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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's weekly column
Bishop Serratelli’s pilgrimage to Spain with the youth of the Diocese of Paterson concluded earlier this week. His column in The Beacon will resume next week.

A True Martyr
The savage murder of James Wright Foley by ISIS terrorists’ last week is forever burned in the collective psyche of our nation and the world.  Foley, a fervent Catholic, was executed as an act of retaliation for U. S. airstrikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq, according the jihadist terrorist group, which has murdered thousands of innocent people who have refused to denounce their religion and take up Islam. ISIS compels people in the areas it controls, under the penalty of death, torture or mutilation, to declare Islamic creed, and live according to its interpretation of Sunni Islam and sharia law.
Bishop leads pilgrimage to France, Spain
This July 24–Aug. 2 spiritual journey brought these pilgrims closer to their faith and devotion to the saints from that region of Western Europe and God’s peace and healing at the world renowned Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in France.

Labyrinth at Wayne parish helps people connect with God
WAYNE Emotions sometimes can run high, even in the peace and quiet of the labyrinth at Our Lady of Consolation Parish (OLC) here.  Occasionally, parishioners and visitors to OLC cry as they pray or meditate, walking the meandering, yet purposeful stone path of this peaceful — and striking — labyrinth, which sits on a grassy plain next to the rectory.

Bishop commissions school leaders as new 2014-15 school year begins
MADISON With the new school year beginning next week, priests, principals and high school presidents came together for a Mass Aug. 19 to mark the opening of the 2014-2015 school year. The liturgy was coordinated by the diocesan Schools Office with Bishop Serratelli as the main celebrant and several pastors and parochial vicars, whose parishes have an elementary school, as concelebrants.

Bishop blesses cross given by St. Casimir Church to Catholic Charities agency
OAK RIDGE From the centerpiece of a city church to a landmark on country farm acreage, a 16-foot-high Lithuanian cross, formerly on the lawn of St. Casimir Church in Paterson, has found a new home at Catholic Charities Department for Persons with  Disabilities (DPD) headquarters here.

Bishop blesses new chapel at Swartswood parish
SWARTSWOOD It was a dream come true Aug. 21 for parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel here when Bishop Serratelli came to bless the new St. Thomas More Chapel located in the parish rectory.

Bishop makes pastoral visit to Lake Hopatcong Parish
LAKE HOPATCONG Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish here in Jefferson Township Aug. 23, where he celebrated the Vigil Mass for the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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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