SUSSEX PASSAIC THE AWARD-WINNING NEWSPAPER OF THE R.C. DIOCESE OF PATERSON, N.J. THIS LENT, REVIVE YOUR ENTHUSIASM FOR THE FAITH, POPE SAYS MORRIS 2 FEBRUARY 15, 2018 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard 8 ‘WELCOME HOME TO HEALING’ Every church in the Diocese to be open Monday nights in Lent for Confession By CECILE PAGLIARULO REPORTER Greeting the Bishop THE CROSS : THE KINGDOM COME BISHOP SERRATELLI’S LENTEN PASTORAL 2018 10-11 4 8 9 12-14 16-20 DO NOT DELAY TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Obituaries What To Do Youth Viewpoint Classiﬁeds CLIFTON All churches in the Paterson Diocese will be open on Monday evenings from Feb. 19 to March 19 during Lent for all to experience God’s healing love and forgiveness in the Sacra-ment of Reconciliation. Through the Diocese’s “Welcome Home to Healing” initiative, every church in Morris, Sussex and Passaic counties is inviting Catholics, especially those who have been away from the Church, to come home to receive forgiveness and healing in the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. In his personal invitation to all about the “Welcome Home to Healing” initiative, Bishop Serratelli wrote: “Jesus opens us to the profound meaning of the kingdom with his parable of the Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11-32). It is found at the very center of Luke’s Gospel. It is the very heart of the gospel itself! The son, who takes his inher-itance, squanders it away and ﬁnds him-“Now is the self unfulﬁlled, is each time to meet of us. We take the gifts that God gives us the Lord in and use them against Confession and God’s will. We are the know the joy of ones left empty, long-ing and desiring more coming home.” — Bishop Serratelli than our sinful lives can give. “As in the parable, so in life. God is the Father who sees us, runs to us and embraces us. He takes our feeble confession of sin and turns it in-to a moment of great rejoicing. Our sins strip us of our dignity. God clothes us with his grace and peace. Nothing can make God stop loving us. In fact, as Paul says, “God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8),” he wrote. The “Welcome Home to Healing program is now in its 10th year and thousands of Catholics from the Diocese and beyond have “come home” WELCOME HOME ON 6 BEACON PHOTO | JOE GIGLI Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Parish in Cedar Knolls on Feb. 11 where he celebrated Mass for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Following the Mass, the Bishop greets Deacon Joe Harris, his wife Karen, his daughter, Julia Rizos, along with his granddaughters Millie and Betsy Rizos. For more photos of the pastoral visit, turn to page 3. How to ‘Animate the Xennial, Millennial and Post-Millennial Generations with the Spirit of Christ’ By MICHAEL WOJCIK NEWS EDITOR WASHINGTON, D.C. Catholics who minister to young people often get tempted to ﬁll the sched-ule with “epic” entertainment-type experiences that they hope will get youths more excited about their faith — those packed with the bluster and energy of a rock concert. Instead, these ministers could help to animate the faith of their young people more ef-fectively by drawing them more closely to the most “ep-ic” experience in the Catholic FATHER PHILIP-religion and in their lives — MICHAEL the excitement of developing TANGORRA a relationship with Christ through silence, mediation, prayer and the sac-raments with the Eucharist at the center. That’s the message of Father Philip-Michael Tangorra, a diocesan priest who is studying canon law at the Catholic University of America here, in a two-part article for Homiletic & Pastoral Review Magazine. In the article, “A Reﬂection on Youth, College & Young Adult Ministries: Animating the Xennial, Millennial and Post-Millennial Generations with the Spirit of Christ,” he asserts that enter-tainment-type activities — which he later de-scribed as contemporary Christian music con-certs, movie nights or ski trips — can promote spirituality and fellowship but that the Catholic faith must be “interiorized” in the quiet of prayer and worship, not just experienced as entertainment.” “Put a young person in front of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and Jesus will go to work on their minds, their hearts, and their souls. The problem is getting them there and providing them with the understanding to know that they will be touched by God when in his presence,” writes Father Tangorra, former chaplain of Catholic Campus Ministry at William Paterson University in Wayne, before starting his canon law studies. The article — targeted to youth ministers, campus ministers and young adult ministers — was published in its ﬁrst installment SPIRIT OF CHRIST ON 15
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