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On Pentecost, bishop administers Confirmation Outreach, training programs listed for center 2 N EWSPAPER OF THE D IOCESE OF P ATERSON , N. J. N O . 21 V OL . 48 > J UNE 12, 2014 > 12 ‘W ITH J OY AND G RATITUDE ’ 18 priests celebrate significant milestones at Jubilee celebration honoring their service By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN Reporter CONVENT STATION — Combined, the 18 priests celebrating priesthood anniversaries in the Paterson Diocese this year are mark-ing 720 years of service. Imagine the num-ber of Mass celebrations, baptisms, wedding ceremonies, confessions heard and simply the sharing of happy and sad times with the peo-ple they serve. In honor of their service to the Church and the Paterson Diocese, Bishop Serratelli presided at the annual diocesan jubilee cel-ebration for priests in St. Thomas More Church here June 3, paying tribute to priests who served in the diocese as pastors, parochial vicars, missionaries, chaplains, counselors and teachers. Celebrating priesthood ordinations of 60, 50, 40 and 25 years, priests from all corners of the diocese attended the Mass to hon-or their brother priests marking these significant milestones in their voca-tions. Bishop Emeritus Rodimer was a concelebrant of the Mass. In his welcoming message, Bishop Serratelli said, “We gather today with joy and gratitude for the gift of the priesthood — joy in our brothers who are celebrating significant anniversaries. On the day of our ordination, we committed ourselves to serve the Lord and his Church. That we have per-severed 25, 40, 50 and 60 years is a sign of God’s fidelity and grace in our lives. For this we return to the altar to praise and glorify God, for not only loving us but loving oth-ers in His Church in the great ministry He has entrusted to us.” Celebrating 40 years in the priesthood, Father Stanley Barron, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Flanders, who is also diocesan vicar for education, served as the homilist for the Jubilee Mass. In his homily, Father Barron recalled a diocesan priest convocation a few years ago in which the priests gathered together to dis-cuss the parish priesthood for modern times. He spoke about Bishop Ken Untener, who was guest speaker for the convocation. Bishop Untener described an image of the priest as the piano player. “Bishop Untener said, ‘that the piano player sometimes sits at the piano and plays what he wants and the people listen. Sometimes, someone will call out the tune and the player doesn’t know JOYFUL DAY — Priests jubilarians attending the annual priests’ jubilee Mass are congratulated by Bishop Serratelli. From left, front row: Franciscan Father Robert Norton, Father Stan Barron, Father Ronald Sordillo, Father Wayne Varga, Father Pat Rice and Father Steven Shadwell. Back row: Father William Collins, Msgr. Paul Knauer, Father Edward Lambro, Bishop Serratelli, Father Michael Drury, Msgr. T. Mark Condon, Benedictine Father Andrew Smith and Father Charles Perricone. Beacon photo / Joe Gigli Pope Francis prays for peace in Holy Land with Israeli, Palestinian presidents VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope A total of 720 years of priestly service Francis welcomed the presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican June 8, the Feast of Pentecost, for an unprecedented and historic meeting of prayer, the “Invocation for Peace.” Joined by the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, the three leaders prayed for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East. “I am profoundly grateful to you for ac-cepting my invitation to come here and to join in imploring from God the gift of peace. It is my hope that this meeting will mark DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS the beginning of a new journey where we seek the things that unite, so as to overcome the things that divide,” said Pope Francis the Vatican gardens. The pope had issued the invitations on his recent trip to the Holy Land in late May. The presidents quickly accepted the invitation. Presidents Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas arrived separately to meet with Pope Francis individually in the Casa Santa Marta guesthouse. The three eventually met and were joined by the Patriarch of Constan -tinople, Bartholomew I, before proceeding to the Vatican gardens to pray. The evening’s prayer was divided into three parts, following the chronological or-dering of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religious communities. Prayers were offered in Hebrew, English, Italian, and Arabic, prais-ing God for creation, asking pardon for sin, and requesting the gift of peace. Selections included several psalms, a prayer from the Jewish Day of Atonement service, a prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, and several Islamic prayers. After the prayers, Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas each spoke briefly about the need for peace. “This meeting of prayer for peace in the Holy Land, in the Middle East and in the entire world is accompanied by the prayers of countless people of different cultures, na-tions, languages and religions: they have prayed for this meeting and even now they are united with us in the same supplication,” said Pope Francis. “ If we pursue peace with determination, with faith, we will reach it. ” I SRAELI P RESIDENT S HIMON P ERES “It is a meeting which responds to the fervent desire of all who long for peace and dream of a world in which men and women can live as brothers and sisters and no longer as adversaries and enemies.” The pontiff then cautioned that “peace-making calls for courage, much more so than warfare.” See Pope on Page 3 See Jubilee on Page 8 3 BISHOP ANNOUNCES CLERGY ASSIGNMENTS FOR DIOCESAN PRIESTS Y OUTH 4 10-11 BISHOP TO LEAD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO NATIONAL SHRINE IN WASHINGTON W HAT T O D O 16 14 JESUIT AUTHOR TELLS NOTRE DAME PARISHIONERS TO EXPLORE BOTH CHRIST’S DIVINITY AND HUMANITY O BITUARIES V IEWPOINT C LASSIFIEDS 6 12 15

18 Priests Celebrate Significant Milestones At Jubilee Celebration Honoring Their Service

Cecile San Agustin

CONVENT STATION — Combined, the 18 priests celebrating priesthood anniversaries in the Paterson Diocese this year are marking 720 years of service. Imagine the number of Mass celebrations, baptisms, wedding ceremonies, confessions heard and simply the sharing of happy and sad times with the people they serve.

In honor of their service to the Church and the Paterson Diocese, Bishop Serratelli presided at the annual diocesan jubilee celebration for priests in St. Thomas More Church here June 3, paying tribute to priests who served in the diocese as pastors, parochial vicars, missionaries, chaplains, counselors and teachers.

Celebrating priesthood ordinations of 60, 50, 40 and 25 years, priests from all corners of the diocese attended the Mass to honor their brother priests marking these significant milestones in their vocations. Bishop Emeritus Rodimer was a concelebrant of the Mass.

In his welcoming message, Bishop Serratelli said, “We gather today with joy and gratitude for the gift of the priesthood — joy in our brothers who are celebrating significant anniversaries. On the day of our ordination, we committed ourselves to serve the Lord and his Church. That we have persevered 25, 40, 50 and 60 years is a sign of God’s fidelity and grace in our lives. For this we return to the altar to praise and glorify God, for not only loving us but loving others in His Church in the great ministry He has entrusted to us.”

Celebrating 40 years in the priesthood, Father Stanley Barron, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Flanders, who is also diocesan vicar for education, served as the homilist for the Jubilee Mass.

In his homily, Father Barron recalled a diocesan priest convocation a few years ago in which the priests gathered together to discuss the parish priesthood for modern times. He spoke about Bishop Ken Untener, who was guest speaker for the convocation. Bishop Untener described an image of the priest as the piano player. “Bishop Untener said, ‘that the piano player sometimes sits at the piano and plays what he wants and the people listen. Sometimes, someone will call out the tune and the player doesn’t know it and they will teach it to him. Sometimes however, the piano player doesn’t know the tune and even though, he tries to learn it, he just can’t get it so he gets off the bench and someone else plays the piano,’ ” said Father Barron.

“Quoting Bishop Untener, the priesthood today is like the piano player,” continued Father Barron, “Sometimes we play the tune we decide and others listen to the plan of ministry that we have and the project we come up with. Sometimes someone else calls the tune, the project or idea that comes from our community. Sometimes we need to read about it or hear about it from others. And sometimes, even though we try, we have problems with leading or implementing the idea and so others will do it.”

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel, Father Barron said, “When Jesus called his disciples together and gave them the mission, he told them as we heard in today’s Gospel that the mission was his and he received it from the Father. Jesus prayed for his disciples that they would be faithful to his mission and would do his will and not their own.”

Following the homily, the priest jubilarians in attendance were introduced to the congregation. Then they made a renewal of commitment to priestly service before Bishop Serratelli to continue serving God’s people. At the closing of the Mass, the priests gathered together to sing a Marian hymn — Regina Caeli.

Near the end of the Mass, the bishop said, “The priesthood is not a ministry we do alone. When we are ordained as priests, we are ordained to the presbyterate, to a college of priests united around their bishop to serve a local Church. I am very grateful for all of you who joined to show the great unity, support and love for our priests.”

Celebrating 40 years in the priesthood was Father Wayne Varga, pastor of St. Thomas the Apsotle Parish in Sandyston and St. James the Greater Parish in Montague. “It’s God’s goodness that enabled me to serve His people for 40 years,” he said.

For Father Varga, being able to celebrate the Mass has been the most important gift given to him. “Over the years, I come to appreciate even more how important the Mass is to the world and keeping God’s presence in the world. As priests, we continue the covenant of Jesus,” said Father Varga.

A silver anniversary celebrant, Msgr. Mark Condon, pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish in Little Falls, said, “I am amazed by how quickly time has passed but most of all I am grateful for having the opportunity to serve and my heart is grateful to God for the many people I have been able to serve and to share the gift of faith with in the assignments that I have received. Of course, I am grateful to my family, especially my mother, grandparents, for having supported me in my vocation and for their love, which has been my north star. I am grateful for the encouragement of so many good people who have been examples of faith, devotion, and sacrifice. The devotion of fathers and mothers to give their children the gift of faith has been a never-failing inspiration to me.”

As he celebrates his anniversary, Msgr. Condon recalled his fondest memories as a priest. “The memories are many but most of all I recall those who I have been able to administer the sacraments to as they crossed the threshold of this life to the next — they are friends in heaven whose prayers I rely upon — and I think of those I have been privileged to welcome into the Church through baptism and the hope of the life of faith that is completely new and young each time the sacrament is celebrated.”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/18+Priests+Celebrate+Significant+Milestones+At+Jubilee+Celebration+Honoring+Their+Service/1734139/213356/article.html.

Pope Francis Prays For Peace In Holy Land With Israeli, Palestinian Presidents

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope Francis welcomed the presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican June 8, the Feast of Pentecost, for an unprecedented and historic meeting of prayer, the “Invocation for Peace.”

Joined by the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, the three leaders prayed for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East.

“I am profoundly grateful to you for accepting my invitation to come here and to join in imploring from God the gift of peace. It is my hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of a new journey where we seek the things that unite, so as to overcome the things that divide,” said Pope Francis the Vatican gardens.

The pope had issued the invitations on his recent trip to the Holy Land in late May. The presidents quickly accepted the invitation.

Presidents Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas arrived separately to meet with Pope Francis individually in the Casa Santa Marta guesthouse. The three eventually met and were joined by the Patriarch of Constan - tinople, Bartholomew I, before proceeding to the Vatican gardens to pray.

The evening’s prayer was divided into three parts, following the chronological ordering of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religious communities. Prayers were offered in Hebrew, English, Italian, and Arabic, praising God for creation, asking pardon for sin, and requesting the gift of peace.

Selections included several psalms, a prayer from the Jewish Day of Atonement service, a prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, and several Islamic prayers.

After the prayers, Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas each spoke briefly about the need for peace.

“This meeting of prayer for peace in the Holy Land, in the Middle East and in the entire world is accompanied by the prayers of countless people of different cultures, nations, languages and religions: they have prayed for this meeting and even now they are united with us in the same supplication,” said Pope Francis.

“It is a meeting which responds to the fervent desire of all who long for peace and dream of a world in which men and women can live as brothers and sisters and no longer as adversaries and enemies.”

The pontiff then cautioned that “peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare.”

History reveals that peace cannot come merely through human strength, noted the pope. “That is why we are here, because we know and we believe that we need the help of God. We do not renounce our responsibilities, but we do call upon God in an act of supreme responsibility before our consciences and before our peoples.”

Pope Francis encouraged those present to “break the spiral of hatred and violence” with the word “brother.” We must “lift our eyes to heaven and acknowledge one another as children of one Father,” he said.

Israeli President Shimon Peres then made a heart-felt appeal for peace, saying “I come to call for peace between nations.”

He, too, acknowledged that “peace does not come easy.” Even if peace “seems distant,” the Israeli president continued, “we must pursue it to bring it close.”

“We are commanded to pursue peace,” he emphasized.

Peres expressed his belief that “if we pursue peace with determination, with faith, we will reach it.”

He recalled that in his life, he had seen both peace and warfare. He would never forget the devastation caused by war.

“We owe it to our children,” to seek peace, stressed Peres.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke in the words of a prayer, beseeching the Lord “on behalf of my people, the people of Palestine — Muslims, Christians, and Samaritans — who are craving for a just peace, dignified living, and liberty.”

“Grant, O Lord, our region and its people security, safety and stability. Save our blessed city Jerusalem; the first Kiblah, the second Holy mosque, the third of the two Holy Mosques, and the city of blessings and peace with all that surround it,” Abbas prayed.

The Muslim political leader affirmed, “reconciliation and peace, O Lord, are our goal.”

He prayed that God would “make Palestine and Jerusalem in particular a secure land for all the believers, and a place for prayer and worship for the followers of the three monotheistic religions Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and for all those wishing to visit it as is stated in the Holy Koran.”

The evening closed with a handshake of peace amongst the leaders, and the planting of an olive tree, symbolic of the desire for peace on behalf of each of the religious communities.

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Pope+Francis+Prays+For+Peace+In+Holy+Land+With+Israeli%2C+Palestinian+Presidents/1734141/213356/article.html.

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