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2 POPE N A ME S CA RDIN A L DE S IGN A TE AS NEW A RK A R C HBI S HOP 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 NOVEMBER 10, 2016 S ILVER AND G OLD M ASS 16 2 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Bishop celebrates the commitment of married couples marking anniversaries By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR 14 P A RI S HE S TO HO S T U.N. INTERN A TION A L S T A TUE OF OUR L A DY OF F A TIM A 9 BI S HOP C ELEBR A TE S M ASS OF TH A NK S GIVING FOR BENEDI C TINE S 6-7 10-11 14-15 16 17-24 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! On Nov. 6, 113 couples from around the Diocese, BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI O BITUARIES Y OUTH V IEWPOINT W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS who are celebrating their 65th, 60th, 50th and 25th wedding anniversaries, held hands, while renewing their vows of love, fidelity and commitment before Bishop Serratelli during the annual Silver and Gold Mass in St. Peter the Apostle Church, Parsippany. Many of the happy couples were accompanied by generations of family, who also attended the Mass, which was celebrated by the Bishop. PARSIPPANY Bishop Serratelli praised 113 couples from parishes around the diocese who are cele-brating their 65th, 60th, 50th and 25th wedding anniversaries this year for their steadfast commitment to traditional marriage. The Bishop served as main celebrant at the an-nual diocesan Silver and Gold Mass Nov. 6 in St. Peter the Apostle Church here. Fondly recalling the love that they felt on their wedding day, the couples held hands while renewing their vows of love, fidelity and com-mitment to each other in Holy Matrimony, before Bishop Serratelli. They also received a certificate signed by the Bishop honoring their significant anniversaries. Many of the happy husbands and wives were accompanied by generations of fam-ily to witness the joyous occasion, which was coordinated by the dioce-san Office of Family Life. “Marriage has changed a lot, since you first got married,” Bishop Serratelli told the couples. “Society has departed from God’s plan for marriage. That’s why your witness to marriage as husband and wife and father and mother is such a great sign to the people of our world today. You stand out as an example of what God intends for married life — for happiness, for family and for the building up of society. My broth-er priests and I congratulate you for being so faithful to the call that God gives you and ask every day that he increases your joy and multiplies your happiness both here and in the world to come.” Father Nicholas Bozza, pastor of SILVER & GOLD on 12 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Catholic Charities honors those who serve, advocate, inspire and excel WHIPPANY At Catholic Charities annual Caritas Gala, Nov. 5 at the Birchwood Manor here, a diocesan priest, two couples and the Knights of Columbus were cited for their advocacy, service, inspiration and excellence. Father Edward Lambro, director of develop-ment and public relations for diocesan Catholic Charities, served as master of ceremonies for the event. Bishop Serratelli gave the opening remarks and blessing, praising, “the outstanding work of our Catholic Charities agencies in the Diocese of Paterson and the worthy honorees of the Caritas Awards.” The purpose of the Caritas Awards is to rec-ognize individuals and/or organizations that are committed to mission of all Catholic Charities agencies: to serve, to advocate, to inspire and to excel. The Caritas Award for Service was presented 2016 C aritas A wards by Sam Pirozzi, executive director of Straight & Narrow, to Brian and Andrea Beyerl, who, “with love and a desire to serve as a witness to Christ’s love for all people, have by word and deed sought to be of service wherever there is need or pain.” Brian is a doctor, who is senior partner at Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists and also serves as a permanent deacon at Assumption Parish in CARITAS on 4 CARITAS AWARDS The Catholic Charities 2016 Caritas Awards for Service, Advocacy and Inspiring were presented at the annual Catholic Charities Caritas Gala Nov. 5 at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany. The Knights of Columbus also received a citation for excellence for their charitable works. BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI

Silver And Goldmass

Michael Wojcik

Bishop celebrates the commitment of married couples marking anniversaries

PARSIPPANY Bishop Serratelli praised 113 couples from parishes around the diocese who are celebrating their 65th, 60th, 50th and 25th wedding anniversaries this year for their steadfast commitment to traditional marriage. The Bishop served as main celebrant at the annual diocesan Silver and Gold Mass Nov. 6 in St. Peter the Apostle Church here.

Fondly recalling the love that they felt on their wedding day, the couples held hands while renewing their vows of love, fidelity and commitment to each other in Holy Matrimony, before Bishop Serratelli.They also received a certificate signed by the Bishop honoring their significant anniversaries. Many of the happy husbands and wives were accompanied by generations of family to witness the joyous occasion, which was coordinated by the diocesan Office of Family Life.

“Marriage has changed a lot, since you first got married,” Bishop Serratelli told the couples. “Society has departed from God’s plan for marriage. That’s why your witness to marriage as husband and wife and father and mother is such a great sign to the people of our world today. You stand out as an example of what God intends for married life — for happiness, for family and for the building up of society. My brother priests and I congratulate you for being so faithful to the call that God gives you and ask every day that he increases your joy and multiplies your happiness both here and in the world to come.”

Father Nicholas Bozza, pastor of St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish, Chester and one of the many priests from across the Diocese who were concelebrants of the Mass, delivered the homily. In it, he drew comparisons between the Church’s two Sacraments of Service: Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony. Both sacraments involve the recognition that God is calling people to married life or the priesthood by filling their hearts with a desire for those specific vocations, he told the congregation.

“Somewhere along the line, people start thinking about marriage and family. The guys start thinking, ‘I would like to find the right girl. I want to spend the rest of my life with her. I want to build a family with her.’ Also, women have that desire: ‘One day, I want to marry. I want to find the right man. I want to love him. I want God to bring forth from our love new life: children,” Father Bozza said. “It [marriage] is a beautiful calling that God has given us.”

Whatever our vocation, “God is calling us to be the best that we can be in that calling.” The Lord calls us to piety in action — to love better, as the best the priest, deacon and bishop or husband, father, wife and mother that we can be. The Mass can help us through the Liturgy of the Word — Scriptures and preaching — and the Liturgy of the Eucharist — the Body and Blood of Jesus that “touches and changes our hearts,” he said.

After, Bishop Serratelli led the renewal of vows for the couples. He declared, “Today, the Church shares in your joy. Many things have changed over the years, but one thing that has not changed is the love that you share. It only grows deeper with God’s grace.” The Bishop asked the husbands to kiss their brides at the end of the renewal ceremony, which was met by applause.

At the close of Mass, Msgr. Herbert Tillyer, St. Peter’s pastor, thanked the Bishop and concelebrating priests. He congratulated the couples and invited them to take a keepsake photo with the Bishop at the front of the altar in the church. Then, the couples joined for refreshments in St. Peter’s narthex.

Among the smiling 50th anniversary couples were Jeff and Joyce Fitzgerald, who live in Cedar Grove but worship at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish, Little Falls. They married on May 14, 1966 in St. Peter Church, Belleville, where they grew up. Childhood sweethearts, the happy couple met in fourth grade and started dating in eighth grade.

“I heard in class that he [Jeff] liked me,” said Joyce, while Jeff added, “She was the first Asian I had ever met and was different from anybody else. She was mysterious.”

Today, the Fitzgeralds have two sons and four grandchildren. Eight years ago, they renewed their vows in the Holy Land at Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle: turning water into wine at a wedding. For their anniversary, they renewed their vows at Holy Angels during a Mass with Msgr. Mark Condon, pastor.

They were asked about the secret to a happy marriage. “I always say, ‘yes,’ to my wife,” said Jeff, laughing, before adding, “We have the same values of faith and family.”

Joyce added, “Jeff has been a great friend — plus he’s handsome.” She also noted that their marriage has served as a positive influence on their children and grandchildren.

Another 50th anniversary couple at the Mass, Fredrick and Loretta Richards of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, Morris town, married on April 16, 1966 in St. Simon the Apostle Church, Green Pond. They met on a blind date.

“Loretta fell in love with my 1964 Plymouth. I just loved everything about her. It was love at first sight,” said Fredrick, before Loretta quipped while smiling, “He got rid of that Plymouth but kept me.”

The Richards have two children and five grandchildren. The couple also revealed the secret of their long union: opposites attracted. Loretta is more talkative, while Fredrick tends to be less so. They also credit a strong faith for their success.

“We have always have been good together,” said Fredrick, who added, “The [Silver and Gold] Mass with Bishop Serratelli was a great experience.”

Loretta chimed in: “Today, I was just hoping that Fred would say ‘yes’ again, (and he did)!”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Silver+And+Goldmass/2636186/356520/article.html.

Catholic Charities Honors Those Who Serve, Advocate, Inspire And Excel

2016 Caritas Awards

WHIPPANY At Catholic Charities annual Caritas Gala, Nov. 5 at the Birch wood Manor here, a diocesan priest, two couples and the Knights of Columbus were cited for their advocacy, service, inspiration and excellence.

Father Edward Lambro, director of development and public relations for diocesan Catholic Charities, served as master of ceremonies for the event.

Bishop Serratelli gave the opening remarks and blessing, praising, “the outstanding work of our Catholic Charities agencies in the Diocese of Paterson and the worthy honorees of the Caritas Awards.”

The purpose of the Caritas Awards is to recognize individuals and/or organizations that are committed to mission of all Catholic Charities agencies: to serve, to advocate, to inspire and to excel.

The Caritas Award for Service was presented by Sam Pirozzi, executive director of Straight & Narrow, to Brian and Andrea Beyerl, who, “with love and a desire to serve as a witness to Christ’s love for all people, have by word and deed sought to be of service wherever there is need or pain.”

Brian is a doctor, who is senior partner at Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists and also serves as a permanent deacon at Assumption Parish in Morris town where his wife, Andrea, a nurse, serves as an Extraordinary Minster of Holy Communion. Andrea led them to become foster parents for Catholic Family and Community Services in the 1990s, which led to the adoption of the youngest of the couple’s four children. She is also a volunteer with Atlantic Home Care and Hospice and the Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown.

Dr. Beyerl said he has always considered his medical practice “to be a healing ministry.” He also volunteers at the medical clinic at Straight and Narrow in Paterson.

Father Lambro, presented the Caritas Award for Advocacy to Msgr. John J. Carroll, longtime pastor of Our Lady of the Magnificat (OLM) Parish in Kinnelon. The recipient of this award, in word and in deed, seeks to foster a social order which is grounded in truth; and functions according to the norms of justice; is inspired and perfected by mutual love; and is realized in freedom. Msgr. Carroll, who was ordained in 1966 and celebrated his golden anniversary this year, also has had along career in the diocesan schools office where he served as superintendent of schools. Prior to coming to OLM, he also served as pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Chatham. At both parishes, he has promoted a cause close to his heart — the right to life. Each year, he has invited pro-life organizations to come to the parishes and speak to parishioners about the sanctity of life and to ask for financial support for the pregnant mothers in the homes they operate. Msgr. Carroll has also participated in the annual march for life in Washington, D.C., held every January. He was also arrested twice in New York City for blocking access to abortion clinics. “It was not a pleasant experience,” he said, “but I would do it again if I thought it would help the cause.”

The Caritas Award for Inspiring, given to recipients, who in word and deed, encourage, motivate and/or persuade others to provide needed services and to work with other people to both directly provide service and to advocate for justice, was presented by Chris Barton, executive director of Catholic Family and Community Services in Paterson, to Peter and Patricia Muratore. The couple has been married for 61 years. They are members of the Order of Malta and parishioners for more than 40 years at Christ the King, New Vernon. They said that “their participation in charitable pursuits over the years has given them some of the happiest moments of their lives.”

“Whether there was need helping the Order of Malta with the sick during their combined 15 trips to Lourdes; watching children in Totowa play on their new basketball court; packing food for needy children; supporting homes for abandoned women to have their babies, or helping to provide school and health facilities in four different countries, we have enjoyed doing it,” they said.

In addition, both the N.J. State Council and the Paterson Federation Knights of Columbus received a citation for excellence.

In a letter, Carl Anderson, Supreme knight, extended “his gratitude and best wishes to my brother knights who continue go live out the order’s first principle of charity in a personal and effective way.”

Read the full article at http://www.livedigitaleditions.com/article/Catholic+Charities+Honors+Those+Who+Serve%2C+Advocate%2C+Inspire+And+Excel/2636188/356520/article.html.

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