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2 S T. VIN C ENT DEP A UL SC HOOL, S TIRLING, TO C LO S E IN JUNE 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 APRIL 28, 2016 H OLY The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard 67 A ND C OUNTING By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER 12 3 7 O RDERS Number of parishes in Diocese using eCatholic websites continues to grow CLIFTON The mission of the Church is to evangelize and in to-day’s society, that means commu-nicating with the faithful not just in the pews but also through their computers, tablets and mobile phones. Last June, the Diocese launched an initiative to have every parish in the Diocese develop a new web-site through eCatholic, a faith-based website and design company in College Station, Texas, that the Diocese used to launch its new diocesan website on Dec. 8, 2014. These new websites are now al-lowing parishes to evangelize on the web by presenting visitors with attractive, mobile-friendly and easy-to-navigate designs with up-to-date content. “I am very pleased that this project went so well, with dozens of new, clean and organized web-sites that our parishes manage with ease,” said Thomas Barrett, diocesan coordinator of special projects. “Communication and in-formation are essential things that people need and this is about the NEIGHBORHOOD C ENTER IN P ASSA I C THRIVE S TH A NK S TO PIF DONOR S Church responding to support the faithful. Websites are just one communication tool, we need to continue to find ways and use more tools to connect with our parishioners as people’s needs MOUNT S T. JO S EPH C HILDREN’ S C ENTER IN TOTOW A TO C LO S E IN JUNE 8 9 10-11 12 13-16 Using eCatholic “ has allowed us to improve our presence out in the world. … This is the way to evangelize in the world today.” — C HRISTINA F OLAN , N OTRE D AME OF M OUNT C ARMEL P ARISH evolve. The parishes saw the need for power and simplicity and ran with it. Now a lot of important information from the Diocese, The Beacon and parishes are connect-ed and shareable.” Because of the diocesan part-Y OUTH O BITUARIES V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS In keeping with the practice of the Apostolic Church in ordaining priesthood candidates, Bishop Serratelli lays his hands on the head of Dieudonne Nsom Kindong to signify the conferral of the Holy Spirit during a Mass of Ordination in St. Vincent dePaul Church, Stirling, April 16. The Bishop also ordained Aro Varnabas to the priesthood. Both newly ordained priests belong to the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, the order that serves at the Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling. For story, more photos, see page 6. ECATHOLIC on 2 Drive to benefit victims of Ecuadorian earthquake By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR MORRISTOWN St. Margaret of Scotland Parish here — home to a large community of active and faithful immigrants from Ecuador — invites all people of good will to join them in helping provide criti-cal relief to their beleaguered South American homeland. Ecua -dor was hit April 16 by a magni-tude 7.8 earthquake — the worst disaster it has faced in decades — that has killed more than 570 peo-ple and injured more 5,000 so far. The Morris County parish, which serves a large Hispanic popu-lation, encourages parishioners and others to bring donations of new items from a designated list for earthquake victims to the church hall this week from 6 to 9 p.m., until Friday, and on Sunday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Items in-clude tents, bedding, food, medical supplies, hygiene products, baby items, cooking implements and writing materials. St. Margaret’s kicked off the relief effort with a successful drive on the weekend of April 23-24, after the Consulate General of Ecuador authorized it as one of several collection centers and issued a list of requested items. “This [news of the earthquake] has been terrible to hear. So many people have died and so many are suffering,” said Father Hernan Arias, St. Margaret’s pastor, who noted last week that most parish-ioners’ families were spared suffer-ing because they live in the moun-tains — far from the coastal Manabi Province, where the tremors caused the most damage. “We [at St. Margaret’s] and happy to reach out and respond to help.” The Consulate General plans to pick up the donated items after St. Margaret’s drive concludes on May 1. After the disaster struck, several parishioners attended a meeting about local relief efforts at the Consulate General in Newark, said Father Arias. Needed items include: tents, in-flatable mattresses and blankets; hy-giene products, such as toothpaste, EARTHQUAKE on 9

67 And Counting

Cecile San Agustin

Number of parishes in Diocese using eCatholic websites continues to grow

CLIFTON The mission of the Church is to evangelize and in today’s society, that means communicating with the faithful not just in the pews but also through their computers, tablets and mobile phones.

Last June, the Diocese launched an initiative to have every parish in the Diocese develop a new website through eCatholic, a faithbased website and design company in College Station, Texas, that the Diocese used to launch its new diocesan website on Dec. 8, 2014. These new websites are now allowing parishes to evangelize on the web by presenting visitors with attractive, mobile-friendly and easy-to-navigate designs with upto- date content.

“I am very pleased that this project went so well, with dozens of new, clean and organized websites that our parishes manage with ease,” said Thomas Barrett, diocesan coordinator of special projects. “Communication and information are essential things that people need and this is about the Church responding to support the faithful. Websites are just one communication tool, we need to continue to find ways and use more tools to connect with our parishioners as people’s needs evolve. The parishes saw the need for power and simplicity and ran with it. Now a lot of important information from the Diocese, The Beacon and parishes are connected and shareable.”

Because of the diocesan partnership with eCatholic, 67 parishes and agencies now have eCatholic-based websites. With more than half the parishes of the diocese using eCatholic, the diocese is encouraging the rest of the parishes to set up a new website through eCatholic. There is no cost to the parishes, because the entire cost of their website is being absorbed by the Diocese.

SOLT Father Derek Anderson, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Dover, and diocesan director of catechesis, said, “eCatholic helped move our parish website from somewhat functional and chaotic to easy-to-use and beautiful. With its drag-and-drop features and other intuitive tools, eCatholic accomplishes its mission of helping parishes spend less time on website development and more time on the great mission of evangelization.”

Through eCatholic-hosted sites, parishes can personalize their sites with any logos, images or color patterns of their choosing. Also, these sites are mobile-friendly, accessible from a tablet or smart phone — especially handy for someone traveling who is looking for Mass times of a local parish. The parish websites can enable staff at the parish to edit content directly on a page by adding, removing or changing text, images or video through a “drag ’n’ drop” method. For security purposes, eCatholic also creates a “publishing workflow” that permits various members of the team to have various levels of access to edit web pages. Because the parish is in charge of setting up the content, websites are more up to date because a consultant isn’t involved. Using eCatholic also allows parishes that were paying a consultant to design their web pages and update them to eliminate that cost in their budgets.

One of the parishes in the diocese that is currently using eCatholic is Notre Dame of Mount Carmel in Cedar Knolls, which has changed the way the parish communicates with its members. Cristina Folan, who does communications support for the parish, said, “Using eCatholic has allowed us to improve our presence out in the world. The platform is very easy to use and much easier than other platforms. It allows us to maintain our own website. This is the way to evangelize in the world today. We evangelize through a picture, article or news item.”

At Notre Dame, the website has allowed visitors, no matter what stage they are in their spiritual journey to seek information. Folan said, “Whether it’s a new parent, looking for information about baptism, a person looking for a place of worship or someone wanting to be closer to God, they can find the information, quickly, effectively and in a way that makes sense.”

Together, these parish sites — in conjunction with the diocesan site — will create a consistent design and way of navigating that will alert visitors that they all belong to the Church of Paterson. Also, the Diocese can create content on its website (www.rcdop.org) that parishes can “drag ’n’ drop” onto their sites. In turn, content on parish sites, such as Mass times, can be automatically updated on the diocesan site, said Simmons, who emphasized that parishes — not the Diocese — maintain full control of their sites.

To engage their visitors, the parish sites integrate content from various Catholic websites and interface with social media, posting items on or pulling content from FaceBook, YouTube or Twitter — often automatically without users even thinking about it. Parishes can set up registration for events, allowing visitors to fill out forms online and submit them with ease.

When the Diocese launched its new website through the eCatholic platform, it quickly drew acclaim, so much so the Diocese decided to offer eCatholic websites to all its parishes

Luke Tristani, a diocesan specialist at eCatholic, said, “We are embracing the new evangelization and helping parishes take the next step. Our hope is to transform, communicate and inspire parishioners through our websites. Our focus is on ministry and not on technology.”

Parishes interested in an eCatholic website should contact Tom Barrett at (973) 777-8818, ext. 231.

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Drive To Benefit Victims Of Ecuadorian Earthquake

Michael Wojcik

MORRISTOWN St. Margaret of Scotland Parish here — home to a large community of active and faithful immigrants from Ecuador — invites all people of good will to join them in helping provide critical relief to their beleaguered South American homeland. Ecua - dor was hit April 16 by a magnitude 7. 8 earthquake — the worst disaster it has faced in decades — that has killed more than 570 people and injured more 5,000 so far.

The Morris County parish, which serves a large Hispanic population, encourages parishioners and others to bring donations of new items from a designated list for earthquake victims to the church hall this week from 6 to 9 p.m., until Friday, and on Sunday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Items include tents, bedding, food, medical supplies, hygiene products, baby items, cooking implements and writing materials. St. Margaret’s kicked off the relief effort with a successful drive on the weekend of April 23-24, after the Consulate General of Ecuador authorized it as one of several collection centers and issued a list of requested items.

“This [news of the earthquake] has been terrible to hear. So many people have died and so many are suffering,” said Father Hernan Arias, St. Margaret’s pastor, who noted last week that most parishioners’ families were spared suffering because they live in the mountains — far from the coastal Manabi Province, where the tremors caused the most damage. “We [at St. Margaret’s] and happy to reach out and respond to help.” The Consulate General plans to pick up the donated items after St. Margaret’s drive concludes on May

1. After the disaster struck, several parishioners attended a meeting about local relief efforts at the Consulate General in Newark, said Father Arias.

Needed items include: tents, inflatable mattresses and blankets; hygiene products, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, toilet paper and sanitary napkins; baby items, such as diapers, formula, food, bottles and Pedialyte; drinks, such as dry milk and boxed drinks like Parmalat, apple juice, fruit punch and Yoo- Hoo, and energy drinks; medical items, such as cotton balls, gauze pads, face masks, disposable gloves and rubbing alcohol; food and snacks, such as power/cereal bars, dry fruit, trail mix, crackers, cookies, rice, oatmeal, dry or canned grains like beans, lentils and peas, barley, sugar, cooking oil and pastas like spaghetti, elbows, shells and penne; cooking and dining items, such as new pots and pans, utensils, plates and cups; drawing and writing items, such as coloring books, crayons and paper; emergency items, such as battery operated AM/FM radios, batteries, flashlights, candles and plastic (not paper or foam); and other materials, such as insect repellent, sun block, bath towels, packaging tape, commercial size contractor/garbage bags (45 gallons or larger), cardboard boxes and hats (caps), according to the Consulate General’s list.

“The Consulate General of Ecuador in New Jersey and Pennsylvania certifies by way of this letter that the Parish of St. Margaret is authorized to be a collection center, the same which is intended to receive donations from the citizens to help the Ecuadorians affected by the earthquake which occurred in Ecuador on Saturday, April 16, ” Counsel General Jorge Lopez Amaya, wrote in an April 20 letter to St. Margaret’s, which it posted on Facebook, along with the donation list. “We are grateful for your invaluable assistance in this process,” Lopez said.

Previously published news reports call the April 16 earthquake the deadliest to rock Ecuador since 1987, when a 7.2-magnitude tremor killed 1,000 people. This recent earthquake caused extensive damage throughout the country, especially on the coast, which included deaths, injuries and collapsed buildings. Soon after the quake, Defense Minister Ricardo Patiño called it “the worst tragedy in 60 years. We’re facing the most difficult phase right now, which is rescuing victims and recovering bodies,” news reports stated.

St. Margaret’s has been serving members of the local Ecuadorian community since they arrived in and around Morristown more than a decade ago. They started two groups in the parish: one devoted to Our Lady of the Swan — inspired by the Blessed Mother’s appearance in El Cisne in Ecuador — and another devoted to the Divine Child of Jesus, which meets regularly to pray the rosary and read Scripture, Father Arias said.

“These two groups are very faithful and are always ready to help out at St. Margaret’s,” Father Arias said.

Information: St. Margaret of Scotland Parish at (973) 538-0874

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Drive+To+Benefit+Victims+Of+Ecuadorian+Earthquake/2467767/300029/article.html.

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