Diocese of Paterson, NJ



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The Diocese of Paterson includes the three counties of Passaic, Morris, and Sussex in northern New Jersey, under the leadership of Bishop Arthur Joseph Serratelli .
The diocese is blessed with urban, suburban, and rural parishes.  Our parishes, schools, agencies, hospitals, and ministries help to serve the 425,000 Catholics who live in the diocese.

View the Beacon's special issue:
the 10th Anniversary of Bishop Serratelli as Bishop of the Paterson Diocese: Highlights of Bishop's work and accomplishments during the last ten years in the Diocese.

The Family In Crisis - The Church Responds
Diminishing or obscuring Jesus’ teaching on the beauty of marriage and simply adjusting the Church’s pastoral practices to current trends will not help the common good. At a time when culture no longer supports or encourages family life, as church, we need to strengthen and promote good family life. We need to support Catholics who struggle and, with great personal sacrifice, succeed in living as Jesus teaches. Ultimately, a healthy society depends on stable, loving and generous families.

Healing Divisions
The theme of Christian unity is one used often by Pope Francis in his general audiences and last week he touched upon it once again.  At his audience the pope lamented the long history of divisions among Christians, saying such separations “wound the Church and wound Christ,” whose desire is “that they may all be one, so that the world may believe.”   Striving to share the Gospel message will be “much more credible” when all Christians show they are “able to live in communion and love each other,” he said.
Men studying for priesthood grateful for help from donors to Bishop’s Annual Appeal
CLIFTON Last May, Bishop Serratelli ordained six men to the priesthood for the Pater son Diocese in St. Philip the Apostle Church here. Currently, the Paterson Diocese has 65 seminarians in the formation process studying in 10 different seminaries around the country and abroad.

Boy Scout completes deeply personal rosary walk at OLGC Parish
POMPTON PLAINS The large dark blue paving stones represent “Our Fathers.” while the smaller blue pavers stand for “Hail Marys.”  Tucked along one side of Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Church here, an outdoor rosary walk — dedicated this past Sunday afternoon — sits, already welcoming parishioners to navigate its rectangular stone path in praying the Church’s popular devotion to the Blessed Mother or just taking time to reflect.

Young men thinking of priesthood take part in vocations-awareness evening
WAYNE - Ever wonder if you have the strength and talent needed to follow God’s call to your vocation as a Catholic priest or as a single or married person? Then, take encouragement from the Scripture story of Jesus performing the miracle of feeding of the multitude, where, through his actions, he delivers to his followers then and now a powerful message: “with God, we can accomplish anything.”

Bishop Serratelli makes pastoral visit to East Hanover parish
EAST HANOVER Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Rose of Lima Church here Oct. 12 to mark the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. During the Mass, students at St. Rose of Lima Academy sang, “Dell’ aurora tu sorgi piu bella” for the bishop in celebration of his 10th anniversary as Bishop of Paterson.

Whippany chapel marks 160th anniversary
WHIPPANY Bishop Serratelli celebrated an anniversary Mass Oct. 5 with the community of Our Lady of Mercy Parish here to mark the 160th anniversary of its original chapel, standing tall on OLM’s campus here.

Bishop Serratelli's Letters and Catechesis

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Diocesan Social Media Policy
Policy for Communications with Minors
Via Social Media And Other Electronic Communications
Revised Edition March 2013

Annual Financial Report
COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS TOGETHER WITH REPORT OF INDEPENDENT CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS - CHANCERY OFFICE AND AFFILIATES OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF PATERSON - June 30, 2013Please find attached the Diocese of Paterson audit for the year ended June 30, 2013.  A commentary is also available on this audit at the end of this section.  If you have any questions about the Diocesan audit, please contact Brad Watson, CFO at 973-777-8818 or by email at bwatson@patersondiocese.org
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A Statement by the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey on Marriage as a Union of One Man and One Woman
Marriage as a union of man and woman existed long before any nation, religion, or law was established. Marriage which unites mothers and fathers in the work of childrearing is the foundation of the family and the family is the basic unit of society.

Advance Directives for Health Care
Advance Directives for Health Care
A Catholic Perspective
- approved by the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey, October 20, 2011
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Media Resources
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New Jersey’s Adoption Law has changed
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