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7 P A RI S HE S TO P A RTNER WITH e CA THOLI C FOR NEW WEB S ITE 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 JUNE 4, 2015 A NNUAL E UCHARISTIC C ATECHESIS 12 4 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard 153 First Communicants meet with Bishop, take part in Benediction, May Crowning By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER BI S HOP FO C U S E S ON C HUR C H’ S ‘ SA VING ME SSA GE OF THE GO S PEL’ DURING R A DIO A PPE A R A N C E BI S HOP C ELEBR A TE S M ASS FOR FE AS T OF THE MO S T HOLY TRINITY IN HEWITT P A RI S H 5 10-1 1 12 14-15 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS 16 Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS CLIFTON In joyful celebration for their making First Holy Com munion, 153 children from parishes across the Paterson Diocese met with Bishop Serratelli at St. Philip Church here May 31, the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. The annual Eucharistic Catechesis and Celebration for First Communicants is one of the Bishop’s favorite diocesan events. During the meeting with the children, who re-ceived First Communion at their home parishes earlier in the month, the Bishop taught them about the sacrament they had received. Bishop Serratelli said to the chil-dren, “Jesus is the son of God and he wanted to be with us always so he gave us the Eucharist, which is truly his body and blood — the soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. When we receive Holy Communion, it is not a symbol. It is not bread and it is not wine anymore. When we re-ceive Jesus, who is the Bread of Life, we become the Body of Christ in the world today.” Following his catechesis, the children were invited to ask the Bishop questions. Many of the ques-tions were about Jesus, faith and BEACON PHOTO | RICH GIGLI A GIFT FROM THE BISHOP Bishop Serratelli presents children who participated in the diocese’s Annual Eucharistic Catechesis and Celebration for First Communicants with a gift to remember the day at St. Philip Church in Clifton May 31. the Bishop himself. The first question was from one young girl, who asked the Bishop, “Where do you get all this informa-tion?” Parents laughed as the Bishop answered, “Hours and hours and hours of studying and once in a while I take a short cut and use the Internet.” Some other questions included what is the difference between a bishop and a cardinal and how do you become a religious sister. The Bishop was happy to answer both questions explaining to the children about vocations and asking the chil-dren to pray to God to give them the answer to what God wants them to do in their lives. The last question asked was, “When you die does your body go to heaven?” The Bishop answered, “That is an excellent question. In a little while, we are going to make a procession around the church with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The reason why we walk in procession is to symbolize our journey with Christ and that we want Jesus to be with us our whole lives so that when our life comes to an end we can be with Jesus. Now, death comes to everyone. It is not a happy thing. When we lose our grandpar-ents or other loved ones, we are sad because we love them and we want to be with them. We are made with a body and a soul. When death comes to us, our body stops func-tioning and our soul goes to God.” The catechetical session was fol-lowed by a Crowning of the Blessed FIRST COMMUNION on 8 Bishop appoints new superintendent of diocesan schools Deputy superintendent of schools also named By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER CLIFTON Bishop Serratelli an-nounced this week the appointment of Mary Baier as diocesan Super -intendent of Schools and Deborah Duane, as Deputy Super intendent of Schools. Baier has been the dioce-san Deputy Superintendent of Schools since 2010 and Duane is currently the principal of St. Virgil Academy in Morris Plains. Holy Cross Brother William Dygert, the current diocesan super-intendent of schools, has an-nounced that he will retire, effective June 15. Bishop Serratelli said, “I am very grateful to Brother William for his service to the diocese. He came to our diocese with a record of service in different dioceses and in advanc-ing the development of policy and governance for Catholic schools. As a member of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, he brought to us that order’s special charism and ex-cellence to advance the Baier is a very good choice ministry of Catholic schools for the position. I am sure in our nation. she will provide outstanding “As our new Superin -leadership for the schools in tendent of Schools, Mary Paterson Diocese.” Baier knows the diocese Baier’s appointment as and genuinely loves those diocesan Superintendent of who serve in our Catholic Schools makes her the first schools. With her strong woman, lay or religious, to Mary record of accomplishment serve in that position in the Baier in elementary and second-Paterson Diocese. ary school education, she will help “I have ministered in Catholic ed-our schools move forward with spe-ucation my entire life. I am honored cial focus on marketing, recruitment, to continue to do so as Superin ten -and continuing to maintain their es-dent in the Diocese of Paterson,” sential Catholic identity.” said Baier. “Ours is a ministry in Brother William said, “Mary NEW SUPERINTENDENT on 2

Annual Eucharistic Catechesis

Cecile San Agustin

153 First Communicants meet with Bishop, take part in Benediction, May Crowning

CLIFTON In joyful celebration for their making First Holy Com munion, 153 children from parishes across the Paterson Diocese met with Bishop Serratelli at St. Philip Church here May 31, the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. The annual Eucharistic Catechesis and Celebration for First Communicants is one of the Bishop’s favorite diocesan events. During the meeting with the children, who received First Communion at their home parishes earlier in the month, the Bishop taught them about the sacrament they had received.

Bishop Serratelli said to the children, “Jesus is the son of God and he wanted to be with us always so he gave us the Eucharist, which is truly his body and blood — the soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. When we receive Holy Communion, it is not a symbol. It is not bread and it is not wine anymore. When we receive Jesus, who is the Bread of Life, we become the Body of Christ in the world today.”

Following his catechesis, the children were invited to ask the Bishop questions. Many of the questions were about Jesus, faith and the Bishop himself.

The first question was from one young girl, who asked the Bishop, “Where do you get all this information?” Parents laughed as the Bishop answered, “Hours and hours and hours of studying and once in a while I take a short cut and use the Internet.”

Some other questions included what is the difference between a bishop and a cardinal and how do you become a religious sister. The Bishop was happy to answer both questions explaining to the children about vocations and asking the children to pray to God to give them the answer to what God wants them to do in their lives.

The last question asked was, “When you die does your body go to heaven?” The Bishop answered, “That is an excellent question. In a little while, we are going to make a procession around the church with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The reason why we walk in procession is to symbolize our journey with Christ and that we want Jesus to be with us our whole lives so that when our life comes to an end we can be with Jesus. Now, death comes to everyone. It is not a happy thing. When we lose our grandparents or other loved ones, we are sad because we love them and we want to be with them. We are made with a body and a soul. When death comes to us, our body stops functioning and our soul goes to God.”

The catechetical session was followed by a Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Benediction with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and then a procession with the First Communicants around the church with Bishop Serratelli following as he carried the Blessed Sacrament.

At the end of the celebration, the Bishop gave each one of the First Communicants a gift to remember the day. The children and their families were then invited to take a picture with the Bishop and meet him during the reception that followed at St. Philip school gym.

Bishop Serratelli told the children about a young saint, St. Dominic Savio. “On his First Communion, he wrote down four promises to God. He wrote: “I will go to Holy Communion and Confession every chance I get. I will go to Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. I will make sure Jesus and Mary are my special friends. I will always be good.”

He then told the children, “When you go home tonight, I want you to write down two promises you want to make to Jesus. Look back to those promises in remembrance of your First Communion day and to get closer to God, who wants to be with you always.”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Annual+Eucharistic+Catechesis/2023623/261114/article.html.

Bishop Appoints New Superintendent Of Diocesan Schools

Cecile San Agustin

Deputy superintendent of schools also named

CLIFTON Bishop Serratelli announced this week the appointment of Mary Baier as diocesan Superintendent of Schools and Deborah Duane, as Deputy Superintendent of Schools. Baier has been the diocesan Deputy Superintendent of Schools since 2010 and Duane is currently the principal of St. Virgil Academy in Morris Plains.

Holy Cross Brother William Dygert, the current diocesan superintendent of schools, has announced that he will retire, effective June 15.

Bishop Serratelli said, “I am very grateful to Brother William for his service to the diocese. He came to our diocese with a record of service in different dioceses and in advancing the development of policy and governance for Catholic schools. As a member of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, he brought to us that order’s special charism and excellence to advance the ministry of Catholic schools in our nation.

“As our new Superintendent of Schools, Mary Baier knows the diocese and genuinely loves those who serve in our Catholic schools. With her strong record of accomplishment in elementary and secondary school education, she will help our schools move forward with special focus on marketing, recruitment, and continuing to maintain their essential Catholic identity.”

Brother William said, “Mary Baier is a very good choice for the position. I am sure she will provide outstanding leadership for the schools in Paterson Diocese.”

Baier’s appointment as diocesan Superintendent of Schools makes her the first woman, lay or religious, to serve in that position in the Paterson Diocese.

“I have ministered in Catholic education my entire life. I am honored to continue to do so as Superintendent in the Diocese of Paterson,” said Baier. “Ours is a ministry in which we are called, challenged, and privileged to service our Church and our schools. We are blessed to be an integral part of our students’ lives as we empower them in an education which strives to be transformational.

“Our Catholic schools will continue to be institutions vibrant in Catholic identity and centered in the person of Jesus Christ, serving the evangelizing mission of the Church,” said Baier. “They must be advocates of a Catholic world view, a religious view of life where the Good News of Jesus Christ is proclaimed so that all knowledge is illuminated by the light of faith.”

As Deputy Superintendent, Baier developed new initiatives for schools in the diocese through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) that has led to improvement in scores in math and science in all grades. In 2014 as director of STEM, she garnered for the diocese the inaugural National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) Karen M. Ristau Innovations Award.

Coordinating and in collaboration with staff, she has worked to promote professional development for school administrators, teachers and other faculty members in many areas such as standardized testing, spiritual leadership and outreach.

She came to the diocese in 2009 as principal and president of the former Paterson Catholic High School and to serve as director of Urban Schools, now known as the Academy of Passaic County. Before coming to the diocese, she has served as principal at several schools in the Archdiocese of Newark and was named the archdiocese’s Principal of the Year in 2008.

In addition to serving the diocese, Baier has led several presentations for the NCEA and recently, was a consultant for the College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, serving on the auditing team for the Teacher Education Program for the Council Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Currently, Baier is also studying at Seton Hall University in the Executive Ed.D Program, Cohort XIV and is expected to complete the program next May.

“The Catholic Schools office will continue to embrace philosophies of education and practices complementary to a personalized and technological milieu of our century. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) plays a significant roll in advancing the skills our children will need for the future,” said Baier. “We want to develop in them the creativity and critical thinking necessary to advance a culture of discovery and innovation. Other programs like Blended Learning and Multiage are centered on the understanding of child development and research on how children learn, their learning rate and learning styles. Our Extended Learning Opportunity initiative (Study Island) provides remediation, review, practice and enrichment opportunities in math over the summer months that help students begin their new school year with the mastery of skills and concepts through the use of enhanced game-like lessons.

“Our goal is to make learning fun and interesting, and to instill in our children the life-long love of learning. One-third of our schools have received the nationally acclaimed Blue Ribbon School of Excellence status,” said Baier.

Duane comes to the schools office after serving as principal of St. Virgil Academy since 2010. She also served as assistant principal of St. Vincent DePaul School in Stirling from 2007 to 2010 and was a teacher there from 1997 to 2010. Recently, she also served the diocese as standardized testing coordinator.

While serving at St. Virgil’s, she was committed to continuously improving the curriculum, instruction and student achievement. Her mission there was to ensure students received an education that includes 21st century skills of critical thinking, problem solving, communications and collaboration and is aligned with common core standards. As leader of a STEM school, St. Virgil’s infused engineering throughout the disciples at all grade levels.

Brother William was appointed Superintendent on Aug. 1, 2012. While serving as Superintendent, he placed a strong emphasis on making sure diocesan schools reflected the mission of putting Jesus in the forefront of education while promoting academic excellence.

When he was appointed, he said, “Catholic schools seek to assist children and young people to grow and to develop in all aspects of their being — spiritual, intellectual, physical, aesthetic, social and emotional by information, forming and transforming children and young people in the light of faith. In short, Catholic schools’ major strength is that they are about enabling students to become whole human beings, that is to become saints, modeled after the person of Jesus.”

Correction

In The Beacon’s May 26 issue about spaces open in a contingent from the Paterson Diocese for a pilgrimage to World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow, Poland, an older, outdated phone number for Anne Breslin at Great Experiences was published. The correct number to call is (201) 825- 3725. The Beacon regrets the error.

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Bishop+Appoints+New+Superintendent+Of+Diocesan+Schools/2023641/261114/article.html.

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