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7 DIO C E SA N C HILDREN’ S C HOIR BEING FORMED SUSSEX PASSAIC THE A W A RDWINNING NEW S P A PER OF THE R. C . DIO C E S E OF P A TER S ON, N.J. MORRIS 10/16/2014 H APPY A NNIVERSARY The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Men studying for priesthood grateful for help from donors to Bishop’s Annual Appeal By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER 12 2 ‘PIZZ A WITH THE BI S HOP’ NIGHT HELD A T DEP A UL CA THOLI C IN W A YNE 8-9 OUR L A DY OF MER C Y P A RI S H M A RK S C H A PEL’ S 160TH A NNIVER SA RY 10-1 1 12 14 15 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS O BITUARIES Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Rose of Lima Parish in East Hanover, Oct. 12, where he celebrated the 10:30 a.m. Mass. During the Mass, Gary Saitta and Tihana Mas, students at St. Rose of Lima Academy, are shown presenting Bishop Serratelli with a greeting card for his 10th anniversary as Bishop of Paterson. Every student and teacher at St. Rose of Lima Academy signed the card. For more photos, see page 4. CLIFTON Last May, Bishop Serratelli ordained six men to the priesthood for the Pater son Diocese in St. Philip the Apostle Church here. Currently, the Paterson Diocese has 65 semi-narians in the formation process studying in 10 different seminaries around the country and abroad. Since Bishop Serratelli became bishop of the Paterson Diocese 10 years ago, the increase in the number of voca-tions to the priesthood has risen dramatically as more and more men recognize God’s call. The opportunity for diocesan seminarians to be edu-cated and to be fully pre-pared to serve as priests relies on the help of the laity. As a result, seminarian education is one of the recipients of pledges made to the 2014 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. This year, under the theme “Be 2014 Bishop’s Annual Appeal an Ambassador for Christ,” the Bishop’s Annual Appeal aims to sup-port not only seminarian education but also diocesan Catholic Charities agencies; the Catholic Academy of Passaic County, which is comprised of schools in and surrounding inner-city areas; and Nazareth Village, the retired priests’ residence in Chester. “The number of seminarians now in formation is a blessing,” said Father Hubert Jurjewicz, diocesan director of vocations. “We need priests. But with such an increase in the number of seminar-ians there comes an in-creased need for funding for their education.” During the 2013-2014 year, the diocese has allocated more than $1,775,000 for seminar-ian education and ex-penses. On average, one year of priestly formation costs $45,000. According to Father Jurjewicz, the funds are generated in part through ANNUAL APPEAL on 16 SPIRITUAL ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE DIOCESE Boy Scout completes deeply personal rosary walk at OLGC Parish BY MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR [ EDITOR’ S NOTE: This is the eighth in a series featuring many of the shrines, prayer gardens, rosary walks and other devotional sites at parishes across the diocese. ] POMPTON PLAINS The large dark blue paving stones represent “Our Fathers.” while the smaller blue pavers stand for “Hail Marys.” Tucked along one side of Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Church here, an outdoor rosary walk — dedicated this past Sunday after-noon — sits, already welcoming parishioners to navigate its rectan-gular stone path in praying the Church’s popular devotion to the Blessed Mother or just taking time to reflect. In one corner, a 69-inch-high fiberglass statue of Our Lady of Fatima stands perched on a blue stone slab pedestal, looking out at all the faithful, who pray in this im-pressive new 862-square-foot devo-tional space. Standing in the prayer garden brings parishioner Janice Mielarczyk back 18 years ago, when Mary was looking out for her as she prayed the rosary during a high-risk pregnancy with her first child, Walter, who planned and construct-ed rosary walk for his Eagle Scout service project. “The Mielarczyk family hopes that this rosary walk becomes a blessing to the parish. We aren’t looking for blessings for ourselves. “I hope that it helps people … and hope it becomes a teaching tool, helping other people to learn about the rosary.” W ALTER M IELARCZYK This reminds us of how good Mary is and how we have been blessed. We thank God for our family,” said Janice Mielarczyk, whose family also includes husband, Robert, and an-other son, 12-year-Henry. “When I was pregnant with Walter, a special-ist told me that the baby would be mentally and physically challenged. She also feared that I would bleed to death during delivery. She sug-gested that I abort. But that’s not our family’s background as Catholics. All we could do is have the baby and pray,” she said. Standing on the stone pavers of the new rosary walk, Janice Mielarczyk remembers praying with a charismatic prayer group to which she belongs, the Servants of the Holy Cross. Group members gave her a tape of a recitation of the rosary, which she played in the car to keep her calm. She weathered a difficult delivery and proved the specialist wrong by giving birth to a healthy boy, who is now a senior ROSARY WALK on 6

Men Studying For Priesthood Grateful For Help From Donors To Bishop’s Annual Appeal

Cecile San Agustin

CLIFTON Last May, Bishop Serratelli ordained six men to the priesthood for the Pater son Diocese in St. Philip the Apostle Church here. Currently, the Paterson Diocese has 65 seminarians in the formation process studying in 10 different seminaries around the country and abroad.

Since Bishop Serratelli became bishop of the Paterson Diocese 10 years ago, the increase in the number of vocations to the priesthood has risen dramatically as more and more men recognize God’s call. The opportunity for diocesan seminarians to be educated and to be fully prepared to serve as priests relies on the help of the laity. As a result, seminarian education is one of the recipients of pledges made to the 2014 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

This year, under the theme “Be an Ambassador for Christ,” the Bishop’s Annual Appeal aims to support not only seminarian education but also diocesan Catholic Charities agencies; the Catholic Academy of Passaic County, which is comprised of schools in and surrounding innercity areas; and Nazareth Village, the retired priests’ residence in Chester.

“The number of seminarians now in formation is a blessing,” said Father Hubert Jurjewicz, diocesan director of vocations. “We need priests. But with such an increase in the number of seminarians there comes an increased need for funding for their education.”

During the 2013- 2014 year, the diocese has allocated more than $1,775,000 for seminarian education and expenses. On average, one year of priestly formation costs $45,000. According to Father Jurjewicz, the funds are generated in part through endowment interest and other sources but more than 90 percent of funds come from the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

“These men seek to give themselves entirely in service to our Lord and to His people as priests, Father Jurjewicz said. “In the midst of our distracted and distracting culture, they have heard the voice of Christ calling them to something worthy of themselves, a life of radical, priestly discipleship rooted in intimate prayer, joyful service and steadfast faithfulness to Church. In short, these men are seeking that their hearts become one with the heart of the Good Shepherd.”

One of the many diocesan seminarians is Deacon Paul Tomcyzk, who is in his final year of priesthood studies at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and is expected to be called to ordination next May. “Gratitude is the most appropriate response for the charity of others when I think about the Bishop’s Annual Appeal,” he said. “Without the prayers of the faithful, their generosity and continuous support, forming so many seminarians would not be possible.”

During his senior year in high school, Deacon Tomcyzk started to discern his vocation and grew in his personal relationship with the Lord. “Through all my childhood and adolescence years I felt close to God,” he said. “The last year in high school, however, was very special as I felt particularly strong about God’s calling me to the priesthood. Discerning what exactly God wanted me to do took time, a lot of prayer, and formation. A ‘vocational call’ is a gift, as St. John Paul II emphasized many times in his writings. And as such, it is something that should be accepted but also nourished and properly used for the good of the Church.”

Like many seminarians, Deacon Tomcyzk experiences long days as he studies for the priesthood during the week. As a deacon, he also helps out at local parishes, serving God’s people through various ministries on the weekend.

“Each of us tries to find a right balance, making sure that we take care of all four aspects — spiritual, intellectual, human and pastoral — of our formation. We pray, we study, we take care of ourselves and we serve the people at our pastoral placements,” said Deacon Tomcyzk.

In addition to tuition and room and board, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal helps with retreat costs, books and the half-year small stipend that the seminarians are paid to help with incidental expenses. A few of supplementary sources of seminarian support helps, Father Jurjewicz said. These sources include Knights of Columbus Councils and Serra Club.

To the faithful, Father Jurjewicz said, “I ask that you pray for our seminarians and that there be an increase in the number of men who hear the call to serve as priests in the Paterson Diocese. I especially thank those of you who consistently offer prayers and sacrifices for these men and for all our priests. If, in addition to your prayers, you can make a financial contribution of any size, it is always appreciated and we are grateful”

To support the appeal this past weekend, the In-Pew Commitment Weekend took place inviting parishioners to make a pledge or donation. Parishioners can provide financial support to the 2014 BAA through one-time gifts or pledges paid over several months with reminders, credit card contributions or on-line contributions. Legacy gifts to the BAA can also be considered.

Father Jurjewicz said, “I’d like to thank all the priests throughout the diocese who promote vocations by their joyful witness and love for Christ and his Church. These men are instrumental in helping plant and cultivate the seeds that lead to future priestly vocations. My deepest gratitude goes to you for your prayers and many other contributions. Our seminarians feel the love of the people in the diocese. In just a few short years, you will see the love they have for you as they serve you in the parishes. May God continue to bless us with the ‘problem’ of having so many good vocations.”

[Information: www.2014appeal.org or (973) 777-8818, ext. 215.]

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Boy Scout Completes Deeply Personal Rosary Walk At OLGC Parish

Michael Wojcik

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the eighth in a series featuring many of the shrines, prayer gardens, rosary walks and other devotional sites at parishes across the diocese.]

POMPTON PLAINS The large dark blue paving stones represent “Our Fathers.” while the smaller blue pavers stand for “Hail Marys.” Tucked along one side of Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Church here, an outdoor rosary walk — dedicated this past Sunday afternoon — sits, already welcoming parishioners to navigate its rectangular stone path in praying the Church’s popular devotion to the Blessed Mother or just taking time to reflect.

In one corner, a 69-inch-high fiberglass statue of Our Lady of Fatima stands perched on a blue stone slab pedestal, looking out at all the faithful, who pray in this impressive new 862-square-foot devotional space. Standing in the prayer garden brings parishioner Janice Mielarczyk back 18 years ago, when Mary was looking out for her as she prayed the rosary during a high-risk pregnancy with her first child, Walter, who planned and constructed rosary walk for his Eagle Scout service project.

“The Mielarczyk family hopes that this rosary walk becomes a blessing to the parish. We aren’t looking for blessings for ourselves.

This reminds us of how good Mary is and how we have been blessed. We thank God for our family,” said Janice Mielarczyk, whose family also includes husband, Robert, and another son, 12-year-Henry. “When I was pregnant with Walter, a specialist told me that the baby would be mentally and physically challenged. She also feared that I would bleed to death during delivery. She suggested that I abort. But that’s not our family’s background as Catholics. All we could do is have the baby and pray,” she said.

Standing on the stone pavers of the new rosary walk, Janice Mielarczyk remembers praying with a charismatic prayer group to which she belongs, the Servants of the Holy Cross. Group members gave her a tape of a recitation of the rosary, which she played in the car to keep her calm. She weathered a difficult delivery and proved the specialist wrong by giving birth to a healthy boy, who is now a senior at Pequannock High School, where he serves as president of the National Honor Society, and as captain of the track team and runs cross country.

In fact, Walter Mielarczyk and his brother, Henry, both crowned the statue of the Blessed Mother, during the dedication of the rosary walk on Oct. 12 after the noon Mass by Father Paul O’Donnell Duggan, OLGC’s pastor. Parishioners crowded around the new devotional space for the ceremony, which included the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard. Afterward, the parish Rosary Society led the assembly in praying a decade of the rosary, while walking the stone path, said Walter Mielarczyk.

“This [rosary walk] was a big project. It’s so special,” said 18-year-old, a member of Troop 79, who has submitted his application for Eagle Scout. “I hope that it helps people, who already are praying the rosary and hope it becomes a teaching tool, helping other people to learn about the rosary,” he said.

The rosary garden invites parishioners to pray a decade of the Marian devotion by walking around its edge on the pavers that represent either an “Our Father” or a “Hail Mary.” They also can sit on the two stone benches at the center of the rosary garden, where they can wait for other people to finish walking the rosary or just take time to reflect. Visitors are surrounded by a bed of bushes and flowers that now extend from the side of OLGC Church to the paving stones nearest the statue of Mary. The rosary walk joins two other statues of Mary on OLGC’s property, one to either side of the church’s main entrance.

No doubt, God’s providence played a big part in the conception and development of Walter Mielarczyk’s project.

“Other Scouts were doing projects for the town and other organizations, but I wanted to do something for the Church,” the Eagle Scout candidate said.

So Walter Mielarczyk Googled “Catholic Eagle projects.” The first entry in the search? “Rosary walk.” This very Marian project reminded Janice Mielarczyk about how sometimes situations in life come full circle. She remembered years ago, when Walter and Henry would stop by a small statue of Mary at Holy Spirit Parish, Pequannock, and pray a Hail Mary and thank God for three things on the way home from preschool there.

The rosary walk project began to take shape in the summer of 2013, when Walter Mielarczyk spoke to Father Duggan. Architect Patrice Van Acker — a friend of the family — and another professional, Douglas Rankin, helped the Eagle candidate design the rosary walk and plan out its construction, while the Boy Scout also consulted with the Rosary Society. During one weekend, the young man gave talks from the pulpit after Masses at OLGC to raise money for the projects — funds, which continue to pour in, he said.

Work on the project began this past summer and was beset by a few setbacks, including an issue of proper drainage in the grass next to the rosary garden and the need to relocate the Blessed Mother statue from the center of the devotional space to a corner, because of a power line that runs under the middle of it. Walter Mielarczyk led 31 Scouts, adult leaders and friends in completing the project by late September in time for the Oct. 12 dedication, he said.

“Already, people are coming to the rosary walk,” said Walter Mielarczyk days before the dedication and noted that the site is ready for use by parishioners and ministries, such as Rosary Society, which meets here on Fridays at 7 p.m.

Before the dedication, Father Duggan expressed great admiration for Walter Mielarczyk’s great achievement of completing the ambitious rosary walk.

“For a teenager to honor Our Lady for his Eagle Scout project is wonderful,” Father Duggan said. “I hope the rosary walk encourages more people to pray the rosary.”

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