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  • Good News from The Beacon

    • April 27
      Over the years, St. Patrick Cemetery in the Hibernia section of Rockaway has been neglected. In 1910, St. Patrick Church, which maintained the cemetery, burned down and was never rebuilt. It was founded in 1865, reached parish status in 1881 and was closed in 1928. Hibernia is a Latin word that means Ireland. St. Patrick’s was the parish church of Irish and Hungarian immigrants who worked in the surrounding mines of the N.J. Iron Mining Company atop Upper Hibernia. The cemetery was established in 1869.
    • April 27
      No matter where you live — whether it is right in the Paterson Diocese, a big city like New York or a small village in the Philippines — hearing the message about the dignity of life is one everyone needs to embrace. Corazon Puro (CP), which translates to English as “pure heart,” is an international chastity and pro-life ministry that brings the message of human dignity to the world. One of CP’s apostolates is the formation of youth and young adults in the truth and meaning of human sexuality in the light of Christ through the Theology of the Body teachings of St. John Paul II. CP has chapters around the world with its main offices in Paterson and the Bronx, N.Y.
    • April 27
      The young people at St. Bonaventure Parish in Paterson received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Serratelli April 23, which marked Divine Mercy Sunday.
    • April 27
      Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Jude Parish in Hopatcong April 22 where he celebrated the vigil Mass for the Second Sunday of Easter, marking the Feast of Divine Mercy. During the visit, the Bishop administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to young people of the parish.
    • April 27
      Catechists, along with all other Catholics, need to speak openly about the rich theology, spirituality and morality of the Church but should also teach other people by emphasizing the main love story at the heart of the Gospels: God’s everlasting love for us — so absolute that he sent his only Son to die for us — and our love for him. As evangelists, we are called to share that central love story with the world and invite people into a loving relationship with God, the internationally renowned Catholic speaker and author Chris Stefanick told a large gathering of local catechists, parish ministers and staff of the Paterson Diocese on April 22.
    • April 27
      This past Sunday, Catholics around the world marked Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast designated by St. Pope John Paul II in 2001, which is held on the Second Sunday of Easter. The feast is based on the diaries of a young Polish nun named St. Faustina Kowlaska and her encounters with Jesus, who presented himself to her as Divine Mercy during the 1930s.
    • April 27
      It might have gone unnoticed because it happened on Holy Thursday, April 13, but pro-life leaders certainly did not miss its significance. It was on that date that President Trump signed a repeal of what pro-lifers called President Obama’s “parting gift to the abortion industry.”
    • April 20
      Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass on Easter Sunday, April 16 in St. Virgil Church in Morris Plains. Easter, the chief feast of the Church’s ecclesiastical year, commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.