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19 FINANCIAL PLANNER DETAILS JOURNEY TO PLACE GOD AT CENTER OF HIS LIFE SUSSEX PASSAIC THE AWARDWINNING NEWSPAPER OF THE R.C. DIOCESE OF PATERSON, N.J. MORRIS JANUARY 14, 2016 Evangelization center’s young adults honor their outgoing leader during Mass with the Bishop 15 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR 4 SISTER OF CHRISTIAN CHARITY MAKES FINAL VOWS 11 FIVE CARMELITES IN MORRISTOWN LEAVING FOR MALTA 6-7 13-14 15 16-19 Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS MADISON The Young Adult Min -istry of St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangeli -zation at Bayley-Ellard here took the opportunity during its 2nd Annual Mass with Bishop Serratelli Jan. 9 to honor the “faithful wit-ness” of one of its own: Trevor Jones, who plans on stepping down from his position as minister to young adults, ages 23-39, to de-vote more time to his family. Bishop Serratelli was the main celebrant and homilist of the 5:30 p.m. Mass for the New Year with the Young Adult Ministry, one of the first outreaches that St. Paul’s established when plans were being solidified for the much-anticipated evangelization center. The Bishop dedicated the historic facility — which became the first diocesan evangelization center in the U.S. — in September 2010. The chapel was filled to overflowing Jan. 9 with Young Adult ministry members, many of whom participated in the Mass; their spouses; their children; their friends; and supporters. That night, the Young Adult FAITHFUL WITNESS Bishop Serratelli thanks Trevor Jones during his annual Mass with the Young Adult Ministry on Jan. 9 BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard, Madison. That night, St. Paul’s recognized the “faithful witness” of Jones, who plans to step down from his position as its minister to young adults, ages 23-39. Looking on are (from left): Monique Caron, also minister to young adults, ages 23-39; Jones’ son, Shepherd; and his wife, Mary Jean. Ministry honored Jones, a found-ing member of the outreach, who will leave after six years in the po-sition. He plans on continuing to serve St. Paul’s with its men’s group, its young couples and, along with his wife, Mary Jean, as a member of its Advisory Board, pending the Bishop’s approval. Replacing Jones will be Daniel Ferrari, who will work with the dynamic outreach’s other co-minis-ter, Monique Caron. “Trevor, thank you for your YOUNG ADULTS on 2 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS ENCOURAGED TO FOLLOW THE PATH OF JESUS Randolph parish uses ‘holy door’ to teach youth about Year of Mercy By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR RANDOLPH The soft tap of a small hammer echoes through a hallway in the ministry center of Resurrection Parish here on a Sun -day morning in December. Shortly after, a new “holy door” — deco-rated with colorful handmade car-toon-like images of Biblical scenes that depict God’s mercy — opens up at one end of the corridor. A class of eager fifth-grade religious education students gathers in front of the beautifully adorned “holy door,” waiting for their opportunity to walk under its threshold. The group of about 30 boys and girls, includ-ing 10-year-old Juliana Sophia, passes through the “holy door” — in re-ality, Resurrection’s artful interpretation of an actu-al Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. Last month, the “holy door” in Randolph invited first-to fifth-grade students to imagine stepping into another world — through Holy Doors at the Vatican and countless churches around the world, including two in the Paterson Diocese, that penitent pilgrims can visit during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. This imaginative, interac-tive lesson also helped the children to realize that they can walk into the forgiving arms of God and share that mer-cy with others at anytime — not only during the Holy Year in the univer-sal Church. “It [the ‘holy door’] made me feel welcomed and loved. It made me think that anybody can go to Jesus and talk to him and about ways that I can me more merciful to other people,” said Sophia. The walk through the “holy door” served as only the start of a Jubilee Year of Mercy spiritual journey in miniature for these stu-dents, who made the pilgrimage a class at a time over two Sunday mornings last month. They fol-lowed small cutout footprints placed on the floor — to encour-age them to follow the path of Jesus — down to the end of the hallway corridor. At that point, students encountered a poster of Pope Francis with a quote from him: “Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.” PATH OF JESUS on 5

Evangelization Center’s Young Adults Honor Their Outgoing Leader During Mass With The Bishop

Michael Wojcik

MADISON The Young Adult Ministry of St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangeli - zation at Bayley-Ellard here took the opportunity during its 2nd Annual Mass with Bishop Serratelli Jan. 9 to honor the “faithful witness” of one of its own: Trevor Jones, who plans on stepping down from his position as minister to young adults, ages 23-39, to devote more time to his family.

Bishop Serratelli was the main celebrant and homilist of the 5:30 p. m. Mass for the New Year with the Young Adult Ministry, one of the first outreaches that St. Paul’s established when plans were being solidified for the much-anticipated evangelization center. The Bishop dedicated the historic facility — which became the first diocesan evangelization center in the U.S. — in September 2010. The chapel was filled to overflowing Jan. 9 with Young Adult ministry members, many of whom participated in the Mass; their spouses; their children; their friends; and supporters.

That night, the Young Adult Ministry honored Jones, a founding member of the outreach, who will leave after six years in the position.He plans on continuing to serve St. Paul’s with its men’s group, its young couples and, along with his wife, Mary Jean, as a member of its Advisory Board, pending the Bishop’s approval.Replacing Jones will be Daniel Ferrari, who will work with the dynamic outreach’s other co-minister, Monique Caron.

“Trevor, thank you for your great witness,” Bishop Serratelli told the honoree at the conclusion of the Mass, which was followed by a reception. The bishop called the young adults “gifts to the Church by your presence, witness and lives.”

Concelebrating the Mass were: Father Paul Manning, St. Paul’s executive director and diocesan vicar for evangelization; Father Pawel Tomczyk, a faculty member of the center; Father Przemyslaw Nowak, parochial vicar of Assumption Parish, Morristown; and Father Kevin Corcoran, the bishop’s priest-secretary. Father Nowak brought with him to the liturgy members of Assumption’s Young Professionals Ministry.

Along with Caron, Jones took on the responsibilities of organizing and implementing activities and public forums at St. Paul’s and inviting young adults to come into the evangelization center. He brought with him experience as a youth minister in his home parish of St. Lawrence the Martyr, Chester, and at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and management.He works as a financial advisor for Ameriprise Financial in Bedminster.

“Thanks for your fruitful and faithful service for many years,” Father Manning told Jones at the end of Mass. “Most importantly, I thank you for the gift of your support, leadership, friendship, your love for the Lord and His Church and your humble dedication to the mission of St. Paul’s. On behalf of all of us, I thank you, Trevor,” Father Manning said.

Jones thanked Father Manning and related how he became associated with St. Paul’s six years ago. At 22 he had taken a new job in Morris County and wanted to explore his faith more deeply. Jones accepted a new friend’s invitation to visit the center for one of its “fireside chat” discussion sessions — an encounter, which he said “introduced me to the great mission of St. Paul’s.” He emphasized the importance of St. Paul’s in his life as the place where he met Mary Jean, his wife and the mother of their son, Shepherd, and some of his best friends.

“When I look back on all this, I can do nothing but smile,” said Jones, who thanked Bishop Serratelli for establishing a place “where young people can experience the Catholic faith, be formed in the faith, develop friendships and invite others to do the same.”

“St. Paul’s has changed my life and the lives of many of my friends,” he said. “It’s been my pleasure and honor to coordinate this ministry. I believe that evangelization can be as simple as a warm smile or a well-cooked cheeseburger. I believe that a deep theological discussion can take place over a beer. I have seen people be baptized and receive the Eucharist for the first time — and there’s nothing better than that,” he said.

“In the future, I’m excited to see what God does with this special place [St. Paul’s]. The world — and the Church — need more places like St. Paul’s,” he said.

St. Paul’s Young Adult Ministry describes itself as a faith-based community for anyone from 23 to 39 years old looking for a place to call home. The outreach organizes “pub nights,” social and service events and Sunday Masses, where friendships are formed and lives are shared. “Wherever you may be in your faith journey, St Paul’s Young Adults offers opportunities to explore a belief in God in an open dialogue with others,” states the evangelization center’s web site, www.insidethewalls.org.

Jones has given back to other organizations, including as a trustee of the Tri- County Scholarship Fund; a trustee and board member of the Calais Foundation; boys’ lacrosse coach associated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; a trustee and board member of St. Joseph’s Outreach; and a supporter of St. Paul’s Outreach.

At the conclusion of the Mass, Father Manning thanked Bishop Serratelli and praised him for charging Father Geno Sylva, St. Paul’s founder and former executive director, with the mission of developing the center with a special early emphasis on outreach to young adults. Today, Father Sylva serves as an official at the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization at the Vatican.

Before the reception after the Mass with young adults, Caron told Bishop Serratelli, “Thank you for celebrating Mass for us. It was a beautiful way to start the year.”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Evangelization+Center%E2%80%99s+Young+Adults+Honor+Their+Outgoing+Leader+During+Mass+With+The+Bishop/2369119/287414/article.html.

Randolph Parish Uses ‘Holy Door’ To Teach Youth About Year Of Mercy

Michael Wojcik

RANDOLPH The soft tap of a small hammer echoes through a hallway in the ministry center of Resurrection Parish here on a Sunday morning in December. Shortly after, a new “holy door” — decorated with colorful handmade cartoon- like images of Biblical scenes that depict God’s mercy — opens up at one end of the corridor. A class of eager fifth-grade religious education students gathers in front of the beautifully adorned “holy door,” waiting for their opportunity to walk under its threshold.

The group of about 30 boys and girls, including 10-year-old Juliana Sophia, passes through the “holy door” — in reality, Resurrection’s artful interpretation of an actual Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome.Last month, the “holy door” in Randolph invited first- to fifth-grade students to imagine stepping into another world — through Holy Doors at the Vatican and countless churches around the world, including two in the Paterson Diocese, that penitent pilgrims can visit during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.This imaginative, interactive lesson also helped the children to realize that they can walk into the forgiving arms of God and share that mercy with others at anytime — not only during the Holy Year in the universal Church.

“It [the ‘holy door’] made me feel welcomed and loved. It made me think that anybody can go to Jesus and talk to him and about ways that I can me more merciful to other people,” said Sophia. The walk through the “holy door” served as only the start of a Jubilee Year of Mercy spiritual journey in miniature for these students, who made the pilgrimage a class at a time over two Sunday mornings last month. They followed small cutout footprints placed on the floor — to encourage them to follow the path of Jesus — down to the end of the hallway corridor. At that point, students encountered a poster of Pope Francis with a quote from him: “Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.”

“This Holy Year of Mercy asks us to follow God’s example of loving, caring and forgiving. We can all come up with ways to do this — give food and clothing to people in need, visit people who are sick or lonely, forgive others who hurt us or comfort those who are hurt physically, mentally and spiritually,” Lorraine Scandarito, Resurrection’s coordinator of religious education and director of its Children’s Ministry, told the children on the spiritual journey, which she devised and led. “We also can tell others about God and how much He loves us and wants to have a close relationship with us.”

Again, the children followed the footprints up to the center’s second level, where they met another image — this one of the Divine Mercy, which St. Faustina, who promoted a devotion to Divine Mercy, had originally painted. Along the way, Scandarito explained many aspects of the Holy Year and God’s unending mercy and encouraged participation by the students by asking them questions. The pilgrimage concluded with the children returning to their classrooms and completing a follow-up activity that reinforced the lesson. They colored in a church on paper and placed a small foam heart at its front doors to remind them to love others as Jesus teaches us to do, Scandarito said.

“I wanted the religious education curriculum to catch the pulse of what is happening in the Church today — the Year of Mercy,” said Scandarito, who found inspiration for the activity from material online. “It was interesting, visual and interactive and more than a lesson in a book. It got the children out of their seats and doing something,” she said.

The students, she said, were “awe-struck,” as they passed through the “holy door— actually a double door that leads from a hallway of the parish ministry center to a stairwell. Scandarito had created two panels each of three Biblical scenes on the door in a whimsical cartoon-like style to appeal to the young people. They show Adam and Eve embracing the apple of temptation on either side of the snake that represents Satan; the Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary and telling her that she will bear a son, who will be the Messiah; and the Prodigal Son and his father embracing with wild abandon. The Holy Door in Rome also displays depictions of these Biblical scenes, she said.

“These pictures [on the ‘holy door’] are important, because our story begins with Adam and Eve, who sinned and disobeyed God, which broke their close relationship with Him. But because God loves us so much, He gave us His only son, Jesus, to save us from our sinful ways and bring us back to a close relationship with Him,” Scandarito told students. “The story of the Prodigal Son shows us how much God loves us even when we mess up over and over again. God is always there to love and forgive us and celebrates, when we are truly sorry for our sins and want to do better in the future,” she said.

The “holy door” at Resurrection also reminds visitors that they also can make a pilgrimage to two designated Holy Doors in our diocese during this Holy Year: one at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Morristown, and another at Holy Rosary Church, Passaic. Last month, Scandarito opened the “holy door” in Randolph with a small hammer — similar to the small silver hammer that popes have used to open the Holy Door in Rome.

“It was wonderful,” said Roberta Wurst, a first-grade catechist, while watching her students in class finish the art activity that ended the experience. “It was hands-on and visual — the way kids learn. It had meaning for them. They grasped what they were learning.”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Randolph+Parish+Uses+%E2%80%98Holy+Door%E2%80%99+To+Teach+Youth+About+Year+Of+Mercy/2369126/287414/article.html.

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