SUSSEX 5 LONGTIME DIO C E SA N EMPLOYEE TO RETIRE PASSAIC THE A W A RDWINNING NEW S P A PER OF THE R. C . DIO C E S E OF P A TER S ON, N.J. MORRIS JUNE 25, 2015 ‘L AUDATO S I ’ 10 6 6 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard NEWLYORD A INED PRIE S T FULFILL S PROMI S E TO C ELEBR A TE M ASS A T F A TIM A S HRINE BI S HOP VI S IT S W A YNE P A RI S H FOR M ASS ON F A THER’ S D A Y 4 8-9 10 26 27-29 Parishes praise Pope Francis’ latest encyclical By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O O BITUARIES C LASSIFIEDS CLIFTON In his encyclical, “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis presented every person in the world with a spiritual perspective on caring for God’s creation by giving all a wake-up call on addressing the state of the planet. The Pope, whose chose his name in tribute to St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the environment, titled his encyclical after a quotation from his namesake’s “Canticle of the Sun” — “Laudato Si” translates to “Praise Be.” In “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis writes, “We have to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” — much like the message St. Francis preached to his followers in the 13th century. Throughout the Dio -cese, Catholics have been reflecting on the pope’s encyclical since its release June 18. Many parishes with ministries dedicated to the care of creation were grateful the pope released this timely and important message. Father Peter Filipkowski, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Mountain Lakes, ad-dressed the encyclical in the parish bulletin last week. “This is a good time to address this moral issue. Pope Francis has frequently linked care for the environment to care for the poor, since it is the poor who suffer most from rising sea levels, from air pollution, from water pollution and from destruction of the rain forests,” the pastor wrote. “On a more basic level, we need to relearn re-spect for creation as the gift of God entrusted to our stewardship but not ours to destroy,” he wrote. “Fostering a sense of wonder and awe at God’s handiwork provides a base for caring for creation, not out of guilt but out of joy and gratitude.” At St. Mary Parish in Pompton Lakes, Jackie Schramm, director of social justice ministry, said, BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI Pope blasts abortion, population control, takes stance on environmental issues, pg. 2 H ATS O FF ! At Morris Catholic High School in Denville, members of the Class of 2015 celebrate their graduation with the traditional tossing of their graduation caps into the air following commencement June 4. Nearly 700 students were graduated from the three diocesan high schools and four private high schools in the Diocese of Paterson. Compete coverage of Catholic school graduations begins on page 11. ST. PAUL INSIDE THE WALLS DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS ‘The Eucharist is synonymous with peace:’ Priest reafﬁrms importance of 12-Step’s spiritual dimension By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR ENCYCLICAL on 25 MADISON People who struggle with drug or al-cohol dependency can find comfort and hope in a simple, yet powerful spiritual message that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI directed to the universal Church, not only to addicts: “the Eucharist is syn-onymous with peace.” That’s one of many Christ-centered and af-firming teachings that Dominican Father Emmerich Vogt imparted to the more than 50 people who attended his three-day mission about the spiritual component of the 12-step recovery program. The event was held at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangelization here, from Friday to Sunday, June 19-21. Participants who came to hear Father Vogt in-cluded those who are participating in recovery programs, friends and family members of addicts, and priests, religious and lay people, who minister to them. “We are sinners, but God takes us into his arms and feeds us with his bread. The Eucharist is the central mystery of our faith, of salvation and of peace and is a mystery to be lived. We need to share our experiences of strength, hope and love in a loving way,” said Father Vogt, during his presentations on “Is Serenity a Necessary Part of Christian Life?” and “The Path to Serenity” on Saturday. Father Vogt delivered two other talks: “The Catholic Connections in the 12-Step Movement” on Friday and “How Do the 12-Steps Relate to Catholic Biblical Spirituality?” on Sunday, which was followed by Mass. The priest, who now lives at St. Dominic Priory in San Francisco, comes from a family with some members who have bat-tled alcohol and drug addiction. 12 STEPS on 7
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