saints, supposed whose relics will be on dis-play for veneration include to live and St. Maria Goretti, St. Ther -be faithful ese of Lisieux, St. Francis of Assisi, St. An thony of to Christ.’ Padua, St. Thomas Aqui -—C HERYL A VERY nas and St. Faustina Ko -wal ska. The collection is the largest traveling display of relics in the world. Father Carlos Martins, a member of the Companions of the Cross community, who is based in Houston, will accompany this special exhibition and give a presentation and catechesis ST. FRANCIS TO ST. FAUSTINA, 2 CLOSE TO THE POPE Young people reach out to touch Pope Francis as he greets pilgrims earlier this PHOTO | ©L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO month. In his Angelus remarks Feb. 5, he stressed the importance of the sanctity of all life. Pope Francis: Each life is sacred; abandon no one VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) On Sunday, Pope Francis stressed the sanctity of life and en-couraged Christians to fulfill Jesus Christ’s com-mand to be salt of the earth and light of the world. “May no one be left alone and may love defend the sense of life,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus remarks Feb. 5 to thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square. He cited the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta: “Life is beauty, admire it. Life is life, fight for it.” “Each life is sacred,” Pope Francis continued. “Let’s pray together for those children who are in danger of interruption of pregnancy and for those who are nearing the end of life.” The Pope linked his comments to the Italian observance of the Day for Life, which fell on Sunday. He also reflected on the Sunday Gospel, in which Jesus tells his disciples to be salt and light in the world. “We Christians are recognizable as true disci-ABANDON NO ONE, 8 Students learn to have greater devotion to the Blessed Mother By CECILE PAGLIARULO REPOR TER SUCCASUNNA A child’s love of their mother is always held in their heart forever. At St. Therese School here, the students are learning to have a greater devotion to a special mother in their lives — the Blessed Mother — during Catholic Schools Week and beyond. In a presentation titled “The Power of the Rosary and the Brown Scapular,” Theresa Solazzo, coordi-nator of the Roses Club for Young Women of Grace and Little Flower Legion of Mary in the Spirit of Carmel, and Francine Calabrese, au-thor of the “Little Brown Scapular Coloring Book: The Story, Miracles and the Rosary Prayer,” spoke to students about having a strong de-votion to the Blessed Mother. Both women have experienced prayers being answered and special miracles through praying the rosary. Now, they hope to spread that devotion to the students in St. Therese School. “Through the rosary, Mary will keep us in her mantle,” said Solazzo, “Once I started praying the rosary and then started going to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, I found that Mary brings us to Jesus and re-ally, it is all about Jesus.” As many Catholics focus on the upcoming anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, which occurred 100 years ago this May in Portugal, Solazzo believes it is an important time to remember the blessings received through the rosary. Solazzo said, “This was Our Lady’s message 100 years ago and we are not listening to her. We should be praying the rosary daily and teaching our children to pray the rosary more.” She admits that she did not ac-tively pray the rosary actively during her youth, and even remembers crowning the Blessed Mother’s stat-ue in the fifth grade during her parish’s May Crowning celebration. “I had a grandmother who was ac-tive in praying the rosary and I prayed it as a child, but lost the habit even though I went to Catholic school all the way up to college,” said Solazzo. It was until her one of her own daughters, also then a fifth-grader, crowned the Blessed Mother’s statue BLESSED MOTHER, 2

‘Treasures Of The Church’

Cecile Pagliarulo

Vernon church plans to display relics of more than 150 saints

VERNON Imagine seeing a piece wood from the Cross of Jesus or touching a fragment of a veil worn by the Blessed Mother. These “Treasures of the Church” can be viewed in the Paterson Diocese at St. Francis de Sales Church in the McAfee section of Vernon on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m.

More than 150 relics of saints, contained in reliquaries, will be on display, including those of the Twelve Apostles. From fragments of hair, bones and clothing, other saints, whose relics will be on display for veneration include St. Maria Goretti, St. Ther - ese of Lisieux, St. Francis of Assisi, St. An thony of Padua, St. Thomas Aqui - nas and St. Faustina Ko - wal ska. The collection is the largest traveling display of relics in the world.

Father Carlos Martins, a member of the Companions of the Cross community, who is based in Houston, will accompany this special exhibition and give a presentation and catechesis on relics and about the saints’ lives.

Cheryl Avery, a parishioner and religious education teacher at St. Francis, suggested the parish invite Father Martins and bring the “Treasures of the Church” exhibit to the parish after seeing the relics in Pearl River, . Y. She was amazed by the display, which also included an information card next to each relic, containing a short biography and profile of each saint.

“It is overwhelming when you see all these relics,” said Avery. “Rows and rows of tables are set up and you think to yourself, there’s a sacred presence in the room because of all these relics. It’s just so powerful.”

Usually it is a four-year wait to request a date for the relics to be displayed at a parish, but due to a cancellation in the exhibition schedule, the relics will be coming to St. Francis this month, the only stop in the Paterson Diocese, as it tours through New Jersey and New York. Later in the year, the relics will be in Indiana, Ohio and Colorado . The exhibition has been to 48 states, as well as in Israel, Italy, France, Canada and Mexico.

The “Treasures of the Church” exhibition aims to evangelize those who view it and not simply be a “museum” exhibit, which Catholics can view. According to its website, the purpose of the exhibit is to give people an experience of the living God through an encounter with the relics of his saints in the form of an exposition. Each exposition begins with a multi- media presentation on the Church’s use of relics that is scriptural, catechetical and devotional, leading to a renewal of the Catholic faith for many people. After the teaching, those in attendance have an opportunity to venerate the relics of some of their favorite saints.

In addition to evangelization, the relics can also be a source of healing for many. Attendees are encouraged to bring their articles of devotion such as rosaries and holy cards and pictures of sick family members or friends, which may be touched to the reliquaries as a means of intercessory prayer.

Joanne Matthas, liturgy coordinator at St. Francis, said, “Some of these relics are just phenomenal. The display uses the Gospel to get the message out to literally come in touch with God and Jesus.”

Father Martins, who will share his personal conversion during his presentation, was once an atheist. Through the saints he experienced a spiritual conversion. He began his ministry of taking a collection of relics on the road as a catechesis to those who went to hear him speak of his conversion to Catholicism.

“The saints remind us how we are supposed to live and be faithful to Christ,” said Avery. “Come and be in the presence of holiness of these holy saints.”

[Information or a full list of saints’ relics on display, go to: www.treasuresofthechurch.com.]

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/%E2%80%98Treasures+Of+The+Church%E2%80%99/2707242/382999/article.html.

Pope Francis: Each Life Is Sacred; Abandon No One

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) On Sunday, Pope Francis stressed the sanctity of life and encouraged Christians to fulfill Jesus Christ’s command to be salt of the earth and light of the world.

“May no one be left alone and may love defend the sense of life,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus remarks Feb. 5 to thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

He cited the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta: “Life is beauty, admire it. Life is life, fight for it.”

“Each life is sacred,” Pope Francis continued. “Let’s pray together for those children who are in danger of interruption of pregnancy and for those who are nearing the end of life.”

The Pope linked his comments to the Italian observance of the Day for Life, which fell on Sunday.

He also reflected on the Sunday Gospel, in which Jesus tells his disciples to be salt and light in the world.

“We Christians are recognizable as true disci-ples of Christ in our actions,” he said. “Thanks to the light of faith, the gift that we have received, we have the duty and the responsibility not to keep it to ourselves as if it were our property, but to allow it to shine in the world and give it to others through works of charity.”

“The world is much in need of the light of the Gospel that transforms, heals and gives salvation to him who embraces it,” he continued. “Jesus invites us to be a reflection of his light, through the witness of good works.”

“We are the salt of the earth,” the Pope said.

“The mission of Christians in society is that of giving ‘flavor’ to life with the faith and the love that Christ has given us,” he said, encouraging Christians to reject “the polluting germs of selfishness, envy and gossip.”

“These germs ruin the texture of our communities that must be places of welcome, solidarity and reconciliation,” Pope Francis warned. “To fulfill this mission, it is necessary to be free from the corrupting degeneration of worldly influences that are contrary to Christ and to the Gospel.”

He asked the faithful not to let their guard down. Rather, they should seek to purify themselves continuously and regenerate the spirit of the Gospel each day.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Pope+Francis%3A+Each+Life+Is+Sacred%3B+Abandon+No+One/2707248/382999/article.html.

Students Learn To Have Greater Devotion To The Blessed Mother

Cecile Pagliarulo

SUCCASUNNA A child’s love of their mother is always held in their heart forever. At St. Therese School here, the students are learning to have a greater devotion to a special mother in their lives — the Blessed Mother — during Catholic Schools Week and beyond.

In a presentation titled “The Power of the Rosary and the Brown Scapular,” Theresa Solazzo, coordinator of the Roses Club for Young Women of Grace and Little Flower Legion of Mary in the Spirit of Carmel, and Francine Calabrese, author of the “Little Brown Scapular Coloring Book: The Story, Miracles and the Rosary Prayer,” spoke to students about having a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother. Both women have experienced prayers being answered and special miracles through praying the rosary. Now, they hope to spread that devotion to the students in St. Therese School.

“Through the rosary, Mary will keep us in her mantle,” said Solazzo, “Once I started praying the rosary and then started going to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, I found that Mary brings us to Jesus and really, it is all about Jesus.”

As many Catholics focus on the upcoming anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, which occurred 100 years ago this May in Portugal, Solazzo believes it is an important time to remember the blessings received through the rosary. Solazzo said, “This was Our Lady’s message 100 years ago and we are not listening to her. We should be praying the rosary daily and teaching our children to pray the rosary more.”

She admits that she did not actively pray the rosary actively during her youth, and even remembers crowning the Blessed Mother’s statue in the fifth grade during her parish’s May Crowning celebration. “I had a grandmother who was active in praying the rosary and I prayed it as a child, but lost the habit even though I went to Catholic school all the way up to college,” said Solazzo.

It was until her one of her own daughters, also then a fifth-grader, crowned the Blessed Mother’s statue during the May Crowning, that she realized children need to have a devotion to Mary.

She began the Roses Club for young people at St. Therese’s, because she said, “I’m seeing a lack of faith everywhere in the world today. There are wars, diseases, family problems, depression, a growing drug abuse problem, and many young people committing suicide.”

Solazzo believes through the rosary many of these problems can be abated. “Young people need to feel the love of God. I want them to feel like they can rely on the rosary for comfort and for wisdom,” she said.

While many may think, the rosary can seem repetitive, Solazzo compares it to practicing yoga, which is very popular among many young adults. “Like yoga, the rosary is meditation,” she said. “In meditation, we take away a lot of stress. If we pray the rosary properly, we are able to focus on Mary.”

To connect the message to elementary school students, Solazzo teaches the importance to young people about having a real relationship with Jesus and Mary. “They know their prayers, but it’s important they know why we pray the rosary. I let them know Jesus is God and Mary is the fastest way to get to Jesus. Jesus loves his mother,” said Solazzo.

Father Marc Mancini, St. Therese’s pastor, was grateful for the Jan. 31 presentation to the students to teach them about these devotions. “The children seem to understand having a greater devotion to the Blessed Mother. It’s important for them to experience her intercession through the rosary,” he said.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Students+Learn+To+Have+Greater+Devotion+To+The+Blessed+Mother/2707250/382999/article.html.

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