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Outreach, training programs listed for center Serra Club honors seminarians, jubilarians 4 N EWSPAPER OF THE D IOCESE J ULY 3, 2014 OF P ATERSON , N. J. N O . 24 V OL . 48 > > 9 After 70 years, Passaic-Clifton District Council of Catholic Women disbands By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN Reporter CLIFTON — After seven decades of service to the Church, the Passaic-Clifton District Council of Catholic Women held its final gathering with a closing Mass in Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church here June 28. Since 1944, this group — made up of women from local parishes in the Passaic-Clifton area, who al-so belonged to their parish Rosary Societies — would join together in prayer, evangelization and in giv-ing back to the Catholic commu-nity. Now after 70 years, with their numbers ever dwindling the coun-cil decided it was time to disband and for its members to focus on working within their own individ-ual parishes for the greater good. Elizabeth Gallardo, a longtime member of the Passaic-Clifton District and parishioner of St. Mary Parish in Passaic, read the call to worship and said, “In the past 70 years, the women of our council have been among the primary evangelizers of the family, the Church and the world.” Msgr. John Demkovich, who serves in the diocesan Tribunal of-fice, is director of the diocesan Mission Office, and has served as the longtime moderator for the council, celebrated the Mass. To those present at the closing Mass, he said, “We thank the Blessed Mother who has stayed active in our lives and invites us to a deep-er love of her son, Jesus. Together, with Mary, the council has done wonderful things and we will con-tinue to pray to Mary.” Following the Mass, a final lunch-eon was held at La Riveria here where the council presented dona-tions from their treasury to three or-ganizations — The Passaic Neigh bor -hood Center for Women, led by Sister of Christian Charity Ann Marie Paul; diocesan Catholic Charities, led by Joe Duffy, president, and the diocesan mission office, led by Msgr. Demkovich. Every year of their ex-istence during the Christmas season, the council had helped local organ-izations but because this was their final meeting, they presented these gifts at the closing event. The Passaic-Clifton District Coun -cil of Catholic Women began on Sept. 22, 1944 with the blessing of then-Bishop Thomas McLaughlin, See 70 years on Page 2 INDEPENDENCE DAY — Tomorrow, July 4th, the United States will mark its 238th birthday and all of its citizens will celebrate and give thanks to God for the many freedoms they enjoy. Among them is religious freedom, and in a ruling on the HHS mandate by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week, it affirmed the premise that religious freedom is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. See story on page 3. © Jirkaejc / Dreamstime.com CLOSING MASS — Members of the Passaic-Clifton District Council of Catholic Women pray during a closing Mass for the council celebrated in Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church, Clifton, June 28 by Msgr. John Demkovich, the council’s moderator. Beacon photo / Cecile SanAgustin P HYSICAL , S PIRITUAL R ENOVATION By MICHAEL WOJCIK News Editor ROCKAWAY — Sacred Heart Church here has been undergoing significant physical renovations to its interior for its 90th birthday — some new paint, new plaster and Rockaway parishioners to be invited to renovate their faith lives through devotions to Sacred Heart of Jesus name,” said Father Sigmund Peplowski, pastor of both Sacred Heart and St. Cecilia parishes here. “We also hope to bring spiritual re-newal to the families of the parish.” The first-Friday devotions also will give parishioners the opportu-nity to venerate a first-class relic of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French nun and mystic, who pro-moted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in its modern form. Father Peplowski gave the relic to the parish, which he received years ago and which now sits in the sanctu-ary under a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart of Jesus represents not only his physical heart, but also his love for all mankind, the pastor said. During these devotions, faithful will sing the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus — 33 invocations, one for each year of Christ’s life — led by Derek Nelson, parish music director, who will include hymns, among them a few original com-positions. Father Peplowski said that he and another priest will hear confessions before the Mass, which will conclude each of Sacred Heart’s monthly devotions. Also, worshippers, who attend-ed the first Friday devotions can view a 12-part series on DVD about the 12 promises the Jesus made to those who honor his Sacred Heart [see sidebar on pg 6]. Christ made these promises privately to St. Margaret Mary in the 1670s, said Jennifer Nelson, administrator of the Kolbe Krew Family Rosary Group, who has been coordinating the new initiatives devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and also is the wife of the parish music director. “Father Peplowski asked my husband, Derek, and I to research the Sacred Heart of Jesus for our parish. I was surprised to learn about Jesus’ 12 promises, includ-ing ‘I will establish peace in fami-lies’ and ‘I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts,’ ” Nelson said. The parish started work on its “spiritual renovation” in the midst of its church’s “physical renovation,” which started a few months ago. See Renovation on Page 6 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS a slightly reconfigured sanctuary and soon a new “quiet room” for families and a newly reclaimed con-fessional. Next has come the time for parishioners of Sacred Heart, who worship in this church to un-dertake a “spiritual renovation”: a deepening of their devotion in the interiors of their households and their own hearts to the faith com-munity’s patron name, the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Morris County parish took the opportunity after the Feast of the Sacred Heart on June 27 to an-nounce its two-part spiritual initia-tive dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which will begin in September. It plans to hold devo-tions to the Sacred Heart — includ-ing Adoration, an invitation to re-ceive Reconciliation and attend Mass — on first Fridays of each month in the church. Families are also invited to consecrate their fam-ilies to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as part of an in-home Catholic blessing ceremony called an “en-thronement.” “As the church gets a physical SACRED HEART OF JESUS — A stained-glass window in Sacred Heart Church, Rockaway, depicts St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, in the 1670s, recei ving the 12 promises that Jesus made to those who honor his Sacred Heart. renovation, I want the parish to have a spiritual renovation. I want our faith community to become stronger in our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, our patron Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS 5 8 9 10-11

After 70 Years, Passaic-Clifton District Council Of Catholic Women Disbands

Cecile San Agustin

CLIFTON — After seven decades of service to the Church, the Passaic- Clifton District Council of Catholic Women held its final gathering with a closing Mass in Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church here June 28.

Since 1944, this group — made up of women from local parishes in the Passaic-Clifton area, who also belonged to their parish Rosary Societies — would join together in prayer, evangelization and in giving back to the Catholic community. Now after 70 years, with their numbers ever dwindling the council decided it was time to disband and for its members to focus on working within their own individual parishes for the greater good.

Elizabeth Gallardo, a longtime member of the Passaic-Clifton District and parishioner of St. Mary Parish in Passaic, read the call to worship and said, “In the past 70 years, the women of our council have been among the primary evangelizers of the family, the Church and the world.”

Msgr. John Demkovich, who serves in the diocesan Tribunal office, is director of the diocesan Mission Office, and has served as the longtime moderator for the council, celebrated the Mass. To those present at the closing Mass, he said, “We thank the Blessed Mother who has stayed active in our lives and invites us to a deeper love of her son, Jesus. Together, with Mary, the council has done wonderful things and we will continue to pray to Mary.”

Following the Mass, a final luncheon was held at La Riveria here where the council presented donations from their treasury to three organizations — The Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women, led by Sister of Christian Charity Ann Marie Paul; diocesan Catholic Charities, led by Joe Duffy, president, and the diocesan mission office, led by Msgr. Demkovich. Every year of their existence during the Christmas season, the council had helped local organizations but because this was their final meeting, they presented these gifts at the closing event.

The Passaic-Clifton District Council of Catholic Women began on Sept. 22, 1944 with the blessing of then-Bishop Thomas McLaughlin, the first bishop of the Paterson Diocese. He had learned of the National Council of Catholic Women at a bishops’ meeting in Washington and saw the value, the potential power and the eventuality of women’s ministry in the Church and decided that a council should be started in the Paterson Diocese. Bishops, who served in later years, continued to support the council, celebrating Masses, leading retreats and conventions, and speaking at annual communion breakfasts.

For decades, the council took part in the Paterson Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Spiritual Enrichment Day every Lenten season, which will continue to be held in the diocese. The Passaic-Clifton District was also active in helping the Little Sisters of the Poor who minister at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Totowa.

Loretta Sagan, a parishioner of St. Michael Byzantine Cathedral in Passaic, said, “A lot of us are considering this our 70th anniversary celebration as a council but it is with a heavy heart that we will no longer be gathering. Belonging to the council has filled my life especially during a time when I needed it. I have made many friends and we have done so much for others that I am amazed we were able to do.”

Another longtime member, Kathy Levendusky, a parishioner of St. Mary’s, said, “I felt a source of great inspiration belonging to the Council of Catholic Women in living my life and faith. We have learned so much from the women that served before us and I’m grateful to have been able to serve God in this way.”

While it is bittersweet for the women, Msgr. Demkovich reminded them: “This was in God’s plan and I know you will all continue to serve the Church in some way. You are all Rosarians and the Blessed Mother will always guide you.”

“This is also a new beginning for all of us. Being part of the council, we have learned and experienced so much. This will enable us to use those gifts and continue to be evangelizers in the Church of Paterson and in the world,” Levendusky said.

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Physical, Spiritual Renovation

Michael Wojcik

Rockaway parishioners to be invited to renovate their faith lives through devotions to Sacred Heart of Jesus ROCKAWAY — Sacred Heart Church here has been undergoing significant physical renovations to its interior for its 90th birthday — some new paint, new plaster and a slightly reconfigured sanctuary and soon a new “quiet room” for families and a newly reclaimed confessional.

Next has come the time for parishioners of Sacred Heart, who worship in this church to undertake a “spiritual renovation”: a deepening of their devotion in the interiors of their households and their own hearts to the faith community’s patron name, the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The Morris County parish took the opportunity after the Feast of the Sacred Heart on June 27 to announce its two-part spiritual initiative dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which will begin in September. It plans to hold devotions to the Sacred Heart- including Adoration, an invitation to receive Reconciliation and attend Mass — on first Fridays of each month in the church. Families are also invited to consecrate their families to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as part of an in-home Catholic blessing ceremony called an “enthronement.”

“As the church gets a physical renovation, I want the parish to have a spiritual renovation. I want our faith community to become stronger in our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, our patron name,” said Father Sigmund Peplowski, pastor of both Sacred Heart and St. Cecilia parishes here.“We also hope to bring spiritual renewal to the families of the parish.” The first-Friday devotions also will give parishioners the opportunity to venerate a first-class relic of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French nun and mystic, who promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in its modern form. Father Peplowski gave the relic to the parish, which he received years ago and which now sits in the sanctuary under a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart of Jesus represents not only his physical heart, but also his love for all mankind, the pastor said.

During these devotions, faithful will sing the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus — 33 invocations, one for each year of Christ’s life — led by Derek Nelson, parish music director, who will include hymns, among them a few original compositions.Father Peplowski said that he and another priest will hear confessions before the Mass, which will conclude each of Sacred Heart’s monthly devotions.

Also, worshippers, who attended the first Friday devotions can view a 12-part series on DVD about the 12 promises the Jesus made to those who honor his Sacred Heart [see sidebar on pg 6]. Christ made these promises privately to St. Margaret Mary in the 1670s, said Jennifer Nelson, administrator of the Kolbe Krew Family Rosary Group, who has been coordinating the new initiatives devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and also is the wife of the parish music director.

“Father Peplowski asked my husband, Derek, and I to research the Sacred Heart of Jesus for our parish. I was surprised to learn about Jesus’ 12 promises, including ‘I will establish peace in families’ and ‘I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts,’ ” Nelson said.

The parish started work on its “spiritual renovation” in the midst of its church’s “physical renovation,” which started a few months ago.

Contractors re-plastered and re-painted some walls, damaged by moisture. They also helped reconfigure the sanctuary. Plans also call for a former confessional to be expanded and repurposed as a “quiet room” for families; the renovation and reopening of another former confessional at the rear of the church; and the repainting of the church’s interior, Father Peplowski said.

Father Peplowski proposed the idea of rededicating the parish to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, while both Father Marcin Michalowski and Father Jesus Peralta, its parochial vicars, encouraged further research into Sacred Heart devotions.

The parish not only plans to help deepen the devotion of their faithful to the Sacred Heart of Jesus within the walls of its church, but also within the walls of their individual households. Families can schedule a visit by Sacred Heart’s priests to bless a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in their homes and consecrate their households in a Catholic ceremony, called an “enthronement.” House - holds that sign up to be consecrated receive a “kit” that includes an image of the Sacred Heart, prayers and other relevant materials, said Nelson, whose mission is to promote the initiative among parish and parish school families.

“This [enthronement] welcomes Jesus into the homes [of parishioners] and allows them to show that Jesus is the king of the household; that he rules their hearts and homes; and that, in this house, they will serve the Lord,” said Nelson. “It [the enthronement] makes the home the ‘domestic Church.’ After the consecration of our house, our family received many blessings — a healthy year for my children, and a problem- free pregnancy,” she said.

Each year, participating families are invited to re-consecrate themselves and their households to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in front of the image, Nelson said.

“I think that this is a great thing to do with families, because the VIII World Meeting of Families is coming up [set for September 2015 in Philadelphia], with the theme ‘Love is Our Mission,’ ” Nelson said. “It is really fitting to make the Heart of Christ the center of our homes.”

Information: (973) 627-0422 or kolbeskrew@gmail.com.

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