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The Beacon Beacon May 26 2016 : Page 1

SEMINARIAN LEARNS ABOUT CRS’ PEACE EFFORTS ON TRIP TO EGYPT SUSSEX PASSAIC THE AWARDWINNING NEWSPAPER OF THE R.C. DIOCESE OF PATERSON, N.J. 15 MORRIS MAY 26, 2016 D IOCESAN J UBILEE C ELEBRATION FOR R ELIGIOUS The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard 7 Bishop Serratelli honors 99 Religious celebrating significant anniversaries By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR PASSAIC Bishop Serratelli led the Diocese in 2 HIGHLAND LAKES PARISH HONORS ITS PATRON THROUGH ‘CELEBRATE FATIMA’ BISHOP ORDAINS TWO BENEDICTINE BROTHERS TO DIACONATE 7 17 18-19 20-24 14 W HAT T O D O Y OUTH V IEWPOINT C LASSIFIEDS extending heartfelt gratitude to 99 Religious who are celebrating milestone jubilees this year. The Bishop thanked them for their many years of dedication to their various ministries to the Church and to the Diocese and for their “gift of Conse crated Life.” He served as main celebrant of the annual diocesan Jubilee Cele -bration for Reli gious on May 21 in St. Mary’s Assump tion Church here. The Bishop congratulated the female and male Religious jubilarians for their significant milestones of service that ranged from 25 years up to 85 years, and represented several religious orders that serve the Diocese and undertake many distinct charisms and ministries. During the Mass, participating Religious stood up and recited together a renewal of their commitment to Conse crated Life. Msgr. James Mahoney, vicar general and moderator of the Curia and pastor of Corpus Christi Parish, Chatham Township, delivered the homily. Toward the end of Mass, Bishop Serratellli walked the aisles of St. Mary’s to hand out cer-THANK YOU Bishop Serratelli thanked Religious of the Diocese, who are marking significant milestone BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI anniversaries this year, for their service to the Church during the annual diocesan Jubilee Celebration for Religious on May 21 in St. Mary’s Assumption Church, Passaic. Above, the Bishop, who was main celebrant of the liturgy, presents a certificate and small gift to Filippini Sister Doris Lavinthal, who is celebrating her 65th year in Religious life. tificates and small gifts to the jubilarians, as Sister of Christian Charity Joan Daniel Healy, diocesan chancellor and delegate for Religious, called out their names. Afterward, those in atten-dance walked over to the parish hall for a recep-tion, where Father Edward Lambro, development and public relations director for diocesan Catholic Charities, took pictures of the jubilarians. “We are here to celebrate your gift of JUBILEE on 12 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Couples learn about God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER WAYNE Engaged couples prepar-ing for the Sacrament of Marriage learned about God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage as they took part in the Diocese’s marriage preparation program rooted in St. Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body at Our Lady of the Valley Parish here May 21. Coordinated by the Diocese of Paterson’s Office of Family Life at St. Paul’s Inside the Walls in Madison, couples preparing to be married are required to take two courses before receiving the Sacrament of Marriage at their home parish. The two Pre-Cana courses are God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled for a Joy-Filled Marriage, a series of talks based on the Theology of the Body, and Life Skills, which offers practical in-sights and assistance in building a successful marriage. God’s Plan is done on a diocesan level and cou-ples can register on St. Paul’s web-site. Life Skills courses usually take place at a couples’ home parish or a neighboring one. Couples can al-so take both courses during a weekend. Cindy Costello, who serves in the Office of Family Life as coordi-nator of marriage ministry, led the course on God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage. Married for 30 years and the mother of five chil-dren, Costello spoke on Theology of the Body, offered insights through a Powerpoint presentation and videos, and shared her own experiences in married life to the young couples. “I’m excited to share my life ex-perience in marriage and just being Catholic,” she told the engaged couples. “It’s a gift I’m happy to share in allowing young couples to understand God’s plan for each of us, especially as you prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage.” Costello gave five talks during the six-hour program — “God’s Plan in the Beginning;” “Christ Restores;” “What is the Sacrament of Marriage?;” “Before the Wedding Vows,” and “After the Wedding Vows.” The day allowed the young couples to understand more deeply the beauty of mar-riage as originally designed, and the gifts husbands and wives are meant to be for one another. She explained the origins of Theology of the Body, which was written by St. John Paul II, and said, “He wrote it before he be-came Pope when he would spend GOD’S PLAN on 10

Diocesan Jubilee Celebration For Religious

Michael Wojcik

Bishop Serratelli honors 99 Religious celebrating significant anniversaries

PASSAIC Bishop Serratelli led the Diocese in extending heartfelt gratitude to 99 Religious who are celebrating milestone jubilees this year.

The Bishop thanked them for their many years of dedication to their various ministries to the Church and to the Diocese and for their “gift of Conse crated Life.” He served as main celebrant of the annual diocesan Jubilee Cele - bration for Reli gious on May 21 in St. Mary’s Assump tion Church here.

The Bishop congratulated the female and male Religious jubilarians for their significant milestones of service that ranged from 25 years up to 85 years, and represented several religious orders that serve the Diocese and undertake many distinct charisms and ministries. During the Mass, participating Religious stood up and recited together a renewal of their commitment to Conse crated Life. Msgr. James Mahoney, vicar general and moderator of the Curia and pastor of Corpus Christi Parish, Chatham Township, delivered the homily.

Toward the end of Mass, Bishop Serratellli walked the aisles of St. Mary’s to hand out certificates and small gifts to the jubilarians, as Sister of Christian Charity Joan Daniel Healy, diocesan chancellor and delegate for Religious, called out their names. Afterward, those in attendance walked over to the parish hall for a reception, where Father Edward Lambro, development and public relations director for diocesan Catholic Charities, took pictures of the jubilarians.

“We are here to celebrate your gift of Consecrated Life. The joy on your faces reflects the joy in the heart of Christ. We thank God for your years of service,” Bishop Serratelli told the jubilarians at the beginning of Mass.

The many concelebrants of the Mass with Bishop Serratelli included Father Jorge Rodriquez, St. Mary’s pastor; Msgr. John Demkovich, retired priest, former St. Mary’s pastor, director of the diocesan Missions Office and associate judge in the diocesan Tribunal; and Benedictine Father Samuel Kim of St. Paul’s Abby, Newton, who celebrates 25 years of ministry.

Participant priests and Religious filled St. Mary’s with hymns of praise and prayers for the jubilarians and all Religious and their ministries. In their renewal of commitment, they prayed, “I renew my vows to follow Christ in chastity, poverty and obedience… Grant me the grace, Lord, through the intercession of Our Lady and the prayers and support of my institute, to live these vows faithfully.” At the conclusion of the liturgy, Bishop Serratelli led the congregation in reciting the Prayer for Vocations.

In his homily, Msgr. Mahoney, a product of 25 years of Catholic education, credited Religious for helping to “save the Church” over the past 50 years throughout periods of scandal and serious ongoing challenges. They have done this by praying and remaining faithful to God and to living in community, he said.

“Religious have kept the faith with the Church and its people. You live your commitment and vows every single day. You have accepted the call as perpetual guardians of your communities in a changing world and as guardians of mercy in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Mercy is so needed in this world — something that’s lasting,” Msgr. Mahoney said. “Your milestones are a love story that you started to tell so many years ago. That story goes on and has not yet ended. The Diocese thanks you. We have gratitude. You have helped God’s justice spring up. Your live your faith and you make us proud,” he said.

During the reception in the parish hall, many of the honored jubilarians spoke about their vocations, their respective Religious communities and their diverse ministries, such as Filippini Sister Louise Laurettti, who is celebrating 65 years in religious life. She serves as treasurer of the leadership team of her province, based at the Villa Walsh Motherhouse in Morristown, and hails from Bristol, Conn., where Filippini Sisters taught her in Catholic school. She got better acquainted with the sisters by helping them after school.

“The sisters would give us a history of the order, including its founder, St. Lucy Filippini. I wanted to imitate her. The sisters had the gift of humility. I wanted to put that into practice,” said Sister Louise, who learned important lessons from her former teachers, while she taught third- through eighth-grades in the Archdioceses of New - ark and Hartford, Conn., and dioceses of Cleveland, Ohio; Metuchen; and Camden. “As a teacher, I planted the seeds [of knowledge and faith] and hoped that they matured. As a Religious, I have been blessed with so many graces that I never thought I would have,” she said.

A few tables away from Sister Louise sat Sister Theresa Chiappa of the Society of Sisters of the Church who celebrates 60 years of service. She serves as a pediatric chaplain at Morristown Medical Center — an outreach that she admitted can be sad, because she ministers to many sick children, including many with cancer, and their families.

“But I’m making a difference. Sometimes, it’s just being a presence, not saying anything. The kids are so strong. They say, ‘Don’t worry about me. I worry about my mom and dad,’ ” said Sister Theresa, originally from St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, Morristown. She told The Beacon her mother influenced her vocation by “living in God’s presence everyday.” In third grade, she said she first heard the call to become a Religious. “Back then, I told Jesus, ‘I’m all yours.’ ”

For many years, Sister Louise enjoyed teaching in Catholic schools in Jersey City, Newark and Paterson, including the former St. Joseph School.

“I love children and I loved teaching them the truth about Jesus, when are pristine before all the craziness in their lives,” said Sister Louise, before reflecting on her Religious vocation. “I don’t regret a minute on it.”

At the conclusion of the Jubilee Mass, Bishop Serratelli noted that the Church faces many serious challenges today, including the fact that society does not accept the truth of the Gospel and many young people are not returning to practice the faith.

“Your greatest contributions to the Church have been your fidelity to Conse - crated Life and your prayers. Your mission is a response to those [challenges].”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Diocesan+Jubilee+Celebration+For+Religious/2492798/304438/article.html.

Couples Learn About God’s Plan For A Joy-Filled Marriage

Cecile San Agustin

WAYNE Engaged couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage learned about God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage as they took part in the Diocese’s marriage preparation program rooted in St. Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body at Our Lady of the Valley Parish here May 21.

Coordinated by the Diocese of Paterson’s Office of Family Life at St. Paul’s Inside the Walls in Madison, couples preparing to be married are required to take two courses before receiving the Sacrament of Marriage at their home parish. The two Pre-Cana courses are God’s Plan for a Joy- Filled for a Joy-Filled Marriage, a series of talks based on the Theology of the Body, and Life Skills, which offers practical insights and assistance in building a successful marriage. God’s Plan is done on a diocesan level and couples can register on St. Paul’s website. Life Skills courses usually take place at a couples’ home parish or a neighboring one. Couples can also take both courses during a weekend.

Cindy Costello, who serves in the Office of Family Life as coordinator of marriage ministry, led the course on God’s Plan for a Joy- Filled Marriage. Married for 30 years and the mother of five children, Costello spoke on Theology of the Body, offered insights through a Powerpoint presentation and videos, and shared her own experiences in married life to the young couples.

“I’m excited to share my life experience in marriage and just being Catholic,” she told the engaged couples. “It’s a gift I’m happy to share in allowing young couples to understand God’s plan for each of us, especially as you prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage.”

Costello gave five talks during the six-hour program — “God’s Plan in the Beginning;” “Christ Restores;” “What is the Sacrament of Marriage?;” “Before the Wedding Vows,” and “After the Wedding Vows.” The day allowed the young couples to understand more deeply the beauty of marriage as originally designed, and the gifts husbands and wives are meant to be for one another.

She explained the origins of Theology of the Body, which was written by St. John Paul II, and said, “He wrote it before he became Pope when he would spend time with young couples and wanted to explore human love through God’s plan.”

For each of the talks, Costello shared the following on God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage:

• God’s Plan in the Beginning. Couples are called to be the four qualities of God’s love — free, total, faithful and fruitful. This was God’s plan before Adam and Eve sinned. It is challenging, but it is something beautiful that’s worth aspiring to live.

• Christ Restores God’s Plan. Jesus first public miracle took place during the wedding at Cana. It is purposeful Jesus manifests himself as God at a wedding. Spouses are encouraged to serve one another daily in small ways. God asks us to entrust our lives and our marriages entirely to Christ.

• What is the Sacrament of Marriage? God is the author of marriage. The Church didn’t come up with rules to control marriages but the guidelines to set married couples free and live authentically. The Sacrament of Marriage results from a promise made by a man and a woman to each other before God and the Church, which creates a bond of everlasting love.

• Before the Wedding Vows. Sexuality is a gift from God. Today’s culture is saturated with information about sex. Real love helps couples to see the uniqueness of the other person created in God’s image. If not based on that, it is based on lust. God asks couples to wait for sexual intimacy until the vows of marriage have been exchanged. Sex is meant to be a renewal of the wedding vows.

• After the Wedding Vows. God wants each spouse to be an active participant in their marriage. God should be part of a marriage daily. Sexual honesty needs to be part of marriage, which means loving freely, totally, faithfully and fruitfully.

In addition to God’s Plan for a Joy Filled Marriage, couples are required to take a Life Skills course, which takes place at the parish level, and will cover topics such as communications, conflict resolution, family of origin, finances and more. Couples also are invited to take a Natural Family Planning class. This class teaches couples a natural and effective way of postponing or achieving pregnancy. The course is taught at St. Paul’s Inside the Walls and the next class will take place on June 18.

“Marriage is the model of all the sacraments. It celebrates union, life and love,” Costello told the couples. “You will be called to make many sacrifices and there are going to be times where you feel out of love. My advice is to invite Mary and Jesus into your marriage. They will be there to restore God’s love and grace.”

[Information on marriage preparation: contact a priest or deacon and visit www.insidethewalls. org/guide-to-marriage-prepartion.]

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Couples+Learn+About+God%E2%80%99s+Plan+For+A+Joy-Filled+Marriage/2492799/304438/article.html.

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