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The Beacon Beacon June 18, 2015 : Page 1

7 C OLLEGE OF S T. ELIZ A BETH TO BE FULLY C OEDU CA TION A L THI S F A LL 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 18, 2015 H ONORED F OR T HEIR S ERVICE T O T HE C HURCH 111 receive Vivere Christus Award at annual diocesan event 16 9 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER CLIFTON For being a model of P A RI S HE S WEL C OME RELI CS OF S T. A NTHONY OF P A DU A 12 BI S HOP A DMINI S TER S C ONFIRM A TION A T H A MBURG P A RI S H 6 13-14 16 17-19 Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS Christ here on earth, 111 individuals, couples and families were honored with the diocesan Vivere Christus Award, which was presented to them each by Bishop Serratelli June 14 in St. Philip the Apostle Church here. Filling the 1,000-seat church to standing room only, families, friends, fellow parishioners and nominating pastors attended the bilingual awards ceremony instituted by Bishop Serratelli in 2009 to acknowl-edge on a diocesan level the value and importance of the laity and to express gratitude and appreciation to those who unselfishly give of themselves for the building of God’s Kingdom. The Vivere Christus Est Medal, a name taken from the Latin phrase, “To live is Christ,” found in St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (1:21), was given to each of the awardees. In his opening remarks, Bishop Serratelli said, “Today we honor the life of Christ manifested in the serv-ice of so many of the good faithful in our Diocese who give us the ex-ample that Christ is the reason, VIVERE CHRISTUS EST Bishop Serratelli presents Theresa and George Beausoleil BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI of Annunciation Parish in Wayne with the Vivere Christus Award June 14 at St. Philip the Apostle Church in Clifton. They were among the 111 award recipients who were honored for their service to the community. Christ is the joy, Christ is the center of our lives.” As in past award ceremonies, the Gospel reading during the service was from Matthew, which proclaims we should all be “the salt of the earth” and “light of the world.” During the ceremony, Father Edward Lambro, diocesan Catholic Charities director of development, and Father Raimundo Rivera, dioce-san director of migrant ministry, de-livered the homilies, in English and Spanish respectively. In his homily, Father Lambro said, “Clearly somebody told you (the honorees) what it means to use the name, ‘Christian’ or ‘Christian Catholic.’ The reason why you are here is to recognize exactly what you are suppose to do. Make this light of Christ so obvious to people that they can see the presence of Christ living in you and that there are people among you — that you work with and that you work for, who want to celebrate today the fact that you understand what that name is all about. And that you honor it and you will continue to honor it in the future. If you do that, then you are living what this award is all about.” Speaking in Spanish, Father Rivera described the honorees as the light of Christ, who act as the Body of Christ in their churches, commu-nities, workplaces and families. To present the awards, Sister of Christian Charity Mary Edward Spohrer, diocesan chancellor and delegate for religious called the re-cipients each by name and the nom-inating parish or organization to re-VIVERE CHRISTUS on 10 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Highland Lakes parish celebrates two major anniversaries By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR Celebrate formation of parish, dedication of church with Bishop Robert Carroll, the pastor since 2000, who concelebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving with other visiting priests for the anniversaries last Sunday with Bishop Serratelli, who was the main celebrant and homilist. “I enjoy being a parish priest and the people here are lovely. It’s a nice mix of people of different ages — from senior citizens, whose children have moved out; parents, who have kids in high school or college; and young couples, who are starting families,” Msgr. Carroll said. “Up here, the parish also is surrounded by so much natural beauty, which is lovely.” Also concelebrating the Mass were Msgr. William Stober, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Branchville, who retired June 11, and former OLF parochial vicar; Msgr. William McCarthy, a retired diocesan priest; and Franciscan Father Vincent Grogan, a former OLF weekend assistant. Assisting at the liturgy was Deacon William Aquino, who was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Serratelli on June 5. Among those attending the liturgy were members of the family of Msgr. Aloysius Busch, founding OLF pastor, who died 2009, and also Presentation Sister Margaret Muller, who had served the parish previously. OLF also prepared a spiritual bouquet for Bishop Serratelli, which was presented to him during his vis-it. Parishioners pledged 22 liturgies over the next year and a half and praying of the rosary for the Bishop’s intentions, Msgr. Carroll said. The Mass with Bishop Serratelli ANNIVERSARIES on 4 HIGHLAND LAKES On Sunday, June 14, Bishop Serratelli helped Our Lady of Fatima Parish (OLF) here — which began by serving vaca-tioning Catholics in the summers and has been blessed with a diverse, multi-generational faith community — mark two major anniversaries: 60 years since the church’s dedica-tion and 50 years since the parish’s formation. Tucked in a bucolic pocket of eastern Sussex County, OLF — a small parish of about 600 families — “is like family,” observed Msgr.

Honored For Their Service To The Church

Cecile San Agustin

111 receive Vivere Christus Award at annual diocesan event

CLIFTON For being a model of Christ here on earth, 111 individuals, couples and families were honored with the diocesan Vivere Christus Award, which was presented to them each by Bishop Serratelli June 14 in St. Philip the Apostle Church here.

Filling the 1,000-seat church to standing room only, families, friends, fellow parishioners and nominating pastors attended the bilingual awards ceremony instituted by Bishop Serratelli in 2009 to acknowledge on a diocesan level the value and importance of the laity and to express gratitude and appreciation to those who unselfishly give of themselves for the building of God’s Kingdom. The Vivere Christus Est Medal, a name taken from the Latin phrase, “To live is Christ,” found in St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (1:21), was given to each of the awardees.

In his opening remarks, Bishop Serratelli said, “Today we honor the life of Christ manifested in the service of so many of the good faithful in our Diocese who give us the example that Christ is the reason, Christ is the joy, Christ is the center of our lives.”

As in past award ceremonies, the Gospel reading during the service was from Matthew, which proclaims we should all be “the salt of the earth” and “light of the world.”

During the ceremony, Father Edward Lambro, diocesan Catholic Charities director of development, and Father Raimundo Rivera, diocesan director of migrant ministry, delivered the homilies, in English and Spanish respectively.

In his homily, Father Lambro said, “Clearly somebody told you (the honorees) what it means to use the name, ‘Christian’ or ‘Christian Catholic.’ The reason why you are here is to recognize exactly what you are suppose to do. Make this light of Christ so obvious to people that they can see the presence of Christ living in you and that there are people among you — that you work with and that you work for, who want to celebrate today the fact that you understand what that name is all about. And that you honor it and you will continue to honor it in the future. If you do that, then you are living what this award is all about.”

Speaking in Spanish, Father Rivera described the honorees as the light of Christ, who act as the Body of Christ in their churches, communities, workplaces and families.

To present the awards, Sister of Christian Charity Mary Edward Spohrer, diocesan chancellor and delegate for religious called the recipients each by name and the nominating parish or organization to receive the medal from Bishop Serratelli. Honorees received the brass medal, three inches in diameter, embossed with the diocesan crest on the obverse and a portrait of St. John’s Cathedral in Paterson and the words in Latin, “Vivere Christus Est” on the reverse. The medal was enclosed in a cherrywood box, accompanied by a personal scroll of recognition in English and Spanish.

Following the service, a reception was held for the honorees and their guests. There, family and friends gathered to congratulate loved ones for the Vivere Christus honor.

At the close of the ceremony, the Bishop asked all in attendance to thank their parish priests, to encourage them and follow the good example they give. To the recipients, the Bishop added, “To all those that received this award today, as the Gospel says, you are truly the light and the salt of the Earth. The Church is growing and Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called us, as his predecessors before, to be missionaries and to spread the Gospel right where we are. Today’s award is a sign that you are already responding to that great mission.”

Throughout the Diocese, honorees were noted in their individual parishes’ bulletins detailing the service they do to make a difference.

The parish community of Assumption Parish in Morristown honored Joan Kramer, a parishioner who first came to Assumption 62 years ago. Msgr. John Hart, pastor, wrote, “Joan became involved with a number of ministries serving all dimensions of life within the parish. As leader of the parish Girl Scout Troop, the Rosary Society and the Eucharistic Ministry, Joan has helped to shape the spiritual life at Assumption. She also worked with the RCIA, bringing new Catholics into our Church. In addition to volunteering with already established Assumption ministries, Joan initiated a number of parish activities. She was one of the founding members of the Joshua Group, which held discussions over Saturday breakfasts. Joan also established the annual Assumption Giving Tree program. In recent years, Joan has diligently served and continues to serve our Altar linens Ministry.”

At Annunciation Parish in Wayne, George and Theresa Beausoleil were nominated for their many contributions for the Church. George Beausoleil has been very active in the Knights of Columbus while Theresa Beausoleil serves on the parish’s liturgical committee. In addition, Msgr. Peter Doody, pastor, said, “Theresa and George have been a mainstay in our parish over the years. They have served in almost all areas of ministry including setting up the Coffee Shop for Sunday fellowship, the annual church picnic, as members of the choir and as Eucharistic ministers. They have been especially attentive to the needs of others in the parish welcoming to their home both family and parishioners who needed shelter during the eve present ‘storms’ of life.”

In Sussex County, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish honored Carl-Axel and Liane Ahlquist, who have been faithful stewards of parish resources, leading the collection counters for well over a decade. Father Patrick Rice, pastor, wrote: “Both of them have enriched our lives with their warmth and joy, and inspire us with their goodness and generosity. They have filled many lives with their joyful faith and dedicated witness to the fire of God’s love in their parish family and throughout the community.”

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Highland Lakes Parish Celebrates Two Major Anniversaries

Michael Wojcik

Celebrate formation of parish, dedication of church with Bishop

HIGHLAND LAKES On Sunday, June 14, Bishop Serratelli helped Our Lady of Fatima Parish (OLF) here — which began by serving vacationing Catholics in the summers and has been blessed with a diverse, multi-generational faith community — mark two major anniversaries: 60 years since the church’s dedication and 50 years since the parish’s formation.

Tucked in a bucolic pocket of eastern Sussex County, OLF — a small parish of about 600 families — “is like family,” observed Msgr. Robert Carroll, the pastor since 2000, who concelebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving with other visiting priests for the anniversaries last Sunday with Bishop Serratelli, who was the main celebrant and homilist.

“I enjoy being a parish priest and the people here are lovely. It’s a nice mix of people of different ages — from senior citizens, whose children have moved out; parents, who have kids in high school or college; and young couples, who are starting families,” Msgr. Carroll said. “Up here, the parish also is surrounded by so much natural beauty, which is lovely.”

Also concelebrating the Mass were Msgr. William Stober, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Branchville, who retired June 11, and former OLF parochial vicar; Msgr. William McCarthy, a retired diocesan priest; and Franciscan Father Vincent Grogan, a former OLF weekend assistant. Assisting at the liturgy was Deacon William Aquino, who was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Serratelli on June 5. Among those attending the liturgy were members of the family of Msgr. Aloysius Busch, founding OLF pastor, who died 2009, and also Presentation Sister Margaret Muller, who had served the parish previously.

OLF also prepared a spiritual bouquet for Bishop Serratelli, which was presented to him during his visit. Parishioners pledged 22 liturgies over the next year and a half and praying of the rosary for the Bishop’s intentions, Msgr. Carroll said.

The Mass with Bishop Serratelli continues OLF’s ongoing series of anniversary events. Already, the parish welcomed the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal for a threenight mission in May. A small group of parishioners became consecrated to the Blessed Mother as part of a DVD program, “33 Days to Morning Glory: a Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Conse - cration.” OLF created “Our Lady of Fatima Parish Voices,” a book about its various ministries and about what the faith community means to its parishioners. The parish also has received a blessing from Pope Francis, Msgr. Carroll said.

Also for the anniversaries, Msgr. Raymond Kupke, pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Haw - thorne, and diocesan archivist, will visit OLF to celebrate Mass on Saturday, June 27 at 5p. m. and then speak about the history of the parish at 6:30 p.m. The parish will hold its picnic on the property in July, Msgr. Carroll said.

Since OLF’s last anniversary 10 years ago — to mark 50 years since the church’s dedication and 40 years since the parish’s formation, the parish has added “Celebrate Fatima”: a series of devotions that take place from May to October that honors the Blessed Mother, spreads her message to the world and brings together the parish and local Catholic communities. These monthly events focus on the spirituality of the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, who promoted Our Lady’s message, after she appeared to them on several occasions in 1917.

“It’s important to get people to know about the story and hear Our Lady’s message. This [the series] is a way to get more information out about it,” said Msgr. Carroll, who organizes “Celebrate Fatima,” devoted to the parish’s patron, with a team of women from its Legion of Mary.

Also, OLF has formed Antioch retreat programs for teens and adults and Legion of Mary morning and evening prayer groups, which have been visiting shut-ins and conducting a door-to-door census, in part, to “reach out to people, who have fallen away from the Church.” Meanwhile, Msgr. Carroll has been offering Mass in Spanish twice monthly on Sunday afternoons, followed by a social, and Father Pawel Szurek, temporary administrator of Ss. Cyril & Methodius Parish, Boonton, and former OLF parochial vicar, returns to celebrate a monthly Mass in Polish, also followed by a social, Msgr. Carroll said.

OLF started as a faith community in 1941. Mass was said on Sundays in the summer in Vernon Fire House for Catholics, who vacationed in the hills and at the lakes of the area. The next year, Mass was moved to the original Club House at Highland Lakes for the summers.

As the needs of Vernon and Highland Lakes Catholics grew, Msgr. Christian Haag, pastor of St. Monica Parish, Sussex, established a permanent Sunday schedule in 1950. Vacationing priests celebrated Mass during the summer in the Club House and, during the winter, in a small one-room building that once was the Highland Lakes Club activities office and, at one time, was a beauty shop.

Also, the beauty of Highland Lakes had been attracting a greater number of people to the area. To meet those needs, the church was built on land donated by a local congregant. Bishop James McNulty dedicated the structure on June 26, 1955. Then, a 300- seat church was built. Almost 10 years later, Bishop James Navagh established Our Lady of Fatima Parish on June 18, 1965. Then, the parish encompassed about two-thirds of Vernon and served St. Francis de Sales Mission Chapel in McAfee. Until its founding as a parish, OLF was a mission church of St. Monica’s.

To better serve the increasing influx of parishioners, OLF built a parish hall in 1967. The parish also built a rectory adjacent to the church and renovated the church sanctuary.

Looking back at the past and ahead to the future, authors of one of the parish’s official histories once observed, “The growth of Our Lady of Fatima Parish was only possible with the involvement of countless parishioners over the years. The main source of strength and inspiration has always been the weekend Eucharistic celebrations. Much has been achieved over the years, and there will always be more we can do under the guidance of Our Lady of Fatima.”

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