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Bishop visits rural Sussex County parish Outreach, training programs listed for center 7 N EWSPAPER OF THE D IOCESE OF P ATERSON , N. J. N O . 19 V OL . 48 > M AY 29, 2014 > 13 ‘G IVING T HEIR L IVES IN S ERVICE OF THE C HURCH AS P RIESTS ’ Six men ordained by bishop to priesthood By MICHAEL WOJCIK News Editor CLIFTON — Bishop Serratelli ordained six men to the priesthood for the Paterson Diocese during the Rite of Ordination of Priests on the morning of May 24 in St. Philip the Apostle Church here. The bishop encour-aged these new priests to “understand what you do, imitate what you celebrate [in the Mass] and conform your life to the mystery of the Cross.” As sunlight streamed through the stained-glass windows of St. Philip’s, Bishop Serratelli ordained to the priesthood the fol-lowing men, who last year had been or-dained as transitional deacons: Father Christopher S. Barkhausen of Succasunna; Father Gabriel Barrera of Mexico; Father Wilder Alexander Londono Mazo and Father Yojaneider Garcia Ramirez, both of Colombia; and Father Mariusz Gajewski and Father Kamil Piotr “ I want to Wierzbicki, both of be a happy, Poland. The Mass, included humble and the Rite of Ordination, authentic steeped in the tradi-tions of the early priest. Jesus Church [see related has given story, page 16]. The me the most liturgy also featured precious readings, prayers and hymns in English, gift. ” Polish and Spanish, re-flecting the diverse F ATHER W ILDER backgrounds of the A LEXANDER men who were or-L ONDONO M AZO dained and the diocese they will serve. “We are thankful for the great gift of these six young men, who are giving their lives in service of the Church as priests,” said Bishop Serratelli, who presided over the Mass, con-celebrated by a large number of diocesan priests. “The Church remains young [be-cause of these men].” Filling St. Philip’s to capacity, seminari-ans’ families — some traveling far distances — friends, members of faith communities they have served and parishioners from Continued on Page 8 SIX NEW PRIESTS — Bishop Serratelli ordained six young men to the priesthood on Saturday, May 24 during the Rite of Ordination of Priests in St. Philip the Apostle Church, Clifton. The new priests are: Father Christopher Barkhausen, Father Gabriel Barrera, Father Wilder Alexander Londono, Father Yojaneider Garcia, Father Mariusz Gajewski and Father Kamil Wierzbicki. Above, the priests, assembled at the altar during the Mass impose hands on the young men after the bishop had done the same as part of the Church’s ancient sign of ordination. Beacon photo / Joe Gigli Israeli, Palestinian presidents accept pope’s invitation to pray for peace at the Vatican BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK (CNA) — At the close of his Papal Mass in Bethlehem’s Manger Square May 25, during his May 24-26 pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis invited the presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican to join him “in heartfelt prayer DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS to God for the gift of peace. I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer.” Almost immediately, both Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that they ac-cepted Pope Francis’ invitation to join him at the Vatican next month. Pope Francis’ invitation was issued on the second day of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where all of his addresses have fo-cused heavily on the theme of peace. Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians have broken down over the last year, leading to what the pope termed, “a climate of instability.” “All of us want peace,” the pontiff af-firmed at the end of this morning’s liturgy. “Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their ef-forts to be peacemakers.” But the pope called upon the leadership in a particular way, saying, “All of us — es-pecially those placed at the service of their respective peoples — have the duty to be-come instruments and artisans of peace, es-pecially by our prayers.” In Jerusalem, in a declaration delivered at the end of a private meeting, Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Costan -tinople Bartholomew I marked a new step on the journey towards unity, stressing their commonality in areas such as respect for the sanctity of life and the protection of the fam-ily. Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew met in Mount Scopus, Jerusalem on May 25 during the pontiff’s current three-day visit to the region. The two signed a common declaration after a private meeting and an exchange of gifts, and then held an ecumeni-See Pope on Page 3 2 BISHOP CONDUCTS ABBATIAL BLESSING AT ST. MARY ABBEY Y OUTH 4-5 V IEWPOINT 18 PRIESTS TO BE HONORED AT ANNUAL DIOCESAN MASS FOR JUBILARIANS ON JUNE 3 W HAT T O D O 6 14 ST. PIUS X SCHOOL HOLDS RIBBON CUTTING FOR ITS NEW STEM LABORATORY O BITUARIES C LASSIFIEDS 6 10-11 12-13 15

‘Giving Their Lives In Service Of The Church As Priests’

Michael Wojcik

Six men ordained by bishop to priesthood

CLIFTON — Bishop Serratelli ordained six men to the priesthood for the Paterson Diocese during the Rite of Ordination of Priests on the morning of May 24 in St. Philip the Apostle Church here. The bishop encouraged these new priests to “understand what you do, imitate what you celebrate [in the Mass] and conform your life to the mystery of the Cross.”

As sunlight streamed through the stainedglass windows of St. Philip’s, Bishop Serratelli ordained to the priesthood the following men, who last year had been ordained as transitional deacons: Father Christopher S. Barkhausen of Succasunna; Father Gabriel Barrera of Mexico; Father Wilder Alexander Londono Mazo and Father Yojaneider Garcia Ramirez, both of Colombia; and Father Mariusz Gajewski and Father Kamil Piotr Wierzbicki, both of Poland.

The Mass, included the Rite of Ordination, steeped in the traditions of the early Church [see related story, page 16]. The liturgy also featured readings, prayers and hymns in English, Polish and Spanish, reflecting the diverse backgrounds of the men who were ordained and the diocese they will serve.

“We are thankful for the great gift of these six young men, who are giving their lives in service of the Church as priests,” said Bishop Serratelli, who presided over the Mass, concelebrated by a large number of diocesan priests. “The Church remains young [because of these men].”

Filling St. Philip’s to capacity, seminarians’ families — some traveling far distances — friends, members of faith communities they have served and parishioners from around the diocese gathered to offer their support and prayers.

In his homily, Bishop Serratelli emphasized that the “likeness of Jesus [on Earth] can be seen in his followers, especially his priests.” He challenged the six men he ordained to become “true priests of the New Testament, preaching the Gospel, shepherding His people and celebrating the Lord’s sacrifice.” Priests are also called to bring the faithful together into one family in one spirit, he said.

“Carry out the ministry of Christ the priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns, but to those of Jesus Christ. See that you believe what you read, that you teach what you believe and that you practice what you teach,” Bishop Serratelli told the new priests.
“Understand what you do, imitate what you celebrate and conform your life to the mystery of the cross.”

In his closing remarks, Bishop Serratelli thanked those who prepared the Mass and the powerful voices of the Diocesan Choir. The bishop also thanked everyone, who over the years, helped shape the lives and vocations of the newly ordained, including family, brother priests and those at the seminaries they attended.

To resounding applause, the Mass concluded with a long procession out of St. Philip’s Church with Bishop Serratelli and fellow clergy, including the six new priests. After the ordination Mass, Bishop Serratelli greeted the faithful, followed by the new priests greeting and giving their first blessings to a broad congregation of well-wishers.

One of those well-wishers was an emotional Ofelia de Jesus Mazo, who cried as her son, Father Londono, gave her a blessing. She came from her native Colombia for the ordination with her husband and a priest from their home parish and his mother.

“I’m so thankful to God for my son on this long journey [of priestly formation]. I feel such happiness today,” Mazo told The Beacon through an interpreter. “Alexander will make a wonderful priest, because he is humble and generous; has happiness and compassion; and loves everyone without distinction,” she said.

Around the same time, Marta Barkhausen received a blessing from her son, Father Christopher Barkhausen. She described the experience of the ordination — attended by family and friends — as “amazing” and “over the- top exciting.”

“I can’t believe that eight years [of priestly formation] are over,” Barkhausen said. “Christopher will make a good priest and good pastor, because he is kind, gentle and fun to be with. He has a gift for public speaking, has a commanding presence and is a natural leader. Christopher also is good mediator, gaining agreement from different sides,” she said.

Days before the ordination, the six men expressed a myriad of emotions.

“I’m nervous but happy that it [the ordination] is happening. It [priestly formation] has been a long journey filled of surprises,” said Father Wierzbicki. “I love the Mass. I can’t wait to say my first Mass and hold the real Jesus in my hands. I want to share Jesus with other people during the Mass and teach people about our faith,” he said.

Before the big day, Father Barrera told The Beacon that he was “very excited and very humble.”

“I am looking forward to ministering the Sacraments — saying the Mass, administering the Sacrament of the Sick and hearing confessions. I realize that this gift [of the priesthood] is such a blessing,” Father Barrera said.

So too was Father Barkhausen “excited after a long journey” as well as “looking forward to this moment to become a priest.”

“I’m looking forward not only doing priestly things but also becoming a priest — celebrating the Mass and hearing confessions,” Father Barkhausen said. “As a priest, I want to bring Christ to people in the sacraments in a real way.”

Father Londono predicted that his ordination day would be “the best day ever.”

“I’m ready to become a priest — to be like Christ. I want to offer help to people in every situation and hear Confession, helping people to restore their lives and faith,” Father Londono said. “I want to be a happy, humble and authentic priest, working for God. Jesus has given me the most precious gift [of the priesthood].”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/%E2%80%98Giving+Their+Lives+In+Service+Of+The+Church+As+Priests%E2%80%99/1724310/211586/article.html.

Israeli, Palestinian Presidents Accept Pope’s Invitation To Pray For Peace At The Vatican

BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK (CNA) — At the close of his Papal Mass in Bethlehem’s Manger Square May 25, during his May 24- 26 pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis invited the presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican to join him “in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace. I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer.”

Almost immediately, both Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that they accepted Pope Francis’ invitation to join him at the Vatican next month.

Pope Francis’ invitation was issued on the second day of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where all of his addresses have focused heavily on the theme of peace.

Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians have broken down over the last year, leading to what the pope termed, “a climate of instability.”

“All of us want peace,” the pontiff affirmed at the end of this morning’s liturgy.

“Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers.”

But the pope called upon the leadership in a particular way, saying, “All of us — especially those placed at the service of their respective peoples — have the duty to become instruments and artisans of peace, especially by our prayers.”

In Jerusalem, in a declaration delivered at the end of a private meeting, Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Costan - tinople Bartholomew I marked a new step on the journey towards unity, stressing their commonality in areas such as respect for the sanctity of life and the protection of the family. Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew met in Mount Scopus, Jerusalem on May 25 during the pontiff’s current three-day visit to the region. The two signed a common declaration after a private meeting and an exchange of gifts, and then held an ecumenical celebration in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

The meeting between the Pope and Patriarch marks the 50th anniversary of the meeting between Paul VI and the then Patriarch Athenagoras in Jerusalem Jan. 6 1964, which concluded with the historical embrace between the two.

At an ecumenical celebration in Jeru - salem, Pope Francis told inter-denominational Christians that the Risen Christ unites them all in a message of hope for the world.

“Each of us, everyone baptized in Christ, has spiritually risen from this tomb, for in baptism all of us truly became members of the body of the One who is the Firstborn of all creation,” Pope Francis said.

The pope encouraged those gathered to “pause in reverent silence before this empty tomb in order to rediscover the grandeur of our Christian vocation,” since “we are men and women of Resurrection, and not of death.”

“Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of the basis of our hope! Let us not deprive the world of the joyful message of the resurrection! And let us not be deaf to the powerful summons to unity which rings out from this very place!,” the pope said at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre after a private meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Costantinople Bartholomew I in Mount Scopus.

Pope Francis spent a large part of the third day of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslim and Jewish leaders, praising the shared commitment to dialogue.

He met with the Muslim leader as well as the Present of the Supreme Muslim Council and others Monday morning at the Dome of the Rock.

On the last day of his Holy Land pilgrimage, Pope Francis stopped to pray at two sacred sites in Jerusalem.

He visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem on the morning of May 26, pausing to pray at the site and leaving the “Our Father” in Spanish tucked into one of the cracks.

Deviating from his planned itinerary, he also stopped to visit a memorial to Israeli victims of terrorism. Later at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Pope Francis met with survivors of the Holocaust.

At the conclusion of his pilgrimage May 26, Pope Francis focused his homily at Mass on the significance of the Upper Room, held to be the site of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ Apostles. “It is a great gift that the Lord has given us by bringing us together here in the Upper Room for the celebration of the Eucharist,” he said.

“Here, where Jesus shared the Last Supper with the Apostles; where, after his Resurrection, he appeared in their midst; where the Holy Spirit descended with power upon Mary and the disciples. Here the Church was born, and was born to go forth,” he recalled.

In recognition of the significance of the holy site, Pope Francis celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit along with the bishops of the Holy Land, noting that the Spirit’s presence is still with the Church today.

“The Church, in her going forth, preserves the memory of what took place here; the Spirit, the Paraclete, reminds her of every word and every action, and reveals their true meaning.”

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