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  • Good News from The Beacon

    • May 17
      Installation in Haskell
      The faith community of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in the Haskell section of Wanaque on Saturday, May 12 welcomed Bishop Serratelli, who served as main celebrant and homilist of the 5:30 p.m. vigil Mass for the Seventh Sunday of Easter. During the liturgy, the Bishop formally installed Father Greg Golba, as pastor of the Upper Passaic County parish.
    • May 17
      Confirmation in Sussex
      Bishop Serratelli served as main celebrant and homilist of the 11:45 a.m. Mass on May 13 for the Seventh Sunday of Easter. During the liturgy, the Bishop administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to five young people.
    • May 17
      Ascension Thursday Mass
      Bishop Serratelli visited Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Rockaway on May 10 to serve as main celebrant and homilist at the noon Mass for Ascension Thursday on the 40th day of Easter. It commemorates Jesus’ ascension into heaven and is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics.
    • May 17
      ‘The Fisherman’s Bride’
      What do theologians and historians really know about the wife of St. Peter — if anything? In his Gospel, Matthew tells the story of Jesus performing a miracle to heal Peter’s mother-in -law, giving evidence that the future first pope had a wife. In one in his letters, St. Paul calls Peter’s wife as a disciple of Jesus. Later, Clement of Alexandra wrote that Peter had comforted his wife, before she died as a martyr. The Church also honored their disabled daughter, Petronilla, as a saint. Still, these scraps of information could not even fill a short biographical pamphlet on the saint’s spouse.
    • May 17
      Corpus Christi Food Drive
      Bishop Serratelli has asked Catholics of the Diocese to open their hearts to the poor and donate food to the fifth annual Corpus Christi Food Drive June 2-3 at weekend Masses. The donations will help local Catholic Charities agencies continue to serve as “one of the most important local sources of food for literally thousands of our brothers and sisters in genuine need, particularly children,” through the summer months, when the shelves of its food pantries become emptier.
    • May 17
      Faith-based initiative
      President Donald Trump lauded the importance of faith in American life as a foundation for freedom in his speech at the 66th annual National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month. “Faith is central to American life and to liberty,” Trump said, “Our founders invoked our Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. Our currency declares, ‘In God We Trust.’ And we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are ‘One Nation Under God.’ ”
    • May 10
      Annual Motorcycle Mass
      The 49th annual Motorcycle Mass was celebrated on Main Street in Paterson May 6 by Msgr. Mark Giordani, rector of St. John’s Cathedral, and founder of the Christian Riders, a motorcycle club that meets in the St. John’s rectory. Msgr. Geno Sylva, diocesan vicar for special projects and the cathedral, was a concelebrant of the Mass and assisted in the blessing of hundreds of bikers after the Mass for a safe biking season.
    • May 10
      Vigil Mass in Kinnelon
      Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Our Lady of the Magnificat (OLM) Parish in Kinnelon to serve as main celebrant and homilist for the 5 p.m. vigil Mass on Saturday, May 5 for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. Concelebrating priests included Msgr. John Carroll, OLM’s pastor; Father Lukasz Iwanczuk, parochial vicar; and Father Kevin Corcoran, diocesan vice chancellor and the Bishop’s priest-secretary.