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4 9D A Y NOVEN A FOR LIFE TO BEGIN ON J A N. 17 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 JANUARY 15, 2015 S IGN OF P EACE 6 3 7 BI S HOP VI S IT S TOTOW A P A RI S H FOR FE AS T OF THE B A PTI S M OF THE LORD S E C OND IN THREE P A RT S ERIE S ON S YNOPTI C GO S PEL S LOOK S A T S T. LUKE 5 6 8-9 10-1 1 12 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Diocese to host young adult Mass with Bishop Serratelli at St. Paul Inside the Walls By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI Y OUTH W HAT T O D O V IEWPOINT C LASSIFIEDS O BITUARIES Young parishioners of St. James Parish in Totowa exchange a sign peace during the Mass celebrated by Bishop Serratelli for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jan. 11, as part of his pastoral visit to the parish. For more photos, see page 3. MADISON One of the most excit-ing and challenging times in life is that milestone of young adulthood. College graduates begin their first career jobs. Some meet the love of their life. There are marriages and then the birth of a first child. Others simply find out who they are. Because of these life moments, and realizing that a strong rela-tionship with the Jesus Christ and his Church is essential to any young adult’s daily life, the St. Paul’s Young Adults at St. Paul Inside the Walls: The Diocesan Evangelization Center at Bayley-Ellard here is host-ing its first young adult Mass with Bishop Serratelli at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17. All young adults in the Paterson Diocese from the ages 21 to 39 are invited to attend the special gathering. Following the Mass, a young adult social with refreshments will take place. The evening will end at 9 p.m. Monique Carron, who ministers to young adults at St. Paul’s, said, “We are so honored and excited to bring together all the young adults of the diocese with the bishop to bring in the new year. This will be a great opportunity to worship to-gether and spend time with the bish-op. His presence shows how impor-tant young adult ministry is to him and to the Paterson Diocese.” In addition to the Mass with the bishop, the young adult ministry at St. Paul’s hosts several events throughout the year including a Mass every Sunday at 11 a.m. at the center. On Wednesdays, the min-istry also hosts young adult nights beginning with 7 p.m. Mass. There is a different theme each Wednesday night, including trivia nights, men’s and women’s groups, fireside chats and pub nights. To stay connected, the ministry has a Facebook page listing all the events. MASS WITH BISHOP on 2 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity set for Jan. 18–25 By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER Parishes across the diocese to take part in annual event Jesus met with the Samaritan woman by the well. The theme and text for each year’s observance are chosen and prepared by representatives of the Ponti fical Council for Promoting Chris tian Unity and representatives of the World Council of Churches. Jim Milway, a parishioner at St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Sparta and a member of the Sparta Ecumenical Council, said, “With so many things going on in the world, it’s more im-portant than ever that religions come and stand together in peace and unity. We are supposed to love our neighbor, help the poor and be for peace not war.” The Sparta service will be held in St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan 18, followed by a social and networking gathering. At Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church in Little Falls, the parish’s Methodist churches of Little Falls, organized this year’s event, which will be held Jan. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in the church. Msgr. Mark Condon, pastor of Holy Angels, will open the service with a welcome to all at-tending. Special music will be pro-vided by the parish choir. Also hosting a service is the Passaic Ecumenical Committee, which is comprised of 20 Passaic churches. Bishop Kurt Burnette of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic will be homilist for the an-nual prayer service at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Hungarian Reformed Church in Passaic. An ecumenical choir will lead the congregation in song. Those attending are asked to ECUMENICAL OBSERVANCE on 2 CLIFTON Throughout the diocese, parishes will be joining together with other Christian denominations to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an international Christian ecumenical observance, which will be celebrated from Jan. 18 to 25. The observance began in 1908 as the Octave of Christian Unity, and fo-cused on prayer for church unity. The January dates were specifically pro-posed by Graymoor Father Paul Wattson, co-founder of his order, to cover the days between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul and therefore have a symbolic significance to the celebration. This year’s theme is “Jesus said, ‘Give me a drink,’” ( Jn 4:7) when Justice and Peace Committee in con-junction with the Episcopal, First and Second Reformed and

Diocese To Host Young Adult Mass With Bishop Serratelli At St. Paul Inside The Walls

Cecile San Agustin

MADISON One of the most exciting and challenging times in life is that milestone of young adulthood. College graduates begin their first career jobs. Some meet the love of their life. There are marriages and then the birth of a first child. Others simply find out who they are.

Because of these life moments, and realizing that a strong relationship with the Jesus Christ and his Church is essential to any young adult’s daily life, the St. Paul’s Young Adults at St. Paul Inside the Walls: The Diocesan Evangelization Center at Bayley-Ellard here is hosting its first young adult Mass with Bishop Serratelli at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17. All young adults in the Paterson Diocese from the ages 21 to 39 are invited to attend the special gathering. Following the Mass, a young adult social with refreshments will take place. The evening will end at 9 p.m.

Monique Carron, who ministers to young adults at St. Paul’s, said, “We are so honored and excited to bring together all the young adults of the diocese with the bishop to bring in the new year. This will be a great opportunity to worship together and spend time with the bishop. His presence shows how important young adult ministry is to him and to the Paterson Diocese.”

In addition to the Mass with the bishop, the young adult ministry at St. Paul’s hosts several events throughout the year including a Mass every Sunday at 11 a.m. at the center. On Wednesdays, the ministry also hosts young adult nights beginning with 7 p.m. Mass. There is a different theme each Wednesday night, including trivia nights, men’s and women’s groups, fireside chats and pub nights. To stay connected, the ministry has a Facebook page listing all the events.

Trevor Jones, who also ministers to young adults at St. Paul’s, said, “When you come to any one of our gatherings whether it’s Mass, social or service, you walk away feeling inspired. You feel an active faith life is still relevant and it’s crucial to the development of our lives.”

In its six years of existence, St. Paul’s has hand more than 600 young adults come through the doors to participate in different activities. Currently about 100 young adults are active in the various offerings at St. Paul’s. During those six years, the members of the ministry have reached significant milestones in their own lives. There have been several marriages, children have been born and some members have answered God’s call to them to religious life — entering the seminary or a religious order.

“No matter what stage people are in in their lives, it’s important we show we care about them,” said Jones. “Whether they are here for a month or are still involved, we are happy to be with them on their next step in the journey of faith. Young adulthood is a really special time. It’s a time when most of us asked ourselves, ‘Where does God fit in my life?’ ”

While many dioceses show a significant gap in the young adult population at Masses in their churches, the St. Paul’s Young Adults believe that is not the case in the Paterson Diocese.

For Carron, who joined the group about four years ago and began to serve two years ago, the ministry has been life changing. “The first time I came to St. Paul’s I felt so inspired and free to deepen, explore and live out my faith. When you are among peers and friends your same age, it empowers you to grow in faith. The community at St. Paul’s is so special in that,” she said.

While many young adults are active at St. Paul’s, the ultimate goal is for them to be active in their local parishes. Allan Wright, academic dean at St. Paul’s, said, “Young adults are the future leaders and heart of the Church. We hope this place is a welcoming place for them to encounter the living faith. It is a great witness to older parishioners at their churches to see the presence of young adults or a young family. It is a sign of life that the Church is alive.”

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Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Diocese+To+Host+Young+Adult+Mass+With+Bishop+Serratelli+At+St.+Paul+Inside+The+Walls/1906318/242304/article.html.

Week Of Prayer For Christian Unity Set For Jan. 18–25

Cecile San Agustin

Parishes across the diocese to take part in annual event

CLIFTON Throughout the diocese, parishes will be joining together with other Christian denominations to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an international Christian ecumenical observance, which will be celebrated from Jan. 18 to 25.

The observance began in 1908 as the Octave of Christian Unity, and focused on prayer for church unity. The January dates were specifically proposed by Graymoor Father Paul Wattson, co-founder of his order, to cover the days between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul and therefore have a symbolic significance to the celebration.

This year’s theme is “Jesus said, ‘Give me a drink,’” (Jn 4:7) when Jesus met with the Samaritan woman by the well. The theme and text for each year’s observance are chosen and prepared by representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and representatives of the World Council of Churches.

Jim Milway, a parishioner at St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Sparta and a member of the Sparta Ecumenical Council, said, “With so many things going on in the world, it’s more important than ever that religions come and stand together in peace and unity. We are supposed to love our neighbor, help the poor and be for peace not war.”

The Sparta service will be held in St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan 18, followed by a social and networking gathering.

At Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church in Little Falls, the parish’s Justice and Peace Committee in conjunction with the Episcopal, First and Second Reformed and Methodist churches of Little Falls, organized this year’s event, which will be held Jan. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in the church. Msgr. Mark Condon, pastor of Holy Angels, will open the service with a welcome to all attending. Special music will be provided by the parish choir.

Also hosting a service is the Passaic Ecumenical Committee, which is comprised of 20 Passaic churches. Bishop Kurt Burnette of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic will be homilist for the annual prayer service at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Hungarian Reformed Church in Passaic. An ecumenical choir will lead the congregation in song. Those attending are asked to bring non-perishable food items to be distributed to the needy of Passaic by the Salvation Army and United Passaic Organization Food Bank. There will be a social after the service.

Christian churches in Vernon Township in Sussex County will also gather together to pray and work for Christian Unity with an evening service during the week on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. at the McAfee Bible Church.

Milway said, “The Christian Unity Service has always been a beautiful service. With today’s times, we all need to be more involved in peace, unity and brotherhood. I’m hopeful that together we can make it happen.”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Week+Of+Prayer+For+Christian+Unity+Set+For+Jan.+18%E2%80%9325/1906328/242304/article.html.

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