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DIO C E SA N SC HOOL S A NNU A L REPORT 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. S1-S4 MORRIS AUGUST 27, 2015 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard 8 Tens of thousands protest at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country MORRISTOWN Hundreds of dem -9-21 5 8 6-7 22-27 28 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS B AC K TO SC HOOL 2015 Y OUTH W HAT T O D O V IEWPOINT C LASSIFIEDS O BITUARIES A BLESSING FROM THE BISHOP Bishop Serratelli blesses members of BEACON PHOTO | RICH GIGLI the Legion of Mary outside Immaculate Conception Parish in Franklin during his pastoral visit to the Sussex County church Aug. 23. During his visit, he celebrated Mass for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time. For more photos, see page 2. on strations were held outside of Planned Parenthood clinics across the United States Aug. 22 with pro-testers calling on the federal gov-ernment to stop funding the nation’s largest provider of abortions. After videos were released last month showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing their fetal tissue donation program in graphic detail, the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League called for a national day of protest. Eric Scheidler, the group’s exec-utive director, said that “with 240 out of 342 cities reporting” more than 58,000 people turned out to protest. His organization teamed up with other pro-life groups including 40 Days for Life to organize the na-tional protest. In the Paterson Diocese, some 250 men, women and children gathered in front of Morristown Planned Parenthood Aug. 22 for the silent protest. The crowd, made up mostly of Catholics, was joined by two clergy-men, Father Jesus Peralta, parochial 250 participate in silent protest at Morristown clinic vicar at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Morristown, and Father James Platania, who is serving at St. Francis in Haskell for the summer before returning to Rome, where he is studying for his Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures. “It was an absolutely amazing turnout as people were motivated to take a public stand after the hor-rific videos of what goes on in Planned Parenthood clinics were re-leased,” said Stephen Perkowski, president of Morris County Right To Life and RTL coordinator at Resur -rection Parish, Randolph. “I was expecting 20 to 30 people, maybe 50 to 60 at most. But there were that many when I arrived at 8:40 a.m. and people just kept com-PLANNED PARENTHOOD on 2 Families in Rockaway mount button campaign to support those being attacked for their faith By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER S parked into action by Bishop’s prayer for persecuted C hristians parishes here, talk about Christians being killed for their faith. “In the Middle East and different parts of the world, Christians are witnessing for their faith to Jesus by actually shedding their blood,” said Father Peplowski. “A majority of them are on the run leaving every-thing behind – their homes, occupa-tions, all that is familiar to them — heading to distant places as refugees as a result of these extremist attacks. We are lucky we are not subjected to persecution. How quickly we in this country are to give up our faith when someone criticizes us and we don’t come to the defense of it.” After hearing Father Peplowski talk about what was happening on the other side of the world and pray-ing the Bishop’s prayer for persecut-ed Christians, Nelson and her chil-dren were inspired to help their fel-low Christians. “We wanted to figure out if there was something we could do in solidarity to help those in the Middle East,” said Nelson. Nelson’s family, who all belong to the Kolbe Krew, a family rosary group, and St. Cecilia’s Mommy Bible Study Group, wanted a tangible way to help the Christians who are suf-fering. They met with Father Mateusz Jasniewicz, paro chial vicar at both parishes, and decided to create but-tons stating, “Blessed are the perse-cuted for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” with a crown of thorns in CAMPAIGN on 3 ROCKAWAY Following the call Bishop Serratelli made this month to pray for persecuted Christians in the Middle East and around the world, a group of families has joined together to support Christians to be able to practice their faith openly. Jennifer Nelson and her family were attending Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church here at the begin-ning of August when they heard Father Zigmund Peplowski, pastor of Sacred Heart and St. Cecilia

Tens Of Thousands Protest At Planned Parenthood Clinics Across The Country

250 participate in silent protest at Morristown clinic

MORRISTOWN Hundreds of dem - on strations were held outside of Planned Parenthood clinics across the United States Aug. 22 with protesters calling on the federal government to stop funding the nation’s largest provider of abortions.

After videos were released last month showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing their fetal tissue donation program in graphic detail, the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League called for a national day of protest.

Eric Scheidler, the group’s executive director, said that “with 240 out of 342 cities reporting” more than 58,000 people turned out to protest. His organization teamed up with other pro-life groups including 40 Days for Life to organize the national protest.

In the Paterson Diocese, some 250 men, women and children gathered in front of Morristown Planned Parenthood Aug. 22 for the silent protest.

The crowd, made up mostly of Catholics, was joined by two clergymen, Father Jesus Peralta, parochial vicar at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Morristown, and Father James Platania, who is serving at St. Francis in Haskell for the summer before returning to Rome, where he is studying for his Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures.

“It was an absolutely amazing turnout as people were motivated to take a public stand after the horrific videos of what goes on in Planned Parenthood clinics were released,” said Stephen Perkowski, president of Morris County Right To Life and RTL coordinator at Resur - rection Parish, Randolph.

“I was expecting 20 to 30 people, maybe 50 to 60 at most. But there were that many when I arrived at 8:40 a.m. and people just kept coming. Many had signs, but I worked quickly to distribute hundreds of signs to those in need. People were two rows deep on the sidewalk, spreading beyond Planned Parent hood on both sides, then eventually to the other side of Speedwell Avenue,” Perkowski said.

A father who was praying with his 13- year-old daughter said, “The sanctity of human life is espoused by a properly formed conscience to help us discern morality. There is an objective right and wrong, with difficult considerations on both sides, but a clear path to right has to come through. I have three children and when I look in their eyes, I appreciate those blessings, that’s formative.”

Lisa Hart, board member for Morris County Right to Life and RTL coordinator at St. Patrick Parish Chatham, “Many families of six and seven came, all ages young and old. Counter-protesters were expected but none were encountered.”

Colleen Dolan, Morris County Right to Life treasurer and RTL coordinator at St. Joseph Parish, Mendham, distributed rosaries to those in need. “The 8 a.m. Mass Saturday was full at St. Margaret’s,” reported Jennifer Murphy, Morris County Right to Life media coordinator, Legion of Mary member, and parishioner of Immaculate Conception Parish, Franklin. “Many went to Mass to prepare for the protest,” she said. “Others fasted, and all prayed silently.”

Perkowski offered a final prayer at the end of the protest. “What I really needed for such a large crowd was a P.A. system,” he said. “I did a closing prayer as best as I could. Many did not hear it, but I prayed that the audience viewing videos of Planned Parenthood’s evil ways would continue to increase, that by the witness of all present, customers were steered away from Planned Parenthood today, and perhaps, the life of an unborn baby was saved. I thanked God for all who were here in Jesus name.”

He added that he had received a text from Susan O’Dougherty, Morris County Right to Life secretary, who was taking part in the protest in Mishawaka, Ind., with a group traveling from University of Notre Dame where her daughter is a student. “There are over 200 strong here,” she texted. “Praise God” was her response when she was told the Morristown numbers.

The protest was held in response to the videos released by the citizen journalist group Center for Medical Progress, in which Planned Parenthood officials discuss the collection and transfer of body parts from aborted fetuses, compensation and itemization of the parts, and possible alteration of abortion procedures to obtain more intact specimens.

In the most recent video, a former Stem Express technician described harvesting organs from “the most gestated fetus and closest thing to a baby that I’ve seen.”

The videos sparked calls for an investigation and for the removal of funding to Planned Parenthood from both congressional and state legislators. The organization receives more than $500 million a year from the federal government.

Planned Parenthood maintains that it has been acting within federal law, and that any donations of fetal organs of aborted babies are made with the mother’s consent and are not done for “valuable consideration.”

The fall 40 Days for Life campaign will run from Sept. 23 to Nov. 1. Participants are required to sign a statement of peace, and are asked to stand in peaceful presence in front of the Morristown Planned Parenthood every hour that they are open for 40 consecutive days. Those who cannot attend the protest are asked to fast and pray. “This is the single, most effective way to help young women who are contemplating abortion. They see our presence and learn they have options,” said Perkowski. Those who wish to attend can sign up through the 40 Days for Life website, or the Morris County Right to Life website.

[This story contains information from Catholic News Agency reports.]

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Tens+Of+Thousands+Protest+At+Planned+Parenthood+Clinics+Across+The+Country/2252787/270479/article.html.

Families In Rockaway Mount Button Campaign To Support Those Being Attacked For Their Faith

Cecile San Agustin

Sparked into action by Bishop’s prayer for persecuted Chris

ROCKAWAY Following the call Bishop Serratelli made this month to pray for persecuted Christians in the Middle East and around the world, a group of families has joined together to support Christians to be able to practice their faith openly.

Jennifer Nelson and her family were attending Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church here at the beginning of August when they heard Father Zigmund Peplowski, pastor of Sacred Heart and St. Cecilia parishes here, talk about Christians being killed for their faith.

“In the Middle East and different parts of the world, Christians are witnessing for their faith to Jesus by actually shedding their blood,” said Father Peplowski. “A majority of them are on the run leaving everything behind – their homes, occupations, all that is familiar to them — heading to distant places as refugees as a result of these extremist attacks. We are lucky we are not subjected to persecution. How quickly we in this country are to give up our faith when someone criticizes us and we don’t come to the defense of it.”

After hearing Father Peplowski talk about what was happening on the other side of the world and praying the Bishop’s prayer for persecuted Christians, Nelson and her children were inspired to help their fellow Christians. “We wanted to figure out if there was something we could do in solidarity to help those in the Middle East,” said Nelson.

Nelson’s family, who all belong to the Kolbe Krew, a family rosary group, and St. Cecilia’s Mommy Bible Study Group, wanted a tangible way to help the Christians who are suffering. They met with Father Mateusz Jasniewicz, paro chial vicar at both parishes, and decided to create buttons stating, “Blessed are the persecuted for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” with a crown of thorns in the shape of the Arabic letter that stands for Nazarene. The Arabic letter has become a symbol of suffering and solidarity. ISIS paints the letter on the doorposts of Chris tians to identify their homes. The Orange Cross Project and many movements have adopted this letter as a sign to stand in prayer and solidarity with persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. The button was designed by artist, Suzanne Apicella, a parishioner of Sacred Heart and teacher at Hanover Park High School. “The importance of showing an image of Jesus’ crown of thorns shows that Jesus is right next to those persecuted Christians now in heaven,” said Nelson. To the button, they have attached Bishop Serratelli’s prayer for those being persecuted.

During Masses this past weekend at Sacred Heart and St. Cecilia, the buttons went on sale to help benefit three charities currently helping persecuted Christians — Caritas International, Catholic Near East Welfare Association and the Knights of Columbus’ Christian Refugee Relief Fund.

“This really was on their own initiative. All the motivation to do this came from Bishop Serratelli asking us to pray for persecuted Christians,” Father Peplowski said. “We have talked about it at Sunday Masses and it has become a special intention in our prayers and thinking about these Christians has become very prominent in the minds of the people.”

This isn’t the first time, the Kolbe Krew got families together to support an international cause. With St. Maxi - millan Kolbe, a Conventual Francis - can friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger during the Holo - caust, as the group’s patron, the group teaches children the value of prayer and provides opportunities for community service to put prayer in action.

Nelson said, “The group was founded so children can live for Christ in a very secular world. We pray the children continue to have pure hearts and through the rosary, we want the children to grow closer to the Blessed Mother.”

The group meets every Sunday at 5:30 p. m. and welcomes families to come any Sunday. The evening rosary also includes a pizza dinner and family fellowship. “Through helping the community and those throughout the world, we hope the children see that they are an important part of the community,” said Nelson.

[Information or to purchase a button, kolbeskrew@gmail.com.]

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Families+In+Rockaway+Mount+Button+Campaign+To+Support+Those+Being+Attacked+For+Their+Faith/2252789/270479/article.html.

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