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.


   Bishop Serratelli's Weekly Column
 The Resurrection of Jesus
May Jesus, Risen from the dead, lift us up from despair, from failure and from doubt into the light of faith. May he call us forth from the dark places where sin entombs us. May Christ, “the Morning Star who never sets, who, coming back from death’s domain, shed his peaceful light on [us]...” (Exultet) To all the faithful of our diocese and to all whom you love, especially the sick and suffering, my prayers and blessing for a most joyous and grace-filled Easter Season!

   This Week in the Beacon
 Helping the Holy Land
As you read this, we are at the start of the Sacred Triduum leading us to the glory of Easter and the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Tomorrow, as we enter into our parish churches to mark the Celebration of the Lord's Passion, we will be asked to participate in a special collection that is taken up in Catholic parishes worldwide each year at this time - the Good Friday collection for the Holy Land.
   Around the Diocese
Neighborhood Center for Women growing by the day
PASSAIC — Each day since the opening of the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women, Sister of Christian Charity Ann Marie Paul, director, has had her expectations reach new heights as the center continues its rapid growth pattern.

 Music ministry at Sparta parish proclaims Jesus’ name through song
‘Inherently simple’ songs part of Pushingstone Ministries mission
[This is the second of two stories that profile music ministries at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Sparta, that write and perform their own songs: Circle of Faith and Pushingstone Ministries.]

 ‘Discovering Christ Experience’
CEDAR KNOLLS — For more than a decade, Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Parish here has been inviting and welcoming fallen-away Catholics back to the Church through its Catholics Returning Home outreach. This Lent, the Morris County faith community has found a spiritual program to help Catholics who have returned — as well as its longtime faithful — deepen their personal relationship with Christ with the seven-week “Discovering Christ Experience” program.

 Bishop visits Paterson parish, administers Confirmation
PATERSON — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Bonaventure Church here for the Fifth Sunday of Lent April 6 where he celebrated Mass. During the Mass, the bishop administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to candidates from St. Bonaventure’s and Our Lady of Pompeii Church here.

 At annual Chrism Mass, bishop blesses Holy Oils, priests renew promises
CLIFTON — On April 14, Bishop Serratelli, joined by the priests of the diocese and the faithful from around the diocese, gathered at St. Philip the Apostle Parish here for the annual Chrism Mass. The Chrism Mass manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop. At the Mass, members of the presbyterate renewed their commitment to service and obedience to the bishop, first made on their ordination day.

 Bishop celebrates Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
PATERSON — Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion to begin the start of Holy Week with parishioners of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in the Bishop Rodimer Center here April 13.

 Stained glass studio shares story of faith by restoring century old windows
CLIFTON — Throughout the churches in the Paterson Diocese, stained glass windows surround the sacred walls of the building telling the story of faith through scenes of the Bible, depictions of beloved saints and abstract images of faith.

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 Bishop Serratelli's Letters and Catechesis

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on the New Roman Missal

 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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Available at the Diocesan Media Center is now online. Search by Title, Author, Topic or Level.
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THE MARY HOWARD TRUST provides scholarships for Catholic students who are residents of Morris County to attend college.
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Diocese of Paterson Education Council

BY-LAWS 2013

The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard exists to educate people about the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ and to inspire all to live the Word.


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