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BI S HOP TO I SS UE LENTEN P AS TOR A L LETTER ONLINE ON AS H WEDNE S D A Y WWW.R C DOP.ORG 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 FEBRUARY 4, 2016 Bishop to celebrate, preach at four Masses on Year of Mercy on March 5-6 weekend at Morristown church 12 9 8 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR FL A NDER S P A RI S H BURN S MORTG A GE AS P A RT OF 30TH A NNIVER SA RY EVENT S BLE SS ING OF THRO A T S HELD A T S T. A NN P A RI S H DURING P AS TOR A L VI S IT BY BI S HOP MORRISTOWN Bishop Serratelli will proclaim the message of the Jubilee Year of Mercy — encour-aging faithful to seek out the boundless mercy of God and then sharing it with other people — while serving as the main cele-brant and homilist during four weekend Masses March 5 and 6 in English and Spanish at St. Margaret of Scotland Church here. The Bishop will visit St. Margaret’s, home to a large Hispanic community, to celebrate the Masses on March 5 at 5 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish for immigrants and then on March 6 at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., both in English. On Dec. 13, Bishop Serratelli opened Holy Doors at the dynamic Morris County parish and later at Holy Rosary Church, Passaic, home to a large Polish communi-ty. The opening the Holy Doors — which pilgrims from around the diocese and beyond are invit-ed to visit — launched the Diocese’s observances of the uni-versal Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began Dec. 8. “I am delighted to visit St. Margaret’s Parish to preach dur-ing this Year of Mercy. By cele-brating all four Masses during the March 5-6 weekend, I can reach all the people of the parish with the Holy Year’s central message about God’s love and mercy,” Bishop Serratelli said. “I am also delighted to celebrate Masses at a parish that has a community both rich in diversity and vibrant in its faith.” One of the concelebrants of the Masses with the bishop will be Father Hernan Arias, St. Margaret’s pastor, who has been designated as one of seven Missionaries of Mercy for the Diocese. Pope Francis, who de-clared the Jubilee Year of Mercy, will give more than 800 mission-aries around the world a mandate to become preachers of mercy during Ash Wednesday Mass on Feb. 10 in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. Five Missionaries of Mercy from Paterson — not including Father Arias — will travel to the Vatican to concelebrate the Mass and, before that, meet with the YEAR OF MERCY on 5 7 10-1 1 12 13 14-20 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O O BITUARIES C LASSIFIEDS Diocesan priest visits three Holy Doors in three states for Jubilee Year of Mercy By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR OAK RIDGE The recent spiritual journey that Father Jhon Madrid took in this Jubilee Year of Mercy — a two-day tour of Holy Doors in three Catholic cathedrals in three states — started in early January not only with a simple step but also with lots of questions about the Holy Year from relatives he was visiting in New England. During a “mini vacation” to Boston, Father Madrid, parochial vicar at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish here and St. John Vianney Parish, Stockholm, fielded lots of inquiries from his family, such as, “What is the Jubilee Year of Mercy?” “What is a Holy Door?” and “What is a Missionary of Mercy?” So, he decided to take them to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the mother church of the Boston Archdiocese, on Jan. 7 to receive a plenary indulgence — a remission of the temporal punish-ment due to sins already forgiven — by passing through its Holy Door. On the next day, Father Madrid felt inspired to continue his pilgrimage on his drive back to the Diocese by visiting Holy Doors in two other “mother churches”: the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford, Conn., and St. Patrick Cathedral, New York City. “Walking through the Holy Door in Boston was an exciting moment. Wow!,” said Father Madrid, who has been selected as one of five priests from the dio-cese to join priests from around the world on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. There, Pope Francis will commission them as Missionaries of Mercy — preachers of mercy and confessors filled with mercy — for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. During his first Holy Door visit during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Father Madrid enjoyed the ornate beauty of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the largest Catholic church in New England. It was built in the Gothic Revival style OPEN DOOR Father Jhon Madrid, parochial vicar of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Oak Ridge, and St. John Vianney Parish, Stockholm, walked through the silver Holy Doors at the Cathedral of St. Joseph (above) in Hartford, Conn., during a two-day tour of Holy Doors in three Catholic cathedrals in three states last month. The priest also visited and passed through the Holy Doors in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, and St. Patrick Cathedral, New York City. and dedicated in 1875. Even be-fore walking into Holy Cross, Father Madrid noticed a large banner attached to the cathedral’s stone exterior that proclaims the TOUR on 2

Bishop To Celebrate, Preach At Four Masses On Year Of Mercy On March 5-6 Weekend At Morristown Church

Michael Wojcik

MORRISTOWN Bishop Serratelli will proclaim the message of the Jubilee Year of Mercy — encouraging faithful to seek out the boundless mercy of God and then sharing it with other people — while serving as the main celebrant and homilist during four weekend Masses March 5 and 6 in English and Spanish at St. Margaret of Scotland Church here.

The Bishop will visit St. Margaret’s, home to a large Hispanic community, to celebrate the Masses on March 5 at 5 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish for immigrants and then on March 6 at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., both in English. On Dec. 13, Bishop Serratelli opened Holy Doors at the dynamic Morris County parish and later at Holy Rosary Church, Passaic, home to a large Polish community. The opening the Holy Doors — which pilgrims from around the diocese and beyond are invited to visit — launched the Diocese’s observances of the universal Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began Dec. 8.

“I am delighted to visit St. Margaret’s Parish to preach during this Year of Mercy. By celebrating all four Masses during the March 5-6 weekend, I can reach all the people of the parish with the Holy Year’s central message about God’s love and mercy,” Bishop Serratelli said. “I am also delighted to celebrate Masses at a parish that has a community both rich in diversity and vibrant in its faith.”

One of the concelebrants of the Masses with the bishop will be Father Hernan Arias, St. Margaret’s pastor, who has been designated as one of seven Missionaries of Mercy for the Diocese. Pope Francis, who declared the Jubilee Year of Mercy, will give more than 800 missionaries around the world a mandate to become preachers of mercy during Ash Wednesday Mass on Feb. 10 in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. Five Missionaries of Mercy from Paterson — not including Father Arias — will travel to the Vatican to concelebrate the Mass and, before that, meet with the pope during an audience, where he will speak about their duties as Missionaries of Mercy.

“I believe in the mercy of God and that we see mercy in Jesus. We are to carry that mercy to people and bring them the ‘Good News,’ ” Father Arias said. “We are to welcome everyone into the Kingdom of God. Also, we are to be compassionate, accepting, and forgiving of sinners and those people, who have been marginalized by society and the Church,” the pastor said.

On Dec. 13, Bishop Serratelli proclaimed, “This is the Lord’s gate; let us enter through it and obtain mercy and forgiveness,” as he opened Holy Doors at St. Margaret’s and at Holy Rosary Church in Passaic during Masses at both locations. During the Holy Year, Pope Francis is granting plenary indulgence — which removes all temporal punishment due for sins — to Catholics, who make a pilgrimage and pass through a Holy Door, whether in Rome or in their dioceses.

Bishop Serratelli also wrote a pastoral letter, “The Jubilee of Mercy and the Promise of Christ,” which he promulgated on Nov. 22. He will return to St. Margaret’s and Holy Rosary at the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which concludes on Sunday, Nov. 20, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

Toward the conclusion of the Dec. 13 Mass at St. Margaret’s, Father Arias called the opening of the Holy Doors “very exciting” and “history for the Diocese.”

Information: St. Margaret’s at (973) 538-0874 and Holy Rosary at (973) 4783-1578.]

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Diocesan Priest Visits Three Holy Doors In Three States For Jubilee Year Of Mercy

Michael Wojcik

OAK RIDGE The recent spiritual journey that Father Jhon Madrid took in this Jubilee Year of Mercy — a two-day tour of Holy Doors in three Catholic cathedrals in three states — started in early January not only with a simple step but also with lots of questions about the Holy Year from relatives he was visiting in New England.

During a “mini vacation” to Boston, Father Madrid, parochial vicar at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish here and St. John Vianney Parish, Stockholm, fielded lots of inquiries from his family, such as, “What is the Jubilee Year of Mercy?” “What is a Holy Door?” and “What is a Missionary of Mercy?” So, he decided to take them to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the mother church of the Boston Archdiocese, on Jan. 7 to receive a plenary indulgence — a remission of the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven — by passing through its Holy Door. On the next day, Father Madrid felt inspired to continue his pilgrimage on his drive back to the Diocese by visiting Holy Doors in two other “mother churches”: the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford, Conn., and St. Patrick Cathedral, New York City.

“Walking through the Holy Door in Boston was an exciting moment. Wow!,” said Father Madrid, who has been selected as one of five priests from the diocese to join priests from around the world on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. There, Pope Francis will commission them as Missionaries of Mercy — preachers of mercy and confessors filled with mercy — for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

During his first Holy Door visit during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Father Madrid enjoyed the ornate beauty of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the largest Catholic church in New England. It was built in the Gothic Revival style and dedicated in 1875. Even before walking into Holy Cross, Father Madrid noticed a large banner attached to the cathedral’s stone exterior that proclaims the Jubilee Year of Mercy in languages, including English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. The sign reminds visitors, “As you pass through the Holy Door, remember that Jesus Christ is the door, who leads you to the embrace God’s mercy.” Then, the priest sat in a pew and recited the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which he prays everyday.

Father Madrid posted comments and photos from his pilgrimage in Boston on FaceBook before driving alone the next day to the Cathedral of St. Joseph, mother church of the Hartford Archdiocese. Completed in 1962, the postmodern church was made with concrete and covered in Alabama limestone. He walked through its silver Holy Doors that are topped with Pope Francis’ coat of arms and located to one side of the cathedral’s worship space. A sign near the door encourages pilgrims to walk through, receive and plenary indulgence, and receive God’s mercy.

“I visited the Cathedral of St. Joseph early in the morning. There weren’t a lot of people there and it was quiet. It was a great time to pray and reflect on God’s mercy,” said Father Madrid, who commented on one of the church’s prominent artistic features: its large expanse of spectacular stained-glass windows crafted in Paris, which reminded him of churches in his native Colombia. “I would compare God’s mercy to the cathedral’s windows. There is not much light inside the church. Light comes through the windows to illuminate the darkness — like God’s love and mercy,” he said.

Like Father Madrid, pilgrims everywhere have been taking up Pope Francis’ invitation to visit and walk through the Holy Doors — which symbolize that Jesus serves as our only door to the Lord’s forgiveness and salvation — at countless designated churches all around the world during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Holy Doors in the Paterson Diocese are located at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Morristown and Holy Rosary Church / St. Pope John Paul Shrine in Passaic.

During the Holy Year, Pope Francis is granting a plenary indulgence to Catholics, who make a pilgrimage and pass through a Holy Door, whether in Rome, which Father Madrid plans to visit during his upcoming pilgrimage, or in their own diocese. They also have to make a “worthy sacramental Confession, receive Holy Communion, recite the Creed and pray the Our Father for the intentions of the Holy Father,” Bishop Serratelli writes in his recent pastoral letter, “The Jubilee of Mercy and the Promise of Christ.”

After Hartford, Father Madrid headed for New York City for the final leg of his “mini vacation.” There, he visited St. Patrick Cathedral, the Gothic Revival-style mother church of the Archdiocese of New York, originally dedicated in 1879. A banner near its Holy Door urges pilgrims to perform ordinary acts of mercy during the Holy Year, the priest said.

“John the Baptist invited people to prepare for the way of Jesus by encouraging those who had two tunics to give one to someone who doesn’t have one. In the United States, we are blessed with many possessions. We should share God’s love and mercy with others and share our possessions with people in need,” Father Madrid, who listed a few Jubilee Year of Mercy events at St. Thomas and St. John, including a parish mission, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and small-group sharing and a retreat day for parish staff. “Visiting a Holy Door is a wonderful way to celebrate the Holy Year, but it’s more about how we treat other people. Do we forgive? Do we hold our tongues? We need to ask ourselves, ‘How do I make life easier for others?’ ” Father Madrid said.

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Diocesan+Priest+Visits+Three+Holy+Doors+In+Three+States+For+Jubilee+Year+Of+Mercy/2388013/289529/article.html.

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