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Highland Lakes parishioner gives Caldwell College commencement address Outreach, training programs listed for center 14 ‘Youthful’ group of 12 seminarians ordained to diaconate by bishop as they continue their journey to priesthood By MICHAEL WOJCIK News Editor PARSIPPANY — Bishop Serratelli ordained 12 “youthful” diocesan seminarians of different cultures and diverse backgrounds to the tran-sitional diaconate Friday, May 16 in St. Peter the Apostle Church here — the final step before they are called to ordination to the priesthood. The bishop urged these men — “hearers and ministers of the Gospel” — to “spread the Good News of Jesus Christ” and to serve people “from your heart, enjoying it as you would enjoy serving God Himself.” During the Celebration of Ordination to the Order of Deacon, steeped in rich tradi-tions of the Church, Bishop Serratelli or-dained the following men: Daniel Chajkowski of Canada; Darwin Jesus Lastra, Milton Edilzon Camargo, Jose M. Jimenez, Giovanni Rodriguez and Luis Alberto Hernandez, all See Journey to priesthood on Page 10 N EWSPAPER OF THE D IOCESE OF P ATERSON , N. J. N O . 18 V OL . 48 > M AY 22, 2014 > 9 ‘H EARERS AND M INISTERS OF THE G OSPEL ’ BISHOP AND THE 12 DEACONS — Bishop Serratelli ordained 12 diocesan seminarians to the transitional diaconate May 16 in St. Peter the Apostle Church, Parsippany. Pictured is the bishop with the new deacons: (top row) Lukasz Iwanczyk, Maciej Kranc, Kamil Stachowiak, Jakub Grzybowski, Giovanni Rodriguez and Daniel Chajkowski and (bottom row) Luis Alberto Hernandez, Darwin Jesus Lastra, Paweł Tomczyk, Mateusz Jasniewicz, Jose M. Jimenez and Milton Camargo. Beacon photo / Joe Gigli Bishop Serratelli honors Blessed Mother, blesses graduates of Certificate in Catholic Evangelization By MICHAEL WOJCIK News Editor A PROMISE — Jose M. Jimenez kneels before Bishop Serratelli and places his hands between the bishop’s, promising obedience during his May 16 ordination to the transitional diaconate. Beacon photo / Joe Gigli DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS graduates of the program — which is offered by the diocesan Office of Evangelization and St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center MADISON — Parishioners from around the for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Madison Paterson Diocese joined with Bishop — received their certificates. “Evangelization means bringing Jesus to Serratelli on Tuesday, May 13 to honor the mother of Jesus as both “the minister of ho-the world. Mary was the first person to liness” and “the first Christian evangelist” bring Jesus into the world. For that, she is the first Christian evangelist,” during the annual diocesan said Bishop Serratelli, who de-May Crowning in St. Vincent NNUAL veloped the groundbreaking, Martyr Church here. three-year CCE program with Bishop Serratelli presided IOCESAN Father Geno Sylva, former St. over the ceremony — held in Paul’s executive director and the diocese every May, the AY former diocesan vicar for evan-month that the Church dedi-gelization, who now serves the cates to Mary — where he ROWNING Pontifical Council for the Pro -placed a crown of flowers on motion of the New Evan geli -a statue of the Blessed Mother, located at one side of St. Vincent’s altar. He zation in Rome. “The diocese takes great joy also took the opportunity to recognize the in you [in CCE], who have taken the exam-39 graduates in the first class of the dioce-ple of our mother — filled with charity and san Certificate in Catholic Evangelization also impelled to bring Christ Jesus into the (CCE) program as they commit themselves world today. It [CCE] is a great way to be to following in the Blessed Mother’s footsteps Church, and we’re grateful that you accept-in bringing Jesus to the world. That night, ed the responsibility,” the bishop said. A D M C IN PRAYER — Isabella Cerciello and Emma Dooley prepare to receive Holy Com -munion during the diocesan May Crowning at St. Vincent Martyr Church, Madison. Beacon photo / Joe Gigli That evening, St. Vincent’s choir filled the May Crowning ceremony with the sounds of hymns lovingly dedicated to Mary and moth-erhood, such as “Immaculate Mary” and “Hail See May Crowning on Page 16 2 ST. ROSE OF LIMA STARTS DAUGHTERS OF MARY GROUP FOR YOUNG GIRLS IN PARISH 4 DIOCESAN STEM COMPETITION SHOWCASES STUDENTS’ CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS 15 BISHOP CELEBRATES MASS AS 3,000 ATTEND ANNUAL STATE YOUTH RALLY IN JACKSON Y OUTH W HAT T O D O V IEWPOINT C LASSIFIEDS 4-5 8-9 12-13 18-19
‘Hearers And Ministers Of The Gospel’
‘Youthful’ group of 12 seminarians ordained to diaconate by bishop as they continue their journey to priesthood<br /> <br /> PARSIPPANY — Bishop Serratelli ordained 12 “youthful” diocesan seminarians of different cultures and diverse backgrounds to the transitional diaconate Friday, May 16 in St. Peter the Apostle Church here — the final step before they are called to ordination to the priesthood.<br /> <br /> The bishop urged these men — “hearers and ministers of the Gospel” — to “spread the Good News of Jesus Christ” and to serve people “from your heart, enjoying it as you would enjoy serving God Himself.” <br /> <br /> During the Celebration of Ordination to the Order of Deacon, steeped in rich traditions of the Church, Bishop Serratelli ordained the following men: Daniel Chajkowski of Canada; Darwin Jesus Lastra, Milton Edilzon Camargo, Jose M. Jimenez, Giovanni Rodriguez and Luis Alberto Hernandez, all of Colombia; and Jakub Grzybowski, Mateusz Jasniewicz, Maciej Kranc, Kamil Stachowiak, Pawel Tomczyk and Lukasz Iwanczyk, all of Poland.<br /> <br /> “The Church of Paterson is grateful to God for the gifts of the lives of these men in the service of the Church. They will make the Church more youthful in spreading the Gospel,” said Bishop Serratelli, of the men ordained that evening — one born in 1960 (Chajkowski), but the rest of them born between 1981 and 1990.<br /> <br /> Bishop Serratelli was the main celebrant and homilist of the Mass with numerous concelebrating priests in the standing-room-only St. Peter the Apostle Church. Prayers, hymns and readings for the Mass were in English, Spanish and Polish reflecting the heritage of the new transitional deacons.<br /> <br /> Near the beginning of the ordination, Father Hubert Jurjewicz, diocesan vocations director, asked the bishop to ordain the candidates to 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 sustained applause.<br /> <br /> In his homily, Bishop Serratelli listed a deacon’s responsibilities: to proclaim the Gospel, to dispense the Eucharist, to give instruction in holy doctrine, to prepare the Holy Sacrifice and to preside over baptisms, marriages, funerals and public prayer. A deacon also carries out acts of charity in name of bishop or pastor, he said.<br /> <br /> “Firmly rooted and grounded in faith, you are to show yourselves chaste and beyond reproach before God and man, as is proper for the ministers of Christ and of the stewards of God’s mysteries. Never allow yourselves to be turned away from the hope offered by the Gospel,” said the bishop, who also emphasized a deacon’s commitment to a life of celibacy.<br /> <br /> During the ordination, each candidate stood before the Bishop Serratelli, who questioned him on the Order 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.<br /> <br /> After, the candidates 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.<br /> <br /> In keeping with the practice of the Apostolic Church, Bishop Serratelli laid his 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.<br /> <br /> “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. “Look with favor on these servants of yours, who minister at your holy altar and whom we humbly dedicate to the Office of Deacon.” <br /> <br /> Invited priests then helped the deacons put on their stoles and then a dalmatics, before Bishop Serratelli handed on the Book of the Gospels to 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.” The bishop and other deacons gave the newly ordained the fraternal kiss, welcoming them into the Order of Deacon.<br /> <br /> In his closing remarks, Bishop Serratelli offered a prayer for the newly ordained transitional deacons and led the congregation in the Prayer for Vocations, which he composed. He acknowledged Father Jurjewicz and Father Peter Glabik, diocesan recruitment director and pastor of St. Catherine of Bologna Parish, Ring wood, for their work in fostering vocations in the diocese.<br /> <br /> The bishop also thanked those who have supported and encouraged these newest deacons during their vocations journey and ministries, including family, friends, priests, their seminary communities and parishes, where they have served.<br /> <br /> “I ask for your continued prayers for these men in the days ahead and for vocations,” Bishop Serratelli said. “All of these men come from elsewhere and are making a sacrifice [to serve the Paterson Diocese]. We are indebted to them in a special way. We pray that their good and youthful example will open the hearts and minds of young men to have the courage to follow them [in pursuing the priesthood].”
Bishop Serratelli Honors Blessed Mother, Blesses Graduates Of Certificate In Catholic Evangelization
MADISON — Parishioners from around the Paterson Diocese joined with Bishop Serratelli on Tuesday, May 13 to honor the mother of Jesus as both “the minister of holiness” and “the first Christian evangelist” during the annual diocesan May Crowning in St. Vincent Martyr Church here.<br /> <br /> Bishop Serratelli presided over the ceremony — held in the diocese every May, the month that the Church dedicates to Mary — where he placed a crown of flowers on a statue of the Blessed Mother, located at one side of St. Vincent’s altar. He also took the opportunity to recognize the 39 graduates in the first class of the diocesan Certificate in Catholic Evangelization (CCE) program as they commit themselves to following in the Blessed Mother’s footsteps in bringing Jesus to the world. That night, graduates of the program — which is offered by the diocesan Office of Evangelization and St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Madison — received their certificates.<br /> <br /> “Evangelization means bringing Jesus to the world. Mary was the first person to bring Jesus into the world. For that, she is the first Christian evangelist,” said Bishop Serratelli, who developed the groundbreaking, three-year CCE program with Father Geno Sylva, former St. Paul’s executive director and former diocesan vicar for evangelization, who now serves the Pontifical Council for the Pro - motion of the New Evan geli - zation in Rome. “The diocese takes great joy in you [in CCE], who have taken the example of our mother — filled with charity and also impelled to bring Christ Jesus into the world today. It [CCE] is a great way to be Church, and we’re grateful that you accepted the responsibility,” the bishop said.<br /> <br /> That evening, St. Vincent’s choir filled the May Crowning ceremony with the sounds of hymns lovingly dedicated to Mary and motherhood, such as “Immaculate Mary” and “Hail Holy Queen.” Near the end of the ceremony, Bishop Serratelli admitted to worshippers, who filled the church, that one song in particular, “A Mother’s Love,” filled him with emotion, after having suffered the loss of his own mother Eva, on April 27. She was 99.<br /> <br /> Several of the recent First Communicants of St. Vincent’s who attended, assisted Bishop Serratelli in the crowning ceremony. One of them, Emma Dooley, presented the bishop with the crown of flowers; several of them placed flowers before the statue of Mary. Then, Bishop Serratelli walked to one side of the altar to place a crown on the head of the statue and then cense it.<br /> <br /> Before the crowning of Mary, two new priests of the diocese delivered homilies, reflecting on the Blessed Mother: in Spanish by Father Edgar Rivera, parochial vicar of St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish, Chester, and in English by Father Przemyslaw Nowak, parochial vicar of Assumption Parish, Morristown.<br /> <br /> “Mary is the minister of holiness. We are all called to holiness, and she is the quickest way to holiness,” said Father Nowak, who noted that we have three mothers — the Church, Mary and our birth mothers — who take on the duties of conceiving us, bearing us, nourishing us and educating us. “Mary loves us and is always with us. She educates us in the truth: Christ. She also nourishes us by the gift of Jesus really and truly sacramentally present in the Eucharist,” the priest said.<br /> <br /> In his homily Father Rivera reminded churchgoers that the Blessed Virgin appeared several times to three peasant children in 1919 in Fatima, Portugal, where she asked faithful around the globe — then and now — to pray the rosary for the conversion of sinners and for peace in the world.<br /> <br /> “We still remember Mary and remember to pray the rosary. Pray the rosary to get away from your sins. Pray together to grow in faith,” Father Rivera said.<br /> <br /> After the crowning, Bishop Serratelliblessed the CCE graduates, who approached the altar to receive their certificates from him, while Allan Wright, St. Paul’s academic dean, read their names aloud from the pulpit.<br /> <br /> This was the first class, which included deacons, religious sisters and lay people in the innovative three-year program, offered for the first time by the diocese — and for the first time by any diocese in the U.S. Now, these graduates seek to enact their individual “action plans” that they developed to spread the Gospel in their own lives, families and neighborhoods and through their vocations and ministries in their parishes and in the diocese.<br /> <br /> “This unique program seeks to turn Catholics into evangelists, equipping them to return to their parishes, their places of work and their local communities to bring the Good News of Jesus to others and to invite them into a relationship with Jesus through his Catholic Church,” said Father Manning, St. Paul’s executive director and diocesan vicar for evangelization, who noted that students have taken advanced courses in Scripture, discipleship and spirituality — taught by leaders in evangelization, including Bishop Serratelli, Father Manning and Wright. “Now they [the CCE graduates] are ready to serve the bishop and the Church to help make disciples of all nations. We are proud of them,” he said.<br /> <br /> St. Paul’s diocesan evangelization center is now accepting applications for the next class that will be held from 2014 to 2017 and will begin in September. This next program will offer credits that can be applied toward a master’s degree in theology through Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange. [To apply, see related story].<br /> <br /> After the Mary Crowning, a reception for CCE graduates and the St. Vincent’s faith community, including First Communicants and their families, was held in the gym of the parish school. There, Danielle Nebres spent time with her husband Joseph and their children: 8-year-old Libby, a First Communicant; 5-year-old Charlotte; and 6- month-old Nathan.<br /> <br /> “It [the May Crowning] was glorious. It was an honor to have the bishop here. The children were so inspired by the bishop. They all wanted to take pictures with him,” said Nebres, who then reflected on the Blessed Mother’s influence on her as a mother. “Mary is a shepherd as mothers are shepherds.” <br /> <br /> Libby called the May Crowning “awesome” and answered a question by The Beacon about what she likes about Mary by responding, “I like that she made Jesus.” <br /> <br /> One CCE graduate at the reception was Majella LoBello from two parishes: Our Lady of Mercy, Whippany, where she supports the ministries of her husband Vincent, who is in formation for the diocesan permanent diaconate, and Notre Dame of Mount Carmel, Cedar Knolls, where she is involved in the arts and environment ministry.<br /> <br /> “It [CCE] is an exciting program that offered us a high level of material that gave us a lot to think about. It took away the scariness of the word ‘evangelization’ and gave us the right perspective — that it is bringing Christ to others,” LoBello said.