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SUSSEX PASSAIC THE AWARDWINNING NEWSPAPER OF THE R.C. DIOCESE OF PATERSON, N.J. 2 KNIGHTS LAUNCH NOVENA FOR PEACE MORRIS JULY 14, 2016 14 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard S EPTUAGENNIAL A NNIVERSARY Bishop helps parishioners of St. Simon in Green Pond mark 70 years of faith By MICHEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR 6 7 PARISH EVANGELIZATION DIRECTOR WINS PHOTO CONTEST INSTITUTE PRESENTER: BENEDICT SAW BATTLE FOR CULTURE 20 YEARS AGO 14 W HAT T O D O 12-13 V IEWPOINT 15-20 C LASSIFIEDS ON A MISSION During a pastoral visit to St. Michael Parish in Netcong where he celebrated BEACON PHOTO | RICH GIGLI Mass for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Bishop Serratelli is shown giving a blessing to 50 young people and their chaperones from St. Michael’s, who are headed on a mission trip to Connecticut. There they will volunteer with Catholic Heart Work Camp and will repair homes for those who lack financial means or have poor health. For more photos of the Bishop’s pastoral visit to St. Michael’s, see page 5. Lights! Camera! Action! Pastor answers viewers’ questions about faith on Facebook video show By MICHEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS [EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series that will explore how people across the Paterson Diocese have been using technology in interesting ways to evangelize.] PATERSON Father Enrique Corona, pastor of St. Michael and St. Agnes parishes here, cracks a joke on camera. Wearing headphones, he sits behinds a microphone, sips a cup of coffee and reads a question by a viewer of his Spanish-language video show, streamed live weekdays on the social media website Facebook. On air, the Cuban-born Father Corona replies to the question “Why are priests called ‘Fathers?’ ” His answer: priests serve God’s peo-ple much like fathers — and like God the Father — loves them and cares for them pas-torally and spiritually. A recent afternoon finds the priest filling his hour-long video broadcast on Facebook Live — strangely titled “Without Hair on My Tongue” — with deep reflections, as well as singing, dancing and laughter — all while answering viewers’ questions in Spanish about the faith. With every reply, he cracks a smile that expresses his great joy in undertak-ing this rather serious mission of New Evan -gelization: using the latest technology to spread the “Good News” of the Gospel to all VIDEO SHOW on 3 GREEN POND On Sunday, Bishop Serratelli cel ebrated the 70th anniversary of St. Simon the Apostle Parish — a small faith community, tucked in the woods of rural Rockaway Borough, that has grown from humble begin-nings to a dynamic congregation today demon-strated by its commitment to the faith and service to others. Bishop Serratelli was the main celebrant and homilist for the 11:30 a.m. Mass July 10, which marked the septuagennial anniversary of St. Simon’s — a parish that has grown to 120 families in re-St. Simon’s cent years and has is a close-attracted faithful from neighboring knit parish. towns. Father Everybody Richard Bay, St. Simon’s pastor, con-knows celebrated the Mass, everybody which was followed by brunch, cooked else. Every -by the parish’s Boy one is very Scout Troop. Father Bay wel-generous comed the Bishop to the anniversary cele-and helps bration writing in out anyway the parish bulletin: that they “We gather as a lo-can.’ cal community of faith at the altar — R ICHARD K IMBLE , with our Bishop to PARISHIONER celebrate the Source and Summit of our worship. It is at the altar that we are fed by the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ that nourishes us, so that we can move forward to evangelize others by our word an deed.” “The 70th anniversary of St. Simon’s is a point for us to celebrate as a faith community, ‘ 70 YEARS on 10
Bishop helps parishioners of St. Simon in Green Pond mark 70 years of faith
GREEN POND On Sunday, Bishop Serratelli cel ebrated the 70th anniversary of St. Simon the Apostle Parish — a small faith community, tucked in the woods of rural Rockaway Borough, that has grown from humble beginnings to a dynamic congregation today demonstrated by its commitment to the faith and service to others.
Bishop Serratelli was the main celebrant and homilist for the 11:30 a.m. Mass July 10, which marked the septuagennial anniversary of St. Simon’s — a parish that has grown to 120 families in recent years and has attracted faithful from neighboring towns. Father Richard Bay, St. Simon’s pastor, concelebrated the Mass, which was followed by brunch, cooked by the parish’s Boy Scout Troop.
Father Bay welcomed the Bishop to the anniversary celebration writing in the parish bulletin: “We gather as a local community of faith at the altar with our Bishop to celebrate the Source and Summit of our worship. It is at the altar that we are fed by the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ that nourishes us, so that we can move forward to evangelize others by our word an deed.”
“The 70th anniversary of St. Simon’s is a point for us to celebrate as a faith community, which works together and prays together,” said Father Bay, who became pastor of this faith-filled parish in the Green Pond section of Rockaway Borough in 2012.
This year, St. Simon’s tied in its anniversary with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which the universal Church will continue to celebrate until it concludes in November. The parish has completed a 15-week faith-formation series about God’s Mercy in the Scriptures and recently started a nine-week course, “Doors of Mercy: Exploring God’s Covenant with You,” which meets on Tuesday evenings. In addition, the parish’s religious education students have been performing “70 Acts of Kindness,” Father Bay said.
A look at a recent bulletin shows the array of spiritual and social outreach activities at St. Simon’s, including registration for the religious education program and Vacation Bible School and a Mass of Anointing, both to be held in August. The parish held a collection for the Little Sisters of the Poor, who operate St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Totowa, and also holds collections for the Rockaway Food Closet and the food pantry at Hope House, Dover, an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities, Father Bay said.
The small white St. Simon Church sits on a long twisting stretch of Green Pond Road in Green Pond, which began as home to the Lenape Native American tribe, prior to Dutch settlement in the late 17th century. From the American Revolution and after, the area buzzed with mining activity that peaked in the 19th century and has since been discontinued. Many unheated holiday cottages built in the early 20th century were converted to year-round houses with central heating, according to the history of St. Simon’s, which serves residents, both summer and year-round dwellers.
In retirement, Bishop Emeritus Rodimer lives in Green Pond and has attended many liturgical and social events at St. Simon’s. He grew up in St. Cecilia Parish, Rockaway Borough, and remembers, when his family would rent bungalows for vacations in Green Pond, he recently told The Beacon.
“St. Simon’s is a small parish that is very cordial. Anytime I visit, I have a great feeling of affection,” Bishop Emeritus Rodimer said. “Father Bay has the support of the people.”
St. Simon’s legacy of faith and love starts in the winter of 1942-43. Green Pond residents would drive to Sacred Heart Parish, Rockaway Borough, for Mass, but because of gas rationing during World War II, Father Andrew Romanak, Sacred Heart’s pastor, was given permission to celebrate Mass in the Green Pond Hotel. In the summer, Masses were celebrated in the Community House in this resort area. On July 8, 1946, the parish was incorporated and received the name St. Simon, the parish history states.
That year, Father John McKenna was named administrator and built the church — the same structure that the parish uses today. Later, then-Father Carl Wolsin, who was appointed pastor in 1961, redecorated and remodeled the church after Vatican II. In 1966, St. Simon’s became a mission of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Oak Ridge, and then was designated as a parish in 1971. Thereafter, St. Simon’s built a new rectory and parish social hall, according to the parish history.
In recent decades, St. Simon Church has received many physical improvements. In the mid-1980s, Father Elso Introni, pastor, had the church interior repainted. In the 1990s, Father Joseph Anginoli, pastor, had the hall under the rectory converted into a gathering space, the front doors of the church replaced and a handicapped ramp installed, St. Simon’s history states.
In the 2000s, the church hall was converted into religious- education classrooms — a project started by Father Anginoli and completed by the next pastor, Father Marc Mancini. Also, Father Mancini oversaw development of a Marian shrine, renovation of the front of the church and the rebuilding of classrooms that Hurricane Sandy destroyed. Under Father Bay’s pastorate, St. Simon’s had the church steps and the ramp renovated and the Marian shrine enlarged, among other improvements, according to St. Simon’s history.
The 70th anniversary of St. Simon’s brings back lots of memories for Richard Kimble, a long-time trustee, who has been associated with the parish for 73 years — before its founding. Originally, a Sacred Heart parishioner, Kimble would trek to Green Pond with Father Romanak to assist at Mass. He also remembers, when Father McKenna lived in a bungalow on the hill behind the church.
“St. Simon’s is a close-knit parish. Everybody knows everybody else. Every one is very generous and helps out anyway that they can. Father Richard is doing a tremendous job in upgrading the parish,” said Kimble, who delivered a presentation on St. Simon’s history recently at the parish, sponsored by the Green Pond History Asso ciation. “Every thing that people have done over the years to get St. Simon’s to where it is now is appreciated.”
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Lights! Camera! Action!
Pastor answers viewers’ questions about faith on Facebook video show
[EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series that will explore how people across the Paterson Diocese have been using technology in interesting ways to evangelize.]
PATERSON Father Enrique Corona, pastor of St. Michael and St. Agnes parishes here, cracks a joke on camera. Wearing headphones, he sits behinds a microphone, sips a cup of coffee and reads a question by a viewer of his Spanishlanguage video show, streamed live weekdays on the social media website Facebook.
On air, the Cuban-born Father Corona replies to the question “Why are priests called ‘Fathers?’ ” His answer: priests serve God’s people much like fathers — and like God the Father — loves them and cares for them pastorally and spiritually. A recent afternoon finds the priest filling his hour-long video broadcast on Facebook Live — strangely titled “Without Hair on My Tongue” — with deep reflections, as well as singing, dancing and laughter — all while answering viewers’ questions in Spanish about the faith. With every reply, he cracks a smile that expresses his great joy in undertaking this rather serious mission of New Evan - gelization: using the latest technology to spread the “Good News” of the Gospel to all corners of the Diocese, the U.S. and the world.
“I’m very happy with the Facebook Live and am surprised with the reception that it’s been receiving. It’s great to have the power to reach so many people,” Father Corona told The Beacon after a recent broadcast of “Without Hair on My Tongue,” which airs from an office at St. Michael’s on weekdays from 4 to 5 p.m. “We have a good time. Viewers ask me many different questions. I allow people to get out what’s in their hearts and minds [including criticism of Church]. With the spirit of the Church, I try to answer their questions in a way to help bring them back into communion with Church and with Christ,” he said.
Father Corona hosts his Facebook Live show on his “Enrique A C. Lopez” page on the social media website. Started about two months ago, the broadcast already attracts more than 500 viewers from around the Diocese, the U.S. and the world, including Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Italy. The priest credits the show — along with his other Catholic media enterprises — for a significant increase in attendance at the weekday noon Mass at St. Michael’s — from 10 to 50 people.
“It’s nice to see some many new faces at Mass. Many people don’t even know that St. Michael’s is open,” Father Corona said.
Over the past year, Father Corona has become a one-man media mogul. He posts information and reflections on the social media Web site twitter at “ecorona@.” The priest also airs the weekday noon Mass on the Internet radio station www.radiobroezas.com, which has attracted 300 listeners, since it began nine months ago, and which broadcasts audio from the Facebook Live show, he said.
“Father Enrique has the gift of apostolic preaching. He has fun for an hour, singing and dancing,” said Ann Ryan, a Eucharistic minister and catechist at Santa Clara Parish in Oxnard, Calif., who watches the Facebook Live show. “You can ask any question that you want and Father Enrique says the right things [in accordance with Church teachings]. The Holy Spirit works through him. It’s great,” she said.
On the Facebook Live show, Father Corona chooses to spend his hour-long broadcasts fielding reasonable questions or comments from viewers, instead of dedicating them to specific topics. Viewers have inquired about such topics as Scripture; the Mass, such as “Why do we receive Holy Communion by mouth or by hand?”; and even difficult topics such as the sex-abuse scandal. On air, the priest reads questions that viewers post on his Facebook page, on WhatsApp messaging application, under the live-streaming screen, on his email and on voice mail. In addition, the host can reply to comments under the video. Occasionally, Father Corona invites callers or live guests on the broadcast, he said.
“The title of the show is an expression in Spanish that is loosely translated, ‘Bring it on. Ask me any question. Nothing with will stop me from answering [because I have no hair on my tongue],’ ” said Father Corona, who installed a simple equipment set-up for the broadcast that includes a computer, a mixing board and a few microphones and headphones.
Father Corona reserves Friday on the Facebook Live show to highlight musicians and singers, who perform specifically Catholic music. For the future, he plans to expand the hours of the 4 p.m. broadcast, add an hour newscast in the morning and eventually offer programming all day. Recently on Facebook Live, the priest aired Eucharistic Adoration at the diocesan Catholic Charismatic Center at St. Michael’s, which he leads.
Last year, Facebook launched Facebook Live so users can share their activities on video in real time with the opportunity for their friends and family on the Web site to interact and respond. Users of the application have included parents, hobbyists, athletes, journalists, chefs and musicians — both celebrities and everyday people. Visitors can replay the videos of past broadcasts on the hosts’ pages, according to Facebook.
One recent guest host was Father Julio Barrios, parochial vicar of St. Philip the Apostle Parish, Clifton, who plans topics for the shows, unlike Father Corona. Some of Father Barrios’ shows have focused on the meaning of the Apostles’ Creed and on the Holy Trinity, which he delivered in both English and Spanish. He said that he does field questions and share videos of the show on his Facebook page at “Julio Barrios.”
“It [the Facebook Live broadcast] shows that priests are approachable. We joke, laugh and drink a cup of coffee, when answering a question — just like everyone else,” said the Cuban-born Father Barrios, who noted that he enjoys interaction with the audience. “We should never be afraid to answer people’s questions [about the Catholic faith].”
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