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SUSSEX 2 POPE CANONIZES TWO CHILDREN TO WHOM MARY APPEARED AT FATIMA CENTENNIAL PASSAIC THE AWARD-WINNING NEWSPAPER OF THE R.C. DIOCESE OF PATERSON, N.J. MORRIS MAY 18, 2017 Bishop ordains 10 men to diaconate May 13 14 Consecrates Diocese to Immaculate Heart of Mary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima’s centennial anniversary By MICHAEL WOJCIK News Editor MAY CROWNING HELD IN BRANCHVILLE CHURCH 5 DIOCESAN 7 CASA GUADALUPE HAS FIRST HOMEGROWN RELIGIOUS VOCATION 7 8 12-13 14 15-20 Youth Obituaries Viewpoint What To Do Classifieds DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS PARSIPPANY A joyful Bishop Serratelli ordained 10 diocesan seminarians to the transitional di-aconate May 13 and officially con-secrated the Diocese of Paterson to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to commemorate the 100th anniver-sary of the Blessed Mother’s appari-tions at Fatima On the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima last Saturday at a Mass in St. Peter the Apostle Church here, the Bishop brought the 10 men a step closer to being called to or-dination as priests. He also used the occasion to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s appearances at Fatima in Portugal — which were also cele-brated on that Saturday [see sto-ry page 2] — by encouraging the newly ordained deacons to imitate Mary as “heralds of the Gospel” and by officially consecrating the entire Diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. During the Celebration of Or-din ation to the Order of Deacon, DIACONATE ORDINATION Bishop Serratelli ordained 10 men to the transitional diaconate at a Mass on May 13 in St. Peter the Apostle Church, Parsippany, bringing them a step closer to being called to ordination as priests next year. Above, the candidates pros-trate themselves before St. Peter’s altar and the Bishop. During the Mass, the Bishop also officially consecrated the Diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s apparitions at Fatima, which was celebrated that day. steeped in the rich traditions of the early Church, Bishop Serratelli or-dained the following men: Jader J. Avila, Jorge H. Castano, Dulibber G. Gonzalez, Yohan A. Serrano and Juan F. Velez of Colombia; Joseph R. Boykow of Rockaway; and Kamil Kiszka, Mateusz Darlak, Krzysztof L. Slimak and Lukasz Wnuk of Poland. The Bishop served as the main celebrant and homilist of the Mass with many priests of the Diocese as concelebrants. “On this day, when the whole CONTINUED ON 10 BEACON PHOTO | RICH GIGI Retired pontiff praises evangelization efforts at St. Paul Inside the Walls By MICHAEL WOJCIK News Editor MADISON Bishop Serratelli re-cently announced that early this spring, he had received an unex-pected special delivery from a fa-mous prelate in Rome: a short “warm and encouraging” letter from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, praising the Paterson Diocese’s multifaceted efforts in sharing the “Good News” of the Gospel. Dated March 22, Pope Benedict’s correspondence, which was deliv-ered to Bishop Serratelli’s mailbox at the Paterson Diocesan Center, Clifton, commended the minis-try of St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here, and the cen-ter’s annual Pope Benedict XVI Summer Institute — named in his honor — which promotes and ex-amines his theological teachings. The retired pontiff sent the note in response to a letter from the Bishop, dated Feb.17, which ex-pressed the Diocese’s gratitude for his clear teachings and long min-istry to the Church. Also, Bishop Serratelli alerted Pope Benedict to the work of St. Paul’s — in-spired by his call for the Church to spread the Gospel through the New Evangelization — and its summer institute, which will feature Father Johann Roten, one of the pope emeritus’ former students. “I want to sincerely thank you for your kind letter…The pastoral initiatives in the Diocesan Catholic Center for Evangelization, inspired by the spirit of the Apostle Paul, are a cause of joy for me. I can on-ly praise the Lord for the fruits that these initiatives bring to the hearts of many laypeople and cler-gy in your diocese,” wrote Pope Benedict, who resigned as lead-er of the universal Church on Feb. PONTIFF ON 4

Bishop Ordains 10 Men To Diaconate May 13

Michael Wojcik

Consecrates Diocese to Immaculate Heart of Mary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima’s centennial anniversary

PARSIPPANY A joyful Bishop Serratelli ordained 10 diocesan seminarians to the transitional diaconate May 13 and officially consecrated the Diocese of Paterson to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s apparitions at Fatima

On the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima last Saturday at a Mass in St. Peter the Apostle Church here, the Bishop brought the 10 men a step closer to being called to ordination as priests. He also used the occasion to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s appearances at Fatima in Portugal — which were also celebrated on that Saturday [see story page 2] — by encouraging the newly ordained deacons to imitate Mary as “heralds of the Gospel” and by officially consecrating the entire Diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

During the Celebration of Ordination to the Order of Deacon, steeped in the rich traditions of the early Church, Bishop Serratelli ordained the following men: Jader J. Avila, Jorge H. Castano, Dulibber G. Gonzalez, Yohan A. Serrano and Juan F. Velez of Colombia; Joseph R. Boykow of Rockaway; and Kamil Kiszka, Mateusz Darlak, Krzysztof L. Slimak and Lukasz Wnuk of Poland. The Bishop served as the main celebrant and homilist of the Mass with many priests of the Diocese as concelebrants.

“On this day, when the whole Church remembers with great joy the apparitions of Our Blessed Mother at Fatima, we rejoice in this Diocese for her eternal protection and we thank Almighty God that 10 young men, like Mary, have heard the special vocation that God has given to them. With their lives today, like Mary, these men say ‘fiat’: ‘be it done according to Thy will,’ ” Bishop Serratelli declared in his opening remarks of the Mass.

Many of the prayers, hymns and readings were recited and sung in English, Spanish and Polish, reflecting the heritage of many of those men whom the Bishop ordained. Filling St. Peter’s were well-wishers — family, friends, priests and religious of the Diocese, members of the parishes where these men have served and the faithful of the diocese — who attended the ordination as a sign of encouragement to the newly ordained deacons.

Near the conclusion of the Mass, Bishop Serratelli led priests and congregation in kneeling and reciting the Diocese’s Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as she asked of faithful around the world to do during one of her appearances at Fatima. Local faithful asked Mary to “plead for us with your beloved Son that he may give us in abundance the Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith, increase our hope and inflame our charity” and to “look kindly upon all people and all nations and, by your powerful intercession, lead them to Christ the Prince of Peace.” Afterward, the Bishop and Msgr. Herbert Tillyer, St. Peter’s pastor and one of many Mass concelebrants, signed documents attesting to the consecration.

Last weekend, parishioners across the Diocese also recited the Act of Consecration with their parish priests during all Masses. For the 100th anniversary of Fatima, a plenary indulgence — which removes all temporal punishment due for sins — is being offered to those faithful, who visit a church that displays an image of the Blessed Mother or Our Lady of Fatima. Also, they must recite an Our Father, Hail Mary and the Apostles’ Creed — which worshipers at the May 13 Mass at St. Peter’s did — and then receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation within a week afterward, the Bishop told the congregation.

The Celebration of Ordination to the Order of Deacon began with Father Hubert Jurjewicz, diocesan vocations director, asking the Bishop to ordain the candidates for deacon. Then, the Bishop asked about their worthiness. Father Jurjewicz replied, “After inquiry among the Christian people and upon the recommendation of those responsible, I testify that they have been found worthy.” After accepting them, the Bishop asked for the approval of the assembly, which it enthusiastically granted with its applause.

“How blessed are you deacons that you are ordained on such as great feast [of Our Lady of Fatima], for you are being called, like Mary, to bring the Word to others — to herald the ‘Good News’ and to lead others to Jesus, who alone gives true peace to our souls and to our world,” Bishop said in his homily.

Bishop Serratelli also listed a deacon’s responsibilities: to proclaim the Gospel, to dispense the Eucharist, to give instruction in holy doctrine, to prepare the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and to preside over Baptisms, marriages, funerals and public prayer. A deacon also carries out acts of charity in the name of the Bishop or pastor.

During the ordination, each candidate stood before Bishop Serratelli, who questioned him on the Office of Deacon. Each candidate declared his intention to be ordained to the diaconate and to fulfill its duties. They each knelt before the Bishop and placed their hands between his, promising obedience and respect to him and to his successors. The candidates then prostrated themselves before the altar, symbolizing their humility and dependence on God’s grace. The Bishop invited the assembly to join in praying the Litany of the Saints to ask God to bless the candidates.

In keeping with the practice of the Apostolic Church, Bishop Serratelli laid hands on the head of each candidate to signify the conferral of the Holy Spirit and the commission to service. He asked God to dedicate these men to the service of the Church and to renew the spirit of holiness within them.

“Send forth upon them, Lord, we pray, the Holy Spirit, that they may be strengthened by the gift for your grace for the faithful carrying out of the work of the ministry,” the Bishop said.

Then he invited priests to help the deacons put on their stoles and dalmatic, before he handed the Book of the Gospels to each of the candidates. He told them, “Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe and practice what you teach.” After, the Bishop and other deacons gave the newly ordained the fraternal sign of peace, welcoming them into the Order of Deacon.

In his closing remarks, Bishop Serratelli led worshipers in the Prayer for Vocations and thanked those people who have supported and encouraged these newest deacons, including family, friends, priests, their seminary communities and parishes, where they have served.

“May God, who has called you [transitional deacons] to the service of others in his Church, give you great zeal for all, especially the afflicted and the poor,” Bishop Serratelli prayed at the end of the Mass. “May he who has entrusted you with the peaching of the Gospel of Christ help you as you live according to his Word to be sincere and fervent witnesses of it. May he, who has appointed you stewards of his mysteries, make you imitators of his Son, Jesus Christ, and ministers of unity and peace in the world,” he prayed.

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Retired Pontiff Praises Evangelization Efforts At St. Paul Inside The Walls

Michael Wojcik

MADISON Bishop Serratelli recently announced that early this spring, he had received an unexpected special delivery from a famous prelate in Rome: a short “warm and encouraging” letter from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, praising the Paterson Diocese’s multifaceted efforts in sharing the “Good News” of the Gospel.

Dated March 22, Pope Benedict’s correspondence, which was delivered to Bishop Serratelli’s mailbox at the Paterson Diocesan Center, Clifton, commended the ministry of St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here, and the center’s annual Pope Benedict XVI Summer Institute — named in his honor — which promotes and examines his theological teachings

The retired pontiff sent the note in response to a letter from the Bishop, dated Feb.17, which expressed the Diocese’s gratitude for his clear teachings and long ministry to the Church. Also, Bishop Serratelli alerted Pope Benedict to the work of St. Paul’s — inspired by his call for the Church to spread the Gospel through the New Evangelization — and its summer institute, which will feature Father Johann Roten, one of the pope emeritus’ former students.

“I want to sincerely thank you for your kind letter…The pastoral initiatives in the Diocesan Catholic Center for Evangelization, inspired by the spirit of the Apostle Paul, are a cause of joy for me. I can only praise the Lord for the fruits that these initiatives bring to the hearts of many laypeople and clergy in your diocese,” wrote Pope Benedict, who resigned as leader of the universal Church on Feb 28, 2013, due to his advanced age, and was succeed by Pope Francis, who was elected on March 13. “May God continue to shower his blessings upon your apostolic ministry and may the Blessed Virgin guide you, together with priests and the faithful of your diocese, on the journey towards to the solemnity of Easter,” Pope Benedict wrote in the letter.

Bishop Serratelli was inspired to write the letter to Pope Benedict, after he learned from Father Paul Manning, diocesan vicar for evangelization and St. Paul’s executive director, that Father Johann Roten, a Marian scholar and director of research and special projects at the University of Dayton in Ohio, would be leading the summer institute this year. He will explore “Mary: Mother of Jesus and Model Disciple,” from June 26 to 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day at the evangelization center.

The Bishop shared the news about the letter from Pope Benedict in his address at the Diocesan Catechetical Conference on April 22 and the monthly Cenaculum Christi gathering of priests in the Diocese on April 28, both a St. Paul’s. Today the framed two-paragraph letter hangs the main hallway of St. Paul’s, appropriately under a large painting of Pope Benedict, before the Blessed Sacrament.

“From his early days as a theologian at the Second Vatican Council even into his retirement, Pope Benedict XVI has remained a brilliant light leading the Church into a deeper and deeper understanding of the faith,” Bishop Serratelli told The Beacon. “We are thrilled to have received a personal letter from him encouraging our Diocese’s work of evangelization at St. Paul Inside the Walls. Our Pope Emeritus has set for us a sure path to bring others into a closer relationship to the Lord Jesus, especially in the liturgy,” said the Bishop.

In the Feb. 17 correspondence, Bishop Serratelli expressed the Diocese’s “deep gratitude” to Pope Benedict for the “ministry that you have exercised and continue to exercise on behalf of the universal Church.” In addition, he wrote about his “appreciation for your compelling and clear exposition of the Gospel and teaching of the Church, your attention to the appeal of divine beauty and the radiance of holiness and your encouragement of the New Evangelization.”

The Bishop wrote about the success of St. Paul Inside the Walls, which opened in 2008, “inspired by your own enthusiasm for the mission of the Gospel and by the special Jubilee Year of the Apostle Paul in 2008-2009,” which the pope emeritus had declared.

The Bishop wrote about “one of our successful programs:” the annual Pope Benedict XVI Summer Institute, which is “dedicated to promoting your thought, writings and teaching on various topics.” In his fourth year, the institute has been financed by a private grant from two medical doctors, who approached St. Paul’s with the specific request to create a program to advance Pope Benedict’s teachings, the Bishop wrote.

“Attended by a growing number of laymen and women and clergy, the Institute has explored your teaching on the Word of God, on the Way of Beauty, on the Genius of Human Sexuality and, this coming year, on the Blessed Virgin Mary. I am pleased to let you know that our instructor this year will be one of your former students, Father Johann Roten…We are looking forward to what he will share with us about you and the Mother you have helped us to understand and love more deeply,” Bishop Serratelli wrote Pope Benedict. “Again, I wanted you to know how much I appreciate your faithful and thoughtful labor in the vineyard and how much we realize, through our Pope Benedict XVI Institute, the worth of your life’s work,” the Bishop wrote.

After hearing about Father Roten’s upcoming appearance at St. Paul’s summer institute, Bishop Serratelli suggested writing a letter to Pope Benedict with input from Father Manning. Cardinal Robert Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican, had delivered the letter to the pope emeritus’ office. The Bishop worked with Cardinal Sarah on the English translation of the liturgy.

“It’s wonderful that Pope Benedict read Bishop Serratelli’s letter and then responded. I was thrilled and excited,” Father Manning said. “It was a warm and encouraging letter that complemented and blessed our work of the center.”

[For information/cost of Benedict Institute: Allan Wright at (973) 377-1004 or email awright@ patersondiocese.org.

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