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Outreach, training programs listed for center Bishop visits Sacred Heart Parish in Clifton 2 N EWSPAPER OF THE D IOCESE OF P ATERSON , N. J. N O . 25 V OL . 48 > J ULY 10, 2014 > 5 T HE B ODY OF C HRIST Faithful, responding to need to feed the hungry, fill food pantries for summer By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN Reporter in action. “When you give people of faith the op-portunity to respond to a need, you will witness how generous people are especially when they DENVILLE — Every summer, food pantries at know the need is genuine.” Trish Vitaletti, pastoral associate at St. Mary’s, diocesan Catholic Charities agencies and at parish-es struggle, never able to keep enough food on who coordinated the volunteer effort to sort the food, said, “This is really overwhel -their shelves to feed the hungry ming to see the response from so during June, July and August. many in the diocese. I never seen Not this summer. “ I have had so much peanut butter in my life.” Thanks to an overwhelming re-dozens of was the same scene at a stor-sponse from the faithful to the first parishioners and age It facility owned by Catholic diocesan-wide Corpus Christi food pastors comment Charities on Spring Street in drive conducted at parishes at Paterson, where donations from weekend Masses June 21-22, on what a pantries will be able to feed the wonderful act of parishes in Passaic County were and at the Partnership for hungry all through the summer love the collection brought, Social Services Family Center in months. is. I have to say Franklin, which was the drop-off At the school gym at St. Mary’s point for donations from parishes Prep here last week, truckload af-back at you. in Sussex County. Both were also ter truckload of food kept arriving You and your filled to the brim with food dona-filling it from one end to the oth-parishioners tions from the diocese’s first Feast er. St. Mary’s was the drop-off point for food donations collected made it happen. ” of Corpus Christi Food Drive, which was initiated by Bishop by parishes in Morris County. The J OSEPH D UFFY , PRESIDENT , Serratelli to alleviate the annual entire gym was filled table-to-table DIOCESAN C ATHOLIC shortage of food experienced in and wall-to-wall with food as vol-C HARITIES the summer at food pantries at unteers from the parish and also diocesan Catholic Charities agen-from St. Pius X Parish in Montville, sorted it to create a makeshift supermarket sep-cies and parishes. Together, 84 parishes partici-arating food items by putting items such as pated in the food drive. In a letter to the faithful early in June announc-canned vegetables on one table and cereal on ing the food drive, the bishop wrote: “The urgent another. Father Martin Glynn, pastor of St. Mary’s, be-cry to feed the hungry is as a old as the Scriptures See Food pantries on Page 3 lieves the success of the food drive showed faith H EARTFELT P RAYERS On June 16, the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Bishop Serratelli administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to young people in the Vietnamese community at St. Cecilia Parish in Rockaway. Pictured here are women belonging to the choir praying during the Mass. For more photos see page 12. Beacon photo / Joe Gigli ‘E XALT ’ By MICHAEL WOJCIK News Editor CHESTER — An enthusiastic group of parish-ioners of St. Lawrence the Martyr here has Parishioners at St. Lawrence in Chester learning how to live life in the Holy Spirit We Go from Here?” the evening’s presen-ters, the New Jersey-based 2Tim4 Ministries, explored with participants the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit — wisdom, understand-ing, counsel, knowledge, piety, fortitude and fear of the Lord — and the Charisms of the Holy Spirit — among them praying in tongues, healing, word of knowledge, prophecy, deliverance. “We want believers to stir up the gifts of the Spirit that they had received in Baptism and Confirmation (as described in 2 Timothy 1:6) through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as described in the Acts of the Apostles, which also is a wonderful tool of evange-lization. We need to exercise these gifts. They will only grow stronger,” said Father Bozza, who also has been involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Paterson Diocese for many years. “We want opportu-nities for people to be brought into the life of the Spirit each month here at St. Lawrence through worship of the Lord in word and song.” The Eucharist also is an evangeliza-tion tool, he said. The “Exalt” mission in June followed an-other Spirit-filled mission series, “Fire It Up,” which was led by 2Tim4 Ministries here from May 17 to 21 and attracted about 120 peo-ple. During the June mission, Dan Dirkes led praise in song and spoke about the impor-tance of the Mass. His wife, Caroline, led prayers, encouraged the faithful to “be open to God” and witnessed about how the gifts of the Spirit have strengthened her faith and her evangelization efforts. “Come to the Lord in prayer. He wants to speak to us,” said Caroline Gambale-Dirkes, who with Dan, have three young children. See ‘Exalt’ on Page 4 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS started to learn how to be “brought into the life of the Holy Spirit,” which inspires them to a “different way of living, attentive to the promptings of God in the Holy Spirit,” ac-cording to Father Nicholas Bozza, pastor. About 70 faithful from St. Lawrence gath-ered in the church on June 30 evening for “Exalt,” the second of what might become monthly mission experiences at the parish to help them live this new life in the Holy Spirit. During the mission, which included prayer, praise, witness, Adoration and Benediction, participants had the opportu-nity to learn more about receiving some of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Charisms of the Holy Spirit and tapping in-to their power to deepen their own faith and lead other people to a meaningful relation-ship with Christ. Guided by mission’s theme, “Where Do 7 BETHLEHEM UNIVERSITY STUDENTS SPEND SIX WEEKS SERVING AT DIOCESAN CATHOLIC CHARITIES W HAT T O D O COMING NEXT WEEK: A NEW SUMMER SERIES, “A SPIRITUAL ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE DIOCESE,” WILL BEGIN THAT WILL FEATURE SHRINES, PRAYER GARDENS, ROSARY WALKS AND DEVOTIONALS IN THE DIOCESE Y OUTH V IEWPOINT C LASSIFIEDS 5 6 8-9 10-11

The Body Of Christ

Cecile San Agustin

Faithful, responding to need to feed the hungry, fill food pantries for summer

DENVILLE — Every summer, food pantries at diocesan Catholic Charities agencies and at parishes struggle, never able to keep enough food on their shelves to feed the hungry during June, July and August.

Not this summer.

Thanks to an overwhelming response from the faithful to the first diocesan-wide Corpus Christi food drive conducted at parishes at weekend Masses June 21-22, pantries will be able to feed the hungry all through the summer months.

At the school gym at St. Mary’s Prep here last week, truckload after truckload of food kept arriving filling it from one end to the other. St. Mary’s was the drop-off point for food donations collected by parishes in Morris County. The entire gym was filled table-to-table and wall-to-wall with food as volunteers from the parish and also from St. Pius X Parish in Montville, sorted it to create a makeshift supermarket separating food items by putting items such as canned vegetables on one table and cereal on another.

Father Martin Glynn, pastor of St. Mary’s, believes the success of the food drive showed faith in action. “When you give people of faith the opportunity to respond to a need, you will witness how generous people are especially when they know the need is genuine.”

Trish Vitaletti, pastoral associate at St. Mary’s, who coordinated the volunteer effort to sort the food, said, “This is really overwhel - ming to see the response from so many in the diocese. I never seen so much peanut butter in my life.”

It was the same scene at a storage facility owned by Catholic Charities on Spring Street in Paterson, where donations from parishes in Passaic County were brought, and at the Partnership for Social Services Family Center in Franklin, which was the drop-off point for donations from parishes in Sussex County. Both were also filled to the brim with food donations from the diocese’s first Feast of Corpus Christi Food Drive, which was initiated by Bishop Serratelli to alleviate the annual shortage of food experienced in the summer at food pantries at diocesan Catholic Charities agencies and parishes. Together, 84 parishes participated in the food drive.

In a letter to the faithful early in June announcing the food drive, the bishop wrote: “The urgent cry to feed the hungry is as a old as the Scriptures and as recent as today’s headlines…. Each year we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi as the summer begins. Conducting a diocesan- wide food drive in all our parishes to literally feed the Body of Christ is a wonderful way to observe this feast.”

Carlos Roldan, director of the food pantry at Father English, said, “This was the greatest idea ever. I really thank Bishop Serratell and Joe Duffy (president of diocesan Catholic Charities). Because of this, we believe we will have enough food until September.”

For the past several years, the food pantries of the diocese experienced massive shortages during the summer calling for emergency food collections and appeals. Catholic Charities relies heavily on parishes and schools for donations. With many parishioners on vacation during the summer and with schools closed, there is far less food donated. Also, many school-age children receive free meals and snacks during the school year but not when school year is over, so families are in need of more food for them during the summer.

To make the food collection a success, each parish was assigned a specific food item to collect to ensure sufficient supplies of the basic food needs were even. Food items included cereal, pancake mix, coffee, tea, juice, canned fruits and vegetables, tuna fish, rice, beans, pasta and snacks. Catholic Charities also sent out informational packets to each parish.

The food collected will help almost 9,000 people, who come to Catholic Charities each month in need of food. The collection will also assist the growing number of parishes that operate their own food pantries across the diocese.

“I know it won’t end hunger in our land, but it has assured no one coming to our pantries for food this summer will go without food as well as at parish pantries in need,” Duffy said. “The outpouring of support has been tremendous. As I traveled around the diocese since the collection and just before it, I have had dozens of parishioners and pastors comment on what a wonderful act of love the collection is. I have to say back at you. You and your parishioners made it happen.”

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‘EXALT’

Michael Wojcik

Parishioners at St. Lawrence in Chester learning how to live life in the Holy Spirit

CHESTER — An enthusiastic group of parishioners of St. Lawrence the Martyr here has started to learn how to be “brought into the life of the Holy Spirit,” which inspires them to a “different way of living, attentive to the promptings of God in the Holy Spirit,” according to Father Nicholas Bozza, pastor.

About 70 faithful from St. Lawrence gathered in the church on June 30 evening for “Exalt,” the second of what might become monthly mission experiences at the parish to help them live this new life in the Holy Spirit. During the mission, which included prayer, praise, witness, Adoration and Benediction, participants had the opportunity to learn more about receiving some of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Charisms of the Holy Spirit and tapping into their power to deepen their own faith and lead other people to a meaningful relationship with Christ.

Guided by mission’s theme, “Where Do We Go from Here?” the evening’s presenters, the New Jersey-based 2Tim4 Ministries, explored with participants the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit — wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, piety, fortitude and fear of the Lord — and the Charisms of the Holy Spirit — among them praying in tongues, healing, word of knowledge, prophecy, deliverance.

“We want believers to stir up the gifts of the Spirit that they had received in Baptism and Confirmation (as described in 2 Timothy 1:6) through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as described in the Acts of the Apostles, which also is a wonderful tool of evangelization. We need to exercise these gifts. They will only grow stronger,” said Father Bozza, who also has been involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Paterson Diocese for many years. “We want opportunities for people to be brought into the life of the Spirit each month here at St. Lawrence through worship of the Lord in word and song.” The Eucharist also is an evangelization tool, he said.

The “Exalt” mission in June followed another Spirit-filled mission series, “Fire It Up,” which was led by 2Tim4 Ministries here from May 17 to 21 and attracted about 120 people. During the June mission, Dan Dirkes led praise in song and spoke about the importance of the Mass. His wife, Caroline, led prayers, encouraged the faithful to “be open to God” and witnessed about how the gifts of the Spirit have strengthened her faith and her evangelization efforts.

“Come to the Lord in prayer. He wants to speak to us,” said Caroline Gambale-Dirkes, who with Dan, have three young children.

During this interactive mission, the Dirkes invited some participants from the May mission to speak about how God answered their prayers. One woman said that, now, she can breathe through her nose with no troubles, unlike before. Another woman claimed that the Holy Spirit inspired her son to speak at his wedding about how Jesus has influenced his life. A man said that the presence of the Blessed Sacra ment during Adoration helped him “focus on God.”

“God knows how to fill us the gifts the Holy Spirit,” said Gambale-Dirkes, who added that some believers receive certain gifts immediately, while others receive them later on. “We have the Baptism of the Spirit, because God wants us to love Him more and more and to love other people. God fills us with love, so we can become love,” she said.

During her witness, Gambale-Dirkes credited the Holy Spirit with filling her with the gift of knowledge of Scripture, which inspired her to change her life in college, which included drinking and some sexual activity. The Spirit also brought into her life people, who practiced good, solid values and also people, who needed the benefit of her gifts of wisdom and counsel, she said.

Strumming lightly on his acoustic guitar, Dirkes spoke about the importance of participating at Mass, adding, “When we mean the words we are singing, God answers.”

“When we learn to worship God, He can do great things. Invite the Lord [into your hearts], so you can be changed into the image of God,” said Dirkes, who led the congregation in singing contemporary songs of faith and praise, like “The Air I Breathe” by Marie Barnett, aided by lyrics that were displayed on a large screen.

Then, Father Bozza and the Dirkes joined other people who have been baptized in the Spirit, divided into groups around the church, and invited participants to come up and to pray for their intentions, be prayed over or receive the Bap tism of the Holy Spirit upon request. Afterward, Father Bozza led the congregation in Bene - diction to conclude the spiritual evening.

It was Father Bozza, who brought these two recent missions to St. Lawrence, similar to some Spirit-filled spiritual opportunities that he brought to his last assignment, St. Michael Parish, Netcong, where he served as pastor for 14 years. The Netcong church also has hosted events for Catholic Charis matic Renewal in the diocese, which has been building upon the modern form of this movement, which started in February 1967. Back then, several faculty members and students on retreat at Duquesne Univer sity, Pittsburgh, claimed to have experienced the Baptism of the Spirit. The movement has spread all around the world, the pastor said.

“This [attendance at the missions] has turned out to be much greater than I had foreseen. Participants have spoken enthusiastically about their faith. They also come from all ages [from teens to seniors], which says something about people’s thirst for God,” said Father Bozza. The pastor plans to invite parishioners to the N.J. Catholic Charis matic Conference, set Friday-Sunday, Aug. 15-17 at Immaculate Heart Academy, Wash ington Township, which will feature a presentation by one of the original Duquesne retreatants.

One participant of the missions, Bill McCormick, noted, the faithful of St. Lawrence “have been enjoying them.”

“Father Nick has a great love of the Lord,” said McCormick, a St. Lawrence parishioner since 1979. “This [the experience of Spirit-filled mission] is deepening the faith of the community and is bringing us to a greater realization of how important God is to us.”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/%E2%80%98EXALT%E2%80%99/1756698/216741/article.html.

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