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SUSSEX 4 MORRI S TOWN P A RI S H PO S THUMOU S LY HONOR S DRE 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 NOVEMBER 20, 2014 8 1 10-1 15 REUNION LE A D S TO C ON C ERT A T H AS KELL P A RI S H 6 R ETREAT & S HRINE G UIDE 8 W HAT T O D O 12 Y OUTH 13-14 V IEWPOINT 16 O BITUARIES 17-19 C LASSIFIEDS DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Pope Francis confirms visit to U. S . next year Pope Francis on Monday officially an-nounced that he would visit the U.S. in September 2015, for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on what is expected to be a more ex-tensive papal visit to U.S., including a visit to New York City. “I wish to confirm, if God wills it, that in September 2015 I will go to Philadelphia for the Eighth World Meeting of Families.” he announced at Vatican City’s Synod Hall Nov. 17 during his remarks at an interna-tional colloquium on the comple-mentarity of man and woman. The Philadelphia World Meeting of Families will take place from Sept. 22 to 27. Even before the pope’s an-nouncement, the meeting was ex-pected to draw tens of thousands of people. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia had told a gathering of Catholic bishops last week that a papal visit would likely result in crowds of about 1 million. A global Catholic event, the world meeting seeks to support and strengthen families. St. John Paul II founded the event in 1994, and it takes place every three years. Archbishop Chaput had previously VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) I T ’ S O FFICIAL ! C OUPLE S RENEW VOW S A T S ILVER & GOLD M ASS POPE TO VISIT U.S. Pope Francis CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY | DANIEL IBÁÑEZ announced Monday that he will visit the U.S. next year for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia Sept. 22-27. hinted that Pope Francis would at-tend the 2015 meeting, although he cautioned that the visit had not been officially confirmed. In March 2014, a Pennsylvania delegation including Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter visited the Vatican to help encourage the pope to visit the U.S. Last Thursday, Archbishop POPE FRANCIS on 2 BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI Bishop installs pastor at Dover parish Bishop Serratelli leads the congregation in applause for SOLT Father Derek Anderson after officially installing him as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Dover at Mass on Nov. 16. For more photos and story, see page 9. FAMILY FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM Notre Dame Parish helps families reflect on what really matters in life By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER CEDAR KNOLLS In today’s world filled with busy schedules, the latest technology and fast-paced lifestyles, Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Parish here has found a way that allows parents to come together with their children to reflect on what really mat-ters most in life — family and faith. This year, the parish launched its Family Faith Formation program, a new component to its religious edu-cation, which aims at nurturing the whole family’s faith formation rather than only the children attending CCD. “Faith family formation is a bless-ing. We have found that one of our greatest pastoral challenges is also a tremendous pastoral joy. Bishop Serratelli reminded us years ago about the power of evangelization in our personal lives and the life of the parish. Pope Francis speaks to all Christians challenging us to remem-ber our roots,” said Benedictine Father Jude Salus, pastor of Notre Dame. “As we celebrate our identity, we recall our missionary mandate in Baptism. What better place to nourish and nur-ture that reality than in our family life reconnecting singles, couples and parents to the new evangelization.” Notre Dame’s first formation ses-sion was held last month, which is dedicated to the Blessed Mother and the rosary. Taking aside two hours for one day in mid-October, more than 400 families were in attendance taking part with their children to the various sessions offered. Children en-gaged in activities while parents and teens in the Confirma tion program listened as Steven Kass spoke about forgiveness and the Luminous Mys -teries of the rosary. As a remem-brance of the day, each family was given a gift bag to bring home to continue their faith journey and pray the rosary together at home. The next session will be held this weekend, bringing families together to learn more about the Feast of Christ the King, which will be ob-served on Nov. 23. During Lent, fam-ilies will be able to attend faith for-mation on one of the Fridays to pray the Stations of the Cross. Joanne DePasquale-Parent, the Confirmation coordinator and youth minister, said, “Through examining the trends in our culture and in our Church, seeds were being planted within us to explore a different and more meaningful approach to reli-gious education. Through research WHAT REALLY MATTERS on 2

It’s Official! Pope Francis Confirms Visit To U.S. Next Year

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News)

Pope Francis on Monday officially announced that he would visit the U.S. in September 2015, for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to U.S., including a visit to New York City.

“I wish to confirm, if God wills it, that in September 2015 I will go to Philadelphia for the Eighth World Meeting of Families.” he announced at Vatican City’s Synod Hall Nov. 17 during his remarks at an international colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman.

The Philadelphia World Meeting of Families will take place from Sept. 22 to 27. Even before the pope’s announcement, the meeting was expected to draw tens of thousands of people. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia had told a gathering of Catholic bishops last week that a papal visit would likely result in crowds of about 1 million.

A global Catholic event, the world meeting seeks to support and strengthen families. St. John Paul II founded the event in 1994, and it takes place every three years.

Archbishop Chaput had previously hinted that Pope Francis would attend the 2015 meeting, although he cautioned that the visit had not been officially confirmed. In March 2014, a Pennsylvania delegation including Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter visited the Vatican to help encourage the pope to visit the U.S.

Last Thursday, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the head of the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations, told the Associated Press “if he comes to Philadelphia, he will come to New York.”

The 70th anniversary of the U.N.’s founding would be “the ideal time” for a papal visit, the archbishop said Nov. 13. Next year also marks the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s 1965 visit to the U.N., the first such visit from a Pope.

However, despite the anticipation of the pope’s possible visit to New York and Washington while in the U.S., Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi told journalists shortly after the announcement that as of now nothing else is confirmed.

The pope, he explained, “didn’t say anything about any other steps or moments in his trip to America. He guaranteed his presence to the organizers of the World Day for Families, but as for the rest, I have no concrete information.”

The World Meeting of Families will take place shortly before the October 2015 meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, which will discuss the mission of the family in the Church and in the world.

At the last World Meeting of Families in Milan, Italy in 2012, more than 1 million people representing 153 nations attended a papal Mass with Pope Benedict XVI.

The 2015 meeting’s theme is “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” The Philadelphia meeting will mark the first time that the event will be held in the United States.

Although few details of the papal visit have made public, organizers for the families’ congress expect Pope Francis to arrive Sept. 25 for an afternoon public visit with civic officials.

That would begin his first trip as pope to the United States and the second papal visit to Philadelphia in a generation; St. Pope John Paul II visited the city in 1979. The visit will mark the fourth time a sitting pontiff has visited the U.S.

During his visit, Pope Francis is expected to celebrate a public Mass for an estimated 1 million people on Sept. 26 on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in full view of the crowds arrayed from the museum down the Ben Franklin Parkway.

Donna Farrell, executive director for the 2015 World Meeting of Families and its chief planner, said although Philadelphia has hosted St. Pope John Paul’s visit, the city has “not had anything like this unique Festival of Families. It’s really going to be something special.”

Registration for the 2015 World Meeting of Families began on Nov. 10.

Information: www.worldmeeting2015.org. On Facebook: www.facebook.com/WorldMeeting2015. On Twitter: twitter.com/WMF2015.

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Notre Dame Parish Helps Families Reflect On What Really Matters In Life

Cecile San Agustin

CEDAR KNOLLS

In today’s world filled with busy schedules, the latest technology and fast-paced lifestyles, Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Parish here has found a way that allows parents to come together with their children to reflect on what really matters most in life — family and faith.

This year, the parish launched its Family Faith Formation program, a new component to its religious education, which aims at nurturing the whole family’s faith formation rather than only the children attending CCD.

“Faith family formation is a blessing. We have found that one of our greatest pastoral challenges is also a tremendous pastoral joy. Bishop Serratelli reminded us years ago about the power of evangelization in our personal lives and the life of the parish. Pope Francis speaks to all Christians challenging us to remember our roots,” said Benedictine Father Jude Salus, pastor of Notre Dame. “As we celebrate our identity, we recall our missionary mandate in Baptism. What better place to nourish and nurture that reality than in our family life reconnecting singles, couples and parents to the new evangelization.”

Notre Dame’s first formation session was held last month, which is dedicated to the Blessed Mother and the rosary. Taking aside two hours for one day in mid-October, more than 400 families were in attendance taking part with their children to the various sessions offered. Children engaged in activities while parents and teens in the Confirmation program listened as Steven Kass spoke about forgiveness and the Luminous Mysteries of the rosary. As a remembrance of the day, each family was given a gift bag to bring home to continue their faith journey and pray the rosary together at home.

The next session will be held this weekend, bringing families together to learn more about the Feast of Christ the King, which will be observed on Nov. 23. During Lent, families will be able to attend faith formation on one of the Fridays to pray the Stations of the Cross.

Joanne DePasquale-Parent, the Confirmation coordinator and youth minister, said, “Through examining the trends in our culture and in our Church, seeds were being planted within us to explore a different and more meaningful approach to religious education. Through research We found family faith formation studies conclude that homes modeling vibrant faith create enduring faith in children. Strong families of authentic faith, produce lasting faith. What really matters is faithfulness and diligence in faith formation, not perfection.”

To make the program a success, the staff at Notre Dame prepared for months. Under - standing fully the busy schedules families face, the staff made sure to take that into consideration but also reminded families that faith needs to remain an active and a vital part in their children’s lives. DePasquale-Parent, a mother of three sons, thought about her own family and said, “The real blessing for me in exploring Family Faith Formation is that it has given me pause to reflect on the faith formation of my own family. We focus so much of our time and energy on the physical and mental wellbeing of our sons. But how are we doing with fostering their spiritual wellbeing? Do we spend as much time focusing on our faith as we do on their educational and athletic endeavors?”

She thought about the many committed hours spent on sports during a week and realized asking families to take a few hours a day a few times a year for Family Faith Formation wasn’t a lot but, in fact, essential.

DePasquale-Parent said, “Researching the recent trends and what the needs are, we see that more and more young people are disconnecting to the world. If we can help our families get stronger and help families produce lasting faith, we will see a real difference in the world.”

Starting this journey into family faith formation, the staff was hopeful the program would catch on but now feel it is a real success story for thei parish community due to the overwhelming response it has received.

To other parishes considering family formation, DePasquale-Parent said, “Take the risk. Don’t be afraid. You may get some resistance from parents but don’t let that deter you. If God is calling your parish ministry to do this, then do it. To see families coming together and praying more is totally worth it. We have to do something that challenges and moves hearts. This has been a wonderful experience.”

Following the first session, the parish conducted a survey to see where they can improve and enhance the program. In the survey, many families commented that they appreciated the time they got to spend with their children in this way.

Father Jude said, “I’ll admit it is a handful with almost 900 children and teens and change isn’t easy, but it makes us so aware that we are alive. I have a staff out of heaven and a parish family that knows it’s time for a richer, deeper involvement.”

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