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10-1 1 BI S HOP I SS UE S LENTEN P AS TOR A L LETTER 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 1 1, 2016 P OPE B LESSES C HILD IN THE W OMB The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard 7 Sparta parish’s initiative helps youth ministry members keep the Second Commandment By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR 3 POPE EMPH AS IZE S WORK S OF MER C Y IN LENTEN ME SSA GE 6 RELIGIOU S REFLE C T ON YE A R OF C ON S E C R A TED LIFE 5 7 8-9 12 13-19 Y OUTH W HAT T O D O V IEWPOINT O BITUARIES C LASSIFIEDS PHOTO | © L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO Pope Francis blesses the child in the womb of a pregnant woman at the first Jubilee Audience, a series of special audiences during the Year of Mercy, in St. Peter’s Square in Rome last week. SPARTA Patrons sometimes ask about the white-and-red wristband that 18-year-old Taylor Gudenkauf of Our Lady of the Lake (OLL) Parish here wears while working as a hostess at St. Moritz Grill & Bar in town. It’s not a reminder of a cause like heart disease awareness, a sports team or a music star like Taylor Swift. Instead, the teen re-ports, the wristband is a stylish and modern reminder that she should obey the Second Com -mandment: “Thou shall not take the Lord’s name in vain.” “I wear the wristband [which displays the words, ‘Name in Vain‘] almost everyday. People are in-trigued and come up to me and ask questions about it,” said Gudenkauf, one of the many mem-bers of OLL’s youth ministry, who have been wearing the rubber wristbands — white with red let-‘Name in Vain Forgiveness Campaign’ tering — as a part of the Sussex County parish’s Lenten “Name in Vain Forgiveness Campaign” — among its many activities to ob-serve of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the universal Church. “It [taking the Lord’s name in vain] is instilled in our culture, in our movies and music. Now, I realize just how much I have been doing it. It’s been a good reminder that I need to watch how I speak,” she said. Before Lent, the youth ministry, which consists of teenagers and college students, started to wear the wristbands to promote the “Name In Vain Forgiveness CAMPAIGN on 2 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS ‘WELCOME HOME TO HEALING’ Churches open Monday evenings during Lent for confession By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER CLIFTON As the universal Church celebrates the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Sacrament of Reconcili -ation takes on a new and special meaning and throughout Lent, every church in the Paterson Diocese will be open for confes-sions from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mon -day evenings from Feb. 15 to March 14. Marking its 8th year, the Diocese is again offering the Welcome Home to Healing Initiative to give Catholics the op-portunity to experience God’s for-giveness and healing love. The pur-pose of Welcome Home to Healing is to draw the faithful closer to a call of conversion as they prepare for Holy Week and Easter. In his pastoral letter, “Individual Confession: The Embrace of God’s Mercy,” issued on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, Bishop Serratelli writes: “Our priests’ participation in our Welcome Home to Healing Initiative is ample witness to their commitment to this sacrament. Beyond the times scheduled in their parishes for confessions and beyond the readiness to hear con-fessions when requested, they have been available for hours every Monday dur-ing Lent for individual con-fessions. As a result, we have witnessed a reawakening of the rich treasure of in-dividual confession.” Father Kevin Corcoran, diocesan vice chancellor and priest-secretary to the bishop, who is coordinator for the Initiative, said, “Pope Francis makes it absolutely clear that the Jubilee of Mercy is a time to go to confession. The sacrament is at the very center of this holy year. The pope said, ‘It is important that this moment be linked, first and foremost, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to the celebra-tion of the Holy Eucharist with a reflection of mercy.’” To emphasize the important role of the Sacrament of Penance during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis commissioned hundred of priests from around the world as Missionaries of Mercy at Mass on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The diocese has seven priests whom the Pope desig-nated as Missionaries of Mercy — Father Paul Manning, executive di-LENT on 3

Sparta Parish’s Initiative Helps Youth Ministry Members Keep The Second Commandment

Michael Wojci

SPARTA Patrons sometimes ask about the white-and-red wristband that 18-year-old Taylor Gudenkauf of Our Lady of the Lake (OLL) Parish here wears while working as a hostess at St. Moritz Grill & Bar in town. It’s not a reminder of a cause like heart disease awareness, a sports team or a music star like Taylor Swift. Instead, the teen reports, the wristband is a stylish and modern reminder that she should obey the Second Commandment: “Thou shall not take the Lord’s name in vain.”

“I wear the wristband [which displays the words, ‘Name in Vain‘] almost everyday. People are intrigued and come up to me and ask questions about it,” said Gudenkauf, one of the many members of OLL’s youth ministry, who have been wearing the rubber wristbands — white with red lettering — as a part of the Sussex County parish’s Lenten “Name in Vain Forgiveness Campaign” — among its many activities to observe of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the universal Church. “It [taking the Lord’s name in vain] is instilled in our culture, in our movies and music. Now, I realize just how much I have been doing it. It’s been a good reminder that I need to watch how I speak,” she said.

Before Lent, the youth ministry, which consists of teenagers and college students, started to wear the wristbands to promote the “Name In Vain Forgiveness Campaign,” now under way at OLL. Also prior to Lent, the youth ministry and religious education students, third to 10th grade, received prayer cards that the parish created for the initiative. They are encouraged to pray for themselves and also recite a simple, one sentence intention — “Father, forgive him; he knows not what he does” — when they hear someone taking the Lord’s name in vain, said Nancy Hefele, a OLL Confirmation catechist, who devised and helped develop the program.

“By simply, yet sincerely, praying for others with faith in God’s mercy, our youth have such a simple, doable way to exercise three important aspects of mercy: asking for God’s mercy through that simple prayer, being merciful toward the person for whom they pray and completely trusting in God’s mercy, knowing that they need not actually ‘say’ anything to the person, but just trust that God will hear their prayer and be merciful,” said Hefele, who collaborated on the “Name in Vain Forgiveness Campaign” with Laurie DiCianni, OLL’s coordinator of Confirmation and youth ministry, and Betty Heldak, director of religious education.

The “Name in Vain” wristbands help the youth ministry members not only to remember to hold their tongues, but also to spread to word to people, who might ask about them. That could inspire them to perform other Spiritual Works of Mercy, such as instructing the uninformed — along with already praying for the living and the dead, Hefele said.

The back of the prayer cards displays a “prayer counter” to help participants keep track of their prayers to encourage them to pray consistently throughout Lent. Hefele said that she has reminded the young people that the prayer counter should not encourage competition or false reasons to pray for others and that one sincere prayer in good faith is worth far more than hundreds of prayers without sincerity and faith.

Participants write their names, grades and total number of prayers in the spaces provided and will bring the cards to OLL on Good Friday, the day that Jesus uttered the words, “Forgive them, they know not what they do.” A basket filled with their cards will then be placed at the altar. Because this campaign focuses on the Second Commandment, they can multiply their total number of prayers by two. Then they can perform a Corporal Work of Mercy — feeding the hungry — by donating that amount of money to the Sparta Food Bank, said Hefele, who earned a Certificate in Catholic Evangelization from St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangeli - zation at Bayley-Ellard, Madison.

“This is important not only to make us participants more aware of what we are saying, but also more aware of choosing our words and actions,” said Gretchen Riker, a youth ministry member. “It also reminds us of God’s forgiveness and eternal love.”

During OLL’s “Name in Vain Forgiveness Campaign,” parishioners can get extra wristbands or prayer cards if they want them. They are encouraged to pray that God blesses the young participants and the people for whom they are praying. Originally, Hefele had presented the idea to the parish advisory council. Before Christmas, youth ministry members enthusiastically endorsed the initiative, which is voluntary, she said.

“People may say things like, ‘Oh, my God’ all the time without even realizing it. It’s disrespectful. We need to remember to love and honor God. It also makes us more aware not to say things like that,” DiCianni said. “We should not confront other people when they take the Lord’s name in vain but pray silently. It’s not about judging others; it’s about the power of God to convert people’s hearts,” she said.

Likewise, Father David McDonnell, OLL’s pastor, remarked that people often “take the name of God in vain out of routine.”

“It [the ‘Name in Vain Forgiveness Campaign’] makes us stop and think and reminds us that His name is holy,” Father McDonnell said.

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Sparta+Parish%E2%80%99s+Initiative+Helps+Youth+Ministry+Members+Keep+The+Second+Commandment/2393351/290267/article.html.

‘WELCOME Home To Healing’

Cecile San Agustin

Churches open Monday evenings during Lent for confession

CLIFTON As the universal Church celebrates the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Sacrament of Reconcili - ation takes on a new and special meaning and throughout Lent, every church in the Paterson Diocese will be open for confessions from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mon - day evenings from Feb. 15 to March 14.

Marking its 8th year, the Diocese is again offering the Welcome Home to Healing Initiative to give Catholics the opportunity to experience God’s forgiveness and healing love. The purpose of Welcome Home to Healing is to draw the faithful closer to a call of conversion as they prepare for Holy Week and Easter.

In his pastoral letter, “Individual Confession: The Embrace of God’s Mercy,” issued on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, Bishop Serratelli writes: “Our priests’ participation in our Welcome Home to Healing Initiative is ample witness to their commitment to this sacrament. Beyond the times scheduled in their parishes for confessions and beyond the readiness to hear confessions when requested, they have been available for hours every Monday during Lent for individual confessions. As a result, we have witnessed a reawakening of the rich treasure of individual confession.”

Father Kevin Corcoran, diocesan vice chancellor and priest-secretary to the bishop, who is coordinator for the Initiative, said, “Pope Francis makes it absolutely clear that the Jubilee of Mercy is a time to go to confession. The sacrament is at the very center of this holy year. The pope said, ‘It is important that this moment be linked, first and foremost, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with a reflection of mercy.’”

To emphasize the important role of the Sacrament of Penance during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis commissioned hundred of priests from around the world as Missionaries of Mercy at Mass on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The diocese has seven priests whom the Pope designated as Missionaries of Mercy — Father Paul Manning, executive director of St. Paul Inside the Walls, Madison; Msgr. John Hart, pastor of Assumption Parish, Morristown; Father Dariusz Kaminski, pastor of St. Stephen Parish, Paterson; Father Jhon Madrid, parochial vicar of St. Thomas Parish, Oak Ridge and St. John Vianney Parish, Stockholm; Father Hernan Arias, pastor of St. Margaret Parish in Morristown, Father Stanley Barron, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Flanders, and Father Geno Sylva, currently serving at the Vatican as the English language official for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. The Holy Father called on these Missionaries of Mercy to be “inspiring preachers of mercy; heralds of the joy of forgiveness, and welcoming, loving, compassionate confessors who are most especially attentive to the difficult situations of each person.”

In past years during the Welcome Home to Healing Initiative, many parishes had to keep the church doors open longer than 8:30 p.m. to accommodate the large number of penitents waiting in line to confess their sins.

Because of the Jubilee Year, the Diocese is hoping that a record number of people will avail themselves to the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. “The hope is that the Year of Mercy brings people back to the sacrament, especially those who have not gone to confession in years,” Father Corcoran said.

Since every parish in the Diocese will be open at the same time on Monday eve - nings, those who may not feel comfortable going to confession to a priest they may know in their parish, can simply go to the church of their choice.

In addition to the Welcome Home Initiative, each parish will continue to celebrate their regularly scheduled Penance services and many parishes may host their own individual Lenten reconciliation services and activities.

“God wants us to experience mercy like the prodigal son. The sacrament, at times, may seem so ordinary but it is actually very extraordinary and a great way for us to experience God’s love for all of us,” Father Corcoran said. “Once we experience that love, we are called to be merciful to others and to let others know about the Sacrament of Reconciliation.”

[To learn more about the Welcome Home to Healing Initiative in the Diocese of Paterson, go to www.rcdop.org and click on Welcome Home to Healing on the home page.]

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/%E2%80%98WELCOME+Home+To+Healing%E2%80%99/2393352/290267/article.html.

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