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2 MORRI S CA THOLI C H. S . ONE OF 14 IN N A TION TO P A RTNER WITH C R S 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 APRIL 23, 2015 P ARTNERS IN F AITH 5 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard ‘Tangible results’ from campaign can be seen throughout Diocese By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER 6-10 P A RTNER S IN F A ITH PLEDGE S HELPING CA THOLI C C H A RITIE S , SC HOOL S , P A RI S HE S , INNER C ITY WOMEN, RE S TOR A TION OF CA THEDR A L IN P A TER S ON 4-5 W HAT T O D O 1 1-13 V IEWPOINT 14-15 C LASSIFIEDS HISTORIC RESTORATION UNDER WAY Looking down Grand Street in Paterson, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is seen wrapped in scaffolding all the way to the top tower. Phase one of the historic restoration of the cathedral is well under way, thanks to parishioners’ pledges to Partners in Faith, the capital and endowment campaign for the Diocese of Paterson. CLIFTON Today, the essential work of the Catholic Church, rooted in faith and tradition, is needed more than ever in a world that is changing at a lightning-fast pace. Keeping faith traditions while meeting the ever-increasing needs of its people, the Paterson Dio -cese has worked tirelessly to plan for a better tomor-row by ensuring that the Church can continue its good and holy work. And with the help of Partners in Faith (PIF), the capital and endowment campaign of the Paterson Diocese, it is doing just that. Through the generosity of faithful Catholics in the diocese, $61 million was pledged during the campaign’s active fundraising phase in 2012-13. Because of the overwhelming suc-cess of this campaign, the diocese is able to extend its reach even fur-ther to the poor; to foster important Catholic values to school children; to assist those priests with health care needs; and to repair and ren-ovate both the inside and outside of the Mother Church of the Diocese, the Cathedral of St. John Baptist in Paterson. “I want to say again how grateful I am to the thousands upon thou-sands of parishioners who pledged so gener-ously to our Partners in Faith campaign,” said Bishop Serratelli. “During the phase of the campaign when parishes were actively involved in raising funds for the different needs in Partners in Faith, we could only dream about the impact these funds would have. Now, it is great to see the tangible results of this historic PIF on 7 Diocese helps promote ‘A Quick Journey Through the Bible’ series By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Providing a helicopter tour of Scripture from a Catholic perspective Participants told The Beacon that they learned that the Old Testament and New Testament not only trace ancient history from Adam and Eve to the Resurrection of Christ, but al-so tell a singular narrative of Salvation history. “We have had a positive response to ‘A Quick Journey.’ We have learned to comprehend the Bible by seeing it in a timeline perspective in a short amount of time. This gave us an eye-opening understanding of the Bible,” said Deirdre Nemeth, St. Vincent’s director of religious edu-cation, who introduced the parish to the series, published by Ascension Press. “The fact that it was only eight sessions was appealing to our parishioners and made it easier for them to decide to commit to it.” The diocesan Office of Cate -chetics has been helping to promote “A Quick Journey” by hosting two workshops, one in November and another in January, which familiar-ized local parish directors of reli-gious education and catechists with the program, which many faith com-munities around the diocese cur-rently are utilizing. Shannon Civetta who helps Ascension Press in New Jersey and who also organizes Bible studies at her home parish of Resurrection in Randolph, presented these workshops at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangeli zation, Madison. “ ‘A Quick Journey’ gives partici-pants a helicopter tour of Scripture from a Catholic perspective. It organ-izes the books of the Bible on a time-line, which is a simple way to see the narrative of Scripture from the be-ginning to Jesus,” said SOLT Father Derek Anderson, director of the Office of Catechetics and pastor of St. Mary Parish, Dover. “It’s an historical pro-gression that provides a foundation for a deeper understanding of Scripture and, therefore, Jesus.” Ascension Press recommends that sessions last between 90 minutes to 2 hours, guided by the following for-mat: a 5-10 minute review of last week’s material and a brief overview BIG PICTURE on 3 STIRLING Many Catholics find it dif-ficult to read, understand and apply the teachings of Bible to their own lives because they get lost in its com-plexity and don’t realize that it need not be read straight through like a novel. That’s because Scripture con-sists of 73 books that were not com-piled in chronological order of the events. Also, the Bible was written over many years by different authors at different times. Recently, two groups of faithful at St. Vincent de Paul Parish here undertook the daunting task of ex-amining the “big picture” of the Bible, during the eight sessions of the “Great Adventure: A Quick Journey through the Bible” series.

‘Tangible Results’ From Campaign Can Be SeenThroughout Diocese

Cecile San Agustin

CLIFTON Today, the essential work of the Catholic Church, rooted in faith and tradition, is needed more than ever in a world that is changing at a lightning-fast pace. Keeping faith traditions while meeting the ever-increasing needs of its people, the Paterson Diocese has worked tirelessly to plan for a better tomorrow by ensuring that the Church can continue its good and holy work. And with the help of Partners in Faith (PIF), the capital and endowment campaign of the Paterson Diocese, it is doing just that.

Through the generosity of faithful Catholics in the diocese, $61 million was pledged during the campaign’s active fundraising phase in 2012-13. Because of the overwhelming success of this campaign, the diocese is able to extend its reach even further to the poor; to foster important Catholic values to school children; to assist those priests with health care needs; and to repair and renovate both the inside and outside of the Mother Church of the Diocese, the Cathedral of St. John Baptist in Paterson.

“I want to say again how grateful I am to the thousands upon thousands of parishioners who pledged so generously to our Partners in Faith campaign,” said Bishop Serratelli. “During the phase of the campaign when parishes were actively involved in raising funds for the different needs in Partners in Faith, we could only dream about the impact these funds would have. Now, it is great to see the tangible results of this historic campaign.”

Diocesan Catholic Charities agencies have already been making capital improvements on aging buildings; parishes have already received two annual checks representing their parish share of the funds received over their goal, and the historic restoration of the Cathedral of St. John is moving along at a brisk pace.

“These and other plans are under way as the faithful continue to support the campaign through the redemption of their pledges,” the bishop said.

Msgr. James Mahoney, diocesan vicar general and pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham Township, said, “As campaign chairman for Partners in Faith as well as a pastor, I am well aware of the monumental effort taken by hundreds of parish volunteers, staff and pastors to make the campaign such a success. As the pledges are paid, it is exciting to see great things begin to happen in all parts of the diocese.”

Coordinated by the diocesan Development Office, with the assistance of Graham-Pelton Consulting, Partners in Faith took place in four phases beginning with five model parishes that kicked off the campaign in September 2012. As the campaign unfolded, parishioners were asked to make one-time gifts or pledges that could be paid over time through 2018. To make the campaign as successful as it was, pastors and lay teams in the parishes made extraordinary efforts to inspire parishioners to participate in the campaign based on its case elements. The campaign concluded in December 2013, exceeding its goal of $40 million by more than $20 million.

Tim Potter, diocesan director of development, said, “As a development director, it is great to work so hard on a campaign with so many other committed people and see such a successful result. However, what is even better is to see all the good work that begins to take place as a result of the fundraising effort. That is what makes all the planning and energy worthwhile. The pledge totals that were tallied each week in parishes during the active phase of the campaign become more than just passive numbers on a sheet of paper. With the funds now beginning to be used for the various campaign case elements, they are becoming a concrete expression of what we believe as Catholics. They become a visible sign to all that our faith is alive and well throughout Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties.”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/%E2%80%98Tangible+Results%E2%80%99+From+Campaign+Can+Be+SeenThroughout+Diocese/1987405/255247/article.html.

Diocese Helps Promote ‘A Quick Journey Through The Bible’ Series

Michael Wojcik

Providing a helicopter tour of Scripture from a Catholic perspective

STIRLING Many Catholics find it difficult to read, understand and apply the teachings of Bible to their own lives because they get lost in its complexity and don’t realize that it need not be read straight through like a novel. That’s because Scripture consists of 73 books that were not compiled in chronological order of the events. Also, the Bible was written over many years by different authors at different times.

Recently, two groups of faithful at St. Vincent de Paul Parish here undertook the daunting task of examining the “big picture” of the Bible, during the eight sessions of the “Great Adventure: A Quick Journey through the Bible” series. Participants told The Beacon that they learned that the Old Testament and New Testament not only trace ancient history from Adam and Eve to the Resurrection of Christ, but also tell a singular narrative of Salvation history.

“We have had a positive response to ‘A Quick Journey.’ We have learned to comprehend the Bible by seeing it in a timeline perspective in a short amount of time. This gave us an eye-opening understanding of the Bible,” said Deirdre Nemeth, St. Vincent’s director of religious education, who introduced the parish to the series, published by Ascension Press. “The fact that it was only eight sessions was appealing to our parishioners and made it easier for them to decide to commit to it.”

The diocesan Office of Catechetics has been helping to promote “A Quick Journey” by hosting two workshops, one in November and another in January, which familiarized local parish directors of religious education and catechists with the program, which many faith communities around the diocese currently are utilizing. Shannon Civetta who helps Ascension Press in New Jersey and who also organizes Bible studies at her home parish of Resurrection in Randolph, presented these workshops at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangeli zation, Madison.

“ ‘A Quick Journey’ gives participants a helicopter tour of Scripture from a Catholic perspective. It organizes the books of the Bible on a timeline, which is a simple way to see the narrative of Scripture from the beginning to Jesus,” said SOLT Father Derek Anderson, director of the Office of Catechetics and pastor of St. Mary Parish, Dover. “It’s an historical progression that provides a foundation for a deeper understanding of Scripture and, therefore, Jesus.”

Ascension Press recommends that sessions last between 90 minutes to 2 hours, guided by the following format: a 5-10 minute review of last week’s material and a brief overview of the current session; 30 minutes watching a DVD presentation by Jeff Cavins, the series’ host and a biblical scholar; and remaining 45 minutes to an hour for discussion, guided by a facilitator, who leads the group through eight questions found in participants’ workbooks. The facilitator’s workbook contains the answers to the questions to help keep the conversation on topic, Civetta said.

“A Quick Journey” helps participants “see how the major people, places, events and Bible fit together within the central story woven throughout Scripture; learn the 12 major time periods of salvation history and the story told in the 14 narrative books of the Bible; discover the six covenants God made with humanity, leading to the establishment of the Catholic Church; [and] see how the 14 narrative books fit in with the other 59 books of the Bible,” according to promotional materials by Ascension Press.

Catholics need to understand Salvation history in order to understand Catholicism and to make sense of their own lives — “be it as a husband, a wife, a priest or religious or whatever it might be” — and eternity, Cavins said in a promotional video for “A Quick Journey.”

Recently, St. Vincent’s finished “A Quick Journey,” which it offered during two sessions: one on Thursday evening and another on Sunday mornings. In December, Civetta visited the Morris County parish to conduct several two-hour family faith sessions, “Advent Bible Timeline,” for first- to fifthgraders and their parents. She led activities and storytelling that helped explain that “the many great and historical stories of the Bible all fit together to tell us one big story of the first Advent — waiting for the birth of Christ,” said Nemeth, who previously introduced “A Quick Journey” to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Boonton, while on staff there.

One participant at St. Vincent’s, Mike Epple, compared the biblical timeline of “A Quick Journey” to a table of contents of a book, which he asserted “is the first step to grasping the enormous body of work.”

“If you can simply understand the timeline of the Bible, you understand the main framework of the Bible and where to look to reference a subject matter,” Epple said. “I enjoyed this particular Bible study because it accomplished just that — an understanding of the timeline of the Bible on the level of the layperson without attempting an in-depth interpretation of each chapter and verse, which unfortunately would take an incredible amount of time.”

Another “A Quick Journey” participant at St Vincent’s, Ginny Gallic, called the Bible series “an inspiring experience.”

“Having read, studied and prayed through the Bible for many years, the timeline put order into my knowledge of what I knew and it helped me to go deeper into my understanding of God’s word,” Gallic said. “It was truly a personal encounter with Our Father’s plan of Salvation history that includes me. It taught me, above all, to trust God each day with his plan for my life,” she said.

[Information: Shannon Civetta at (973) 979-7864 or ascensionpress.com.]

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Diocese+Helps+Promote+%E2%80%98A+Quick+Journey+Through+The+Bible%E2%80%99+Series/1987407/255247/article.html.

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