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C HUR C H PL A Y S VIT A L ROLE IN HELPING THO S E A FFE C TED BY DOME S TI C A BU S E 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. 3 MORRIS OCTOBER 20, 2016 R ELIC The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard OF S ISTER OF C HARITY 12 2 Bishop dedicates shrine for Blessed Miriam Teresa in Convent Station By CECILE PAGLIARULO REPOR TER JERI C HO W A LK M A RK S H A LFW A Y POINT OF 40 D A Y S FOR LIFE 6 POLLIN A TOR G A RDEN S PL A NTED A T EV A NGELIZ A TION C ENTER 9 12 13-14 16-20 BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI Y OUTH W HAT T O D O V IEWPOINT C LASSIFIEDS Bishop Serratelli blesses the congregation with a relic of Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, a Sister of Charity of St. Elizabeth, in Holy Family Chapel, Convent Station, on Oct. 16. The Bishop blessed and dedicated a new shrine for Blessed Miriam Teresa, who was beatified on Oct. 4, 2014. As the Bishop gives the blessing, Deacon Thomas Beirne makes the Sign of the Cross. Diocese holds first Men’s Conference More than 200 men urged to take action to get in shape spiritually By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR MADISON It’s game time! Catholic men need to get in shape spiritually, undergoing a trans-formation of their souls to get ready for the com-petition of all eternity — evangelizing to others about the faith with the mission of crossing the goal line of a heavenly sort by helping to bring souls to the saving power of Christ. This is a dif-ficult task today in a society that seeks to push God out of the public square. That’s the urgent directive that inspired more than 200 men from the Diocese and beyond — from teens to seniors — during the first Men’s Conference in Church of Paterson, guided by the theme “Crossing the Goal: Leading Men to the Cross,” on Oct. 15 in the auditorium of St. Paul Inside the Walls here. Issuing this faith-filled im-perative were several dynamic speakers that morning, including Danny Abramowicz, a former NFL receiver and author of the book, “Crossing the Goal: a Saint Goes Marching On”; Peter Herbeck, missions director of the Michigan-based Renewal Ministry; and Peter Burak, Renewal’s outreach director. Also during the event, Joseph Spada of St. Joseph Parish, Mendham, gave a powerful witness talk, while Bishop Serratelli served as main celebrant and homilist of the clos-ing Mass. “We are excited to have you here as brothers in Christ,” said Father Paul Manning, St. Paul’s executive director and diocesan vicar for evan-gelization. “Jesus is beckoning us. Make Christ your goal,” he said. Originally, Jesus was not Abramowitz’s goal, while playing for the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers in the 1960s and 1970s, and in the business world after his retirement from sports. His constant partying took a toll on his family life with his wife and three children. One day, he looked in the mirror at his “dark soul” and “cried out, ‘God help me.’ ” Soon after, Abram -o wicz sobered up with the help of Alcoholics CONFERENCE on 4 CONVENT STATION Two years after Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was beatified, Bishop Serratelli dedicated and blessed a new shrine in her honor for public veneration at the Holy Family Chapel of the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth here Oct. 16. The Blessed Miriam Teresa Shrine is located in an alcove, 10 feet wide and five feet deep that once accommodated a confessional in transept of the Holy Family Chapel. Sister of Charity Rosemary Moynihan, general superior, welcomed the congregation, which in-cluded many Sisters of Charity and religious serv-ing in other orders in the Diocese, saying, “Today we bless the shrine for Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, our sis-ter.” Also present were I’m grate -several priests includ-ing Bishop Emeritus ful for this Frank Rodimer, Bene -community dictine Abbot Richard Cronin of St. Mary’s … for one of Abbey in Morristown many gifts and Arch bishop John they have Myers of Newark. As he dedicated the given us. new shrine, Bishop We are Serratelli said, “When the Church blesses a grate ful for shrine and presents it the work for public veneration by the faithful, it does that you so for the following do.’ reasons — that we — B ISHOP S ERRATELLI look at the represen-tation of those who have followed Christ faithfully, that we will be motivated to seek the city that is to come; that we will learn the way that will enable us most surely to attain complete union with Christ; that as we struggle with our earthly cares, we will be mindful of the saints, those friends and coheirs of Christ who are also our own brothers and sis-ters and our special benefactors; that we will re-member how they love us, are near us, intercede ceaselessly for us and are joined to us in mar-velous communion.” Blessed Miriam Teresa’s beatification took place on Oct. 4, 2014 at the Cathedral Basilica ‘ DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS SHRINE on 11

Diocese Holds First Men’s Conference

Michael Wojcik

More than 200 men urged to take action to get in shape spiritually

MADISON It’s game time! Catholic men need to get in shape spiritually, undergoing a transformation of their souls to get ready for the competition of all eternity — evangelizing to others about the faith with the mission of crossing the goal line of a heavenly sort by helping to bring souls to the saving power of Christ. This is a difficult task today in a society that seeks to push God out of the public square.

That’s the urgent directive that inspired more than 200 men from the Diocese and beyond — from teens to seniors — during the first Men’s Conference in Church of Paterson, guided by the theme “Crossing the Goal: Leading Men to the Cross,” on Oct. 15 in the auditorium of St. Paul Inside the Walls here. Issuing this faith-filled imperative were several dynamic speakers that morning, including Danny Abramowicz, a former NFL receiver and author of the book, “Crossing the Goal: a Saint Goes Marching On”; Peter Herbeck, missions director of the Michigan-based Renewal Ministry; and Peter Burak, Renewal’s outreach director. Also during the event, Joseph Spada of St. Joseph Parish, Mendham, gave a powerful witness talk, while Bishop Serratelli served as main celebrant and homilist of the closing Mass.

“We are excited to have you here as brothers in Christ,” said Father Paul Manning, St. Paul’s executive director and diocesan vicar for evangelization. “Jesus is beckoning us. Make Christ your goal,” he said.

Originally, Jesus was not Abramowitz’s goal, while playing for the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers in the 1960s and 1970s, and in the business world after his retirement from sports. His constant partying took a toll on his family life with his wife and three children. One day, he looked in the mirror at his “dark soul” and “cried out, ‘God help me.’ ” Soon after, Abramowicz sobered up with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous — and God.

“The most important fight isn’t with the N.Y. Giants. Wake up if you don’t see that the battle is on. We need to see how many souls we can affect. We’ve got to put our lives in Jesus. We have to make a choice,” Abramowicz said.

Abramowicz presented the men in attendance with the following “four-Ws” formula for strengthening their relationships with Christ and evangelizing:

• Will of God: conversion. Develop a personal relationship with Jesus, submit to his will and pray through the power of the Holy Spirit.

• Word of God: transformation. Reflect the Scriptures and the “Catechism of the Catholic Church.”

• Witness to Christ: evangelization. Receive the Eucharist regularly. Witness through words but more importantly how we live our lives.

• Winning Crown: Eternal Salvation. Understand that earthly crowns won’t satisfy us and that Christ is the way the truth and the life.

In his talk, Burak sounded the following alarm: “My generation, the millennials, need witnesses. We are falling apart. We are spiritual but not religious. We are not going to Church. What we need is discipleship.” He suggested that the men here take four actions, while evangelizing: pray, because they need to show the faith that they are trying to spread; ask the younger generations questions to seek to understand them; “lean in to touch the suffering flesh of Christ in others,” and be spirit filled: “radically open to the power of God.”

Joe Spada, senior owner and board member of Summit Financial Resources Inc., Parsippany, spoke about feeling empty after having experienced great material success. Through praying, listening to personal witnesses and attending retreats, he developed a relationship with Jesus that prepared him to become a good husband and father, repaired his relationship with his own father and has given him “comfort and strength” to battle cancer and mourn the death of his younger sister from cancer.

Afterward, Herbeck gave a powerful talk that sounded yet another warning — that “the faith in danger of dying out” because “society is pushing God from the human horizon,” plunging the world into darkness.

“But the light is revealed through Jesus. The Church is the only answer for the world. Jesus imparts courage and wisdom. There is an enormous untapped resource in this room to build up the body of Christ and pursue souls. That’s a game changer. We need men on fire for Christ to be in the game. The King is in you. Are you going to let him out?” Herbeck said.

Before the closing Mass, priests on St. Paul’s staff and visiting clergy heard confessions of many of the men in attendance. Before the liturgy, Bishop Serratelli proclaimed, “What a great day for a Men’s Conference. You came to find the presence of God in your lives.”

In his homily, Bishop Serratelli took account of the rapid changes that have taken place in our society — from gay marriage to test-tube babies and doctor-assisted suicide.

“Christ brought us the answers to our problems. The world has put Catholicism on trail. Our silence will lose the case for Jesus in our society. But if we acknowledge Jesus, we will win others over to the Lord,” Bishop Serratelli said.

After Mass, Father Manning thanked the many sponsors of the Men’s Conference and the St. Paul’s staff and diocesan deacons, who helped make it happen. They included the two deacons, who organized the event: Deacon Peter Cistaro of St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Parsippany, who also serves as director of the diocesan permanent diaconate; And Deacon Len Deo of St. Ann Parish, Parsippany, who served as the event’s master of ceremonies.

Among the participants was 15-year-old Adam Raffay of St Michael Parish, Netcong, who attended with his brother, father and his grandfather, Deacon Joseph Keenan of St. Michael’s. He called the “powerful” talks inspiring because of their message that money does not alone make anyone happy and because “I want to go deeper into my faith.”

Another audience member at the Men’s Conference was Rick Ochner, a diaconate candidate at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Pompton Plains.

“It was great to hear what other men deal with. They brought a passion and love Of God and wanted to share that. They live an experience of God’s will and want to reach out to other men to follow God,” Ochner said.

Also impressed, Allan Wright, St. Paul’s academic dean, called the Men’s Conference “a great experience to witness so many men gathered together to be inspired and educated on the importance of the faith and leadership that men can provide.”

“For too long men have been on the side- lines and the speakers bore witness to what a positive impact one man of faith can have,” Wright said. “I hope this is the beginning of a transformation for some of the men gathered and for others who have been fighting the good fight of faith that they were encouraged by the message and the presence of other men.”

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Bishop Dedicates Shrine For Blessed Miriam Teresa In Convent Station

Cecile Pagliarulo

CONVENT STATION Two years after Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was beatified, Bishop Serratelli dedicated and blessed a new shrine in her honor for public veneration at the Holy Family Chapel of the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth here Oct. 16. The Blessed Miriam Teresa Shrine is located in an alcove, 10 feet wide and five feet deep that once accommodated a confessional in transept of the Holy Family Chapel.

Sister of Charity Rosemary Moynihan, general superior, welcomed the congregation, which included many Sisters of Charity and religious serving in other orders in the Diocese, saying, “Today we bless the shrine for Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, our sister.”

Also present were several priests including Bishop Emeritus Frank Rodimer, Benedictine Abbot Richard Cronin of St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown and Arch bishop John Myers of Newark.

As he dedicated the new shrine, Bishop Serratelli said, “When the Church blesses a shrine and presents it for public veneration by the faithful, it does so for the following reasons — that we look at the representation of those who have followed Christ faithfully, that we will be motivated to seek the city that is to come; that we will learn the way that will enable us most surely to attain complete union with Christ; that as we struggle with our earthly cares, we will be mindful of the saints, those friends and coheirs of Christ who are also our own brothers and sisters and our special benefactors; that we will remember how they love us, are near us, intercede ceaselessly for us and are joined to us in marvelous communion.”

Blessed Miriam Teresa’s beatification took place on Oct. 4, 2014 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. She was born in Bayonne on March 26, 1901. She studied at the College of St. Elizabeth from 1919 to 1923. She later entered the Sisters of Charity in 1925. After profession of vows as a Sister of Charity, Sister Miriam Teresa died in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth in 1927 when she was 26.

Her beatification was the first time a beatification had been held in the United States. The miracle that took place and opened the way for her beatification was the miraculous healing of Michael Mencer, who had been declared legally blind due to macular degeneration in 1964. Mencer was present at the dedication of the shrine carrying a relic of Blessed Miriam Teresa during the Presentation of the Gifts.

In his homily, the Bishop talked about the first Christians and the reverence given to the remains of loved ones. “(With this shrine) The Sisters of Charity, like those very first Christians, are saying that the mortal remains of Blessed Miriam Teresa are a treasure for them and a treasure for us,” Bishop Serratelli said. “God worked through Blessed Miriam in her life on earth. God infused her with the good example of humility and charity and continues to work in response to her intercessory prayer for us. Although she’s in heaven, her body here on earth, puts us in touch with her. In this sacred place, may our prayers on earth join her prayers in heaven. May our lives on earth become a holy offering to the glory of God.”

Plans for the shrine to venerate Blessed Miriam Teresa began in 2015 as more and more people visited the Holy Family Chapel following her beatification. The Sisters of Charity decided to create a more hospitable and informational environment for visitors. With the assistance of Willy Malarcher, an artist and liturgical design consultant, the sisters began to explore designs.

On July 1, the remains of Blessed Miriam Teresa were transferred from the crypt where they had been placed and sealed on May 9, 1979 to the new shrine. Three Ziegler boxes, metal containers made to fit within coffins for the purpose of moving remains, create the shrine. One of the boxes contains her remains, which had been resealed and placed under the base table of the reliquary. The two other boxes contain soil taken from the grave site of Blessed Miriam Teresa, which also form part of the base of the new shrine.

In the final design, the reliquary cask is an octagonal form, one foot high by three and a half feet wide. A Waterford glass vessel contains a lock of Blessed Miriam Teresa’s hair for those who visit the shrine to see. The front of the base has three glass panels and an image of Sister Miriam Teresa from a 1923 College of St. Elizabeth yearbook photograph that was electroplated on to the silver metal disk mounted on the center panel. The wood elements of the shrine were fabricated and installed by Studio L. Contracting. The glass panels were executed by Hackensack Glass. Harvey and Dot produced the photo-embedded metal. J.R. Prisco Inc. General Construction and Engineering provided the reinforcement of the floor to support the weight of the alcove.

At the end of Mass, the Bishop said, “I’m grateful for this community, the Sisters of Charity, for one of many gifts they have given us. We are grateful for the work that you do. They are a part of so many ministries and serve here and throughout the world.”

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