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C ONFE SS ION S EVERY MOND A Y NIGHT IN EVERY C HUR C H, 78:30 P.M. UNTIL M A R C H 23 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 FEBRUARY 26, 2015 R ITE OF E LECTION 13 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER 129 catechumens selected by Bishop to everyone who comes to this Rite of Election, grateful for the gift of those who are entering the Church filled with the Holy Spirit. As we enter this Rite of Election, we pray for those who not only accepted the call but also we pray for whoever is here asking for God’s call to salvation through Christ Jesus.” The catechumens have been 2 8 BI S HOP M A RK S S T A RT OF LENT A T AS H WEDNE S D A Y M ASS E S FOR GOLD A W A RD, GIRL SC OUT LOOK S FOR 1,000 GOOD DEED S 12 13 14-15 17 18-20 Y OUTH W HAT T O D O V IEWPOINT O BITUARIES C LASSIFIEDS CLIFTON On the First Sunday of Lent in dioceses around the world, the Rite of Election was held as catechumens took a step closer to receiving the Sacraments of Initia -tion — Baptism, Confirmation and Eu charist — at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, April 4. The Rite of Election was celebrated by bishops worldwide who, in the presence of the community, declared the Church’s approval of the catechu-mens for the celebration of the three Sacraments of Initiation. In the Paterson Diocese on Feb. 22, in St. Philip the Apostle Church here, Bishop Serratelli for-mally selected — or elected — 129 individuals from across Passaic, Morris and Sussex coun-ties, who publicly made the choice to become fully initiated members of the Roman Catholic Church. Inscribed forever in the Book of the Elect at parishes around the diocese, priests and religious edu-cation directors presented the bishop with the names that have been enrolled at their parish. Receiving the three Sacraments of Initiation will be 66 adults in “I can’t wait. When I first walked into Our Lady of Conso -lation I felt so much love in the room.” M ARY M C D ONALD BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI BOOK OF THE ELECT Father Derek Anderson, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Dover, presents Bishop Serratelli with the Book of the Elect from his parish. Bishop Serratelli signed the Book of the Elect from parishes around the diocese at the annual Rite of Election held on the First Sunday of Lent, Feb. 22 in St. Philip the Apostle Church, Clifton. parishes around the diocese. Also present were 63 children, who will be baptized and some who will also receive First Communion. To begin the Rite of Election, Bishop Serratelli said, “Welcome learning about the faith through their parish’s Rite of Christian Ini -ti ation of Adults (RCIA), the Church’s official process by which new members are prepared for the Sacraments of Initiation. Father Leonardo Lopez, paro -chial vicar at St. Michael Parish in Netcong, gave the homily in CONTINUED on 10 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS ST. PAUL INSIDE THE WALLS MADISON A cradle Catholic, Tom Healey of Christ the King Parish, New Vernon, certainly looks to the Word of God to help guide him through his consider-able success as a distinguished leader in various fields, including finance, education, government, the Church and philanthropy. Yet this former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury for domestic fi-nance under President Reagan al-so subscribes to a Moran philoso-phy that has made a big impact Noted business leader speaks about his life of faith ‘Learn, Earn, Return’ By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR on him — that life is divided into three parts: first, you learn; then, you earn; and then, you return. “It’s a powerful idea — giving back to others,” said Healey, founder and managing partner at Healey Development LLC, who spoke recently at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here — the latest in its series of conversations about faith, life and work, called “Speaking of Faith.” Healey sat behind a small table in a classroom at St. Paul’s, speak-ing with Father Manning, its execu-tive director and diocesan vicar for evangelization, who asked him a series of insightful questions about his extensive life of faith and serv-ice to others. Listening in on inti-mate conversation was an enthusi-astic and engaged audience that in-cluded Christ the King parishioners, members of St. Paul’s and many of Healey’s professional colleagues, who were allowed to ask him their own questions toward the conclu-sion of the program. “ ‘Speaking of Faith’ is a series of interviews with noted Catholics, where we ask them to reflect on the concept of God and about the integration of faith with life,” said Father Manning in his introduction. A funny and fascinating guest, Healey has lived what might seem several lifetimes. His professional resume, government service, per-sonal experiences and charitable work, including philanthropy that has benefited the Paterson ‘LEARN, EARN, RETURN’ on 7

Rite Of Election

Cecile San Agustin

129 catechumens selected by Bishop

CLIFTON On the First Sunday of Lent in dioceses around the world, the Rite of Election was held as catechumens took a step closer to receiving the Sacraments of Initiation — Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist — at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, April 4. The Rite of Election was celebrated by bishops worldwide who, in the presence of the community, declared the Church’s approval of the catechumens for the celebration of the three Sacraments of Initiation.

In the Paterson Diocese on Feb. 22, in St. Philip the Apostle Church here, Bishop Serratelli formally selected — or elected — 129 individuals from across Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties, who publicly made the choice to become fully initiated members of the Roman Catholic Church.

Inscribed forever in the Book of the Elect at parishes around the diocese, priests and religious education directors presented the bishop with the names that have been enrolled at their parish. Receiving the three Sacraments of Initiation will be 66 adults in parishes around the diocese. Also present were 63 children, who will be baptized and some who will also receive First Communion.

To begin the Rite of Election, Bishop Serratelli said, “Welcome to everyone who comes to this Rite of Election, grateful for the gift of those who are entering the Church filled with the Holy Spirit. As we enter this Rite of Election, we pray for those who not only accepted the call but also we pray for whoever is here asking for God’s call to salvation through Christ Jesus.”

The catechumens have been learning about the faith through their parish’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), the Church’s official process by which new members are prepared for the Sacraments of Initiation.

Father Leonardo Lopez, parochial vicar at St. Michael Parish in Netcong, gave the homily in spanish and Father Przemyslaw Nowak, parochial vicar at Assumption Parish in Morristown, gave the homily in English.

Following the homilies, the catechumens were presented to the bishop and both their sponsors and the assembly made an official affirmation. Then recognition of the enrolled names was presented to the bishop in the Book of the Elect. The catechumens were then asked to stand as an act of admission or election.

To end the Rite of Election, Bishop Serratelli congratulated the catechumens and addressed them: “The Church of Paterson and everyone here rejoices with you. The fact that you have accepted the call to be a Christian and to be a part of the Church that Jesus Christ himself has founded is a sign of the Holy Spirit working in you. I ask you, not only as you prepare for Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation but also in the days ahead before you are fully initiated, that you have that fire in your heart that you will know Christ and share him with others. We live in a time when to be a Christian calls for great heroism. In the Middle East, we hear every day the horror and the barbaric brutality that is being inflicted on fellow Christians who are being tortured and beheaded for believing in Jesus Christ. Today is a time for martyrs. We may not be called to give our blood as those heroes or those saints in the Church were, but we are called to do the same, to be martyrs in our own lives. A martyr is someone who gives constant witness to Jesus and by the joy of our lives invites others to know Christ Jesus, the Savior.”

After the ceremony, a light reception was held in the school gym at St. Philip’s that brought together the catechumens, their sponsors, priests from their parish and the bishop.

Receiving sacraments at the Easter Vigil will be Mary McDonald of Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Wayne. She shared her excitement at becoming fully initiated in the Church, saying: “I can’t wait. When I first walked into Our Lady of Consolation I felt so much love in the room.” A newlywed, McDonald felt called to become full initiated in the Church from her husband, Gary, whom she married last March. “I’m looking forward to sharing one faith together as husband and wife,” she said.

Also receiving the Sacraments of Initiation will be Maurice Nicholson of St. Mary Parish in Dover, who admits feeling nervous but at the same time excited. “The whole process has given me a good feeling,” he said.

The 21-year old, who came to the Rite of Election with his family and his pastor, Father Derek Anderson, said, “One day, I woke up and realized becoming Catholic is the path I should take. All the people have been so accepting and welcoming.”

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Noted Business Leader Speaks About His Life Of Faith

Michael Wojcik

‘Learn, Earn, Return’

MADISON A cradle Catholic, Tom Healey of Christ the King Parish, New Vernon, certainly looks to the Word of God to help guide him through his considerable success as a distinguished leader in various fields, including finance, education, government, the Church and philanthropy. Yet this former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury for domestic finance under President Reagan also subscribes to a Moran philosophy that has made a big impact on him — that life is divided into three parts: first, you learn; then, you earn; and then, you return.

“It’s a powerful idea — giving back to others,” said Healey, founder and managing partner at Healey Development LLC, who spoke recently at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here — the latest in its series of conversations about faith, life and work, called “Speaking of Faith.”

Healey sat behind a small table in a classroom at St. Paul’s, speaking with Father Manning, its executive director and diocesan vicar for evangelization, who asked him a series of insightful questions about his extensive life of faith and service to others. Listening in on intimate conversation was an enthusiastic and engaged audience that included Christ the King parishioners, members of St. Paul’s and many of Healey’s professional colleagues, who were allowed to ask him their own questions toward the conclusion of the program.

“ ‘Speaking of Faith’ is a series of interviews with noted Catholics, where we ask them to reflect on the concept of God and about the integration of faith with life,” said Father Manning in his introduction.

A funny and fascinating guest, Healey has lived what might seem several lifetimes. His professional resume, government service, personal experiences and charitable work, including philanthropy that has benefited the Paterson Diocese, could fill an issue of The Beacon. He served has served as senior director of Goldman Sachs & Co. And spent eight years at Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., as head of the Corporate Finance Department, among other positions in finance, according to his resume.

In government, Healey served as former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury for domestic finance under President Reagan in the 1980s, on the U.S. Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council in the 1990s and on the federal Securities Industry Protection Corporation as director. Today, Healey serves on a bi-partisan commission — appointed by Gov. Chris Christie — to find serious solutions to New Jersey’s entitlement crisis. He also had lectured at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Healey also has been active in the Church and charities. He chairs the Rockefeller Foundation Investment Committee; has served on the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management; and financially supports many institutions including St. Paul’s, diocesan Catholic Charities and the Tri-County Scholarship Fund. He has won many honors, including a Hall of Fame Award from Tri-County in 2011 and a Caritas Award from Catholic Charities in 2012.

Toward the start of the conversation at St. Paul’s, Healey described his typical Catholic upbringing in Baltimore in a devout family that produced a Maryknoll missionary priest, his brother Joseph. This prompted Father Manning to ask, “When did you become a conscious Catholic, internalizing the faith?”

“I don’t know that I was never not a conscious Catholic. I haven’t been tested yet,” said Healey, who later admitted confronting a serious challenge after his mother suffered a stroke at 62, leaving her brain dead. “The doctors convinced us [the family] that they couldn’t do anything. I had to understand that and think it through,” he said.

Later, Healey spoke about his tenure as an assistant U.S. Treasury secretary, noting, “I felt patriotic. I was with people who also were trying to do the right thing. It also was a less corrosive time in Washington back then than it is today.”

Then, Father Manning asked Healey how such a busy person as himself has maintained the “consistent practice” of Catholicism throughout his life.

“I’m married to a person with the same values. We reinforce each other and go to church together. We also have belonged to great parishes,” said Healey, married to Margaret, who together, have two children and nine grandchildren. “At work, I demonstrate integrity. I can be happy with friends if they are not Catholic, but they have to have similar values and make visible those values,” he said.

Toward the end of the conversation, Father Manning asked Healey, “What image of God is the most powerful to you?”

“For me, it’s purgatory. It’s a merciful thing. I’m not optimistic that I will go straight to heaven, but it shows that I’m on the right road,” said Healey, who was graduated from Georgetown University in 1964 and Harvard Business School in 1966.

Then, Healey suggested that audience members “use your imagination and connections,” when engaging in philanthropy, especially to “amplify smaller gifts for larger impact.”

“It’s about more than your check,” said Healey, who solicited inexpensive philanthropic ideas from audience members and gave some examples.

After the conversation with Healey that night, Father Manning noted, “What struck me about Tom is that he is so humble and unassuming. By developing and using the gifts that God has given to him, he has made a major impact on the world and the Church.”

The “Speaking of Faith” series concludes at St. Paul’s on Wednesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. with Kerry Weber, managing editor of America Magazine.

[Information: St. Paul Inside the Walls at (973) 377-1004.]

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