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SUSSEX 3 BI S HOP A NNOUN C E S C LERGY A PPOINTMENT S 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 OCTOBER 15, 2015 M EMORIAL M ASS H ONORS F ALLEN F IREFIGHTERS 16 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Diocese honors firemen who have lost their lives in the line of duty By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER 8 A MERI CA EDITOR DI SC U SS E S POPE A ND POLITI CS IN T A LK 10 DIO C E SA N YOUTH MINI S TER S MEET WITH BI S HOP 10-12 13-14 15 16 17-20 Y OUTH V IEWPOINT O BITUARIES W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS as the American flag and banners were carried by members of local fire departments who proces sed PATERSON To honor the count-down the main aisle. Participating less brave firefighters who have in the Mass as readers and gift given their lives in the line of du-bearers were local firefighters ty, the Paterson Diocese held its from around the diocese. first Fallen Firefighters Memorial Bishop Serratelli welcomed the Mass at St. Gerard firefighters and said, Majella Church here “Today we gather to Oct. 8. worship God and to The Mass honored thank him for the 72 deceased firefight-lives of our firemen, ers from the Paterson not only the lives Diocese killed in the that have been given line of duty. Special in the service of oth-recognition was made ers in the line of du-of Franciscan Father ty but also for all Mychal Judge, former those who continue pastor of St. Joseph to serve us, the com-Parish in West Mil -munity, so our lives ford, who was killed may be safe and free on Sept. 11, 2001 from harm.” F ATHER P ATRICK R YAN while serving as a In his homily, FDNY fire chaplain, Father Ryan reflected and Franciscan Father John about his childhood and spending BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI Piccione, the chaplain of several summer with his grandparents on IN MEMORIAM A bagpiper from the Passaic County Emerald Society plays at fire departments and pastor of St. Staten Island, N.Y. and the respect the start of the first Diocesan Fallen Firefighters Memorial Mass at St. Gerard Bonaventure Church here, who everyone had for each other. “We Majella Church in Paterson Oct. 8. Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of died in 2009. Bishop Serratelli the Mass. FIREFIGHTERS on 4 was main celebrant of the Mass with several diocesan priests con-‘LOVE IS OUR MISSION: THE FAMILY FULLY ALIVE’ celebrating. Father Patrick Ryan, pastor of St. James Parish in Totowa, who was part of the com-mittee that coordinated the Mass, delivered the homily. To begin the Mass, the Passaic By MICHAEL WOJCIK County Pipes and Drums played NE WS EDIT OR “...firefighters are people who put their lives on the line each time an alarm rings. It’s that simple...” Mountain Lakes parish holds series on family borrows its title from the theme of WMF, “Love is Our Mission: the Family Fully Alive,” and fol-lows “The Catechesis on the Family,” which was published in preparation for the international gathering. The sessions at the Morris County parish started Oct. 5 and will conclude Nov. 12 and are being held Mondays at 7:45 p.m. in its Father Glynn Center. Each night features a different speaker, who presents his own perspec-Inspired by Pope’s visit, S ynod on the Family DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS MOUNTAIN LAKES St. Catherine of Siena Parish here is capitalizing on the excitement that continues to reverberate from Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. and to the World Meeting of Families (WMF) in Philadelphia — as well as intense interest about the Synod on the Family in Rome — by offering a six-part weekly adult faith-forma-tion series that examines various aspects of family life and the Church’s role in the family. In fact, St. Catherine’s series tives on the topic of that specific session, said Father Jared Brogan, St. Catherine’s adminis-trator since July. “We started the faith-formation series, because Pope Francis, the World Meeting of Families and the Synod on the Family [which the Holy Father convened Oct. 4] are hot topics. People are still on a high with the Pope’s visit and are interested in the synod,” said Father Brogan, who presented the FAMILY on 15

Memorial Mass Honors Fallen Firefighters

Cecile San Agustin

Diocese honors firemen who have lost their lives in the line of duty

PATERSON To honor the countless brave firefighters who have given their lives in the line of duty, the Paterson Diocese held its first Fallen Firefighters Memorial Mass at St. Gerard Majella Church here Oct. 8.

The Mass honored 72 deceased firefighters from the Paterson Diocese killed in the line of duty. Special recognition was made of Franciscan Father Mychal Judge, former pastor of St. Joseph Parish in West Mil - ford, who was killed on Sept. 11, 2001 while serving as a FDNY fire chaplain, and Franciscan Father John Piccione, the chaplain of several fire departments and pastor of St. Bonaventure Church here, who died in 2009. Bishop Serratelli was main celebrant of the Mass with several diocesan priests concelebrating. Father Patrick Ryan, pastor of St. James Parish in Totowa, who was part of the committee that coordinated the Mass, delivered the homily.

To begin the Mass, the Passaic County Pipes and Drums played as the American flag and banners were carried by members of local fire departments who proces sed down the main aisle. Participating in the Mass as readers and gift bearers were local firefighters from around the diocese.

Bishop Serratelli welcomed the firefighters and said, “Today we gather to worship God and to thank him for the lives of our firemen, not only the lives that have been given in the service of others in the line of duty but also for all those who continue to serve us, the community, so our lives may be safe and free from harm.”

In his homily, Father Ryan reflected about his childhood and spending summer with his grandparents on Staten Island, N.Y. and the respect everyone had for each other. “We had heroes and the firefighters were considered our friends,” he said.

He talked about how many things have changed in his grandparents’ neighborhood. “My grandparents would be confused about the changes. One thing they would never comprehend is someone shooting a firefighter who was there to help them ”

Father Ryan reminded the firefighters about the importance of faith and Sunday Mass. He said, “There are things going on in a world today that we can’t control. We look at the Middle East, Africa so much craziness, so much violence. Such misunderstanding. But we can’t allow that to affect our relationship between us and God. We cannot allow the confusion of the world to cause us to be blind. Jesus is calling us to here and now.”

He spoke about keeping priorities focused on God and family and to look beyond what society tells us. “I think as firefighters are people who put their lives on the line each time an alarm rings. It’s that simple, because we don’t know what the day holds. We don’t know what that next alarm will bring us to. We can do a good job, a better job if we have Jesus leading us. I challenge of you, all of us, to get back to Jesus and to put our focus on God, our family and our communities. As you go out to fight fires, do it with all you have but never forget it’s also a time to allow Jesus and his fire to burn in our hearts.”

Following the homily, the Prayers of the Faithful were said reflecting on prayers for the firefighters, especially for their safety. After Communion, the Passaic County Pipes and Drums played “Amazing Grace,” which moved many in the congregation to tears at the Mass.

At the end of Mass, Bishop Serratelli said, “I want to express a word of gratitude. It shows great faith and devotion on your part to ask for a Mass for firefighters. I know God, looking at that request, is extremely pleased. I ask God to strengthen your faith and to strengthen your courage and to provide help and assistance not only to you but also to your families. You make a great contribution keeping our society and our homes and our Diocese safe.”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Memorial+Mass+Honors+Fallen+Firefighters/2295695/276598/article.html.

Mountain Lakes Parish Holds Series On Family

Michael Wojcik

Inspired by Pope’s visit, Synod on the Family

MOUNTAIN LAKES St. Catherine of Siena Parish here is capitalizing on the excitement that continues to reverberate from Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. and to the World Meeting of Families (WMF) in Philadelphia — as well as intense interest about the Synod on the Family in Rome — by offering a six-part weekly adult faith-formation series that examines various aspects of family life and the Church’s role in the family.

In fact, St. Catherine’s series borrows its title from the theme of WMF, “Love is Our Mission: the Family Fully Alive,” and follows “The Catechesis on the Family,” which was published in preparation for the international gathering.

The sessions at the Morris County parish started Oct. 5 and will conclude Nov. 12 and are being held Mondays at 7:45 p.m. in its Father Glynn Center. Each night features a different speaker, who presents his own perspectives on the topic of that specific session, said Father Jared Brogan, St. Catherine’s administrator since July.

“We started the faith-formation series, because Pope Francis, the World Meeting of Families and the Synod on the Family [which the Holy Father convened Oct. 4] are hot topics. People are still on a high with the Pope’s visit and are interested in the synod,” said Father Brogan, who presented the first session Oct. 5, which offered an introduction and the theology behind the idea that we are “Created for Joy” by God. “Families are the heart of St. Catherine’s — parents and grandparents, doing the best that they can. Their efforts will bear fruit in their families, our parishes, the Diocese and vocations,” he said.

In addition, the synod has been focusing on “how the Church can meet the changing needs of families — not to change Church teaching, but how to adjust its approach to ministry to bring Christ to people,” Father Brogan said.

The series at St. Catherine’s continued this past Monday with Jesuit Father Rocco Danzi, director of campus ministry at St. Peter’s University, Jersey City, who explored “The Mission of Love.” The rest of the sessions will examine the following topics:

• “Human Sexuality/Two Become One” and “The Challenge of Authentic Love in a Technological World” on Oct. 19 by Vincentian Father Patrick Flanagan, assistant professor of moral theology at St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y.

• “Creating the Future/All Love Bears Fruit” on Oct. 26. By Allan Wright, academic dean of St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard, Madison.

• “Light in a Dark World/A Home for the Wounded Heart” on Nov. 9. By Father Felix Herrera of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Jackson Heights, N.Y.

• “Mother, Teacher, Family: the Nature and Role of the Church/Choosing Life” on Nov. 12, by a speaker to be announced.

St. Catherine’s parishioners also prayed for families and vocations together at Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the church during the Pope Francis’ Sept. 22-27 visit, because “good vocations come from good families,” Father Brogan said.

“People were excited by Pope Francis’ energy and the way he spoke during his visit. He is a simple and humble man, who was down to Earth and touched people’s hearts, which they liked,” said Father Brogan, also a co-director of the diocesan Vocations Office. “We as a Church have to communi- cate to others they way the Pope does.”

During the first session at St. Catherine’s, Father Brogan told the 25 audience mem- bers who attended that God made us in His image “to share His love and joy.”

“Our true joy and fulfillments lie in knowing, loving and serving one another as God does. The family is most fully alive when we embrace God’s invitation to be who we were created to be,” said Father Brogan during his PowerPoint slide presen- tation. “God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation and thus the capacity and responsibility, of love and communion. Love is therefore the funda- mental and innate vocation of every hu- man being,” said the priest, quoting “Familaris Consortio,” an apostolic exhorta- tion by St. John Paul II.

Father Brogan used one of his recent weekly bulletin columns to promote the start of the adult faith-formation series on families by previewing some of the mate- rial from his first session. He added that, “the joy of family life can be easily forgot- ten too. There is always a deadline, an ac- tivity or tasks that need to be accom- plished.” Yet, “love is the family mission,” the priest wrote.

“Parents are the first to teach their chil- dren in the faith. The family is the ‘first school of love’...[where] children learn that they are loved by their parents and family and that they are also loved by God. This message of love is offered pri- marily through the countless acts that sup- port that life of the child. The ‘message’ is embodied in all their gestures of care and love, however small they may seem,” Father Brogan wrote. “Love of neighbor and love of God are seamlessly connected. Whatever their ages, children need to know that they are loved and that this love has no end...We all need to be loved and to love.”

After having attended the first session, Ana Salvatore of St. Catherine’s, a mar- ried mother of two, called the series “an excellent idea.”

“Faith is the foundation of forming our families. Father Jared reminded us that what strengthens our families is our rela- tionship with God. He is there for us. We just need to talk to Him and reach out to Him,” said “This [series] is a great sup- port to parents and other people.”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Mountain+Lakes+Parish+Holds+Series+On+Family/2295698/276598/article.html.

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