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The Beacon Beacon_March 10 2016 : Page 1

A LL C HUR C HE S OPEN MOND A Y S FOR C ONFE SS ION S DURING LENT FROM 7 TO 8:30 P.M. 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 MARCH 10, 2016 ‘24 H OURS F OR THE L ORD ’ The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard 18 6 God’s mercy is paramount at special Diocesan observances By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR HE A D OF DIO C E SA N CA THOLI C C H A RITIE S TO RETIRE IN JUNE 14 BI S HOP PRE S ENT S A W A RD S A T A NNU A L DIO C E SA N BOY SC OUT/ GIRL SC OUT M ASS 11 12-13 16-17 18-19 21-27 MASS FOR IMMIGRANTS AND THEIR FAMILIES Bishop Serratelli celebrated four Masses at St. Margaret of Scotland BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI O BITUARIES Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS Church in Morristown March 5-6 as part of the Diocese’s “24 Hours for the Lord” for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pictured here with Bishop Serratelli following the Mass for Immigrants is Deacon Jeider Barraza, diocesan seminarian; Father Hernan Arias, St. Margaret’s pastor; men of the Immaculate Conception Group and ladies of the parish, who are dressed in national attire of their native countries. MORRISTOWN When the Lord bestows His mercy on us — no matter what sins we have com-mitted, He “welcomes us back in-to the joy of His family” with the most important sentiment ever written or spoken: “I love you.” Bishop Serratelli proclaimed that message for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, encouraging the faithful to seek out the boundless mercy of God and then sharing it with other people, while serving as the main celebrant and homilist at all four weekend Masses in English and Spanish at St. Margaret of Scotland Church here on March 5-6. In his homily, the Bishop ex-amined the Parable of the CONTINUED on 8 B ENEFITS OF PARTNERS IN FAITH C AMPAIGN Parishes in Diocese receive third rebate installment By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS CLIFTON Four years after Partners in Faith (PIF), the diocesan capital and endowment campaign kicked-off, parishes around the Paterson Diocese are once again witnessing the works of the generous dona-tions and pledges made by the faithful throughout Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties within their own faith communities. The campaign, which kicked off in the fall of 2012 with a small group of pilot parishes, has given parishes the opportunity to strength-en the mission of the Church and its parish family. For many of the faithful, money benefiting their home parish was an important case element of the campaign. In Allows capital improvements to sustain faith communities addition, Partners in Faith has al-lowed the diocese to extend its reach to the poor, foster important Catholic values to school children, assist priests in need of special care and put the diocese’s Mother Church — the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, on a solid foun-dation for decades to come. With pledges to Partners in Faith reaching $61 million, parishes received their third rebate install-ment recently to address the parish community’s individual needs. Bishop Serratelli said, “The theme of our campaign, ‘Partners in Faith’ was chosen because it ac-curately reflects how our Catholic faith can unite us to accomplish great things for so many. Our parishes are where the people ex-perience firsthand the love of Christ through the Eucharist. It is where faith flourishes and the Gospel is preached. It is fitting that one of the priorities of Partners in Faith was sustaining the work of each parish and maintaining each as a vibrant, thriving faith commu-nity. I am so pleased to see this happening with the help of Partners in Faith, and I am grateful to all who continue to fulfill their pledges so that these rebates con-tinue to bring new life to our parishes.” Each parish was assigned a fi-nancial target as part of the overall campaign goal. Twenty-five percent of the amount pledged and re-ceived up to the parish target will be returned to the parish. Sixty percent of all cash received over the parish goal will then be re-turned to the parish. For a full list of individual 2015 parish rebates, see list on page 2. “There are so many remark-able things which have been made possible by the people of the diocese in our Partners in Faith campaign,” said Msgr. James Mahoney, vicar general, modera-PARTNERS IN FAITH on 2

Parishes In Diocese Receive Third Rebate Installment

Cecile San Agustin

CLIFTON Four years after Partners in Faith (PIF), the diocesan capital and endowment campaign kickedoff, parishes around the Paterson Diocese are once again witnessing the works of the generous donations and pledges made by the faithful throughout Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties within their own faith communities.

The campaign, which kicked off in the fall of 2012 with a small group of pilot parishes, has given parishes the opportunity to strengthen the mission of the Church and its parish family. For many of the faithful, money benefiting their home parish was an important case element of the campaign. In addition, Partners in Faith has allowed the diocese to extend its reach to the poor, foster important Catholic values to school children, assist priests in need of special care and put the diocese’s Mother Church — the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, on a solid foundation for decades to come.

With pledges to Partners in Faith reaching $61 million, parishes received their third rebate installment recently to address the parish community’s individual needs.

Bishop Serratelli said, “The theme of our campaign, ‘Partners in Faith’ was chosen because it accurately reflects how our Catholic faith can unite us to accomplish great things for so many. Our parishes are where the people experience firsthand the love of Christ through the Eucharist. It is where faith flourishes and the Gospel is preached. It is fitting that one of the priorities of Partners in Faith was sustaining the work of each parish and maintaining each as a vibrant, thriving faith community. I am so pleased to see this happening with the help of Partners in Faith, and I am grateful to all who continue to fulfill their pledges so that these rebates continue to bring new life to our parishes.”

Each parish was assigned a financial target as part of the overall campaign goal. Twenty-five percent of the amount pledged and received up to the parish target will be returned to the parish. Sixty percent of all cash received over the parish goal will then be returned to the parish. For a full list of individual 2015 parish rebates, see list on page 2.

“There are so many remarkable things which have been made possible by the people of the diocese in our Partners in Faith campaign,” said Msgr. James Mahoney, vicar general, moderator of the Curia, and pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham Township. “I do not want to see overlooked the role played in this campaign by our pastors. Without their support and the trust that our parishioners had in their pastors’ judgment and guidance, the campaign would never have been so successful.” At St. Francis DeSales Parish in McAfee section of Vernon in Sussex County, the rebates have been used to make upgrades to the lighting in the church and the air conditioning unit in the church’s administrative offices, its conference room and St. Francis’ youth room.

“The parishioners have seen the good that Partners in Faith has done for the parish and the diocese,” said Father Brian Quinn, pastor of St. Francis DeSales. “Whenever the parishioners are asked to donate for a cause, they are unbelievably generous. Pastors feel uncomfortable asking for money but the parishioners never hesitate in donating to important causes and they come through and then some.”

The church building of St. Francis DeSales in Vernon was opened in 1986 and upgrades were made to the exterior of the building with new siding installed on the entire church. Some upcoming projects will include installing a new air conditioning system in the church building and repaving the parking lot.

“The parishioners feel at home here,” said Father Quinn, “and they are happy to see all we are able to accomplish because of Partners in Faith.”

Parish rebates will continue to be disbursed annually as pledges are fulfilled over the course of the redemption period, which is through 2018.

Msgr. Mahoney said, “I never heard one pastor mention that he loved raising money. If there was one, I did not hear about it. Many pastors mentioned that they found this to be such an uncomfortable role for them. I know I did. All the pastors wanted to help their people and preach the Gospel. They were willing to follow our Bishop’s leadership. The pastors stayed with the plan; their parishioners responded; and now both the parishes and the diocese are better because of the work by our pastors.”

With a minimum of $10 million set to help parishes, each parish formulated a case statement at the beginning of the campaign to address the special and individual needs on where donations will go for their home church.

At Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Pompton Plains, the rebate was used to make repairs to its aging rectory and the parking lot of the church. With more than 1,500 families, the parish is constantly a hub of activity.

Father Paul O’Donnell Duggan, pastor, said, “That gift was a blessing in repairing our water heater and pipes at the rectory, which broke down recently. People were thrilled and delighted to see where the money is going and that it is being used for good purposes to help maintain our buildings.”

At St. Jude Parish in Hamburg, Father Bill Collins thanked his parishioners for the rebate received from PIF in the parish bulletin. “These fund are only available because of those parishioners who are making ongoing payments on their Partners in Faith pledges,” he wrote. “I am so grateful to all who are consistent in paying their pledges.”

In addition to St. Jude’s individual campaign to build a new parish hall, the rebate from Partners in Faith has helped the growing Hamburg parish expand its campus. The parish hall houses several resource rooms used for meetings, a religious education office, storage area, rest rooms and a kitchen. It is also used for many social events hosted by the parish and it is also rented out to parishioners and the local community for parties and other functions.

“This area has grown over the last 20 years and the numbers of families coming to St. Jude’s has increased. The parishioners have been supportive about the campaign and have been the ones who are making the parish grow,” said Father Collins.

As the pledge fulfillment part of the campaign continues, Msgr. Mahoney said, “There are so many challenges to be faced. Economic issues are real for the diocese and for our families. But together, some great things have happened. As our contributors continue to pay their pledge commitments, even more great things will be done during the next year.”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Parishes+In+Diocese+Receive+Third+Rebate+Installment/2421419/293559/article.html.

God’s Mercy Is Paramount At Special Diocesan Observances

Michael Wojcik

MORRISTOWN When the Lord bestows His mercy on us — no matter what sins we have committed, He “welcomes us back into the joy of His family” with the most important sentiment ever written or spoken: “I love you.”

Bishop Serratelli proclaimed that message for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, encouraging the faithful to seek out the boundless mercy of God and then sharing it with other people, while serving as the main celebrant and homilist at all four weekend Masses in English and Spanish at St. Margaret of Scotland Church here on March 5-6. In his homily, the Bishop examined the Parable of the prodigal Son. In it, Jesus tells the story of a younger brother, who squanders his inheritance on sins of the flesh before repenting and returning to his father. Meanwhile, an older brother commits the sin of pride by expressing indignation when their father rejoices that his younger son has returned.

“In the parable, the father loves both [sons]. He runs to meet the prodigal, who is on his way home. He goes out to the older brother, who is standing outside their doorstep, refusing to be part of the family celebration [for the younger brother],” said Bishop Serratelli, at the Masses, concelebrated by Father Hernan Arias, pastor of St. Margaret’s, which serves a large Hispanic population. “In parable, the father is God, whose mercy embraces all. The Lord condones no sin, but He looks at all of us sinners as His children. Whatever our sins — great or small — and whether we are on the road distant from the Father’s house or on His doorstep, He is saying to us the most important sentence that welcomes us into the joy of His family: ‘I love you,’ ” he said.

Among the four Mass during the “24 Hours for the Lord” that the Bishop celebrated at St. Margaret’s was a special Mass in Spanish for immigrants and their families at which prayers for justice for all immigrants were offered.

That same weekend, St. Margaret’s joined two other parishes — the Shrine of St. John Paul II at Holy Rosary Church in Passaic, and Good Shepherd Church in Andover — for a major Diocesan celebration of “24 Hours for the Lord” — one of the Diocese’s many observances for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. These parishes, one in each of the counties that the Diocese serves, welcomed faithful to Eucharistic Adoration, the Sacrament of Penance and other observances and events at particular times last weekend.

St. Margaret’s, one of two churches in the diocese that has a Holy Door for the Holy Year, held 24 hours of Adoration, which included Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; confessions; and a penitential service. Various parish groups kept watch throughout the night and day in the church, which stayed open. Also, worshippers were encouraged to walk through the Holy Door, Father Arias said.

“Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be a church with a Holy Door for the Jubilee Year of Mercy in our Diocese. This has been a great blessing not only for us, but also for the many people, who have been visiting us,” Father Arias told Bishop Serratelli at the conclusion of last weekend’s Masses at St. Margaret’s. “The ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ has been tremendous with people seeking God’s mercy.”

The Shrine of St. John Paul II at Holy Rosary, which houses the other Holy Door in the diocese, held events and devotions in English, Polish or Spanish. They included Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, a lecture on Divine Mercy and opportunities for Confession and for veneration of a relic of St. John Paul II, said Father Stefan Las, Holy Rosary’s pastor.

“It was a great experience. At the present time, people need the Blessed Sacrament. They are hungry for more of it. People are sinful and need forgiveness and to forgive the other. It’s important for them to want to have an encounter with the living God and have peace in their hearts,” said Father Las, who thanked priests from around the diocese, who assisted at Holy Rosary’s “24 Hours for the Lord” observance. “Afterwards, some people wanted to encourage family members to come back to church and go though the Holy Door. Other people wanted to learn more about St. Faustina [who promoted a devotion to Divine Mercy],” he said.

Good Shepherd held a four-hour observance that included Eucharistic Adoration, Exposition, Benediction and opportunities for Reconciliation, said Msgr. Martin McDonnell, pastor, who added that he and visiting priests heard a strong and steady stream of confessions in the first three hours.

“It was a wonderful experience for people, whose lives are so busy, to be still in the presence of our Lord without distraction,” Msgr. McDonnell said. “Reaction [from participants] was positive.”

After last weekend’s Masses at St. Margaret’s with Bishop Serratelli, Father Arias, who has been commissioned with six other diocesan priests as Missionaries of Mercy during his Holy Year, thanked the Bishop for “being here to celebrate and preach at our Masses the Gospel through a beautiful parable of mercy.”

In turn, Bishop Serratelli thanked the priests of St. Margaret’s for allowing him to visit to celebrate liturgies there. At the conclusion of the Masses, he reminded the faithful that Pope Francis calls all of us to be “missionary disciples of mercy — from the oldest to the youngest and from the Pope down to the newly baptized.” “We all sit at the feet of Jesus to learn every day from him, but we also have a mission: to bring others to Jesus.

Maybe some of our family members have fallen away from the faith. I ask for your special effort. How great it would be to bring a least one member of our families back to Church,” Bishop Serratelli told St. Margaret’s parishioners.

[Information for visiting Holy Doors in the Paterson Diocese: St. Margaret’s at (973) 538-0874 and Holy Rosary at (973) 473-1578.]

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/God%E2%80%99s+Mercy+Is+Paramount+At+Special+Diocesan+Observances/2421428/293559/article.html.

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