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3 GROUP EX A MINE S S T. JOHN P A UL II’ S ‘LETTER TO WOMEN’ 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 10/23/2014 A D AY F ULL OF G RACE 12 4 BIBLE S TUDY The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard More than 2,400 diocesan pilgrims journey to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C. By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER C L ASS A T M A DI S ON P A RI S H S TUDIE S IMPORT A N C E OF W A TER IN SC RIPTURE DIO C E S E M A RK S WORLD MI SS ION S UND A Y O C T. 19 6-7 10-1 1 12 14 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS 5 Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS BEACON PHOTO | RICH GIGLI WASHINGTON It was a day “full of grace” and many blessings as more than 2,400 diocesan pilgrims spent Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in the nation’s capital to honor the Blessed Mother Oct. 18. The national shrine receives visits from dioceses around the country throughout the year and the diocese has hosted the pilgrimage every four years since 1973. This year, the diocesan contingent was the largest group in the state of New Jersey to visit the shrine. In Mary’s name, the diocesan pil-grimage began as early as 6 a.m. for many who boarded buses to head out on the five-hour journey. Some pilgrims visited Washington the day before for an overnight visit, which included trips with Bishop Serratelli to the shrine of Pope St. John Paul II and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. When diocesan pilgrims reached Washington, under sunny skies, they were welcomed by the bishop, who stood outside the steps of the basilica to greet everyone as they came out of their busses. Father Michael Rodak, coordinator of diocesan pil-grimages and pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Hewitt, also wel-comed the pilgrims from Sussex, Morris and Passaic counties to the event. To begin the Marian celebration, the Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary took place followed by visits to the more than 80 chapels dedi-cated to the saints and to the Blessed Mother such as chapels of Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady Queen of Peace, the Miraculous Medal and Our Lady of Mount Carmel. For a group of young Sisters of Christian Charity and international PILGRIMS on 8 FOR THE BLESSED MOTHER More than 2,400 pilgrims from the Paterson Diocese fill the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. during the diocesan Marian pilgrimage Oct. 18 led by Bishop Serratelli. FROM THE VATICAN Pope beatifies Paul VI, ‘great helmsman’ of Vatican II By ANN SCHNEIBLE (CNA / E W TN NE WS) VATICAN CITY Addressing those gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday for the beatification of Paul VI, Pope Francis reminded Christians who live out the Gospel message that they are “God’s newness” both “in the Church and in the world.” In his Oct. 19 homily, the pope said God is “continually surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways.” In so doing, “he renews us: he constantly makes us new. A Christian who lives the Gospel is ‘God’s newness’ in the Church and in the world. How much God loves this ‘newness!’” An estimated 70,000 people, in-cluding Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, were present at the Mass to cele-brate not only the closing of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, but also the life of Blessed Paul VI, who first established the Synod of Bishops as an institution of the Church designed to help the pope with his magisterial office. “When we look to this great pope, this courageous Christian, this tireless apostle,” the Holy Father said, in reference to Blessed, “we cannot but say in the sight of God a word as simple as it is heartfelt and important: thanks! “Thank you, our dear and beloved Pope Paul VI! Thank you for your humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his Church!” Referring to him has “the great helmsman of the Council,” Pope Francis cited Blessed Paul VI’s words at the closing of its final session: “Perhaps the Lord has called me and preserved me for this service not because I am particularly fit for it, POPE PAUL VI on 3

A Day Full Of Grace

Cecile San Agustin

More than 2,400 diocesan pilgrims journey to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C.

WASHINGTON It was a day “full of grace” and many blessings as more than 2,400 diocesan pilgrims spent Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in the nation’s capital to honor the Blessed Mother Oct. 18. The national shrine receives visits from dioceses around the country throughout the year and the diocese has hosted the pilgrimage every four years since 1973. This year, the diocesan contingent was the largest group in the state of New Jersey to visit the shrine.

In Mary’s name, the diocesan pilgrimage began as early as 6 a.m. for many who boarded buses to head out on the five-hour journey. Some pilgrims visited Washington the day before for an overnight visit, which included trips with Bishop Serratelli to the shrine of Pope St.

John Paul II and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land.

When diocesan pilgrims reached Washington, under sunny skies, they were welcomed by the bishop, who stood outside the steps of the basilica to greet everyone as they came out of their busses. Father Michael Rodak, coordinator of diocesan pilgrimages and pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Hewitt, also welcomed the pilgrims from Sussex, Morris and Passaic counties to the event.

To begin the Marian celebration, the Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary took place followed by visits to the more than 80 chapels dedicated to the saints and to the Blessed Mother such as chapels of Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady Queen of Peace, the Miraculous Medal and Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

For a group of young Sisters of Christian Charity and international sister-students at Assumption College in Mendham, seeing the different shrines was a highlight of the pilgrimage. Sister of Christian Charity Mary Joseph Schultz, who led the group of young religious, said, “We have a group of sisters from many countries and they were excited to see the shrines dedicated to Mary under different ethnic titles. Our Vietnamese sisters headed straight to see the Vietnamese Lady of La Ving Chapel. This pilgrimage really shows the great unity of our diocese.”

The apses in the basilica’s Great Upper Church retell the life of Jesus through the mysteries of the rosary depicted through mosaics. The basilica also remembers the many Americans who have helped to shape the Catholic Church in the United States in its Hall of American Saints.

Students from the three diocesan high schools — Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta, Morris Catholic High School in Denville and DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne — gave presentations at some of the shrines dedicated to Mary and some of the saints.

Summer Ramundo, a freshman at DePaul Catholic, gave a presentation on Our Lady of the Rosary located in the basilica’s Great Upper Church. Through her theology class, she was invited to give the presentation. “It’s my first time here and it is really beautiful,” she said.

Before the Votive Mass of the Annunciation, the rosary was recited with prayers being said in English, Italian, Polish, Tagalog and Spanish to represent some of the many languages spoken in the diocese. Afterward, the Divine Mercy Chaplet was said.

At the start of the bilingual Mass, Msgr. Walter Rossi, rector of the basilica, welcomed the diocesan pilgrims, who filled the basilica to standing room only. He thanked the many contributors to the pilgrimage for making the spiritual day so successful.

The Gospel at the Mass shared the Annunciation story in which the angel Gabriel tells Mary she will bear a son, who will be called Jesus. In response, Mary says, “yes” to God’s will for her.

In his homily, Bishop Serratelli spoke about the world today and the challenges the Church faces. “If ever there was a time that we need God’s help it is today,” he said. “We should never underestimate the place of the humble virgin of Nazareth to help us. When she said ‘yes’ to Gabriel’s message to be the Mother of Jesus, Mary accepted the role God had given her in the part of salvation for the whole world that was revealed over time and lasts till the end of time.”

The bishop said, “She became the Mother of the Church, protecting us, guiding us in all time. Gentle woman, peaceful Mary is our powerful advocate before the throne of God. She stands ready to lead us against any force. Against any evil that will destroy our faith, our lives. This day, as the great Diocese of Paterson with an obedience to the Lord, we come to Mary and we seek her intercession. May she obtain for each one of us the grace to be faithful to Christ’s Church, to stand firm in our faith, secure in our hope and ardent in our charity. May we be worthy sons and daughters of so noble a mother.”

Following the Mass, Father Rodak said, “We thank all of you for coming here to our National Shrine. Truly, this was a great spiritual day with the 2,400 people who came from our diocese.”

The pilgrimage was Father Rodak’s first time coordinating the diocesan event after following in the footsteps for Msgr. John Demkovich, diocesan director of the mission office and pastor emeritus of St. Mary Parish in Passaic. For 30 years, Msgr. Demkovich coordinated the pilgrimages and at the end of Mass, he was given a plaque in gratitude for his service.

At the end of the day, many pilgrims felt spiritually revitalized and were inspired by the bishop’s words.

Sophie Cisowski, a parishioner of St. Anthony Parish in Butler, said, “Today was really beautiful. Before I left my house, my husband told me to pray for peace in the world. Along with my personal intentions that was one of my prayers for the day — that we may have peace through Mary’s help.”

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Pope Beatifies Paul VI, ‘Great Helmsman’ Of Vatican II

Ann Schneible

VATICAN CITY Addressing those gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday for the beatification of Paul VI, Pope Francis reminded Christians who live out the Gospel message that they are “God’s newness” both “in the Church and in the world.”

In his Oct. 19 homily, the pope said God is “continually surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways.” In so doing, “he renews us: he constantly makes us new. A Christian who lives the Gospel is ‘God’s newness’ in the Church and in the world. How much God loves this ‘newness!’”

An estimated 70,000 people, including Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, were present at the Mass to celebrate not only the closing of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, but also the life of Blessed Paul VI, who first established the Synod of Bishops as an institution of the Church designed to help the pope with his magisterial office.

“When we look to this great pope, this courageous Christian, this tireless apostle,” the Holy Father said, in reference to Blessed, “we cannot but say in the sight of God a word as simple as it is heartfelt and important: thanks! “Thank you, our dear and beloved Pope Paul VI! Thank you for your humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his Church!”

Referring to him has “the great helmsman of the Council,” Pope Francis cited Blessed Paul VI’s words at the closing of its final session: “Perhaps the Lord has called me and preserved me for this service not because I am particularly fit for it, or so that I can govern and rescue the Church from her present difficulties, but so that I can suffer something for the Church, and in that way it will be clear that he, and no other, is her guide and savior.”

“In this humility,” Pope Francis continued, “the grandeur of Blessed Paul VI shines forth: before the advent of a secularized and hostile society, he could hold fast, with farsightedness and wisdom — and at times alone — to the helm of the barque of Peter, while never losing his joy and his trust in the Lord.”

Turning his attention to the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, which concluded its two-week course with the beatification of Paul VI, Pope Francis described the experience as one of “synodality and collegiality,” in which was felt “the power of the Holy Spirit who constantly guides and renews the Church.”

“The Church,” he said, “is called to waste no time in seeking to bind up open wounds and to rekindle hope in so many people who have lost hope.”

Citing the words of St. Paul, Pope Francis gave thanks to God for the gift of the Synod, and the constructive spirit shown by its participants. He called on the Holy Spirit, who, over the course of the synod, “has enabled us to work generously, in true freedom and humble creativity,” to “continue to guide the journey” toward the Ordinary Synod of Bishops, which will take place in October 2015.

“We have sown and we continued to sow,” he said, “patiently and perseveringly, in the certainty that it is the Lord who gives growth to what we have sown.”

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