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  • Affirming Our Integrity

    Prevention is the Driving Force of Protection:  Diocesan Code of Pastoral Conduct, policies, procedures and statements; Virtus training.

  • Around the Diocese

  • Beacon E-Edition

  • Bishop Arthur Serratelli

  • Bishop Serratelli's Weekly Column

  • Black Catholic Community

  • Campus Ministry
    Campus Ministry Coordinator Contact List
    Diocese of Paterson

  • Catechesis on the New Roman Missal

  • Communications Secretariat

  • Couples' Guide
    Pastoral Policies & Guidelines for Marriage Preparation for The Catholic Church of New Jersey

  • CYO Basketball

  • Diocesan Center

  • Diocesan Choir

    The Diocesan Choir for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson is made up of choir members, organists, pianists, choir directors and all musicians from the Diocese of Paterson. The choir heightens selected Episcopal Diocesan Liturgies throughout the year, including the Chrism Mass and Ordinations Liturgies. Additionally, the choir presents an Annual Diocesan-wide Christmas Concert.
    Beginning for the Spring term, the choir will split rehearsal time between St. Peter the Apostle in Parsippany and St.Philip in Clifton. For more information, please contact Preston Dibble at You may also click on the links below.

  • Directions
    Directions To League CYO Games

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    Please Arrive One Half Hour Before The Scheduled Start (Ready To Play)

  • Filipino Commission

  • Focus

  • For Candidates Only
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  • For Deacons Only
     These pages are password protected and are available to Deacons only.

  • Health Care Ministry

  • Hispanic Community

  • HSA Federation
    Information about the Diocesan Federation of Home School Associations.

  • Internet Resources
    Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry Resources on the Internet

  • Media, News and Press Releases

  • Mission Office

  • Morris / Sussex Counties

  • Newsbriefs

  • Office for Parish Catechetics
    The Office for Parish Catechetics assists parishes by resourcing and offering direct service in meeting the diocesan priorities in the areas of catechetical leadership/education. The office strives to enable parish catechetical leaders to implement diocesan policies (i.e. catechist certification, Confirmation, Eucharist and Penance) that touch upon the catechetical ministry of the Church.

  • Office of Family Life
    Section containing information regarding the following: Marriage Preparation Guidelines, Couples' Guide and Natural Family Planning...

  • Office of Multi-Cultural Ministries

    The Office of Multicultural Ministries is a pastoral services office. We assist the multi-cultural parishes in meeting the unique needs of their growing immigrant and black population in the areas of leadership training, spiritual/catechetical formation and youth ministry development. We reach out to these communities through workshops and retreats to maintain their Catholic faith and culture.  


  • Office of Respect Life
    Director of Respect Life
    Dr. Mary Mazzarrella, 777-8818 ext. 269

     POST-ABORTION Ministries

  • Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
    The Office of Youth Ministry and Young Adult ministry assists parishes in establishing, designing and implementing youth and young adult ministry. Primarily, the office offers parish coordinators of youth ministry support, resources and leadership training. Additionally, the office is responsible for the coordination of CYO athletics for the diocese, assistance to the chaplain for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in their respective ministries, and resourcing parishes in their ministry to young adults.

  • Passaic-Clifton CYO
    Game Schedules:, Directions, Required Forms and Results
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  • Pastoral Administration

  • Pastoral Letters

  • Polish Community

  • Property Administration

  • Protecting God's Children
    Currrent information and latest updates concerning the Diocesan policy, methods and procedures for reporting and preventing clerical sexual abuse.

  • Reflections

  • Restoring Trust - A Chronology
    Claims of clergy sexual abuse against minors have fixed the attention of the U.S. Bishops for approximately 15 years.  Presented here is a chronological account of the assistance offered dioceses through the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/U.S. Catholic Conference from the year 1982 through the present.

  • School Office

  • Slovak Community

  • The Beacon

  • The Diaconate Office
    205 Madison Ave., Madison 07940
    973-443-9300, FAX 973-443-0002

  • The Diaconate Office
    205 Madison Ave., Madison 07940
    973-443-9300, FAX 973-443-0002

  • Upcoming Youth Ministry Events

  • Vocations Office

  • "The Church is counting on you"
    Empowered by the Eucharist, laity called to be light and love of Christ
    DENVILLE Pope John Paul II s call to laity at the start of the Third Millennium still echoes through the Church today, according to Dianne Traflet, assistant dean at Seton Hall University s School of Theology in South Orange.

  • "Tsunami of secularism"
    The Year of Faith initiated by Pope Benedict XVI has come at a time when the world and our nation need it most.  The pope knew how critical the Year of Faith would be. "We are facing a profound crisis of faith, a loss of a religious sense which represents one of the greatest challenges for the Church today," the Holy Father said.  The root cause of this crisis of faith can be found in the secularism that is so entrenched in modern society.

  • $1 Million Giveaway to Fight Hunger
    Catholic Charities food pantries taking part in 'money for the hungry' grant; seeking donations
    PATERSON - With its mission to fight hunger, diocesan Catholic Charities agencies are seeking donations to receive a grant through the Feinstein Foundation by participating in its annual $1 Million Giveaway to Fight Hunger.

  • "A tragic day"
    In a joint statement by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, wrote: "The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws respect the truth, including the truth about marriage."

  • "Generous Response"
    While there are certainly many different reasons why parishioners are being motivated, the faithful of the Paterson Diocese continue to be generous in their response to participate in Partners in Faith, the diocese’s capital and endowment campaign.

  • "Godspell Jr" is a hit at Holy Spirit School
    The performing arts are alive and well at Holy Spirit School, Pequannock. That was obvious as the student body performed "Godspell Junior" April 1 and 2 to standing ovations in the school gymnasium.  Ricky and Rosemary Russell, parents of a kindergarten student at the school, directed and choreographed the shortened version of the popular musical.

  • "Going viral" for the needy
    In today's society, when things "go viral" on the Internet it usually means something bad happened or a funny video has been posted.  Rarely, do we see something "go viral" that inspires us through a faith-filled moment reaffirming our belief in the goodness of our fellow man. But that happened last week when a tourist in New York City posted a photo of an NYPD officer helping a homeless man who was barefoot on a frigid night to put on a new pair of socks and boots that the officer had purchased for him.

  • "House of Joy"
    Last week, Time Magazine named Pope Francis as its "Person of the Year," a remarkable honor for a papacy that spans just nine months. Catholics were filled with joy at the honor for the Vicar of Christ, a champion of the poor, who preaches about virtue, compassion, justice, humility, the dignity of the human person and generosity in order to bring joy into our lives and the world.  May the joy Pope Francis speaks of again and again be present in our parishes and our lives this Christmas and in the New Year.

  • "I was in prison and you came to me."
    Bishop celebrates Mass, baptizes, confirms inmates at correctional facility
    MORRISTOWN - Bishop Serratelli visited the inmates at the Morris County Correctional Facility here and celebrated Mass on Tuesday of Holy Week, April 2.

  • "Liturgy Is Greatest Tool For Spreading The Gospel"
    MADISON — How can the Church most effectively evangelize the Gospel? Ask several Catholics and expect several different answers. Some might suggest a one-on-one approach: personally inviting people back to church. Others might suggest a new-fangled way: using the social networking site Twitter. Yet the best evangelization tool might be the oldest of all: the timeless transformative power of the Mass, especially in the Eucharist.

  • "The Light of the World"
    In this painting of the “Adoration of the Shepherds,” the 17th century artist Giovanni Francesco Guerrieri invites us to join with the shepherds in homage to the Infant Jesus. Guerrieri paints no landscape, no buildings and no animals. He only depicts the Holy Family and the shepherds. Consequently, there is nothing to distract our attention from what is taking place.  With his sharp contrasts of light and darkness, Guerrieri brings our eyes, along with those of the shepherds, to rest on Christ himself. He is the center of the picture. He is the center of Christmas..
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  • "The time is now'
    New $2.2M facility to give Sparta parish, school more elbow room
    Students at Rev. George A. Brown Memorial School here couldn't be more thrilled - an extensive $2.2 million addition/renovation project in progress is expected to give them a cafeteria, a new gym and three new classrooms.

    CLIFTON — Ash Wednesday on March 5 ushered in the start of Lent — a time of prayer, almsgiving, fasting and penance. To mark this holy season, the Diocese of Paterson will once again offer its “Welcome Home to Healing” program through the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the fifth consecutive year.

  • "Whatsoever You Do"
    Today, Sept. 27, marks the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th century priest who is the patron of Catholic Charities for his apostolic work among the poor and marginalized. Pope Benedict XVI has said that St. Vincent was "encouraged by the love of Christ" to "organize permanent forms of service" to provide for those in need.

  • "Your Fidelity is a Sign of God's Grace"
    136 couples renew marriage vows before Bishop Serratelli at Silver and Gold Mass. At the annual diocesan Silver and Gold Mass Nov. 17 in Our Lady of the Valley Church here, 136 couples from parishes around the diocese marked their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries. Also among the happy husbands and wives were couples celebrating 55, 60, 65 and 66 years of marriage.

  • ' The Good News in Education'

    Bishop celebrates Masses at two schools to mark Catholic Schools Week
    Throughout the diocese, students celebrated Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 through many events such as vocation day presentations, talent shows, open houses, school trips and Masses to honor "the Good News in Education."

  • '08 Bishop's Annual Appeal raises highest amount ever amid difficult financial times
    Donors in record numbers surpass goal by $495K
    "Beacons of Hope" still shine. Despite the difficult economic times facing the nation and the state, a record number - 21,005 parishioners - responded to the call of the 2008 Bishop's Annual Appeal by pledging a record $3.380 million to benefit the many ministries of the Paterson Diocese. The 2008 goal was set at $2.885 million.

  • 'A Catholic Woodstock'
    YONKERS, N.Y- Ricky Russell comes with plenty of "show biz" experience warming up a crowd, having sung back up in an act that opened concerts for contemporary Christian recording artist Amy Grant. But last Saturday, the singer/actor was blessed to lend his voice to help prepare the enthusiastic throng of faithful for what he called a "once-in-lifetime" event - Pope Benedict XVI's visit with youths at St. Joseph Seminary, Yonkers, N.Y.

  • 'A Class of Theologians'
    Bishop meets with First Communicants for annual Eucharistic Catechesis on the Feast of Corpus Christi
    PARSIPPANY — On the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), children who received their first Holy Communion this spring, met with Bishop Serratelli at St. Peter the Apostle Church here June 10 at the diocese's annual Eucharistic Catechesis and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

  • 'A Feast of Faith'
    MADRID, Spain (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Benedict XVI told the more than 1 million young pilgrims at World Youth Day that the best way to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is through the Catholic Church.

  • 'A gift to the Diocese'
    'A gift to the Diocese'
    Vespers service marks World Day for Consecrated Life
    Calling those in religious life serving the Paterson Diocese a "precious gift from God to the diocese," Bishop Serratelli thanked all the religious sisters, brothers and priests Jan. 28 at St. John Cathedral for all they do in serving the Church of Paterson.  [full article...]

  • 'A new perspective'
    Behavioral health workshop gives principals fresh insights
    WAYNE - As schools began classes this week, principals from Catholic schools around the diocese attended a children's mental health and behavioral workshop in partnership with the diocesan schools office and Catholic hospitals serving the diocese.

  • 'A Place Called Home'
    DOVER - Everyone deserves a place to call home and Hope House, an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities here, has a mission to ensure those living with the first stages Alzheimer's disease stay in the places where they created a home.

  • 'A Place to Call Their Own...' Antioch Room
    According to the Acts of the Apostles, "it was at Antioch when the disciples were first called Christians" and in that same spirit of meeting together, a youth group at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish (OLQP) in the Hewitt section here come together each week to share faith and fellowship in a new room created for them called the "Antioch Room."

  • 'A rainforest adventure'
    Pompton Lakes parish hosts VBS for children with special needs
    Have you ever dreamed of exploring a rainforest and take in the wonder and awe God offers? For a special group of children at St. Mary Parish here, they did exactly just that. They may have not traveled to South America but they still were immersed in a "Rainforest Adventure" the theme of the Vacation Bible School (VBS) hosted recently.

  • 'A Remarkable Transformation'
    Mural Depicting School, Parish At Heart Of Madison A Collaborative Effort
    MADISON - Sebastian Salas bends on one knee in a hallway at St. Vincent Martyr School here. This first-grader points with pride to his splendid creation - a small, playful cloud of green, representing the leaves of a rose bush, that he painted on the hallway's previously drab looking cinderblock wall.

  • 'A Spiritual Home'
    PATERSON — On Oct. 7, St. Gerard Majella Parish here extended its renowned warm welcome to two local Catholic bishops, who joined this urban faith community in celebrating its 50-year legacy of opening its doors, hearts and helping hands to all people, who seek God — first to the Italian community that founded the parish and now to a growing population of second-generation Hispanic families.

  • 'A Time To Unite With Catholics Throughout The World'
    This Sunday, Oct. 23, is World Mission Sunday. It is a time to unite with Catholics throughout the world at our liturgies and in our hearts and to recommit ourselves to Jesus our Lord and Savior, to help make his kingdom known!

  • 'A Wonderful Diversity of Ministries Among Us'
    Jubilee celebration honors priests marking significant anniversaries
    FLORHAM PARK — Combined, the 24 priests in the diocese celebrating jubilee anniversaries this year are marking 1,045 years of service — more than a millennium of celebrating Mass, baptizing babies, witnessing marriage vows, hearing confessions and giving absolution from sins, and simply sharing happy and sad times with the people they serve.

  • 'Act as Beacons of Hope'
    Bishop's Annual Appeal donors help agency serve adults with disabilities
    OAK RIDGE - It is the typical image for almost every American home - pictures hanging on the walls of the family, a television set showing the newest episode of a favorite show and a kitchen with dishes in the sink.

  • 'Adult stem cells saved my mom's life'
    Word by word and line-by-line, 12-year-old Erik Massenzio is already changing the world and making a difference.  The sixth-grade student at Rev. Brown School here wrote an inspiring essay on a right to life issue that is in the forefront of today's society and its scientific community: the difference between using adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells for finding cures for diseases.

  • 'All About the Mass'
    Pompton Lakes parish hosts Vacation Bible Camp for those with special needs
    POMPTON LAKES — All important questions were answered for a group of children and young adults attending Vacation Bible Camp at St. Mary Church here last week that was themed, “All About the Mass.”

  • 'All Are Welcome'
    Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish celebrates 60th anniversary
    WEST MILFORD - When Father Fredrick Walters first became pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace here in the Hewitt section in July 2004, he fondly remembers the first Mass he celebrated in the church.

  • 'Array of Hope'
    Concert rocks message of faith, hope, love at Notre Dame parish
    CEDAR KNOLLS — The band Sacred Road tears through its song, "New Creation," that blasts out into the darkness here at Notre Dame of Mount Cannel Church. The stage lights reveal a faith that rocks — and that inspires the audience to sway, clap and sing along to the powerful concert opener with help from lyrics displayed on two large video screens.

  • 'Ask Father Lance'
    Haskell pastor starts Catholic Q & A sessions to help parishioners become better informed evangelizers
    WANAQUE - If called upon, could you as a practicing Catholic knowledgably defend the Church's positions on today's hot topics - like homosexuality, Islam, and the Church's Just War theory - against the backdrop of the modern society's ever-growing moral relativism, secularism and slipping standards?

  • 'At the Ranch'
    Mountain Lakes youth learn about Scripture at Vacation Bible School
    MOUNTAIN LAKES - St. Catherine of Siena Parish here became Avalanche Ranch last week as 100 children and 75 youth and adult volunteers participated in Vacation Bible School.

  • 'Be faithful. Be bold. Be Catholic.'
    Nearly 1,000 diocesan youth gather with others from around the state at annual Great Adventure rally
    JACKSON - What is more exciting for Catholic youth - the thrill of a roller coaster or the journey of following Christ? At the 15th annual N.J. Catholic Youth Rally at Six Flags Great Adventure here, young people from across the state answered that question at the closing Mass when Bishop Serratelli, principal celebrant, told these energetic youth "Jesus Christ founded the Church on Peter. Be proud of who you are, be bold in your faith" to which thousands of them cheered loudly, proud to be Catholics.

  • 'Be the Living Expression of God's Kindness'
    PARSIPPANY - Blessed Mother Teresa, whose 100th birthday was marked Aug. 26, said, "Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile." Taking inspiration from a woman who lived her entire life serving the poor and needy, the Bishop's Annual Appeal will kick off at Masses during the weekend of Sept. 11 and 12.

  • 'Be vigilant against evil'
    MADISON - It might sound creepy, but Father Vincent Lampert actually has stared evil in the face. Sometimes, this quiet priest from the Arch_diocese of Indianapolis has wielded the mysterious power of the Church's gift of exorcism, waging vicious spiritual battles to drive the horrid spirits of Satan from the bodies of the innocent people they possess.

  • 'Beacons of Hope'
    MORRISTOWN — Missionaries from Hands of Mary for Haiti make frequent trips to a suburb of the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, to give the poor there items large and small, to help them rebuild from an earth¬quake that devastated the island in 2010.

  • 'Believe'
    PARSIPPANY — The annual diocesan Christmas Concert, titled "Believe," was held in St. Peter the Apostle Church here Dec. 2, the First Sunday of Advent. The diocesan choir and Pope John XXM High School performed at the concert that featured contemporary and tradi¬tional Advent and Christmas songs. The congregation also participated in the concert with a sing-a-long to beloved Christmas classics.

  • 'Blessings from tragedies'
    Port Authority officer tells how deep faith helped him though 9/11 ordeal
    SPARTA - At 9:59 a.m., the South Tower of the World Trade Center had collapsed. Thirty minutes later, the North Tower followed, crashing to the ground in a giant pile of twisted steel, concrete, glass, dust and countless lives, laid to waste.

  • 'Blue Ribbon School'
    U.S. Department of Education gives national award to Madison school
    MADISON - Last Thursday, St. Vincent Martyr School here got a big surprise from the U.S. Department of Education - a 2005 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon for the school's consistent academic excellence.  As one of only four N.J. schools to receive the Blue Ribbon, St. Vincent's - which offers grades K through 6 - was recognized for being a model "of excellence and equity" that maintains a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students.

  • 'Breaking Bread with Jesus'
    MENDHAM - Imagine sharing a meal with Pope John Paul II, St. Francis, Mother Teresa and Jesus Christ. What would the conversation be like as they broke bread together? One thing for certain is that they would all speak about their commitment to peace in the world.

  • 'Bringing Christ's Compassion To the Sick'
    CLIFTON — Honoring the commitment of doctors, nurses and other health care workers who heal the community, Bishop Serratelli celebrated the annual diocesan White Mass Oct. 15, the feast of St. Teresa of Jesus, doctor of the Church, in St. Philip Church here. . Many diocesan priests, who serve in the health care field, were concelebrants. Msgr. Richard RusconL pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle here, was homilist for the Mass.

  • 'Burying the Alleluia'
    Ancient ritual to be revived at cathedral
    The ancient ritual of "Burying the Alleluia" will be revived in the diocese at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 in St. John Cathedral here.   Bishop Serratelli will preside at the ritual to which the faithful in the diocese are invited to participate. It will be part of the diocesan Cathedral Concert series that will follow a performance of John Rutter's "Requiem" by the Ars Musica Chorale with Robert Long as director and conductor, according to Father Edward Lambro, the Cathedral Concert's artistic director.

  • 'Burying the Alleluia'
    Parishioners of St. John Cathedral in Paterson carry the burial case containing the "Alleluia" scroll to begin a solemn procession to its resting place. Bishop Serratelli officiated the ancient ritual of "Burying the Alleluia" - preserved in monasteries since the Middle Ages - which was revived by the diocese in the cathedral, Feb. 18, the last Sunday before Lent began. A performance of John Rutter's "Requiem" by the Ars Musica Chorale preceded the ritual.

  • 'Called To Glory'
    Diocesan teens celebrate their faith at national youth conference
    INDIANAPOLIS - Diocesan teens got a very special call - a call to glory at the 2011 National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) here Nov. 17-19 coordinated by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and hosted by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

  • 'Carrera Antorcha Guadalupana'
    St. John Cathedral parishioners welcome Guadalupe Torch Runners
    They are "a message of dignity for the people divided by the border." In solidarity and hope, a group of runners from Mexico carried a torch in Olympic style through Mexico and the United States in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe to connect families and friends living in the United States with their loved ones staying behind in their homeland of Mexico.

  • 'Carry out the priestly ministry of Christ with constant joy and genuine love'
    SPARTA - The rain that poured down last Saturday morning, didn't dampen the spirits of a delighted Bishop Serratelli, who ordained Philip-Michael Tangorra to the priesthood - part of the diocese's largest ordination class in 30 years - at Our Lady of the Lake Church here, while instructing Paterson's newest priest to "See that you believe what you read, that you teach what you believe and that you practice what you teach" in his priestly ministry.

  • 'Choose Life'
    Later this month, hundreds of thousands of people from across of the U.S. will travel to Washington for the annual March for Life, showing their fellow Americans that they are a voice for the unborn and they indeed, "Choose Life."

  • 'Choose Life'
    Whippany couple embarks on mission to install banners at parishes across diocese. So far, some 10 parishes in the diocese have been proclaiming this evergreen pro-life message with these sturdy 6-foot-wide, 3-foot-high signs.

  • 'Christ in Christmas'
    Family Christmas party to benefit children in local homeless shelter
    SPARTA - To bring a special Christmas message to the children, a group of teenagers from Our Lady of the Lake (OLL) Parish and Pope John XXIII Regional High School, both here, will be hosting an event for children and their parents called "Christ in Christmas" Dec. 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

  • 'Christ is'with us'
    Delegates return from Black Catholic Congress 'on fire'
    PATERSON - The 11 diocesan delegates to the 10th National Black Catholic Congress,  held July 12-15 in Buffalo N.Y., came back to Paterson last week, not only "on fire" with a reinvigorated spirituality, but also with the renewed hope and vitality needed to address many of the challenges facing the African-American Catholic community.

  • 'Christmas at the Cathedral'
    The Cathedral Concert Series presented the annual diocesan "Christmas at the Cathedral" concert at St. John Cathedral, Paterson, Dec. 21. Bishop Serratelli welcomed everyone to the concert and then all enjoyed performances by the Ars Musica Chorale with Robert Long director; Patricia Dean; Marianne Patterson; Ed Thompson; and Father Edward Lambro, founder and director of the Cathedral Concert Series. Beacon photos/Joe Gigli

  • 'Christmas for Our Troops'
    Succasunna students remember Marines serving in Iraq
    SUCCASUNNA - The students at St. Therese School here are bringing the joy of the Christmas message of giving from their hearts to a group of brave U.S. troops serving overseas in Iraq as they fill Christmas stockings to bring a sense of home and Christmas to the military men and women.

  • 'Cloth of Sorrow'
    Butler parishioners sew cloth to drape over crucifix during Easter
    BUTLER - For parishioners at St. Anthony Parish here, "The Cloth of Sorrow" truly is the fabric of their lives. During the 40 days of Lent, the parish community has brought pieces of cloth to represent the hurt, pain, sorrow or grief they are carrying in their hearts and in their lives. On Palm Sunday, these pieces of cloth, measuring six inches by six inches, were collected and sewn together to form a new cloth that was draped over the church's crucifix at the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday and will continue to hang in the church throughout the Easter season.

  • 'Come Home' encourages lapsed Catholics to rediscover their faith
    MADISON - This Advent season and beyond, Bishop Serratelli has expanded the diocese's dynamic mission of evangelization and extended its Christ-centered spirit of welcome to lapsed Catholics by inviting them to one of several "Come Home" gatherings " - offered in a reverential setting for listening, healing and fielding any questions they may pose - to be held throughout January in several locations in the diocese.

  • 'Come Let Us Adore Him'
    Diocesan Christmas concert draws capacity crowd to start Advent season
    PARSIPPANY - Parishioners, religious and priests filled St. Peter the Apostle Church here to capacity Nov. 27 to enjoy the annual diocesan Christmas concert, which had as its theme, "Come Let Us Adore Him."

  • 'Coming Out of the Foxhole'
    MADISON - Joseph Ficchi has never experienced the hell fire of combat, but this young U.S. Marine Corps veteran has indeed lived with the tremendous stress as a solider, serving overseas. In the 1990s, this devout Catholic and his fellow Marines spent some time waiting to be deployed to the former Yugo_slavia during the Bosnian conflict. They even wrote letters to their loved ones in case they were killed in battle.

  • 'Community outreach'
    Catholic Charities agency is host site for CAP
    Diocesan Catholic Charities is now the host site for the Child Assault Prevention Project (CAP) covering both Morris and Passaic counties. Hope House in Dover, an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities, has hosted Morris County CAP for about a year. This month, Ellen Gallagher was appointed coordinator for Morris and Passaic counties and she will oversee programs for both counties from her office at Hope House. She and her husband Frank live in Vernon with their family.

  • 'Dancing With the Stars'
    Young St. Clare parishioners win popular reality TV show
    CLIFTON - The sky is the limit and when you're next to the stars you know the possibilities are endless. Just ask 13-year-old Craig Abaya Campos and his 11-year-old sister, Samantha, who know first hand the feeling of soaring in the sky or in their case - dancing with the stars.

  • 'Disposable culture'
    One of the most basic teachings of the Catholic faith is the belief in the sanctity of human life and the integrity and dignity of each and every human person. The pontiff has been strong in his words upholding this teaching in speaking out to a society that so often treats human life like trash. Again and again, he has reiterated that the Church's teaching is about loving and caring for everyone.

  • 'Divorce Catholic style'? Not!
    Diocesan judicial vicar discusses annulment process and misconceptions many falsely believe
    MADISON - As part of its mission to evangelize and continuously invite people to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, St. Paul's Inside the Walls: The Catholic Evangelization Center at Bayley-Ellard here, hosted an evening for those with questions on marriage and the annulment process Nov. 7.

  • 'Dream Dreams, Big and Small'
    LITTLE FALLS - As God's littlest ones everywhere count down the days until Christmas, Barbara Mahler presents children with a book just in time for the holiday titled, "Snowy and Felix Find Christmas."

  • 'Evenings for Dads' helps Corpus Christi fathers live out their vocation as 'family men'
    CHATHAM TOWNSHIP - Conversations might veer off on to topics such as goings-on around town and the latest success stories at work. But the fathers who gather in Corpus Christi Church here for the "Evenings for Dads" discussion group usually engage in a different type of "guy talk" - chats about topics of interest to Catholic "family men," such as raising kids, keeping marriage exciting and balancing work and family.

  • 'Faith and God's grace saved me'
    Rwandan genocide survivor says prayer helped her forgive murderers
    CONVENT STATION - Fearing for her life, young Immaculee Ilibagiza quickly found herself facing a perilous situation in her hometown in her native Rwanda unlike any she could've ever imagined - the bright college student was running out of time and out of places to hide.

  • 'Faith U.'
    MADISON - During Lent, St. Vincent Martyr Parish here hasn't conferred any diplomas but has been giving parishioners a first-rate religious education in various aspects of Catholicism past, present and future through its new catechetical series, "Faith University."

  • 'Family Atmosphere'
    CLIFTON - St. Paul School here celebrated 90 years of educating young Catholics in a "family atmosphere" last weekend with a "special delivery" from United Parcel Service - a new $25,000 language lab, equipped with 25 computers.  Dedicated by Father Victor Mazza, St. Paul's pastor, on Sept. 17, and funded by a UPS Foundation grant, the lab will benefit both the school students and the community.

  • 'Fireproof' set to open tomorrow in two local theaters
    Film that focuses on marriage draws rave reviews from Catholic leadership
    CLIFTON - There is a certain timelessness about the popular theme of love in movies. Whether the film tells the story about family, friend or romantic relationships, these movies often offer lessons about the gift of love.

  • 'For whom the bell tolls'
    BOONTON - After falling silent five years ago, the heavenly and historic, tones of the original cast iron bell of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church here have again started ringing throughout the surrounding neighborhood - much to the delight of the parish's schoolchildren and parishioners, and especially to a group of parish women, who helped restore the melodious sound of the 145-year-old bell.

  • 'Freedom Through Education' theme of 26th Tri-County Scholarship awards dinner
    WHIPPANY - Benefactors, students and guests gathered at the Hanover Marriott here Oct. 29 to celebrate the 26th annual awards dinner of the Tri-County Scholarship Fund. "Freedom through Education," the theme for the evening was affirmed in the welcome given by Tim Duffy, chairman for the evening. He described the organization by saying "It has touched the hearts of children and is making the world a better place, one person at a time."

  • 'Go and weave Christ into every strata of human life'
    St. Paul Inside the Walls director tells lay ministers at workshop to 'cultivate a zest for life' from belief in God's providence
    MADISON - One of these most controversial statements the faithful can make about Catholicism might not have anything to do with hot-button issues like abortion or same-sex marriage. Rather, it might be a deceptively simple declarative sentence that all affirm in the Creed at Sunday Mass - "I believe in God the Father almighty..."

  • 'God and sports'
    It's not about scoring points: 'Live for the Lord' urges ex-NFL player
    CHATHAM- Sports used to be Harry Flaherty's life. And by age 22, the football star at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts was "on top of the world" and at the top of his game - he had signed to the Philadelphia Eagles as a linebacker.

  • 'God has His own way'
    Nigerian-born seminarian never gave up in quest for priesthood
    NETCONG - Hard-won patience and perseverance are finally paying off for Abuchi Nwosu, a diocesan seminarian, who anticipates being called to ordination as a diocesan priest next year - 23 years after he started pursuing the priesthood.

  • 'God's big backyard'
    Madison parish teaches children about service to others in our diocese
    The family backyard has limitless adventures for children exploring the domestic terrain behind their homes. So when it's "God's backyard" they are exploring, a child's imagination can be taken to even greater heights and opportunities on how to make a difference and serve the world.

  • 'God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage' to be held in diocese
    Marriage-prep founder tells students: We are not meant to be alone
    So declared Damon Clarke Owens, founder of "God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage NJ," a supplemental marriage-preparation course, during a talk on "Sex, College Students and God" recently to about 20 members of the Catholic Campus Ministry Club of William Paterson University, Wayne. Martial sex, Owens said, emphasizes an essential element in God's plan - "We are not meant to be alone."

  • 'God's Plan for You'
    Delbarton campus minister's book answers young people's questions about family
    What possibly can the "Star Wars" movies, the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, the children's book "Are You My Mother?" and carpentry say to young people today about the Church's teachings on dating, love, marriage, sex and family?

  • 'Going green'
    Chatham school becomes more 'in tune' with the environment
    CHATHAM - Enthusiastic students at St. Patrick School here have jumped right into an innovative new religious-based program to help their school "go green" - and become more environmentally friendly. But first, many of the school's 465 students had to get their hands dirty and "talk trash" - about recycling and garbage, that is

  • 'Going Green'
    Installation of solar panels 'crowning achievement' of Pompton Lakes parish's environmental leadership efforts
    POMPTON LAKES - Part of the roof of the Father Michael J. Carnevale, OFM, Faith Formation Center at St. Mary's Parish here gleams with rows of silver solar panels - a visually arresting symbol of this environmentally minded Passaic County faith community's intensive efforts to "go green."

  • 'Googling God'

  • 'Gospel Parables as Models of Evangelization'
    MADISON - To become an evangelizer who brings people closer to the mission of Christ, there's no greater example to learn from than the greatest evangelizer of all time - Jesus Christ himself.

  • 'Growing In Service To The People Of God'
    PARSIPPANY - A grateful Bishop Serratelli told the permanent deacons of the diocese that the Lord has chosen them to "bear the Good News of God's grace" through the "gift of your ordination" during diocesan diaconate convocation Nov. 5.  During the gathering, held at St. Peter the Apostle School here, Bishop Serratelli told 242 deacons, their wives, and priests: "The Church must spread the Gospel." The work of evangelization, he said, "belongs to the essential constitution of the Church."

  • 'Happy going to Mass'
    Polish-born seminarian's call to priesthood started at early age
    EAST HANOVER - The first time God called Deacon Marcin Walka to the priesthood, the experience rattled the nerves of the Polish-born boy, only 5 years old at the time.  Now 29, Deacon Walka heard God's call through the voice of a Capuchin priest, who was leading a retreat at his home parish, St. Adalbert's in Zbrachlin, a suburban town two hours north of Warsaw. The priest picked the boy out of a group of young people, asked his name and inquired, "How would you like to become Father Marcin?"

  • 'Happy to be alive'
    Oak Ridge parishioner and Knight has a new lease on life after heart transplant
    OAK RIDGE - For Joseph Ozoniak, waking up in the morning and asking himself 'What's going on in my life today?' is a euphoric feeling.

  • 'Hard as Nails' retreat inspires teens to approach their faith 'hands-on'
    CEDAR KNOLLS - The scene at Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Church here this past Sunday seemed unusual - dozens of teens stood paired off in the parish hall, hugging each other and crying. Some embraces lasted 10 minutes.

  • 'Helicopter tour' of the Bible
    RANDOLPH - Initially, Deacon Richard Reck of Resurrection Parish here hadn't signed up for "A Helicopter Tour of the Bible from Start to Finish," a four-session Bible-study program held at the Morris County faith community.

  • 'Help Me Get My Habit On'
    Fund-raiser helps Passaic parishioner get ready to follow her vocation to religious life
    PASSAIC - She is the first female parishioner to have a vocation to religious life from St. Anthony Parish here and she is following her heart to fulfill her calling.

  • 'Helping other people is all that matters'
    Denville eighth-grader collects school supplies for tornado-ravaged Catholic schools in Joplin, Missouri
    DENVILLE - Making a difference in a time of need has nothing to do with age. Katie Clancy, an eighth-grader at St. Mary Prep here, is proving that point and feels making a difference can be as simple as collecting paper and pen, literally.

  • 'Highly Flammable'
    Conference sets a spark in young adults to evangelize
    STIRLING - For young adults "to set the earth on fire," the key is through evangelization according to N.J. Young Adult Conference 2006 keynote speaker Caroline Gambale, youth minister of St. Joseph Parish in Hillsborough. The conference, under the theme "I have come to set fire to the earth and how I wish it were already blazing" from Luke's Gospel, was held June 10 at St. Vincent DePaul Church here.

  • 'Home away from home'
    Paterson Adult Day Center celebrates 30 years of service
    PATERSON - If you met Susie Alston, you would be surprised to find out she's 90. The retired Paterson resident still moves actively and can still recall the first time she walked through the doors of the Paterson Adult Day Center here, a place for seniors to socialize, improve their quality of life and celebrate their golden years.

  • 'Humor evangelizes,' says author of 'My Life with the Saints'
    WAYNE - Ever heard this one? - What did St. Lawrence order his executioner to do with him as he was being slowly roasted to death over flames on an iron grill?  "Turn me over," St. Lawrence told his tormentor. On fire only for Christ, the future Catholic saint then declared, "I'm done on this side!" Just before he burned to death, St. Lawrence reportedly uttered, "I'm done now."

  • 'I brake for life'

  • 'I can't believe we are in America'
    WEST MILFORD - The Mudaheranwa family has experienced two "big arrivals" in 2007 - the birth of son in May and the native Rwandan family's "arrival" to the United States on Labor Day weekend, almost four months later.

  • 'I will be praising everything'
    Dover parishioner left successful Calvin Klein job to pursue priesthood
    WEST MILFORD - One young boy raises his hand during religious education class at St. Joseph Parish here. The bright child asks a question about the priesthood - a simple, unassuming gesture that nevertheless makes his teacher, Raymond Orama, smile. It also makes the diocesan seminarian a bit more optimistic about the future of the clergy.

  • 'In Persona Christi'
    STOCKHOLM - Committed priests who are searching for the perfect model to emulate in their own ministries need only look to the '"priest par excellence" - Jesus, who like the Catholic clergy, have come to carry out a sacred mission here on earth: to bring man closer to God and God closer to man.
    Bishop Serratelli delivered that inspiring message to 85 diocesan and religious priests, ministering to the Church of Paterson, who attended a May 10 prayer service at St. John Vianney Church here to mark the close of the Year for Priests, which Pope Benedict XVI declared last summer. The service was intended to "bring together priests" in prayer and fellowship, said Father T. Kevin Corcoran, the bishop's priest-secretary, who helped organize the event.

  • 'In tune' with Blessed Mother
    Mother's faith journey strikes chord with Pompton Lakes songwriter on 'rosary' CD
    POMPTON LAKES - As a young man, George Pereny of St. Mary's Parish here never regularly prayed the rosary.  So what inspired 58-year-old Pereny, who has penned lyrics to dozens of rock songs, to sit at his kitchen table with pen and paper to write the words of an ambitious 14-song "rock opera" about the rosary, titled "Rosza"?

  • 'Iraq is finished with the Christians'
    Sussex couple seeks to help persecuted Christian family members flee Iraq
    SUSSEX - No doubt, Peter and Awatef Constant of St. Monica Parish here are worried about the never-ending bloodshed in their native Iraq that Americans are seeing on TV newscasts every night - an endless stream of disheartening reports of killings, kidnappings, bombings and political unrest.

  • 'It's Never Too Late To Find Your Passion'
    Budd Lake artist gives form, color to faith, nature in painting of parish's Prayer Garden
    BUDD LAKE - Blue birds soar across the even bluer sky on William Sturm's paint canvas. These winged creatures fly just above the multicolored treetops that populate his dazzling landscape portrait of the bucolic Prayer Garden at St. Jude Church here - a reminder to the Budd Lake-raised artist of God, Who created the world.

  • 'Jesus in the house'
    Stirling parishioner's new book gives parents tips on creating a faith-filled home
    It's almost too amazing to imagine - sitting down in a house in Jesus' time, actually watching and listening as Jesus tells one of his parables right there in front of you.  As you imagine this amazing biblical scene, you may wonder even further - were other disciples sitting at a table? Was the room crowded? In his new book, Allan Wright, a parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul here, invites readers to pull up a front-row seat in many of the homes Jesus visited in Scripture. Not only that, readers of "Jesus in the House: Gospel Reflections on Christ's Presence in the Home" can learn how the actions and words of Jesus instruct us today about the critical role of the family in society, faith and raising children.

  • 'Jesus is our life ... Viva'
    At St. John Kanty in Clifton, Vacation Bible School truly was a "Fiesta." Thirty children participated in the weeklong Bible study and celebrated by saying, "Jesus is our life! Viva!" Bishop Serratelli visited the VBS on Aug. 1 where he was presented with an authentic Mexican sombrero. Conventual Franciscan Father Raphael Zwolenkiewicz, pastor of St. John Kanty (left) led the VBS in song and dance. For more photos and story, see Page 8.

  • 'Jesus Week'
    Better understanding of Jesus, Holy Spirit is goal of Netcong parish event
    NETCONG - In Carol McGotty's time of need, the Holy Spirit made its powerful presence known through very recognizable Scriptural symbols - three doves. Actually, they were another type of birds, sent to help lead McGotty of St. Cecilia Parish, Rockaway, and her gravely ill daughter on a miraculous journey through the Lincoln Tunnel and to Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

  • 'Jesus, I trust in you'
    Divine Mercy Sunday celebrated in parishes around the diocese
    WAYNE - The image came so clear to St. Faustina, a young Polish nun in 1931. It was an image of Jesus clothed in a white garment with his right hand raised in blessing. His left hand was touching his garment in the area of the heart. Two rays shined through, one in red for blood, one in white for water. She was filled with awe as she gazed at the image but also with great joy. Jesus told St. Faustina to paint this image and the signature: "Jesus, I trust in you."

  • 'Jogging Jesuit'
    Loyola's 'For Generations to Come' endowment campaign kicks off with NYC marathon run
    MORRISTOWN - His legs felt like they were on fire. But somehow, Father Charles Moutenot was able to stay "in the groove" for about 10 miles. With perspiration pouring down his face, the Jesuit priest was pushing his body to its limits as he ran the 2006 ING New York City Marathon Nov. 5.

  • 'Kids Need to Play and Pray'
    Father Valenti Youth Center at Paterson parish keeps youth off inner city streets
    By Cecile SanAgustin
    Beacon Staff
    Beech Street here, where St. Anthony Parish is located, is a tough inner city neighborhood. But during these hot, steamy summer evenings, you won't see many youths hanging out on street corners where trouble brews. Instead, they have found refuge at the parish's Father Valenti Youth Center, thanks to the Salesians who minister at St. Anthony's.

  • 'Kristin's Tree'
    LONG VALLEY - Some 150 paper "angel" ornaments started out the Christmas season at St. Mark Parish here, watching over the formerly named "Angel Tree" in the church's gathering space. These beautiful, handmade decorations didn't stay on long before generous parishioners began taking them off the Christmas tree to fulfill the holiday gift wishes of many disadvantaged area children displayed on the back of the ornaments.

  • 'Laughs4Lives'
    Catholic school student illustrates comic book to 'draw' attention to, raise funds for Darfur relief
    MORRISTOWN - The statistics that have originated from the genocide in Darfur are depressing - nearly 450,000 people from western Sudan have been killed or died of disease and as many at 2.5 million people have been displaced.

  • 'Led by the Light'
    PATERSON - As a choir proclaims, "O Come All Ye Faithful!" season after season, people of all ages gather together in celebration for the most joyful time of the year. To prepare for the Christmas season and celebrate Advent, the diocese is calling all the faithful to come to its annual diocesan Christmas Concert at St. John Cathedral here at 4 p.m. Dec. 6.

  • 'Led by the Light'
    Faithful fill cathedral for annual diocesan Christmas concert
    PATERSON - The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was filled to standing room only on Dec. 6, the Second Sunday of Advent, for the annual diocesan Christmas Concert, which this year featured the theme, "Led by the Light."

  • 'Like, totally!'
    St. Virgil graduate writes novel that tells adolescent girls to 'be yourself'
    It sounds a bit too coincidental that Francesco Sedita, author of "Miss Popularity," a novel for adolescent girls, was himself voted Most Popular in his eighth-grade class at St. Virgil School here.  "But it's true," 33-year-old Sedita, of St. Virgil's Class of 1988, confessed last month in front of 300 students gathered in the gym at his alma mater. "I had forgotten about it. Then one day, I was flipping through my grade-school yearbook. I was Most Popular - out of 12 students," he said, laughing

  • 'Listen for God's call'
    At pizza gathering, Bishop asks men of diocese to listen for God's call to priesthood
    CLIFTON - Last week, while speaking to a group of young men of the diocese, who are considering the priesthood, Bishop Serratelli made a seemingly provocative statement about today's growing vocations and priest shortage - "There is no vocations crisis."

  • 'Liturgical Renewal In The Church'
    MADISON - On the First Sunday of Advent, parishes of the diocese will join the wider Church in starting to worship at Mass using the new English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal - a text that it is hoped will usher a modern "liturgical renewal in the Church." It is also hoped that the missal's prayers - translated more accurately from the original Latin and imbued with richer, more poetic Biblical imagery - will help "facilitate the full, active and conscious participation of the laity at Mass," while also inspiring them.

  • 'Living the Eucharist' Lenten mission teaches Haskell parishioners to pray Scriptures through Lectio Divina
    WANAQUE - A self-described "busy person," Elaine Houckes finds it difficult to carve out time or space in her manic weekly schedule - which includes a full-time job - to devote to spiritual reflection. But recently, she tapped into the spiritual power of Lectio Divina - a way of praying the Scriptures - at the heart of a mission offered this Lent by her faith community, St. Francis of Assisi Parish in the Haskell section of Wanaque.

  • 'Living Witnesses of Christ's Unchanging Love'
    For their service in serving others, 179 people were honored with the diocesan Vivere Christus Est Award, which was presented to each one of them by Bishop Serratelli May 22 in St. Philip Church here.

  • 'Love the unlovable'
    Leon Bass can never forget the man's face - skeletal-looking with those dark, sunken, sad eyes. A young Bass had witnessed so much human suffering, brutality and death while he and his fellow soldiers liberated Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany at the end of World War II. But the now-retired African-American educator still can't shake one of his most horrific memories on that day in 1945 - seeing the ghostly face of that death camp survivor. Bass still weeps, when he talks about it.

  • 'Make Christ Present To Those Who Are Suffering'
    Bishop urges physicians to 'humanize the practice of medicine' at Outreach to Catholic Doctors event
    MADISON - Even before prescribing any medical treatments, Catholic doctors emboldened by faith need to "humanize the practice of medicine" and "make Christ present to those who are suffering" first by offering patients the gentle compassion of Jesus - listening to them, giving them comforting words and being available to them beyond office hours.

  • 'Making a difference' to those who seek help at the Father English Center
    PATERSON - Honoring the legacy of Father Francis English, who was pastor of the former St. Boniface Parish here until his murder in 1974, happens everyday at diocesan Catholic Charities' Father English Multi-Purpose Community Center here, which carries on the late priest's legacy.

  • 'Marathon man'
    Clifton priest runs to raise funds for St. Philip's youth
    By the 14th mile of the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., Father Szurek's legs were burning and his lungs felt like they were on fire. Yet this 31-year-old parochial vicar of St. Philip the Apostle Parish here never really "hit the wall" - never got overly exhausted - while running the grueling 26.2-mile course through the nation's capital on a cold but sunny Oct. 28 morning

  • 'Mary's Land'
    Welcome to "Mary's Land" - known better as the Sanctuary of Mary, Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, a quiet and bucolic place of devotion and reflection for all Christians. On May 1, Bishop Serratelli presided over Mass here to honor its late founder, Father Sylvester Livosi, and to thank God for a prayer answered - the recent reopening of the palatial facility, which had remained closed for a year.

  • 'Milestone moment' for the diocese
    Bishop dedicates St. Paul Inside the Walls, first-of-its-kind diocesan evangelization center in U.S.

  • 'New era' at St. Luke's as parish turns 25
    LONG VALLEY - St. Luke Parish here is looking back as the vibrant faith community begins celebrating a quarter-century of staying true to its original mission - to serve as the spiritual home of Catholics here in this beautiful, bucolic corner of southwest Morris County.

  • 'Nina saved us'
    Holocaust survivor dedicates career to Catholic schools
    CONVENT STATION - It was 1942 - the darkest days of World War II for the citizens of Romania - where Bella Nathan, her mother, Ester, and several Jewish relatives hid in an apartment from the Nazi oppressors. They had to stay very quiet - their lives depended on it.

  • 'Not on our watch'
    Catholics urged to 'move forward with action' to stop Darfur genocide
    CONVENT STATION - As a concerned Catholic, you have been moved by the staggering statistics the horrible genocide in Darfur, Sudan, has produced thus far - more than 400,000 people killed and more than 2 million displaced from their villages. Then how, living in the U.S., can you help end the genocide in that war-torn East African nation?

  • 'Nuestra Familia Catolica'
    Catholic Extension Society launches bi-lingual magazine for Hispanic Catholics
    Read the pages of Nuestra Familia Catolica (Our Catholic Family) magazine and one is welcomed with a banquet of warmth and flavor while learning about missions in the United States with a Hispanic Catholic vibe.

  • 'One child at a time'
    Dominican children come to diocese for healing and hope
    It is a familiar scene at the arrival gate in any airport - family and friends reuniting with their loved ones with hugs and happiness. On May 1 that same scene occurred for 36 children, arriving in Newark Liberty Airport from the Dominican Republic as they met the "host parents" they will be staying with while they receive healthcare here. The only difference was they were meeting them for the first time.

  • 'Open our ears and loosen our tongues'
    Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is marked across the diocese and the world
    CLIFTON - During the week of Jan. 18 - 25, Christians worldwide came together to pray in union with one another for each other and  a world that is divided by racism, intolerance and war.   In all three counties of the diocese, several parishes joined together with ecumenical groups and celebrated with their Christian brothers and sisters through prayer services, fellowships and meetings.

  • 'Pizza with Bishop' helps young seminarian from Randolph get taste of his vocation
    DOVER - Last year a 17-year-old John Wiggins Jr. broke the news that shocked his parents, John Sr. and Joann - that this young Catholic from Randolph has a profound desire to pursue the priesthood. But John Wiggins Sr. remained skeptical, continuing to hold out for a different vision of his older son's future - that of the role of another type of "father."

  • 'Pizza with the Bishop'
    CLIFTON - Have you been thinking about following God's call to pursue the priesthood? Have you been thinking further into the future, searching for a perfect spiritual example on which to model your priesthood? Then let Bishop Serratelli offer up as a perfect role model - not only for priests or priests-to-be, but for all Catholics - an unlikely evangelizer from Scripture:  St. Andrew the Apostle.

  • 'Pizza, Prayer, & Possibilities'
    Bishop hosts first vocations awareness evening for women
    MORRISTOWN - Young people have trouble making a commitment to anything today - from what Internet sites to visit out of the millions available to what TV shows to watch from thousands of choices. If members of the "younger set" find it difficult make choices Web surfing or TV watching, then imagine how overwhelmed they feel making life-long commitments - to marriage or to a priestly or religious vocation.

  • 'Praising the Lord in Many Voices'
    PATERSON - A diversity of faces, a diversity of voices. In celebration of the resurrected Christ, the Justice and Peace Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Committee of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish, Little Falls, is inviting Catholics across the diocese to a multicultural event to be held at 2:30 p.m. April 15 on Divine Mercy Sunday in St. Bonaventure Church here.

  • 'Prayers are answered' for local Polish Catholics
    CLIFTON - In the early morning on Friday, Jan. 14, Father Adam Muda and fellow diocesan Catholics of Polish heritage joined their faithful brothers and sisters around the world in celebrating joyful news about God answering countless prayers from around the globe - that the Poland's native son, Pope John Paul II, would be beatified in Rome on May 1 by Pope Benedict XVI.

  • 'Pride in Our Priests'
    Paterson Federation Knights of Columbus honor diocesan priests at dinner
    HALEDON - The Paterson Federation Knights of Columbus held their annual "Pride in Our Priests" dinner at LaNeve's Restaurant here Nov. 21.  Every November, the Paterson Federation encourages all its member councils in the diocese to invite local priests in their parishes to attend the dinner held in their honor as a way of thanking the priests for their service to the Church, the diocese, their parish and the community.

  • 'Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May'
    Annual Crowning of Mary draws parishioners from around diocese
    MOUNTAIN LAKES - The celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary's coronation brought Catholics from all over the diocese together to honor  the "Queen of the Angels,  the Queen of the May" on Monday evening  May 8 filling St. Catherine of Siena Church here,  to honor their queen. Bishop Serratelli led the May crowning attended by several priests of the diocese, religious sisters of various orders and faithful from parishes across the diocese, many of whom boarded buses to be a part of the diocesan event.

  • 'Random act of kindness' brings 9-year old student new computer
    PATERSON - A random act of kindness touched a local student last Friday, thanks to Random Acts, a non-profit privately organized charity group.  That's when 9-year-old Jerry Aguilar received a laptop computer for his own good deeds and for being an excellent student.

  • 'Rosza' rock opera CD sounds a note for joy, hope and peace this Advent season

  • 'School within a school' to open this fall at DePaul
    WAYNE - In September, a class of eighth- graders from public school will get a jumpstart on getting acclimated to the challenges of the Catholic high school experience as students of the highly anticipated "school within a school" - the new DePaul Catholic Eighth Grade Prep, to be located in the state-of-the art building of DePaul Catholic High School here.

    Dorothy Day shared message of love, peace within diocese
    MADISON — When Dorothy Day walked down the center aisle of St. Vincent Martyr Church here on March 14, 1976, all eyes turned to the magnetic co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, even before she began to deliver a Lenten reflection that afternoon.

  • 'Servi Dei'
    Clifton parish's youth group grows charismatically in prayer
    Each Saturday teen-agers everywhere can be found at local shopping malls, movie theaters and restaurants hanging out and having a good time enjoying typical teen-age activity.

  • 'Shanti Om'
    Seminarian reflects on mission trip to India serving orphans, school children
    STIRLING - "Shanti Om" explains it all. The Hindu mantra is a prayer for peace to all humankind and for 21-year-old Christopher Conant this mantra can describe his mission last month when he embarked on a trip to India lending a hand and making a difference.

  • 'So Far, So Good'
    DENVILLE - One thousand two hundred eighty. That is the number of years combined 28 priest that jubilarians celebrating ordination anniversaries have spent in service to the people of the Paterson Diocese and beyond. In honor of those years spent serving the Church, Bishop Serratelli presided over the annual diocesan Jubilee celebration for priests at St. Mary Church here June 7.

  • 'Some day your cousin is going to be a saint'
    Pequannock family hopes for canonization of cousin, The Venerable Father Solanus Casey
    Imagine the thrill of discovering a famous artist or politician, who has taken up a branch on your family tree. Take that a step further - imagine the double blessing of having in your family background a possible saint, especially a humble Capuchin priest, known for facilitating God-given "favors" on behalf his many dedicated believers.

  • 'Something more'
    Youth Day with bishop 'pumps up' faith of diocesan young people
    MORRISTOWN - This past Sunday afternoon, close to 1,000 high-school teens and their adult leaders descended on the scenic, wooded grounds of Delbarton School here in a faithful search for "something more" in their lives - a deeper relationship with Christ.

  • 'Somewhere on a Cross'
    Banner year for St. Jude musical duo gets even better with song on CD
    BUDD LAKE - The year 2007 couldn't have seemed much bigger for musical partners Deacon Anthony Siino and Sherry Ottoson of St. Jude Parish here - promoting their first compact disc release, issuing a new single, giving their musical act a new name and going global by making their religious music available via the Internet.

  • 'Spiritually supercharging' their commute
    NETCONG - Do you have to weather a long commute to work in your car each morning and afternoon? To pass the time, perhaps you pop into the player a compact disc of favorite music or a spellbinding "book on tape." But why not spend that time revving your spiritual life into high gear by popping in a CD of prayers?

  • 'Spread the Gospel With Passion'
    MADISON - Calling all Catholics of the Paterson Diocese - show your enthusiasm for the faith by pioneering new, exciting ways to "proclaim the 'Good News' of the Gospel to everyone" - including using social media, such as text messaging and Facebook - as part of the universal Church's major effort to reinvigorate the very vital act of evangelization, as old as Christianity itself.

  • 'Stamp of Excellence'
    PATERSON - The childhood memories of pre-school leave a lasting impression and for the six child care centers of diocesan Catholic Charities, the development of the young child is paramount in their mission to serve young residents of the inner city.

  • 'Stepping Stone Rosary'
    Scout project aims to teach third-graders at Long Valley parish about devotion to Blessed Mother
    LONG VALLEY - RECENTLY, parishioners at Our Lady of the Mountain (OLM) here - from children to senior citizens - started to venture outdoors in the warm, sunny weather on the spacious property of this rural Morris County parish to "walk" the rosary - the popular Catholic devotion to the Blessed Mother.

  • 'Steward of the Mysteries of God'
    Haskell parish study series reveals St. Paul to be a man of the sacraments
    Catholics seem to hold the popular view of St. Paul largely as a man of both words and actions, who embarked on a dynamic ministry to preach the Gospel to the citizens of lands far and wide two centuries ago - as revealed in the many letters that this celebrated saint wrote to the early Christian communities he had visited.

  • 'The adventure now begins!'
    Greetings from Portugal!  We made it! It was a long day but definitely such a blessing to experience what we have so far.

  • 'The aura of a saint'
    Christ the King parishioner helps promote Archbishop Sheen's cause for sainthood
    The closing of the research phase of the cause for sainthood for Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., next month will reverberate loudly throughout the Paterson Diocese here, where the renowned Catholic evangelist had maintained many tight family and personal connections.

  • 'The Call to Marriage is Woven Deeply into the Human Spirit'
    A Message on Marriage from the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey
    In the face of the attempts to establish same sex “marriage”, the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey have issued a comprehensive message, “The Call to Marriage is Woven Deeply into the Human Spirit.”
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  • 'The Power of the Powerless'
    For 32 years, Oliver de Vinck spent his days on his back in his bed. He had no discernable intellect. He was blind and deaf and couldn't walk or hold things. So how, five years after his death, was this helpless young man able to bend the ear of one of the world's most powerful men - President Ronald Reagan?

  • 'The Power Years'
    Reach for your dreams by planning a fulfilling retirement
    POMPTON LAKES - So Baby Boomers, now that you've transformed American society over the past 40 years, you can't wait to "shake up" your retirement years - reinventing them as well, armed with a ground-breaking sense of fun, love, vigor, adventure and the use of your talents to "give back" to others.

  • 'The Road to Holiness'
    Bishop has meeting with Spain pilgrimage youth, chaperones
    MOUNTAIN LAKES - Walking in the footsteps of the saints is what Catholics strive to do everyday in their lives but to have the opportunity to journey with them is a rare lifetime chance that many diocesan youth will be able to experience next summer.

  • 'Their Faith Leads Them There'
    NORTH HALEDON - A jet may take them there but it is their faith that leads them there. For young adults who have a calling to serve in mission lands, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians - the Salesians- give them an opportunity to fulfill their desire to serve Christ present in the poor and in those who suffer.

  • 'They Have Received the Call to Believe'
    134 Catechumens elected by Bishop Serratelli at annual Rite of Election
    CLIFTON - In this age of cell phones, where phone company commercials clamor: "Can you hear me now," 134 catechumens heard a different call - the clarion call to become members of the Catholic Church - the most important and life-changing call they will receive in their lives.

  • 'Thirty Silver Pieces'
    Budd Lake deacon hits high note with all-original CD of 'spiritually enhancing' music
    BUDD LAKE - At a recent Sunday morning Mass, Deacon Anthony Siino sits at the large organ in St. Jude Church here, coaxing out the light, bouncy chords of "The Lord Is My Shepherd." As he plays, the congregation enjoys filling the worship space with the sing-along chorus melody of the wind-swept, calypso-inspired hymn.

  • 'Thou Shalt Not Blog'
    SPARTA - The 261st pope, John XXIII was always involved with modern matters. Vatican II for example is a legacy he convened to update the Catholic Church in the modern world. Now in that modern world, the diocesan high school named after Pope John XXIII here is dealing with a modern matter - Internet safety that is being compromised by personal blog sites.

  • 'Through God's Intercession'
    CLIFTON - For nearly the last three decades, when you walk into the rectory at St. Brendan Parish here, Peggy Quinn, office manager, greets you.  "I never planned on staying here for that long," said Quinn, who is also a longtime parishioner, but she has always put family and faith first in her life.  Quinn started to serve as the parish as secretary years ago to be close to her young son, Daniel. She left a prominent career in advertising in the "ad capital of the world," New York City.

  • 'Tweet, tweet': Morris Catholic taps 'Web 2.0' technology to promote school
    DENVILLE - It only took an instant. A girls' high school varsity soccer match just ends in which Morris Catholic High School emerges victorious. Immediately Michael St. Pierre, Morris Catholic's president, starts typing on his iPhone to post the score and his observations about the game on a popular social networking Web site, Twitter - done in a flash.

  • 'UR the Voice' campaign urges New Vernon parishioners to sing out in prayer at Mass
    NEW VERNON - It's Sunday morning at Christ the King Church here, where singers in the adult choir carry the soaring chorus of the familiar hymn "On Eagles' Wings" over the choir loft and down to the worship space below during one of the Masses - "And He [God] will raise you up on eagles' wings...And hold you in the palm of His hand."

  • 'We are one human family'
    Catholic Relief Services continues to be the U.S. Church's agency for aid overseas
    For American Catholics who want to help their international brothers and sisters in need, they have a place to turn to in Catholic Relief Services (CRS). For more than 64 years, CRS has been the official international humanitarian agency created by the U.S. Catholic bishops for the American Catholic community's outreach. Through creating bonds of solidarity, the agency connects concerned Catholics with a way to provide assistance to people in 98 countries and territories based on need, regardless of race, nationality or creed.

  • 'We care for students all day'
    Sacred Heart gives young students 'head start' on road to life of learning
    With great excitement, the toddlers in pre-school class at Sacred Heart School here start singing a song to the playful tune of "Bingo." But they're not singing about a dog named Bingo. Instead, they are singing about a rabbit named Roger.

  • 'We Come to Worship Him' and meet 'd'r papst'
    During one of the final World Youth Day (WYD) commissioning ceremonies in the diocese on Aug. 10, DePaul Catholic High School here sent off 32 enthusiastic young pilgrims now part of the diocesan contingent at the 20th World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany. During the journey, the DePaul students also are getting to know the school's new chaplain, Father Brian Sullivan.

  • 'We Need To Be Renewed In Our Efforts'
    Bishop Serratelli urges pro-life Catholics not to be discouraged
    PARSIPPANY - Catholics certainly have cause to feel discouraged, as they scan the political and social landscapes in the U.S. and notice that, over the decades, society at large has sought to "mute the voice of God" - the Lord's profound call for the protection of all human life from conception to natural death.

  • 'Weighing in'
    In Whippany, OLM ministry helps with challenge of shedding pounds
    It was another great week for Barbara Panian, who stepped off the scale at OLM's Weight Watchers meeting the evening of June 17. The special education teacher lost a few more pounds, bringing her total to 45 pounds. Simon, the group leader, placed another gold star in the booklet, where she records Panian's progress, while other group members cheered and applauded.

  • 'Welcome Home To Healing'
    CLIFTON - As Catholics begin the Holy season of Lent, every parish in the diocese will have its doors open on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 14 to April 11 to welcome Catholics home and find healing through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

  • 'Welcome Home to Healing'
    Parishes in diocese to be open Monday evenings for Reconciliation during Lent
    CLIFTON - The image of a son returning home to the loving arms of his father as told through the Parable of the Prodigal Son is a constant reminder to all Catholics that Jesus Christ always awaits with open arms full of mercy, forgiveness and love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

  • 'Why Catholic?'
    Small community leaders trained to get parishes ready for Lenten program
    MORRISTOWN - Leaders, who are ready to facilitate small adult faith-formation communities in about 20 parishes in the diocese that have opted to participate "Why Catholic? Journey through the Catechism" this Lent, are charged with "encouraging, motivating and praying for" their small community members to seek a deeper level of faith that will inspire them to spread the "Good News" to the world.

  • 'Why Catholic?' process designed to inspire parishes to evangelize
    RANDOLPH - As parishes take up the diocese's challenge to get more involved in the larger Christian mission of "transforming the world" through evangelization, they might want to start by thinking "small" - by developing small communities, that is.  So suggests RENEW International, which plans to start its "Why Catholic? Journey through the Catechism Process" in participating parishes of the diocese next Lent. This bilingual evangelization and adult faith formation process, offered in both English and Spanish, encourages the formation of small communities in parishes - groups of 8 to 12 people - which help their members to gain a deeper understanding of what we believe, how we worship, how we live and how we pray.

  • 'Why Catholic?' series marks its fourth and final year in parishes around the diocese
    CLIFTON - For four years, Catholics from around the diocese have been on a journey - "a journey through the Catechism" through the 'Why Catholic?' series. This is the final year for the small group sharing meetings and participants will discover the fourth pillar of Catechism - Catholic spirituality and Christian prayer - during the six weeks of Lent. The program will continue in the fall for another six weeks.

  • 'You Gotta Have Heart'
    Volunteers from around the U.S. serve diocesan Catholic Charities agencies during visit
    PATERSON - The lyrics to a timeless song say it all: "You've gotta have heart - miles 'n miles n' miles of heart." And that catchy tune certainly epitomizes a group of teens - hailing from states around the country - who traveled to serve the clients of Catholic Charities agencies here in the Paterson Diocese last week.

  • 'Youcat' is on the way
    Most everyone is familiar with 'YouTube' but how many Catholics have heard of 'Youcat'?  "Youcat" is a text designed to teach young people the ABC's of Catholicism using a language tailored to their generation. The 300-page volume is the new and official Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. Its production and translations where under the leadership of Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Austria, who also served as the editor of the 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church.

  • 1,000 new backpacks and school supplies given to students at Father English Center
    PATERSON — Calling it the "best school year yet," 1,000 children received new backpacks and school supplies for the 2012-13 school year at diocesan Catholic Charities Father English Community Center here last week.

  • 10,000 Rosaries
    With steady hands, Emily Spina threads a tiny bead onto a thin chord as this parishioner of St. Anthony's here puts her personal touch on another set of rosaries last Thursday morning. That wasn't so more than two years ago, when Spina would get frustrated after difficult attempts at making rosaries.

  • 100 Year's Old
    NEW VERNON  Alice Benning makes turning 100 seem so easy. The very delightful and witty parishioner from Christ the King Parish here celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 27. In honor of her century celebration, the parish had a Mass of Thanksgiving and party for this special occasion inviting all parishioners to attend.

  • 100th Anniversary Of St. Anthony Of Padua Parish
    PATERSON - On Nov. 29, the First Sunday of Advent, Bishop Serratelli helped St. Anthony of Padua Parish here celebrate a century of faith and Christian service that echoes through the inner-city faith community's rich immigrant past, where Salesians once served a largely Italian population, as well as its immigrant presence today, which witnesses the parish extending its welcoming embrace to minister to an influx of Hispanics and Portuguese.

  • 101 Days of Prayer for Peace in Sudan
    When Msgr. Joseph Ciampaglio was asked to travel on a Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) trip to southern Sudan on a prayerful mission to promote peace in this embattled African nation's political process, the retired diocesan priest recalled that "shivers went down my spine."

  • 101 diocesan lay faithful honored for service

  • 106-year-old Little Falls parishioner still prays rosary daily
    breaks out in Irish tunes as if she was among a circle of friends and prays the rosary daily.

  • 10th annual Blue Mass honors officers, remembers those who have fallen
    PATERSON - To honor and remember those men and women in law and safety enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice, the 10th annual diocesan Blue Mass was held May 5 at St. John the Baptist Cathedral here. Bishop Serratelli was principal celebrant of the Mass with many priests of the diocese as concelebrants.

    St. Stephen Parish in Passaic – the only Hungarian parish on East Coast – marks anniversary with visit from the bishop.

  • 110TH Anniversary For Paterson Parish
    On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Feast of Christ the King and the end of the universal Church’s celebration of the Year of Faith, Bishop Serratelli helped celebrate the 110th anniversary of St. Stephen Parish here, an urban faith community that serves Polish, Spanish and English-speaking parishioners all united by their common Catholic faith. Parts of the anniversary Mass were in Polish, Spanish and English.

  • 12 Filippini sisters mark diamond, golden jubilees
    MORRISTOWN — The Religious Teachers Filippini honored those members of the order who are celebrating their diamond and golden jubilees this year at St. Lucy Filippini Chapel in Villa Walsh here on Oct. 12.

  • 125 Years
    St. Anthony School in Butler celebrates a century and a quarter of Catholic education
    BUTLER - One of the diocese's oldest Catholic schools, St. Anthony of Padua School here, turned 125 this year.

  • 125 years of faith
    St. Thomas of Aquin Parish celebrates long tradition of Christian service
    OGDENSBURG - A century and a quarter in the making, the close-knit St. Thomas of Aquin Parish here has maintained its own style of Christian service - faith community members just "pitch in" and lend a ready, able and helping hand

  • 125 years of faith, solidarity, outreach
    Bishop helps Chatham parish celebrate quasquicentennial
    CHATHAM — On Sept. 23, Bishop SerrateJR helped to celebrate 125 years of indomitable faith, fortitude, a sense of community and a spirit of outreach, that have both nourished and sustained St. Patrick Parish here through the countless 'highs and lows" of its long, rich history, which stretches back to the 19th century.

  • 130 couples celebrate wedding anniversaries at diocesan Silver and Gold Mass
    PATERSON - St. Paul tells us in Scripture: "Love never ends." Testament of that came when 130 couples from around the diocese celebrated the gift of eternal love honoring their 25th and 50th anniversaries of their marriages Oct. 11 at the Cathedral of St. John here.  Among the happy husbands and wives were five couples celebrating longer milestone anniversaries - four marking 60 years and one marking 67 years.

  • 135 couples renew their vows at annual Silver and Gold Mass
    At the annual diocesan Silver and Gold wedding anniversary celebration, 135 couples from parishes around the diocese celebrated those first meetings that changed their lives honoring their 25th and 50th anniversaries Oct. 17 at the Cathedral of St. John here.  Among the happy husbands and wives were also couples celebrating 55 and 60 years of marriage.

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    138 Beech St.
    Paterson, NJ




  • 14 catechumens will be welcomed into the Church at Easter Vigil in Passaic parish
    PASSAIC - During the Sacred Triduum, April 1-3, Catholics reflect and focus on the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist - the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for mankind by dying on the cross on Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil where catechumens will be welcomed into the Church.

  • 14 men instituted into first step toward ordination to the permanent diaconate
    WHIPPANY — Bishop Serratelli instituted 14 candidates for the permanent diaconate to the Order of the Reader (also known as Institution of Lector), at Our Lady of Mercy Parish here Sept. 6. It is the first step toward ordination. Priests, deacons, family and friends of the candidates attended the rite as the bishop prayed for the candidates in their continuing formation. Similar to ordination to the transitional diaconate, the next step after Order of the Reader is the Institution of Acolyte.

  • 145 Catechumens elected by Bishop Serratelli at annual Rite of Election
    Bishop Serratelli formerly selected — or elected — 145 catechumens from around the diocese, who will receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil, at the diocese’s annual Rite of Election held on the First Sunday of Lent, Feb. 21, at St. John’s Cathedral, Paterson.   These catechumens have been participating in their parish’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), the Church’s official process by which new members are prepared for the sacraments of initiation

  • 145 Couples Renew Their Vows Before The Bishop
    One hundred and forty-one couples from parishes across the diocese who are celebrating their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries this year were honored at the annual diocesan Silver and Gold wedding anniversary celebration Oct. 9 at St. John's Cathedral here.  The bishop said in his greeting to the jubliarians, "You all have smiles like when you were newlyweds but now with so many years of happiness as you celebrate with your children and families."

  • 150 couples renew their vows before the bishop
    Love was in the air at St. John Cathedral here when 150 couples from parishes across the diocese celebrated their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries at the annual diocesan Silver and Gold wedding anniversary celebration Oct. 15.

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    154 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
    Rockaway Twp., NJ 07801

  • 159 years of combined priestly service
    Pastors in Clifton, Denville and Wayne will retire in June
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli has accepted the retirement of three longtime pastors in the diocese, effective June 13, the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua.

  • 18 priests to be honored at annual diocesan Jubilee Mass June 3
    CONVENT STATION — Bishop Serratelli will be principal celebrant for the annual diocesan Priests Jubilee Mass for 18 diocesan and religious priests serving or who have served in the Paterson Diocese. The Mass will be held in St. Thomas More church here Tuesday, June 3 at 11 a.m. The Jubilee Mass will honor those priests celebrating 60-, 50-, 40- and 25-year anniversaries of priestly ordination.

  • 1982-1985
    NCCB/USCC staff assist personnel from two dioceses in appreciating the civil liability risks involved in child molestation cases.

  • 1986-1989
    NCCB Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry begins to work with vicars for priests to help develop training programs. Dioceses develop more definitive personnel policies to respond to claims and training programs for policy implementation.

  • 1990 - 1999
    Ecumenical and nonsectarian nature of problem strongly is emphasized and is subject of ongoing discussion with representatives of other denominations in the United States.

  • 2000 - 2002
    Meetings with victims and victim advisory groups; meeting with English speaking bishops' conferences in Rome; reconstitution of the AHCSA with focus on education, prevention, review of diocesan policies for child-safe environments.

  • 2003
    "Safe environment" guidelines sent to bishops; Charter requires dioceses to have "safe environment"-type programs.

  • 2004
    Report on the Implementation of the `Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People'  released on January 6, 2004.

  • 2009 Bishop's Annual Appeal raises record $3.42 million 'to take care of those in need'
    CLIFTON - "Now More Than Ever" the people need help and the faithful of the Paterson Diocese have responded. As the nation and state continue to try and recover from difficult economic times, people still found a way to dig deep in their hearts and support the 2009 Bishop's Annual Appeal to help diocesan Catholic Charities, seminarian education, needy diocesan elementary schools and retired priests. Some 20,570 donors pledged a record $3,420,293 to benefit these many ministries of the Paterson Diocese. The 2009 goal was set at $2.885 million.

  • 2010 Bishop's Annual Appeal
    Retired priests thank faithful for generous contributions
    CHESTER - A famous comedian once said, "Laughter is the shortest distance between friends," and for priests living at the retired priests' residence, Nazareth Village here, the laughter that exists around the dining room table during lunchtime meals is a reminder how fortunate they are to live in community with their brother priests.

  • 2011
    The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was revised in 2011 and reapproved by the full body of the US Catholic Bishops.

  • 2011 Bishop's Annual Appeal
    Retired priests thankful for Nazareth Village, BAA donors
    CHESTER - They smile and say the stories they share around the dinning room table are "war stories," but they feel much joy to have served as priests for the Paterson Diocese.

  • 2011 Bishop's Annual Appeal is under way; goal set at $2.885M
    CLIFTON - "See the Face of Christ in Everyone," is the theme of the 2011 Bishop's Annual Appeal, which kicked off last weekend at Masses in every parish of the diocese across Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties. The goal of this year's Appeal is to raise $2.885 million to aid the ministries of diocesan Catholic Charities agencies, seminarians studying for the priesthood, retired priests living at Nazareth Village and students attending diocesan inner-city elementary schools.

  • 2011 Bishop's Annual Appeal raises $3.52M
    Helping those in need, retired priests, seminarians and school children
    CLIFTON - With a theme to inspire the faithful to "See the Face of Christ in Everyone," the 2011 Bishop's Annual Appeal raised $3,522,739 to help fund diocesan Catholic Charities agencies, elementary schools, seminarian education and Nazareth Village in Chester, the diocesan priests' retirement residence. The 2011 appeal goal was set at $2.885 million.

  • 2011 Diocese Implements New Prevention Policies
     Read the Beacon Article, January 13, 2011

  • 2011 Year in Review
    A look back at the year past in the Diocese of Paterson

  • 2012 Caritas Awards
    Catholic business leader, nun, and entire family chosen as 2012 Caritas Awards recipients
    PATERSON — Joseph Duffy, president of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson, announced that the awards committee for the Catholic Charities Caritas Gala has selected the recipients for the 2012 Catholic Charities Caritas Awards.

  • 2013 in Review
    A look back at the past year in the Diocese of Paterson.

  • 2014 Annual Retreat for Deacons of the Diocese of Paterson

    August 22-24, 2014
    McShain – Horstmann Family Life Center, Malvern, PA (
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  • 2014 Bishop’s Annual Appeal kicks off this weekend in all parishes
    CLIFTON This weekend, the 2014 Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) kicks off at Masses in parishes across the diocese to support diocesan ministries. Under the theme, “Be an Ambassador for Christ,” the appeal invites parishioners to help with the day-to-day operational funding that assists the poor, the sick and the needy; inner-city elementary school students; seminarians and retired priests.

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    205 Madison Ave.
    Madison, NJ 07940

  • 21 parishes to welcome statue of Our Lady of Fatima next month
    CLIFTON — To celebrate May as the month of Blessed Virgin Mary, many parishes in the diocese will receive a visit from May 1 to 21 from the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

  • 22 priests to celebrate jubilees at annual diocesan Mass June 2
    CHESTER - Bishop Serratelli will preside at the Priests' Annual Jubilee Mass at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, in St. Lawrence the Martyr Church here to celebrate the priesthood ordinations of 22 priests who have served or are currently serving in the Paterson Diocese. The following are brief biographies for some of the jubilarians.

  • 22-foot rosary brings hope to inner city community
    PASSAIC - As two Marian feasts - the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12) - approach in the Advent season, the building at St. Anthony School here reminds all of Mary's great love for humanity. A 22-foot rosary hanging on the Oak Street side of the school building has been bringing the inner city community hope for all passing by that God is ever present in their lives.

  • 24 Priests to Celebrate Priesthood Anniversaries at June 5 Mass
    FLORHAM PARK - Bishop Serratelli will be the principal celebrant for the annual diocesan Jubilee Mass for diocesan and religious priests. The Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5 at Holy Family Church here and honors those priests celebrating 70th, 60th, 50th, 40th and 25th anniversaries of priestly ordinations this year. The faithful are invited to attend the celebration of the Jubilee Mass. Following are brief biographies of the jubilarians:

  • 25 Years of Faith
    St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish here sits nestled deep within the vast cornucopia of natural beauty of rural Sparta that, centuries later, its Native American patron saint would have enjoyed and appreciated. As a girl, St. Kateri used to run through the forests, streams and rivers of upstate New York in the 17th century, probably much like the wooded landscape of Sussex County, home to her energetic namesake parish. The faith community celebrated its 25th anniversary with Bishop Serratelli last Sunday.

  • 25 years of religious education
    Long Valley parish honors Sister Barry with statue
    Our Lady of the Mountain Parish here has dedicated a "permanent reminder" of Sister of Christian Charity Virginia Ann Barry, its religious education director of 25 years - a white marble statue of Madonna with the Children to honor her for her love and dedication to the parish's young people.

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    ST. VIRGIL PARISH (Office Trailer)
    250 Speedwell Ave.
    Morris Plains, NJ 07950

  • 25th anniversary of Randolph’s St. Matthew the Apostle Parish
    Marking the culminating event of St. Matthew the Apostle Parish’s 25th anniversary celebrations, Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of the noon Mass Sept. 15 in St. Matthew Church here.

  • 27 couples 'tie the knot' in mass wedding at cathedral
    Diocese's largest wedding ceremony ever held Sunday
    PATERSON - Twenty-seven dresses and a wedding - it sounds like the makings of a Hollywood movie when in fact it happened here in the Paterson Diocese, where 27 brides married 27 grooms at a "group wedding" ceremony celebrated at St. John Cathedral here Aug. 16.

  • 27th Annual Beacon Christmas Sharing Fund
    College students and faraway friends know the day with great familiarity. Every November it comes bringing people together. Surprisingly, I'm not even referring to Thanksgiving Day. I'm talking about the Wednesday before Thanksgiving unofficially called "Thanksgiving Eve."

  • 28 priests to celebrate priesthood anniversaries
    DENVILLE - Bishop Serratelli will be the principal celebrant for the annual diocesan Jubilee Mass for diocesan and religious priests serving or who have served within the Paterson Diocese at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 7 in St. Mary Church here. The Jubilee Mass honors those priests celebrating 65th, 60th, 50th, 40th and 25th anniversaries of priestly ordinations this year. Bishop Emeritus Frank Rodimer is one of the jubilarians celebrating 60 years with five of his classmates.

  • 28th annual Tri-County Scholarship Fund
    Awards dinner raises $750Gs for scholarships for needy students
    WHIPPANY - The 28th annual awards Dinner for Tri-County Scholarship Fund Oct. 26 at the Hanover Marriott here celebrated the accomplishments of the Benedictine Abbot Giles P. Hayes of St. Mary's Abbey in Morristown and president of Delbarton School there and Robert Mulcahy, former athletic director at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and former CEO of the Meadowlands complex. Linda Schmidt of Fox 5 news served as master of ceremonies.

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    Sacred Heart School
    30 North Essex Street
    Dover, NJ 07801

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    345 S. Main Street
    Wharton, NJ 07885

  • 36th March sees many from diocese 'stand up for life'
    WASHINGTON - They did it the American way. Catholics from across the nation took advantage of their constitutional rights and stood up for life for all Jan. 22. Marching along the National Mall, where just two days before the 44th president of the United States was inaugurated, pro-life advocates carried signs, chanted songs and reminded all about how precious the gift of life is and how it needs to be protected and defended.

    Diocese part of record turnout at annual March
    WASHINGTON - Creating a sea of humanity as they walked along Constitution Ave in the nation's capital, pro-life advocates came together for the 37th annual March for Life here Jan. 22 to stand up for life and against the Supreme Court decision (Roe vs. Wade) that made abortion legal.

  • 38th Annual Murray House Dinner Dance
    The Murray family held the 38th annual Murray House dinner dance Feb. 24 at the Brownstone in Paterson to benefit the work of the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD), an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities.

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    Academic Performance by Grade (Terra Nova)    
    (Based on Spring 2010 Testing)
    St. Therese (Succasunna)
    Language Below
    Average Above
    Grade 3 7.7% 46.2% 46.2%
    Grade 4 0.0% 84.2% 15.8%
    Grade 5 3.6% 75.0% 21.4%
    Grade 6 4.3% 26.1% 69.6%
    Grade 7 9.5% 33.3% 57.1%

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  • 50 years of Catholic education celebrated at Succasunna school
    SUCCUSANNA — Bishop Serratelli helped celebrate 50 years of Catholic education at St. Therese School here, which attributes its continued success and expansion to a multitude of factors — solid faith formation and academics, strong “word of mouth,” the longevity of its dedicated faculty and the support of its parents and the faith community of its sponsoring parish.

  • 50 Years of Faith and Fellowship
    Bishop Serratelli celebrates golden anniversary Mass at Kinnelon parish
    KINNELON - Soon after Lauri Paporello visited Our Lady of the Magnificat (OLM) Church for her first Mass here 21 years ago, this faithful Catholic started to envision her future as a parishioner of this Morris County faith community. Even though she did not yet have children, Paporello felt so inspired by OLM's warmth and resounding faith during that liturgy that she turned to her husband, Glen, and declared, "This is the parish, where I want our kids to be raised."

  • 50th Anniversary of Priesthood
    Full Text of Bishop Rodimer's homily given at his Anniversary Mass celebrating 50 years of priesthood, May 19, 2001.

    English | Spanish

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    St. Anthony of Padua School
    57 Bartholdi Ave.
    Butler, NJ

  • 66th Boy Scout Sunday Mass held at cathedral
    PATERSON - During the 66th Annual Boy Scout Sunday Mass and awards ceremony Jan. 25 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist here, Bishop Serratelli presented Scouts with various religious awards.  Bishop Serratelli presented Boy Scouts with the Ad Alatre Dei and Pope Pius XII awards. Four adult leaders received the Bronze Pelican Award. A Wayne Boy Scout troop also received the Pope Paul IV National Unit Award. The Mass program also acknowledged Cub Scouts who received the Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei in 2008.

  • 75 Years of devotion
    The Shrine of St. Jude at Our Lady of Victories Parish in Paterson
    In a question and answer interview with The Beacon, Msgr. Thomas Coletta, pastor of Our Lady of Victories Church in Paterson, speaks about the popular and sacred devotion to St. Jude at his parish that has united Catholics and non-Catholics from near and far for 75 years.

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    868 Ringwood Ave.
    Haskell, NJ 07420

  • 89 religious sisters, brothers and priests honored at annual diocesan jubilee celebration
    PASSAIC — For their fidelity and commitment to consecrated life, 89 religious sisters, priests and brothers celebrating significant anniversaries in religious life were honored by the Paterson Diocese at the annual Jubilee Celebration of Religious May 3 in St. Mary Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church here.

  • 9/11 and A Nation Facing Disasters
    The Aug. 23 earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale shook citizens all along the East Coast from Virginia to New Hampshire. Within less than a week, Hurricane Irene swept across the Eastern seaboard, leaving death and destruction in its wake. In recent years, such natural calamities have followed one upon another all too close, leaving us unsettled.

  • 9/11 and our clergy
    As you read this edition with the stories and columns dedicated to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, one can not help but come away with immense pride in the role our priests played in bringing healing and comfort to those who were in some way touched by this horrendous event.

  • 9/11 And Religious Extremism
    Once again today, Sept. 11, we take time as a nation to pray for and remember the more than 3,000 — among them friends and family members who lived and worshipped in our diocese — who died at the hands of terrorists, who were part of a group of fanatical religious extremists.   Sadly, today the number of religious extremists continues to grow and consequently, the number of attacks on innocent human life has escalated.

  • 9/11 anniversary events set
    To mark the sixth anniversary of the terrorists' attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, anniversary events are planned in the diocese in Stirling, Haledon and Totowa.

  • 9/11/01: Never Forgotten
    St. John's Cathedral site for ecumenical prayer service to remember those lost
    People remember the day like it was yesterday. Almost verbatim, Americans can recall hour by hour what they were doing when the events happened, yet it has already been four years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

  • 97 Boy Scouts receive awards from bishop at 64th annual Mass
    PATERSON - During the 64th Annual Boy Scout Sunday Mass and awards ceremony Feb. 11 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist here, Bishop Serratelli presented 97 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts with various religious awards.

  • A 'patriotic' pilgrimage
    Diocesan pilgrims visit the shrines of Philadelphia
    SPARTA - The Holy Land, Rome, and Fatima are just a few of the places known as revered pilgrimage sites that Catholics around the world have visited for decades and even centuries to follow Christ more closely by journeying in the name of faith. While all these places are abroad, there many places of pilgrimage across the United States for the faithful to walk on that same kind of journey. Many saints have walked, taught and lived in the United States bringing the faith to countless thousands as missionaries, teachers or religious.

  • A 40-Year Ministry
    After serving his diocesan family - parishes, priests, religious, directors of religious education, youth ministers, pastoral associates, students, young adults, CYO coaches and various Catholic organizations - with zeal and dedication for four decades, Philip Russo, executive secretary for the diocese's Office of Evangelization, thought the time was right to say goodbye to be able to enjoy spending more time with his own family in retirement.

  • A Beacon of Hope
    Even before he sets foot in Washington to begin his duties as Pope Benedict XVI’s new representative to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, is well aware of the potential of the Catholic youth in our nation.

  • A Beautiful Celebration
    Added together, 4,720 years of marriage were marked by couples at this year's annual dioce¬san Silver and Gold Mass. From parishes around the diocese, 132 couples celebrated their 25th and 50th anniversaries Oct. 7 in Our Lady of the Valley Church here by renewing their wedding vows before Bishop Serratelli. Among the happy husbands and wives were also couples celebrating 51, 59 and 60 years of marriage.

    Sister Miriam Teresa joins a very select group. Only 12 Americans (five men and seven women) have been canonized, and only two American men are currently among the beatified. Of that group of 14, Sister Miriam Teresa will be only the third (along with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Katherine Drexel) to have been born and lived her entire life in the United States.

  • A breath of holiness and newness reborn in the Spirit
    [Editor’s Note: Father Tyburski, pastor of Ss. Cyril & Methodius Parish in Boonton, traveled to Rome for the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Following is his reflection on the canonizations.] 

  • A Celebration of Living the Love of God
    PASSAIC — More than half a millennium of service has been performed by 94 religious sisters, brothers and priests honored at the annual Jubilee Celebration for Religious of the Paterson Diocese at St. Mary Church here May 18. In total 5,705 years of sacrifice, love and hope have been given by these religious, mostly women, who have served in the diocese.

  • A century as 'a monument to the Catholic presence in Ogdensburg'
    OGDENSBURG — Bishop Serratelli helped St. Thomas of Aquin Parish here celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of its church — a building of faith as well as brick and stone, which rose quickly up from ashes of the old wooden church that burned down in 1912. Over the past century, the building also has stood as a testament of this rural parish community's rock-solid faith in Christ, Spirit-filled presence in Ogdensburg and dynamic social and spiritual outreaches.

  • A century of Franciscan charism at St. Mary Parish
    POMPTON LAKES - St. Mary Parish here celebrates its 100th anniversary this year by charting a "new era" for the dynamic Franciscan faith community with a new staff for its nationally recognized youth ministry, the recent expansion of its social ministry and the opening of its new $3 million faith-formation center this fall.

  • A Challenge To ‘Dream Big’
    MADISON — Catholics of the Paterson Diocese and around the U.S. need to wake up and start addressing a growing issue: the decline in the Church membership. Today, only 17 percent of faithful attend weekly Mass. To reverse this trend, we need to “dream big,” coming up “game changing” ways to evangelize the Gospel, while also deepening our own passion for our faith, which can help bring people closer to Jesus Christ.

  • A Chance Meeting
    Bus ride leads religious sister to serve with missionary order
    HAMBURG — When Sister Maria Nadiya Beznadiynych, a Servant of the Lord and Virgin of Matara Religious Family of the Incarnate Word, was searching for a religious order to join she never thought she would find one on an interstate bus ride on her way home.

  • A Christmas gift
    During Advent, the Christmas season often wraps us up in a seemingly insurmountable "to do" list of sending cards, baking cookies, decorating our homes inside and out, and racing to shopping centers in search of the perfect gift for those we love.

  • A day 'full of grace'
    More than 3,500 journey on diocesan Marian pilgrimage to National Shrine
    It was a day "full of grace" and many blessings as more than 3,500 diocesan pilgrims spent a day at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in the nation's capital to honor the Blessed Mother Sept. 29. It was Bishop Serratelli's first time leading the diocesan pilgrimage, which is held every four years.

  • A Day Filled With Joy
    Dreams do come true and it was a day filled with joy for the parishioners of St. Anthony Parish here who celebrated the dedication of the altar Dec. 10 in the new Corpus Christi Chapel by Bishop Serratelli.  The blessing and dedication of the altar is the final celebration in making a five-year dream complete - St. Anthony's Parish Center.  The idea for this type of facility began when Father Hernan Arias, pastor, saw a need to accommodate the fast growing  parish community.

    WASHINGTON It was a day “full of grace” and many blessings as more than 2,400 diocesan pilgrims spent Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in the nation’s capital to honor the Blessed Mother Oct. 18.

  • A Day of Universal Prayer and Fasting for Peace in Syria

  • A Decade Of Service
    This issue of The Beacon — the 10th anniversary tribute to Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli — is history making. The edition you are holding in your hands — 88 pages — is the largest ever published in the 48-year history of The Beacon. It surpasses the previous high mark of 80 pages published in 1987 for the Diocese of Paterson’s Golden Anniversary and is a grand tribute to Bishop Serratelli as he marks a decade as our Shepherd and as Publisher of the diocese’s award winning weekly newspaper.

  • A diocesan first: Bishop names Chief Operating Officer
    For the first time in its 70-year history, the diocese has a Chief Operating Officer - Thomas J. Barrett of Oak Ridge - whose appointment was announced by Bishop Serratelli. And in another first, Barrett becomes the first layperson in the history of the diocese to be part of the chief leadership team, which consists of the bishop, Msgr. James Mahoney, vicar general and moderator of the Curia, and Sister Mary Edward Spohrer, a Sister of Christian Charity, who is chancellor/delegate for religious. It is also the first time, since Pope Pius XI established the diocese on Dec. 9, 1937, that the Paterson Diocese's leadership team consists of the bishop, a priest, a religious sister and a layperson.

    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.

  • A First in Diocesan History
    Girls Scouts invite Boys Scouts to celebrate religious awards together with the bishop
    PATERSON - Bishop Serratelli presided over a "unique event in the history of the diocese" during last Sunday's 52nd Girl Scout Eucharistic Celebration and Award Ceremony - the first time the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts have received their respective religious awards together in one recognition Mass.

  • A Flood of Help
    By now, at least one sad fact has sunk in for Lori Bacques of Metairie, La., and her family in the wake of Hurricane Katrina: There isn't much of their two-story house to go home to.

  • A Fortnight for Freedom
    Think there are no threats to our right to religious liberty in this nation? Think again. The threats are real and they are many - all of which are enumerated in a statement on religious liberty, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty," issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops last week.

    Monarchs and martyrs, friars and lawyers, monks and missionaries - the saints of Britain have found a sure niche in the iconography of the Paterson Diocese.

  • A Grateful Calling To The Priesthood
    Msgr. Demkovich is honored on his retirement after four decades as pastor at Passaic parish
    The happy work of a parish priest." For Msgr. John Demkovich, that is the sentiment that describes his grateful calling to the priesthood for the past 46 years. On Aug. 15, the Feast of Assumption, Msgr. John Demkovich retired as pastor of St. Mary's Assumption Church here after serving there for 40 years. The 120-year-old parish community began as a Slovak parish to minister to those immigrants settling in the area and now also serves the city's Spanish-speaking population.

    JACKSON — What is more exciting for Catholic youth — the thrill of a roller coaster ride or the journey of following Christ? At the 19th annual N.J. Catholic Youth Rally at Six Flags Great Adventure here, Catholic youth from New Jersey came together to enjoy a day of rides, games, food and fellowship. Coordinated by the Newark Archdiocese and the Dioceses of Paterson, Camden, Metuchen and Trenton, more than 3,000 young people from around the state attended the rally May 18.

  • A half century of vibrant faith
    HOPATCONG - Bishop Serratelli helped celebrate a half-century of vibrant faith at St. Jude Parish here, which began as a part-time mission church that ministered to summer vacationers and today works full-time to provide a wide range of outreaches for the growing needs of its parishioners and local disadvantaged families.

  • A Higher Feeling Of Spirituality And Holiness
    Chatham parish highlights importance of liturgical music during Year of Faith. During this Year of Faith, St Patrick Parish hopes to help "put something into the hearts and minds" of its faithful: a deepen¬ing of their faith, in part by promoting a greater appreciation of the importance of liturgical music.

    Diocesan priest takes four-month sojourn to Jerusalem for study, prayer, reflection
    Father James Platania, a priest of the Paterson Diocese, is studying at the Pontifical Biblical Institute at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome

  • A joyous day for the family
    Bishop ordains Peter Steven Glabik to the diaconate in Our Lady of Mercy Church, Whippany.  Click the link above to view a photo slide presentation of the ceremony.

  • A lasting peace
    The Middle East is a powder keg. It seems not a week goes by without a news report of another violent act that maims and kills innocent people.  Life there is difficult for all residents, no matter their faith, but especially so for Christians who are in the minority.

  • A life that spans a century of happy memories
    Missionary Sister celebrates 100th birthday, 75 years in religious life
    RINGWOOD - Call her a rare "gem" - after all, it's in her name - when wishing a "happy 100th birthday" to Missionary Sister Gemma Semon. The centenarian happily celebrated reaching triple-digits on July 23 at St. Francis Residence in Ringwood.

  • A memory in the heavens
    ROCKAWAY - The stars must have been aligned in 1958 - that year NASA was created and St. Cecilia School here opened its doors for the first time. Now, 50 years later - as the Rockaway school celebrates its golden anniversary - the students and staff will have their signatures sent to space aboard Flight STS 126 in November as part of NASA's "Signature in Space" program. This memory in the heavens will be added to the thousands and thousands of memories collected during the last 50 years.

  • A Misguided UN Committee - A Challenge to be Faithful
    The UN is a secular institution.  In telling the Church to adjust her moral teaching to accommodate today’s society, the UN is clearly overstepping its authority.  It is actually infringing on the religious freedom of the Church to teach the faith.  In fact, this call by the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child for the Church to change her teaching is part of a continuing quest to marginalize the influence of the Catholic Church on culture.

  • A New Bishop for Paterson
    The Paterson Diocese this week rejoiced in welcoming its new spiritual leader and shepherd  - Bishop Arthur Joseph Serratelli - who has already forged a close relationship with his new diocese.

  • A New Name for God - "The God Who Sees"
    Again and again, the Scriptures speak of God’s people doing evil in God’s eyes.  In telling us the early history of Israel, the Book of Judges repeats, like a responsorial refrain, these words seven times: “The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord (Jd 2; 11; cf. also 3:7.12; 4:1; 6:1; 10:6; 13:1).  The Books of Kings and Chronicles place almost the same words as the epitaph over most of the kings of Israel and Judah.  These books say again and again, “He did evil in the sight of the Lord” (1Kgs 15:34).  Neither leaders nor people can hide their sins from God.  Hebrews says, “No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account” (Heb 4: 13).

  • A New Shrine to Blessed John Paul II
    At the beginning of the 20th century, the Bolesheviks in Russia orchestrated several "show trials." Francis MacCullagh, a correspondent for the New York Herald, was at one such trial. He witnessed the mock proceedings against Arch_bishop Jan Cieplak, 15 other priests and one layman. As the highest ranking representative of the Catholic Church in the new Soviet Union, Archbishop Jan Cieplak had suffered much persecution and harassment by the government. Now, accused of crimes against the working class, he was on trial with the others.

  • A papal visit?
    News reports continue to hint that Pope Francis will travel to the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families to be held in Philadelphia in September 2015. Whether or not the trip will include other papal stops in our area of the nation is pure speculation at this point.  In a July 25 statement, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said there "has been no official confirmation by the Vatican or The Holy See of Pope Francis' attendance. We still expect that any official confirmation will come approximately six months prior to the event."

  • A perfect gift for Father's Day
    Filippini sister's book a tribute to her dad's life of making others laugh
    Ever hear the one about the bald barber, who carried a comb in his pocket? Sounds like the beginning of an old familiar joke, right?  But it was essentially true in the case of the late Tony Palmeri, a bald barber from the northeastern Pennsylvania coal town of Pittston. This genuine "people person" loved turning his folicly challenged scalp into self-deprecating jokes like his retelling this classic gem, "My wife gave me a comb for Christmas. I'll never part with it."

  • A photo is worth a thousand words
    It has long been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. On the Internet that adage is surely true of Pope Francis. Poignant photos showing him reaching out to society’s outcasts have often gone viral. Just last week, websites carried the photo of Pope Francis at his Nov. 6 general audience in St. Peter’s Square embracing and kissing a man disfigured by neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder resulting in painful tumors.

  • A Place to Play
    Young Holy Spirit School alumnae build playground for students
    Looking back on the days of childhood, almost every child can remember those first friendships on the playground as they freely swung on the swings or slid down the slide.   With that in mind as the students at Holy Spirit School here get older, they can look back with appreciation to two alumnae, Kayla Gabriele and Donna Yang, both now senior honor students at Pequannock High School, who built a playground at their former school last month.

  • A priest in service to a nation
    Among the priests celebrating their jubilees this year is one of the most famous in the entire United Sates - Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame. Father Hesburgh, who celebrated his 96th birthday May 25, will mark the 70th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood June 24.

  • A priest's heroic virtue
    He was a war hero, who was a priest and chaplain. His cause for sainthood is being examined at the Vatican. And today, April 11 at the White House, he will posthumously receive our nation's highest award for bravery - the Medal of Honor. Can there be any greater national hero for our times than Father Emil Kapaun?

  • A saint for our times
    If you were asked this question, what would your answer be? Can a person, who in their lifetime had an abortion and a child out of wedlock, be considered a saint?  Rest assured, most everyone's answer would be "no."  But then most of us have never fully examined the life of Dorothy Day - that person in the question - for whom the U.S. bishops approved the advancement of the cause for her canonization at their fall meeting.

  • A saint in the making
    When I heard the news reports from the Vatican last week that Pope John Paul II would be beatified on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, my mind immediately took me back to the night of Oct. 5, 1995 - when I had the privilege to be part of the cadre of press members covering the pontiff's Mass in Giants Stadium - part of his two-day visit to the state.

  • A Second Term - Rhetoric to Reality
    Three years after he wrote the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson drafted the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. With the assistance of James Madison, the bill became law on Jan. 16, 1786. The law guaranteed that all individuals have the natural right to exercise their religious beliefs. Jefferson considered this law one of his greatest achievements.

  • A sense of hope in a time of stress
    Filippini workshop helps young girls with tough issues
    MORRISTOWN - Like many young people, 12-year-old Isabelle Nemeh of Holy Spirit School, Pequannock, struggles with many tough issues she experiences "growing up" - among them popularity and whether she is losing touch with her best friend, who hasn't returned her various messages.

  • A Simple Greeting: A Most Profound Statement
    How profound, therefore, are the simplest greeting and response used by priest and people at Mass!  When the greeting is given in the Liturgy, “The Lord be with you” and the response “And with your spirit” is made, both priest and people are expressing our faith that God is active among us in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  • A Special Bond
    'Wetdown' of new Lake Hiawatha fire engine includes prayer and blessing with holy water by priest from St. Peter the Apostle Parish.

  • A special Fourth of July
    SPARTA - As fireworks explode and backyard barbeques are celebrated marking the 230th anniversary of the birth of our nation this July 4, the day will have special meaning for Father Albert Nix, pastor of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish here who became a U.S. citizen last month in Newark.

  • A spiritual 'high note'
    Through his liturgical music, seminarian realized God still called him to priesthood
    KINNELON - Donatus Onyekachi Emeruem, a diocesan seminarian, draws a deep breath and starts singing a hymn - a bouncy melody reminiscent of many songs from his native Nigeria.

  • 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.

  • A stitch in time for those in need
    PARSIPPANY - "So in love" or "sew in love?" For the Parsippany Columbiettes   Council 3680, it's the latter. With much love, they sew pillows for a cause - many causes in fact - to raise funds to help others during these economically difficult times.

  • A time for fellowship, friendship
    Retreat for diocesan seminarians draws 26 to Mount Arlington
    MOUNT ARLINGTON - Twenty-six diocesan seminarians had their annual retreat on Aug. 4 and 5 that was led by Father Tom Fallone, diocesan director of vocations, and Father Kevin Corcoran, assistant diocesan director of vocations. The retreat was held at the Clare Mount Franciscan/Felician Retreat House here that overlooks Lake Hopatcong in Morris County.

  • A Time for Temperance
    THE United States national debt stands at a staggering $16.4 trillion. It is estimated to rise in the next four years to $22 trillion. The number is so overwhelming that it is hard to grasp. But one fact is clear. The U.S. government has been on the greatest spending spree in our history, with no hope of stopping on the horizon. But the government’s lack of restraint is not simply a problem. It is a symptom of something much wider in the American culture. We are becoming a nation of individuals who do not curb our desires.

  • A Time for Truth: The Bold Voice of Religion in Public
    This past November, the American Atheists organization provoked a debate.  But not without merit.  As soon as the Christians began their Advent services in church and their Christmas shopping in the malls, some atheists attacked the very fact that Jesus was born.  They put up a billboard on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel that boldly declared, “You know it's a myth.  This season, celebrate reason.” Nearly 80% of Americans are professedly Christian.  How neighborly is it to demean their faith at one of the most festive Christian holy days?  Whatever happened to tolerance?  Does it no longer apply to Christians?  And what about civility?

  • A Tribute to our Bishop
    HOW time flies! How can it be that five years have passed since that glorious summer day on July 6, 2004 when Bishop Serratelli was installed as the Diocese of Paterson’s seventh bishop?  Part of the reason that important date in the history of the diocese seems like yesterday is because that from his first official day as shepherd of our diocese, Bishop Serratelli hit the ground running and still hasn’t come up for air five years later — so much so that it’s still hard for all us who are involved in the day-to-day doings of diocese to keep up with him and his ambitious schedule. It’s similar to those old Energizer Bunny commercials: he beats the drum and leads the way and we are out of breath keeping up with his fast pace.
    Read selected stories from this Commemorative Edition of the Beacon

  • 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.

  • A true public servant
    Ed Koch, the former mayor of New York who died Feb. 1 at 88 will always be remembered for saying "How am I doing?" whenever he greeted people. But Mayor Koch was more about "How are you doing?" because he helped so many in his career in public service.

  • A Truth to Tell
    Our care as a Church for those in need truly builds up our society. When individuals know the facts about our work with those in need, they are more open to recognize the incalculable good the Church does and appreciate the benefit of having the Church as an active partner in building a just society.

  • A Vibrant Community
    MORRISTOWN - Now home to more than 25 ethnic groups, most of them Spanish-speaking, St. Margaret of Scotland Parish here last weekend marked more than 75 years of vibrant faith and of warmly welcoming the immigrant newcomers among us. Located at Sussex and Speedwell avenues, St. Margaret's welcomed Bishop Serratelli, the main celebrant of the faith community's 75th anniversary trilingual Mass, celebrated in English, Spanish and Italian on Sept. 25. Concelebrating the Mass were seven diocesan priests who grew up as parishioners of St. Margaret's - Msgr. Herbert Tillyer, Msgr. Robert Carroll, retired Msgr. Charles Russo, retired Msgr. Joseph Ciampaglio, Father Hernan Arias, Father John Pilipie, and Father Brendan Murray.

  • A voice for the needy
    Retired diocesan priest calls work with CRS 'faith enhancing'
    The stamps in the passport of Msgr. Joseph Ciampaglio, retired priest of the Paterson Diocese, keep coming and coming. As a member of Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) Priest Homilists Team, he has traveled to Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Madagascar and now the Southeast Asian country of Cambodia. His next trip will possibly lead him to Israel where he will spend time in December in Jerusalem. While these international trips have made marks on Msgr. Ciampaglio's passport, his work with CRS has also lead him all over the United States speaking at Masses about the international relief and development agency.

  • A Warm, Welcoming 'Melting Pot'
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Passaic marks centennial
    Beacon Staff
    PASSAIC - It was 34 years ago, when Capuchin Franciscan Father Santo Sam Frapaul as a "summer assistant" first met the friendly parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, an active multicultural faith community here.

  • A weekend at the beach
    College students attend retreat to reconnect with God, each other
    MYSTIC, Conn. - A weekend away at the beach is not unusual for those seeking relaxation during the summer months but when reflections about faith and Jesus are included, those summer getaways become more than just relaxing in the sun - they truly become an all-inclusive way for spiritual enrichment

  • A Win for the Little Sisters
    Our religious freedom is being attacked on many fronts, but more power to the Little Sisters of the Poor for standing up to one of those threats - the Obamacare mandate - and triumphing!  Last week the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order that will protect the Little Sisters of the Poor from the demands of the mandate.

  • A Year of Faith Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
    From the time of Solomon, more than 900 years before Christ, Jews in the land of Israel made their pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem three times a year. From the early centuries of the Christian Church, prayerful Christians have made their way to the sacred places where Jesus lived and died and appeared after his Resurrection, as well as to places sacred to Jewish pilgrims. Pilgrimage belongs to the heart of religion. For a believer, it is not simply a trip to a religious site.

    MORRISTOWN — St. Mary Abbey’s 11th abbot, Benedictine Abbot Richard Cronin was officially blessed by the bishop in a Mass in the Abbey Church here May 22.

  • Academy of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station

  • Academy of St. Francis nurturing family atmosphere as enrollment blossoms
    TOTOWA - With one more month until school begins, the staff at the new Academy of St. Francis of Assisi here has already been working all summer to prepare its students for a new venture in Catholic school education.

  • Academy of St. Francis receives Middle States accreditation
    TOTOWA - The Academy of St. Francis of Assisi, a newly created elementary school to open in September here, has already received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools.

  • Accident survivor, 7, receives First Communion from dad
    ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP - At 7-years-old, Roxann Peters already has much wisdom about life and how to truly live it. Whether it is a sleigh riding during the winter or a bike ride in the spring, those moments for Roxann are done with extra special joy. Even more special to her was receiving first Holy Communion last month at St. Clement's here. It was a day she looked forward to with much happiness and excitement.

  • Across the diocese, the faithful bid fond farewell to Pope Benedict XVI
    CLIFTON — Saying "good-bye" is never easy, especially when it’s to a beloved pope like Pope Benedict XVI, who sent shock-waves throughout the world Feb. 11 when he announced his resignation, effective today, Feb. 28.

  • Acting irresponsibly
    It is not common for parents to state that their children have acted irresponsibly but it is quite another thing for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to do act in such a way. But that is exactly what the FDA did in making its decision to lower the age limit from 17 to 15 for purchasing an over-the-counter emergency contraceptive.

  • Action Alert - 08-02-2002 - S1718
    Please enact expressions of gratitude to the individuals who were responsible for making S-1718 possible.

  • Action Alert - 09-19-2002 - A2545
    This bill extends the life cycle of both the public school Distance Learning Network and the Nonpublic School Technology Initiative.

  • Action Alert - 09-26-2002 - HR5193
    The Back to School Tax Relief Act of 2002 expands the higher education above-the-line deduction for up to $3000 of qualified elementary and secondary expenses at public, private, religious or home schools.

  • Action Alert - 10-07-2002 - A2545

  • Action Alert - 11-22-2002 - PL2001C437

  • Active in Serving Others
    From Appalachia to Paterson, Teens at Mendham parish put faith into action
    MENDHAM - Even after playing board games for several hours, 17-year-old Chris Belenski couldn't beat the skilled kids at the Summer Youth Program at Father English Community Center, Paterson.  Now in his third summer with the program, Belenski took time out daily for two weeks in July to go to Father English with a group of up to 15 fellow young people from St. Joseph Parish here.

  • Acts of kindness
    In an Advent reflection Dec. 19, Pope Benedict XVI said, "We encounter moments where God seems absent, His silence weighs on our hearts and His will doesn't correspond to our own as we would like it to. But the more we open ourselves to God, we receive the gift of faith and put our trust in Him completely, the more He empowers us with His presence to live every situation in peace assured by His loyalty and love."

  • Additional Cancellations

  • Adoption and abortion
    A law which bans U.S. adoptions of Russian children that was put into effect last week by the Russian parliament was not the news many childless U. S. couples wanted to start the new year.  According to CBS News, the U.S. is the biggest destination for Russian children - more than 60,000 have been adopted over the past two decades.

  • Advance Directives for Health Care
    Advance Directives for Health Care
    A Catholic Perspective
    - approved by the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey, October 20, 2011
    Click Here to read the document

  • Advance the common good
    In a letter to Congress last week, the U.S. bishops emphasized that “Government and other institutions have a shared responsibility to promote the common good of all, especially ordinary workers and families who struggle to live in dignity in difficult economic times. Every budget decision should be assessed by whether it protects or threatens human life and dignity,” they wrote.

  • Advent Pastoral Visits
    Bishop made pastoral visits to St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Stirling and to Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel in Cedar Knolls on the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

  • Advertising Rates & Dimensions
    For Advertising Results, Trust the Beacon - North Jersey's Largest Paid Weekly Newspaper. Published Weekly Since 1967.  CLICK HERE for our Ad Rates and Display and Classified Rates

  • Affirming Our Integrity
    A Safe Environment Policy For The Roman Catholic Diocese Of Paterson, issued November, 2003 and focusing on parish religious education programs, parish life activities, Catholic schools, and all Diocesan agencies that serve children..

    REVISED EDITION - Third Edition 2013 - May 26, 2013

  • After 30 years of faithful Mass attendance, 94-year-old received into the Church
    BUTLER Some might ask: what prompted 94-year-old Harold Demarest a lifelong Presbyterian, who nevertheless has attended Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Parish here for more than 30 years to decide finally to become a Catholic last month?

  • After 70 years, Passaic-Clifton District Council of Catholic Women disbands
    CLIFTON — After seven decades of service to the Church, the Passaic-Clifton District Council of Catholic Women held its final gathering with a closing Mass in Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church here June 28.

  • After a century, St. Anthony's parishioners remain connected to their faith
    HAWTHORNE - Later this year Bishop Serratelli and retired Bishop Rodimer are scheduled to close the ongoing centennial celebrations of St. Anthony Parish here - a suburban faith community that continues to minister to several generations of dedicated area Catholics who have populated the parish. Meanwhile the faith community has been starting to serve a growing and active Hispanic population.

  • After a flood of faith, Faith and Begorra re-opens its doors
    DENVILLE - With "faith" in its name, it's no wonder Faith and Begorra, a Catholic religious articles and Irish specialty goods store here, has re-opened its doors despite months of hardship resulting from the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene last August.  Susan Banks, the longtime owner of Faith and Begorra, is delighted to see the store re-opened. "We are excited to be back. We owe it to our customers and to the community.  We are so thankful because without them the journey would have been much harder. They didn't just help Faith and Begorra but so many businesses in Denville," she said.

  • After journey to 'change lives,' students find themselves changed
    DePaul students help poor Haitian migrant workers in all-but-forgotten town of Batey in Dominican Republic
    Under a warm Caribbean sun, Gina Glenbowski sits, strumming her acoustic guitar. Just as warmly, a cluster of children smiles at this sprightly senior at DePaul Catholic High School here, as they join her in singing somewhere in the middle of an impoverished migrant work town in rural Dominican Republic. These poor kids might be isolated from the rest of the world, but that didn't stop Glenbowski from giving them a musical dose of "Bieber Fever."

  • Agency brings 'Hope' to many in diocese through Bishop's Annual Appeal
    DOVER - Hope House, a diocesan Catholic Charities agency, truly lives up to its name. For 36 years, Hope House has continuously brought hope to the oppressed, the powerless and the needy.  The multi-service agency helps those in need by providing affordable housing through its home sharing program, chore services and "Operation Fix-it" to provide repairs for seniors and disabled adults, substance abuse services, general counseling, prevention programs and services for people living with AIDS.

  • Aging Services helps seniors live independently
    FRANKLIN - Aging is inevitable. Yet somehow, senior citizens tend to be a forgotten demographic in society. 
    At diocesan Catholic Charities Catholic Family & Community Services (CFCS), seniors are never forgotten. The agency has many outreaches and programs serving the oldest members of the community through its Aging Services department. As part of the diocesan Catholic Charities network, CFCS is a beneficiary of the 2011 Bishop's Annual Appeal.

  • All Hallow’s Eve
    Today, Oct. 31, is All Hallow’s Eve. Never heard of it? Then maybe you know the date by its secularized name, “Halloween,” a name that means nothing by itself. It is a contraction of All Hallows Eve, and it designates the vigil of All Hallows Day, known today as All Saints Day, Nov. 1, a Holy Day of Obligation. (“Hallow,” as a noun, is an old English word for saint. As a verb, it means to make something holy or to honor it as holy.)

  • All Saints Open Positions

  • All students in eighth grade to receive iPad computers in Morris Catholic Junior School at St. Virgil School and Bridge Year program
    DENVILLE - Starting in September, eight-graders who walk into either Morris Catholic High School in Denville or Morris Catholic Junior School at St. Virgil School in Morris Plains will be greeted with iPad2 tablet computers. Morris Catholic plans to open a new "Bridge Year" for public-school eighth- graders, seeking a smoother transition to Catholic school and will continue to educate Catholic school students in its junior school for grades 6-8.

  • Altar Dedication Is Last In A Triduum Of Celebrations
    It is like a birth in a family when a new altar is blessed, and a day filled with joy for the Sisters of the Religious Teachers Filippini who celebrated at the Villa Walsh Motherhouse here the dedication of the altar of the new Holy Trinity Chapel in St. Joseph Hall, the new home health care center for the infirm and aged Sisters of the Religious Teachers Filippini.

  • Ambassadors from Diocesan Catholic Charities help rebuild lives, homes in New Orleans
    NEW ORLEANS - Hollygrove. Lakeview. New Orleans East. Three very different neighborhoods, miles away from each other here, but as Hurricane Katrina hit last Aug. 28, there was no distinction between the three. The homes in all three neighborhoods were among many other neighborhoods that experienced horrific destruction and damage due to the flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina.

  • American and Catholic: Perfect Together
    On April 12, 2012, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement on religious liberty entitled Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.  Despite the fact that the media, for the most part, has remained silent about the document, it is worth reading.  The statement can lead us to a greater appreciation of the gift of freedom in our country as well as to an awareness of the dangers that imperil that freedom.

  • American Shrines Of the Northeast
    Diocesan pilgrims visit shrines in upstate New York, New England
    Instead of visiting Rome, a group of diocesan pilgrims, aboarded a bus to make an American pilgrimage to the shrines in upstate New York and New England.  Father Michael Rodak, parochial vicar of Our Lady of the Lake (OLL) here, led the pilgrimage with 34 Catholics from around the diocese. They traveled to shrines in honor of the Divine Mercy of Christ, the Blessed Mother and American saints and martyrs Aug. 21-22.

  • An 'Act of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary'
    SANDYSTON — Following in the footsteps of St. Louis de Montfort, a group of parishioners from St. Thomas Parish here and St. James Parish, Montague, took part in an "Act of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary" on the feast of the Assumption.

  • An Epiphany moment: 365 days a year the poor still live among us as Sharing Fund seeks to help the needy
    As we are about to celebrate the Feast of the Three Kings, I am reminded about one of my favorite passages in the Bible - the story of the Magi. It contains all the elements for great storytelling - an epic journey, the epiphany moment, a happy ending - all against the backdrop of a starry night.

  • An Evening of Legislative Dialogue
    PARSIPPANY - The diocesan Catholic community stepped into the political arena last week, passionately voicing its concerns to a panel of state lawmakers about an array of pressing and timely issues - from affordable housing and the busing of Catholic school students to stem cell research and human cloning.

  • An Evening of Music
    All parts of Holy Angels Parish's music ministry play together for first time at concert that draws 45
    LITTLE FALLS - A hush comes over Holy Angels Church here, as a single flautist near the altar starts a hymn "All Who Are Gathered," intoning a soft melody. The gentle chords of a piano follow as Gerard Chiusano, music minister here, sings the chorus, which ends with "Here in the hearts of God's holy people, we find the presence of Jesus the Lord."

  • An Example of Faith That Inspires Us
    Diocese, Filipino community celebrate 25th anniversary of the canonization of first Filipino saint
    PARSIPPANY — Dressed in "barongs" the national attire of the Philippines, Filipinos from around the diocese celebrated the 25th year of sainthood for St. Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila at St. Peter the Apostle Church here Sept. 29.

  • An Institution of Learning and Love
    PATERSON — The sadness that Paterson Catholic Regional High School here will close its doors June 25 has set in for the school community, which has been comforted by the 42-year legacy the institution has cultivated as a “beacon of hope” for inner city students.

  • Ancient Rome and Christianity: A Revolution Begins
    With the arrival of Christianity to Rome and her vast empire, a new era began. Christians accepted human life as a gift given by God. They recognized, as worthy of love, every individual for whom Christ shed his blood. They saw each person as destined for eternal life. They respected the natural law, that is, what reason could discover as God's design for his creation. They put into practice the Ten Commandments revealed by God to Moses.

  • Anniversaries of 60 Religious Serving Diocese Recognized
    PASSAIC - As the sun shined outside St. Mary Parish here, religious jubilarians, marking significant anniversaries of 80, 75, 70, 65, 60, 50, 40, and 25 years, beamed as they celebrated consecrated life. The annual diocesan Jubilee Celebration for Religious was held at St. Mary Church on May 19 where 60 jubilarians were honored at the Mass. Bishop Serratelli was main celebrant of the Mass, which included concelebrants of priests from around the diocese including Father Edgar Ruiz, administrator of St. Mary Parish and St. Nicholas Parish here.

  • Anniversaries of Consecrated Life - Photos

  • Annual Acies of the Legion of Mary
    SPARTA - Bishop Serratelli presided at the annual Acies of the Legion of Mary on March 25 in Our Lady of the Lake Church here. Msgr. John Demkovich is spiritual director of the Paterson Curia while Msgr. Robert Carroll, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Highland Lakes, is spiritual director of the Morris County Curia. The Legion of Mary is a worldwide organization in which men, women and youth join in prayer and in apostolic work in union with Our Lady and under the guidance of a priest.

  • Annual Acies of the Legion of Mary held in Our Lady of Fatima Church
    HIGHLAND LAKES — Bishop Serratelli presided at the annual Acies of the Legion of Mary on March 30 in Our Lady of Fatima Church here.

  • Annual Appeal helps fund education of seminarians
    CLIFTON — Called by name and fulfilling God's will for their lives, there are currently 43 diocesan seminarians study¬ing for the priesthood in 12 different seminaries in the United States and overseas. Because these men have answered God's call, the opportunity for diocesan seminarians to be educated in the best semi¬naries around the world relies on the help of the laity — the people, who will one day be served by these future priests. As a result, seminarian education is one of the recipients of the 2012 Bishop's Annual Appeal.

  • Annual Bishop's Appeal



    For if not us ~ who?                                   
    If not now ~ when?                       
    If not to help God's people in need ~ why?

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  • Annual Caritas gala honors four diocesan humanitarians
    WHIPPANY - In celebration of the humanitarian spirit, diocesan Catholic Charities honored four members of the Paterson Diocese, who continuously give their time and talents to others and bring social change to today's world in a Christ-like manner.  With class and style, the 10th Caritas Awards Gala held Oct. 25 at the Hanover Marriott here celebrated the good works of Celeste Fitzgerald, recipient for advocacy; Lori DiGaetano, recipient for service; and Deacon Robert and Carol Vesota, recipients for convening.

  • Annual diocesan priests' picnic
    Annual Priests' Picnic
    The annual diocesan priests' picnic was held July 31 on the grounds of the former Bayley-Ellard high school in Madison. [Beacon photos/Joe Gigli]
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  • Annual Diocesan Scouts' Retreat Focuses on 'The Living Eucharist'
    WEST MILFORD - As Father Daniel Kelly was teaching a group of eager group Boy Scouts about the Eucharist last month, the Wayne priest thumbed through his own "homemade" book, "Boy Scout Recipes for Life." There, he found a recipe for - of all things - bread...

  • Annual diocesan World Mission Sunday Mass remembers the work of missionaries worldwide
    CLIFTON - The Church's missionaries serving worldwide prove God's love for all every day with their remarkable stories of converting the hearts of people to Jesus Christ.  On World Mission Sunday Oct. 24, Catholics of the world and within the diocese celebrated the mission work of these courageous missionaries who leave their homes and travel to distant lands to spread the Good News. World Mission Sunday is a worldwide celebration promoted by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, a Pontifical Mission Society.

  • 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 Jolanta Londene,  at 973-777-8818 EXT. 234 or by email at 

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  • Annual March for Life
    WASHINGTON - "Defend Life," "Justice for All Born and Preborn," "Pray for Life."
    These were just some of the signs pro-lifers carried at the 33rd annual March for Life here and no matter how they said it, the message was the same - end abortion and celebrate a culture of life.   Guided this year by the theme Roe v. Wade Violates the American Way, hundreds and hundreds of Catholics from the diocese joined more than 100,000 pro-lifers in the nation's capital.

  • Annual Mass of Chrism
    Bishop Serratelli was main celebrant of the annual Mass of Chrism on the Monday of Holy Week April 18 in St. Philip Church here at which he blessed the holy oils and consecrated the sacred Chrism. Concelebrated with many priests of the Paterson Diocese, including Bishop Emeritus Rodimer, the Mass brought together priests serving in all ministries and ages from pastors and chaplains to the newly ordained and those ordained decades ago.

  • Annual May crowning invites parishioners across the diocese to honor Mary
    MORRISTOWN - "Hail Mary, full of grace." For countless Catholics, the beginning of Mary's prayer, as first spoken by the angel Gabriel, starts the intercession for anything they have ever hoped or dreamed.  Because of her great intercession and love for humanity, parishioners from all over the diocese attended the annual May Crowning Monday evening May 21 to honor their queen - the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bishop Serratelli led the coronation for Mary attended by several priests of the diocese, religious sisters of various orders and faithful from parishes, many of whom boarded buses to be part of the diocesan event, held at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish here.

  • Annual Priests' Picnic
    Good Fellowship and Good Food
    Bishop Serratelli lead the way as he and the priests of the diocese took part in the annual diocesan priests' picnic held on August 31 in Madison.  Photos from the picnic can be found by following the link above.

  • Annual Report 2012

  • Annual senior citizens' party hosted by Paterson Catholic breaks record
    PATERSON - Dec. 15 was a special day for more than 450 senior citizens who live in Paterson, Passaic, and the surrounding Passaic County towns. The students and faculty at Paterson Catholic Regional High School here treated them to an afternoon of food and fun at the school's annual senior citizen Christmas party.

  • Annunciation Parish in Wayne marks golden anniversary with bishop
    WAYNE — Bishop Serratelli came to Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish here Oct. 6 to celebrate Mass to mark the parish’s golden anniversary.

    POMPTON LAKES — Last Saturday morning, faithful from around the diocese, like Ellen Cunningham, sought refuge in their Catholic faith, praying for relief from their varied health problems at St. Mary’s Church here, during a special Mass of the Anointing of the Sick, celebrated by Bishop Serratelli and sponsored by the N.J. Area Order of Malta.

  • Another saintly pope?
    On Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII were canonized by Pope Francis. Now the question is: Can Pope Paul VI’s canonization be far behind? The news emanating from the Vatican last week signals that Paul VI’s cause for sainthood is gaining momentum. Last week, the beatification cause of Pope Paul VI advanced when the Congregation for the Causes of Saints gave unanimous approval to an unborn child’s miraculous healing attributed to the pope’s intercession.

  • Answering God's Call
    Clifton students hear the message of vocations
    CLIFTON - To promote to the diocese's strategic action plan to create a vocation culture, Father Frank Weber, pastor of St. Brendan Parish, "helped stir into flame" that culture and held a question-and-answer forum for eighth-grade students from St. Brendan's and Sacred Heart School both here about vocations.

  • Anti-Catholicism Today - A Practical Response
    The news recently carried the story of an unusual lawsuit.  George Washington University Law Professor John Banzhaf has announced his intention to sue Catholic University of America.  The university is returning to a former policy of gender-segregated dorms.  Professor Banzhaf claims this is discriminatory.

  • Appeal pledges help those with addictions turn their lives around
    PATERSON - Deep within someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the face of Christ exists. This may seem like a great challenge to many but at Straight & Narrow Inc. here, it is a challenge they're always willing to take on to help the hun_dreds of clients hoping to rebuild their lives.

  • Application Forms for Formation

    Download all forms needed by those applying to the Permanent Diaconate.  Forms are in one complete packet which can be printed, fill in and mailed back to the Office.
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  • Archbishop Sheen returns to screen
    Many readers of The Beacon can recall the days when their entire family gathered around their small black and white television set to watch what in the mid-1950s was must-see TV, "Life Is Worth Living," hosted by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

  • Are you a revolutionary?
    As a Catholic and a follower of Jesus Christ, do you think of yourself as a revolutionary? If not, you should, because according to Pope Francis, we are called to be revolutionaries. A revolutionary for Christ will witness to them with faith, love and a smile, he said. And change the world one heart at a time, we might add.

  • Armless guitarist delivers a stirring message to Paterson Catholic students
    PATERSON - Students at Paterson Catholic High School here couldn't help but leap to their feet and start singing along as Catholic recording artist Tony Melendez belted out the refrain of a popular Christian pop song - "Yes Lord, yes Lord yes, yes Lord."  As they were clapping though, the students couldn't help but notice something else about Melendez's concert at Paterson Catholic last week - the singer-songwriter and guitarist preached not only through his instrument, his voice and his life stories but also through his feet.

  • Army of volunteers helps inner-city Blessed Sacrament School enhance curriculum
    PATERSON - For years, a large room in the basement of Blessed Sacrament School here stood as a testament to untapped potential - the space that once housed the school's library remained dark, filled with 1,000 dusty books.  That changed this fall, when a quartet of women - "empty nesters" - volunteered to clean the room and dust off and catalog the books, thereby refurbishing the once-dormant space that today buzzes with activity as both a library and a computer lab.

  • Around the Diocese in Photos
    Bishop Serratelli blesses newly renovated stained glass windows Holy Trinity Church here Saturday, June 25.  Bishop's pastoral visit to St. Paul Church, Prospect Park July 3

  • Around the Diocese: St. James of the Marches Church, Totowa
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass for the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time Jan. 22 in St. James of the Marches Church, Totowa.

  • Arrests made in vandalism spree at St. Paul Inside the Walls in Madison
    MADISON - As The Beacon went to press Tuesday evening, the Madison Police Department issued arrest warrants for three of the five suspects in the vandalism spree Oct. 8 - all caught on a surveillance video - who allegedly caused $3,000 in damage to the property and the exterior of St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here. The three suspects, residents of Connecticut, were to be arraigned on several charges Oct. 13. The police are continuing their investigation to identify the other two suspects who were also seen in the surveillance video.

  • Art historian shares relationship between art and religion through series of lectures
    MADISON - You have probably read many of the passages in the Bible on forgiveness and healing such as the Lost Coin, The Prodigal Son and the Anointing of Jesus. But did you know there are many depictions of these stories in works of art through paintings, drawings and sculpture?

  • As Christmas decorations are put away, the poor around diocese still need help
    One of my favorite things about working at The Beacon is writing the Christmas Sharing Fund stories. Since 2005, for six weeks during the Advent and Christmas seasons, I had the assignment of inspiring our readers to give to the Christmas Sharing Fund. I would use references from my favorite Christmas songs and movies or some of my own Christmas memories or stories. Scripture itself always gives me the biggest inspiration on what to write. The story of the Nativity has all the great elements of inspirational storytelling - an epic journey, an epiphany moment and a happy ending, all against the backdrop of a star filled night.

  • As economic crisis continues, parishes start offering job seekers networking opportunities, job search workshops
    KINNELON - Still struggling with the financial pain and uncertainty caused by one of America's most severe economic downturns, disenchanted voters across the U.S. spoke at the polls Nov. 2 sending their elected representatives at all levels an urgent message - start to spur job growth.

  • As Parsippany parish turns 25, youngsters show appreciation through art
    PARSIPPANY - How do you say, "thank you" to a place that means so much to you? For the children in the religious education program at St. Ann Parish here, that sentiment of appreciation was reflected in a collage of creative ways to honor the parish's 25th anniversary, which will be celebrated in July.

  • As part of 'Year for Priests' tour of diocese, St. John Vianney relic makes visit to namesake parish in Stockholm
    STOCKHOLM - Last weekend, one of four relics of St. John Vianney that have been circulating around to parishes each weekend as part of a diocesan initiative to commemorate the "Year for Priests," made a spiritual homecoming of sorts during a visit to St. John Vianney Parish here, where Bishop Serratelli also conducted a pastoral visit.

  • As Super Bowl XLVIII comes to town, parishes spread the word on evil of human trafficking
    With any event, especially one as large as the Super Bowl comes problems well beyond just traffic control. One of the major problems at an event that will consume the Metropolitan area for the entire week leading up to the game’s kickoff is human trafficking. Several parish groups in the Paterson Diocese hope to bring awareness about the crime of human trafficking because of its known increase during large events such as the Super Bowl. January is designated by the N.J. Coalition Against Human Trafficking as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

  • Ash Wednesday
    On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 21, Bishop Serratelli celebrated morning Mass at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Paterson, and distributed ashes to patients. At noon, he celebrated Mass and distributed ashes to the faithful at St. John Cathedral, Paterson.  Click for photos

  • Ash Wednesday 2009
    At St. John's Cathedral, Paterson, at noon on Ash Wednesday, the bishop celebrated Mass and distributed ashes to the faithful.  Click Here for Photos

  • Ash Wednesday 2014
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass and blessed and then distributed ashes at St. Philip Church in Clifton and St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson on Ash Wednesday, March 5, to mark the start of the Holy Season of Lent.

  • Aspirants
    General information and resources for those aspiring to the Permanent Diaconate.

  • Assaults on Christianity - The Challenge to be Bold
    Not many news reports carried the story. But somehow it was able to leak. A professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton was teaching the course called Intercultural Communications. In one exercise to demonstrate the deep-seated emotions that surround issues, the professor asked the students to write Jesus’ name in big letters on a paper, place the paper on the ground and then stomp on the name of Jesus. Ryan Rotela, a junior, refused.

  • Assumption College for Sisters

  • Assumption College professor: Blessed Newman weathered anguish of Catholic conversion
    MENDHAM - Figuratively speaking, Blessed John Henry Newman stands tall today as a model for the Catholic convert. Yet the slow conversion process from Anglicanism to Catholicism for this renowned philosopher, educator, preacher, theologian and writer - who was declared "blessed" by Pope Benedict XVI last month - was fraught with anguish and doubt and scorn from many of his contemporaries in 19th Century English society.

  • At 'Pizza with the Bishop,' teens considering priestly vocation asked to listen to God's call through other people
    PARSIPPANY - Young men, God might be calling to consider the priesthood, but probably not directly by way of the cell phone, email or text message. Instead, the Lord might be calling you more indirectly "through the people around you."

  • At 'Pizza' gathering, bishop encourages young men to consider becoming 'another Christ' through priesthood
    DOVER - Two athletic-looking men, Michael Herbert Sr. and his 14-year-old son, Michael Jr., engage in conversation while eating slices of pizza at a long table in the gathering hall of Sacred Heart Parish Center here. On this night in late October, the pair talks not about sports or school, but instead about God and our own special vocation.

  • At 'pizza' night, bishop tells men discerning priesthood to trust in God's grace
    HAWTHORNE - Men of faith in the diocese - do you wonder whether your lack of self-confidence or your personal shortcomings disqualify you from answering God's call to the priesthood in the Church of Paterson? Perhaps you think you might be too young - or too old - or might not be the most inspirational public speaker?

  • At 25, growing parish stays forever young
    FLANDERS - Bishop Serratelli helped celebrate a quarter-century of vibrant faith and outreach at one of the newest faith communities in the Diocese of Paterson - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish here, which has grown exponentially over the past 25 years, while continuing to keep its "small parish" atmosphere and staying forever young.

  • At 50, Vatican II continues to push Church to dialogue with wider world
    Help fulfill the wish lists of diocesan Catholic Charities clients at Christmas
    EVERY Christmas, family, friends, colleagues and classmates celebrate the season of giving through a gift exchange also known as a "grab bag" or "secret Santa." They help keep the Christmas spirit alive in workplaces and social settings.

  • At a crossroads
    Whenever a natural disaster happens, news organizations literally trip over one another to give detailed coverage for the first 24 to 48 hours after the calamity.  Such was the case in Haiti when the most devastating earthquake in the country's history six months ago turned most towns into bundles of rubble.

  • At a tri-lingual parish in Paterson, Divine Mercy devotion brings hope
    PATERSON - At 3 p.m., the hour of Divine Mercy, a group of parishioners from St. Stephen Parish here gathered for Mass last Friday to give devotion to Jesus' love and mercy to all humanity.  For more than a year, the tri-lingual parish's path to Divine Mercy has grown immensely with three different prayer times for devotion first experienced by St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun and mystic.

  • 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.

  • At Ground Zero
    As the date of the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists' attacks draws closer, the debate over the building of a proposed mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero has intensified to a boiling point.

  • At installation Mass for pastor of two city parishes, Vocationist Fathers are welcomed as they take over pastoral responsibilities
    A new beginning started at two city parishes, St. Michael and St. Gerard Majella here, Saturday evening, Aug. 9 when Bishop Serratelli installed Vocationist Father Ezio Antunes as the new pastor of both parishes. Assisting Father Antunes will be Vocationist Fathers Lorenzo Gomez and Robert Vass who will serve as parochial vicars at both parishes which serve a number of Italian and Spanish-speaking parishioners.

  • At Mass of Thanksgiving, Bishop Serratelli marks 10th anniversary as diocese’s Shepherd
    PARSIPPANY - With great joy, Bishop Serratelli marked the 10th anniversary of his installation as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Peter the Apostle Church Sept. 28.

  • At Morris Catholic, students learn to be the key to building peace in the world
    DENVILLE - "Jambo!" was the greeting from Peter Kimeu of Kenya, as he taught students at Morris Catholic High School here the Swahili language during his talk on "Becoming a Builder of Peace." Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the U.S. Catholic Church's humanitarian relief agency, sponsored his visit.

  • At one-year anniversary, ministry to young adults going strong
    MORRISTOWN — Celebrating its first year as a ministry, the young adult group at Assump - tion Parish here has been reach¬ing out to and serving members of the Catholic Church who are in their early 20s to early 40s.

  • At Pequannock's Holy Spirit School, Education Is 'Golden'
    PEQUANNOCK - For 50 years and three generations now, Holy Spirit School here has been providing its students with a Christ-centered atmosphere in which to learn.  That's something to celebrate and the Holy Spirit School family did just that by kicking off a yearlong series of events to mark its golden anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Serratelli Oct. 16.

  • At. St. Paul Inside the Walls, two prominent U.S. intellectuals engage in first-of-its-kind debate in diocese about human dignity
    MADISON - In the spotlight of a darkened stage, it seemed little coincidence that Robert George and Cornel West - both professors at Princeton University and two of the most prominent intellectuals in the U.S. - sat in chairs next to each other, as they traded thoughtful and, at times provocative, insights about "The Nature and Basis of Human Dignity" during a lively and historic debate on the topic on the evening of Monday, April 11.

  • Athletes encouraged to 'use sports as a platform to share faith'
    ROCKAWAY - With a pinpoint concentration, Ali Kruse stands on the "green" of a local golf course and swings her club, smacking her ball high into the air and making that "perfect shot." Briefly, this member of the golf team of Seton Hall University, South Orange, rightly pauses from basking in her own golfing glory to "give glory to God."

  • Atrocities in the Middle East: The Killing of Christians
    The jihadists’ video of the savage beheading of American freelance journalist James Foley on Aug. 19 has lifted the heavy pall of silence surrounding the brutalities of our day. With increasing horror, there is now being brought to light the systematic elimination of Christians taking place from North Africa to Syria and Iraq. In parts of the world where Christianity predates the rise of the Muslim faith by centuries, at least one million Christians have either been killed or have fled because of persecution.

  • Attaining Communion With the Lord
    Christmas celebrates Christ's birth, which brought wisdom into human history
    At Christmas, Catholics try to imagine that blessed moment more than two centuries ago - the pure joy of Mary and Joseph, holding for the first time their newborn son, Jesus. Yet at the same time, far outside that manger in Bethle_hem, all of heaven and earth also were rejoicing, because Christ's birth brought into the world something universally profound -wisdom that re-oriented all things in creation and ordered the minds of all mankind to return to the Lord.

  • Attitude Of Gratitude
    Thanksgiving Day is meant for us to take time from the hectic pace of modern day living and reflect on all of the blessings that have been poured out from Almighty God upon us and our families — faith, freedom, health and life itself. Too often we get caught up in the day-to-day routine of activities and fail to reflect with gratitude on all our blessings.  How great would it be if we could carry that attitude of gratitude around with us the other 364 days of the year? And how different could our lives be?

  • Auditors find diocese is in full compliance with Charter
    Diocese exceeded requirements, is model for other dioceses - audit
    CLIFTON - Independent auditors have determined that the Diocese of Paterson is in full compliance with the U.S. Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People after a re-audit was completed in December. The auditors' report signifies that the diocese is following established procedures to protect children from physical or sexual abuse.

  • Awakening Faith - Aspiring to greater evangelization
    WAYNE - Churchgoing Catholics might ask how to answer the spiritually provocative question, "Can Mass Make My Life More Meaningful?

  • Award programs teach... Religion is Part of Everyday Life
    Bishop presents religious awards to Girl Scouts, adult leaders at annual Mass
    PATERSON - During the  53rd Annual Girl Scout Eucharistic Celebration and Award Ceremony on March 18, Bishop Serratelli presented religious awards to about 150 Girl Scouts and adult leaders here at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.  The bishop presented scouts with the Family of God Medal, I Live My Faith Medal, Marian Medal and Spirit Alive Medal. An adult leader received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal.

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  • BAA Financial Report

  • Bayley-Ellard alumni walk down memory lane during tour
    MADISON - Linda Yatchisin Dodd reached into a basket filled with brass keys and pulled out a key that once opened a room in the main building of the former Bayley-Ellard School here. It might only have been a key, but for Dodd, Class of '74, it unlocked a flood of warm, wonderful memories of her high school years.

  • Bayley-Ellard Day draws large crowd of alumni to St. Paul Inside the Walls
    MADISON - Once again last Saturday, Oct, 8, the grand halls of the mansion at the former Bayley-Ellard High School here resounded with the laughter, footsteps and conversation of alumni from this distinguished high school, a driving force in local Catholic education from 1948 until its closing in 2005. Today, the extensively renovated mansion still stands as a home to these graduates - 200 of whom visited the mansion for Bayley-Ellard Day - while also serving now as a spiritual home to the Paterson Diocese's new St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Cath_olic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard

  • Bayley-Ellard High School, Madison

  • Be all you can be - a saint
    In Pope Benedict XVI's recent visit to Germany, his homeland, he met with young people and in his message he challenged the tens of thousands who gathered with him at a candlelight vigil to "dare to be glowing saints, in whose eyes and hearts the love of Christ beams and who thus bring light to the world."

  • Be informed and then vote
    Election Day is right around the corner. One of the greatest rights we have in our democracy is the freedom to vote for the candidates of our choice to represent us. Sadly, many of us do not take this right as seriously as we should.

  • Be thankful for the gifts received as Christmas Sharing Fund begins
    When we are thankful for what we have in our lives, there tends to be a strong desire to pass on that same joy to others. As The Beacon launches its 30th Annual Christmas Sharing Fund in this edition, we invite the faithful to share in their happiness by helping those who are served by diocesan Catholic Charities agencies, recipients for the Sharing Fund.

  • Beacon wins two Catholic Press Association awards
    PITTSBURGH - The Beacon took two third-place awards in the Catholic Press Association's annual awards competition. The winning entries were announced at the 2011 Catholic Press Association's convention celebrating its centennial on June 24 here.

  • Beatification of John Paul II set for May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday
    News welcomed with joy around world, diocese
    CLIFTON - The new from the Vatican Jan. 14 that Pope John Paul II will be beatified on May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday, was welcomed with joy across the world and in the diocese.

  • Being charitable online
    WITH social media now weaved into the fabric of our daily lives, Lent might be the perfect time to ponder if we use the Internet to connect with others to build them up, as disciples of Christ should — or if we fall prey to joining in the fray and throwing mud at others? That’s the question that a British bishop is asking his flock this Lent.

  • Being Christ to one another
    Whenever a natural disaster strikes an area, faith communities are always there to help their neighbor.  That's certainly the case here in our own diocese in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy to our state is mind numbing. Every single resident has been touched in some way by this catastrophic event.

  • Bell Tolls For Church Tower
    Steeple at St. Mary's in Paterson to be taken down due to safety concerns
    PATERSON - The 135-foot church steeple and bell tower at St. Mary Help of Christians Church here, one of the highest points in the city, will be taken down in the next few weeks due to ongoing safety concerns for its continued integrity, according to diocesan officials.

  • Bells at St. Anthony's Church in Butler ring again
    BUTLER - After more than 30 years of silence, the bells at St. Anthony Church are ringing again thanks to a parishioner's anonymous donation of $16,000. The donation allowed all four bells to be repaired and they rang officially for the first time in three decades on Christmas Eve to welcome parishioners.

  • Bells of St. Mary's Silent
    City says 100-foot campanile at Paterson parish poses 'imminent danger to the public safety' and recommends its deconstruction.

  • Benedictine Father Giles Hayes elected St. Mary Abbey's 10th abbot
    MORRISTOWN - The Benedictine monastic chapter at St. Mary's Abbey here elected Benedictine Father Giles P. Hayes as its 10th abbot on March 8.   Abbot Timothy Kelly, president of the American Cassinese Congregation of Monasteries, presided at and confirmed the election. The liturgical blessing of the new abbot will take place within three months.

  • Benefit to help Newton family with medical costs for injured daughter, terminally ill son
    NEWTON - For the Veliz family, faithful parishioners of St. Joseph Parish here, prayer as an important part of their faith. This family with four children believes in the power of prayer. Last June, the family's oldest daughter, Tierney, 22, was in a near fatal car accident in which she endured a severely compromised respiratory system and numerous fractures throughout her body. Just a month earlier she was graduated from Manhattan College with honors and anticipated attending Seton Hall University in South Orange this fall to continue her studies in psychology and earn her doctorate.

  • Bet on it!
    For compulsive gamblers who want to quit, God is part of recovery process
    CLIFTON - As Lent began Ash Wednesday, Catholics thought about what to "give up" for 40 days to experience and understand God's ultimate sacrifice.  Sometimes Lent allows an even more serious conversion of heart - a mending of relationships with estranged family members or letting go of a life-threatening addiction

  • Beyond
    Registering and becoming active members in a parish community...

  • Bioethicist priest
    Why the Church says 'yes' to adult stem cell research and 'no' to embryonic stem cell research
    CONVENT STATION - Medical research has been moving at such a lightening pace, it almost doesn't seem far off that doctors in the future might tell many of their seriously ill patients, "Take two stem cells and call me in the morning."

  • Birth Haven celebrates 25 years of providing shelter for homeless pregnant women
    NEWTON - They made the "choice" of life - the only choice. But sometimes when a young pregnant woman is in distress, she needs help in her life and the life of her unborn baby.

  • Birth Haven honors Bishop Serratelli at annual dinner dance
    NEWTON - Birth Haven here honored Bishop Serratelli April 5 for his humanitarian works at its 21st annual dinner dance held at Lake Mohawk Country Club, Sparta.  More than 170 guests attended the event to support the organization dedicated to serving young pregnant women who have chosen life and find themselves in need of a home and services. Tom Ciborski, state grand knight,who is on the board of directors of Birth Haven, was master of ceremonies for the evening.

  • Bishop accepts 16 men for candidacy in reopened permanent diaconate program
    MORRISTOWN - Bishop Serratelli brought 16 faith-filled, enthusiastic men closer to ordination as permanent deacons to serve the Paterson Diocese during a Mass, which included the Rite of Candidacy, on Friday, Oct. 7 evening at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church here - part of the Church of Paterson's reopened Permanent Diaconate Formation Program.

  • Bishop administers Confirmation for the first time to Hispanic young people in Passaic parish
    PASSAIC - The "first class" of teenagers comprised of the Hispanic ministry's Confirmation program at St. Mary Church here received the Sacrament of Confirmation June 20 administered by Bishop Serratelli.

  • Bishop administers Confirmation, presents Divine Mercy Award
    PATERSON — Bishop Serratelli celebrated the noon Mass April 21 in St. Stephen Church here for the Fourth Sunday of Easter — Good Shepherd Sunday — and the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The church was filled to capacity with a standing-room-only crowd.

  • Bishop Appoints Father Manning to Head St. Paul Inside the Walls
    Succeeding Father Sylva, Who Accepts New Position at the Vatican
    CLIFTON – Bishop Serratelli has announced the appointment of Father Paul Manning, pastor of St. Philip Parish, Clifton, and diocesan Vicar for Education, as the new Executive Director of St. Paul Inside the Walls: The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard, in Madison, and the new diocesan Vicar for Evangelization, effective July 1.

  • Bishop appoints Father Stanley Barron as Vicar for Education
    CLIFTON — Bishop Serratelli has an-nounced the appointment of Father Stanley C. Barron as the diocese's new Vicar for Education.

  • Bishop appoints Holy Cross Brother as diocesan superintendent of schools
    CLIFTON — Bishop Serratelli this week announced the appointment of Holy Cross Brother William Dygert as dioce¬san Superintendent of Schools.

  • Bishop appoints Randolph parishioner as chair of the Diocesan Commission for Evangelization and Catechesis
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli has announced the appointment of Lisa Gerardi, youth minister and business manager of St. Matthew the Apostle Parish in Randolph, as chair of the Diocesan Commission for Evangelization and Catechesis.  "I am grateful to you for your generous spirit in taking on this leadership responsibility with all of the many other ministerial positions that you currently hold at St. Matthew the Apostle," Bishop Serratelli wrote in his appointment letter to Gerardi. "Knowing of your great work as a member of the Diocesan Catechetical Commission, I am confident that your leadership will advance the evangelization of the Diocese of Paterson."

  • Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli
    The Holy Father announced today that Arthur J. Serratelli, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, will succeed Bishop Frank Rodimer as the Seventh Bishop of Paterson.

  • Bishop attends Iftar during Ramadan at Islamic Center
    PATERSON - Ramadan, the Muslim month of prayer and fasting, draws to a close on Monday, Oct. 30. Like the Catholic penitential season of Lent, Muslims pray, fast, learn about faith and community and give alms. It is a season of self-discipline and remembering the promise to obey God.

  • Bishop baptizes child during visit to Dover parish
    DOVER Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Sacred Heart Parish, Dover, Aug. 16, where he celebrated the vigil Mass at 5 p.m. for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. During the Mass, the bishop baptized Kamilah-Rose Cameron, the daughter of Kevin and Rosita with Vanessa Valle and Nestor Matiz serving as godparents.

  • 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 blesses new surgical pavilion at St. Clare Hospital
    DENVILLE - Bishop Serratelli blessed the new surgical pavilion at St. Clare Hospital here June 20. He also helped to cut the opening ribbon to celebrate the technologically-advanced $14 million pavilion, which will open for patients in early July.

  • Bishop blesses new tabernacle at Mendham parish
    The heart of every church in the world is its tabernacle, the special place where the Real Presence of Jesus Christ dwells for the faithful to worship.  St. Joseph Parish here marked the special occasion of its new tabernacle in its main church with a blessing by Bishop Serratelli at the 9 a.m. Mass on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Sept. 14.

  • Bishop blesses new youth center at St. Rose of Lima Parish
    EAST HANOVER - It was a dream come true when the youth of St. Rose of Lima Parish here walked through the parish's specially designated youth center for the first time this past month. Bishop Serratelli came to the parish and blessed the center during his pastoral visit to the parish Oct. 9 where he also celebrated Mass.

  • Bishop blesses renovated bell tower at Little Falls parish
    LITTLE FALLS — Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church here Dec. 29 to mark the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. During his visit, the bishop blessed the renovated bell tower. The original parish bells were refurbished and the sound system was updated so the bells ring in unison for the first time in many years.

  • Bishop blesses renovations to Little Falls church
    Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on Jan. 28 in Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, Little Falls, where he blessed the recent major renovations to the church.

  • Bishop blesses Sparta school's addition/renovation that gives everyone more 'elbow room'
    SPARTA - Students at Rev. George A. Brown Memorial School here couldn't be more thrilled Sunday when Bishop Serratelli came Sept. 14 to bless and to dedicate the school's completed, extensive almost $3 million addition/renovation project, which gives them a cafeteria, a new gym and four new classrooms

  • Bishop blesses St. Mary's Hospital to mark first year at new site
    PASSAIC - In celebration of its one-year anniversary at its new location on 350 Boulevard here, St. Mary's Hospital invited Bishop Serratelli to bless the hospital April 4. St. Mary's Hospital, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth, continues the healing mission of Jesus by responding to the changing health care needs of the diverse communities the hospital serves in the city and surrounding area.

  • Bishop blesses those who work in law enforcement
    At Blue Mass, diocese remembers fallen officers 
    PATERSON - For their dedication in bringing justice and peace to the world, the annual Blue Mass to honor and remember law enforcement officers serving in the three counties of the diocese and beyond was held May 1 at the Cathedral of St. John here. Bishop Serratelli was the celebrant of the Mass with many priests of the diocese as concelebrants. Many agencies and departments were in attendance, as well as civilians and family members of the fallen officers killed in the line of duty.

  • Bishop calls on parishes to begin Year of Faith at Masses Oct. 13-14
    CLIFTON — The Catholic Church's worldwide observance of the Year of Faith — announced by Pope Benedict XVI in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church "to strengthen the faith of Catholics and draw the world to faith by their example" — will begin on Oct, 11.

  • Bishop celebrates 7th annual Blue Mass
    Honors all law enforcement personnel
    PATERSON - Even the brave need prayers, and on May 2, 300 law enforcement personnel and local police attended the Seventh Annual Diocesan Blue Mass at St. John Cathedral here for a blessing of continued safety and to remember the fallen heroes of the past year. Bishop Serratelli was the celebrant of the Mass with some 20 priests of the diocese as concelebrants. Assisting at the Mass was Deacon Milton Smilek of the Passaic County Sheriff's Office.

  • Bishop celebrates All Souls Day Mass at Prince of Peace Chapel
    HALEDON - Members of Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) of William Paterson University, Wayne, opened their “servants’ hearts” recently by giving up activity space to house three homeless families at its Campus Ministry Center here.

  • Bishop celebrates anniversary Mass as St. Clare Parish marks a century of faith
    CLIFTON — Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass in St. Clare Church here March 10, to mark a century of vibrant and strong faith, fellowship and outreach at St. Clare Parish, which has been serving the Delawanna section of the city for 100 years.

  • Bishop Celebrates Annual Memorial Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery

  • Bishop celebrates children’s liturgy at Paterson parish
    PATERSON Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Bonaventure Church here Nov. 23. He celebrated the 9:30 a.m. Mass to mark the Solemnity of Christ the King. The 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Bonaventure’s is known as the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, which is part of St. Bonaventure’s religious formation program.

  • Bishop celebrates Christmas Eve Mass
    PATERSON - Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of Mass commemorating the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord for parishioners of St. John's Cathedral where Mass was celebrated in the Bishop Rodimer Center here at 9 p.m. Dec. 24 because the cathedral is closed for ceiling repairs.

  • Bishop celebrates Christmas Mass at Clifton parish
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit Christmas morning to St. Paul Parish here where he celebrated the 9 a.m. Mass Dec. 25.

  • Bishop celebrates closing Mass for Year of Faith
    Throughout the year, all schools in the diocese focused on the Year of Faith in their religious studies. To mark its conclusion, Bishop Serratelli celebrated a closing liturgy for the Year of Faith in St. Philip Church here Nov. 19 inviting students from every elementary school and high school in the diocese to attend the special Mass at which many diocesan priests were concelebrants.

  • Bishop celebrates Feast of the Epiphany in pastoral visit to Paterson parish
    PATERSON - Marking the Feast of the Epiphany, Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Stephen Church here Jan. 2 where he celebrated Mass at noon with Father Dariusz Kaminski, pastor, as concelebrant.

  • Bishop celebrates Filipino tradition during Mass at Passaic parish
    PASSAIC - As the faithful awaited the coming of Christmas, Filipino Americans from St. Anthony Parish here marked "Simbang Gabi," a Filipino tradition with the celebration of Mass on nine consecutive days leading to Christmas.

  • Bishop celebrates Jubilee, Thanksgiving for Service Mass
    PARSIPPANY - Bishop Serratelli celebrated a Jubilee and Thanksgiving for Service Mass at the delegate house for the Franciscans Sisters of St. Elizabeth at the St. Francis of Assisi Novitiate here.  At the Mass, Franciscan Sister Mary Clare Chungaph celebrated her silver jubilee as a religious sister. The Mass also celebrated and honored the service of Mother Gina Maria Amico, delegate general. Mother Lilly Pareppadan will be the new delegate general of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Elizabeth.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass as Campus Ministry center marks regrowth
    HALEDON — Bishop Serratelli visited the Bishop Frank J. Rodimer Catholic Campus Ministry Center here, home to Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) of William Paterson University in Wayne, on Sunday, Dec. 1 to celebrate Mass with the college community and to bless and dedicate a classroom and community room, housed in the refurbished center. More importantly, the bishop gave his blessing that night to the rejuvenated CCM and the Catholic Campus Ministry Club, led by their new chaplain, Father Philip-Michael Tangorra.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass at Passaic parish marking traditional Filipino Christmas Novena
    At St Anthony of Padua Parish in Passaic Dec. 17, parishioners marked the annual Simbang Gabi celebration, a nine-day novena before Christmas.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass at Sparta's Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish
    HOLY DAY MASS - Bishop Serratelli visited Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Church in Sparta Dec. 8, where he celebrated the 9 a.m. Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation. Photos by Joe Gigli

  • Bishop celebrates Mass at Swartswood parish
    SWARTSWOOD — Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass to mark the First Sunday of Lent at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish here March 9.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass commemorating Vietnamese Martyrs at Rockaway parish
    ROCKAWAY - To mark the feast of St. Andrew Dung Lac and his Companions, Martyrs of Vietnam, Bishop Serratelli was principal celebrant of a Mass in St. Cecilia Church here Nov. 21. The celebration began with an outdoor procession followed by Mass bringing together many parishioners, especially the Vietnamese community at the Rockaway parish.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass for Feast of All Saints at St. Clare’s in Clifton
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass for the Feast of All Saints, a holy day of obligation, in St. Clare Church in Clifton Nov. 1.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass for Feast of the Baptism of the Lord at Clifton parish
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Andrew the Apostle Church here Jan. 9 where he was the main celebrant of the 11:15 a.m. Mass for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass for Northern New Jersey chapter of Legatus
    MADISON — Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass for the local chapter of Legatus at St. Paul Inside the Walls: The Diocesan Center for Evangelization here March 6

  • Bishop celebrates Mass for the Second Sunday of Advent at Hawthorne parish
    HAWTHORNE — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Anthony Parish here Dec. 8 where he celebrated the vigil Mass for the Second Sunday of Advent at 5:30 p.m.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass in Dover parish
    Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Sacred Heart Parish in Dover July 12 where he celebrated Mass for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass in Hamburg as St. Jude Parish marks its 25th anniversary
    HAMBURG - This past Sunday, Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass to mark the 25th anniversary of St. Jude the Apostle Parish here, a rural faith community that in recent years has expanded its outreaches and worship schedule to meet the needs of its growing population.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass in Our Lady of the Magnificat Church, Kinnelon
    KINNELON — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Our Lady of the Magnificat (OLM) Parish here Dec. 8 where he celebrated the 11 a.m. Mass for the Second Sunday of Advent where he was welcomed by Msgr. John J. Carroll, pastor.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass in Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Dover for the Third Sunday of Advent
    DOVER — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish here Dec. 15 and celebrated Mass in Spanish for the Third Sunday in Advent, often referred to by its Latin name, Gaudete Sunday, which indicates that it is a day of “rejoicing” as Christmas is near. Vestments for the Third Sunday of Advent are rose-colored as is the candle in the Advent wreath for Gaudete Sunday.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord on Christmas Eve
    PATERSON — To mark the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass at 9 p.m. Christmas Eve in the Bishop Rodimer Center at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass on Easter in St. Kateri Church
    Bishop Serratellli celebrated Mass on Easter morning, March 31, in St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church here. Father Patrick Rice, pastor, concelebrated the Mass. Easter, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass to mark 100th anniversary of St. Anthony School
    HAWTHORNE — Bishop Serratelli celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving April 14 in St. Anthony Church here to commemorate the 100th anniversary of St. Anthony School.

  • Bishop celebrates Mass with Filipino community to honor martyr-saints
    CLIFTON Bishop Serratelli was the main celebrant of a Mass honoring Filipino saints and martyrs, St. Lorenzo Ruiz and St. Pedro Calungsod, in St. Paul Church here, Sept. 13. The Mass was sponsored by the diocesan Commission for Catholic Filipino Ministries and Filipino Americans from around the diocese filled the church for the Mass. During the celebration, the commission received a blessing from the bishop.

  • Bishop Celebrates Mass, Meets With Seminarians At His Residence
    PATERSON On Dec. 27, the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist,  Bishop Serratelli met with diocesan seminarians at his residence where he celebrated Mass and then shared a holiday meal with them.
    Beacon photos by Joe Gigli

  • Bishop celebrates Memorial Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery
    PATERSON — Bishop Serratelli celebrated the annual diocesan Memorial Day Mass in Calvary Cemetery’s Mausoleum Chapel here May 26.

  • Bishop celebrates Memorial Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery
    PATERSON — Bishop Serratelli celebrated the annual diocesan Memorial Day Mass in Calvary Cemetery’s Mausoleum Chapel May 27. Among the concelebrants was Father Peter VB Wells, diocesan cemetery director, and pastor of St. Clare Parish, Clifton. A Memorial Day Mass was also celebrated in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa, by Msgr. Mark Giordani, rector of St. John’s Cathedral, Paterson.

  • Bishop celebrates Palm Sunday Mass on Morristown ‘Green’
    MORRISTOWN — Under spring-like sunshine in commemoration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, parishioners of St. Margaret processed to the historic Morristown “Green” to celebrate Palm Sunday at high noon on March 24 with Bishop Serratelli as the main celebrant of
    the outdoor Mass in the public square.

  • 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.

  • Bishop celebrates Vigil Mass during Feb. 22 pastoral visit to Wayne parish
    WAYNE — Bishop Serratelli was the celebrant of the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time on Saturday, Feb. 22 during his pastoral visit to Holy Cross Parish, Wayne.

  • Bishop celebrates Vigil Mass marking the Nativity of the Lord at Paterson parish
    PATERSON - Marking the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass at the Bishop Rodimer Center here on Christmas Eve. During the Mass, the bishop placed a statue of the Baby Jesus in the manger to represent the coming of Christ. Also at the Mass, parishioners presented Baby Jesus statues to be blessed and then placed in their homes on Christmas Day.

  • Bishop celebrates Wayne parish's half-century of ever-deepening faith and expanding pastoral outreach
    WAYNE - Bishop Serratelli recently celebrated 50 years of dynamic pastoral outreach and ever-deepening spirituality, cultivated by Our Lady of the Valley (OLV) Parish here. It has been accomplished through hard work and a trust in God, which sprouted from the seeds of faith first planted in the mid-1950s with the purchase of the Bogert Farm in the Preakness section of Wayne.

  • Bishop commissions delegates headed to 10th National Black Catholic Congress
    CLIFTON - Stirred by the Holy Spirit, 11 diocesan delegates will be heading to Buffalo, N.Y., next week for the 10th National Black Catholic Congress, eager to join about 2,500 fellow African-American Catholics from around the United States in discussing issues important to their community

  • 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 Continues Parish Visitations
    Photo features of Bishop’s visits to St Gerard Parish, Paterson and St. Joseph Parish, Mendham

  • Bishop dedicates DePaul's Flarity Hall: A tribute to one sister's achievements
    WAYNE - Bishop Serratelli helped DePaul Catholic High School here open its 50th anniversary present several months early - its new $3 million Flarity Hall academic pavilion, part of an overall multi-stage campus improvement project, which is enabling the school to meet the needs of its growing student population.

  • Bishop dedicates Nazareth Village's Cabrini Residence
    CHESTER - For more than 14 years through the generosity of the people and priests of the Paterson Diocese, more than 30 diocesan priests have made their retirement home at Nazareth Village here.

  • Bishop delivers message about Catholic schools via YouTube
    CLIFTON - With the Internet as a staple of modern day communication and culture, Bishop Serratelli recorded his first video to appear on YouTube, the popular video sharing site, to mark Catholic Schools Week, which was celebrated throughout the country during the week of Jan. 25-31. The video can now be found on YouTube or directly on the diocesan schools office home page:

  • Bishop Emeritus Rodimer celebrates 60 years of priesthood
    PATERSON - As Bishop Emeritus Frank J. Rodimer celebrated 60 years as a priest on May 19, he looked back and thanked the people of the Paterson Diocese, who have been an immense inspiration to his ministry.

  • Bishop encourages young men to consider priesthood at Sparta vocations awareness event
    SPARTA - Angels sure can have a sense of humor. In the Old Testament, one such heavenly creature appeared to Gideon, delivering God's urgent request to lead the Israelites into battle, despite his lack of courage or faith. But first, the angel appeared to Gideon, uttering a greeting laced with irony, "O, hail, man of valor."

  • Bishop establishes diocesan 'Hurricane/Disaster Relief Fund'
    CLIFTON - In a letter to all parishioners in the diocese that was read at all weekend Masses Sept. 3-4 and also posted in parish bulletins and parish Web sites, Bishop Serratelli announced the establishment of a "Hurricane/Disaster Relief Fund" in the Diocese of Paterson. "This fund will be used to help with both the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by the hurricane and also to help the churches affected by the flooding," the bishop wrote.

  • Bishop from India asks for support to help 'lift up' poor in rural Dindigul Diocese
    CLIFTON - The impoverished conditions of people in the Dindigul Diocese in India seem a world away for the faithful of St. Paul Parish here and the comforts of their Passaic County suburb. In an arid region of southeast India, most people eek out a living on wages of $1.50 a day as migrant farmers, who travel from place to place with the planting season.

  • Bishop Gregory's Letter to American Catholics

  • Bishop helps family, friends say, 'goodbye' to serviceman from Paterson killed in Iraq
    PATERSON - This Memorial Day weekend, Bishop Serratelli helped parents and friends - as well as a grateful nation- say goodbye during a Rite of Christian Burial on Saturday, May 23, at St. John's Cathedral here to Sgt. Christian Bueno-Galdos, who was one of five U.S. soldiers allegedly gunned down Monday, May 11 by a distraught comrade at a combat stress clinic at Camp Liberty, Iraq.

  • Bishop helps Franciscan Sisters of St. Elizabeth celebrate 150th anniversary
    PARSIPPANY — Drive along Park Road in Parsippany and you will come upon an inviting, colorful playground set, peeking out from a wooded area. The playhouse and jungle gym might just give you the first inkling of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Elizabeth and their ministry here: caring for, spiritually forming, and educating young children.

  • Bishop helps Hamburg parish break ground for parish hall, church addition
    A deluge of rain could not dampen the enthusiasm that abounded at St. Jude the Apostle Parish here that day as Bishop Serratelli helped to break ground on the parish’s nine-year dream in the making: a highly anticipated 141- seat addition to the church and new 2,940-square-foot parish hall and multi-purpose resource center.

  • Bishop helps Montville parish mark half-century
    LAST Sunday, Bishop Serratelli helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. Pius X Parish here — a dynamic faith community that finds its humble roots in the "Little Cathedral in the Orchard."
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  • Bishop honors 101 diocesan lay faithful for service with new Vivere Christus Medal
    PATERSON - Bishop Serratelli joined the diocese in honoring 101 "salt of the earth" Catholics, who represent the countless faithful who selflessly serve the Church of Paterson and beyond, by presenting them with the Vivere Christus Medal - a new diocesan honor he created to recognize their contributions to the mission of Christ and his Church.

  • Bishop installs Father Benjamin Williams as pastor of Paterson’s Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
    The bishop celebrates Mass surrounded by deacons and concelebrating priests. PATERSON — Bishop Serratelli officially installed Father Benjamin Williams as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish here during a Mass at which the bishop was the principal celebrant Jan. 19.

  • Bishop installs Father Brian Quinn as pastor of St. Francis De Sales Parish
    VERNON — Bishop Serratelli installed Father Brian Quinn as pastor of St. Francis De Sales Parish, located in the McAfee section of the township, during the noon Mass on Sept. 29.

  • Bishop installs Father Ditullio as pastor of Swartswood parish
    SWARTSWOOD — Bishop Serratelli installed Father Brian Ditullio as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Cannel (OLMC) Parish here, July 28 at the 5 p.m_ Mass in a church filled with parishioners, family and friends.  Bishop Serratelli appointed Father DituRio pastor June 29. He had previously served at the parish as its administrator.

  • Bishop installs Father Jorge Rodriguez as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Paterson
    Father Jorge Rodriguez was installed as pastor of St. Mary Parish, Paterson, Nov. 14 by Bishop Serratelli. Beacon photos/Joe Gigli

  • Bishop installs Father Patrick Ryan as pastor of St. James Parish
    TOTOWA — Bishop Serratelli installed Father J. Patrick Ryan as pastor of St. James of the Marches Parish here Nov. 17. Concelebrating was Msgr. Eugene Boland, pastor emeritus of St. James; and Bishop Emeritus Rodimer along with many priests from the diocese and beyond.

  • Bishop installs Father Philip LeBeau as pastor of Pequannock parish
    PEQUANNOCK — Bishop Serratelli installed Father Philip LeBeau as pastor of Holy Spirit Parish here June 22 during the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass. Father LeBeau also serves as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Lincoln Park.

  • Bishop installs Father Pickens as pastor of Haskell parish
    HASKELL — Father David Pickens was installed as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish here May 26 by Bishop Serratelli during a Mass at which the bishop was the principal celebrant. In addition to parishioners, many family members and friends of Father Pickens attended the celebration along with Msgr. Remigio G. Rocco, pastor emeritus of St. Francis.

  • Bishop installs Father Robert Gordon as pastor of Boonton parish
    Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of a Mass Nov. 26 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church here at which he formally installed Father Robert J. Gordon as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.  A native of Kearney, Father Gordon was ordained to the priesthood on May 5, 1973. Earlier this year, Bishop Serratelli appointed him as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, succeeding Father Michael Walsh, who retired for medical reasons.

  • Bishop installs Father Rodak as pastor of West Milford parish
    WEST MILFORD — Bishop Serratelli installed Father Michael Rodak as pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in the Hewin section of the township at Mass he celebrated for the First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 1

  • Bishop installs Father Vidal Gonzales Jr. as pastor of St. Jude Parish in Hopatcong
    Bishop Serratelli installed Father Vidal Gonzales Jr. as pastor of St. Jude Parish here July 13. Several priests concelebrated the Mass including St. Jude’s pastor emeritus, Father George Gothie, who was pastor from 1990 to 2013 and Msgr. Patrick Panos, who served at the parish from 1974 to 1990, and is pastor emeritus of St. Catherine of Bologna Parish, Ringwood.

  • Bishop installs Fr. Peter Glabik
    RINGWOOD — Bishop Serratelli installed Father Peter Glabik as pastor of St. Catherine of Bologna Parish here Jan. 20. Father Glabik also serves as diocesan vocations director for recruitment, dean of the northern Passaic Deanery and is also a member of the Clergy Personnel Board.

  • Bishop installs new pastor at St. Bonaventure Church
    PATERSON — Bishop Serratelli installed Franciscan Father Christopher Van Haight as pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish here Sept. 16,
    the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

  • Bishop installs new psators
    At Mass in St. Mark the Evangelist Church, Long Valley, Nov. 4, Bishop Serratelli installed Msgr. Joseph Goode as the new pastor.  Bishop was the also the principal celebrant of a Mass in Sacred Heart Church in Dover Oct. 28 at which he installed Father Brendan Murray as the new pastor.

  • Bishop installs pastor at Clifton parish
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli installed Father Leonardo Jaramillo as pastor of St. Paul Parish here Oct. 2 before a congregation of parishioners, parish staff and friends. He was appointed to serve as pastor St. Paul's last June. He has previously served in the diocese at St. Anthony Parish in Passaic, Our Lady of the Mountain Parish in Long Valley, St. Vincent De Paul Parish in Stirling and the former Paterson Catholic High School in Paterson.

  • Bishop installs pastor at Our Lady of Mercy Parish
    WHIPPANY - Bishop Serratelli installed Father Sean McDonnell as the pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish here at a Mass at which the bishop was the principal celebrant Nov. 25 in Our Lady of Mercy Church.

  • Bishop installs pastor at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish in Clifton
    CLIFTON - At a Mass at which he was the principal celebrant, Bishop Serratelli installed Father Paul O'Donnell Duggan as pastor of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish here Nov. 26.

  • Bishop invites all priests and deacons to participate in Marriage/Study Day Oct. 4
    PARSIPPANY - Bishop Serratelli has invited every priest and deacon of the Paterson Diocese to participate in a Marriage/Study Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at St. Ann Parish Hall here.   The topic will be: "Catholics, Marriage and the New Threat to Religious Liberty: How will 'Gay Marriage' Affect your Parish and the Church?" Presenters will be Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, and Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

  • Bishop invites faithful to begin Advent with diocesan Christmas Concert
    To prepare for the Christmas season and celebrate Advent, the diocese will host its annual diocesan Christmas Concert in St. Peter the Apostle Church here Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.

  • Bishop issues decree to ensure parishes are following best practices in handling and control of Offertory collections
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli has issued a decree on the handling and control of Offertory collections to ensure that every parish follows the best possible practices in safeguarding the contributions of its parishioners.

  • Bishop joins Wayne parish for 50th anniversary celebration
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of Our Lady of Consolation (OLC) Parish here, which has started a push to deepen even further its already strong embrace of the concept of stewardship — a major effort that has transformed this once-quiet Passaic County suburban faith community.

  • Bishop leads diocesan celebration of Feast of Pentecost
    CLIFTON — To mark the birthday of the Church, 800 people from across the diocese came together for an allday Pentecost celebration at Pope John Paul II Diocesan Center here May 18.

  • Bishop leads diocesan celebration of World Mission Sunday
    PROSPECT PARK - From Malaysia in Asia to Ghana in Africa and from Brazil in South America to Mexico in North America, missionaries are spreading the Gospel message of Christ's love to others worldwide. To remember the works of these courageous priests and religious sisters and brothers, World Mission Sunday was celebrated across the globe Oct. 21.

  • Bishop leads diocesan observance of World Day for Consecrated Life
    Religious priests, brothers and sisters in consecrated life can carry out their vocations and charisms — their "radical living of their baptismal call, making Jesus’ lifestyle our way of life" — with greater joy and enthusiasm by continuing to deepen and renew their faith and relationships with Jesus and each other.

  • Bishop leads diocesan youth on pilgrimage to holy sites in Spain
    CLIFTON — Spaniards call it the “el camino” or the way, for a pilgrimage that leads to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the shrine of Jesus’ apostle, St. James the Great. The traditional pilgrimage to where his remains lay is one of the most popular pilgrimages for Catholics after Rome and Jerusalem.

  • Bishop leads May Crowning celebration
    DENVILLE — In a place named in her honor, the annual diocesan May Crowning was celebrated at St. Mary Church here May 19, the Feast of Pentecost. Bishop Serratelli led the coronation for the Blessed Mother with many priests joining him. The tradition of homilies given by two new diocesan priests continued with Father Raimundo Rivera, parochial vicar at St. Peter Parish in Parsippany, ordained in 2011, and Father Edward Rama, parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish in Little Falls,
    ordained in 2012, both speaking.

  • Bishop leads nearly a thousand mourners in farewell to his mother at funeral Mass
    NUTLEY — Last Friday, on May 2, Bishop Serratelli found the strength to hold back his tears of sorrow for a moment to thank the Lord for the simple and selfless, yet faithful, example of his closest confident in life: his mother Eva, as he presided at her funeral Mass in Holy Family Church here, to celebrate that God had fulfilled his promise by calling her to eternal life in His heavenly home.

  • 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.

  • Bishop leads pilgrimage to the shrines of Portugal
    CLIFTON — When seeing the sites of Portugal, Father Sal Panagia, pastor emeritus of Our Lady of Pompeii in Paterson, felt like he was being taken back to the roots of faith. He said, “There was a beautiful simplicity about the place. For the week, we took away our excess baggage, enjoyed the environment around us and lived our faith.”

  • Bishop leads sorrowful farewell for beloved Chatham pastor
    CHATHAM - The gray skies overhead on Saturday morning, Oct. 31, reflected the sorrow - almost too much to bear - that was felt by this Morris County borough, the faithful of St. Patrick Parish here and the priests of the diocese as Bishop Serratelli led the Church of Paterson in bidding a final farewell to St. Patrick's beloved pastor, Father Edward Hinds, who was brutally murdered Oct. 22 in the parish rectory.

  • Bishop makes Advent pastoral visit to St. Bonaventure Parish
    Photo feature of Bishop's Pastoral Visit to St. Bonaventure Parish, West Paterson.

  • Bishop makes parish visit to Branchville on Laetare Sunday
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass March 2 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Branchville for the fourth, or middle, Sunday of Lent, also known as Laetare Sunday, which derives its Latin name from the first word of the Mass text, "Laetare Jerusalem" ("Rejoice, O Jerusalem"). It is a day of joy within the mourning season of Lent during which rose-colored vestments are worn instead of purple to signify joy.

  • Bishop makes parish visits to Ogdensburg, Paterson
    Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of Mass Feb. 3, the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, in St. Mary, Help of Christians Church, Paterson. and St. Simon Parish in Green Pond.

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit St. Matthew Parish in Randolph
    RANDOLPH Bishop Serratelli celebrated the vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Christ the King at St. Matthew Parish here during his pastoral visit to the parish Nov. 22.

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to Dover parish; running of the Silver Rose held by Squires
    DOVER — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Sacred Heart Parish here June 2 where he celebrated Mass for the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time. At the Mass, the parish also hosted the Silver Rose and Icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to Haskell parish
    WANAQUE — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Francis of Assisi  Parish in the Haskell section of Wanaque, where he celebrated the 10 a.m. Mass July 22, the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time. The bishop welcomed Father David Pickens as St. Francis' new administrator.

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to Highland Lakes parish on Divine Mercy Sunday
    Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Our Lady of Fatima Church in the Highland Lakes section of Vernon on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7. He also administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to high school students during the Mass he celebrated.

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to Holy Trinity Parish, where Mass is said in German
    PASSAIC Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Holy Trinity Church here Aug. 17, the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  During his visit, he celebrated the 10 a.m. Mass with Father Antonio Rodriguez, pastor, as the concelebrant.

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish
    WAYNE — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in the Packanack Lake section of Wayne and celebrated the vigil Mass for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 27.

  • 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 to celebrate Mass for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time on Feb. 10.

  • 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 makes pastoral visit to Montague parish
    MONTAGUE — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit deep into Sussex County May 25 as he traveled to St. James the Greater Parish here where he celebrated the 11:30 a.m. Mass for the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to Montville parish
    MONTVILLE — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Pius X Church here March 1 where he was the principal celebrant of the vigil Mass for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Many young people were present at the Mass, which was held during the parish’s Antioch Weekend Retreat for teenagers.

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to New Vernon parish
    NEW VERNON - Marking the Second Sunday of Lent, Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Christ the King Parish here March 2 and celebrated the vigil Mass at 5 p.m.

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to Sacred Heart Parish, Rockaway
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Feb. 4 in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Rockaway.

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to St. Brendan Parish in Clifton
    Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Brendan Church, Clifton, for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  Beacon photos / Joe Gigli

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to St. Clement Pope and Martyr Parish
    ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP —Bishop Serratelli celebrated the 10:30 a.m. Mass for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time during a pastoral visit to St. Clement Pope and Martyr Parish here Aug. 19.

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to St. John Kanty Parish
    CLIFTON — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. John Kanty Parish here and was the principal celebrant of the 7 a.m. Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent March 23

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to St. Mary, Help of Christians Parish
    PATERSON — St. Mary, Help of Christians Parish here welcomed Bishop Serratelli during his pastoral visit to the Paterson parish July 19. During his visit, the bishop celebrated the Vigil Mass for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to St. Paul Parish in Clifton
    CLIFTON — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Paul Church here on Mother’s Day, May 11. He celebrated Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Easter and administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to young people of the parish, who had prepared for the reception of the sacrament for the past two years.

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to St. Thomas Parish in Sandyston
    SANDYSTON — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Thomas the Apostle Church here in Sussex County, where he was the principal celebrant of Mass for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time on July 28.

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to Stirling parish
    Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Stirling where he celebrated Mass Sunday, Nov. 19. Below: The bishop accepts the Offertory gifts from a parish family. Center: The readings are proclaimed by a lector. Right: (top) Deacon Peter O'Neill incenses the congregation during Mass; (bottom) Before Mass, Msgr. Patrick E. Brown, pastor, leads the congregation in prayer. Behind him are Father Brian Sullivan, parochial vicar, and Father Hugh Murphy, president of Paterson Catholic High School, who is in residence at St. Vincent's. [Beacon photos by Joe Gigli]

  • Bishop makes pastoral visit to Straight & Narrow on Christmas Eve
    CHRISTMAS EVE VISIT - Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Straight and Narrow, an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities, on Christmas Eve. Above he visits with a child holding hands with his mother and Msgr. Louis Bihr, director of pastoral care at Straight and Narrow. At top right, he visits with a young mother and her baby. Below, the gospel choir of Straight and Narrow sings Christmas carols during the bishop's visit. [Beacon photos/Joe Gigli]

  • Bishop marks 45th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood
    MORRISTOWN — Marking his 45th anniversary to the priesthood, Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass at St. Margaret Church in Morristown Dec. 20. Priests from around the diocese concelebrated with the bishop to also mark the Christmas Novena at the parish, which took place Dec. 16-24.

  • Bishop marks canonization of Church’s newest saints
    SPARTA — On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, Bishop Serratelli celebrated a Mass to commemorate the historic canonization that day in Rome of the two newest saints: St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II — two courageous men, who profoundly influenced the Church in their pontifcates. The bishop focused his homily during the liturgy — held at Pope John XXIII Regional High School here — on the school’s new patron saint, noting that his “joy and sense of humor were signs of his deep faith.”

  • Bishop marks Feast of Christ the King at Holy Spirit Church in Pequannock
    PEQUANNOCK — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Holy Spirit Parish here and celebrated Mass for the Feast of Christ the King on Nov. 24. The feast also marked the close of the Year of Faith, designated by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI last October.

  • Bishop marks Pentecost Sunday, administers Confirmation
    SUSSEX — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Monica Church here June 8 to mark the Feast of Pentecost, often referred to as the “birthday of the Church,” when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles. During the celebration of Mass, the bishop also administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to young parishioners.

  • Bishop marks Solemnity of Most Holy Trinity
    PARSIPPANY — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Peter the Apostle Parish here June 3 where he celebrated the 10:30 a.m. Mass to mark the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

  • Bishop marks start of Catholic Schools Week in Stirling
    STIRLING — Bishop Serratelli began the celebration of Catholic Schools Week in the diocese with a pastoral visit to St. Vincent De Paul Parish here where he celebrated the 9:30 a.m. Mass Jan. 27 in which students from St. Vincent De Paul, one of four schools in the diocese designated as a National Blue Ribbon School, took part in as members of the choir, ushers and lectors.

  • Bishop meets new religious
    MENDHAM - It was a lovely summer evening for new religious in the diocese as they gathered together with Bishop Serratelli for the celebration of Mass followed by a barbecue and lawn games Aug. 27 at the Quellen Center on the property of the motherhouse of the Sisters of Christian Charity here.

  • Bishop meets with First Communicants at annual Eucharistic Catechesis
    Clifton — To mark the celebration of their first Holy Communion this spring, 161 children from across the diocese met with Bishop Serratelli June 22 at the annual diocesan Eucharistic Catechesis with First Commu nicants in St. Philip the Apostle Church here.

  • Bishop names Deacon Cleary as new director of permanent diaconate program
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli has announced the appointment of Deacon Kevin Cleary as the new director of the diocesan diaconate program. "With the re-opening of the permanent diaconate formation program, I am happy to appoint Deacon Kevin Cleary as the new director of the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Paterson," said Bishop Serratelli. "Deacon Cleary has worked with Father Geno Sylva for the past year in review and reformulation of this important ministry in our diocese. I am confident in his ability to serve our diocese and his brother deacons."

  • Bishop names Father Wisniefski chairperson of the Bishop's Appeal
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli has announced the appointment of Father Robert Wisniefski, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Paterson, as chairperson of the Bishop's Annual Appeal, for a term of three years. This appointment is effective June 2.

  • Bishop nourishes souls, appetites of men considering priesthood at pizza gathering
    SUCCASUNNA - On Monday night Bishop Serratelli had occasion to speak to, and even share pizza with, Samuel - in fact, about 45 young "Samuels" from around the diocese - interested in possibly pursuing a vocation to the priesthood.  Bishop Serratelli met informally with young men from the diocese in St. Therese Church here, to invite them to consider serving as a priest of the diocese. The bishop also urged them to continue listening to the Lord's call - through among other things, nature and other people. After all, it took God four times to call Samuel of the Old Testament to lead Israel from being a confederation of tribes to becoming a monarchy, he said.

  • Bishop ordains 12 to the priesthood; largest number of ordinandi since ’75
    CLIFTON — The dark skies that sprinkled rain over Clifton could not dampen the great joy and hope that radiated through St. Philip the Apostle Church here May 25 morning, as Bishop Serratelli ordained 12 men to the priesthood — the largest class of ordinandi since 1975.

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  • Bishop ordains Benedictine to priesthood
    Bishop Serratelli ordained Eamon Henry Drew to the priesthood April 14 St. Mary's Abbey Church here. Father Drew pursued theological studies in preparation for this day at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn., and Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University, South Orange. The new Benedictine priest was raised in Spring Lake Heights.

  • Bishop ordains Father Glabik as fifth diocesan priest this year

  • Bishop ordains historic class of nine
    Diocese growing and alive as the most men since 1975 ordained
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli delighted in an historic day May 28 at St. Philip the Apostle Church here as he ordained nine men from diverse backgrounds and cultures - the largest diocesan ordination class since 1975 and one of the largest in the nation - which included the Church of Paterson's first Korean-born priest.

  • Bishop ordains priest in St. Paul Church, Clifton
    CLIFTON — In St. Paul Church here Oct. 6, Bishop Serratelli conferred the sacrament of Holy Orders on Rev. Mr. Gregory Bartholomew, FSSP. The newly ordained priest is a member of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. Father Bartholomew celebrated his first Mass in St. Michael the Archangel Church in Scranton, Pa. on Oct. 7. It had originally been scheduled for Our Lady of Fatima Chapel in Pequannock, which is served by Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and where the Tridentine Mass is celebrated. Pope John Paul II established the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter as a Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical right in 1988.

  • Bishop ordains six to Order of Deacon
    WEST MILFORD - Six men from diverse backgrounds and cultures - including five diocesan seminarians, from Poland, Colombia and the U.S. and a Benedictine Brother, born in South Korea - took a step closer to priesthood Friday evening, May 20, as Bishop Serratelli ordained them to the Order of Deacon at St. Margaret of Scotland Church here, instructing them to imitate Christ, "who came, not to be served, but to serve."

  • Bishop Praises Catholic Education
    WAYNE - In praise of Catholic education, Bishop Serratelli declared last week, "The survival of the Catholic schools is even more necessary today," because they contradict the modern day's "relativism and lack of moral conviction" by helping students "grow into mature, intelligent and faithful disciples of Jesus Christ."

  • Bishop praises marriages of more than 200 couple at Silver & Gold Mass
    Parsippany - Early in their courtship, Patricia Leary issued to her future husband Deacon Geard Leary a demand so ambitious, that most clear-thinking eligible bachelors would have run far away from the relationship: "I want a big family - 14 children or so.  If you don't, then we should break up."

  • Bishop presents religious awards during annual combined Scout Sunday Mass in Clifton
    Serratelli presided over the annual combined Boy Scout and Girl Scout Sunday Mass at St. Philip the Apostle Church here, where he presented local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts with religious awards and special recognitions for two adult Boy Scout leaders and a Hawthorne Boy Scout troop.

  • Bishop presents religious awards to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in combined Mass, ceremony
    CLIFTON — Bishop Serratelli presented numerous religious awards to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts — including a new award, celebrating Catholic Girl Scouting and the centennial of Girl Scouting — and many of their leaders during a combined diocesan Eucharistic Celebration and Award Ceremony Feb. 24 in St. Philip the Apostle Church here.

  • Bishop presides at Rite of Candidacy for five seminarians
    FLORHAM PARK — Five seminarians took the first step to being called to ordination to the priesthood May 11 during the Rite of Candidacy at a Mass at which Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant in Holy Family
    Church here.

  • Bishop presides at temporary profession of vows for Sister of the Sorrowful Mother
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass as Sister Gillian Angela Jerome receives her habit from Sister Sylvia Egan, provincial of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.

  • Bishop presides over election of prioress at monastery
    MORRISTOWN — At the Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel here, the Discalced Carmelite Sisters at the monastery held their election of a prioress Sept. 7 and welcomed Bishop Serratelli who celebrated Mass and visited with the sisters. Sisters in solemn profession were able to vote for their prioress and re-elected Mother Therese Katulski as prioress for the monastery.

  • Bishop receives John Carroll Society Medal at Rose Mass
    BETHESDA, Md.  - At the 15th annual Rose Mass, sponsored by the John Carroll Society in the Church of the Little Flower here, Bishop Serratelli was presented with the John Carroll Society Medal. More than 1,200 attended the Mass, at which the bishop was the principal celebrant and homilist.

  • Bishop receives warm homecoming to Immaculate Conception Seminary as he delivers lecture about new Roman Missal
    SOUTH ORANGE - Applause rang out in the Main Chapel of Seton Hall University here on March 7, as the community of Immaculate Conception Seminary warmly welcomed back "one of its own" - Bishop Serratelli. That evening, the bishop returned to the Seton Hall campus, home to the seminary, where he taught for 25 years, to deliver a message of hope: that new English translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal will usher in a new era of "liturgical renewal," which ultimately will help inspire greater evangelization and growth of the Church.

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  • Bishop says Mass for pilgrims who attended Holy Land pilgrimages
    MADISON — At St. Paul’s Inside the Walls here last week, Bishop Serratelli met with the pilgrims who have gone on pilgrimages to the Holy Land with him. The bishop celebrated Mass for the pilgrims and then all in attendance enjoyed a light reception.

  • Bishop says Mass, blesses Our Lady of Divine Vocations Shrine
    FLORHAM PARK - Hundreds of faithful visited the grounds of the Vocationist Fathers and Sisters here last month for Mass and the blessing of the new Our Lady of Divine Vocations: Shrine and Retreat Center, both presided over by Bishop Serratelli.

  • Bishop Serratelli announces clergy appointments, assignments, retirements
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli has announced the following clergy appointments, assignments and retirements...

  • Bishop Serratelli appoints priests to serve new priests, transitional deacons
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli has appointed two priests to serve the new priests of the Paterson Diocese and transitional deacons who will be ordained to the priesthood the year after their ordination to the diaconate.

  • Bishop Serratelli celebrates Easter Vigil Mass at Succasunna parish
    SUCCASUNNA - Bishop Serratelli celebrated the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Therese Church here at 8 p.m. April 23, Holy Saturday. Concelebrating were Father Marc Mancini, pastor of St. Therese's, Father Jansuz Rzadca, parochial vicar, and Father Walter French, weekend assistant. Deacon Anthony Signorelli and Deacon Bruce Olsen assisted.

  • Bishop Serratelli celebrates Feast Day Mass for St. Lorenzo Ruiz
    PASSAIC - Coming together to honor St. Lorenzo Ruiz, first Filipino saint and martyr, Filipino Americans filled Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church here Sept. 24 for the 5 p.m. Mass. Bishop Serratelli was main concelebrant of the Mass. The saint's actual feast day is Sept. 28. A reception was held afterward at Our Lady of Mount Carmel's school building, where the congregation gathered together for fellowship and food.

  • Bishop Serratelli celebrates Feast of St. Joseph with Little Sisters of the Poor
    TOTOWA — On the Feast of St. Joseph March 19, Bishop Serratelli visited residents and the Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly here, marking the feast day for the home’s patron. Many priests from the diocese and beyond were concelebrants including retired Auxiliary Bishop Charles McDonnell of Newark, retired Archbishop Harry Flynn of St. Paul, Minn., and retired Archbishop Peter Gerety of Newark.

  • Bishop Serratelli celebrates Fourth Sunday of Advent at Our Lady of Victories
    FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT - Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent Dec. 23 in Our Lady of Victories Church in Paterson. Above: The bishop address the congregation. In the background is Msgr. Thomas Coletta, pastor. At left: The bishop greets a young family after Mass.

  • Bishop Serratelli Celebrates Holy Week
    Bishop celebrated Holy Week by presiding at the annual Chrism Mass at the Cathedral, Holy Thursday at St. Michael in Netcong, and Good Friday at St. Joseph in West Milford. He was also the principal celebrant at St. John's Cathedral for the Easter Vigil where he administered the sacraments of initiation.

  • Bishop Serratelli celebrates Mass at Holy Cross Parish in Wayne
    WAYNE — Marking the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, Bishop Serratelli celebrated the 10 a.m. Mass Aug. 26 at Holy Cross Parish here.

  • Bishop Serratelli celebrates Mass at Morris Catholic High School
    MASS AT MORRIS CATHOLIC — Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass Nov. 27  at Morris Catholic High School. Wrth him were Father Carmen Buono, school chaplain, and Father Kevin Corcoran, priest-secretary to the bishop.

  • Bishop Serratelli celebrates Mass for Third Sunday of Advent
    BOONTON — Bishop Serratelli visited Our Lady of Mount Cannel Church here to celebrate Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent. During his visit, the parish was hosting its Faith Formation for Families, which is held six times a year. This month's focus was on the rosary. The bishop gave a talk on the Catholic devotional and rosaries were given to all families. The bishop then led the congregation in the recitation of the rosary.

  • Bishop Serratelli celebrates Mass in Rockaway as Vietnamese mark New Year
    ROCKAWAY — In celebration of the Vietnamese New Year, which will be marked Jan. 31, the Vietnamese community at St. Cecilia Church here marked the occasion at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Serratelli on Jan. 26.

  • Bishop Serratelli celebrates Mass with Sisters of Charity
    FLORHAM PARK — Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass on the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity, Jan. 4 at St. Anne Villa here, home to the retired Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth.

  • Bishop Serratelli celebrates Mass, administers Confirmation
    PASSAIC — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Mary Church here where he also administered the Sacrament of Confirmation June 15. Young people from St. Mary’s, St. Nicholas, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Our Lady of Fatima parishes, all in Passaic received the sacrament during the vigil Mass for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

  • Bishop Serratelli Celebrates New Year with Pastoral Visits
    Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church here to celebrate the vigil Mass on Dec. 31, New Year's Eve and visited Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Church in Cedar Knolls on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, where he celebrated the 10:30 a.m. Mass to mark the Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.

  • Bishop Serratelli celebrates Thanksgiving with diocesan seminarians
    FLORHAM PARK — Diocesan seminarians gathered together to enjoy the annual diocesan Thanksgiving dinner with Bishop Serratelli at Holy Family Parish here Nov. 29. Father Fred Walters, pastor of Holy Family, said “Grace” before the meal and the seminarians spent time in fellowship with one another and the bishop during the evening.

  • Bishop Serratelli celebrates vigil Mass for Palm Sunday with St. John’s community
    PATERSON — Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of the vigil Mass for Palm Sunday in the Bishop Rodimer Center at St. John’s Cathedral here March 23.

  • Bishop Serratelli dedicates altar in Rockaway parish rectory's new chapel
    ROCKAWAY - Bishop Serratelli dedicated the new altar in St. Cecilia Rectory here March 27. The altar is part of the new St. Joseph chapel in the rectory for the priests in residence who serve at both St. Cecilia Parish and Sacred Heart Parish.

  • Bishop Serratelli elected new chairman of ICEL
    MORRISTOWN - Last week's historic visit to the Paterson Diocese by archbishops and bishops from more than a dozen English-speaking countries enabled these distinguished prelates - among them Bishop Serratelli - to continue the historic work of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) in producing texts for the English Edition of the Third Roman Missal.

  • Bishop Serratelli honors 179 from across the diocese for their service to the Church of Paterson

  • Bishop Serratelli honors Blessed Mother, blesses graduates of Certificate in Catholic Evangelization
    MADISON — Parishioners from around the Paterson Diocese joined with Bishop Serratelli on Tuesday, May 13 to honor the mother of Jesus as both “the minister of holiness” and “the first Christian evangelist” during the annual diocesan May Crowning in St. Vincent Martyr Church here.

  • Bishop Serratelli honors lay faithful for service to Church
    CLIFTON — For being living examples of Christ to their parishes and commu-nities, more than 175 lay men and women were honored with the diocesan Vivere Christus Award, which was pre¬sented to them by Bishop Serratelli June 3 on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity in St Philip Church here.

  • Bishop Serratelli installs Father Adam Muda as pastor of St. Michael Parish in Netcong; blesses church renovations
    NETCONG — Bishop Serratelli formerly installed Father Adam Muda as pastor of St. Michael Church here Oct. 26. Father Muda, who was assigned this past June to St. Michael’s by the bishop, formerly served as parochial vicar at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in the Hewitt section of West Milford. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2009.

  • Bishop Serratelli installs Father Derek Anderson as pastor of Dover parish
    DOVER Father Derek Anderson was installed as pastor of St. Mary Parish here Nov. 16. Bishop Serratelli was main celebrant of the installation Mass attended by family members of Father Anderson and parishioners of St. Mary’s. Father Anderson was raised in Seattle, Wash. and ordained as a priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) by St. John Paul II in 2003 after completing his priestly studies in Rome.

  • Bishop Serratelli installs Father Flores as pastor of St. Brendan Parish
    CLIFTON — Bishop Serratelli officially installed Father Amadito “Junior” Flores Jr. as pastor of St. Brendan Church here at a Mass on Nov. 17.

  • Bishop Serratelli installs Father Gaviria as pastor of St. Jude Parish in Budd Lake
    BUDD LAKE — Bishop Serratelli officially installed Father Jesus Antonio Gaviria as pastor of St. Jude Parish here on June 22, the Feast of Corpus Christi, during the 11 a.m. Mass.

  • Bishop Serratelli installs Father Orama as pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish
    PATERSON Father Raymond Orama was officially installed as pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church here Nov. 2 by Bishop Serratelli at the 11 a.m. Mass. Father Orama was ordained a priest for the Paterson Diocese at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist here in 2008.

  • Bishop Serratelli installs Father Orlandi as pastor of Budd Lake parish
    BUDD LAKE - Bishop Serratelli installed Father Joseph J. Orlandi as the pastor of St. Jude Parish here Sept. 18 at a Mass in St. Jude Church at which the bishop was the principal celebrant for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

  • Bishop Serratelli installs Father Richard Bay as pastor of St. Simon Parish
    GREEN POND — Bishop Serratelli formerly installed Father Richard Bay as pastor of St. Simon Parish here at Mass on Aug. 31.

  • Bishop Serratelli installs Father Richard Kilcomons as pastor of St. Andrew Parish
    CLIFTON — Bishop Serratelli installed Father Richard Kilcomons as pastor of St. Andrew Parish here March 15. Father Kilcomons was ordained as a priest of the Paterson Diocese May 27, 2006.

  • Bishop Serratelli installs Father Robert Mitchell as pastor of St. Patrick Parish
    CHATHAM - On the Feast of Pentecost, the community of St. Patrick Parish here rejoiced as they witnessed the official installation of their new pastor, Father Robert Mitchell, who was appointed by Bishop Serratelli in February. The bishop concelebrated the Mass with Father Mitchell; Msgr. Ron Amandolare, former pastor of St. Patrick's; and Father Edward Dillon, weekend assistant. Deacon John Sanker and Deacon Mark Nixon assisted at the Mass. Msgr. Thomas Colletta, pastor of Our Lady of Victories, also attended the Mass.

  • Bishop Serratelli installs Msgr. Christopher DiLella as pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Parish
    WAYNE - Bishop Serratelli installed Msgr. Christopher DiLella as pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Parish (OLV) here March 26 during the 5 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent at which he was the principal celebrant. Among the concelebrating priests were Bishop Emeritus Frank Rodimer; Msgr. James O'Rorke, pastor emeritus of OLV, neighboring pastors of Wayne parishes and other diocesan priests.

  • Bishop Serratelli institutes 10 to Ministry of Acolyte
    PARSIPPANY - Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of a Mass in St. Peter the Apostle Church here Oct. 18 during which he instituted 10 fourth-year candidates in diaconate formation to the Ministry of Acolyte.

  • Bishop Serratelli institutes 13 permanent diaconate candidates to Ministry of Acolyte
    SUCCASUNNA — Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of a Mass in St. Therese Church here March 21 during which he instituted 13 fourth-year candidates in diaconate formation to the Ministry of Acolyte.

  • Bishop Serratelli is keynote speaker at gathering of Syro-Malankara Catholics
    LODI — The Indian community belonging to the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, Eastern Rite, came together for a two-day gathering at the Shalom Festival at Felician College here July 5 and 6.

  • Bishop Serratelli issues Lenten Pastoral Letter
    As the holy season of Lent begins, Bishop Serratelli has issued his Lenten Pastoral Letter for 2014, “The Cross and the Prodigal Son: God’s Mercy Revealed.” The bishop’s pastoral letter is also available here in English, as well as in Spanish and Polish on the diocesan website: in a PDF format for downloading and printing

  • Bishop Serratelli makes Lenten pastoral visit to Newton parish
    NEWTON — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Joseph Parish here April 1, which was Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent.

  • 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.

  • Bishop Serratelli makes pastoral visit to Long Valley parish
    LONG VALLEY — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit Jan. 26 to St. Luke Parish here where he was the principal celebrant of the 11:15 a.m. Mass for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

  • Bishop Serratelli makes pastoral visit to Morristown parish
    MORRISTOWN — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Margaret of Scotland Church here Jan. 18 where he celebrated the Vigil Mass for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time in Spanish.

  • Bishop Serratelli makes pastoral visit to Parsippany church
    PARSIPPANY — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Ann Church here Feb. 23, where he celebrated the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass to mark the Second Sunday of Lent.

  • Bishop Serratelli makes pastoral visit to Passaic church
    PASSAIC - Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Holy Trinity Parish here on June 17, Father's Day, celebrating the 1:30 PM Mass in Spanish, which marked the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

  • Bishop Serratelli makes pastoral visit to Passaic parish
    PASSAIC - Celebrating the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Nicholas Church here for the 11 a.m. Mass Jan. 16.

  • Bishop Serratelli makes pastoral visit to Pompton Plains parish
    POMPTON PLAINS — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish here where he celebrated the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass Jan. 26 for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

  • Bishop Serratelli makes pastoral visit to Rockaway church for celebration of Vietnamese New Year
    ROCKAWAY - In celebration of the Vietnamese New Year, which will be marked Feb. 3, the Vietnamese community at St. Cecilia Church here marked the occasion at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Serratelli, who made a pastoral visit to the parish Jan. 30.

  • Bishop Serratelli makes pastoral visit to Sisters of Charity at St. Anne Villa
    CONVENT STATION - Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit Nov. 17 to the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth at St. Anne Villa here, where he celebrated Mass in the chapel and then met with the infirmed and retired sisters.

  • Bishop Serratelli makes pastoral visit to St. Ann Parish in Parsippany
    PARSIPPANY — The community of St. Ann Parish here welcomed Bishop Serratelli Aug. 3. During his visit, the bishop celebrated Mass for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time with Father Tim Dowling, pastor of St. Ann’s and Father Kevin Corcoran,  priest secretary to the bishop as concelebrants.

  • Bishop Serratelli makes pastoral visit to St. Paul Parish in Prospect Park

    PROSPECT PARK — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Paul Parish here July 13 and celebrated the Vigil Mass for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Concelebrating with him were Msgr. Edward Kurtyka, pastor of St. Paul’s, and Father Michael Burke, assistant executive director of diocesan Catholic Charities’ Catholic Family and Community Services and director of legal services, who is in residence at St. Paul’s rectory.

  • Bishop Serratelli makes pastoral visits to two parishes
    DENVILLE — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Mary Parish in Denville Feb. 8 to celebrate the Vigil Mass for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. He also made a pastoral visit to St. Francis DeSales Parish in Vernon Feb. 16 and celebrated the 10 a.m. Mass for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

  • Bishop Serratelli marks 50 years of faith, family, Christian service at Wayne parish
    WAYNE - On Saturday, Nov. 27, Bishop Serratelli celebrated a Mass to mark the 50th anniversary of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (IHM) in the Packanack Lake section of this Passaic County township.

  • Bishop Serratelli marks Ascension Thursday, administers Confirmation
    POMPTON PLAINS — Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass for Ascension Thursday in Our Lady of Good Counsel here May 29. During the celebration, he also administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to young people of the parish.

  • Bishop Serratelli marks the Feast of the Assumption at Mass in Paterson parish
    PATERSON Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Our Lady of Victories Church here Aug. 15 where he celebrated the 5:15 p.m. Mass on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation.

  • Bishop Serratelli meets with major superiors in annual gathering held in Mendham
    MENDHAM - Bishop Serratelli held his annual meeting with major superiors and/or their regional representatives Nov. 20 at the motherhouse of the Sisters of Christian Charity here.  The 38 participants, representing more than 900 women and men religious who minister in the diocese through the witness of consecrated life, gathered to pray, discuss common concerns, receive updates on diocesan priorities, and share the richness of their diverse charisms and ministries.

  • Bishop Serratelli meets with seminarians during Christmas break
    Bishop Serratelli met with diocesan seminarians during their Christmas break from their priesthood studies at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Morristown, Dec. 27 at the annual diocesan Christmas party for seminarians. After gathering for evening prayer in St. Margaret Church, the group shared a meal together.

  • Bishop Serratelli named secretary of Vox Clara Committee
    ROME - Bishop Serratelli was among the newly appointed members of the Vox Clara Committee who met Feb. 2-3, in the offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments here.

  • Bishop Serratelli ordains 11 men to Order of Deacon
    Last step before the priesthood
    CLIFTON — With great joy, Bishop Serratelli brought 11 diocesan seminarians a step closer to priesthood as he ordained them to the Order of Deacon during an evening Mass May 4 in St. Paul Church here. The bishop instructed these new transitional deacons to imitate Christ, “who came, not to be served, but to serve,” in their ministry.

  • Bishop Serratelli ordains Amadito 'Junior' Flores to the Order of Deacon
    PARSIPPANY - Bishop Serratelli ordained Amadito Flores Jr., a diocesan seminarian, to the Order of Deacon Nov. 21 in St. Peter the Apostle Church here. Ordination to the diaconate is the last step for a seminarian before being called to ordination to the priesthood

  • Bishop Serratelli ordains Benedictine to priesthood
    MORRISTOWN — At St. Mary’s Abbey here Dec. 9, Bishop Serratelli ordained Benedictine Brother Kevin Michael Tidd to the priesthood. Many Benedictine priests concelebrated the Mass including Abbot Giles Hayes. At his ordination, Father Tidd’s family and friends were in attendance and all the students of Delbarton School here were also present.

  • Bishop Serratelli ordains seven seminarians to transitional diaconate
    PASSAIC — Bishop Serratelli ordained seven seminarians as transitional deacons on May 17 in St. Mary Church here — the last step before they are called to ordination to the priesthood next year.

  • Bishop Serratelli ordains six men to priesthood
    PATERSON - A day before the nation's fathers were honored on Father's Day, the diocese welcomed six new "Fathers" of its own, as Bishop Serratelli ordained six men to the priesthood Saturday, June 19 in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist here. The bishop urged these men to "carry out the priestly ministry of Christ with constant joy and genuine love, tending not to your own concerns, but to those of Jesus Christ."

  • Bishop Serratelli presents religious awards to more than 100 Girl Scouts at annual Mass
    PATERSON - During the 54th Annual Girl Scout Eucharistic Celebration and Award Ceremony on March 9, Bishop Serratelli presented religious awards to more than 100 Girl Scouts and adult leaders here at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

  • Bishop Serratelli presides at first religious profession of Vocationist sister
    FLORHAM PARK - Bishop Serratelli presided at a Mass for the first religious profession of Vocationist Sister Maria Lourdes Cerisola at the Sister Joanna Formation House here Jan. 8.

  • Bishop Serratelli to ordain 12 men to the diaconate May 16
    PARSIPPANY — Bishop Serratelli will ordain 12 diocesan seminarians of diverse cultures and backgrounds to the transitional diaconate at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 16 in St. Peter the Apostle Church here, on the final step before they are called to ordination as a priest.

  • Bishop Serratelli to ordain seven men to transitional diaconate
    PASSAIC — Bishop Serratelli will ordain seven men to the transitional diaconate at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 17 in St. Mary Church here, the last step before ordination to the priesthood.

  • Bishop Serratelli to ordain three diocesan seminarians to the diaconate at National Shrine in Washington March 29
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Saturday, March 29, Bishop Serratelli will ordain three seminarians of the Paterson Diocese to the Order of Deacon at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. The bishop will be presider and homilist.  These three diocesan seminarians - Paul Barboutz, David Pickens and Dallas Herold - all originate from different backgrounds, followed different career paths before pursuing a vocation and experienced God's call in their own ways.

  • Bishop Serratelli visits Denville parish; calls seminarian to Order of Candidacy
    DENVILLE — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Mary Parish here June 24 where he celebrated Mass June 24 on the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, patron of the diocese.

  • Bishop Serratelli visits Oak Ridge parish; celebrates Mass for Third Sunday of Advent
    OAK RIDGE — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Thomas the Apostle Parish here Dec. 15 to mark the Third Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete Sunday.

  • Bishop Serratelli visits Passaic parish
    PASSAIC — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit at St. Anthony Parish here Aug. 18 to celebrate the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass for the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

  • Bishop Serratelli's Lenten Pastoral Letter
    As we enter once again the Holy Season of Lent, we strive to live more fully under the Law of Christ. On our Lenten pilgrimage, we climb the Lord’s mountain (cf. Mi 4:1-4) and we recommit ourselves to our common Christian vocation to be the face of God for the world. I invite you to prayerfully join with me in meditating on the teaching of Jesus, the New Moses, who leads us from the slavery of sin to the freedom of the children of God that “we may merit to be coheirs to eternal life” (Eucharistic Prayer II).

  • Bishop Serratelli's Letters and Catechesis

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  • Bishop Serratelli's Statement

  • Bishop Serratelli's statement on leadership of Catholic schools
    With Father Barron as our Vicar for Education and Brother William as our Superintendent of Schools, we have an experienced leadership team committed to the importance of Catholic schools as one of our very best means of evangelization.

  • Bishop Serratelti marks birthday with priests, diocesan staff
    CLIFTON — Marking April birthdays, the diocesan staff came together April 19 for its monthly birthday luncheon, which included the celebration of Bishop Serratelli's birthday (April 18) at the Pope John Paul II Center here. The staff enjoyed lunch and a birthday cake with the bishop's coat of arms on it was presented to the bishop, all courtesy of the Brownstone in Paterson.

  • Bishop shares in joy as St. Monica's celebrates 125 years of faith
    SUSSEX - Parishioners at St. Monica Parish here sure can raise the rafters in song during Mass - lifting their God-given voices as one in jubilant and powerful, yet reverent, tones. Just ask Father Charles Perricone, their pastor, who enjoys noting that the congregation's dynamic singing has even impressed a few visiting priests.

  • Bishop to Catholic lawyers: Church needs to speak up, promote laws for 'common good'
    It's time for committed Catholics everywhere, including the faithful who practice law, to gather up the courage to confront today's secularized Western society - which increasingly advances laws contrary to the "common good," such as same-sex marriage - by promoting the universality of natural law, which advances the "common good" and helps illuminate God's perfect plan for all of humanity

  • Bishop to dedicate St. Paul Inside the Walls this Sunday
    This Sunday, Bishop Serratelli will dedicate his ambitious dream for the Paterson Diocese more than two years in the making - St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here, which has introduced an array of programs, designed to welcome back inactive Catholics, deepen the spirituality of faithful churchgoers and inspire everyone to get more involved in parish life and in spreading the Gospel.

  • Bishop to gather with teens at Diocesan Youth Day event on the vigil of Palm Sunday
    CLIFTON - Pope John Paul II always believed that young people weren't just the Church of tomorrow but the Church of today. And on Saturday, April 16, all teenagers of the Paterson Diocese are invited to celebrate the gift of their Catholic faith at the Diocesan Youth Day in the building that bears the name of the beloved pope, the Pope John Paul II Center, next to the Diocesan Pastoral Center here.

  • Bishop to inaugurate new ministry to Catholic doctors
    MADISON - St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here continues its efforts to preach the Gospel far and wide by reaching out now to Catholic doctors and doctors working in Catholic hospitals, and who often face difficult medical decisions, with a new ministry - Vocation of Catholic Doctors - to give them faith-based information about the Church's teachings on medical ethics, deepen their spirituality and assist them in building a network of support.

  • Bishop to lead diocesan Marian pilgrimage to Washington Oct. 18
    WASHINGTON — In honor of the Blessed Mother, the diocese is once again hosting a diocesan Marian Pilgrimage to the nation’s capital, which will be held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception here Saturday, Oct. 18. Bishop Serratelli invites parishioners throughout the diocese to join him for a day dedicated to Mary, the patron of the Americas.

  • Bishop to lead more than 3,200 from diocese on pilgrimage
    In an email on Feb. 27, Bishop Arthur Serratelli enthusiastically announced his plans for a great diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Sept. 29.

  • Bishop to ordain 12 men; largest class since 1975
    CLIFTON — Bishop Serratelli anticipates the joy of ordaining 12 seminarians to the priesthood in the Diocese of Paterson — the largest class since 1975 — on Saturday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Philip the Apostle Church.

  • Bishop to ordain 13 seminarians to diaconate on May 4
    CLIFTON — Bishop Serratelli will ordain 13 seminarians as transitional deacons — the largest class since he was named shepherd of the Paterson Diocese in 2004 — at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 4 in St. Paul Church here. Ordination as deacons for these young men is the last step before they will be called to ordination as priests of the diocese.

  • Bishop to ordain five diocesan seminarians to diaconate April 30
    ROCKAWAY - Bishop Serratelli will bring five diocesan seminarians a step closer to the priesthood, when he ordains them as transitional deacons during a Mass at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in St. Cecilia Church here.

  • Bishop to ordain five seminarians to the Order of Deacon May 20 in Morristown
    MORRISTOWN - Bishop Serratelli will bring five seminarians - two from Colombia, two from Poland and another from Wayne - a step closer to the priesthood by ordaining them to the Order of Deacon on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Margaret of Scotland Church here.

  • Bishop to Ordain Four Men to Priesthood Saturday in Clifton
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli will ordain four men of diverse cultures and backgrounds - two from Poland, one from Colombia and another born in New York - to the priesthood at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 26 in St. Philip the Apostle Church here. The Rite of Ordination to the Priesthood, which takes place during the Rite of the Mass, carries centuries of sacred tradition to this present ceremony.

  • Bishop to ordain nine men to priesthood May 28 in Clifton
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli will confer the sacrament of Holy Orders at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28 in St. Philip the Apostle Church here on nine men, who come to Paterson Diocese from as far away as South Korea.

  • Bishop visits Academy of St. Francis during Catholic Schools Week
    TOTOWA — The Academy of St. Francis here welcomed Bishop Serratelli during his visit there on Jan. 28 as part of the academy’s Catholic Schools Week events. The bishop visited each of the classrooms in the pre-k to eighth grade school and shared with the students how Catholic schools build a strong foundation for the students’ lives.

  • Bishop visits Boonton parish, kicks off Catholic Schools Week
    BOONTON - Marking Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church here. He was main celebrant of the 11:15 a.m. Sunday Mass at which the parish school began the weeklong celebration of Catholic Schools Week. At the Mass, students from the school attended and participated in the liturgy. For more than 120 years, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School has educated young people in the community.

  • Bishop Visits Cedar Crest Village for Mass on All Saints Day, Nov. 1
    PEQUANNOCK - On All Saints' Day, Nov. 1, Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass on the holy day at Cedar Crest Village, a senior citizen housing complex located off Route 23 South in the Pompton Plains section of the township. Many of the residents attended the Mass, filling the Interfaith Chapel where the Mass was celebrated.

  • Bishop visits Denville church; administers Confirmation
    DENVILLE — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Mary Church here April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday. During the visit, he celebrated Mass and administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to young people before the congregation, who filled the church to capacity and beyond.

  • Bishop visits Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Chester
    Bishop Serratelli visited the Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Chester March 27. Photos include:  The bishop greets the visitors to the chapel; members of the Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel with the bishop; faithful pray during Mass; the bishop proclaims the Gospel reading.
    Beacon photos/Joe Gigli

  • Bishop visits OLF parish; celebrates Mass for Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross
    PASSAIC Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Our Lady of Fatima (OLF) Parish here Sept. 14. During his visit, he celebrated Mass for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

  • Bishop visits Passaic church, administers Sacrament of Confirmation
    PASSAIC — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Anthony Parish here where he celebrated Mass for the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time June 23 and administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to young people of the parish.

  • 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.

  • Bishop visits Straight and Narrow in Paterson
    Bishop Serratelli led a morning prayer service at diocesan Catholic Charities Straight and Narrow in Paterson Dec. 23 to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday. Members of the Straight and Narrow gospel choir sang.

  • Bishop's Annual Appeal

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  • Bishop's Annual Appeal funds seminarian education
    CLIFTON - The diocese currently has some 50 seminarians in the application process, in discernment or in formation for the priesthood, ensuring the Church of Paterson will have priests to serve the faithful in the years to come. These men are currently studying in seminaries around the country and abroad.

  • Bishop's Annual Appeal helps Catholic schools spread the Gospel message
    Because the Feast of St. Francis is celebrated today, "in giving, we receive..." has extra special meaning as the theme of this year's Bishop's Annual Appeal.   It was St. Francis who proclaimed giving as such a grace and what better way to give than by helping children receive a Christ-centered quality education at the Catholic elementary schools of the Paterson Diocese through the Bishop's Annual Appeal?

  • Bishop's Annual Appeal helps those with disabilities
    Work training program provides opportunity to be independent
    LAKE HOPATCONG — The clients at Gruenert Center here, operated by the Department of Persons with Disabilities (DPD), spend the day on the job working on a variety of different projects. But earning a paycheck is secondary for them to the immense sense of pride they feel in their accomplishments at work.

  • Bishop's Annual Appeal supports education of future diocesan priests
    CLIFTON - May 28 was a historic day for the Paterson Dio_cese. On that day in St. Philip Church here, Bishop Serratelli ordained nine men to the priesthood - the largest diocesan ordination class since 1975.

  • Bishop's Annual Appeal supports senior clients of Catholic Charities agencies
    PATERSON - The diocesan Catholic Charities agencies ensure the oldest members of society are not forgotten. With its many services to seniors, these agencies foster senior independence, promote healthy aging, support caregivers, educate the public and advocate for senior issues.

  • Bishop's Annual Appeal tops goal; $3.44M is raised
    CLIFTON - With a theme inspired directly from the words of Blessed Mother Teresa who would have turned 100 last August, the 2010 Bishop's Annual Appeal raised $3.44 million to help fund diocesan Catholic Charities agencies, elementary schools, seminarian education and Nazareth Village in Chester, the diocesan priests' retirement residence Some 20,417 donors made a pledge to benefit these many ministries of the Paterson Diocese. The 2010 appeal goal was set at $2.885 million.

  • Bishop's Appeal pledges help needy, inner-city students, seminarians, retired priests
    CLIFTON — Inspired by the Gospel of Matthew to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, and befriend the stranger, the 2012 Bishop's Annual Appeal kicked off last weekend at Masses in every parish of the diocese across Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties. The theme of the 2012 Appeal is: "Whatsoever You Do..."

  • Bishop's Calendar - November/December 2014

  • Bishop's Coat of Arms

  • Bishop's Lentern Letter 2008 - Spanish version

  • Bishop's Letter to the Priests of the Diocese Concerning the Liturgy

  • Bishop's Pastoral Letter

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  • Bishop, diocesan pilgrims visit shrines of Southern Italy
    CLIFTON — Traveling along the coast of Italy, pilgrims from the Paterson Diocese, led by Bishop Serratelli, toured the shrines of Southern Italy earlier this month. They departed for Italy July 7 and returned July 16 with visits to Sorrento, Capri, Naples, Pagani, Amalfi, Positano, Revello, Avelino, San Giovanni Rotondo and Lanciano with a stop in Rome to conclude their trip.

  • Bishop: Don't be afraid to speak out about your beliefs in secular society
    SOUTH ORANGE - Speaking to more than 2,500 men, Bishop Serratelli reminded priests, dads, brothers and sons that they are called by Jesus to be his disciples and that they should not be afraid to speak out about their beliefs, especially in today's secular society.

  • Bishop: Fight ‘culture of death’ by speaking and living out Respect for Life principles
    PARSIPPANY Bishop Serratelli issued a challenge to Catholics during the annual diocesan Mass for the Unborn Nov. 22 in St. Ann Church here: help right a society turned topsy-turvy — flipped upside down, in part, because of its ever-stronger embrace of the “culture of death” — not only by speaking out against such horrors as abortion and assisted suicide, but also by reaching out to the most vulnerable, including unwed mothers, the infirm and the elderly.

  • Bishops from around the world tour Father English Center during ICEL meeting
    PATERSON - The experience was humbling for the staff at diocesan Catholic Charities Father English Community Center (FECC) here when archbishops and bishops from around the world toured the social service agency Feb. 15 as part of their weeklong meeting in the diocese for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL).

  • Bishops' Letter
    From the NJ Catholic Bishops: "It is our fervent wish that the Church be of practical assistance in helping you to discern your own readiness for marriage."

  • Bishop’s Annual Appeal helps the most needy of the diocese in many ways
    Under the theme, “Be an Ambassador for Christ,” the 2014 Bishop’s Annual Appeal is a way parishioners in churches of the Paterson Diocese can help those in need. Catholic Charities, which also includes Straight and Narrow and Department for Persons with Disabilities, is a recipient of the Appeal pledges.

  • Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports agency for persons with disabilities
    OAK RIDGE Robert plays the piano. Karen loves dogs. Richie and Randy are big New York Yankees fans. Anthony is a Knight of Columbus. Mindy enjoys using the computer. These hobbies and favorite activities of some of the residents at group homes operated by diocesan Catholic Charities Department for
    Persons with Disabilities (DPD), are no different than those enjoyed on a daily basis by anyone else.

  • Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports retired priests
    CHESTER Like any retirement home, a scenic and peaceful setting surrounds Nazareth Village here, but unlike any other retirement home, Nazareth Village is different because its residents are priests who gave a lifetime of service to God’s people.

  • Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports work of Catholic Charities agencies
    PATERSON Each year, tens of thousands of people step through the doors of Catholic Charities agencies in need of assistance. Sometimes it is for food to feed their family; at other times, they need help to overcome substance abuse or they are looking for support for a disabled adult.

  • Black Catholic delegates aim to inspire others to a deeper faith
    PATERSON - The 10th National Black Catholic Congress in Buffalo, N.Y., has energized the 11 diocesan delegates who attended with renewed spirituality and hope. Now these charged-up Catholics aim to inspire their fellow churchgoers to get more involved in their spirituality and parishes and in addressing the challenges of their community by helping to light "on fire" their faith and hope for the future.

  • Blessed John Paul II - Needed Gift of Divine Mercy
    On April 8, 2005, the millions of people who attended the funeral of Pope John Paul II cried out “Santo Subito.” Six years later on May 1, 2011, the Pope who canonized more saints than any otherPope in modern history, was officially listed in their ranks as Blessed by Pope Benedict XVI. In the eternal city, six years is subito (immediately)!

  • Blessing of new elevator in Holy Rosary, Passaic
    Bishop Serratelli blessed Holy Rosary Church's new elevator for the handicapped and elderly parishioners, completed on Dec. 15 through the fundraising efforts of the parish.

  • Blue Mass honors law enforcement personnel; remembers fallen officers
    PATERSON — In honor of the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers serving in Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties in the Paterson Diocese and com¬munities beyond, the annual diocesan Blue Mass was held May 15 at St Gerard Church here.  Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of the Mass with many priests of the diocese, induding those who serve as police, fire and F.B.I. chaplains, as concelebrants. Many law enforcement agencies and departments were in attendance as well as civilians and family members of the officers. Police officers from Aruba also attended the Mass.

  • Blue Mass honors safety forces, remembers those who have fallen
    PATERSON - The hope for peace among nations resounded throughout the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist here April 29 at the annual diocesan Blue Mass in honor and remembrance of law enforcement officers serving in the three counties of the diocese and beyond. Bishop Serratelli was the celebrant of the Mass with many priests of the diocese as concelebrants including retired Bishop Rodimer. Many law enforcement agencies and departments were in attendance, as well as civilians and family members of the fallen officers killed in the line of duty.

  • Blue Ribbon Schools
    St. Philip in Clifton, St. Joseph in Mendham, St. Vincent in Stirling and Rev. Brown in Sparta gain national recognition.

  • BOLD ministry inspires teens to greater faith
    STIRLING - It was years ago, when small groups of teens and adults started gathering for meals and at public events to encourage young people to consider more deeply the Christian faith in the context of "real life." They weren't disciples in Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago, but instead a small but visionary contingent of faithful and faith-seekers, who in 1997, helped found a new youth ministry at St. Vincent de Paul Parish here, called Becoming Our Lord's Disciples (BOLD).

  • Book chronicles how Morris Catholic grads weathered changes in wake of 1960s
    Denville - FROM 1962 to 1966, a social and political hailstorm had started pounding U.S. society - John F. Kennedy's assassination, the Civil Rights and women's movements and the Vietnam War buildup, to mention a few.

  • Books, DVD aim to prepare preschool children for learning Catholic faith
    After nearly 30 years of teaching religious education to children ages 3 to 14, Peggy Olds was convinced of one thing.  Although parents spend a lot of time teaching their preschoolers their ABCs, numbers and other information needed to prepare them for first grade, she said, they don't do the same to ready their children for learning the basics of their Catholic faith.

  • Boonton convent to become 'Domus Bartimaeus' for diocesan seminarians
    BOONTON - The convent at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (OLMC) here, home to legions of Dominican Sisters of Caldwell for 54 years, will soon be welcoming a new and entirely different batch of residents -seminarians, discerning and studying for the priesthood, who are brushing up on their English-language skills.

  • Boonton parish gets faithful involved in learning during Family Creed Day
    BOONTON - Let's play "Jeopardy!" - at Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) Parish here! Remember to phrase your answers in this game - about Nicene Creed - in the form of a question. Here's the first answer for $500 - "This new word in the new English translation of the Creed means 'one substance' to show that Christ is divine?"  "What is 'consubstantial'?" shouted out OLMC religious education students almost as if these bright young people, grades fifth- to eighth, were "ringing in" on the TV quiz show "Jeopardy!" in Hollywood. With their question, these smart kids got the answer correct, eliciting cheers of jubilation.

  • Boonton parish honors late Father Hinds, Father Gordon
    BOONTON — It may not be obvious to the casual observer, but two community rooms recently dedicated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) Parish here each reflect the different personalities of their namesakes — the late Father Edward Hinds and the late Father Robert Gordon, both beloved former pastors.

  • Boonton parishioner recalls Polish Holocaust horrors
    BOONTON - In one sense, the Polish Holocaust started not with the Nazis' knocking down of the barricades from Germany into Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, but with the asking of two simple questions, "Who are you?" and "What are you doing here?"  Yet in eastern Poland, it wasn't the Nazis who first asked those pointed, terrifying questions, in attempts to identify and imprison or exterminate enemies of the state. As darkness started descending on this eastern European country, it was instead the Soviets, who began terrorizing average Poles with those leading questions, often arriving in the middle of the night. Soviet forces started occupying the eastern half of Poland on Sept. 17, 1939, 16 days after the beginning of the Nazi invasion, remembers Irene Schreiber, a parishioner of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish here.

  • Boonton pastor explores Blessed John Paul II's 14 encyclicals in his new book
    BOONTON - During his 26-year pontificate, Blessed Pope John Paul II made it a priority to connect with the people. He traveled millions of miles around the world to experience that connection. In addition to his many pilgrimages, the beloved pope also connected with the people through his encyclicals to help bring people closer to the faith and closer to Christ. The Polish pope wrote 14 encyclicals that were issued between March 4, 1979 to April 17, 2003 during his papacy.

  • 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.

  • Boy Scout Sunday Mass
    Bishop Serratelli presents nearly 200 religious awards at annual event
    PATERSON - Bishop Serratelli presented nearly 200 local Boy Scouts with religious awards on Feb. 17 during the 65th Annual Boy Scout Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist here.

  • Boy Scouts Honored at Dover Parish
    DOVER - To mark Boy Scout Sunday, all Scouts in St. Mary Parish were honored at  a Mass concelebrated Feb. 5 by Msgr. Richard Rusconi, pastor, and Father Richard Bay, parochial vicar,  in St. Mary Church here.

  • Bring families together through your donations
    As much as I love Christmas, the season can be difficult at times, especially when I think about someone I miss a lot. Distance separates us right now and my one wish for him is that he has a wonderful Christmas while we spend it apart from each other.

  • Bringing faith to life via art
    CHESTER - What originally inspired Andrew Praszczyk to pursue a life of art, creating works largely for churches?  The answer might be found in the city of Czestochowa in southern Poland, where he was born and spent the early years of his life. Perhaps Praszczyk, who lives in Chester today, was inspired by the devotion of that place - in the shadows of the tall spires of the famous monastery of Jasna Gora. Maybe it was the sight of the monastery's Black Madonna painting, visited by millions each year. Perhaps it was the prayerful sounds of choirs singing and bells rings that moved him.

  • Bringing Hope, Spreading Love
    The Christmas spirit of giving shines brightly in parishes around the Paterson Diocese
    To celebrate the upcoming Christmas season, parishes across the diocese have been showing the Christmas spirit by bringing hope and spreading love to others less fortunate, in need of holiday cheer or by evangelizing the Christmas message. Parishioners of all ages in various parish ministries have been coming together most especially to remember Christ's birth by following Jesus commandment to love one another as he loves us.

  • Bringing Saints To Life
    Ministries of saints, notable Catholics come alive in sister's audio dramas
    PARSIPPANY - First, cue sounds of a busy street in the Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Then, cue the voice of a newspaper barker, who falls, stricken with a serious illness. Next, cue the voice of Sister Irma Dulce - who later founded one of the South American country's largest charitable organizations - as the Missionary Sister of the Immaculate Conception (SMIC) finds a place, where the man could be treated.

  • British come to St. Anthony School to learn, exchange skills
    BUTLER - St. Anthony of Padua School here certainly didn't need a modern-day Paul Revere to ride in and announce "The British are coming!"  Rather, St. Anthony's faculty and students were ready and waiting to greet a team of English educators, who from Oct. 25 to 28, toured the school primarily to learn how computers and other technology are used to help students learn. These four Brits, who teach at Tickhill Estfeld Primary School, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, also got a chance to examine the daily workings of a Catholic school in the U.S. and to soak up American culture.  "The students and teachers here at St. Anthony's greeted us with a warm welcome," said P. Trevor Atkinson, headteacher - or principal - of the 225-student Tickhill Estfeld, an English public school, which educates students, ages 4-11.

  • Brooklyn priest tells Paterson students to reach for their dreams
    PATERSON - When Father Caleb Buchanan of the Brooklyn Diocese was in junior high school, he decided to follow his heart and the calling he was feeling to become a priest. He remembers hearing people tell him, "You can't be a priest," simply because he didn't fit the mold of what a priest should "look" like or come from a "neighborhood" where other priests had grown up.

  • Brother, sister honored for bringing message of peace
    CLIFTON - With Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, as their inspiration, 9-year-old Anthony Donato and his 7-year-old sister, Angela, are truly making the world a more peaceful place.   The two students from St. Brendan School here were recently recognized at the 2006-2007 Achievement Awards Breakfast as Young Peacemakers for making a difference at St. Brendan's and in their community. Their great-aunt, Claudia Swiderski, a retired teacher who taught in many schools in the Paterson Diocese and is currently a substitute teacher at St. Brendan's, nominated them.

  • Budd Lake parishioner now serves as state's No. 1 Knight
    BUDD LAKE - Following in a father's footsteps was a natural fit for Tom Ciborski. a parishioner of St. Jude Parish here, when it came to becoming a Knight of Columbus. Ciborski, who has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for almost 20 years, was installed as the state deputy for the Knights of Columbus at a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Paterson, in July by retired Bishop Rodimer. Now, he is in full swing fulfilling his duties as "CEO" of the state's Knights of Columbus.

  • Budd Lake parishioner receives papal honor as Knight of St. Gregory
    BUDD LAKE - During his pastoral visit to St. Jude Parish here where he celebrated Mass Jan. 3, the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, Bishop Serratelli conferred on Thomas Ciborski, St. Jude parishioner and former state deputy of the N.J. Knights of Columbus, the papal honor of a knight in the Order of St. Gregory the Great.

  • Building up ... not tearing down
    Diocesan volunteers finally start rebuilding Katrina-ravaged homes in New Orleans
    WEST MILFORD - Albert Szesciuk remembers a previous trip to New Orleans, which required much heavy lifting as the parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Peace in the Hewitt section of West Milford here and a group of volunteers of the Paterson Diocese worked hard to gut flooded, mold-infested homes ravaged by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

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  • Bullying's tragic consequences
    Emotional father shares story of his son's suicide with DePaul students
    WAYNE - Seven years later, the unimaginable grief still gets caught in John Halligan's throat. Understandably, the former IBM executive's voice still quivers while retelling the harrowing story of Oct. 7, 2003, beginning with shocking words that no parent should ever have to utter: "On the day my son died..."

  • Buoyed Up By Hope
    Even in those moments when we face the reality of evil in others and become faint-hearted, we have hope. All does not depend on us. We can still say with the Psalmist "The Lord is my strength and my shield, in whom my heart trusts. I am helped, so my heart rejoicesÉ (Ps 28:7). Buoyed up by hope, we are "preserved from selfishness and led to the happiness that flows from charity"(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1818).

  • Burglars break into Paterson parish three times during Holy Week
    St. Agnes Parish here continue to pray for the suspects — still at large — who burglarized the church three times during Holy Week, Good Friday, March 29 and Holy Saturday, March 30, resulting in some damage to the church and rectory and the theft of a radio, workers' tools and monetary donations meant for the poor.

  • Burying the Alleluia
    BURYING THE ALLELUIA - Bishop Serratelli presided at solemn evening vespers and the ancient ritual of "Burying the Alleluia" at St. John's Cathedral in Paterson Feb. 3, the last Sunday before the beginning of Lent. The ritual, which can be traced back to the Middle Ages, lays the "Alleluia" to rest until it is brought back on Easter to proclaim the great joy that Christ has risen from the dead. Top photo: Cathedral parishioners carry the burial case containing the "Alleluia" scroll to its resting place. Bottom photo: Altar server Dan Duffy blows the shofar to mark the start of the ritual.
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  • Business executives help MCHS students realize true potential
    DENVILLE - A group of five students from Morris Catholic High School here sits around a conference table in a room near the school's library, participating in their very first "working lunch." They crowd around Michael Crocker of Beyer Healthcare, listening to his successful interview strategies - critical lessons about life and leadership - designed to prepare them for the "working world" far outside the walls of the classrooms.

  • By Looking To The Future
    St. Anthony School in Hawthorne marks its centennial anniversary by looking forward to the future of education.

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  • Call to Orders
    MORRISTOWN - Six diocesan seminarians received the Rite of Call to Orders from Bishop Serratelli at the 5 p.m. Mass Feb. 18 in St. Margaret Of Scotland Church here. The men who received the Call to Orders are: Hernan Cely, David Monteleone, Jesus Peralta, Edgar Rivera, Libardo Rodriguez and Rolands Uribe.
    Cely, Peralta, Rodriguez and Uribe are residing at Domus Bartimaeus House of Discernment, Boonton, while taking ESL courses. Monteleone is doing pastoral assignment at St. Cecilia, Rockaway, and Rivera is in his third year of studies for the priesthood at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell, Conn.

  • Called by name: 83 are honored

  • Called Home to God
    Bishop Serratelli issues a new Pastoral Letter:  "Called Home to God: Guidelines for Catholic Funerals," November 2, 2014.
    The Church’s care for her children at the moment of death is never a matter of rules and regulations. Rather, it is faith in action.

  • Called to be peacemakers
    Two Passaic teens attend global solidarity retreat hosted by CRS
    PASSAIC - To end the ongoing crisis in the Holy Land, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community, didn't reach out to a president of a country, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient or a Harvard graduate of international development, for a global solidarity retreat for peace.

  • Called to Share the Love of Christ
    NEW chapters are being written in their lives by 123 new authors, who have made the life-changing decision to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church. Inscribed forever in the Book of Elect at 40 parishes and presented to Bishop Serratelli at the annual Rite of Election, these catechumens from around the diocese, will receive the sacraments of initiation — Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist — at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, April 19.

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    Diocesan faithful bask in excitement of being in Rome as Popes John XXIII and John Paul II are made saints

  • Capturing Life One Image At a Time
    Morristown parishioner's artistic talents show his view of the world
    Morristown - Look through Sergio Burani's passport and you'll find stamps from countries all over the world such as India, Dubai, Peru and Australia. The 61-year-old parishioner of Assumption Parish here has been to six of the seven continents, (the untraveled continent is Antarctica) bringing his photographic talents to capture the sights he sees and the images of life through the people living there.

  • Cardinal visits Passaic Parish
    Cardinal Dziwisz, longtime secretary to Blessed John Paul II, visits Passaic parish to dedicate, bless statue of beloved pope.
    PASSAIC — Honoring the legacy of Blessed John Paul II, his personal secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow, Poland, made a historic visit to the Paterson Diocese to celebrate Mass at Holy Rosary Church here, July 1.

  • Caritas gala honors four for their social justice witness
    WHIPPANY - An evening of social justice witness shined brightly as four humanitarians who help society's needy were honored at the 2006 Caritas Awards Gala held Oct. 21 by diocesan Catholic Charities at the Hanover Marriott here.

  • Caritas Gala Honors Three 'Gems' Of Light
    WHIPPANY - Like the children's gospel hymn "This Little Light of Mine," three humanitarians who let their light shine in their work with society's needy were honored at the 2005 Caritas Awards Gala held Oct. 22 by diocesan Catholic Charities at the Hanover Marriott here.   At the hotel's grand ballroom, 400 guests listened as Joseph Duffy celebrated the works of three "very special shining lights" - William Rudloff, Brenda Berkley, Sister Janet Brisky.

  • Carnival for Christ
    St. Paul's young adults kick off summer with city kids
    PATERSON - Just in time for summer, some 50 children from St. Anthony Church here and its surrounding neighborhood kicked off the warmest season of the year with a fun-filled Carnival for Christ hosted by the young adult ministry of St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Evangelization Center in Madison. The event took place at St. Anthony's parish hall here June 18 and concluded with a 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass for the feast of the Most Holy Trinity.

  • Casa Guadalupe
    House of discernment for women offers community life, prayer
    For a group of eight women living in community on Valley Road here, their desire to discern their vocation has led them to a life of prayer and service to follow the will of God in their lives.

  • Casa Guadalupe
    In the small 10-seat chapel at Casa Guadalupe here, seven women pray daily for their vocations and the will, of God in their lives. Last Friday, the house of discernment and prayer for women welcomed Bishop Serratelli, who celebrated Mass
    and blessed the home.

  • Casa Guadalupe residents teach Hondurans Theology of the Body
    CLIFTON — The teachings of Blessed John Paul II on the Theology of the Body resonate through languages and cultures. Recently, five residents of Casa Guadalupe, a house of prayer and discernment for women here, brought that message of Christ's love and the gift of chastity to Honduras on a two-week mission trip last month.

  • Casting the NET on diocesan youth
    National Evangelization Team inspires teen-agers to get closer to Jesus
    On a journey via a 15-passenger van with panoramic views of the country, NET, once again visited the Paterson Diocese on a 27-day tour connecting with youths to find Jesus in their lives in parishes from all three counties. Eight other teams, consisting of young adults from ages 18-30, are currently circulating the country to touch as many young lives as possible from California to New York and from North Dakota to Texas

  • Casting the NET on diocesan youth
    A group of young adults, part of the National Evangelization Team whose mission is to spread the Gospel message to youth in the United States, has just completed a 27-day tour in the diocese spending Holy Week and Easter here, meeting with Bishop Serratelli and leading retreats for diocesan teenagers.

  • Catechesis - A Family Affair
    The challenges today are great in forming young people to be true disciples of Jesus. But, these challenges are not insurmountable. By not limiting our catechesis to those preparing for the sacraments and by extending our formation in the faith to include parents as well as children, adults as well as the young, we can reverse the tragic trends of the last two generations. Catechesis is a family affair!

  • Catechesis and Liturgy: An Unbreakable Bond
    On Saturday, April 6, 2013, in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s call for the Year of Faith, our diocese held its first Diocesan Catechetical Convention in forty years.  I offer the following reflection as an aid to understanding the true nature and purpose of all catechesis.

  • Catechesis director speaking at parishes about revitalizing religious education approach
    MADISON - Coming to a pulpit near you is the personable Father Derek Anderson, the new Director of Catechesis as Evangelization. He has embarked on a "grand tour" of the diocese on the weekends to speak at parishes about the theological and evangelical underpinnings of the diocese's revitalized approach to religious education.

  • Catechesis: The Indispensable Role of Memorization
    A recent survey has uncovered some interesting statistics about Catholic beliefs and practices.  For example, only 42 percent of Catholics are able to name Genesis as the first book of the Bible, in contrast to the 76 percent of Protestants who can.  Only 43 percent of Catholics are strongly committed to listening to the Pope and the bishops when they speak on moral issues.  And, just about 12 percent go to confession several times a year.

  • Catechetical Conference encourages Catholics to become 're-evangelized'
    CLIFTON — Catholics, committed to sharing Jesus, the Bread of Life, with people far and wide through evangelizing the Gospel, need to stay spiritually nourished themselves by embarking on their own "daily and ongoing" religious conversion, enabling them to strengthen their relationship with Christ and increase their knowledge of the faith.

  • Catechetical Resources on the Internet
    Internet resources for DREs, catechists, and teachers - for personal and classroom use...

  • Catechist Certification Forms
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     Certification Certification Report
     Certification Reaction Paper

  • Catechist Certification Information
    It’s that time of the year again! Time to gather information about Catechist Certification and Validation. If you will complete the enclosed forms, we will send the certificates to you so that you may use them at your local celebrations of Catechetical Sunday: September 9, 2010 Theme: Matrimony: Sacrameant of Enduring LoveDownload the forms here.

  • Catechist Effectiveness Checklist
    Religion teacher/catechist in either a parish religious education program or a school program
    The checklist is designed to assist the individual catechist in identifying his or her areas or perceived effectiveness or ineffectiveness.
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  • Catechist Formation And Certification Policy
    The Diocese of Paterson requires and provides for the certification of all catechists, and has established the following policy for the certification and ongoing formation of catechists who minister in varied ways and at different levels, in the parishes and schools of the diocese.
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  • Catechist Observation Checklist
    The DRE or the person responsible for observing catechists in the classroom setting
    This checklist is designed to assist the catechist trainer in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a catechist in the classroom setting.
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  • Catechists, priests test knowledge about faith
    CATECHETICAL TRIVIA SUPER BOWL - First-ever event at St. Paul Inside the Walls in Madison.

  • Catechumens, candidates anticipate becoming fully initiated members of the Church
    MADISON - For Craig Erezuma, "timing was everything" in deciding to become a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church and he is looking forward to this Saturday evening where at Easter Vigil he will receive the sacrament of Confirmation and first Communion at St. Vincent Martyr Church here.

  • Catholic Charities agency continues mission of 'hope' to needy in tough times
    DOVER - Many families are feeling the affects of the country's economic crisis. They are facing a myriad of difficulties: paying their bills, the possibility of losing their jobs due to cutbacks by their employers, and putting food on the table as prices continue to rise. In these tough times, where do these families turn?

  • Catholic Charities agency in Sussex County continues to help seniors in Sandy's aftermath
    FRANKLIN — Lessons learned from past natural disasters helped Aging Services in Sussex County, part of Catholic Family and Community Services (CFCS), a diocesan Catholic Charities agency, in preparing for and dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy so that senior citizen clients' needs were met.

  • Catholic Charities agency serving adults with disabilities supported by the Bishop's Annual Appeal
    OAK RIDGE - If only one word could be used to describe the group homes of diocesan Catholic Charities Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD), "family" would be the word.

  • Catholic Charities agency to participate in annual Recovery Walk in Paterson
    PATERSON — To mark National Recovery Month, local organizations, including Straight and Narrow, an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities, will take part in the third annual Recovery Walk with the theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness.”

  • Catholic Charities agency welcomes SHINE workers
    At diocesan Catholic Charities agency, Catholic Family and Community Services Parents' Place here, the agency knows what it is like to serve people in need. So when a group of teens volunteering with SHINE Catholic Work Camp took over the place to paint the walls or help the clients with outdoor activities, the agency, which serves adults with disabilities and families with children who have disabilities, was grateful to have them there.

  • Catholic Charities announces its three recipients of the 2011 Caritas Awards
    PATERSON - Joseph Duffy, president of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson, has announced the three recipients of the 2011 Catholic Charities Caritas Awards. This year's Caritas Award recipients are Kenneth F. Mullaney Jr., Emil C. Herkert and Elissa B. Villani. They will be recognized for their efforts on behalf of the poor and marginalized in the Diocese of Paterson at the annual Catholic Charities Caritas Gala to be held Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Birchwood Manor, Whippany.

  • Catholic Charities bids 'farewell' to long-time executive assistant
    PATERSON - For Cathy Spina, who served for 14 years at diocesan Catholic Charities and now begins her retirement, the greatest lesson she learned on the job was having awareness for those in need.

  • Catholic Charities braves aftermath of Sandy to help desperate clients
    PATERSON -- Diocesan Catholic Charities weathered the high winds and rain of Hurricane Sandy that pounded New Jersey and the damage it caused to some of its facilities -- from power outages to crushed roofs -- well enough to give much-needed help to many of the desperate people in three counties of the Church of Paterson to cope with Sandy's devastating aftermath.

  • Catholic Charities honors those who say 'yes' to Christ's call to help others
    WHIPPANY — On Saturday, Dec. 1, diocesan Catholic Charities honored several faithful of the Church of Paterson — including for the first time, an entire fam¬ily — for answering "yes" to Christ's call to care for the poor among us with Caritas Awards. These faith-filled humanitarians received the prestigious awards during the annual Catholic Charities Caritas Gala at the Birchwood Manor here.

  • Catholic Charities marks diamond jubilee at Caritas Awards gala
    WHIPPANY — Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Paterson marked its 75th anniversary at its annual Caritas Awards Gala Nov. 2 at the Birchwood Manor here and during the diamond jubilee presented awards to two individuals and a Catholic organization for their deep commitment to serving the poor and marginalized in the community and the world.

  • Catholic Charities recognizes 94 longtime employees at agencies
    PATERSON — Catholic Charities agencies in the Paterson Diocese honored 94 employees, who work in social services, at a luncheon recognizing milestone anniversaries March 21. More than 965 years of service have been given by these employees who “work tirelessly to provide help, create hope for those most in need,” said Diane Silbernagel, executive director of diocesan Catholic Charities’ agency Catholic Family and Community Service (CFCS), in her opening remarks.

  • Catholic Charities seeks donations for victims of historic flood
    PATERSON - Not long ago, a young married couple with a newborn baby from Lincoln Park were living from paycheck to paycheck, struggling to keep themselves "above water" financially - but then a flood of historic proportions hit northern New Jersey last month.

  • Catholic Charities selects '09 Caritas Award winners
    Awards to be given to priest educator, couple who serves in prison ministry and state's top Knight
    PATERSON - Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Paterson has selected the winners of its 2009 Caritas Awards for advocacy, convening and service.  The awards - to be given to a priest-educator, a couple who serves in prison ministry and the state's top Knight of Columbus - will be presented at the Catholic Charities Caritas Gala, Saturday, Oct. 24 in the grand ballroom of the Hanover Marriott Hotel in Whippany.

  • Catholic Charities shows parish leaders how to explore Pope Francis’ Christian charity for Lent
    WAYNE — In his apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel” (“Evangelii Gaudium”), Pope Francis calls Catholics to engage in spiritual practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that can help deepen their relationship with Christ and, in turn, deepen their commitment in caring for the poor this Lenten season. We can live out this commitment by getting involved in social-justice ministries or poverty awareness programs in our respective parishes; partnering with diocesan Catholic Charities agencies.

  • Catholic Charities USA celebrates centennial
    Catholic Charities USA will celebrate its 100th anniversary of helping those in need with events taking place from Sept. 25 to 28 in Washington. Throughout the United States, the more than 1,700 Catholic Charities agencies are marking this anniversary by reflecting on its past and recommitting itself to continue its ministry to help others. In the Paterson Diocese, employees of the six agencies of diocesan Catholic Charities shared their thoughts on the anniversary and their promise to continue helping the needy in the Paterson Diocese.

  • Catholic Charities USA president visits diocesan agencies to survey post-Sandy operations
    PATERSON — In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, diocesan Catholic Charities has once again been on the front lines of helping to serve those families hit hard by the hurricane's impact on the area.

  • Catholic Charities' Disaster Response providing help to victims of Irene in ongoing relief effort
    CLIFTON - Hurricane Irene swept through Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties in the Paterson Diocese Satur_day night and Sunday leaving in its wake a record rainfall and severe damage caused by major flooding and high winds. All across the three counties that make up the diocese, the hurricane caused major problems for parishes and parishioners.

  • Catholic Charities' Hispanic Information Center
    Positive message makes a difference to at-risk youth
    PASSAIC - Bringing something positive into the lives of the youth served at the Hispanic Information Center (HIC) here, a diocesan Catholic Charities agency, and showing them there is more to life than the inner city "ghetto" mentality are the goals the staff and volunteers at the center have.

  • Catholic Church 'hopeful' for democracy in Sierra Leone, local bishop reports
    WAYNE - When Ernest Bai Koroma was sworn in as president of Sierra Leone in September, Bishop George Biguzzi could have smiled, feeling like a "founding father" of the modern era of the western African nation, which has been experiencing the rush of new democratic liberty.

  • Catholic Deaf Society celebrates 70 years in the diocese of meeting spiritual needs of faithful who are without hearing
    PATERSON - Members of the Catholic Deaf Society of the Paterson Diocese may not have been gifted with the precious sense of hearing, but this strong local community of deaf faithful has spent the past 70 years hearing with their hearts - listening to and caring for the concerns of each other and listening to God's voice in the silence. Through this long-time ministry and through their own eyes of faith, they also have learned to see the Lord in the rich symbols of the Mass, such as the altar, the chalice and the cross.

  • Catholic doctor offers infertile couples hope
    MADISON - Many couples have walked down the aisle at their weddings, only later to suffer together the ultimate pain and heartbreak of a dream deferred - the inability to conceive that desperately wanted child they thought they would have no trouble bringing into the world. And yet, one in seven couples experiences fertility issues.

  • Catholic Heart Work Camp
    When teenagers think of vacations, getaways to a tropical island, tours of European cities and trips to character-roaming amusement parks are usually the ideal images that come to mind for an unforgettable summer. But for more than 80 teenagers from around the U.S. spending their summer vacation meant mentoring inner-city children, sprucing up group homes for those with disabilities and meeting with the elderly.

  • Catholic heroes
    February is National African American History Month. It's a time to remember the many contributions African-Americans have made to our nation and our Church.  Among those we should remember are four African-American Catholics - heroes in the eyes of the Church - who are on the road to sainthood: Venerable Pierre Toussaint; Mother Mary Lange; Venerable Henriette Delille and Father Augustus Tolton.

  • Catholic Relief Services

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  • Catholic school students go to Trenton to lobby lawmakers for 'choice'
    TRENTON - In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, students from schools in the Paterson Diocese headed to the Statehouse here Jan. 29 as part of a statewide movement for a choice in education.  The event was coordinated by the N.J. Network of Catholic School Families, which is spearheading the effort to see the passage of Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship bill (A257, S1332/S2228.) This bill will generate a tax credit to corporations that make contributions to provide scholarships to low-income students who reside in selected major cities.

  • Catholic school students say ‘thank you’ to Simon Foundation for scholarships
    PATERSON — As Thanksgiving Day nears, a gathering of Catholic school students at St. Gerard School here on Nov. 7 gave “thanks” to the Simon Foundation and its William E. Simon Family Endowment Fund, which supports the students with scholarships.

  • Catholic school supporters urged to push politicians to support faith-based education
    TOTOWA - All hands on deck. Catholic education needs greater support and advocates of faith-based schools, specifically those in New Jersey, must spring into action by leaning hard on state politicians to provide Catholic schools with critical support and funding along with a viable school voucher program that they needs to survive and thrive.

  • Catholic schools are vital and integral part of Church's teaching mission
    Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to affirm and thank our schools for their commitment to Catholic education. Our communities of priests, brothers, sisters, along with our lay teachers and administrators are dedicated men and women whose love of the children, passion for teaching, learning and catechesis are exemplary.

  • Catholic War Veterans Post to hold first meeting at Parsippany parish Aug. 21
    PARSIPPANY — Veterans of all branches of the U.S. military put their own lives in harm’s way every time the put on their uniforms, but usually, they continue their lives of selfless service in their families and communities — including in their faith communities — long after they receive honorable discharges or retire from the military.

  • Catholicism - A Gift to the Common Good
    God does exist. He cares intensely for each of us. In Christ, he calls us to be his children and to love one another, as he loves us. The singular mandate to love others as God loves us is the way to true freedom and to a just and peaceful society. It is, most especially, the way to God himself. Herein, is the great gift of Catholicism to the common good.

  • Catholicism and the Grammar of Simplicity
    Cluttered complexity! That's our world today. TVs with hundreds of channels. Phones that double as cameras, web cams or notebooks. Blenders that cook. Gadgets that are meant to simplify life, yet are complex themselves. Even the directions on medicine bottles, tax forms and vacation club memberships require more than a quick once-through reading. In 1980, a mere 400 words explained a credit card contract. Today, it takes 20,000 words. (cf. Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn, "When Simplicity is the Solution," March 29, 2013).

  • Catholics are urged to promote the story of Catholicism 'in a compelling way' at symposium
    CONVENT STATION - Increasingly over the years, U.S. Catholics have been suffering from an "ailment" that has triggered an "urgent" condition in the Church - "spiritual amnesia" that has been causing "good people to forget the important things about our faith, such as Scripture stories and our traditions," alerted Bishop Richard Malone of Portland, Maine.

  • Catholics can follow perfect example of Christ when evangelizing
    Do you want to learn how to evangelize, spread the “Good News” of the Gospel far and wide, especially to people baptized in the faith, who have fallen away from Christ and his Church? Go directly to source, the perfect model for evangelization: Jesus himself, who reveals all his best techniques in Scripture.

  • Catholics can remember their home parish by giving the gift of a lifetime
    CLIFTON — For Catholics, their home parish is often for them their second home. Parishes are the setting for life’s most joyful times and events – baptisms, First Holy Communions, weddings. They are also the places where one of life’s most difficult moments occur when saying goodbye to loved ones at their funeral Mass.

  • Catholics have been given a strong voice to lift in song
    MADISON — The sun streams through a nearby window onto an impromptu choir that sings a popular hymn, a love song from God to His people, “I Have Loved You with an Everlasting Love.” No doubt, the glorious singing that rose heavenward from the chapel of St. Paul Inside the Walls Catholic Center for Evangelization here, echoed back the mutual love of God’s people for the Lord.

  • Catholics in diocese gear up for annual march in Washington
    CLIFTON - Across the diocese, the faithful are gearing up for the 39th annual March for Life to be held Monday, Jan. 23 in Washington. There they will join tens of thousands of pro-life advocates from New Jersey and around the United States. Last year, more than 100,000 people attended the March. According to Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee each year, "the crowds are getting bigger and bigger and have more young people, which is encouraging for the pro-life movement and a shock for those who think abortion should remain legal."

  • Catholics in diocese to join fellow Christians in local Week of Prayer for Christian Unity services
    In the coming days, Catholics in the diocese can join Christians of other faith traditions in praying that continued, fruitful interreligious dialogue and collaboration that moves followers of Jesus everywhere a step closer to "being as one" during three prayer services - one to be held in each county of the the diocese - in observance of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

  • Catholics need courage to promote Church principles
    Before voting Tuesday, Nov. 6, American Catholics need to ask another, equally critical, question: which candidate can defend what the Church considers non-negotiable issues not up for debate, such as protection of innocent human life and the traditional definition of marriage?

  • Catholics prepare to stand up for religious freedom
    WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — Catholics across the country are gearing up for the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom — now in its second year — by organizing a variety of prayer and educational activities with a religious liberty theme. The purpose of the Fortnight for Freedom is "to educate people about the nature of religious freedom (and) to point out intrusions against religious liberty," said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, who is the chair of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.

  • Catholics Returning Home
    Parsippany parishes come together for program to welcome back those who had fallen away from their faith
    PARSIPPANY - Relying on the power of three - like the Holy Trinity, for example - is the cue that three parishes here - St. Ann, St. Christopher and St. Peter the Apostle - have taken by coming together to bring inactive Catholics back to the Church throughout this Easter season.

  • CD of Music Ministry at Pompton Lakes parish gives powerful voice to many nuances of faith
    POMPTON LAKES - From just about the first note, the Chamber Choir of St. Mary's Parish here kicks the tune "Hallelujah!" into high gear, lifting their mighty voices to "rock up" an arraignment the gives Handel's classic a touch of 1970s funk. The choir never breaks out tambourines or handclaps, but the incendiary track certainly seems to invite listeners to add their own claps.

  • Cedar Knolls parishioner to serve homeless next month in Jesuit Volunteer Corps
    CEDAR KNOLLS — For many new college graduates, their plan after college includes finding their first real job, traveling around the globe or heading to graduate school.

  • Cedar Knolls youth follows his faith by spreading the Gospel
    Young evangelizer returns home after nationwide mission with NET
    CEDAR KNOLLS - This month, most high school seniors from across the diocese are graduating and looking forward to starting college in the fall. Others, however, have chosen a different path, such as the military service, traveling the world or entering straight into the workforce.

  • Celebrate Fatima
    Highland Lakes parish honors its patroness in series of events
    HIGHLAND LAKES - In honor of the Blessed Mother, coinciding on the days she appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal 1917, Our Lady of Fatima Parish here, is offering a six-month series of events, "Celebrating Fatima" to remember her apparitions to three children nearly a century ago.

  • Celebrating 40 years of faith, service in Swartswood
    SWARTSWOOD - Bishop Serratelli celebrated 40 years of faith and service of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) Parish here - an active rural western Sussex County faith community that continues its legacy of being "small but open, not only with the architecture of the church, but also with the friendliness of the people themselves."

  • Celebrating marriage
    With St. Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's a great time to reflect on the importance of the institution of marriage for the good of all society.  Given the Catholic Church's long and rich history of teaching about the meaning and importance of marriage and family life, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has been in the forefront nationally in their commitment to the strengthening of marriage and family life.

  • Celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph March 20 at St. Joseph Home for the Elderly in Totowa, which is operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

  • Celebrating the Gift of Religious Life
    Significant anniversaries of religious observed at annual Jubilee Mass
    With praise to God's holy name forever, 83 religious sisters, brothers and priests of the diocese, who are marking significant anniversaries this year, were honored at the annual diocesan Religious Jubilee Mass in St. Mary Church here May 2.

  • Celebrating The Love Of Their Vocation To Serve The Church
    Bishop presides at evening vespers marking celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life
    CLIFTON - On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Feb. 11, more than 200 religious sisters, brothers and priests came together to celebrate the love of their vocation to serve the Church with evening prayer and song.

  • Celebrating Their Faith
    1,000 teens gather with  bishop for diocesan Youth Day
    Every person has a different faith story and on April 16, 1,000 teens from across the diocese heard witness talks from their peers about their faith at the annual diocesan Youth Day celebration with the bishop held in the Pope John Paul II Center here. The diocesan Office for Evangelization coordinated the day's activities.

  • Celebration for jubilarians honors 95 religious serving the diocese
    PASSAIC - Even in today's world, the many religious sisters, brothers and priests who serve God's people make life beautiful. That is the message Bishop Serratelli delivered to the religious jubilarians celebrating significant anniversaries in consecrated life for 75, 70, 65, 60, 50, 40 and 25 years. A Jubilee Celebration for Religious was held at St. Mary Church here on May 2 where 95 women and men were honored at the Mass at which the bishop presided.

  • Celebration held to mark birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    PROSPECT PARK — The celebration be¬gan as any birthday party would with the singing of "Happy Birthday." Colorful balloons floated in the air and birthday gifts were presented but the guest of honor was far from typical — the celebration was for the Blessed Mother.

  • Cemetery secretary recalls friendships found through 30 years of service
    TOTOWA - ight up to her last day of work after 30 years at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery here, Josephine Fitzpatrick put warmth into a place that oftentimes was overshadowed by grief. She truly made the best of working in a cemetery and will forever remember the people she's come across as the secretary at Holy Sepulchre.

  • Centenarian nun helps study group mine insights of St. Paul
    PEQUANNOCK - On Wednesday nights earlier this year, the dining room table at the cozy house of Anna Louise Dianuzzo of Holy Spirit Parish here teemed with cups of coffee, bowls of fruit and plates with deserts. Also gracing that table was the main course - lively conversation about the times and dynamic ministry of St. Paul.

  • Centennial Celebration
    PATERSON ON Sunday, May 6, Bishop Serratelli joined the multiethnic community of Blessed Sacrament Parish here in celebrating a century of dynamic faith, fellowship and Christian outreach, founded on the strong spirituality of the Italian community and, in recent decades, revitalized by the vibrant traditions of its growing Hispanic population.

    Mass celebrated by bishop concludes 100th anniversary at St. Paul Parish in Clifton.

  • Center for women opens with strong support from Partners in Faith
    PASSAIC — When the Neighborhood Center for Women here opened its doors for the first time last month, Sister of Christian Charity Ann Marie Paul, director of the center, didn’t know what to expect.

  • CFCS applies for $10K grant to help Sandy's low-income victims
    PATERSON -- Catholic Family & Community Services (CFCS) of diocesan Catholic Charities, recently applied for a $10,000 Short Term Disaster Assistance Grant by Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) to further expand its already broad array of services that have started to assist the recovery of low-income victims of Hurricane Sandy, who continue to suffer the aftermath of the devastating storm.

  • CFCS receives $1.7 million grant to be used to assist veterans
    PATERSON — To assist the men and women who served in the military, Catholic Charities’ Catholic Family and Community Services (CFCS) here, received a $1.7 million grant from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program, affiliated with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Challenges to mandate
    The united reaction against the HHS mandate and its "accommodation" as proposed by the Obama administration by those who understand its very real threat to religious freedom is impressive. People of good will of all faiths are making their voices heard and taking action to this affront to the First Amendment.

  • Change Is Good
    As you read this week’s edition of The Beacon, we hope you notice the numerous changes we have made to the product you are holding in your hands. All were done with our readers in mind.  Along with the diocese, The Beacon will launch a new website in the fall, a user-friendly site that will be easy to navigate and will also have the latest updated news not only from the diocese but also from the U.S. Church and the Vatican.

  • Charism of the Carmelites
    Cloistered order of religious celebrates 80th anniversary of the founding of Morristown monastery
    MORRISTOWN - On Madison Street here, the hustle of everyday life goes on. Sounds of cars driving by and office buildings standing tall with hundreds of people hurrying in and out surround the street. Nearby, three college campuses exist along with restaurants, smaller business and residential homes. 

  • Charity begins at home
    Pope Benedict XVI, in his encyclical "Deus Caritas Est," said that for the Catholic Church, charity is not "a kind of welfare activity" that is to be left to others. Rather, charity is "a part of her nature, an indispensable expression of her very being." For all Catholics, generosity is central to our faith.

  • Chatham couple successfully lobbies for CPR training in schools
    CHATHAM It’s has been a whirlwind few months for David and JoAnne Babbitt. The parishioners of St. Patrick’s here, received two awards and a scored a legislative victory at the State level — all related to their efforts to prevent sudden cardiac death after the unexpected and tragic loss of their 16-year-old son, John Taylor Babbitt, in 2006 from an undiagnosed genetic heart condition.

  • Chatham parish begins evangelization efforts in Advent with 'Whole Community Catechesis'
    CHATHAM - Which ornament on the Jesse Tree represents the Old Testament character of Jonah? That was an easy question for the Stubeck family of St. Patrick Parish here to answer - it is symbolized by a whale.

  • Chatham parishioner led 'grassroots' effort to abolish N.J. death penalty
    CHATHAM - The 200 people who had packed Gov. Jon Corzine's outer office in the Statehouse in Trenton Dec. 17, erupted in applause after the governor made history - signing into law the abolition of the death penalty in New Jersey.  Among those clapping the loudest was Celeste Fitzgerald, a parishioner of St. Patrick here, who had worked long, hard hours behind the scenes and in the public eye to help lobby for the state to take the ultimate stand against what Corzine called "state-endorsed killing." During that watershed moment, those at the Statehouse, mostly anti-death-penalty lawmakers and advocates, were also applauding the efforts of fellow activists, including the affable, yet very persuasive Fitzgerald, who seems too modest to take a bow herself.

  • Chester parish evangelizes through testimonials of healing Mass attendees
    CHESTER — For seven years, a family who are parishioners of St. Lawrence the Martyr here, had been growing more frustrated. They were getting nowhere, as they battled their local public school district to secure the proper educational and support services that their young special-needs daughter requires.

  • Chester parish holds discussion on immigration
    CHESTER — Rooted in Scripture, Church teaching can help Catholics and other people of goodwill navigate through the controversial issues that surround immigration — burning issues that have got¬ten more contentious in this presidential election year — by focusing on a universal core value: the dignity of the human person.  Four experts in the field of immigration underscored that message and helped to cut through much of the noise on the issue — especially about treatment of undocumented migrant workers — at a lively open discussion, "Immigration: an Informed Catholic Response," at St. Lawrence the Martyr Church here May 1.

  • Child Abuse Hotline
    People from all across the State of New Jersey are now able to call one toll free telephone number, any time of the day or night, to report suspected child abuse or neglect.

  • Child care center brings hope for the future 'Because of You'
    PATERSON - Imagine having the power to change the world. The feat sounds difficult but in reality, it is possible by simply starting with the young - the future of the world. "Because of You," the generous givers of the Bishop's Annual Appeal, the lives of hundreds and hundreds of children, God's littlest gifts, can have a chance to receive an education and grow up in a loving and nurturing environment at one of Straight and Narrow's hidden treasures - La Vida Child Care Center and La Vida Child Care Center Too here.

  • Children and the Eucharist
    First Communicants meet with bishop at catechetical session in cathedral
    PATERSON - Inquiring minds want to know - about their faith, Jesus and what it is like to be a bishop.   So during the afternoon of the feast of Corpus Christi, June 10, at the second annual diocesan Celebration with First Communicants at St. John the Baptist Cathedral here, Bishop Serratelli joyfully answered a multitude of questions from First Communicants who represented parishes across the diocese.

  • Children at Sparta parish participate in Vacation Bible School
    SPARTA - More than 80 children at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish here shared an amazing adventure participating in "Discovery Canyon" during the parish's Vacation Bible School Aug. 10-14.

  • Children Never Too Young
    In a time when we give our young children almost anything that they want and all that we think they need, perhaps more of us should be giving them what they need the most: the encouragement and the example to have a personal relationship with the Lord.

  • Choice in Education
    While Catholic schools nationwide and in our diocese are gearing up for the celebration of Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 30- Feb. 4, this week is also a time to celebrate a movement that is very much in concert with our Catholic schools.

  • Choir Calendar

  • Choosing Life Against All Odds
    WAYNE - Perhaps the birth of the De Mayo identical twins Dec. 29 already might hint at the girls' personalities, now beginning to form - Natalia, the smaller of the two, announced her arrival into the world by screaming. Melania, the larger of the two, came out of the womb sleeping.

  • Chosen by God

  • Christ the King Parish to be honored for community service by Eva's Village
    PATERSON — Since its humble beginnings in the base¬ment of the convent at St. John Cathedral here, Eva's Village has continuously provided hope to the hungry, homeless, addicted and afflicted for the last 30 years.

  • Christ the Redeemer
    Under the watchful gaze of the statute of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, - one of the worldÕs most recognizable and stunning landmarks - some 2 million youths from around the globe are currently taking part in World Youth Day 2013 with Pope Francis - a festive encounter centered on Jesus Christ.

  • Christ-centered
    A new school year is on the horizon as this edition of The Beacon attests. In reading the good news about our Catholic schools here in the Diocese of Paterson, note that they share a common, unequivocal foundation: they are Christ-centered.

  • Christian identity
    To prove who we are, we all carry around identity cards like passports or driver's licenses. But how do we prove we are Catholics? In a recent homily, Pope Francis reminded us that that being a Christian is not like having "an identity card." "Christian identity is belonging to the Church, because all of the Apostles belonged to the Church, the Mother Church, because finding Jesus outside the Church is impossible," he said.

  • Christianity: Intolerance and Persecution
    In countries where there are violent attacks against Christians, there is no hiding the repugnance and intolerance of the Christian faith.  In those countries, the persecution is bloody and deadly.  In other countries where there is a silent undermining of the Christian voice in the public forum, there is likewise a repugnance and intolerance of the Christian faith.  But the persecution, though bloodless, is still deadly.  The second century Tertullian once wrote that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church.”  Could a bloodless persecution of the Church be much more devastating?

  • Christians and Society Today
    Pope Benedict’s gift to us of the Year of Faith challenges us to know our faith and to live it despite what others may choose to do. Respect for others who disagree with us should never lead us to abandon our moral principles and Christian beliefs. At the beginnings of Christianity, believers made a difference. Will we make a difference today?

  • Christmas at the Cathedral
    Although the weather outside was frightful Dec. 16, the sounds inside St. John's Cathedral in Paterson were delightful for the annual "Christmas at the Cathedral" concert, part of the Cathedral Concert Series presented by Father Edward Lambro, founder and artistic director. The concert featured the Ars Musica Chorale with Robert Long as director; the Straight and Narrow gospel choir, and the children's choir from St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Butler. The concert was made possible though grants from Greater Community Bank, the Max Kade Foundation and Alexander and Richardson Inc.

  • Christmas Eve at St. John's Cathedral
    Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of the midnight Mass at St. John Cathedral on Christmas Eve. Beacon photos/Joe Gigli

  • Christmas Liturgies
    Photos and commentaries of Bishop Serratelli as he celebrated the Christmas liturgies throughout the Diocese this year.

  • Christmas or Just Another Holiday?
    With a renewed effort to be all-inclusive, will the word “Christmas” be banished from our language and be replaced with “holiday,” just as bride and groom are now been banished in favor of spouse A and spouse B? It is okay to say “Hanukkah” or “Kwanzaa.” But “Christmas” is another story. Recently the governor of Rhode Island adopted the very bland use of “holiday tree” to speak of what everyone else knows to be a Christmas tree. One wonders if he would also avoid use the word “Menorah” when speaking of Hanukkah.

    I  love Christmas music. I'm one of those people whose car radio is set to the local station that plays Christmas music 24/7 and I proudly own more than 250 Christmas songs in my personal music canon. If you're wondering, "White Christmas" and "O Holy Night" have the record for most covered - both with nine - in my collection.

  • Christmas Sharing Fund brings hope, joy to families separated during the Christmas season
    One of my best friends, a mother of a 1-year-old son, is a military wife. Her husband is currently in 
    Afghanistan serving with the N.J. Army National Guard. As a military wife, she knows what to expect — faraway deployments, time zone differences, long periods of separation. Even with a handbook, all the preparedness classes and the ability to keep in touch via technology, missing someone you love overseas is inevitable, especially during the holidays.

  • Christmas Sharing Fund comes to a close
    Like the Magi, we too are called to have that same courage in our lives. It takes courage to smile on the saddest of days. It takes courage to follow our dreams when things look bleak. It takes courage to stand up for what we believe in when no one stands behind us.

  • Church Attendance: Diminishing and Greying
    Europe has become secularized.  America is different.  The recent Health and Human Resources ruling requiring all institutions to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraceptives in their healthcare coverage has ignited a fierce battle.  At stake is the very role of religion in the public forum.

  • Church Builders
    Construction Camp at Butler parish is new twist on traditional Summer Bible School
    About 40 youngsters at St. Anthony of Padua Parish here have put on their yellow hard hats and rolled up their sleeves. Now, they re ready to build a more dynamic local Church community, that is.
    By Michael Wojcik
    Beacon Staff

  • Church plays vital role in National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    CLIFTON — Domestic violence — a hidden problem in homes today — not only weakens the family system but also greatly affects the larger community. To help to bring awareness to this issue, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is being marked during October. Because of this breakdown in family life and society, the U.S. Catholic Church is fully committed to preventing and helping those affected by domestic violence or abuse.

  • Church recognizes war can attempt to 'establish better peace,' Army chaplain says
    FLANDERS - A female anti-war protester held up a sign that declared, "Jesus would never be a soldier."  Father Matthew Pawlikowski noticed the protester's thought-provoking placard, while leaving a Washington, D.C. conference of priests of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. The Catholic pastor of Most Holy Trinity Chapel at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., thought to himself, "The woman is only right in fact; Jesus would never be a soldier. But she's wrong in sentiment."

  • Churches in diocese will be open Mondays during Lent for confessions
    With Ash Wednesday marking the start of the holy season of Lent yesterday, every Catholic Church in the Paterson Diocese will be open from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday evening for Confession from Feb. 18 to March 18.

  • Churches open doors for faithful to pray rosary for all-day devotion
    PATERSON - With the Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrated today, Dec. 8 and the Feast of Our Lady of Guada_lupe celebrated Dec. 12, devotion to Mary is a constant reminder that she will always lead us to her son, Jesus.

  • Citing declining enrollment and rising debt, diocese announces Pope John Paul II School to close
    CLIFTON - Citing declining enrollment and rising debt, diocesan officials announced that Pope John Paul II School here will close in June.  John Eriksen, diocesan superintendent of schools, met with staff at the school Jan. 14 to inform them of the decision and a letter from Eriksen to the parents of students explaining the decision was mailed to them on Jan. 14.

  • Clarification of Stem Cells

    The media generally reports on stem cell research without distinguishing the two types, embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells.  Dr. Mary Mazzarella has issue a letter clarifying the differences.  Follow the link for more information.

  • Classes teach Rockaway parishioners about changes in English translation of new Missal
    ROCKAWAY - Participating parishioners of St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart here have been learning to look forward with anticipation to Catholic worship of the near future filled with even greater richness of spirituality, prayer and language through a series of monthly classes on the English translation of the third edition of the new Roman Missal, which will be first introduced at Masses this coming Advent.

  • Clergy Assignment and Retirements
    Bishop Serratelli has announced the following clergy assignments, retirements and sabbatical

  • Clergy Assignments
    Bishop Serratelli has announced new clergy assignments.  Please follow the link above for more details.

  • Clifton parish celebrates 100 years of faith and fellowship of its multiethnic community
    CLIFTON — Ss. Cyril & Methodius Parish here — found¬ed in 1913 by the local Slovaks as a place that offers the spiritual peace that the world cannot provide — opened its year-long centennial celebration Oct. 20, marking a century as a living monument to belief in Jesus Christ and peaceful co-existance for this increasing multiethnic faith community.

  • Clifton parish celebrates 75 years of vibrant spirituality, outreach
    CLIFTON - Before the diocese launched a campaign to encourage local Catholics to get more involved in evangelization, St. John Kanty Parish here already had established a long tradition of "reaching out" - whether to meet the needs of its own largely Polish faith community or to lend a helping hand to the poorest among us, either close by in Clifton or half a world away.

  • Clifton parish celebrates Mass of Nations with the bishop
    CLIFTON — Celebrating the Feast of Christ the King Nov. 25, Bishop Serratelli was main celebrant at a Mass of Nations held in St. Paul Church here.

  • Clifton parishioner learns to be 'present' to El Salvador's poor
    CLIFTON - Dozens of "adult orphans," at a nursing home in San Miguel, El Salvador, spend the mornings trying to ward off their constant companion - loneliness. Long forgotten by society, these Spanish-speaking senior citizens sit in the halls and outdoor pavilions, waiting eagerly for visitors - either for anyone new to talk with or for beloved relatives or friends who never arrive.

  • Clifton parishioner's book helps students find their unique identities
    CLIFTON - It's only when people discover their true "voices" - their unique identities - that they can begin to follow their true vocations, whether as a priest or religious, a married person or as a career professional. But first, they all have to survive middle school.

  • Clifton parishioners lead successful fund-raising campaign to repair, renovate parish property
    CLIFTON - It takes a community to build a church and because of the generosity of its faithful parishioners, St. Philip the Apostle Parish here has successfully been able to repair and renovate the parish property.

  • Clifton pastor named grand marshal of Passaic-Clifton contingent in Oct. 3 Pulaski Day Parade
    CLIFTON - Conventual Franciscan Father Raphael Zwolenkiewicz, pastor of St. John Kanty Parish here, has received his "grandest honor so far" in appreciation for his constant support of Polish customs and devotions practiced in the parishes of Polish background he has served during his 31 years of priestly ministry - being named 2010 grand marshal Passaic-Clifton and Vicinity of the 73rd annual General Kazimierz Pulaski Day Parade, set to step off 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3 in New York City.

  • Clifton student heads to China with dance school
    Part of the dance company at Dance World Academy in Clifton, Emily Mercado will be able to share her love of dancing overseas when she and 30 other students from her academy, perform in the ancient city of Shanghai in China. They were chosen to represent the United States through a competition and will dance at a festival there next month.

  • Clifton students travel to faraway lands without leaving their school
    CLIFTON - With paper passports in one hand and shopping bag "suitcases" in the other, students at St. Philip the Apostle School here "traveled" to nine different countries marking the school's annual Multicultural Day celebration April 30. During their daylong tour, the students learned about the sights, cultures and customs from the countries of Denmark, Ireland, Uruguay, Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon, Nepal, Vietnam and Iraq.

  • Coffeehouse evenings help college students explore faith
    SUSSEX - Are you a college student home for the summer? If so, Sussex County Community College's Catholic Campus Ministry Club is hosting coffeehouse evenings for young adults on summer hiatus from studies to enjoy a laid-back night to explore their Catholic faith over a latte, cappuccino or Italian soda at Just Desserts Cafe here.

  • Collection to be taken up in parishes at Masses Dec. 9-10
    Donations to Retirement Fund For Religious are 'response to those who committed their lives to service of others'
    NORTH HALEDON -The road of life has been so good to Salesian Sister Mildred Zanette at 86. She is still on that road literally driving around when an errand needs to be run or when a fellow sister needs a ride to the doctor. She even continues to drive on major highways when one of her sisters needs to take an occasional trip down the Garden State Parkway.

  • College student spends spring break serving in Appalachia
    CLIFTON - It was a place unlike anything Melissa Ayers, a college sophomore was used to seeing - and she wasn't in a foreign country. She was in the United States, 14 hours away from home by car. She was in Louisa, Ky., in the heart of Appalachia.

  • College Students and Church Attendance - The Facts
    For many young people, college life marks the transition from adolescence to maturity.  College is the time when the young leave the nest and spread their wings, intellectually, spiritually and socially.  They learn new ideas and discover the truth about the world and themselves.  They absorb not simply the knowledge, but the attitudes of their professors and friends.

  • College Students and Church Attendance - Why Not?

    There is a widely held belief that there is a conflict between college education and faith.  In fact, some would say that the more students pursue higher education, the more likely they are prone to abandon their faith.  Yet, University of Texas professor of sociology Mark D. Regnerus, who has studied the issue, concludes that, compared to their peers who do not go to college, college graduates are more likely to hold on to their faith.  He says, “not all Americans check their religion at the dorm door (Mark D. Regnerus and Jeremy E. Uecker, “How Corrosive Is College to Religious Faith and Practice?” Feb 5, 2007).

  • College women meet for summer at Ringwood parish to discuss love and relationships
    RINGWOOD — Discussions among college-age women about love and life are commonplace. Whether in a dorm room or a cafe, they discuss dating and relationships but for one group of women, God is added to the mix.

  • Colombian seminarian's pursuit of priesthood began at age 11
    CONVENT STATION - In public Jhon Edisson Madrid, a diocesan seminarian, seems a bit reserved. But get the 24-year-old native Colombian on an athletic field and he'll tear into the competition with the fierceness of a tiger.

  • Colombian-born seminarian inspired to priestly ministry by his home parish ... in his house
    WEST MILFORD - Jose Henry Bocanegra, a diocesan seminarian, never thought that in his early 20s, he and his mother, sister and grandmother would ever start living out a radically different, and more up-close-and-personal, understanding of a concept that Blessed Pope John Paul II explored often -that of the Catholic family as "the domestic Church."

  • Colombian-born seminarian's journey on path to priesthood takes many turns
    MORRISTOWN — Years ago in his native Colombia, Rev. Mr. Edgar Rivera jumped at an exciting opportunity rarely offered to 16-year-olds, discerning their vocations — giving a seminary a "trial run" for a year. The eager young man accepted an offer from a Passionist priest he could not refuse — to get accustomed to life at a seminary by studying at night while continuing his studies by day at a public high school.

  • Columnist and author, Father John Catoir, makes final speaking engagement
    PARSIPPANY — Many of us live in a “mental swamp” of our own making. We let our problems — tragedies, physical pains, heartbreak, anger, doubt and fear — bog us down, stopping us from living lives of promise, joy and gratitude. We get mired in the muck of our own unhappiness and start believing the self-defeating thought that life is just too hard.

  • Coming full circle
    God grants seminarian 'second chance' at life: pursuing the priesthood
    STOCKHOLM - One of Vietnam veteran Steven Sniscak's many stories doesn't exactly start on an "up note" - while returning from Saigon in a U.S. Army convoy in 1967, his truck's engine died in an exposed area next to open rice paddies.

  • Coming together as one
    Christian, Muslim teens seek harmonious paths
    PATERSON - In order to make a difference in the world, sometimes it has to come from the youth.  With this knowledge, young people of the Christian and Muslim faiths came together as one May 3 to have an interfaith dialogue in hopes to bring about a more peaceful world.

  • Commencement Address
    As Catholic colleges across the U.S. hold their annual commencement exercises this month, Pope Benedict XVI issued his own "commencement address" of sorts calling on America's Catholic institutions of higher education to "reaffirm their distinctive identity in fidelity to their founding ideals and the Church's mission."

  • Common Cup of Eucharist
    Patricia Bartle, D. Min., is diocesan consultant for the Office of Worship and Spirituality. This is the second in a series of columns on liturgical catechesis.

  • Communion Rite: Is Our Praxis Shaping Our Belief?
    Patricia Bartle, D. Min., is diocesan consultant for the Office of Worship and Spirituality. This is the first in a series of columns on liturgical catechesis.

  • Composer's 'Requiem' to St. Elizabeth leads to his conversion
    CONVENT STATION - The deep chords and a chorus' intoning of the word "Requiem" at the opening of R. Wayne Walters' "Requiem in D Minor" introduce a new classical piece - dedicated to St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton - that's traditional in style, yet with several modern touches.

  • Conference inspires young adults to live faith, calling 'with passion'
    SOUTH ORANGE - Talk about passion. Felician Sister Marilyn Minter showed the "younger generation" a thing or two about "shaking things up" - in life and in their individual vocations - at the fifth annual N.J. Young Adult Conference at Seton Hall University here.

  • Congratulations
    You are engaged to be married and, desiring the blessing of God on your union, have approached the Church to witness and seal your vows to each other...

  • Conjugal Love and Procreation: God's Design
    The author poet Carl Sandburg once said, "A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on." Written within the human heart is the knowledge that life is good and worthy to pass on from one generation to the next.  Newlyweds who pledge their love "till death do us part" look forward to the day they can hold in their arms a child to share their love.  Yet, each year, millions of couples who long for children discover that, for one reason or another, they are unable to conceive.   Today, science and technology have joined hands in offering infertile couples many different options to fulfill their desire to raise a family.

  • Consecrated Life
    As the diocese celebrates World Day for Consecrated Life, we offer our heartfelt thanks to all in consecrated life for their dedicated ministry among us.  As Pope Francis opined: "What would happen if there were no sisters? Sisters in the hospitals, sisters in the missions, sisters in the schools… one can’t imagine it! They are the leaven that carries the people of God forward."

  • Consecrated Life Blog

  • Consubstantial: What’s in the name?
    What’s in this word consubstantial?  A safeguard for the teaching of faith!  A reminder that, through his Incarnation, his Suffering, Death and Resurrection, the Son of God elevates our human nature and makes us partakers in the divine life of God himself.

  • Continuing Christ's Mission To Evangelize
    Building on successful start, Partners in Faith campaign kicks off in next group of parishes.

  • Convert from Judaism now studies to become priest
    LINCLON PARK - Nine years ago, Paul Barboutz, a Jew, decided to convert to Christianity - today he is a diocesan seminarian.  To find out more about the faith, the middle-aged Israeli citizen made a bold move and went "straight to the top" - writing Pope John Paul II a letter, in which he stridently declared, "I want to become a Christian." Then he waited for the Vatican's reply

  • Corpus Christi
    THE world’s media was preoccupied with Pope Francis once again this weekend after the pontiff’s visit to Calabria, Italy. There, he told the more than 250,000 who attended a Saturday vigil Mass he celebrated on June 21 for the Feast of Corpus Christi: “Those who follow the path of evil — like the mafiosi do — are not in communion with God; they are excommunicated!”

  • Corpus Christi Chargers celebrate 10 years
    CHATHAM TOWNSHIP - A sense of place in this world is important to everyone. With that in mind, the community of Corpus Christi Parish here is ensuring that teen-agers and young adults with special needs never feel left out.  For the past 10 years, the Corpus Christi Chargers, a group of people with special needs, has been meeting to participate in social/spiritual gatherings throughout the year. Its members come from parishes all around the diocese and from other faiths to create a sense of community, friendship and love.

  • Couple 'fulfilled God's purpose' of terminally ill infant daughter
    ROCKAWAY - At almost three months old, Elizabeth McGuire had all the adorable newborn physical features that melted your heart - a cute rounded mouth; a pair of dark, wide blue eyes that were always searching; supple pink skin; and a full mat of hair on her little head.

  • Couple relies on Catholic faith in caring for chronically ill child
    BLOOMINGDALE - The birth of Karina Alessia Colon on Sept. 5 last year, with her beautiful hazel eyes and light brown hair, heralded yet another high point in the lives of Melissa and Fernando Colon, parishioners of St. Michael Parish in Paterson. Yet at two weeks old, Karina started to cry excessively. Then she began  arching her back.  Melissa Colon's motherly intuition was on target - something wasn't right.

  • Courage shows how to minister to those with same-sex attraction
    MADISON Last week, diocesan officials and members of parish and school staffs learned ways to minister to people with same-sex attraction with  sensitivity and compassion, while also re-affirming their human dignity as children of God. The clergy, religious and laity also came to St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization here to learn how to help these individuals heal by inviting them to live a full Christian life of chastity in full communion with God and others.

  • Critical Point
    “WE are at a critical point in this country when it comes to the promotion and defense of marriage in the law.” Those were the words of Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, who chairs the U. S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, to his fellow bishops at last week’s U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Spring meeting in New Orleans.

  • Critical time for Catholics
    The time is now - during this Year of Faith - for Catholics to stand up in defense of life and religious freedom and engage in the Church's new evangelization effort, deepening their faith and sharing it in their everyday lives and in the public square. That was the message from Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in his homily in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington at a Mass that was part of the U.S. bishops' events for Respect Life Month.

  • CRS administrator's New Jersey-bred sense of compassion helped shape modern Church
    SOUTH ORANGE - James J. Norris brought with him a little bit of "Jersey" as the assistant director of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) took his seat at the groundbreaking Second Vatican Council in 1963 - a rare blend of Garden State gusto that gave him the courage, political savvy and eloquence to help shape modern Church history by rallying Catholics around the world to the plight of the poor.

  • CRS also working with agencies to respond to Ethiopian food crisis

  • CRS Newswire
    Catholic Relief Services (CRS) CRS Newswire is your source for the latest information on disaster response as well as for background on CRS programs that promote development in nearly 100 countries around the world. To subscribe to CRS Newswire and receive daily updates on the disaster relief and development work of CRS around the world online go to and on the bottom right of the home page enter your email address and click on “subscribe”.

  • CRS representatives meet with bishop to thank diocese for commitment to global solidarity
    CLIFTON — It's no secret that Pope Francis wants every Catholic to take care of the poor wherever they may be. And Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishop’s official humanitarian agency, does just that.

  • CRS speaker shares personal story of extreme hunger, hope in Africa
    CLIFTON — "Do you know how it feels to be hungry?" asked Peter Kimeu, a technical adviser for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and a small-scale farmer in Kenya.  For a group of diocesan staff members and employees of Catholic Charities agencies, listening to Kimeu during a presentation at the Pope John Paul II Center here, the answer was "yes," but only for a short period of time...

  • Cuban native jailed for more than three years for taking stand for political, human rights

  • Cuban-born seminarian deepened faith despite religious persecution
    CHESTER - Even as a boy, Julio Barrios had been a spiritual "self-starter." All along his long spiritual journey, he said God has consistently guided and inspired him to take the initiative on his own to deepen his Catholic faith - even to the point of finding courage to go to church by himself to worship publically in his native Cuba, which has a long history of religious persecution.

  • Cultivating a 'Ministry of Presence'
    Catholics need to emphasize commonalities when evangelizing says African missionary
    MADISON - Africans are very hospitable people - famous for opening their hearts and their often-modest homes to their neighbors, greeting strangers with hearty handshakes and sharing what they may have, including a delicious meal - even if they are poor themselves. Here in New Jersey, Catholics should learn to incorporate African hospitality - starting with building close personal relationships when evangelizing in the multicultural Garden State.

  • Cultural Wars: Have They Ended?
    For sure, “the times they are a-changin’.” The economy and wars have a way of shifting our attention. Issues never remain the same in public discourse. But, the fundamental question does. Do we keep to the principles of truth and morality as given to us by Jesus or do we surrender to the shifting social fads of our day?

  • Current Virtus Training Schedule
    Current Virtus Training Schedule
    Protecting God's Children for Adults. 
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  • Currents - January 2005

  • Cursillo marks 20th anniversary in diocese as 350 members attend Mass celebrated by bishop
    PATERSON - Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass Oct. 9 at the Cathedral of St. John here, for members of Cursillo to mark 20th anniversary of the movement's presence in the diocese. Cursillo encourages people to live a more Christian life. The diocese hosts Cursillo meetings and retreats throughout the year and has both lay and spiritual directors for the English Cursillo and Spanish Cursillo. Participants are inspired to serve God through evangelization efforts and to carry Christian attitudes in their everyday lives.

    St. Paul Inside the Walls academic dean offers day-by-day reflections, prayers in new book

  • Daily martyrdom
    Over the centuries to this day, countless numbers have been martyrs for the faith. Pope Francis recently reflected on martyrdom by calling on the faithful to follow the example of the martyrs in losing their lives for Christ - even if they do not suffer violence for their faith.

  • Daily Readings
    Read and reflect on the daily scripture readings - from the USCCB and New American Bible...
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  • Daniel O'Mullane called to candidacy to priesthood by Bishop Serratelli
    Daniel O'Mullane was called to candidacy to the priesthood by Bishop Serratelli during a Mass the bishop celebrated in Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church here June 25. Father Zbigniew Tyburski, pastor of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish, diocesan priests, parishioners and family members were in attendance to support the candidate.

  • Data from national assessment aids diocese in improving parish, school religious education programs
    DENVILLE — The results of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Assessment of Catechesis and Religious Education (ACRE), which the Paterson Diocese received this summer, will help parishes and schools better evaluate the strengths and needs of their individual religious education programs. These programs now have the information to become more effective in bringing their students and families closer to Jesus and fostering in them a love of lifelong learning of the faith — both part of the process of evangelization.

  • Daughters of Mary group at St. Rose of Lima Parish invites young girls to grow closer to the Blessed Mother
    EAST HANOVER — In many parishes, the Rosary Society has long been a traditional prayer group for women in the parish. During these meetings, women pray the rosary and gather together to share their faith with one another.  At St. Rose of Lima here, the parish has started a new program for young girls under the leadership of its Rosary Altar Society...

  • Daycare center earns national accreditation for early childhood education
    PATERSON - For children, the experience of preschool leaves a lasting impression.  At Friendship Corner Daycare Center II at Catholic Family and Community Services (CFCS) here, an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities, that indelible impression was also left on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals, which accredited Friendship Corner II for providing a safe, healthy, nurturing and stimulating learning environment.

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  • Deacon from Haiti serves in diocese thanks to friendship with Sparta parish
    MORRISTOWN - Deacon Jean Claude St. Martin arrived in the diocese last year from his native Haiti to pursue his dream of being ordained to the priesthood through an unlikely entry point - his eight-year-old, long-distance association with a diocesan parish: Our Lady of the Lake (OLL), Sparta.

  • Deacon Hussey writes collection of Christmas-themed stories for new book
    TOTOWA - Celebrating the spirit of the Christmas season, Deacon William Hussey, who formerly served at St. George Parish, Paterson, before retiring and resides at Little Sisters of the Poor St. Joseph's Home here, penned his newest collection of holiday stories called, "Christmas Candles," his fourth book about the season.

  • Deacon Vesota, wife to retire from Father English Center after four decades of service
    PATERSON - Old memories. New beginnings. At the Father English Community Center here, an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities, life's moments are experienced and lived like any family.  For Deacon Robert Vesota, executive director, and his wife Carol, director of human resources, those moments will forever be etched in their minds as they prepare for retirement next July 1 after serving a combined 43 years at the Father English Center. Joseph Melosh, currently serving as controller and financial officer, will take over as executive director

  • Deacon, wife open hearts to children with autism, multiple disabilities
    HAWTHORNE - As summer concluded for the year last Friday, the students at the Phoenix Center in Nutley will have a collection of summer memories to last for a lifetime thanks to Deacon George Forshay and his wife Mary, parishioners of St. Anthony Parish here.

  • Deadline nears for parish nominations for diocesan Vivere Christus Medal
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli is encouraging parishes to send in by their nominations for the Vivere Christus Medal - a new diocesan honor that the bishop has created to recognize the contributions of the laity to the mission of Christ and his Church. The deadline for parishes to send in nominations is Friday, May 15.

  • Death at Rutgers - In the Wake of Tragedy, a Way Forward
    Students at Rutgers University turned this past Friday into “Black Friday.”  Many of them wore black, mourning the tragic death of a university freshman who ended his life after being bullied by two other students. Moments before he jumped off the George Washington Bridge, Tyler Clementi posted a message on his Facebook page: “going to jump off the gw bridge sorry.”  What thoughts, what emotions, what feelings of utter hopelessness must have driven this talented and promising young man to end his life!

  • December 04, 2006

    Monday of the First Week of Advent
    December 4, 2006
    Isaiah 2: 1-5
    Psalm 122
    Matthew 8:5-11

    Today Isaiah offers us an ideal vision of God’s reign: all come together on the Lord’s mountain, weapons of war become implements of productivity, and all walk in the light of the Lord.  How we long for this to be our reality!  Yet through our Catholic Charities work we are cooperating with God to bring about that ideal.  Every time we welcome the stranger, as Jesus welcomed the Roman centurion, the Kingdom of God is revealed.  Every time we provide healing and hope, the light of the Lord is made visible.  Every time we serve our clients with dignity and grace, we help to build a world of peace and justice.

    While we wait for the fullness of God’s reign to come, let us this Advent season pray in gratitude for the privilege to do this good work and for the grace and strength to do it well every day.

    Barbara Budde
    Catholic Charities of Central Texas
    Diocese of Austin

  • December 05, 2006

    Tuesday of the First Week of Advent
    December 5, 2006

    Readings: Isaiah 11: 1-10, Psalms 72: 1, 7-8, 12-13, 17, Luke 10: 21-24

    The passage from Isaiah is titled “The Peaceful Kingdom”. Without giving away my own political ideology I must admit as I read this chapter I could not help but think of a question often asked on the many weeknight and Sunday political talk shows nowadays, that is, “are you safer today than you were __ years ago”. I don’t think we are. I recall in 1962 as a sixth grader preparing for the bomb to drop how we practiced hiding under our desks after which we were to march in an orderly fashion to the cellar fallout shelter. As a child I believed what I was told, that we were in imminent danger of a nuclear holocaust but I don’t think I appreciated all that meant emotionally. I believe in my adult mind today that the world we live in is much more dangerous than that. Thinking and believing that causes me to long and hope for the Peaceful Kingdom that Isaiah writes of. This in turn leads me to Chapter 10 of Luke.

    The key sentence in Luke is I think the one in which Jesus says to His disciples (and us) “How fortunate you are to see the things you see”. I believe if we could but see the Father and the Son every day we would begin to build the Peaceful Kingdom that Isaiah writes of. Luke tells us further that no one sees the Father or the Son unless they choose to reveal themselves to us (disciples) at Catholic Charities. I believe the Father and the Son reveal themselves to us each and every day at work in the clients we have contact with. Verses 12 & 13 of Psalm 72 instruct us to rescue the poor who call for help and those who are needy and neglected, and in so doing, lives are saved.

    I think that the Advent and Christmas seasons are that time of year when the word Peace is used the most. Some call this the Season of Peace. God knows we need it. To me these readings combined remind us that we have the opportunity to meet and greet Jesus everyday in the faces of those on the margins of society that come to us for help. I think if we begin to think of such persons more as Jesus personally revealing Himself to us (how can we love a God we cannot see when we do not love our neighbor/brother who we can see?) rather than clients or statistics, we will begin to build the beautiful Peaceful Kingdom Isaiah describes. Let’s use this Advent Season to meet Jesus everyday in our clients and build the Peaceful Kingdom in our worksites and local communities.

    Joe Duffy
    Catholic Charities
    Diocese of Paterson, NJ

  • December 06, 2006

    Wednesday of the First Week of Advent
    December 6, 2006

    Readings: Isaiah 25:6-10, Psalms 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6, and Matthew 15:29-37

    Wow, Jesus really does understand my life!! It is quite possible that you have tried to read this reflection but have been interrupted by the phone or the person at your office door. This is life at a Catholic Charities agency! In reading today’s Gospel we see Jesus experienced those days too. He goes off to rest, finally getting to sit down and is interrupted by the people needing his healing hand.
    So many times in my life when the schedule can not handle another thing I wonder where Jesus is and if he really understands what I am dealing with. I then read a passage like this and see that the point of God entering our world was to demonstrate that he REALLY does understand our lives. He knows the limits, emotions, pressures, and multiple stressors that life can hand over to us as humans because he has been FULLY human. As we move closer to the feast of Christ’s birth into our world it is so easy to get carried away with the image of angels worshipping and kings bringing gifts that we forget that God’s own Son gave up everything to come and live with us in the business, the frustration and even the joys of our humanity. What a blessing to know that when I cry out to God asking for relief from being “over-worked and over-stressed” that he truly understands my frustration.
    The difference between Jesus’ life and mine is that he is the Messiah! So often we, as Catholic Charities staff, end up trying to save the world and never resting or taking time for ourselves. We see a great example set for us humans in our Lord who seeks out a mountain top on which to rest. This Advent season let’s follow his example and take a few minutes each day to reflect on how God has truly blessed humanity by becoming one of us.

    Fr. Ragan Schriver
    Catholic Charities of East Tennessee
    Diocese of Knoxville

  • December 07, 2006

    Thursday of the First Week of Advent
    December 7, 2006

    Readings: Isaiah 26:1-6, Psalms 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27, and Matthew 7:21, 24-27

    Some days the Scripture passages immediately jump out with a message for us to ponder. As I learned from today’s readings, however, this day was not one where the message was immediately clear. Instead it was one that required an investment from me. It needed nurturing, quiet listening and patience.  In my reflection, I also realized that we’re in the season of Advent, a time of expectation and hope; a period when we should be filled with solitude and patience. 

    So after quietly and patiently listening to the readings again, I heard Matthew’s words from Jesus, “Anyone who hears these words of mine and acts accordingly is like a wise man who built his house on rock.” With the multitude of opportunities and challenges that confront us each day, it is so easy to jump right into our ministry work without much thought.

    Today, as I take a moment and drink in the words of Matthew, I’m brought to realize that before I rush off to the family shelter, or to the Dayworker Center or the Catholic Worker House, it’s good to stop, reflect  and anticipate the joys of the day. I’m certain that this will help me get my bearings; it will give me time to ensure that “my ministry house” is built on rock.  The pause will also help me remember that Christ is still living at the shelter; He is there among the Dayworkers, waiting for work; He is at the Catholic Worker House, sharing a meal with the residents.  He is here with me too but I will not find Him unless I slow down, look for Him, and allow some quiet time so that He can find me.

    Stan Fitzgerald
    Parish Social Ministries
    St. Francis of Assisi, San Jose, CA

  • December 08, 2006

    Friday of the First Week of Advent
    December 8, 2006

    Readings: Genesis 3:9-15, 20, Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4,
    Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 and Luke 1:26-38

    One of my first projects in my Catholic Charities career, was to assess the needs of the homebound parishioners on a pastor’s communion call list as the groundwork to establishing a parish outreach program.  I had occasion to meet Josephine, an “unclaimed jewel” who would not tell me her age, and who lived in a second floor walk-up in a poorer section of the parish.  I explained I was acting on behalf of her pastor to determine her needs and arrange for other parishioners to assist her.  At the end of my visit, she asked that I come again.  Unlike Mary, I resisted at first, concerned I would be exceeding my role and also risking an entangling transference on the part of my client.  But I relented and made a second “assessment” visit. 

    Josephine revealed more of herself to me and I saw in her a wise, compassionate, albeit lonely woman, who had devoted her life to the service of others, particularly children.  As I was preparing to leave, she asked me to come again.  I told her my role was just to determine her needs and arrange for someone else to visit her.  It was then she told me she wanted me to be her visitor.  I again resisted, but her gentle insistence led me to see that she had selected me to be her friend, not her friendly visitor.

    We formed a friendship in which she eventually met my wife and young children, whom she showered with attention.  Months later, Josephine suffered a debilitating stroke.  With no family or friends to visit her, my wife and I prayed at her bedside in the hospital then regularly visited her at the nursing home, until she passed about 3 months later.  Though seldom wise to cross client/professional boundaries, in this case, God’s grace showed me otherwise.  Josephine’s gentle ways taught us much about life and death and we also were privileged to help her walk the last few steps of her life’s journey.

    Mother Mary, teach us to see the wisdom of acceptance without hesitation when invited into relationship with those we serve and stepping out of our fears and concerns to reach beyond the surface and into the beautiful depths of one soul touching another.

    Denis Demers, PhD, LMSW
    Catholic Charities
    Diocese of Rockville Centre

  • December 11, 2006

    Monday of the Second Week of Advent
    December 11, 2006

    Readings: Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalms 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and Luke 5:17-26

    I feel so blessed by the readings for today!  God’s promises of healing, forgiveness and abundance ring through all of the readings.  Today, I am feeling the pain of the foster children on my caseload; their feelings of rage and tears, their feelings of rejection and despair, the pain of their dysfunctional and self-destructive behaviors.
    Today, I am feeling the pain of our foster parents who have chosen to “carry” these children to Jesus for healing, many times enduring great pain in the process.

    These Advent readings about proclaiming the coming of the Kingdom, remind me that our God comes to bless our efforts. Our God comes to us in spite of great defeat and seeming hopelessness. Our God declares that in the face of brokenness, yes, miracles still can and do happen. And with faith we also can say, “then astonishment seized them all and they all glorified God, struck with awe, they said, ‘we have seen incredible things today.”
    Oh Blessed Father, give us eyes to see, minds to perceive and hearts to believe that we might also call forth miracles!

    Mac Broussard
    Commonwealth Catholic Charities
    Diocese of Richmond

  • December 12, 2006

    Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent
    December 12, 2006
    Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalms 96:1-2, 3, 10, 11-12, 13 and Matthew 18:12-14

    Today’s Gospel reading speaks powerfully of God’s care for the least of us. The image of the shepherd leaving the ninety-nine to go in search of the one lost sheep who wandered away is the image of the God who passionately loves each person created in his image. There is no mistaking the meaning here. God’s love is not an abstraction and is not a generalization. It is very real, very individual, and God “goes out of his way” to offer it, particularly to those who wander away.

    The reading from Isaiah gives us another glimpse of that love. The first ten verses speak in terms of a “triumphant God,” come at last and come in glory to save his people. And then this reading concludes with, “Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.” There it is again, the image of a tender, loving God.

    Several years ago I was blessed to see this same love at work in a dear friend. She had been diagnosed with liver cancer more than two years earlier and given six months to live. She had been away from church and faith, any church or faith, for decades. She did not cope well with the diagnosis/prognosis and began drinking and other destructive behaviors. Two years later, she was still alive and doing well. Meanwhile, God had been working in her heart. She enrolled in an RCIA process in a local parish. Two weeks after beginning that process, her cancer was again detected as advancing. She made her commitment of faith and came into the Church at the following Easter Vigil and died just four months later. I have no doubt at all as to why she was given those additional two years to live. God loved her enough to give her the time to come to relationship with him in her own time and in her own way.

    As we at Catholic Charities move through this season of waiting that is Advent, may we be always aware that we touch individual lives and hearts every day. We are called to be the tender arms of a loving God for so many who are the lost and the broken in so many different ways. Most likely, we will never know how many people’s hearts are spoken to by God through us. What an awesome calling!

    Diane Knight
    Catholic Charities
    Archdiocese of Milwaukee

  • December 13, 2006

    Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent
    December 13, 2006

    Readings: Isaiah 40:25-31, Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, and Matthew 11:28-30

    In today’s readings I am immediately drawn to the words expressed by Matthew. Prior to being involved in this ministry, I was heavily burdened by worldly things, attitudes, status and other self-indulgent tasks. The economic yoke was oppressing.
    It was time for complete submission to the will of God. Seeking is the first step in the process of conversion. In this process I came to know Jesus on a completely different level. I learned from what He said through the scriptures. I came to a contemplative resting place, and I found that there was no longer a need to be anxious about material things. Our submission to the authority and wisdom of God and developing a sense of humility characterizes “right living”.
    Our contact with the poor and marginalized helps lift that yoke of oppression from our lives so we may better act like Jesus and carry out the mission he clearly describes for us. Take His yoke and learn from Him this Advent season.

    Tom Navin
    Catholic Charities of Arkansas
    Diocese of Little Rock

  • December 14, 2006

    Thursday of the Second Week of Advent
    December 14, 2006
    Readings: Isaiah 41:13-20, Psalms 145:1, 9, 10-11, 12-13, and Matthew 11:11-15

    Several years ago, in a classroom at one of our Catholic high schools, where I was invited to speak to a religion class about “the option for the poor,” a poster on the wall stated:
    The Two Foundational Principals of Life
    1. There is a God.
    2. You are not Him.

    I felt the same sense of relief and humility then as I felt when I read today’s passage from Isaiah. “Fear not, I will help you.”…I the God of Israel will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them,” and the psalm, “The Lord is trustworthy in every word, and faithful in every work.”

     Sometimes in our ministries of service and advocacy we can lose sight of the fact that it is God’s work we are doing. Realizing and remembering that there is a trustworthy, faithful God who will not forsake us, who will answer us, can remove the self-righteousness that can come with success or the discouragement we sometimes feel when our efforts seem not to bear fruit in our time.

    Let us pray the daily prayer of Father Mychal Judge, who was killed at the World Trade center on September 11 2001:
    "Lord, take me where you want me to go
    Let me meet who you want me to meet
    Tell me what you want me to say
    And keep me out of your way."

    Pat Jaehnig
    Office of Community Services and Advocacy
    Diocese of Providence

  • December 15, 2006

    Friday of the Second Week of Advent
    December 15, 2006

    Readings: Isaiah 48:17-19, Psalms 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6, and Matthew 11:16-19

    In today’s reading, the prophet Isaiah writes how the Lord will teach and lead us in the way we should go, the way of the common good.  In the Psalms we read of the promise of happiness for those who follow the Lord which makes me think of how rewarding our work is when we are able to help others.  Assisting the immigrant family to get started with a new life in America, or empowering the homeless to stabilize their living situation and receive mental health counseling are some of the fruits of our work at Catholic Charities.

    The gospel message from Matthew on the other hand messes this up a bit with the reminder that John and Jesus were both doing God’s work in different ways.  They were both were criticized and scorned.  As if it were not enough that society looked down upon the people with whom they associated, many admonished John and Jesus with personal attacks on their character as well. 

    I wonder how many of us feel that skepticism from others around us who criticize the nature of our work with the poor.  Jesus sets the example by going out among those who needed him most.  That is where our work is also.  It is difficult and often times without gratitude.  But Matthew concludes by saying, “time will prove where wisdom lies.”   
    May these words give us hope and a sense of anticipation as we continue our journey through Advent.

    Karen Hauser, Ed.D.
    Catholic Charities of Salina, Inc.
    Diocese of Salina

  • December 18, 2006

    Monday of the Third Week of Advent
    December 18, 2006
    Readings: Jeremiah 23:5-8, Psalms 72:1, 12-13, 18-19, and Matthew 1:18-24

    In today’s readings from the Psalms we are reminded of the centrality of justice and care for the poor as an important component of how we are called to live out our faith.  Indeed these readings make clear that it is God himself who demands justice and who reaches out to the poor and those in need.  Our work in Catholic Charities is a direct expression of this deep belief that justice is demanded by God and caring for the marginalized is doing his work.  Every time we advocate on an issue we are in effect making God’s will be done on earth.  Every time one of our programs helps someone we are in effect building the kingdom.  During this season of preparation for Christ’s coming, help us, gracious God, to see our work as prayer in action and an expression of the very core of our faith in you.

    Rory Desmond
    Catholic Charities CYO
    Archdiocese of San Francisco

  • December 19, 2006

    Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent
    December 19, 2006

    Readings: Judges 13:2-7, 24-25, Psalms 71:3-4, 5-6, 16-17, and Luke 1:5-25

    In today’s scriptures readings from the Book of Judges and the Gospel of Luke we can see God’s greatness and the wonder of the miracles He has wrought.  The wives of both Manue and Zachary were barren and an angel appeared to announce that they would conceive.    In the reading from the Psalms we read of God’s saving grace at work in defending the poor, the hungry and afflicted and the acknowledgement that all men and women shall pay Him homage.

    In providing pregnancy counseling services to teens and women facing an unintended pregnancy, I am moved by the words of the Psalms.  Many times our clients come to us feeling pressured to find the “easy way out”, often they have been abandoned by the father of their baby, they lack medical insurance, they are afraid, uncertain of what to do  and without hope.  Recognizing our Christian responsibility to be respectful of these teens and women, the staff at Catholic Charities is called upon to fulfill its mission, in the name of the Lord, in loving and caring for those who are suffering from their current life crisis.  In a similar manner, we help childless couples adopt a child and see this as part of   God’s plan; we are simply His instruments of faith.

    For me, all of today’s Advent readings reinforce our trust in God, acceptance of His will and the dignity and respect due to all human beings.

    Kathleen Dooley-Polcha
    Catholic Guardian Society and Home Bureau
    Archdiocese of New York

  • December 20, 2006

    Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent
    December 20, 2006
    Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14, Psalms 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 , and Luke 1:26-38

    Ask for a sign—be blessed! Never have these words been heard so much as in the past year. The events of hurricanes Katrina and Rita have introduced many of us in Texas to a blessing we never expected. The hurricane survivors have blessed us as a community of faith but more, part of their culture is to see the signs and own the blessings by using this phrase in many ways such as, “Be blest!” “Have a blessed day!” “You are a blessing!”

    Isaiah and the hurricane survivors remind us in this Advent season that we don’t need to ask for signs of God’s care but to recognize the signs which are around us and in our midst. Blessings abound- not in our “stuff” or the advertising of this season that we witness but in each other and the people we serve.

    The Psalm and the starkness of December days in the winter call us to turn our eyes on those who call blessings from us in our daily activities indoors-- families, co-workers, clients and volunteers, those from whom we too receive our blessings. John Shea has said that the veil gets very thin at times of the year between here and hereafter, this is such a time. When we look backward and forward to those in our lives who have in the past and continue to show us what is necessary.

    In this beautiful Annunciation passage from Luke, God once more reminds us of our one precious life, the one Jesus has entered and redeemed, the one that extends the presence of Jesus in time through all of humanity. He is present in our co-workers, clients, volunteers, and donors all of whom extend the blessing of his incarnation to us if we but see and acknowledge it.  Someone once said “they are not dead who live in lives they leave behind. In those whom they have blessed they live lives again”. How much more so for the ONE who comes to set us free!

    Sr. Mary Anne Owens, SSND
    Catholic Charities
    Diocese of Dallas

  • December 21, 2006

    Thursday of the Third Week of Advent
    December 21, 2006

    Readings: Song of Songs 2:8-14, Psalms 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21, and Luke 1:39-45

    Rejoice and be joyful with all your heart!

    What a wonderful way to begin your day – especially with the rapidly approaching Feast of Christmas!

    As most of us daily pray upon wakening – “Lord, this is your day” – even though we have prepared plans – “Your agenda comes first.”  Easy to say – yes – but at the end of the day you realize He is truly the God of surprises.

    Especially in our Children’s Home each day brings new and unique surprises and challenges.  Our children are beautiful and wonderful, but unpredictable.  It takes an unusual and loving staff to care for children who have never known real love who look to us for safety.  So everyday we experience some type of excitement – especially with the coming of Christmas and it becomes contagious.

    When Mary visited Elizabeth you realize she was very excited - and was quite surprised when knowing that both she and her cousin, even in old age, were pregnant.  She hurried because of the joy she had – running to share the beginnings both she and Elizabeth were experiencing.

    So, we too, while probably exhausted and weary rejoice in knowing that our Savior, as a Baby Boy is soon to be born. 
    Remembering what He has already done for us we approach the altar with the knowledge that with God nothing is impossible.  Enjoy His surprises!!

    Sr. M. Alvin Seubott, RSM
    St. Mary’s Home
    Diocese of Savannah

  • December 22, 2006

    Friday of the Third Week of Advent
    December 22, 2006

    Readings: First Samuel 1:24-28, First Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8, and Luke 1:46-56
    Gift, Generosity, Gratitude. Appropriate words for this season, right? Today's readings and psalm place these words in a context different from material gifts. Two women - the old, barren Hannah and the young, vibrant Mary - recognize the sons of their wombs as precious gifts from God. Both sing hymns of gratitude. Mary models hers on Hannah's who is so grateful for Samuel that she generously gives him to God. Mary's generosity takes her to serve an elderly pregnant cousin. Their generous gifts are time, service, gratitude and self.

    Hannah sang, "God raises the needy from the dust." What new Christmas carol are you writing in raising the needy from the dust of joblessness or minimum wages?  Mary sang, "God lifts up the powerless and fills the hungry with good things."  Sing the song of encouragement and compassion for the abused and mentally ill. While giving food baskets to the hungry, also sing a hymn of gratitude for the gift of God's Son who satisfies the hunger in each of us.

    Sr. Therese Wetta, ASC
    Rome, Italy

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  • Deluge of furniture aids Paterson flood victims
    Households devastated by April floods helped by Catholic Charities
    They're only a few pieces of gently used furniture - a living room set and a few dressers. But these modest furnishings are a godsend to Morningstar, a Paterson resident whose house was heavily damaged by floodwaters after a mighty nor'easter tore through northern New Jersey in April.

  • Delving Deeper Into Faith
    Group at Pompton Lakes parish discusses 'Catholicism' video series
    POMPTON LAKES — Sometimes it's easy for lifelong Catholics, reg¬ular churchgoers solidly formed in their belief in Christ, to feel that they know everything they need to about their faith. But this fall, a group from St. Mary's Parish here — which included "cradle Catholics" and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) candidates — got the opportunity to deepen and learn more about their faith by going "back to the basics" and then beyond during this Year of Faith.

  • Denville Parish's MASH*07834 Brightens Christmas For Needy
    DENVILLE - "Too much breaks the bag," says a Spanish proverb but the generous community of St. Mary Parish here didn't care. They lovingly filled Christmas bags for the poor to capacity so the less fortunate had a Merry Christmas.

  • Departing superintendent leaves legacy of visionary initiatives
    CLIFTON — Earlier this month, John Eriksen, superintendent of schools, found himself at the end of another academic year in the Paterson Diocese, beaming with pride at diocesan high school graduations — reflecting the promise felt by the rows of graduates in caps and gowns before him. But this year, smiles radiated by this dynamic, departing educator also reflected a mix of emotions...

  • DePaul Catholic High School Position Announcement

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    WAYNE - Cruising through time, Sister of Charity Margaret Amelia Costello's life has been filled with so many historic moments in her 95 years on earth.

  • DePaul Catholic parents learn how to promote positive sports culture
    WAYNE — Football players are counting down the days as an annual nationwide ritual is set to begin anew— Friday night football.  As the football players charge onto the gridiron, cheerleaders and marching band members rev up the crowd and parents fill the stands with cheers and applause as they root for their sons.

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  • Devastation in Haiti reverberates deep in the hearts of diocesan Catholics
    Fifteen hundred miles stands between the Paterson Diocese and Haiti but for Haitian-born Father Jean Claude St. Martin, parochial vicar of St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart parishes both in Rockaway, thinking about the people back in his homeland hits close to his heart after a massive 7.0 earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, capital of the Caribbean nation, Jan. 12

  • Devastation in storm-battered Haiti impacts parishes' efforts
    CLIFTON - The deplorable living conditions and immense suffering of the impoverished people of Haiti - made worse by the recent tropical storms and hurricanes that have battered the beleaguered Caribbean island - have saddened people of good will around the world as well as several parishes of the diocese that have maintained outreaches to Haiti's poorest of the poor.

  • Devotion continues at the Shrine of St. Jude at Our Lady of Victories Parish
    PATERSON - In times of hopelessness, there is a saint ever present to intercede in the most despairing of cases - St. Jude Thaddeus.

  • Dialogue and Prayer
    Bishop, young adults gather together at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard
    MADISON - Last Friday night, a group of spiritually minded, inquisitive Catholic young adults arrived at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here ready to ask Bishop Serratelli probing questions on a wide array of topics - from specifics about the Christian faith and media portrayals of the Catholic Church to hot-button moral issues such as stem-cell research.

  • Dignity of Life

  • Diocesan archivist: Immigration continues to enrich N.J. Church
    SOUTH ORANGE - Where can you find a 110-year-old Catholic parish, founded to serve Austrian newcomers, which today serves an influx of Mexican immigrant families and offers Masses in a spectrum of languages: English, Spanish and German?  Or where would you find a neighborhood that was boyhood home of an archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the former auxiliary bishop of the Byzantine Ukrainian Diocese of Philadelphia?  The answer? - Only in New Jersey.

  • Diocesan assistant director of cemetery office marks 40th anniversary
    PATERSON —In many movies, a cemetery is often portrayed as a dark place, but for John Cavanaugh, assistant director of the diocesan cemetery office, a cemetery is sacred ground. red ground. For 40 years, Cavanaugh has served the Paterson Diocese in its cemetery office here at Calvary Cemetery beginning his work with the diocese June 1, 1973 — making him one of the diocese's longest-serving lay employees.

  • Diocesan Blue Mass
    PASSAIC — Bishop Serratelli will ordain seven men to the transitional diaconate at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 17 in St. Mary Church here, the last step before ordination to the priesthood.

  • Diocesan Catholic Charities agencies celebrate Older Americans Month
    PATERSON - Before the Paterson Adult Day Center here, an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities, 83-year-old Mary Downey and 95-year-old Pauline Gainey were complete strangers. Now, they are the best friends.  Diocesan Catholic Charities agencies offer more than 20 different programs to serve seniors through nutrition, socialization at its day centers, transportation, emergency services, case management, social services and enrichment classes.

  • Diocesan Catholic Charities aids families in three-county post-Irene support effort
    PATERSON - This past weekend, parishes collected donations for the diocesan "Hurricane/Disaster Relief Fund" to aid with the immediate and long-term needs of those families affected by Hurricane Irene and also help churches that experienced flood damage.

  • Diocesan Catholic Charities appoints directors for aging services in Passaic, Sussex counties
    PATERSON - With the services offered for seniors and physically disabled adults through diocesan Catholic Charities Catholic Family and Community Services Aging Services department, there is hope for many in their golden years who need assistance.

  • Diocesan Catholic Charities gives Christmas joy to Hurricane evacuees
    PATERSON - Diocesan Catholic Charities mixed a little "southern hospitality" with Christmas cheer last week, hosting a party to warm the hearts of Gulf Coast Hurricane Katrina evacuees the agency has been helping to resettle in Northern New Jersey and rebuild their upended lives.

  • Diocesan Catholic Charities names this year's Caritas Awards recipients
    PATERSON - The 10th annual Catholic Charities Caritas Awards gala will honor a deacon and his wife who have convened for the needy in Paterson for much-needed social services funding; a laywoman who advocated for and succeeded in ending the death penalty in New Jersey; and a laywoman who has served inner city youths for close to two decades, making a difference in their lives spiritually so that they can become pillars of the community.

  • Diocesan certificate program in Catholic evangelization
    Applications being accepted for first-of-its-kind academic program
    MADISON - A new certificate program the Paterson Diocese plans to offer in the fall seeks to transform local Catholics into enthusiastic evangelists, first by inviting them to embrace evangelization - a concept that the faithful often view with great trepidation - through a broad range of courses designed to help them understand more deeply our call to be proclaimers of the Gospel to every person and in every situation.

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  • Diocesan choir director leaves to take position at Florida parish
    PARSIPPANY — Since 2004, the 35-voice diocesan choir has filled many of the Church of Paterson's Masses and religious events with the rich melodies of traditional and contemporary classical religious compositions. Those performances have not only been satisfying to churchgoers, but also to members themselves, singing compositions so challenging that many have found their way into the repertoires of world renowned choral groups.

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    Interested in becoming a member of the Diocesan Choir?  Please fill out the online enrollment form by clicking the link below.

  • Diocesan Choir looking to expand membership this fall
    PARSIPPANY - Today, the 45-member Diocesan Choir fills many of the Church of Paterson's Masses and religious events with the rich melodies of traditional and contemporary classical religious compositions, echoing an equally rich history - not only of the choir's inception in 2004, but also of the former more than 100-member Pontifical Choir that lifted its collective voices in praise at diocesan Masses and events decades earlier.

  • Diocesan Christmas Concert at St. Peter Church in Parsippany
    PARSIPPANY - Like the angels who proclaimed "Tidings of Great Joy," to the shepherds, the annual diocesan Christmas Concert will gather people together during the most joyful time of the year to celebrate in anticipation and longing the coming of Christ's birth. This year, the diocesan Christmas Concert will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 in St. Peter the Apostle Church here due to the ceiling repairs, which have closed St. John's Cathedral in Paterson.

  • Diocesan Christmas Concert brings 'Tidings of Great Joy' to the faithful
    PARSIPPANY - St. Peter the Apostle Church here was filled with the sounds of Advent and Christmas music Dec. 5, the Second Sunday of Advent, as the annual Christmas Concert of the Diocese of Paterson was held. The concert, which featured the theme "Tidings of Great Joy," was enjoyed by the faithful from around the diocese who filled the church to capacity as they prepared for the coming of Christ.

  • Diocesan consultant for Respect Life to be featured on EWTN
    CONVENT STATION — Last May, Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich moved a step closer to beatifica¬tion when Pope Benedict XVI declared the Sister of Charity venerable. Being declared venerable by the Church, recognizes her life of "heroic virtue" and that she can be prayed to for intercessions.

  • Diocesan Deacon Convocation Scheduled For Nov. 5
    Msgr. Robert M. Diachek, director of the Office of the Diaconate in the Diocese of Paterson, has announced that the 2005 Diocesan Deacon Convocation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Parsippany. The convocation theme is "Growing Together in Service to the People of God." 

  • Diocesan delegates attend youth conference in Kansas City
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - They came down like pouring rain to worship Christ the king who reigns over their Catholic faith. Nearly 21,000 teen-agers and 3,000 of their adult leaders, parents, priests and bishops from all across the United States, came together for the 2009 National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) Nov. 19-21 co-hosted by the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan.

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  • Diocesan ecumenical officer explores Jewish-Christian relations through St. Paul at CSE event
    CONVENT STATION - To help foster a greater mutual understanding of and mutual respect for their Jewish brothers and sisters, Christians need to explore more deeply the Jewish roots of their own Christian faith, which they can discover through the writings of St. Paul, among other sources.  So declared Father Charles Parr, diocesan ecumenical officer, who brought the Catholic Church's message of hope for further Jewish-Christian understanding to a diverse audience, who attended an interfaith dialogue Nov. 12 at the College of St. Elizabeth (CSE) here.

  • Diocesan employees mark Breast Cancer Awareness Week
    CLIFTON — Every October, the color pink makes its way through the fall colored decorations so people stop and think about the millions of people breast cancer affects.  Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been marked at the Paterson Diocesan Pastoral Center here by employees for the past four years, who have rallied for the cause with a week dedicated to survivors, those currently battling breast cancer or the loved ones who have passed away from the disease.

  • Diocesan employees tour Passaic Women’s Center as opening day nears
    PASSAIC — When Sister of Christian Charity Mary Edward Spohrer, chancellor and delegate for religious, asked women employees serving in the diocesan offices their first impression of the Neighborhood Center for Women here at St. Nicholas Parish, "hopeful," "empowering" and "bright" were some of the one word descriptions they shared.

  • Diocesan Evangelization Center in Madison hosts visit for Papal Nuncio to U.S.
    MADISON — Father Paul Manning, diocesan vicar for evangelization and executive director of St. Paul Inside the Walls: The diocesan evangelization center here, welcomed Bishop Serratelli and Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, papal nuncio to the United States, to St. Paul Inside the Walls on Dec. 12. After a brief tour, Bishop Serratelli, Father Manning, Father Derek Anderson, diocesan director of catechesis as evangelization, and Allan Wright, academic dean for evangelization, discussed some of the initiatives in evangelization at St. Paul’s.

  • Diocesan evangelization center to inspire faithful to preach the 'Good News'
    CLIFTON - Now that Catholics in the diocese have started to answer Christ's call to get more involved in spreading the Gospel - renewing their commitment to a mission at the center of the Church - the diocese plans to have a permanent center that inspires faithful to preach the "Good News" and that unifies the Church of Paterson's evangelization efforts.

  • Diocesan faithful sing praises for Pope Francis’ humble compassion
    CLIFTON — As white smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel March 13 at the Vatican, signaling the election of a new pope, it didn’t take long for Catholics worldwide to see history in the making in a series of firsts — the first pope from the Americas, the first Jesuit pope and the first pope to take the name Francis — after St. Francis of Assisi.

  • Diocesan faithful stand firm on Right to Life as annual March turns 40
    WASHINGTON — Two words — "Defend Life" — on signs held high by pro-lifers at the 40th annual March for Life here Jan. 25 defined the mission of the thousands upon thousands who came to the nation’s capital to participate in the event.

  • Diocesan Finance Council meets
    Lorraine Hricik-Del Guercio led the meeting of the diocesan Finance Council Dec. 1 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Clifton. It was the first diocesan Finance Council meeting since Bishop Serratelli appointed Lorraine Hricik-Del Guercio as a member and also as the new chairperson of the finance council for a five-year term. Executive vice president of J.P. Morgan Treasury Services, she is the first laywoman to head the diocesan finance council.

  • Diocesan food pantries facing shortages
    Catholic Charities agencies see shortfall of food items
    PATERSON - When empty shelves exist at a store that sells electronics or toys it means a "hot ticket item" has sold out. But for the food pantries of diocesan Catholic Charities agencies, empty shelves mean something more serious - it means more and more people are in need of food assistance and these agencies cannot keep up with the demand.

  • Diocesan High School Graduation 2013
    This month, 782 students were graduated from Catholic high schools in the diocese. For more photos and valedictorian speeches, see the special Beacon section. Beacon photo / Joe Gigli

  • Diocesan High School Graduations 2012
    In the diocese this month, some 850 students were graduated from seven high schools.  Photos from the Beacon's annual special Graduation Section can be found here.

  • Diocesan HR officer addresses issue of domestic violence awareness in workplace at national convocation
    CLIFTON — Domestic violence is a serious problem that needs to be discussed in the workplace. That was the message given by Dennis Butler, the diocese's chief human resources / compliance officer, when he spoke at the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators annual convocation held in Tampa, Fla., last week.  During the three-day conference, priests and human resources administrators from more than 110 dioceses across the country and Canada, attended the convocation to learn about ways to minister and serve staff members working at diocesan offices, parishes, agencies and schools.

  • Diocesan Mandate for Parish Viability
    Bishop Serratelli sent the following letter to all priests in the diocese on April 1

  • Diocesan May Crowning gathers faithful to honor the Blessed Mother
    DOVER - It was Mother's Day all over again as the diocese honored the ultimate role model for all mothers - the Blessed Virgin Mary - at its annual May Crowning in Sacred Heart Church here May 28. Bishop Serratelli led the coronation of Mary with many priests of the diocese, religious sisters and the faithful from all over the diocese in attendance.

  • Diocesan May Crowning honors Mary
    PARSIPPANY - Through God's will, and Mary's 'yes' was born Our Savior in the Gospel message of Luke, which recounts Mary's call to be the Mother of Christ. In honor of her sacrifice, parishioners from all over the diocese attended the annual May Crowning celebration on May 23 at St. Peter the Apostle Church here. Bishop Serratelli led the coronation for Mary attended by many priests of the diocese, religious sisters and faithful from parishes. With a crown made of flowers, the crowning of Mary's image was the highlight of the event, which included Marian songs and adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

  • Diocesan Office for Respect Life consultant says adult stem cells give medical researchers hope
    CONVENT STATION - Over the past 30 years, the medical establishment and the mainstream press have remained silent about what has clearly become "the greatest story never told" - stunning news that adult stem cell research has led to more than 74 breakthrough treatments for a multitude of ailments and medical conditions, from blindness caused by chemical burns and heart damage to juvenile diabetes and spinal cord injuries.

  • Diocesan pilgrims enlivened in Quebec City
    Aboard a bus to Canada, 35 parishioners, priests and religious from the Paterson Diocese headed to Montreal and Quebec City for the 49th International Eucharistic Congress to join some 75,000 other pilgrims June 18 - 23 to celebrate the Jesus' real presence in the Eucharist. The diocesan pilgrims from parishes all over the diocese toured major Catholic shrines in Montreal such as St. Joseph Oratory on the slope of Mount Royale and St. Anne De Beaupre Basilica and attended the congress in Quebec City. Many were affirmed in their faith by attending the congress and the importance of the gift of the Eucharist in the Church.

  • Diocesan pilgrims excited as World Youth Day 2013 nears
    SPARTA — Set to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, a group of pilgrims from St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish here will be attending the 28th World Youth Day (WYD) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from July 23 to 28.

  • Diocesan pilgrims visit shrines in Pennsylvania, Maryland
    SPARTA - Continuing a tradition of visits to United States shrines, a busload of diocesan pilgrims traveled to the neighboring state of Pennsylvania and south to Maryland on pilgrimage July 29-31. Father Michael Rodak, parochial vicar of Our Lady of the Lake (OLL) here, was spiritual director for the pilgrimage for 22 pilgrims.

  • Diocesan priest hits high note as National Guard chaplain with promotion to brigadier general
    ARLINGTON, Va. - Father Alphonse Stephenson, a priest of the Paterson Diocese, has been spending much of his time in the halls of the Pentagon here, taking head-on the many challenges of his responsibilities as the highest high-ranking chaplain in the U.S. Air National Guard. But this diocesan priest and orchestra conductor still looks for those "small but gratifying moments " serving "our citizen soldiers" - "moments when you just come upon something and have great timing" - just as he does leading a musical ensemble.

  • Diocesan priests from Latin America celebrate new South American pope
    CLIFTON — Diocesan priests with Latin American roots were excited that the new pope, Francis, hailed from South America.

  • Diocesan priests, seminarians join with Bishop Serratelli at annual picnic
    MADISON — Diocesan priests and seminarians came together with Bishop Serratelli at the annual diocesan priests' picnic last Saturday, Aug. 28, at St. Paul's Inside the Walls, the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here.

  • Diocesan religious mark World Day for Consecrated Life
    CLIFTON — Faith and hope proved to be much stronger than Mother Nature’s snowstorm Feb. 9 as religious women and men from the more than 20 orders serving in the Paterson Diocese joined together with Bishop Serratelli at St. Philip Church here to mark World Day for Consecrated Life.

  • Diocesan schools rally to support Opportunity Scholarship Act
    PASSAIC - Students and parents came together loud and proud at St. Anthony/Passaic Catholic School here and at St. Gerard School in Paterson March 1 because of their choice - their opportunity to attend a Catholic School.

  • Diocesan schools receive AdvancED accreditation certificates
    PATERSON — For the past year, schools in the Paterson Diocese have been working collaboratively to earn accreditation status through AdvancED, the world's largest accreditation firm, serving more than 27,000 public and private schools across the United States and in 69 countries.

  • Diocesan seminarian ordained to Order of Deacon in St. Peter's Basilica
    ROME - Daniel O'Mullane, a seminarian of the Diocese of Paterson, was among the 30 American seminarians ordained to the Order of Deacon Oct. 8 in St. Peter's Basilica here. The sacrament was conferred by the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis.

  • Diocesan seminarian was evangelizing in outreaches to youth in his native Cuba
    Last month, the U.S. opened its arms to welcome one of its newest citizens — Dailon Lisabet, a committed Catholic, who already spent years in his native Cuba, living out a similar spirit of welcome. Before coming to America in 2006, this diocesan seminarian learned to use everything available to welcome new believers and fallen-away faithful into the Church...

  • Diocesan seminarians gather with bishop for Evening Prayer, Christmas dinner
    RINGWOOD — Bishop Serratelli, along with several diocesan priests, gathered with diocesan seminarians Dec. 20 at St. Catherine of Bologna Church here for Evening Prayer followed by the annual Christmas dinner for diocesan seminarians in parish center.

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

  • Diocesan Statement on the Iraq Conflict
    We focus on prayers for our troops, the men and women who are abroad defending our country... and also pray that all the innocent men, women and children who endure this conflict in Iraq will be spared as much suffering as possible...

  • Diocesan STEM program, Hawthorne principal, receive national honors
    PITTSBURGH — The diocesan schools’ STEM program and the principal of St. Anthony School in Hawthorne where honored with national awards at the annual National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Convention and Expo April 22-24 here.

  • Diocesan students receive scholarships from Simon Foundation
    PATERSON - Gathered together IN the gymnasium of Paterson Catholic Regional High School here, 55 students from Blessed Sacrament here, Our Lady of Mount Carmel/St. Nicholas School in Passaic, Pope John Paul II School in Clifton and Paterson Catholic were recently awarded with scholarships presented to them by the William E. Simon Family Endowment Fund.

  • Diocesan superintendent moved by Pope Benedict's address to Catholic educators
    CLIFTON - Without knowing it ahead of time, Frank Petruccelli, diocesan school superintendent here, had taken a "plumb" seat in the University Center of Catholic University, Washington, D.C., on April 17 for Pope Benedict XVI's address to more than 400 Catholic educators.

  • Diocesan superintendent of schools speaks at Back to School Mass in Clifton
    CLIFTON — To set the tone of the new school year, St. Clare School here welcomed Holy Cross Brother William Dygert, the new diocesan superintendent, to its 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass Sept. 16.

  • Diocesan superintendent of schools to retire in July, ending 40-year career in Catholic education
    CLIFTON - Frank Petruccelli, diocesan superintendent of schools for 27 years, has announced that he plans to retire next month after a 40-year career as a Catholic educator and administrator.

  • Diocesan teachers meet with bishop for Mass during in-service day
    PARSIPPANY — More than 1,000 educators serving at diocesan elementary schools and high schools gathered together at St. Peter the Apostle Church here to begin a Diocesan In-Service Day for Teachers with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Serratelli Oct. 11. Several priests, who serve in schools or are pastors of parishes with a school, concelebrated with the bishop. The in-service was coordinated by the diocesan schools office.

  • Diocesan teens 'discover the way' at conference
    COLUMBUS, OHIO - Catholic teen-agers should never feel alone in their faith. Seventy-six teens from across the diocese, who attended the 29th National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) Nov. 8 - 10 here, got that message - loud and strong - as they had 20,000 reasons to know they are never alone in being young American Catholics discovering the way to God's great love.

  • Diocesan teens hear God's call for healthy relationships
    CHATHAM TOWNSHIP - April 2 marked the first anniversary of Pope John Paul's death, and the echo of his message "Be not afraid" still resonated among almost 300 young people from all over the diocese at Corpus Christi Parish here who listened courageously about the gift of chastity. The diocesan youth day entitled, "Sex, Love and You" coordinated by several youth ministers from around the diocese, featured music by Extreme Faith, talks, group discussions and prayer to empower teen-agers to live a chaste life and realize the gift they are from God.

  • Diocesan Vestments: Deacon Stoles
    An order form is being sent to all parishes/agencies for those who would like to order more vestments for their priests/deacons. Click below for more information.

  • Diocesan youth celebrate a Church young and full of life at national conference
    INDIANAPOLIS — Those who claim that the Catholic Church is outdated obviously were not in Indianapolis last week at Lucas Oil Stadium here, where more than 23,000 young Catholics from the Paterson Diocese and all across the U.S. gathered together for the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) Nov. 21-23 to exuberantly celebrate their faith in public.

  • Diocesan youth come together to evangelize
    MADISON — While Catholic youth have often been called the future of the Church, Bishop Serratelli’s message to a gathering of youth leaders last Saturday in the chapel of St. Paul’s Inside the Walls, was this: “Young people are the present of the Church.”

  • Diocesan youths say 'yes' to Jesus at 23rd WYD
    Usually depicted as fire, wind or a dove, the Holy Spirit is truly alive in the 77 diocesan pilgrims who are now a living depiction of Jesus' power after celebrating at the week-long festivities of the 23rd World Youth Day here.  Called to be witnesses and to evangelize the love of Christ, diocesan pilgrims met with other young Catholics from more than 150 countries, heard a host of international bishops speak at catechetical sessions and encountered Pope Benedict XVI.

  • Diocese begins planning for 26th World Youth Day in Madrid
    MADISON - Every journey requires planning and it is expected some 80 youth, young adults, chaperones and priests from the Paterson Diocese will be attending the 26th World Youth Day (WYD) in Madrid, Spain next August meeting up with Pope Benedict XVI and more than 1 million Catholics from all around the world. The diocesan coordinators met at St. Paul's Inside the Walls here Sept. 20 with Phil Russo, diocesan executive secretary for evangelization and Anne Breslin of Great Experiences, Inc., who is planning travel arrangements for the pilgrimage.

  • Diocese begins preparation for pilgrimage to 2011 World Youth Day in Madrid
    MOUNTAIN LAKES - Youth and young adult ministers and pastors from across the diocese gathered together for the diocese's first planning meeting on the 24th international World Youth Day (WYD) in Madrid, Spain, which will take place from Aug. 14 to 22, 2011. The theme for WYD XXIV is "Rooted and Built Up in Christ and Steadfast in Faith" from Colossians 2:7.

  • Diocese comes together for May crowning celebration
    HAWTHORNE - It was the perfect way to begin the month of May, a month dedicated to Mary and all mothers, by the celebration of the annual diocesan May Crowning at St. Anthony Church here May 2. Bishop Serratelli led the coronation with many priests joining him.

  • Diocese committed to exceed standards that are required in USCCB child protection audit
    CLIFTON - The Paterson Diocese's hard work and considerable efforts over the past year to greatly improve its child protection policies and procedures have begun to realize dramatic results most recently by having "passed with flying colors" the 2010 audit by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Office of Child & Youth Protection.

  • Diocese continues sizeable support to urban education, parishes
    PATERSON - When the diocese announced April 21 that Paterson Catholic High School would close in June because of staggering long-term debt ($6 million) and the school's inability to meet its yearly fiscal responsibilities (a shortfall of $925,000 this fiscal year alone), it also announced that its continued commitment to urban Catholic education would not waver.

  • Diocese holds workshop for parish finance councils
    CLIFTON - Spreading the Good News in today's society requires parishes to not only be spiritually sound, but also fiscally sound. In order to help parishes handle their financial responsibilities and obligations, the Diocese held a Parish Finance Council Workshop at Pope John Paul II Center here Sept. 20 bringing together pastors and finance council members from individual parishes.

  • Diocese honors 31 priests marking anniversaries of ordination
    MADISON — To recognize their years of service to the people of the Paterson Diocese — celebrating Mass, baptizing babies, witnessing marriage vows, hearing confessions and simply being there in sad and happy times for the people in their parishes — the diocese honored 31 diocesan and religious priests who are marking significant anniversaries of their ordination to the priesthood this year at the annual diocesan Jubilee Mass in St. Vincent Martyr Church here June 4

  • Diocese honors law enforcement officers, remembers fallen officers
    PATERSON — In honor of the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers serving in the three counties that comprise the Diocese of Paterson and communities beyond, the 15th annual diocesan Blue Mass was celebrated May 6 in St. Gerard Majella Church here.

  • Diocese honors, remembers those in law enforcement at 12th annual Blue Mass
    PATERSON - In a time when peace is so needed in the world, the 12th annual diocesan Blue Mass reminded all to pay tribute and honor those in law enforcement who serve to keep local communities and the nation safe.

  • Diocese hosts first Permanent Diaconate Convocation in eight years
    MADISON — "If we really meet Jesus, we have everything," Deacon James Keating, theological formation director of the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., told 110 permanent deacons of the Paterson Diocese and their wives on Saturday, April 27 during the diocese's first Permanent Diaconate Convocation in eight years.

  • Diocese hosts series of wellness fairs for staff, clergy
    CLIFTON - As part its ongoing commitment to the health and wellness of those who serve in the Paterson Diocese, the diocesan Human Resources Depart_ment hosted wellness fairs around the diocese to promote healthy living and reduce the risk factors for serious health issues.

  • Diocese implements new hotline to report ethical violations, misconduct
    CLIFTON — Taking proactive steps to foster accountability and mitigate the risk of unethical behavior, the Paterson Diocese has launched a hotline and reporting program for clergy, religious, employees and volunteers serving in diocesan parishes, schools, agencies and other ministries to report financial misconduct, fraud, theft and harassment.

  • Diocese implements parish reconfiguration plan
    CLIFTON — The Paterson Diocese has announced that it has been enacting a bold new plan — the Diocesan Urban Ministry Strategy — which reconfigures some parishes in the Paterson Diocese to strengthen the spiritual life, outreaches and evangelization efforts to those Catholics living and worshipping in Paterson. Parishes affected are:  St. Agnes, St. Michael, St. George and St. Casimir in Paterson and St. Brendan in Clifton. Click the link above for full details.

  • Diocese implements program designed to raise awareness of domestic violence as workplace issue
    CLIFTON - The statistics are alarming and growing: one in five working adults is a victim of domestic violence and one in three women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime.

  • Diocese in full compliance with child protection charter
    CLIFTON — For the 10th consecutive year, the Paterson Diocese has been found to be in complete compliance with the U.S. bishop's 2002 “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”

  • Diocese Introduces "Gap Year" Program for Graduating Seniors
    CLIFTON - Seven students who are graduating from the three high schools operated by the diocese will be spending the next year experiencing foreign countries as part of a "gap" year program, before enrolling in their first year of college.

  • Diocese launches capital and endowment campaign; goal is to raise $40 million
    Faithful invited to support parishes, ministries, schools and cathedral.

  • Diocese listens to concerns of former Catholics during evening at St. Paul Inside the Walls
    Former Catholics - of various ages and from different walks of life and circumstances - gathered last week at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here to open their voices and hearts to share their great pain and difficulties with the Church in the past that caused them to leave the faith.

  • Diocese lobbies for immigration reform
    Church 'ready to help' as local undocumented immigrants are urged to prepare for legalization
    The U.S. Senate last week promised to reinvigorate stalled federal immigration-reform legislation, leaving open the possibility that the 12 million undocumented workers now living in the United States will become legalized.

  • Diocese makes history as first stop on Catholic Charities USA country-wide 'site visit' tour
    TOTOWA - A cluster of colorful balloons announcing "Welcome" bobbed in the breeze July 30 outside Mount St. Joseph Children's Center here Monday, on an action-packed, historic day for diocesan Catholic Charities - it marked the first time a representative of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) had taken a "grand tour" of Paterson's Catholic Charities' services to experience firsthand  how the agency lives out its ongoing Christian commitment to lending a helping hand, with plenty of heart, to society's most needy.

  • Diocese marks birthday of the Church at Pentecost celebration
    PATERSON - To mark the birthday of the Church, more than 900 people from across the diocese came together on Pentecost Sunday May 31 in St. Joseph's Community Center at St. Gerard Church here. Bishop Serratelli led the Spanish and English celebration which included the celebration of  Mass, Benediction and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

  • Diocese moves forward on historic restoration of St. John's Cathedral
    PATERSON — Bishop Serratelli has formed a Cathedral Building Committee that will be involved with every aspect of the design and construction of the historic restoration project to the Cathedral of St. John the which was closed November 22, 2010 for structural repairs.

  • Diocese names Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director
    CLIFTON - The diocese announced this week it has appointed a Chief Financial Officer and a Human Resource Director. Paul Rubacky, a parishioner of St. Catherine of Bologna Parish in Ringwood, will begin his duties as the diocese's Chief Financial Officer on July 21.  Joan Valk joined the diocese last month as its first Human Resources Director.

  • Diocese prays for missionaries, honors school children at Mass
    PATERSON Every year, churches from around the world pray for those brave men and women, religious and lay, who leave their homes to travel to the farthest ends of the Earth to evangelize the faith. World Mission Sunday (WMS) honors these missionaries who are dedicated to teach all nations about Jesus in some of the poorest nations and sometimes even dangerous places around the world.

  • Diocese rejoices in beatification of Pope John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday
    PASSAIC - He once stepped foot in Holy Rosary Church here and for many of the faithful in the Diocese of Paterson, Pope John Paul II's footprints have indelibly left a mark in their hearts as the diocesan family came together on the May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday to celebrate the beatification of the beloved pope.

  • Diocese takes lead role as advocate for state's passage of OSA
    Hopeful Opportunity Scholarship Act passes
    CLIFTON - The Paterson Diocese remains hopeful that N.J. State lawmakers will pass the proposed Opportunity Scholarship Act (OSA) by the end of the Senate and Assembly's "lame duck" session on Jan. 9 - this as the diocesan School Office has joined with a vocal coalition of Catholic and private schools to push for passage of the legislation.

  • Diocese to expand "STEM" program to 20 schools in fall
    The Diocesan Schools Office announced this week that a pilot program focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) would expand for the 2012-13 school year.

  • Diocese to honor Pope John Paul II at Mass of Thanksgiving for his beatification on May 1
    PASSAIC - As Catholics worldwide prepare to celebrate the beatification of Pope John Paul II by his successor Pope Benedict XVI on May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday, the Paterson Diocese will honor the beloved late pope on the date of his beatification with a Mass of Thanksgiving in Holy Rosary Church here at which Bishop Serratelli will preside. The bishop has invited the faithful of the diocese to take part in the celebration.

  • Diocese well represented at 35th March for Life in Washington
    WASHINGTON - The potential human life can have is immeasurable. The next baby born could grow up to find a cure for cancer, lead nations to world peace or simply preach the Good News.  Because of this more than 100,000 pro-life advocates from across the U.S. - including a large contingent from the Paterson Diocese - marched down Constitution Avenue in our nation's capital toward the Capitol building to put an end to abortion and fight for human life at the 35th annual March for Life Jan. 22.

  • Diocese's first chief compliance/HR officer seeks to strengthen workplace values
    CLIFTON - Dennis Butler arrives in the diocese on a mission: to help update the diocesan employee policies that crystallize here the principals that should drive every workplace, from big corporations to the Church - the values of treating all people fairly and with respect and celebrating the differences they bring to the workplace.

  • Diocese, city schools will collaborate to submit charter school application for Paterson Catholic site
    CLIFTON - The Diocese of Paterson and the Paterson public schools have agreed in a Memorandum of Agreement to jointly collaborate to submit a charter school application for the former Paterson Catholic High School site.

  • Directions To League CYO Games

    Please e-mail any comments or corrections to
    The Paterson Diocese supports a program of CYO Basketball to provide fun and athletic excellence for our young parishioners.
    Click below for directions to game sites

  • Directory of Permanent Deacons

    Click the link below to view the complete Directory of the Permanent Deacons of the Diocese of Paterson. 
    Click Here

  • Discalced Carmelites begin yearlong celebration of 500th birthday of St. Teresa of Avila
    MORRISTOWN — The Discalced Carmelite Sisters at the Monastery of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel here began their yearlong celebration to mark the 500 years since the birth of St. Teresa of Avila, which will occur on March 28, 2015. The Spanish saint is  co-founder of the Discalced Carmelites along with St. John of the Cross.

  • Discovering Christ
    Hopatcong parishioners get in tune with their faith in Jesus.
    People are more in tune with the Spirit and have become closer to Jesus, which is exactly what the evangelization team members hoped for.

  • Disheartening development
    It is a well-known fact that the Church supports research utilizing adult stem cells and stem cells from umbilical cord blood. These stem cells can be obtained without harm to the donor. It also a well-known fact that the Church is adamantly against using embryonic stem cells obtained by destroying an embryonic human being in the first stages of development. Harvesting these embryonic stem cells involves the deliberate killing of innocent human beings.

  • Disturbing images 'focus Americans on injustice' of abortion
    CONVENT STATION - You probably have seen them and it's impossible to forget them - photos of aborted babies, made even more heartbreaking by close-up shots of their tiny mutilated arms, legs and heads.  So why does the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), known for using photos of aborted babies on the posters and placards and in the videos of its pro-life media campaigns, feel the need to display images so gruesome and disturbing that they upset many in the public?

  • Diverse audience hears scholars discuss 'same-sex marriage'
    MADISON - Concerned Catholics - don't be fooled today by those caring yet misguided citizens in our increasingly permissive society, who do not consider the burning same-sex marriage issue a "big deal," nothing more than union of two people in love, who want to commit their lives to each other by "tying the knot."

  • Divine Mercy Sunday
    Bishop celebrates Mass, consecrates Eucharistic Missionaries of Divine Mercy at Paterson parish
    PATERSON - A masterpiece painting or sculpture always bears distinguishing marks that identify of the artist - from the thickness of the brushstrokes to a certain the type of marble chosen. So too, God has left on His Creation an unmistakable identifying characteristic - His mercy, ransomed by His only Son, Jesus.

  • Divine Mercy Sunday
    Bishop Serratelli  celebrated Mass on April 23 for the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, at Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Church in Cedar Knolls.  (Beacon photos/Joe Gigli)

  • Divine Mercy Sunday devotions growing around the diocese
    'Jesus, I trust in you'
    CLIFTON - Throughout the diocese, devotions celebrating the feast of Divine Mercy will be held the second Sunday of Easter on April 23. Many parishes in all three counties will be holding Holy Hours and other devotions consisting of confessions, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction, recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet and rosary and blessing of the Divine Mercy image.

  • Doctors and Health care Professionals - Their Noble Vocation
    [On January 17, 2011, the first meeting of Catholic doctors took place at St. Paul Inside the Walls.  Thus began the initiative to invite physicians to the Evangelization Center on a regular basis in order to respond to their needs as Catholic doctors in our secular culture.  This week's article contains the substance of Bishop Serratelli’s words of welcome to them.]

  • Documentation
    Forms, releases, guidelines for parents, coaches, pastors and principals

  • Documents, Manuals and Forms
    Documentation, manuals, policies and procedures and other relevant information pertaining to the Office of the Permanent Diaconate.

    HAWTHORNE - Salesian Sister Marisa DeRose doesn’t consider this anything out of the ordinary but simply doing what God has called her to do. But the National Association of Elementary Schools Principals (NAESP) thinks Sister Marisa is extraordinary.

    CLIFTON October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month but it took the nation’s most popular sport, the National Football League (NFL), to put this very serious problem — one that affects 1 in 5 adults — squarely in the headlines and the national psyche.

  • Domus Bartimaeus will welcome its first seminarians from foreign lands this spring
    BOONTON - Appointed with new furniture and other amenities and still sporting the smell of a fresh coat of interior paint, the former convent that has been transformed into the new Domus Bartimaeus house of discernment here is expected to be ready by spring to start giving a Christ-like welcome to its first batch of seminarians, who at first will be the "strangers among us" - immigrants, discerning and studying for the priesthood, who also are studying to brush up on their English-language skills.

  • Don't just say, 'Merry Christmas,' act 'Merry Christmas'
    A friend of mine recently wore a pin that said, "You can say 'Merry Christmas' to me." At first I laughed but then it got me thinking about the very core as to why she had to wear it in the first place. In recent years, there has been a discussion among the secular world to ban the use of saying, "Merry Christmas." Obviously as a Catholic, I am appalled with the lack of respect on a day that celebrates the birth of my Savior. I've always believed in respecting the customs of other faiths, cultures and backgrounds. To me, that's what it means to be politically correct - embracing everyone's values - not banning them.

  • Donations to diocesan Hurricane/ Disaster Relief Fund now exceed $263K
    CLIFTON - The Diocese gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the parishes that have sent in donations to the diocesan Hurricane/Disaster Relief Fund established by Bishop Serratelli to help with both the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by Hurricane Irene and also to help the churches affected by the flooding.

  • Donations to diocesan Hurricane/ Disaster Relief Fund top $282K
    The Diocese acknowledges the generosity of the parishes who have donated to the diocesan Hurricane/Disaster Relief Fund established by Bishop Serratelli to help with both the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by Hurricane Irene and also to help the churches affected by the flooding. As of Oct. 18, the total collected is $ 282,571.49.

  • Donations to diocesan Hurricane/Disaster Relief Fund exceed $246K to date
    CLIFTON - The Diocese gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the parishes that have sent in donations to the diocesan Hurricane/Disaster Relief Fund established by Bishop Serratelli to help with both the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by Hurricane Irene and also to help the churches affected by the flooding.

  • Donors to Bishop's Annual Appeal help lead Straight and Narrow client to recovery
    PATERSON - Wanda Martin never wants to look back at her life before Oct. 15, 2007. That was the day she walked into the doors of Straight and Narrow here, a diocesan Catholic Charities agency, and told her story about an addiction that had taken over her life.

  • DPD dedicates new group home in honor of Dr. Lawrence F. Barnet
    POMPTON LAKES - The Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD), an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities, dedicated its newest group home Nov. 25 at 52 Lennox Ave., here as the "Barnet House" in honor of Dr. Lawrence F. Barnet an attending physician at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Paterson, and St. Joseph Wayne Hospital. He also has a private practice in Haledon.

  • DPD says farewell to longtime employee, welcomes new director
    OAK RIDGE - What makes a family? Answers may include memories, new beginnings, experiencing times of sorrow together and love. At the diocesan Catholic Charities agency, Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD), life's moments are lived and experienced like any family.

  • Dramatic production about St. Faustina
    POMPTON PLAINS A middle-aged woman appears on a large video screen, looking quite uncomfortable before she even starts to speak into the camera. Then, she talks about her life, which included having been abused as a child and going wild during her college days, filled with sex and drugs. Soon, the unnamed woman cries, while recounting the horrible aftermath of having had an abortion, following an unplanned pregnancy...

  • Dream for the urban Church becomes a reality through partnership
    PASSAIC — This summer the doors will be opening to a new Neighborhood Center for Women and Children in the city. The Center, a sign of solidarity and hope for the urban Church, is developing under the leadership of Bishop Serratelli and the religious of the Diocese of Paterson. It will be located on the first floor of St. Nicholas Rectory, at the corner of Washington Place and State Street in Passaic.

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  • Dual celebration in Stirling
    Parish marks school s 50th anniversary, dedication of new $2.5 million addition
    STIRLING St. Vincent de Paul Parish here kicked off its Catholic Schools Week observances Jan. 29 with two huge, joyful reasons to celebrate  the 50th anniversary of its faith-and family-centered parish school and the dedication of its new $2.5 million parish addition and renovation project.

  • During Lent, all churches in diocese open for confession every Monday evening
    CLIFTON - Like lyrics to a beautiful love song, Jesus always awaits with "open arms" full of mercy, with forgiveness and love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Because of that, Bishop Serratelli and the priests of the Paterson Diocese invite Catholics to experience the healing of Christ's love when every parish in Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties will be open every Monday evening during Lent starting on Feb. 22 for confessions from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through the "Welcome Home to Healing" program.

  • During Lent, knights boycotting offensive television programming
    LITTLE FALLS — The N.J. State Council Knights of Columbus are hosting a campaign during Lent to boycott primetime shows on television that use profanity, have sexually-explicit content and promote immoral lifestyles.

  • During Lent, Succasunna parish is host for ‘Soup, Stations and the Popes’ on Fridays
    SUCCASUNNA — This Lent, four spiritual fathers of the Church — all of them popes of the modern era, including Francis — helped guide parishioners of St. Therese here along Christ’s journey to his Crucifixion on Calvary as they prayed the Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings. Beforehand, participating faithful shared a meal for this spiritual journey: a simple dinner of soup, crackers and bread that helped them express as a community their solidarity with the poor.

  • During pastoral visit to Rockaway parish, bishop administers Confirmation
    ROCKAWAY Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Sacred Heart Church here marking the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time on Oct. 19. During the visit, Bishop Serratelli administered the Sacrament of Confirmation.

  • During Year of Faith, West Milford parish adds more teachings about Catholicism
    Three minutes. That's all it takes for lectors at Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish (OLQP) here to conduct a brief "Catechetical Moment" before the celebration of weekend Masses to help churchgoers increase the knowledge of their Catholic faith during the universal Church’s Year of Faith.

  • E-Edition
    Not only does February mark Catholic Press Month, it also begins The Beacon's 46th year of publication. And as we continue to bring the "Good News" of the Paterson Diocese to Catholics every week, we also want to announce the good news that we now have an E-Edition of The Beacon at

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  • E-seminar
    Clifton school staff signs on to teacher seminar online
    Becoming better educators is what teachers strive to do every day. Because of this, St. Philip the Apostle School here offered its teachers a workshop to help them better educate its students through eSeminar, an online workshop with an education expert. The eSeminar program is presented by Staff Development for Educators, a New England-based company that serves educators, schools and districts.

  • Eagle Scout rehabs Marian shrine at Green Pond parish
    [EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is the fifth in a series featuring many of the shrines, prayer gardens, rosary walks and other devotional sites that local faithful can visit on their travels throughout the diocese this summer.]

  • East Hanover parishioner wins CPA award for photography, graphic design
    EAST HANOVER - For more than five years, Dr. Arthur Hoagland of St. Rose of Lima Parish here has been wedding spiritually rich words with equally soul-stirring images to illuminate a variety of subjects of interest to Catholics in Soul magazine - from reflections on the Shrine to Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal to relations between the Eastern and Western churches to the history of the Eucharist.

  • Ebola virus
    The continuing spread of the Ebola virus in Africa is putting many lives at risk, while containment efforts and the flight of vital workers have endangered food supplies and medical care, even for those without the disease.  In the last few weeks, The Beacon has published stories of how Xaverian missionary priests and the Salesian order is dealing with the outbreaks in many of the mission areas that they serve in Africa.

  • Economic downturn spurs Netcong parish, community to greater generosity to poor
    NETCONG - The headlines haven't forecasted a Happy New Year for charities during this economic downturn, as they scream the bad news - "Donations plummet" and "Food pantry shelves empty." Yet a vast army of generous organizations and individuals of St. Michael Parish here and the surrounding community has been turning inside out some of those bleak predictions, especially for the parish's Outreach Program. This deep recession has triggered a spike in the number of hard-hit people who have been arriving on the doorstep of the parish's long-running outreach but also has inspired greater generosity.

  • Economy forces many more to turn to Catholic Charities agencies for help
    PATERSON - The annual report of the agencies of Catholic Charities in the diocese shows that the downturn in the economy has forced many more people to seek help from them than in the past. According to the report, 6,926 more unduplicated clients received services than the prior year. In total, 68,774 were served by diocesan Catholic Charities agencies.

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  • Eighth-graders at Sussex County Catholic Schools to move to Pope John XXIII H.S.
    SPARTA - To further their mission in offering academic excellence that enables students to become life-long learners, the diocesan Schools Office has announced plans for Pope John XXIII Regional High School here to start welcoming incoming eighth-grade students from the four elementary schools of the Catholic Academy of Sussex County for the 2012-13 academic year.

  • El Salvador mission trip deepens Boonton parishioner’s commitment to poor
    BOONTON — A recent mission trip to El Salvador inspired Anahita Saadat of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) Parish here to open her heart wide, so she could help brighten the impoverished existences of villagers living in the Central American nation more than 2,000 miles away. There, the 22-year-old graduate student at the University of Scranton, Pa., and 15 mission-minded faculty, staff and students enjoyed a week of Catholic service — building a school and a home for the locals in need and taking time to play with children at a daycare center.

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  • Embrace peace
    AS Pope Francis was leading a crowd of more than 100,000 in St. Peter’s Square who were kneeling in prayer for peace in Syria Sept. 7, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with European leaders to make President Barack Obama’s case for a military strike on the government of Syria President Bashar Assad, as punishment for the alleged use of chemical weapons in the civil war there.

  • Emergency Preparedness Workshop
    Click on the link above to view resources from the Emergency Preparedness Workshop.

  • EMPOWERED! Young people return from World Youth Day prepared to continue their mission
    SPARTA — While the life-changing pilgrimage for World Youth Day to Rio, Brazil has ended, the mission to spread the Gospel message is only just beginning for seven pilgrims from St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish here returning home from the international event with Pope Francis.

  • Empty shelves: Food pantries in desperate need of donations
    PATERSON — During the Christmas season, the agencies of Catholic Charities in the diocese experience a generous increase in donations as the spirit of giving abounds in people. But with Christmas still more than five months away, agencies are in need of that same spirit — a Christmas in July, so to speak — to fill the empty shelves of its food pantries.

  • Ending hunger with prayer
    POPE Francis is launching a global campaign to end hunger. The goal is to unite the voices of the Catholic community worldwide in prayer in an effort to end the scandal of hunger. The Holy Father’s call to prayer has also touched religious leaders of many faiths who plan to have their congregations join in prayer to end hunger in our own neighborhoods and around the world.

  • Ending poverty in the U.S.
    It was 50 years ago this month that President Lyndon Johnson, in his first State of the Union address, declared war on poverty in the United States. Five decades later, the nation is still fighting that war with no end in sight. But not all hope is lost in this war. Catholic Charities USA is leading a national movement to end poverty in America. In communities across the country, Catholic Charities member agencies are helping individuals and families in poverty achieve their full potential. Together they are dedicated to creating a life of opportunity and self-sufficiency for each of the 46 million of our brothers and sisters who live in poverty.

  • English As a Second Language
    Father English Community Center changing lives of immigrants
    PATERSON - There's truth in labeling after all because with a name like Father English - it only seemed natural that the diocesan Catholic Charities agency would teach English As a Second Language to the many immigrants who walk through its doors with the desire to be part of the larger American society without any language barriers.

  • Enlisting the Mighty Power of Prayer
    MADISON - Catholics far and wide are being called up to join the diocese's Prayer Network for Evangelization, a new outreach that enlists the mighty power of prayer - coupled with an indomitable trust that God's will be done - to give a further spiritual boost to the Church of Paterson's already wide-ranging, faith-filled efforts to spread the "Good News" of the Gospel "to all peoples."

  • Environmental Awareness Protects God's Creation
    NEW VERNON — Look at nature work its magic in front of Christ the King Church here — new, tiny blades of grass start to poke through soil on the banks of Bayne Brook, which cuts through the rural parish's lush landscape.

  • Envision planning process helps faithful at Madison's St. Vincent's chart parish's future
    MADISON - St. Vincent Martyr Parish here discovered that "right now" in its history has been the best time to invite parishioners to lead a major new initiative that empowers them to help chart a new vision - a new future - for their faith community. St. Vincent's parishioners have been inspired to help develop a strategic plan to prompt this already dynamic parish to become even more vibrant.

  • Epiphany at St. Anthony, Hawthorne
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass at St. Anthony, Hawthorne, for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.  During the liturgy, he blessed a basket with pieces of chalk to be given to families after the Epiphany Mass to be used in the blessing of their homes.

  • Ethiopian trip inspires head of Catholic Charities to advocate for CRS global programs
    It was an arid summer day in Ethiopia, when villagers welcomed a 14-member delegation of U.S.-based social-justice advocacy leaders to Kufansik by dancing in native dress. Then some villagers held up two bottles of water each - one crystal clear and the other brown with various types of growth in it.

  • Eucharist-centered faith community
    Bishop celebrates 15th anniversary of Perpetual Adoration at Netcong parish
    NETCONG — In the peace and quiet of a small chapel in St. Michael's Church here, Cathy Sereda prays in Eucharistic Adoration, patiently listening for God's profound and striking lessons of life and faith. God's guidance.

  • Eucharist: Source and Summit of Life and Mission of Church
    Diocese celebrates closing of the 'Year of the Eucharist' at St. John Cathedral
    As the "Year of the Eucharist" comes to a close this month for Catholics worldwide, the moments they have spent with Jesus in the celebration of the Mass, at Benediction, and in the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament now have deeper meaning. 

    That was evident Oct. 2 as, from Montague and Stirling to Swartswood and Passaic, more than 1,000 members of the Paterson Diocese came as one body to celebrate the diocesan closing of the "Year of the Eucharist" at St. John the Baptist Cathedral here.

    CLIFTON — Bishop Serratelli told a selection of First Communicants from around the diocese to share Jesus’ love and sacrifice for us — embodied in the Eucharist we receive at the Mass — by living lives of faith in service to others, on Sunday, June 1 in St. Philip the
    Apostle Church here at his annual celebration, “Eucharistic Catechesis and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

  • Euthanasia in Belgium - Its True Name
    Once again, history is repeating itself. This time, not surprisingly, with the feigned desire to be compassionate. In 2002, Belgium passed a bill in favor of euthanasia, but it was only for adults. The nearby Netherlands was more liberal. There, with parental consent, children, as young as 12 years old, can be euthanized. On Thursday, February 13, 2014, the Belgian Parliament endorsed euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit. Belgium now has the dishonorable distinction of being the first country in the world to sanction mercy-killing without any respect for age.

  • Evangelization center becoming a reality
    MADISON - Contractors are now well under way with the extensive renovation work to the interior and exterior of the much-anticipated St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here. The center is a product of the divine - through much prayer and trust in the will of God by local faithful - as well as the work of human hands - through the generous monetary contributions and thousands of hours of donated professional services of interested Catholics to make this ambitious project a reality.

  • Evangelization center connection helps musician get in tune with priestly vocation
    WASHINGTON — Daniel Ferrari could have simply written a research paper about 1 John 4:19 for a recent New Testament course. Instead, this diocesan seminarian called on his musical talent to try something different as part of his grade. He broke out his guitar and wrote a song about the Scripture verse, titled “He First Loved Us.”

  • Evangelization center offers event to celebrate the gift of grandparents
    Over the years, the Ministry of Catholic GRAND-Parenting" has inspired and prepared participating grandparents to establish grandparents' ministries in their own parishes, such as St. Mary's, Denville, Father Sylva said.

  • Evangelization center welcomes Father Manning as new executive director
    MADISON — In the true spirit of reaching out to all people in spreading the Gospel, St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Paterson Diocesan Center for Evangelization at Bayley-hard here radiated with a warm sense of mutual welcome on Sunday, Sept. 8. During a special Mass, the St. Paul's community welcomed Father Paul Manning as its new executive director..., who in turn, welcomed community members — and guests.

  • Evangelization center's monthly discussion series stirs up healthy debate
    MADISON - On a sunny Saturday morning, a second-floor room at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization buzzes with lively debate and discussion. Sitting with desks in a semi-circle, a group of nine interested people tackles difficult and heady questions of theology and philosophy, such as "Can we ever know truth?" and "Is having faith reasonable?"

  • Evangelizing Catholics called to 'set world on fire with Jesus' love'
    POMPTON LAKES - A solitary flame danced atop a candle, set against the dim lights in a quiet tavern in downtown Pompton Lakes. Nearby, Franciscan Father Francis Gunn, a parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish in town, urged a gathering of young adults to evangelize in ways that are " bold, creative and relevant."

  • Evangelizing with the Word
    BUDD LAKE - Apostolica Ministries had been evangelizing in the diocese almost exclusively by lifting their voices in song - performing spiritual concerts, which feature their own original music, based on Scriptures and the psalms.  But last year Apostolica Ministries - the duo of Deacon Anthony "Tony" Siino and Sherry Ottoson of St. Jude Parish here - started to expand its musical evangelization by offering talks and parish missions that mix some of its faith-based original songs with Scripture stories and their own experiences. They seek to present listeners with a spiritual guidebook for life through song, prayer and laughter.

  • Even in retirement, Msgr. Schinski continues helping out at diocesan parishes
    WAYNE - Look around during the Poor Man's Supper that Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish here hosts at Lent to raise awareness of poverty and funds for the needy. There you would see Msgr. Stanley Schinski, the now-newly retired pastor, pitching in, serving soup during the meager meal.

  • Evening vespers marks World Day for Consecrated Life in Paterson Diocese
    CLIFTON - Commemorating the lives of those who have given their lives to serve the Church, the Paterson Diocese marked World Day for Consecrated Life with an evening vesper service at St. Philip the Apostle Church here Feb. 19. World Day for Consecrated Life was a celebration created by the late Pope John Paul II in 1997.

  • EWTN host to examine Catholic writer G.K. Chesterton
    MADISON — As part of its Year of Faith activities, St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Paterson Diocesan Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here has invited Dale Ahlquist, a EWTN host and president of the American Chesterton Society, to explore the overlooked Catholic writer and intellectual G. K. Chesterton, called the "apostle of common sense," in his talk, "G.K. Chesterton and the New Evangelization," at 7 p.m., Friday, May 10.

  • Examining the 'parallel lives' of Jesus, St. Paul
    SUSSEX - Modern Christians often think that Jesus and St. Paul had come from different generations - Jesus from the Palestinian Aramaic-speaking church and Paul from the later Greco-Roman Greek-speaking church. But could Jesus and St. Paul actually have been contemporaries?

  • Exchange program brings diversity and new traditions to Pope John XXIII High School
    SPARTA — For four years, Pope John XXIII Regional High School here has been like a mini-United Nations hosting international students from five continents through its Cultural Exchange Program. Currently 46 students at Pope John hail from China, Germany, the Ukraine, the Dominican Republic, Australia and Senegal.

  • Exorcism And Christ’s Victory Over The Devil
    The Church takes seriously the existence of the devil. Nonetheless, she insists that any request for an exorcism must be carefully evaluated by doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and competently trained priests. They are to discern whether the symptoms of possession are the result of a medical or psychological problem or are signs of the devil. They should always look for a natural cause before looking into a supernatural cause of the symptoms.

  • Exploring life's 'big questions' through service to others
    RANDOLPH - Catholic youth ministers and educators -are you searching for proven tools to help your young people build a positive sense of self and purpose that will help them tackle life's big questions that they face in adolescence, such as "Who am I?" What do I believe?" and "Where do I fit in the world?"

  • Exploring the many facets of the theology of St. Paul
    MADISON - Catholics can spread the "Good News" of the Gospel all year round, taking inspiration from at least one of the three traditional pillars of Lenten observance - prayer, fasting and almsgiving - by not only "telling" friends, neighbors and co-workers about God's love, but also by "showing" His love, namely through compassion for the poor.

  • Faith advocates for jobs
    According to a new USA TODAY survey, nearly eight in 10 economists say they're less optimistic about the nation's economic outlook this year than they were three months ago. Most call energy prices, rising at a staggering rate daily, as the biggest threat to the recovery.

  • Faith is good for you
    How many times have you in conversation with friends and family heard someone say: "I took off from work the other day. I needed a mental health day."  Given what a recent research project at the University of Missouri found, maybe those who take "a mental health day" should go to church that day too.

  • Faith on the field
    The most popular sport in America is football. The National Football League's ratings are the highest in its history, but it is often in the headlines more for disciplining its players for violent acts than for its product on the field.  So why then is there so much negativity - instead of praise - when an NFL athlete expresses his faith in God?

  • Faith Report Card: F
    How much do people of faith actually know about their own religion and the religions of others? Sadly, not much, if one looks at the results of a recent Pew Research Study on the religious knowledge of our fellow Americans.  When the survey scores where tallied, Catholics were near the bottom. The survey reported that Mormons and evangelical Protestants showed the highest level of knowledge across the board while agnostics, atheists and Jews scored highest for knowledge of religions.

  • Faith, humor all in the family for best-selling Jesuit author
    Speaks on 'Laughing with the Saints' at Stirling parish
    STIRLING - Carolyn Buscarino has heard this one before - What did St. Lawrence order his executioner to do with him as he was being slowly roasted to death over flames on an iron grill?

  • Faith-based news
    Our Catholic faith is important to us, so important, that the clarion call to all followers of Jesus is to use the Catholic media as their source for information and to learn more about their faith in these troubling times in our society.

  • Faith-sharing communities at New Vernon parish practice Lectio Divina
    This Lent, several small Christian communities at the Church of Christ the King here are gathering weekly to learn more about Scripture, but not by reading scholarly commentaries and histories or engaging in deep discussions like in a traditional Bible study. Instead, members of these small faith-sharing groups are learning about Word of God through the ancient practice of Lectio Divina — listening to Scripture, meditating and praying on it hear the Lord speak to them and reflecting on the passage.

  • Faithful awed by peaceful presence of La Pieta at Randolph parish
    RANDOLPH - Wendy Demko of Resurrection Parish here certainly has suffered through back pain and the challenges of finding a comfortable sleeping position as a more than seven-months-pregnant mother to be, who expects twins. But many of Demko's concerns faded recently, while praying in Resurrection Church before a replica sculpture of La Pietˆ, showing a sorrowful Blessed Mother, cradling her beloved crucified son, Jesus Christ.

  • Faithful citizenship
    For Catholics, it is important to remember that we are called to look at everything through the lens of our faith. One way to gain this focus is to review the U.S. Bishops' document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," The basic premise is that voting is the responsibility of every citizen, an obligation that must be taken seriously. That responsibility becomes all the more serious given the moral implications of the myriad of the issues facing our nation today.

  • Faithful encouraged to help poor through Bishop's Annual Appeal
    PARSIPPANY - The spiritual nourishment that Catholics receive in the Eucharist impels all of us to go out and nourish others - to "give physical, not just spiritual, expression to God's love" by providing for the physical needs of the poor around us, such as food, clothing, shelter and health care - necessities that will give them a sense of security and hope, said Bishop Serratelli in announcing the start of the 2009 Bishop's Annual Appeal of the Paterson Diocese. The Appeal, guided by the theme "Now More Than Ever," has a goal of $2.885 million and will kick off in parishes across the diocese on the weekend of Sept. 12-13

  • Faithful from Sparta parish participate in canonization of patron, St. Kateri Tekakwitha
    SPARTA -- For the first time in the history of the Church, a Native American -- Kateri Tekakwitha -- has been declared a saint. Beatified by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1980, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, known as the Lily of the Mohawks who lived during the mid-17th century, was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 21 in St. Peter's Square in Rome before many thousands of the faithful.

  • Faithful invited to give 'housewarming' gifts to diocesan seminarians at Domus Bartimaeus
    BOONTON - As college students prepare to move into their dorm rooms in the next couple of weeks, shopping for the essentials to make their new living space feel like home has begun.  And just like college students getting ready for the fall semester, so too are eight seminarians, who will be studying for the priesthood in the Paterson Diocese and will be moving into Domus Bartimaeus (the former convent of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish here next month.

  • Faithful pray for forgiveness, healing for those affected by abortion at diocese's first 'prayerful remembrance' service
    MADISON - As Catholics in the diocese prepare for the annual March for Life on Jan. 24 in Washington, prayers for God's forgiveness and healing for those affected by abortion rang out Jan. 15, at St. Paul Inside the Walls: The Catholic Center for Evangelization here during "An Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession" prayer service.

  • Faithful recall fond memories of St. John Paul II
    CLIFTON — As the universal Church celebrated the canonization of Pope John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday, many from around the diocese recalled fond memories of meeting and seeing the beloved pope.

  • Families and faith
    Parish leaders participate in workshop focusing on home
    CLIFTON - "The family that prays together, stays together" was the famous message of Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton, who was known as "The Rosary Priest." With that mantra in mind, the diocesan Office of Evangelization sponsored a "Families and Faith Workshop" for parish leaders Oct. 19 at St. Vincent Martyr Parish, Madison, and Oct. 20 at St. Philip the Apostle Parish here to explore ways parishes can bring families together to grow in faith with each other.

  • Families pray rosary before Blessed Mother for Year of Faith
    WHIPPANY — A few weeks ago, Ben Stanziale Jr. of Our Lady of Mercy (OLM) Parish here brought home a small statue of Our Lady of Fatima and placed it on the mantel in the living room of his home — a simple act that brought back a flood of warm memories from his childhood...

  • Families still seeking help from spring floods from Catholic Charities
    In response to the March floods that have affected families in all three counties of the diocese, agencies of Catholic Charities in the diocese established a disaster flood program to help those whose homes were damaged. About 50 families have registered for assistance from Catholic Charities, hailing from towns from all over the area including Lincoln Park, Little Falls and Paterson. These families represent both homeowners who do not have flood insurance and renters.

  • Family celebrates both silver, golden anniversaries
    PATERSON - Silver sparkles, gold glitters and for one family, the annual diocesan Silver and Gold Mass was an important affair celebrating both a silver and golden anniversary.  Eileen and Victor Traino, parishioners of St. Cecilia in Rockaway celebrated their 50th anniversary while their daughter, Theresa and her husband Ronald Carlson, parishioners of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha in Sparta, celebrated their 25th anniversary, making 2009 a milestone year for the family.

  • Family celebrates the gift of life with birth of quadruplets
    BOONTON - It was a miracle times four for the Jastrezebski family here on Aug. 6, when they welcomed quadruplets into the world at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Cen

  • Family center of Straight and Narrow helps strengthen family life, homes
    PATERSON - Inside the doors of the Family Success Center (FSC) here, you feel like you just stepped into your neighbor's home. Photo frames cover the walls and shelves, dollhouses welcome little girls to play and couches invite the tired to sit. That warm and loving environment is exactly what the FSC staff hopes to project to the families that use its services daily. The center is part of diocesan Catholic Charities' Straight and Narrow here (see sidebar for a complete list of the agency's services) - a recipient of the 2009 Bishop's Annual Appeal.

  • Father and daughter, members of Andover parish, to celebrate together as they graduate from CSE
    CONVENT STATION - College graduations are always special occasions for every family but for the Altonjy family, parishioners of Good Shepherd Parish in Andover, this Saturday's graduation at the College of St. Elizabeth (CSE) here, will be especially joyous as both father and daughter will be graduated from the college. Alexandra Altonjy, will be receiving her bachelor of arts degree in music and English while her father, Thomas Altonjy, will be receiving his doctor of education degree in educational leadership.

  • Father English Center brings dignity to families impacted by Irene
    PATERSON - A month after Hurricane Irene hit, families continue to rebuild their lives after the loss of almost everything they own. While clean-up efforts have begun, families now have to deal with the long-term affects of the storm.

  • Father English Center hosts Helping Hands event for CRS and Stop Hunger Now
    PATERSON — In three hours, more than 80 volunteers packed 10,000 meals for people in Burkina Faso and other African nations through a humanitarian project hosted at the Father English Center, an agency of the diocesan Catholic Charities here Nov. 17.

  • Father English Center: Young adult group doubles goal for food pantry
    PATERSON — It started with a letter to all parishes and ministries in the diocese from Joe Duffy, president of diocesan Catholic Charities, asking the faithful to help stock shelves at food pantries at Catholic Charities agencies. The summer is a critical time at food pantries. Donations drop off significantly, leaving the food pantries woefully short of food even though the demand remains the same week after week, and even rises because children are out of school and home for all their meals.

  • Father English youth team learns life lessons while winning basketball championship
    PATERSON — When the Father English Community Center’s basketball team won The Hoop Heaven youth league championship in Waldwick, it was such a monumental upset that it could have been considered the basketball version of David beating Goliath.

  • Father Frank Agresti installed as pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in Paterson
    PATERSON - Bishop Serratelli installed Father Frank Agresti as pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii Parish here Nov. 6. Ordained to the priesthood in 2003, Father Agresti previously served as parochial vicar at St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Parsippany and St. Joseph Parish in Mendham.

  • Father Long is named priest-secretary to bishop
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli announced May 8 that he has appointed Father David P. Long as his priest-secretary effective Aug. 1.  Father Long will succeed Msgr. Mark Condon who was appointed by the bishop to doctoral studies in canon law at The Catholic University of America in Washington starting in the fall.

  • Father Scurti to receive WPU's Legacy Award
    WAYNE - Father Louis Scurti, diocesan coordinator of campus ministry and director of campus ministry at William Paterson University here, will be one of the recipients of the university's Legacy Award at the Legacy Awards gala, the William Paterson University Foundation's annual event to raise scholarship funds. It will be held Saturday, April 8 at the Villa in Mountain Lakes.

  • Father Sylva Says "Goodbye" to St. Paul Inside the Walls Community
    MADISON - A bittersweet May 20 morning and afternoon was filled with both tears and laughter as Father Geno Sylva bid farewell to 750 members of the growing spiritual community he helped establish and nurture - St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley Ellard here. That day, St. Paul's director thanked members of that community for helping to realize the creation of Bishop Serratelli's abitious dream: the first-ever diocesan evangelization center, committed to inspiring Catholics to spread the "Good News" of the Gospel.

  • Father Twiggs installed as pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish by bishop
    OAK RIDGE — Father Matthew Twiggs was officially installed as pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish here Feb. 9. Bishop Serratelli celebrated the 11 a.m. Mass at which he installed Father Twiggs as parishioners, family and friends filled the church.

  • Father's conversion shining faith example for his children
    STOCKHOLM - It all started when little Jimmy Perez began asking questions - from some rather deep inquires about the Catholic faith to some rather pointed questions such as "Why doesn't dad come to church with us?"

  • Father's Day
    Father’s Day will be celebrated June 17. It’s an appropriate time to reflect on Pope Benedict XVI’s message to 1 million husbands and wives at the 7th World Meeting of Families. “Your vocation is not easy to live, especially today, but the vocation to love is a wonderful thing. It is the only force that can truly transform the world,” he said.

  • Father's Day - A Time to Honor and Support All Fathers
    Certainly, a father shares, with his wife, one of the greatest joys any parent has: bringing children into the world and forming them for the kingdom of God. Our priests exercise their spiritual paternity by inviting other men to accept the vocation of priesthood, by encouraging them by word and example, and by supporting them both spiritually and materially. We thank them for all that they do in this regard.

  • Father'S Day Spotlight
    LITTLE FALLS -There's nothing striking about Tom McGauley's split-level house on Meadow Drive here - a tidy, quiet and down-to-earth home that inside still sports 1970s d}cor. That's until the long-retired businessman leads you through the house to introduce you to what makes this quaint, suburban dwelling so extraordinary - it's the home he shares with his two beloved "angels."

  • Fatima - A Vision that Remains
    On Saturday, July 20, thousands of flickering candles burned brightly against the cool July night as our diocesan pilgrimage joined with pilgrims from all over the world in prayer and procession honoring Our Blessed Mother at Fatima. The devotion and the faith of the throng were tangible.

  • Fatima - Another Miracle of the Sun?

    Some videotaped it.  Others photographed it.  Bloggers commented on it.  Portuguese newspapers reported it.  On May 14, 2011, Diario de Noticias and Correio de Manha both carried stories about what happened at Fatima, Portugal on the previous day. Every May 13th, people make a pilgrimage to Fatima.  They come from across Portugal.  They come from around the world.  They gather in prayer to mark the apparitions of Mary to three shepherd children at Fatima on the 13th day of six consecutive months, starting on May 13, 1917.  This year was no different.  

  • Fatima Devotions
    Insightful presentations deepen spirituality of Highland Lakes parish's Celebrate Fatima devotions
    HIGHLAND LAKES — This year, Our Lady of Fatima (OLF) Parish here added a new spiri¬tual dimension to its six month 
    series of devotions, Celebrate Fatima, which honors the Blessed Mother, spreads her message to the world and brings together the parish and local Catholic communities.

  • FCA scores spiritual touchdown by leading Delbarton athletes to Christ through sports

  • Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Parishes celebrate devotion to Blessed Mother in Mexican tradition
    CLIFTON - On Dec. 12, 1531, a miraculous image of a dark-skinned woman with native features and dress appeared on the apron of a peasant man named Juan Diego in Mexico. Because of the faith of St. Juan Diego, the image appeared as a witness to all people in the "New World" that Mary, the Mother of God, was mother to all.

  • Feast of St. Nicholas celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Parish
    MOUNTAIN LAKES - A celebration marking the feast of St. Nicholas (Dec. 6), patron saint of children, was held Dec. 3 at St Catherine of Siena Parish here.

  • Feed the hungry
    Did you know that September is National Hunger Action Month? The problem with that is, considering the fact that more than 40 million people go hungry in the United States, every month can be called National Hunger Action Month.

  • Feeding the hungry
    Hunger is a sad but true reality in the "greatest nation in the world."
    Statistics don't lie. Currently, there are more than 45 million people in the United States who are hungry or food insecure. At the same time, as a country, we throw away more than 96 billion pounds of food Ñ that translates into a waste of 3,044 pounds of food every second. And 6.1 million U.S. households accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times.

  • Feeling fine at 102
    Oldest Sister of Charity has lived through18 presidents, nine popes
    CONVENT STATION - It's no wonder Sister of Charity Alice Mary Polhemus was singing, "You Are My Sunshine" on a sunny Nov. 2 - that was the day she was celebrating her 102nd birthday.

  • Fellowship, faith among men deepened at Pizza & Prayer gatherings
    17 attend inaugural meeting at Hawthorne parish
    HAWTHORNE - A group of "guys" from St. Anthony Parish here have started to meet in the basement of the parish school one Tuesday a month, getting to know each other causally over slices of pizza. Just as informally, these men stay to quench their spiritual hunger by praying, reflecting on Scripture and discussing - man to man - how to live out their Catholic values in everyday life.

  • Fidelity to the Church
    AS Pope Francis approaches the first anniversary of his election as pope, it’s amazing how he has taken the secular media by storm. He has gotten more “coverage” in a shorter period of time than any pope in recent memory. That’s the good news. The bad news is that all too often the secular media takes his words out of context to be used for their own agenda — be it pro-choice, “same-sex marriage” to name a few — as they categorize the pope as someone who will make revolutionary changes in the Church and to its teachings and doctrine.

    Becket Fund president speaks out on court battle over Obamacare mandate involving the Little Sisters of the Poor.

  • Fighting the 'eclipse of God'
    At the Vatican on Monday, the new Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization - created by Pope Benedict XVI to address the growing problem of secularization and the "eclipse of God" in the countries of Europe and the West - was unveiled at a press conference. Opposing the secularization and "de-Christianization" of the West has long been a concern of the pope.

  • Filipino Catholics celebrate feast day at Mass
    Honor first native saint, martyr in Passaic parish
    PASSAIC - Dressed in "barong Tagalog," the native dress of the Philippines, Filipino Catholics from all three counties of the diocese came together to celebrate a feast day Mass Sept. 27 for St. Lorenzo Ruiz, their country's first saint and martyr.

  • Filipino Catholics to honor two martyr-saints at Mass
    CLIFTON Two Filipino saints will be honored at a Mass for martyrs celebrated by Bishop Serratelli in St. Paul Church here at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13. The Mass is sponsored by the diocesan Commission for Catholic Filipino Ministries and all the faithful, especially Filipino Americans, are invited to attend.  St. Lorenzo Ruiz and St. Pedro Calungsod, who are both martyrs of the Church and the only Filipinos ever to be canonized as saints, will be honored at the Mass.

  • Filipinos to mark sainthood anniversary of first native saint
    PASSAIC - Filipino Americans of the Paterson Diocese will come together this Saturday, Sept. 24 to honor St. Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint and martyr.
    Bishop Serratelli will be the main celebrant of a feast day Mass in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church here at 5 p.m.

  • Filippini connection links students at St. Gerard School, Villa Walsh
    PATERSON — "Buenos dias" — a greeting that translates to "good day" in English is what a group of 20 Villa Walsh Academy students in Morristown used to greet students from St. Gerard School here during a visit in which they taught the grammar school children Spanish. The tradition to bring the two schools together — both served by the Religious Teachers Filippini — began in 2005.

  • Filippini nun helps Morris County inmates find hope, freedom through Christ
    MORRISTOWN - The large metal door slams shut at 9:30 a.m. on a recent Wednesday - almost like clockwork. "Rene" sits at metal table in a small room at Morris County Correctional Facility here. Wearing a gray jumpsuit, the 25-year-old inmate flips through his books in preparation for his weekly class in the Catechism of the Catholic Church - lofty lessons in faith that already have helped set his soul free.

  • Filippini Sister Laura Bezila makes final profession of vows
    Sister Laura Bezila made her final step in embracing the life of a Religious Teacher Filippini Aug. 27 at Villa Walsh.  The Eucharistic Liturgy was celebrated by Bishop Serratelli, who also conducted the Rite of Religious Consecration.   The Profession Rite included the examination of Sister Bezila on her resolve to live and persevere in the promises of chastity, poverty, and obedience, as well as to strive for perfection in the love of God and neighbor by living the Gospel and keeping the rule of the Religious Teachers Filippini and to spend her life in generous service.

  • Filippini Sister makes final profession during Mass at Villa Walsh
    MORRISTOWN — Sister Barbara O’Kane made her final profession in the Religious Teachers Filippini during the Eucharistic Liturgy Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate  Conception, in St. Lucy Filippini Chapel, Villa Walsh, here. Sister Barbara is a native of Kendall Park, and was a parishioner of St. Augustine of Canterbury in Kendall Park.

  • Filippini sister's book calls on people to help world's AIDS orphans
    MORRISTOWN - A few years back, one particular six-year-old Ethiopian boy was facing a situation that couldn't have seemed any worse -this very young man had watched both parents waste away and die from AIDS and then, without any way of making a living, was forced to care for his little brothers and sisters.

  • Filippini Sisters In America - 100 Years - Pioneers

  • Filippini Sisters In America: 100 Years
    Filippini Sisters hold convocation to launch centennial of order's arrival in the U.S.
    MORRISTOWN - Last month, the Religious Teachers Filippini of the Province of St. Lucy Filippini began exploring the depths of and renewed their commitment to their charism as Catholic educators - to "Go and Teach the Word of God" - through prayer, fellowship and historical reflection during a convocation at Villa Walsh provincial motherhouse here that opened extensive ongoing celebrations to commemorate the religious order's arrival on U.S. soil 100 years ago.

  • Filippini superiors from around the world gather at Villa Walsh to chart order's direction

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  • First Beatification In U.S.: New Jersey’s First Blessed
    October. 4, 2014 marks an historic moment in the life of the Catholic Church in the United States. For the first time ever, the Rite of Beatification will take place on American soil. In this ceremony, the Church officially recognizes the heroic sanctity of someone who has died and allows the faithful to honor this person with devotion on a local level and to pray to this person for their needs.

  • First Communicant thinks of others first
    POMPTON LAKES — It is a milestone moment in every Catholic’s life — the day they receive their First Holy Communion. It is a special day that one remembers for the rest of their life. The day is so important in fact, that family and friends celebrate it with a special gathering of family and friends who bring gifts to the First Communicant.

  • First Communicants learn about the Eucharist, faith from the bishop
    PATERSON - On the Feast of Corpus Christi May 25, First Communicants celebrated having received the Eucharist for the first time with a catechetical session by Bishop Serratelli at St. John the Baptist Cathedral here.  The children represented parishes from all around the diocese and came with their parents filling the cathedral to standing room only. The children asked questions about faith, the saints, Jesus and even about the bishop himself. In addition to catechesis by the bishop, the celebration included a procession with the First Communicants and honored Jesus with Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

  • First Communicants meet with bishop, take part in Eucharistic catechesis and Benediction
    On the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, First Communicants from parishes across the diocese met with Bishop Serratelli at St. Philip Church here June 26 for the annual diocesan Eucharistic Catechesis to celebrate their reception of First Holy Communion. The catechetical session also included Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

  • First Friday program
    Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to show the disturbing trend that hunger in our own neighborhoods is increasing. The latest statistics reveal that 17.4 million American households - about 14.7 percent - did not have enough food. Our parish food pantries and Catholic Charities agencies are experiencing what this data shows- the food they have is literally flying off their shelves and they are struggling to replenish it.

  • First Holy Communion
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass May 10 in St. Francis de Sales Church in the McAfee section of Vernon at which young parishioners made their first Holy Communion.

  • First Mass as a priest
    Father Aleksander Bialas, who was one of four men ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Serratelli on May 26, celebrated his first Mass in St. Cecilia Church, Rockaway, on May 27 with many diocesan priests as concelebrants. Father Bialas' parents, Elzbieta and Jacek Bialas, came from Poland for the ordination and also attended their son's first Mass.

  • Five Clifton students welcomed into the Church
    CLIFTON - While many Catholics begin their faith journey from the cradle, others make the decision later on in life - most usually as adults. But, inspired by the examples of faith in action they witnessed every day and the religion lessons taught to them at St. Paul School here, five students made the decision that they wanted to take the step of being received into the Catholic Church as this point in their young lives.

  • Five diocesan pilgrims prepare for trip to Rome for canonization of founder of Little Sisters of the Poor
    TOTOWA - With prayers proclaimed and their passports in hand, four residents of St. Joseph Home for the Elderly here and a Little Sister of the Poor serving here are preparing to embark on the journey of a lifetime - the canonization of Blessed Jeanne Jugan, founder of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

  • Five transitional deacons ordained by Bishop
    BOONTON - On the Sept. 8, the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose "yes" to God enabled "the Word to become flesh" through Jesus, Bishop Serratelli - who on that same day was celebrating the 10th anniversary of his episcopal ordination - ordained five men to the Order of Deacon. The five men answered "yes" to the Lord's call to vocation as they embarked on their final step toward the priesthood in the diocese.

  • Flesh and blood
    Life stories of saints continue to inspire Catholics every day
    CONVENT STATION - Many of the statues of the saints admired by Catholics portray them as stoic figures. However, these saints lived dynamic and multifaceted lives that were often rocked by conflicting emotions - faith one day and doubt the next or moments of courage followed by fear.

  • Flesh-and-Blood Saints
    HAWTHORNE - Just try to pigeonhole Thomas J. Craughwell. Raised in Hawthorne, this successful and prolific freelance writer and author admits that the varied scope of writing projects he undertakes has been "all over the map" - from historical non-fiction books and newspaper and magazine articles to TV commercials and scripts to direct mail campaigns and educational cards for children to copy for commercial Web sites.

  • Florham Park parish reaches out to survivors of house fire
    FLORHAM PARK - Generous Holy Family parishioners in this Morris County town have been opening their hearts and their wallets for "one of their own" families in need - donating $29,563 to surviving members of the Juliano family, who suffered the lost of its patriarch, Robert Juliano, in a devastating Aug. 20 house fire.

  • Florham Park parish's 'Theology Tuesdays' takes road trips to deepen faith
    FLORHAM PARK - Are astronomical gas prices dampening your dreams of taking a "road trip" this summer?  Many Catholics from Holy Family Parish here and beyond have been embarking on "mini vacations" for a few hours each week, part of the Morris County parish's ever-more-popular Theology Tuesdays series, now in its seventh year. For several weeks this summer, a group of up to 60 people has taken the challenge to grow in their spirituality and in their knowledge of architecture and history by embarking on a series of "road trips" to historically, devotionally and architecturally significant northern New Jersey churches or by listening to presentations on timely theological topics.

  • Florham Park parishioners deepen faith through Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina
    FLORHAM PARK — Today, Linda Sullivan of Holy Family Parish here considers herself a more attentive listener of Scripture, proclaimed at Mass. This busy married mother of one has been grasping a much "better sense of the [Gospel] message" at Mass — what God tries to communicate to her — ever since she started opening her eyes, ears and heart to Him by listening to the Scriptures through prayer.

  • Florham Park sixth-graders hold videoconference with Dominican Republic students
    FLORHAM PARK - There's a big world out there, but with modern technology getting to know one another from faraway countries just got easier.  At Holy Family School here, students in Sister of Christian Charity Ann Lavelle's sixth-grade computer class, have correspondenced with young people in Restauracion, Dominican Republic. Through videoconferencing, the students have been learning and sharing with one another on various topics.

  • Florida students give up the beach to serve diocesan poor
    PATERSON - Going to Florida for spring break is common in March for many New Jersey college students looking for a change of scenery from their studies. But a group of students from St. Leo's University in Florida did just the opposite - they gave up the easy life of lounging on a nearby beach to come to Paterson to help the poor by serving at the Father English Center, an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities.

  • Flowering faith blossoms into priesthood vocation for owner of landscape company
    BUDD LAKE - In front of St. Jude Church here last week sat two large pieces of construction apparatus used by Herold's Landscaping - a front loader shovel machine and an equipment trailer. The Flanders-based company, co-owned by Dallas Herold, a diocesan seminarian, is repairing the church's front steps, a job that should be finished soon.

  • Focolare movement marks 50 years of promoting unity
    SPARTA - Even as a new wave of tensions heat up among nations around the world, Catholics and other local peace-minded people within the diocese, who promote a "charism of unity" through their involvement in the Focolare Movement, can't bring themselves to wish violence on anyone. That's because they have cultivated contacts with many like-minded people - in almost every corner of the Earth - through participation in this international religious movement that strives to live out the ideals of unity and universal brotherhood.

  • FOCUS missionaries invite students to enter into relationship with Christ
    MADISON — Bubbling with enthusiasm, four Catholic young-adult missionaries — hailing from various regions of the U.S. have descended on the Madison campuses of Drew University and Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) this academic year for a common purpose: to share the "Good News" of the Gospel, using some good old-fashioned social networking techniques.

    MADISON — Faith is personal, but not private. Pope Francis urges Catholics everywhere to make their faith in Jesus Christ public by stepping out into the world and sharing with great joy the “salvation, freedom and love” they have experienced through Jesus with their neighbors — from around the block to around the globe.

  • Following The Call Of Pope Francis
    When Pope Francis stepped onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in front of hundreds of thousands of people, before he even spoke, he already set a tone for his ministry — to serve those less fortunate. The choice of the name Francis after the 13th century saint who loved the poor, reflects greatly on this and the new pope has already spoken many times about caring for those in need.

  • Food for the Body and Soul
    MADISON - Bishop Serratelli is calling on all Gideons of the diocese - young men, who like the initially ill-suited judge of ancient Israel of the Old Testament, may lack courage and faith, but who also trust in the Lord as they discern God's call to serve His people in the priesthood.

  • For Justice and Peace
    Blue Mass honors law enforcement; remembers fallen officers
    PATERSON - Because of the justice and peace they bring to our communities, the 11th annual diocesan Blue Mass was celebrated May 4 in St. John's Cathedral here to honor law enforcement officers serving in the three counties of the diocese and communities beyond. Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of the Mass with many priests of the diocese as concelebrants. Many law enforcement agencies and police departments were in attendance as well as civilians and family members of the officers.

  • For Murry Conway, call to priesthood began at an early age
    STIRLING - Since he was a youngster, Murry Conway, now a diocesan seminarian, has been practicing for the priesthood. As a child, the Point Pleasant native loved playing "Mass" using Necco wafers as hosts. As an altar server a few years later, he enjoyed being on the altar assisting priests during Mass.  The 29-year-old Conway always knew he would become a priest, but hadn't been ready to take that giant leap of faith until now - in God's own time.

  • For Passaic teen with cerebral palsy, art work is more than therapy
    PASSAIC - For every artist, depicting of the beauty of life allows a connection to humanity for everyone that takes in his or her artwork. For 17-year-old Alissa White, a parishioner at Holy Trinity here, drawing, especially portraits, gives others insight on what she has on her mind.

  • For St. Paul, women were important to evangelization efforts, Diocesan Council of Catholic Women told
    PARSIPPANY - "What did St. Paul really think of women?" Inquiring minds in the diocese wanted to know.  Msgr. Raymond Kupke, pastor of Holy Family Parish, Florham Park, and diocesan archivist, answered that question for more than 350 women, including 45 religious, who attended the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) Spiritual Enrichment Day at St. Peter School here March 21. The day, geared towards the spirituality of women of the diocese, centered on the life and ministry of St. Paul to coincide with the current Pauline Year being celebrated worldwide by the Church.

  • For the 'NET,' gifts of the Holy Spirit are fashionable
    CLIFTON - It was a fashion show like no other. Last Friday evening, typical "runway" disco music pumped from speakers in St. Andrew Parish Hall here, but not for top designers like Ralph Lauren or Donna Karin, but for...the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Several young adults from the traveling National Evangelization Team that night strutted with great flair down the aisle as roughly 100 teens watched seven of them each carry a placard, displaying a Gift of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord.

  • For the Zavalas, coming into Catholic Church is a family affair
    TOTOWA - For the Zavala family of Paterson, April 7 - Holy Saturday - will be a day to remember. Three members of the family will be baptized and will be receiving Jesus for the first time in the Eucharist at Easter Vigil Mass in St. James the Marches Church here

  • For World Marriage Day, diocesan parishes hold events to promote traditional marriage
    MADISON — This Valentine’s Day, Frank and Pauline Lang of St. Vincent Martyr Parish here decided to celebrate their upcoming golden wedding anniversary in a way that nourishes both their enduring love and their Catholic faith — among family, friends and other blessed married couples of their faith community during a special Feb. 10. Mass.

  • Foreign-born priests have opportunity to sharpen their skills in English language
    Funding from an anonymous benefactor has enabled the diocese to hold five American English pronunciation sessions so far in recent years to help these priests — whose first language is not English — in their ministries and in proclaiming and teaching the Gospel in English.

  • Forever Friends
    KINNELON - Great friendships last forever and for 16-year-old Michelle Moglia remembering a childhood friend was her inspiration when she founded Forever Friends. It's an organization that gives comfort to cancer patients through teddy bears while raising funds for cancer research.

  • Former altar boy answers 48-year-long priestly calling
    Late-in-life seminarian takes God up on long-standing offer
    Beacon Staff
    You can't say God hasn't been patient with 61-year-old Lawrence "Rick" Hardy, a former Kinnelon resident, who today is a seminarian in the Paterson Diocese.  It was 48 years ago when the Lord first called Hardy to the priesthood when he was in junior-high. God would call him several more times, but he would have to wait - and wait - while the now-widowed grandfather led a fulfilling life: climbing to the top of business world, eventually making six figures; getting married; and raising a family.

  • Former East Hanover parishioner writes book to assist CRS efforts after his family survives tsunami
    EAST HANOVER — Where were you on March 11, 2011? For some, it was just another day but for Kevin Kato, who grew up in the Paterson Diocese, it is a day he will never forget.  On that fateful day, the married father with two small children was living in Fukushima, Japan, and experienced firsthand the devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake, one of the most powerful on record, and the subsequent tsunami that left thousands dead, missing or homeless.

  • Former guidance counselor at Morris Catholic among those Retirement Fund for Religious helps
    DENVILLE - The transition from high school to college can be a tough change for many teen-agers and young adults. It is practically the first "adult" decision made that will influence the rest of a student's life. For many years, Sister of Christian Charity Mariella Moore, 87, has helped students at Morris Catholic High School here make such a decision. She served as director of guidance at the high school until retirement in 2001.

  • Former Hawthorne parishioner writes about life, election of Pope Francis
    HAWTHORNE — The warp speed of the Internet age gave the world information in an instant the moment Pope Francis first stepped onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome as the Church’s new pontiff — instant video, photos, news stories, background and even commentary. In no time, best-selling author Thomas Craughwell took his cue from the lightening-speed of the Internet, producing in a flash an “instant book” about Pope Francis to commemorate his historic election, still fresh in the hearts and minds of Catholic faithful across the globe.

  • Former Oak Ridge parishioner wins Emmy for TV story about teen's cancer battle
    OAK RIDGE - Michael Wickham has captured with his TV news camera just about everything from the glory to the grime of life on the streets of Albany, N.Y. - from the unexpected, selfless deed of a Good Samaritan to the cold-blooded act of a murderer. Last summer, the former parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle here got to touch the hearts of Albany viewers by training his lens on an emotional TV story about a local teenager, who fought, and beat an aggressive form of leukemia.

  • Former Succasunna pastor pleads guilty to embezzling $200,000
    MORRISTOWN - Father Joseph P. Davis, former pastor of St. Therese Parish in Succasunna plead guilty in N.J. Superior Court May 17 to one count of second degree theft, admitting he embezzled $200,000 from parish while serving as pastor.

  • Former Succasunna pastor sentenced to five years in prison
    MORRISTOWN - Father Joseph P. Davis, former pastor of St. Therese Parish in Succasunna, was sentenced July 29 in Morris County Superior Court here to five years in prison and full restitution for stealing $200,000 from the parish.

  • Former Wall St. exec examines leadership style of pope
    MADISON At first glance, these four separate everyday images may not seem to have much in common: a person doing laundry, monastery bells and a pair of dusty shoes and a colorful jacket (unless they are in the laundry). But together, these simple images paint a powerful picture of the strong, yet humble leadership style of Pope Francis.

  • Fortitude - Taking a Stand against Evil
    In the annals of history, the 20th century may well be remembered as the return of the age of martyrs. For the first three hundred years of Christianity, Christians courageously faced death rather than deny their faith. A quick survey of the vast expanse of the Church's entire history, however, reveals the astonishing fact that 65 percent of all martyrs belong to the last century. As Pope John Paul II wrote, "In our own century, the martyrs have returned, many of them nameless, unknown soldiers as it were of God's great cause" (Tertio Millenio Ineunte, 37).

  • Fortnight for Freedom
    FOR the third consecutive year, the U.S. bishops will sponsor a Fortnight for Freedom across the United States to encourage prayer and awareness of religious liberty, with a particular focus on how it enables service to the poor and vulnerable.  The June 21-July 4 initiative includes the Catholic feasts of saints like John Fisher, Thomas More, John the Baptist, Peter and Paul and the first martyrs of Rome who “remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power.”

  • Fortnight for Freedom
    And so it begins.  Today, June 21, starts a Fortnight for Freedom in which Catholics and all people of good will across the nation will be united until Independence Day in prayer, events and education on the prime role that religious liberty has played in American life.

  • Fortnight for Freedom
    Tomorrow begins the second annual Fortnight for Freedom - from June 21, the vigil of the Feast of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, who gave their lives for religious freedom, to July 4, Independence Day. It is a time for Catholics around the country to stand up for religious freedom... Catholics need to bring the Fortnight for Freedom into the public square - because our faith and our freedom demand it.

  • Fortnight for Freedom begins today as faith communities witness for religious liberty
    CLIFTON — Starting today and during the two-week period leading up to Independence Day, July 4, Catholics are encouraged to engage in activities during a "Fortnight for Freedom" including education, prayer and advocacy aimed at protecting religious freedom in America as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights.

  • Fortnight for Freedom kicks off with call for action
    BALTIMORE — Catholics must fight against forces seeking to remove the influence of religion from American culture, Archbishop William K Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. bishops' religious liberty committee, told more than 1,000 Catholics at a Mass beginning the Fortnight for Freedom.

  • Fortnight for Freedom under way across the nation
    BALTIMORE (CNA/EWTN News) — Opening the 2013 Fortnight for Freedom, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore emphasized the unique contribution that religion brings to society, warning that it must be protected and allowed to flourish.

  • Four decades as advocates for the needy
    Passaic social service agency benefits from Bishop's Annual Appeal
    PASSAIC - If the walls of the Hispanic Information Center (HIC) could talk, they would testify to the hope its many clients have received throughout its 39-year history as a diocesan Catholic Charities agency here. The agency hosts programs for low and moderate income clients, at-risk youth, home_bound seniors or the sick, children in need of foster homes and individuals suffering from alcoholism.

  • Four decades of inspiration
    Four decades of inspiration
    FLORHAM PARK - Do you still remember your elementary school teacher - the one who inspired you to reach for the stars? For countless students who have walked through the doors of Holy Family School here, Florry Ryan was and still is that teacher, who, for the past 40 years, has dedicated her life to educating the students there.

  • Four generations of visual images of faith
    Company marks 75 years creating stained glass windows for churches in the diocese and beyond
    CLIFTON - Stained glass windows tell the Christian story. Illuminated by light, the stories shine even brighter. Depictions of beloved saints, scenes from the Bible and abstract images of faith surround churches and chapels through this art form.

  • Fourth-grader wins national contest for growing 40-pound cabbage
    EAST HANOVER - There's a reason why New Jersey is nicknamed the Garden State and Victoria DeTrolio, a fourth-grader at St. Rose of Lima Academy here proved it. Just witness the 40-pound cabbage she grew in her backyard over the spring and summer months through her participation in the Bonnie Plants Third-Grade Cabbage Program.

  • Franciscan Friars of Renewal host dinner for poor in Paterson neighborhood on Thanksgiving eve
    PATERSON — On Thanksgiving Eve, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal serving at St. Michael’s Friary here on the property of Our Lady of Lourdes Church invited its neighbors to an annual Thanksgiving feast, serving turkey and all the traditional trimmings. The Thanksgiving neighborhood outreach has been going on for the past three years.

  • Franciscan Friars of Renewal welcomed to diocese
    Bishop blesses friary as Franciscan Friars of the Renewal begin ministry to the poor in Paterson
    PATERSON - Similar to the calling of St. Francis of Assisi, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal will be ministering in the Paterson Diocese to help serve the poor.

  • Franciscan Friars of the Renewal set out to evangelize in streets of Paterson
    PATERSON - The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal of St. Michael's Friary at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish here have a mission - to bring peace to the neighborhoods of Paterson.

  • Franciscan parishes to commemorate Transitus of St. Francis Oct. 3, and events for feast day on Oct. 4
    PATERSON — Franciscan parishes in the diocese will hold the yearly Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi on Wednesday, Oct. 3 — a prayerful commemoration of the saint's death and transition into eternal life — among several events they will hold, leading to observances for the Feast of St. Francis on Thursday, Oct 4.

  • Franciscan Sisters at Our Lady of Mount Carmel recall history in Passaic
    PASSAIC - For the Franciscan Sisters of Ringwood here, the term "begging" meant more than just going out in the street asking for donations. It was a way of life, a way of evangelizing.

  • Franciscan Sisters of Peace focus their attention on stopping ‘modern slavery’
    LINCOLN PARK — Slavery isn’t relegated to just history books — it is a current plague affecting the human dignity of millions of men, women and children in the United States and globally. An estimated 21 million people, including children as young as five, are being held against their will for commercial sex or forced labor.

  • Franciscans to turn over administration of Little Falls parish to diocese in June
    LITTLE FALLS - After serving at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish here for 125 years, the Franciscan friars of Holy Name Province announced this week that they would turn over the administration of the parish to the diocese effective June 29.

  • Franciscans’ St. Bonaventure Parish invites people from across the diocese to its wooded land filled with devotional spaces
    [EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is the third in a series featuring many of the shrines, prayer gardens, rosary walks and other devotional sites that local faithful can visit on their travels throughout the diocese this summer.]

  • Freedom in America - An Answer
    If freedom is the liberty to choose what to treat as real and meaningful, what happens when your choice of what is real and meaningful conflicts with mine?  What happens when a citizen’s choice radically differs from what the state chooses?  What happens when a mother’s freedom to choose an abortion conflicts with a father’s freedom of choice to bring another child into the family?

  • Freedom in America - The Question
    Is there no room any more for freedom of religion and the right of conscience?  Are all rights contingent upon the decision of a court or legislature or the outcome of an election or the will of the majority?  If so, will we not always be threatened by the tyranny of the most powerful or the dominant group within society?  Is there anything that can prevent America from being tossed about by the chilling winds of a creeping totalitarianism?  How can Americans remain free?

  • Freedom of Religion or Freedom of Worship - What is the Choice?
    In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves in the southern states. The northern states had already taken action to abolish slavery fifty-nine years earlier. Finally, when the Thirteenth Amendment took effect in December 1865, slavery was abolished forever throughout the entire United States. Or was it?

  • Friendly Sons of St. Patrick celebrate 120th anniversary
    MORRISTOWN — The annual All Souls Mass of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County in Assumption Church here on Nov 8 carried the traditional solemnity of a memorial liturgy, recalling its deceased members. But this year's Mass also resounded with the celebration of the "wearing of the green" as this local chapter of this organization, known for promoting Irish culture and supporting charities, marked the 120th anniversary of its founding at Assumption Parish in 1892.

  • From 'real bad' to 'catastrophic'
    CONVENT STATION - The mounting genocide in Darfur - which so far has claimed more than 400,000 lives in that drought-prone region of Sudan - stands as the most brutal, "calculated campaign of displacement, starvation, rape and mass murder" since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, states the national Students Taking Action Now: Darfur Coalition (STAND).

  • From all corners of the diocese, surprise over Pope Benedict’s announcement to resign
    CLIFTON — Officials, clergy and religious of the Paterson Diocese greeted the news this week that Pope Benedict XVI would be stepping down as leader of the Catholic Church at the end of February with shock and surprise. They gave the 85-year-old pontiff high marks for an eight-year reign, during which he re-asserted Church teachings in the face of increasing secularism and engaged all in the Church to be involved in New Evangelization.

  • From Clifton to Africa
    Nigerian priest returns home to heal broken lives
    CLIFTON - By high school Father Donsteve Nnagha was already considering a calling to Catholic priesthood in his native Nigeria but also was mulling over two other respected career paths - the military and becoming a doctor. The smart young man soon discovered that priests and doctors may have different and distinct skills and talents, but they both strive to achieve a common goal - to help heal people

    CHESTER — Bishop Serratelli celebrated a Mass at which Sister Agnes Miriam Crucis made her perpetual vows in the Chapel of Our Lady at Bethlehem Hermitage here June 17. Several priests concelebrated the Mass, which was attended by hermits, religious sisters and laypeople.

  • From Cookin' to Sewin'
    WAYNE - Ever just assume that people, especially those in the "younger set," know how to perform some of life's "basic stuff" - unclogging a toilet, tying a tie, setting a dinner table, scrambling eggs or even lighting a match?  Not so fast. Even many of the 30 young people, who filled the parish center at Our Lady of Consolation (OLC) Parish here didn't know that they didn't know some essential - and deceptively obvious - everyday abilities during the parish's recent annual Life Skill Drill.

  • From Dreams of baseball to the Seminary
    Nicaraguan native made life-changing decision as teen to become a priest
    PASSAIC - When he was 15, Nicaraguan-born Manuel Guevara, today a diocesan seminarian, found himself facing two critical, life-changing decisions - "God or the girl?" and "Wear black and a collar or Yankee  pinstripes?"

  • From Paterson to the South Pacific
    Peace Corps stint leads to life working for the Church on a tropical island
    PATERSON - Palm trees. Tropical wildlife. Blue lagoons.  As summer is in full swing, these sights to many are the parts to a perfect, serene vacation, but to Cecilia Hartmann, who was born and raised in the city here, those sights are a part of her everyday life. Hartmann, who was graduated from St. Brendan School, Clifton and the former St. Joseph High School here, has been living for the past 35 years near the South Pacific in the island group of Chuuk, a state of the Federated States of Micronesia.

  • From poverty to pursuit of priesthood
    Paterson seminarian sees vocation as product of 'God's providence'
    SOUTH ORANGE - Benjamin Williams, a diocesan seminarian, agreed to pose next to a white marble statue of St. Peter in the atrium of Immaculate Conception Seminary here last week for a photo in The Beacon. For some, the inclusion of the apostle in the photo may seem coincidental. But Williams, a first-year theology student here, thinks it hints at the providential

  • From rural Sussex County, the seed of a vocation grew for Brian Quinn
    SPARTA - Call it a mother's intuition. Brian Quinn, now a diocesan seminarian, never let his family know that he was discerning a vocation. But when the Our Lady of the Lake parishioner here finally told his family two years ago that he wanted to pursue the priesthood, his mother Patricia wasn't surprised.

  • From the hen house to the House of the Lord
    MORRISTOWN - Talk about a "dirty job." A few years ago, Andres Baquero worked on a farm outside Bogot‡, Colombia, getting up early and feeding 1,500 hungry hens.  Amid the dirt at the farm and the clucking of the hens, God was quietly "hatching" a vocation for the quiet Baquero. But the young man wouldn't answer God's call to priesthood, echoing in his heart since high school in Colombia - until a terrible virus struck the small farming community, killing 900 of his hens.

    Catholic education: A value not only to our students, but also to the world
    Throughout history, major contributions have been made to our nation in the field of science, technology, medicine, mathematics, etc. "A+" to all of them!

  • Fruitful collaboration produces new teachers' salary guide for schools in diocese
    CLIFTON - A dynamic collaboration among the diocesan School Office, Catholic school principals and teachers, pastors with Catholic schools and others interested in Catholic education recently produced a new landmark Full-Time Teachers' Salary Guide 2010-2013 for elementary and high school teachers of the diocese. These guidelines - the first of their kind developed by a Catholic diocese in the U.S. - represent a "paradigm shift" for Catholic education in the Church of Paterson.

  • Fulfilling a dream
    Faith formation center at Pompton Lakes parish three years in the making
    dream has come true at St. Mary Parish here with the completion of its new Father Michael Carnevale Faith Formation Center that will provide a place for the faith community's more than 75 ministries to meet and gather together. Under sunny skies, the building's dedication was held  Oct. 7 with more than a thousand people in attendance including retired Bishop Frank Rodimer, who blessed and dedicated the center, and Franciscan Father Michael Carnevale, the former pastor, for whom the building is named.

  • Full Statement of U.S. Cardinals
    Full text of the U.S. Cardinals communique as released by the Vatican,  with related links and resources.

  • Funeral Mass for Fr. Ed Hinds

  • Gaining a greater appreciation of their diocese
    Sparta students take tour of social service agencies, cathedral
    PATERSON - Eighth-grade students from Rev. Brown School in Sparta visited the "see," the episcopal see of the Paterson Diocese that is - when they came to the Cathedral of St. John  the Baptist here on a tour of the mother church of the diocese. The students also witnessed firsthand some of the works of the diocese through the ministries of Catholic Charities Father English Center and Eva's Village all located in the same neighborhood.

  • Game Schedules 2014-2015
     Follow the link below to view the Game Schedules for the 2013-2014 CYO Basketball Season.  Check out game times and locations....
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  • Gangs in Passaic: Initiatives help reduce violence

  • Gay marriage threatens the free religious expression of churches

  • Gay marriage undermines 'common good' of traditional families
    The possibility of  the legalization of gay marriages in the Garden State and elsewhere undermines the attempts of the Catholic Church and other religions and organizations to "advance the common good" - to promote strong heterosexual two-parent families, which are best at providing a strong, loving home for their children.

  • Gay Marriage: Reason Gone Wild
    Editor's Note: In the light of the State Legislature's imminent vote on same-sex "marriage," we are freshly printing Bishop Serratelli's reflection on this issue. At the end of the column is a link to other columns in which the Bishop has treated this same subject.

  • Generational Encounters
    There is no future with out the encounter between generations. That was the word from Pope Francis as he spoke to the tens of thousands of grandparents and elderly men and women gathered for Mass in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, which followed an international encounter with the Holy Father and the elderly earlier in the morning.  Acknowledging how young people, at times feel the need to break free “from the legacy of the older generation” in a “kind of adolescent rebellion,” the pope called for “a new and fruitful intergenerational equilibrium” to be restored.

  • Gerardo 'Jerry' Speziale Sr. to receive Dean McNulty Award April 2
    PATERSON - Gerardo "Jerry" Speziale Sr. will be the 2006 recipient of the Dean McNulty Award at the annual benefit dinner-dance for the Bishop Rodimer Community Center to be sponsored for the fifth year by the Committee for St. John's Cathedral here. Msgr. Mark Giordani, rector of the cathedral, will present the award to Speziale. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2 in the Brownstone here.

  • Gesture from the Heart
    Struggling Paterson parish offers donations to those affected by hurricane
    PATERSON - When Bishop Serratelli asked the parishes in the diocese to take up free-will offerings for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the people of this diocese willingly gave.

  • Gifts to Bishop's Annual Appeal help to fund seminarians' priesthood studies
    CLIFTON - This year the diocese made history when Bishop Serratelli ordained its largest ordination class since 1975. Eight men were ordained to the priesthood for the Paterson Diocese - seven in May and one in August - following the call of Jesus like those first apostles to serve his people.

  • Give Thanks by Giving Back

  • Give thanks by helping others
    In thanksgiving for all we are given, the 29th Annual Christmas Sharing Fund kicks off today - Thanksgiving Day - to help those who are served through our diocesan Catholic Charities agencies, recipients for the Sharing Fund. The fund gives the faithful from around the diocese an opportunity in thanksgiving to help needy brothers and sisters living in Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties through agencies of diocesan Catholic Charities.

  • Give thanks by helping others in need this Christmas
    WORKING at the Beacon often entails writing stories about the poor and how to help them — be it through diocesan Catholic Charities or Catholic Relief Services or mission trips taken by parishioners from across the diocese or emergency relief needed by an area hit by a natural disaster. These stories often inspire readers to help and bring awareness to the issue of poverty — right here in the Paterson Diocese and around the world.

  • Give thanks by supporting The Beacon's 2010 Christmas Sharing Fund
    For the upcoming holiday season, wouldn't it be great if we showed gratitude and thanksgiving to those who have touched our hearts this year in a special way? We often wonder how can we thank those special people in our lives.

  • Giving back
    Former Holy Spirit teacher to take audience on a 'musical journey'
    Ever hear of a song that takes you on a journey? For 23-year-old Cynthia Castro, doing exactly that is where she hopes her music will touch listeners. The former music teacher at Holy Spirit School here is an emerging Latin singer and pop star who will be releasing her first album next January. Born in Garfield, Castro said, "My songs have a message, have a journey. I want people to know through my music, 'Hey, I want to take you on a trip.' "

  • Giving glory
    We are now in the midst of one of the world’s most anticipated and most watched events: The Olympics.  With London as host for the 30th Olympiad, 10,000 athletes from 200 countries have come to England with the hope of winning a gold medal and returning home in glory.  But in striving to reach that goal, Olympians need to remember that the deepest meaning of sporting achievement is giving "glory to their Maker."

  • Giving Thanks
    Bishop Serratelli raises the Host as he celebrates Mass on Thanksgiving morning at St. Bonaventure Church, Paterson. At left is Franciscan Father Christian Camadella. At right is Franciscan Father Daniel Grigassy, pastor. Young parishioners participate in the Mass.  Bishop Serratelli greets St. Bonaventure parishioners,  Marianne Nilan, and her son, Joseph, a student at DePaul Catholic High School, Wayne, after Mass.(Beacon photos by Joe Gigli)

  • Giving With their Heart and Soul
    PASSAIC — In communion with those missionaries evangelizing around the world, the diocese came together at Holy Rosary Church here to celebrate the annual World Mission Sunday Mass Oct. 21. The event is a worldwide celebration promoted by the Society of the Propagation of Faith, a Pontifical Mission Society.

  • Giving witness face-to-face
    NET evangelizes teens by hitting the road visiting parishes, bishop
    CLIFTON - Sometimes it seems that to connect with youth these days, it requires text messaging, blogs and social networking sites on the Internet. But to evangelize the love of Christ, the National Evangelization Team (NET) follows the lead of Christ - hitting the road to where the people are for a face-to-face connection giving witness to the faith.

  • Globetrotter Brings People Together
    MORRIS PLAINS - No question about it: in many ways, Diesa Seidel, physical education teacher at St. Virgil School here and a former basketball star, is a real "globetrotter."  The 25-year-old Seidel, a St. Virgil's teacher since September 2004, has years of frequent-flier miles to prove it. She's coached in an interreligious hoops league in Korea, played professional women's basketball in Europe, built Habitat for Humanity homes in Guyana and helped spruce up a poor neighborhood in Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Globetrotting priest finds 'a home' at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
    PATERSON - It seems reasonable that Father Janusz Rzadca, who ministered to people of all nationalities as a chaplain at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center here, is planning to travel to Peru to learn the Spanish language - but by way of his native Poland?

  • Go forth!
    Pope Francis certainly has more drawing power than any rock star. Just ask the more than three million youths who listened to his every word at World Youth Day in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. One youth summed it up simply: "Being with the pope was a blessing, a joy and really exciting."

  • God waited 40 years for Little Falls parishioner to answer call to priesthood

  • God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage
    God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage is a marriage preparation program that is designed to help today's couple understand and embrace an authentic Catholic vision of married love. It unfolds the church's teaching on the sacrament of marriage as well as its vision of human sexuality and marital love.

    ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP - Bishop Serratelli helped to celebrate 50 years of faith, family and service at St. Clement Pope & Martyr Parish on Sept. 21. The parish recently has experienced significant growth in population, thanks the arrival of 100 new families, attracted to the Morris County faith community’s new religious observances and outreaches and its deep-rooted atmosphere of warmth and welcome.

  • Golden Anniversary for Parsippany Shrine
    PARSIPPANY - For Jennie Ombaldo, as for countless parishioners of St. Peter the Apostle here, the natural beauty of the now half-century-old Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine has been the source of both serenity in the Lord and lots of warm memories.  "When I visit the shrine, I ask the Blessed Mother to help me with my problems," said Ombaldo after a Mass Sept. 8 marking the 50th anniversary of the shrine, a smaller replica of the Our Lady of Lourdes Shine in France. "Being at the shrine gives me a sense of peace. We are in our own little meditation with Mary. It's a special place."

  • Golden Opportunity
    POPE Francis has always been a champion for the elderly. He often speaks about them, never failing to hold them close to his heart and telling the world of their importance to our society. “The elderly,” the Holy Father has said, “carry within themselves the memory and the wisdom of life, in order to hand it on to others, and they participate fully in the mission of the Church.”

  • Good Friday - Celebration of the Lord's Passion

  • Good Friday at the Cathedral

  • Gospel comes alive for Catholics who journey with Bishop on Year of Faith pilgrimage to the Holy Land
    JERUSALEM — Outside the walls of Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre sits atop Calvary. While touring the house of worship, Marilyn Rama imagined the savagery that happened there on what was a desolate hilltop two centuries ago — the crucifixion of Our Savior, who called out to his Father as he suffered.

  • Government against Religion: Old Conflict, New Challenge
    When a government in making laws follows the moral order, there is peace between church and state. But, once a government deviates from moral principles, conflict is inevitable. It happened in the past. It happens today.   As Catholics, we are not surprised that the moral principles taught by Christ, handed on by his Church and held by his followers, come under attack by some. But we are shocked when government summarily dismisses the very freedom of conscience to follow these moral principles. Old conflict, new challenge.

  • Government Shutdown Today, Catholic Charity Work Tomorrow
    The inability to dialogue on major issues facing our nation, the stubborn determination to hold to one’s own opinion and the reckless demonizing of those who hold another opinion have led to the shutdown of our government. Will the same intransigence lead to the shutdown of the many charitable works of the Catholic Church? Will we allow this to happen?

  • Graduation 2006
    This month more than 800 students received their diplomas from Catholic high schools in the diocese.  For photos from graduation ceremonies, click the above link.  (Photos by Joe Gigli)

  • Graduation 2012
    The Beacon's annual special Graduation Section:  Pictures and articles relating to the graduating classes of our diocesan elementary and high schools.


  • Green Pond parish invites all to pray at Mary's grotto
    Built by young parishioners
    GREEN POND - Nestled in a wooded area on the grounds of St. Simon the Apostle Church here, a grotto dedicated to Mary welcomes the faithful wanting a quiet moment of prayer.

    Women at Passaic Neighborhood Center gain sense of pride as their garden grows to provide fresh food for their families.

  • Green Thumbs In The Inner City
    Straight & Narrow gardens inspire clients, help to feed the homeless
    PATERSON - An urban oasis exists on the property of Straight & Narrow in the inner city here so that its clients can learn to admire what Mother Nature has to offer and how to care for God's green earth.

  • Gridiron to the Gospel: A vocation to the priesthood
    WEST MILFORD - It's a good thing for the Church of Paterson that James Platania, today a diocesan seminarian, listened to the advice of his mother, Margaret, a few years ago. She suggested that her son, then an aspiring businessman living in New York City, look up renowned preacher Father George William Rutler there, possibly to gain some spiritual guidance.

  • Haiti: Three Years After The Quake
    MORRISTOWN — The earthquake that rocked Haiti in January 2010 killed 316,000 people, injured 300,000 and left 100,000 homeless, but three years later, despite its staggering devastation, it has failed to crush the indomitable spirit of the Haitian people.

  • Half Century of Christian Service
    St. Rose of Lima Parish celebrates half century of living out the Gospel in Christian service
    Bishop Serratelli helped St. Rose of Lima Parish here celebrate a strong, spirit-filled legacy that has pushed this dynamic Morris County faith community to continue growing over the past 50 years - by forming in the faith generations of parishioners, who empowered by the Eucharist, live out the Gospel. If needed, they use words.

  • Half-century of faith
    NEWTON - St. Joseph Regional School here, powered by God's grace and a strong spirit of collaboration, has been giving its students a Christ-centered education for 50 years.   To mark this educational milestone,  Bishop Serratelli was the main celebrant of a jubilant Golden Anniversary Mass in St. Joseph Church Sept. 17, which was filled to capacity by St. Joseph's parishioners, staff, faculty, parents and students, past and present. Father Peter Filipkowski, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, was a concelebrant of the Mass

    Karen Casolaro of Holy Family Parish seeks to help people facing life crises through her non-profit group, Halos for Angels Inc. (HFA), which gives people from Florham Park and beyond temporary relief, comfort and support, when they face a sudden crisis. Four years ago, she founded — and now serves as president — of HFA, which helps people with day-today chores — transportation, shopping, child care and meals — until they can get back on their feet.

  • Hamburg parish holds special pro-life prayer service on Roe v. Wade anniversary
    HAMBURG - In compliance with the request of the U.S. bishops, and to foster both a mindset of reparation for abortion and an awareness of the need to reach out to those affected by it, St. Jude the Apostle Parish here, held a special prayer service on Sunday, Jan. 22, the anniversary of the enactment of Roe v. Wade.

  • Hands of Mary for Haiti
    Record-breaking trip helps poor re-build after earthquake
    MORRISOWN — Forget Willy Wonka. Missionaries from Hands of Mary for Haiti had the "golden tickets" during their Nov 12-16 mission trip to the island nation, trying to re-build following a devastating earthquake.

  • Handy Sacred Heart parishioner repairs damaged statue
    DOVER - Fewer than two weeks after vandals toppled it on March 10, a statue of St. Joseph at Sacred Heart Church here was returned to its rightful place beside the altar in time for the Easter Triduum, thanks to the handiwork of a talented craftsman from the parish, who restored the severely damaged 600-pound solid marble figure that was feared not able to be repaired.

  • Happy Birthday, Church
    This Sunday is a special day for the Catholic Church - May 19 is Pentecost Sunday - the birthday of the Church. Pentecost is an important date on in the Church calendar and it should be circled on our calendars and celebrated as heartily as we celebrate on our own birthdays.

  • Has the truth been found?
    "The Da Vinci Code" finally arrived at local theaters on May 19 amid curiosity and controversy with its portrayal of the Catholic Church, Opus Dei and much of the Church's teaching.  The film's tagline tells people to "Seek the truth." So what's the verdict: has the truth been found in director Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's book?

  • Haskell parishioners express thanks to priests
    HASKELL - To be sure, the faithful of St. Francis of Assisi Parish here join their fellow Americans in preparing to thank God for the precious gifts of their faith, families and freedom on Thanksgiving. But this grateful upper Passaic County faith community has also been spending the weeks before "Turkey Day," lifting their voices and their pens to paper to thank the priests in their lives for their own precious gifts - those of service, wisdom and compassion and of making Christ present to them in the Eucharist - to mark the Church's celebration of the Year for Priests.

  • Haskell pastor’s Faith Question Box is popular with parishioners
    That small box with a slit cut in the top that sits on a table in the narthex of St. Francis of Assisi Church serves as a Faith Question Box. Parishioners can fill out an index card that sits next to the awaiting box and drop in any questions they might have about the Catholic theology, teachings or practice.

  • Haskell school receives $5,000 donation for scholarships
    HASKELL - As St. Francis of Assisi School here marks Catholic Schools Week, they will be celebrating not only the value of a Catholic education but also the value of a recent donation from the Maverick Funding Corp., a Parsippany-based mortgage lender, who awarded the school with $5,000 to provide scholarships to students and their families in financial need.

  • Hawthorne cantor releases Christmas CD of music that moves from festive to religious
    HAWTHORNE — The light waltz of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” that opens “Christmas Favorites Volume II,” might give listeners the misimpression that this new compact disc features a collection entirely of airy holiday favorites. Yet halfway through, this 12-song Christmas release by Richard C. Hilton, cantor/song leader at St. Anthony Parish here, moves from light and festive tunes to deeply religious and moving songs and hymns, such as “Silent Night.”

  • Hawthorne parish centennial inspires greater stewardship
    HAWTHORNE - Bishop Serratelli helped St. Anthony Parish here celebrate its 100th anniversary with a Mass Oct. 5 that had concluded a yearlong jubilee that has inspired this already generous faith community to commit to an even deeper expression of stewardship.

  • Hawthorne parish helps faithful deepen belief in Christ during Year of Faith
    HAWTHORNE — This fall, St. Anthony Parish here doubled the opportunities for its faithful to deepen their knowledge and experience of the Catholic faith so they can become more effective evangelizers of the Gospel during the Year of Faith. This Passaic County faith community invited parishioners not only to join together at a Bible study series that examined this special Church-wide celebration, but also to attend a Fall Theology Tuesday Series, where Msgr. Raymond Kupke, the pastor, examined various aspects of the faith

  • Hawthorne parish's Rosary Makers continue mission to evangelize through the rosary
    HAWTHORNE - One million "Hail Mary's" will be said because of a group of women at St. Anthony Parish here called Our Lady's Rosary Makers, who finished crafting their 20,000th rosary this month as the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was marked Oct. 7.

  • Hawthorne students share thoughts on new pope with cardinals at conclave
    HAWTHORNE — As the College of Cardinals meets in Rome to select a new pope, the thirdgrade students at St. Anthony School here have written letters to the Princes of the Church sharing their thoughts and hopes about the new pope. For the third-graders, ranging in age from 8 to 9, Pope Benedict XVI was the only pope they’ve known in their lifetimes.

  • He is Risen
    Over the centuries, artists have struggled to portray the Resurrection of Christ. The disciples saw the empty tomb. They saw Christ Risen from the dead. But no one actually saw the Resurrection. Thus, every painting is an interpretation of this transforming event of all history. Every painting contains its own specific message.

  • He serves the Church through music
    LITTLE FALLS - From his small perch behind the piano in Holy Angels Church here, Gerard Chiusano is helping put the Holy Angels faith community on the musical map. For several years, Chiusano, Holy Angels' pastoral associate of music, has been busy helping to introduce the world to this dynamic parish by way of God's gift of song - which includes his growing repertoire of published liturgical music.

    Father Edgar Rivera teaches parishioners to defend themselves in martial-arts classes

  • He's an original
    Msgr. Hayes, one of diocese's first priests, now its oldest at 95
    TOTOWA - Msgr. Denis Hayes, former pastor of St. Cecilia Parish, Rockaway, and one of the first priests chosen to serve in the then-newly formed Diocese of Paterson in 1937, expressed his joy at being a priest and his excitement at celebrating his 95th birthday July 5 at St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly here.

  • Head of Catholic Extension tours diocese to promote new Parish Partnership Program
    CLIFTON - As Father Jack Wall toured a trio of churches in the diocese, it seemed as if the Chicago-born priest who heads the Catholic Church Extension Society (CCES) was coming home to a place he had never visited before. Father Wall, president of the Chicago-based CCES since March 2007, had never set foot in the diocese, but got the chance last month to connect with CCES' roots and rich legacy in the area. The tall, affable priest toured three of the many area churches the national Catholic organization helped build in the early 20th century [see sidebar on page 5]. He visited Our Lady of Pompeii, Paterson; St. Francis of Assisi in the Haskell section of Wanaque; and St. Mary's, Pompton Lakes

  • 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.

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  • Health-care mandate prompts U.S. Church to loudly proclaim its moral voice
    MADISON - The Obama administration's latest round of mandates for federal health-care reform - which originally required all employers, without exception, to provide insurance coverage for artificial contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization - took aim at American religious liberties. But the considerable discord over these obvious "anti-life" provisions ended up waking a "sleeping giant" - the U.S Catholic Church, which in turn has aimed its considerable political power against these mandates, which it considers morally unacceptable.

  • Healthy? No. Harmful? Yes.
    A bill to remove almost all abortion regulations is drawing strong opposition - and rightly so.  The bill - entitled the Women's Health Protective Act - is actually harmful to women.  Introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), the legislation would ban many restrictions on abortion, including laws to require certain credentials or testing of doctors who perform abortions. It would also prevent laws against sex-selective abortion and bans on abortion after the baby is developed enough to live outside the womb.

  • Hearing God's Call
    Sisters, priests share their stories with DePaul students at Vocation Fair
    WAYNE - In the midst of celebrating Catholic Schools Week, students at DePaul Catholic High School here took part in a Vocation Fair giving them a chance to fully understand religious and priestly life. Sponsored by the diocese's Vocations Awareness Committee, 16 religious orders who serve in the diocese along with diocesan priests hosted exhibits around the DePaul gym.

  • Hearing God's call
    From Equador to Passaic, seminarian knows the importance of God, people
    PASSAIC - Jose Santos, a diocesan seminarian, first heard God's strong call to priesthood in his native Ecuador at age nine. But when the ambitious young man first came to the United States 16 years ago, he had only one goal in mind  - "to find a job, make money and help my poor family back home."

  • Hearing the heartbeat
    When pro-lifers march every January in Washington in the annual March for Life they do so to be a voice for the unborn.   Now, thanks to legislators in two states, Arkansas and North Dakota, the unborn are gaining protection in the womb.

  • Heart-to-Heart
    Religious sister volunteers time with Paterson's elderly
    PATERSON - By seeing how the heart sees, Sister Mathilde Vries experiences something very special among the elderly she serves at the Paterson Adult Day Center here. They breathe a new life each day knowing that they have her friendship and someone to listen to them.

  • Hell - A Morally Offensive Teaching for Some
    All four of the world’s major religions - Hinduism and Buddhism, Christianity and Islam - teach that there is a judgment at the end of life.  Immediately following death, each person receives the just recompense for his or her life.  Catholics call this “the particular judgment.”  At the moment of death, a person’s life is seen in reference to Christ.  Then, the immortal soul is rewarded with “either entrance into the blessedness of heaven - through a purification or immediately, - or immediate and everlasting damnation…” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1022). 

  • Hell and the Goodness of God - An Apparent Contradiction
    Twenty nine years after painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo painted his famous Last Judgment on the chapel’s western wall.  The spirit of the latter work differs significantly from that of the former.  Gone was the optimism.  Gone the humanist’s vision of a world where people responded to each other and to God.  Michelangelo’s world had changed and his work mirrors that change.

  • Hell: A Choice To Be Avoided
    From Bartolomeo and Botticelli in the 15th century to Dore, Delacroix and Chenavard in more recent times, artists have delighted to portray on canvas Dante’s Inferno.  Dante vividly describes his travels with the Roman poet Virgil into the underworld.  As he descends down a spiraling path, he passes through nine separate circular layers.  Each circle's sinners are punished in a fashion fitting their sin for all of eternity.

  • Help And Prayers For The People Of The Philippines
    Diocesan priest’s family survives after ‘catastrophic typhoon’ hits hometown, kills untold thousands
    HOPATCONG — When a natural disaster hits, not knowing if the members of one’s family have survived makes one’s heart pound with great anxiety and all one can do for solace at such a time is to pray to God for their safety.

  • Help families spend Christmas together through the Christmas Sharing Fund
    When people think of the holidays, immediately they think of this time of year as a season to be with loved ones. Through Christmas parties, attending Mass and the exchanging gifts, the holidays are an occasion when family and friends get together in joyous celebration.

  • Help for the poor
    The recently released report complied by Legal Services of N.J. Poverty Research Institute is meant to be an eye-opener to show the staggering number of people living in poverty in New Jersey. But this report is about more than just numbers as the lead story in this week's edition of The Beacon points out.

  • Help someone in need have a Happy New Year
    2010 was a great year for me. I've had some fabulous memories and bucket list moments this year. I witnessed my favorite tennis player, Rafael Nadal win the U.S. Open. I traveled to the Dominican Republic and I have gotten closer to some great friends in my life.

  • Helping "the poorest of the poor"
    SPARTA - Now that the transportation of goods to politically embattled Haiti seems more secure, Our Lady of the Lake Parish here has resumed a long-delayed, yet crucial part of its outreach to a Catholic faith community on that impoverished island nation -its shipments of much-need school supplies, medicines and personal-care products.

  • Helping flood victims
    As floodwaters continue to cover thousands of acres of land in Pakistan, an estimated 18 million people have been affected. The sheer scale of the catastrophe has been described by Ban Ki Moon, United Nations Secretary General, as "almost defying comprehension."

  • Helping our neighbors
    For the second time in two weeks residents in several towns in the diocese were forced to evacuate their homes as floodwaters again inundated North Jersey.  The task at hand in so many parts of the diocese is daunting. Our assistance is needed if all who come to the Church in their hour of need are to be helped. Please give whatever your means allow to help our neighbors.

  • Helping people is their passion
    Young Randolph parishioners band together on a mission
    RANDOLPH - It started six years ago with a penny, when three siblings - the oldest just 6 years old - banded together on a mission to help as many people in need as they could.  The Toledo children - Stephen, 12, Stephanie, 11, and Gaby, 8 - have illuminated the world by making a difference. They have already helped close to 1,000 people by taking on different service projects locally and globally.

  • 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.

  • Helping to rebuild after Katrina
    A few months ago, those images of Katrina-ravaged New Orleans seemed indelible pictures of survivors waiting for rescue on rooftops, people scavenging for food, homes destroyed by flood waters.  But today, five months since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, most of the TV cameras have left. So have most newspaper reporters. The media largely has forgotten about the destruction the hurricane left in its wake a major city in shambles, many neighborhoods ruined or severely damaged by the flooding and the residents who remain still struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives.

  • Her daughter's legacy
    Mother carries on late daughter's mission to help the poor in Dominican Republic
    CONVENT STATION - Eileen Specchio, a professor at the College of St. Elizabeth (CSE) here, traveled to the Dominican Republic last month to lead an enthusiastic team of nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students on a mission trip to care for the health needs of the island nation's desperately poor people.

  • Heroic act of love
    PATERSON - Even after his death, Michael Sularz is a hero. He is responsible for saving the lives of four people.  Although, the people's lives he helped to save will never get to meet him, a part of him lives on in them.

  • HIC director retires after more than three decades of service
    Serves Catholic Charities agency for 35 years as head of Hispanic Information Center
    PASSAIC — When Lorenzo Hernandez looks back at his 35 year career at the Hispanic Information Center (HIC) here, he reflects on the people that entered into his life. The longtime executive director of the diocesan Catholic Charities agency retired in late June after serving countless thousands of people over the years.

  • Hidden gem of Catholic Charities celebrates four decades of service
    PATERSON - As Italians celebrate, "La Festa di San Giuseppe" or the Feast of St. Joseph today, there is one place that has always celebrated the culture and life of the Italian family.  More than 40 years ago, nearly 35,000 Italian immigrants entered the city of Paterson making them the largest group of immigrants in the area. Those Italian immigrants came to Paterson with dreams to start a new life, often times faced with the difficulties of living in a foreign and unfamiliar country

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  • Highland Lakes parish bustling with faith-filled activities this summer
    HIGHLAND LAKES - At Our Lady of Fatima Parish here located deep in the wooded splendor of bucolic Sussex County, summer is a season bustling with activity and new programs. Just recently the parish added another worship service in Spanish to serve the influx of Hispanic Catholics living in the area.

  • Highland Lakes parish celebrates 50 years
    'A real sense of family'
    Bishop Serratelli helped Our Lady of Fatima Parish here - which began by serving vacationing Catholics in the summers - celebrate its "real sense of family" while also marking two major anniversaries: 50 years since the church's dedication and 40 years since the parish's formation.
    By Michael Wojcik - Beacon Staff

  • His family murdered in civil war, seminarian lives to serve others
    For one seminarian, support of the Bishop's Annual Appeal by parishioners across the diocese allows him to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a priest so he can serve others. For Raimundo Rivera, a second-year theology student at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange, the Bishop's Annual Appeal has allowed him to follow his call to the priesthood that started when he was 7 years old.

  • Hispanic Cursillo Ultreya del Campo
    NEWTON - Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of an outdoor Mass Aug. 13 for members of the Cursillo movement at the annual diocesan Hispanic Cursillo Ultreya del Campo at Camp Auxillium here.

  • Hispanic Heritage Mass
    "Mi familia" or "my family" - for every Hispanic, a sense of self will always involve identifying his or herself with their family.  Celebrating faith and culture, Hispanics of the Paterson Diocese came together Oct. 5 at St. John the Baptist Cathedral here for the annual Hispanic Heritage Mass. Parishioners represented their countries wearing native dress and a procession at the beginning of the Mass showcased the countries present as representatives held high the colorful flags of nations in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands.

  • Hispanic Heritage Mass: A celebration of faith, culture
    PATERSON - It was a celebration of faith and culture for Hispanics of the diocese who came together Oct. 27 at St. John the Baptist Cathedral here for the annual diocesan Hispanic Heritage Mass. Parishioners from 20 Hispanic countries were represented at the Mass, many wearing their native dress and holding high their colorful flags representing nations in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean islands.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
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  • Hispanic Ministry at Madison parish invites local Latinos to get more involved in liturgy
    MADISON - Once again, during its is 203-year history, St. Vincent Martyr Parish here has opened both its doors and hearts to yet another local immigrant community - this time a surprising but sizable and vibrant Catholic population: underserved Hispanics in this upscale, Morris County town.  Not surprising though, St. Vincent's continues its legacy of "welcoming the newcomer" with the founding of its fledgling two-month-old Hispanic Ministry in November.

  • Hispanics celebrate heritage, honor priests at annual diocesan Mass
    PATERSON - The colorful flags of nations in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands were metaphors to describe it all as Hispanics came together to celebrate their vibrant culture and faith at St. John Cathedral here Oct. 4 for the annual diocesan Hispanic Heritage Mass. Bishop Serratelli was the main celebrant of the Spanish language Mass.

  • Historic visit
    Exactly one month from today, Pope Benedict XVI will be concluding his historic visit to the United Kingdom by presiding at the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Birmingham, England.

  • Historic Work
    MORRISTOWN - Archbishops and bishops from more than a dozen English-speaking countries, along with Bishop Serratelli, will continue the historic work of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), producing texts for the English Edition of the Third Roman Missal, at meetings, Monday to Friday, Feb. 13-17 hosted by the Paterson Diocese in Morristown, a municipality that figures prominently in the history of New Jersey.

  • Hitting the lottery jackpot
    Parishioners beat the odds for ticket to the papal Mass
    CLIFTON - After Mass one February morning, Msgr. George Hundt, pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Hawthorne, asked Frances Koerner, a simple question that led to the kind of great news that would make the active parishioner's entire year - "Did you get the message?"

  • Holy Angels parishioners bid farewell to Franciscan friars
    LITTLE FALLS - With a mix of emotions, from joy to sorrow to great anticipation, Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish here marks two major milestones in 2008 - the celebration of its 125th anniversary as well as the vibrant faith community's farewell to the dedicated Franciscan order that founded the pioneer Singac parish in the late 19th century.

  • Holy Childhood Association honors St. Gerard student
    Artwork to be featured as e-greeting Christmas card
    PATERSON — At St. Gerard Majella School here, Christmas has come early for seventh-grader Michelle Cespedes.   She was recently honored by the Holy Childhood Association (HCA) for her artwork of the Holy Family on their way to Bethlehem on Christmas eve. The artwork will be featured as a 2012 HCA Christmas e-greeting found on HCA's website.

  • Holy Cross Parish in Wayne to continue as a parish
    WAYNE - As the Diocese of Paterson continues to examine its operations and maximize its resources, a meeting was held Feb. 15 at Holy Cross Parish to discuss its viability. After receiving feedback from the diocesan planning committee that attended the meeting, Bishop Serratelli has announced that Holy Cross in Wayne will remain open as a parish.

  • Holy Saturday - The Easter Vigil

  • Holy See often takes 'heroic' unpopular positions when promoting traditional social values around the world, U.N. delegate asserts
    MADISON - As always, the world still desperately needs the profound influence of the Catholic Church, whose popes in recent decades have cultivated a split personality of sorts in an international community, which often adores them like royalty, while condemning them for defending traditional social values in the face of continually changing definitions around the world of what it means to be human.

  • Holy Spirit School's Nativity play to be part of CBS's '48 Hours'
    PEQUANNOCK - Quiet on the set!  Stage left: a choir of female angels - wearing white robes and silver trimmed wings - strolls onto the stage in the glow of bright spotlights. Bursting with excitement, these heavenly creatures stand over a group of resting shepherds somewhere near Bethlehem and proclaim the glorious birth of Christ the Savior. Together, they intone, "Peace to those on whom his favor rests."

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  • Hometown heroes
    Girls' softball manager urges Holy Spirit students to take a swing at success
    PEQUANNOCK - The winter chill earlier this month didn't stop Holy Spirit School here from recapturing the "softball fever" that swept the town and local area last summer when the Pequannock Girls' Softball Team batted its way into the finals of the 2006 Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore

  • Homily At The Beatification Of Blessed Miriam Teresa
    Sister Miriam belongs to that circle of chosen souls whom God himself elects for special graces, not merely for themselves, but for all his people. When she was born in 1901, the very year Marconi received the first telegraph signal, God was preparing her to show us the way to be in constant conversation with him through prayer. And, by the time she died in 1927, the year Lindbergh made the first flight between America and Europe, she had left behind, both in her life and in writings, the lesson that doing God’s will in all things bridges the distance between heaven and earth.

  • Honoring diocesan and religious priests
    Bishop to celebrate Jubilee Mass June 6
    RANDOLPH - Bishop Serratelli will be the principal celebrant for the annual diocesan jubilee Mass for diocesan and religious priests serving within the Paterson Diocese at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 6 in St. Matthew Church here. The Jubilee Mass honors those priests celebrating their 65th, 60th, 50th, 40th, and 25th anniversaries of priestly ordination this year.

  • Honoring Retired Priests
    The Serra Club of Paterson held its annual dinner for retired priests Oct. 4 at the Brownstone in Paterson.

  • Honoring St.Elizabeth Ann Seton
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass  Jan. 7 in the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth's Holy Family Chapel in Convent Station to mark the 30th anniversary of the canonization of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first North American-born saint. St.  Elizabeth founded the Sisters of Charity in 1809.

  • Hopatcong parishioner seeks donations of unneeded items for Tanzania mission trip
    HOPATCONG - A parishioner of St. Jude here, who also is an mechanical engineering student at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, is asking fellow Catholics in the diocese, especially those in Catholic schools, to help build better, more hope-filled lives for the poor students of Tanzania, Africa.

  • Hope And Prayers For The Unborn
    Clifton - Mass for the Unborn brings diocesan faithful together to celebrate the 'great gift of life.'  At a hallmark cause for the Paterson Diocesan Federation Knights of Columbus, Knights along with faithful from across the diocese proudly came together to pray at its annual Mass for the Unborn held at St. Philip Church here Nov. 17.

  • Hope for peace in the Holy Land
    Retired diocesan priest travels with CRS to where Jesus once walked
    Msgr. Joe Ciampaglio, a retired priest of the Paterson Diocese, is far from slowing down. His journey in the priesthood has led him overseas through his work as a Global Fellow for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. His latest stop - the Holy Land, where he witnessed first hand the work of the international agency in the place where Jesus Christ once lived. As part of his work with CRS, he then visited parishes around the country and talked about his personal experiences to illustrate the agency's programs.

  • Hope House honors volunteer for service at agency
    DOVER - For Sue Adler, a volunteer at diocesan Catholic Charities Hope House, it never hurts to reach out to others when needing a helping hand.  "The worst thing you can do is not ask - all you can do is ask," said Adler, who has been successful receiving "yeses" from those she has reached out to help at Hope House.

  • Hope House staff member to minister to Ugandan AIDS patients after mission trip
    DOVER - When Sister of Charity Roberta Feil counsels persons with HIV/AIDS at Hope House here, an agency of Catholic Charities in the diocese, the mission-minded nun sometimes thinks about the East African nation of Uganda, where malaria and HIV/AIDS have been decimating the population.

  • Hope House volunteer honored by Catholic Charities USA
    National Volunteer of the Year recognized for work with people living with HIV/AIDS
    DOVER - For Catholic Charities agencies around the country, volunteers have been the backbone of support to the staff and clients in these social service agencies that provide help and create hope for more than 7.8 million people they serve each year.

  • Hope to the needy worldwide
    In the news crazed society in which we live where newspapers, radio, television and the Internet battle to provide the first scoop on the latest disaster or bad news, the good works of people and institutions often fly under the radar.

  • Hospitality, Prayer, Formation and Service
    Wayne parish to be first in diocese to commit to the stewardship way of life
    WAYNE - Parishioners have gotten all fired up about serving God and his people at Our Lady of Consolation, which this fall breaks new ground - this spiritually renewed faith community becomes the first in the diocese to fully live out the concept of stewardship. Like never before the faithful here are excited about taking ownership of their parish by make making a bigger commitment of their "time, talent and treasure" to the parish and also to those in need both locally and a half a world away.

  • Hot Rod Hearse
    A 1952 Packard that sports a massive engine — sits in the garage at Our Lady of Pompeii Church (OLP) here, waiting patiently for the chance to tour the open road. Likewise, Father Frank Agresti, pastor, waits for the day he finishes work on and finally drives that "hot rod hearse" still up on blocks — his dream long in the making — sure to turn the heads of fellow motorists.

  • Housing Our People Everywhere in Passaic County
    Bishop, Catholic Charities lend support to county-wide initiative to end chronic homelessness
    PATERSON - In order for a minimum wage worker in Passaic County to afford a one-bedroom apartment, he or she would have to work 116 hours of the 168 hours in a week. This was a statistic presented to more than 100 government officials, religious organizations, shelter directors and other concerned citizens during a meeting at Eva's Village here July 24 coordinated by the Passaic County Interagency Council on Homelessness. The event kicked-off a 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness called HOPE (Housing Our People Everywhere in Passaic County).

  • How does the bishop's garden grow? With love, respect for God's creation
    PATERSON - A bishop's days are busy ones, filled from sunup to sundown. So when Bishop Serratelli has a few moments of free time - usually early in the morning or late at night - he enjoys cultivating his garden, consisting of vegetables and fruits in his backyard.

  • How important is adult faith formation in parish life? Very.
    CLIFTON - The journey of faith is a lifelong process. That was the message heard by clergy, directors of religious education and pastoral associates at an adult faith formation workshop Feb. 9 at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish here.

  • Hundreds expected for feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass
    SPARTA - It is written in America's history - the United States is the land of opportunity. Today, the largest number of immigrants coming to America for those opportunities are from Mexico, Central and South American countries. Often, they come at immense personal sacrifice and risk, seeking work to support their families, many of whom are still in their country of origin. Most arrive with little knowledge of the U.S. and with few resources.  Because of this, the Migrant Ministry community of Our Lady of Guadalupe, an agency of Catholic Charities in the diocese, operates to serve migrants who have come to Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties.

  • Hungry and homeless
    Our Lady of Good Counsel youth get first-hand look at poverty in cardboard box city
    POMPTON PLAINS - To take a stand against world hunger, 32 young parishioners of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish here recently experienced the poverty that affects 800 million people worldwide by actually being hungry and homeless for a day. This act was a great witness to the community of and around Our Lady of Good Counsel who were moved by the young people's efforts to make a difference in the world.

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  • ICEL members from English-speaking countries worldwide gather in Paterson Diocese for meeting
    MORRISTOWN - Archbishops and bishops from more than a dozen English-speaking countries, along with Bishop Serratelli, are meeting this week in the Paterson Diocese to continue the historic work of the International Committee on English in the Liturgy (ICEL). The members began the visit Feb. 11 with a Mass in St. Margaret Church here.

  • Icons of Commitment and Service
    With mid-19th century roots, Catholic healthcare in Passaic County now faces radically different challenges
    By Sister Barbara Garland, SC
    Catholic Healthcare in Passaic County began and continues to this day serving the sick and the poor, including the immigrant populations that move in and out of the Paterson and Passaic city areas. In the 1800s these were the Irish and Italian immigrants. Today these facilities see people of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Polish descent, wealthy, middle-class and poor. Today the past and present immigrants are also among the healthcare and medical professionals.

  • If only Catholics were fully Catholic!
    Each year, over a million people crowd into Times Square in New York to welcome the New Year. Once the crystal ball finishes its 77-foot descent and the sign beneath lights up with the digits of the New Year, those present, together with the many more millions watching on TV, hug and kiss and wish each other a Happy New Year.

  • Image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii to visit Paterson parish
    PATERSON - The Italian city of Pompeii will forever been known as the great Roman town destroyed by the volcano of Mount Vesuvius. In the shadows of the ancient volcano, there is a Marian shrine known as Our Lady of the Rosary, built by Blessed Bartolo Longo in 1873 following his conversion. The shrine is named for the Marian image above its high altar.

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  • Immigration reform
    The Catholic Church is an immigrant Church that has grown with our nation of immigrants. That's why immigration reform is so important to the U.S. Church and why the U.S. bishops have been in the forefront for legislation to fix the broken immigration system.

  • Immigration: A Broken System in Need of Repair
    As Americans, we cannot ignore the vast numbers of our brothers and sisters who come to us from other countries in the hope of a better life. Should our borders be made more secure? Secure borders make for the good not only of citizens but also of legal immigrants as well. But, just stopping or limiting the flow of illegal immigrants would not fix the situation.

  • Important legislation
    The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 3133) was introduced Sept. 20 in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is a very important piece of legislation in that it would bar the federal government from discriminating against individuals and organizations based upon their religiously-motivated belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.

  • Important role of parents
    In today's highly secularized society, which can pull families in so many different directions, it is important for parents to let their children witness them living their faith daily. Being their child's first teacher of the faith is an awesome task for parents, and one they can accomplish by not only being role models in the faith to their children, but also taking an active role in parish life as a family.

  • Improvements to Little Falls church brighten worship space, make building more accessible
    LITTLE FALLS - As Beverley Cuccinelli walked into Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church here for Mass on the morning of this past Palm Sunday, the shear beauty and brightness of the extensive renovations to the spacious worship space - a major portion of the Passaic County faith community's ambitious refurbishment project, near completion - left this pastoral associate of the parish "in awe."

  • Improving the Human Condition
    FRANKLIN - From the southern tip of the African continent, Sister of Sorrowful Mother Thomasina Gebhard realized her important vocation in the work of social services to improve the human condition.  With decades of experience in the field of social work, Sister Gebhard, the director of Catholic Family and Community Services Partnership for Social Services Family Center here, an agency of Catholic Charities in the Paterson Diocese, traveled for 10 days last month to serve as a delegate to various agencies mostly in Johannesburg and Cape Town to enhance the professional education of social services.

  • In giving, we receive
    It's inevitable - as each year passes, all of us get older. Yet somehow, the elderly tend to be forgotten. With that in mind, Catholic Charities through its Aging Services Department under Catholic Family and Community Services gives seniors the best of care as they live out their golden years. Through senior outreaches, in-home services, nutrition programs and adult day centers, senior adults improve in their quality of life.

  • In honor of John Paul II
    Excitement is building as the date of the beatification of Pope John Paul II draws closer.  In Rome, where Pope Benedict XVI will lead the beatification ceremony on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1 for his predecessor, upwards of more than 3000,000 people are expected to attend in St. Peter's Square.

  • In Irene's Wake
    PATERSON - Surveying the damage and offering comfort to residents here, Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit Sept. 2 to shelters in Paterson housing flood victims. He also visited two parishes that had damage from Hurricane Irene

  • In jeopardy
    In looking to curb spending in the federal budget, Congress, with the blanket support of the Obama administration, has targeted the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) for a $100 million cut. EFSP provides funding to nonprofit agencies in local communities to care for the poor providing food and shelter assistance. This 50 percent cut would be devastating to the needy. A cut this significant would severely curtail the EFSP program, and impact food and shelter programs across the country, most certainly here in our own diocese through our Catholic Charities agencies.

  • In midst of world food crisis, Mountain Lakes parish helps Haitians feed their children
    DAME MARIE, HAITI - A throng of hungry children gathers outside the courtyard gate of Notre Dame de la Nativite Parish here. The youngsters who live in this poor, yet scenic fishing village don't need to hear the tolling of a bell to tell them it's lunchtime.

  • In pastoral visit to Pompton Lakes parish, bishop celebrates Mass, baptizes infant, blesses throats
    POMPTON LAKES — Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Mary Parish here Feb. 3 to celebrate Mass for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. During his visit, the bishop and Franciscan Father Frank Sevola, pastor, blessed throats to mark the Feast of St. Blase. The bishop also baptized an infant, Charlotte Decker, daughter of Dayna and Gregory Decker.

  • In retirement, Sisters of Charity still serve the Church
    A retired teacher and principal, Sister of Charity of St. Elizabeth Katherine Carroll, now 84,  has suffered with Multiple Sclerosis for the past 25 years, yet still stays active at St. Anne Villa here - serving as lector at  the daily 11 a.m. Mass, an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, assisting with clerical work in the business office and caring for her three-year-old black-and-white cat, Emmanuel - all from her wheelchair.

  • In support of marriage
    Are you aware that several of our state legislators are in the process of attempting to post a bill to legalize same-sex "marriage," which would change the very definition of marriage?  Marriage - the union of one man and one woman - has its roots not only in human tradition and history, but also in natural law, which transcends all man-made law. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family. Marriage is an institution fundamental to the well being of all of society, not just religious communities.

  • In the Facebook age, God calls us to engage in face-to-face interaction
    MORRISTOWN - Many state-of-the-art forms of digital communication today, such as the social networking Web site Facebook, help us keep in touch with our friends instantly and as often as we desire but only can give us snapshots of our friends' lives.

  • In the new year, bring a new beginning to those in need
    When countries, cities and states have the word "new" in their names like New Orleans, New Zealand or even our own home state, New Jersey, it was because in these names the people hoped for a new beginning. Those settling in these places came with high hopes and big dreams, that if there's truth in labeling, for something "new."

  • In the spirit of ecumenism, Little Falls parishioners host seder
    LITTLE FALLS - At a Passover seder before Holy Week, Our Lady of the Holy Angels parishioners here made more than a few fruitful connections with their Jewish brethren - from understanding the religious links between the Eucharist and the Passover seder meal to just sharing fellowship with their Jewish brothers and sisters.

  • In Wayne, two schools, OLV and OLC, to merge; partnership formed with DePaul Catholic H.S.
    WAYNE - Parents of students at Our Lady of the Valley (OLV), Our Lady of Consolation (OLC), Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), all in Wayne, and Holy Spirit in Pequannock, were informed in a letter March 11 that OLV will be merged into OLC at OLC's Hamburg Turnpike building when the school year begins in September

  • In Year for Priests, Florham Park faithful pray for priests - one day at a time
    FLORHAM PARK - Msgr. T. Mark Condon had no idea that Wednesday, Aug. 26, Catholics a county away had been giving this pastor Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish, Little Falls, a spiritual supercharge from heaven above - through their heartfelt prayers and intentions.

  • Individual Confession and Pope Francis
    The media and the masses have instinctively taken to the way that our Holy Father expresses in visible actions the heart of the Gospel. Images of the pope's reaching out to the marginalized, the poor and the disabled have warmed the hearts of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. While the media delights in headlining his request of the curia members to hear confessions, the same media gives no attention to the Holy Father's words about the inherent value of individual confession.  When it comes to the mercy of God available to us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Pope Francis speaks with great clarity.

  • Induction Ceremony
    Cav. Gr. Cr. Avv. Carl J. Morelli, the U.S. delegate for H.R.H. Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, presented to Bishop Serratelli the insignia of induction into the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus.

  • Information for March for Life buses available for those who wish to attend
    CLIFTON — Next month, the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. will commence on Jan. 25. It will mark the 40th anniversary of the Jan. 22, 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal in the United States.

  • Inmates receive sacraments
    Bishop Serratelli visited the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown during Holy Week to baptize, administer first Holy Communion and confirm inmates, who were part of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults process there.

  • Innovative exhibits at diocesan STEM competition showcase students’ critical thinking skills
    CLIFTON — Innovation in today’s world is moving at a lightning quick pace and students in Catholic schools in the Paterson Diocese are becoming more and more prepared to meet the challenges of the future. Integrating traditional beliefs with cutting edge learning through STEM, an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering and math — five schools presented innovative exhibitions at a STEM competition at the St. John Paul II Center here May 14.

  • Innovative Practice
    Diocesan HSA hosts Innovative Practice Awards to recognize schools; commissions board members
    WAYNE — The Paterson Diocesan Feder¬ation of Home-School Associations recog¬nized and celebrated the accomplishments achieved by Home and School Associations of diocesan schools May 1. An awards dinner was held at Village Inn here to honor those schools and also to commission the federation's executive board members, consisting of parents with children in diocesan elementary schools. Ginger Grancagnolo, adjunct professor at Bloomfield College and author of several books, was the keynote speaker for the event and presented a talk titled "Investment in Catholic Schools: Investment for a Lifetime."

  • Inspired to Evangelize
    Bishop's pastoral letter stirs parish in Pompton Plains to go into public square
    POMPTON PLAINS — Did someone say, "free stuff'? Our Lady Good Counsel (OLGC) Parish here enticed 300 visitors to stop by its booth at Pequannock Township's 30th Annual Family Hoedown, in part by giving away free items, including cups and interesting pamphlets and booklets, which coaxed smiles from thankful passersby.

  • Inspiring Students to Learn
    WEST MILFORD - Welcome to "Planet Eyeball," where students reach for the stars. Last week fourth-graders at Our Lady Queen of Peace School in the Hewitt section of West Milford here had rocketed to a far-off galaxy in their own minds. There, far from their parents, they embarked on a series of daring interstellar adventures, where they braved encounters with bizarre creatures - all returning safely to Earth by the beginning of next class period.

  • Installation Of Pastor
    Bishop Serratelli and Father Stanley Lesniowski, the new pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Passaic, accept bouquets of flowers from young parishioners in native Polish dress at the Mass in St. Joseph Church Oct. 30 at which the bishop formally installed Father Lesniowski as pastor. Father Lesniowski, who had previously served as parochial vicar at Holy Rosary Parish, Passaic, succeeds the late Msgr. Joseph Czerkies who died Oct. 1. (Beacon photos by Joe Gigli).

  • Interest in vocations up
    A survey conducted by Vision Vocation Guide showed that the majority of vocation directors have seen an increase in inquiries about vocations for the fourth straight year.  The interest in vocations is certainly good news for the Church. Seventy-four percent of responders to the survey ranked the opportunity to live a life of faithfulness to the Church and its teachings as the most essential reason for their interest.

  • Internet Resources

    Two college students from parishes in Chatham and Stockholm help Lifenet promote Respect for Life.

  • Interns help School Office examine teacher compensation
    CLIFTON - Karilyn Crockett and Crystal Hrynenko have been "learning the ropes" about certain aspects of Catholic education by working in the diocesan School Office this summer, but these brainy overachievers aren't your typical "interns." Instead, refer to these bright young women as "fellows."  That's because the 36-year-old Crockett and the 26-year-old Hrynenko aren't exactly undergraduates seeking their first taste of a "real world" work environment. Rather, the sharp duo arrived at the Diocesan Pastoral Center with stellar academic credentials and dynamic employment histories.

  • Interpersonal relationships at heart to 'Why Catholic?' as parishes embark on faith-sharing programs' third season
    SANDYSTON - Whether you're trying to find a job or deepen your Catholic faith, it often depends on developing relationships - a concept already mastered by several small groups of parishioners at St. Thomas the Apostle here, who have been active in the popular "Why Catholic? Journey through the Catechism" program. You can call these groups of inquisitive Catholics "spiritual networkers."

  • Investing in the future of the Church
    Bishop's Appeal supports education of seminarians
    In the Church of Paterson, the diocese is especially blessed that the number of seminarians studying to be priests to serve its people has been rising year by year. Within a few years, the number of seminarians has increased significantly - from seven in 2004 to 43 today. These men are currently in formation studying in seminaries around the country and abroad - truly making this an investment for the future of the Paterson Diocese.

  • Involved in collaboration
    Leaders push Migrant Ministry to expand its services to immigrants
    SPARTA - A reinvigorated diocesan Migrant Ministry celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with plans to expand its already broad outreach to local undocumented Hispanic immigrants, guided by a new approach - a new team of four leaders, committed to continuing the ministry's mission of welcoming these newcomers, lending them a helping hand, building communities and adapting to their specific needs.

  • Iraq: The Way To Peace: Resources for Dioceses and Parishes
    From the USCCB: The following resources are designed to help U.S. Catholics respond to the invitation to prayer by the Holy Father by praying, fasting, learning more, and acting, beginning with Sunday, March 2, 2003 and continuing through Lent and beyond.  [The Way to Peace]

  • It's a homecoming for Paterson Catholic's new principal
    PATERSON - While homecoming usually is observed well into football season in high schools all over the country, at Paterson Catholic Regional High School here, Richard Garibell, the new principal, is already observing a high school homecoming.

  • It's a jungle out there!
    ( In Wayne, that is... )
    OLV students' rainforest project lesson in science, art and stewardship of God's creation
    WAYNE - Look out! Menacing black spiders are crawling the walls. Watch your head! Leafy vines are drooping from the ceilings. But pay little mind to the laid-back sloths that are hanging from the light fixtures, minding their own business.

  • It's Catholic Press Month
    The Catholic press has an irreplaceable role in forming Christian consciences and reflecting the Church's viewpoint on contemporary issues.  That's what Pope Benedict XVI had to say recently about the Catholic press.  The Catholic press has as it primary purpose, the pope said, "to give voice to a point of view that reflects Catholic thinking on all ethical and social questions." And, he added, Catholic newspapers remain an effective way of spreading the "good news" about diocesan events.

  • It's critical to involve youth in the Liturgy
    CHATHAM TOWNSHIP - It's critical that parish youth ministry programs reach out to young people in a variety of ways - from promoting Christian service to offering social activities, retreats and religious formation. But these programs need to draw in young people first by getting them more actively participating in the "source and summit" of our Catholic faith - the Eucharistic liturgy.

    New Migrant Ministry director relates firsthand to struggles, hopes of undocumented clients
    SPARTA — No doubt, Father Raimundo Rivera has increasingly felt more “at home,” living in the U.S., since his arrival on American soil 22 years ago, and especially since he became a U.S. citizen eight years ago. Yet, at heart, this native of El Salvador continues to feel like a newcomer — deep feelings that help him relate to and connect with the many local and mostly undocumented immigrants he serves each day as the newly appointed director of diocesan Migrant Ministry.

  • Janitor arrested in stabbing death of St. Patrick's pastor

  • Jesus is the reason for the season; celebrate by sharing with others
    The Beacon's Christmas Sharing Fund is that opportunity to show the real meaning of Christmas by helping the clients of our diocesan Catholic Charities. Through a donation, families are able to find comfort and joy because people of good faith have provided them with various gifts of winter essentials, toys for a child, holiday meals and much more.

  • Jesus’ Last Words on the Cross - An Ancient Prayer Ever New
    As a young boy, Jesus learned to pray as a faithful member of God’s people. In the morning, before work, before meals, in the evening and at night, Jesus would sanctify each day with prayers taken from the psalms. This was the bread that nourished his spiritual life. In praying these inspired songs, Jesus had ready at hand the language to praise and glorify the Father. He also had a primer in which to read and understand his own life and mission. No one can understand Jesus today without looking to the psalms.

  • Journey of hope
    Pope Benedict XVI has returned to the Vatican after a weeklong journey of hope to Mexico and Cuba in which he termed himself a "pilgrim of charity." In both nations, the pope made a special point to speak about the importance of religious freedom.

  • Joy In The Journey
    CEDAR KNOLLS — To live a life of joy, faith is a pre-requisite. A group of women at Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Parish here learned just how important faith is in seeking joy in their lives at a Saturday morning women’s retreat titled, “Year of Faith: Joy in the Journey” Sept. 14.

  • Joyful Bishop Serratelli Ordains Four Men to the Priesthood
    CLIFTON - A joyful Bishop Serratelli ordained four men of diverse backgrounds and cultures to the priesthood of the diocese on Saturday, May 26 - the eve of the Feast of Pentecost, the 'birthday of the Church" - in St. Philip the Apostle Church here. During tl1e Ordination Mass, the bishop challenged the newest priests - two from Poland, one from Colombia and one from the Church of Paterson - to "lead people to God through the power of the Holy Spirit" and follow Jesus Christ, 'who came to serve, not to be served, and who seeks out what is lost."

  • Jubilee Mass honors priests for years of service
    CHESTER - Combined, the priest jubilarians in the diocese celebrate 925 years in the priesthood; 925 years of celebrating Baptisms and marriages; 925 years of giving the faithful Jesus in the Eucharist and Jesus' forgiving love in Reconciliation.

  • June 30 deadline nears to apply for the diocese's first-of-its-kind academic evangelization program
    MADISON - Interested Catholics are encouraged to submit applications by the Thursday, June 30 deadline for the new certificate program the Paterson Diocese plans to offer in the fall, which seeks to transform them into enthusiastic evangelists. The program invites Catholics to embrace evangelization - a concept that some of the faithful often view with trepidation - through a broad range of courses, easy on their schedules and designed to help them understand more deeply their call to be proclaimers of the Gospel to every person and in every situation.

  • JustFaith Is Changing Lives
    POMPTON LAKES - So fired up about social justice is avid gardener Nancy Bonanno of St. Mary's Parish here that she's flexing her experienced "green thumb" to help plant a rooftop garden at Father English Community Center, Paterson.

  • Keep Christ in Christmas by helping the needy in our neighborhoods
    The Beacon’s Christmas Sharing Fund is an opportunity to help others in need and keep Christ in Christmas. Now in its 31st year, the Christmas Sharing Fund helps provide gifts to clients of diocesan Catholic Charities agencies.

  • Keeping Christ in Christmas means giving to those less fortunate
    My friend told me a funny story recently. He went to buy a Christmas tree and when he came back to his vehicle someone had anonymously slapped on one of those car magnets that said, "Keep Christ in Christmas." His reaction, "Great, I always wanted one."

  • Keeping the Heart of the Church Intact
    Diocesan architect maintains history by repairing, renovating church buildings
    The Church has a long history - more than 2,000 years - and part of that history is reflected in the churches where families and communities worship. Because of this, it is important to maintain the integrity and history of these churches and other buildings - some hundreds of years old - while keeping them safe for continued use for generations to come here in the Paterson Diocese. That's the role of Rebeca Ruiz-Ulloa, diocesan architect, who serves the diocese by working hands-on at churches, schools, diocesan Catholic Charities agencies and other diocesan properties.

  • Kinnelon parish helps immigrant family after child is injured by car
    KINNELON - Fernando Gomez wasn't angry with the pizza-delivery driver who struck his 9-year-old son Santiago Labor Day weekend, breaking both his legs.  "I was just focused on my son. I made sure I was there for him as we waited for the ambulance," said the Colombian-born Gomez, custodian at Our Lady of the Magnificat (OLM) Parish here, who witnessed the accident, which happened as Santiago and his cousin were crossing the street. "I wasn't angry; I prayed for the driver."  Today that depth of compassion has returned a thousand-fold for Gomez and his family, who are struggling with Santiago's ongoing painful recovery. Since the accident, the OLM faith community has opened its hearts, wallets and volunteer spirit to support Santiago, third-grader at OLM School, and his family in their time of great need.

  • Kinnelon professor: Islamic center controversy can open up avenue of understanding
    KINNELON - Nine years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, perpetrated by Muslim extremists, a controversy over the construction of an Islamic center near Ground Zero has forced a divided U.S. to grapple several long-ignored hot-button issues, among them religious freedom for Muslims in the U.S. and Islam's place in the American religious landscape.

  • Knights bring Christmas cheer to teens served by Father English Center
    HALEDON - For a group of teens, Christmas came early through a delicious holiday dinner at LaNeve's Restaurant here Dec. 4. The invited guests were teen-agers currently staying at Project Youth Haven in Paterson and Passaic Teen Center in Passaic, group homes that are under the auspices of the Father English Community Center, an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities.

  • Knights hold annual 'Pride in Our Priests' dinner
    EAST HANOVER - The Paterson Federation Knights of Columbus Councils held its annual "Pride in Our Priests" dinner Nov. 22 at the Hanover Manor here. Carmen Blandino served as dinner chairman.

  • Knights host Marian Prayer program in Clifton church
    CLIFTON - An image bearing Our Lady of Guadalupe is a constant reminder to all that Mary is mother to everyone. This was her message from her first appearance at Tepeyac, Mexico in 1531 before St. Juan Diego, when she asked the native Mexican, "Am I not your Mother?"

  • Knights of Columbus hold 'Pride in our Priests' dinner
    HALEDON - The Knights of Columbus held their annual "Pride in our Priests" dinner Nov. 23 at La Neve's here at which priests from across the diocese were honored for their service to the faithful in the diocese.

  • Knights of Columbus hold annual 'Pride In Our Priests' dinner
    The Knights of Columbus held their 'Pride In Our Priests' dinner Nov. 21 at LaNeve's Restaurant in Haledon. Attending the dinner at left (from left), are: Herb Meyer, Knights of Columbus state treasurer, retired Bishop Rodimer, Bishop Serratelli and Tom Ciborski, Knights of Columbus state secretary. Above are Father Martin McDonnell, pastor of St. Ann Parish in Parsippany and Bruce DeMolli, Knights of Columbus federation chairman.

  • Knights of Columbus host annual Bishop’s Night
    CLIFTON — The Paterson Federation Knights of Columbus honored Bishop Serratelli at its annual Bishop’s Night Jan. 25 held in the Msgr. Thomas J. Molloy Center at St. Philip Parish here.

  • Knights sponsor Mass for the Unborn; faithful in diocese are invited
    PARSIPPANY — Just as Catholics come together annually for the March for Life in Washington standing up for the right to life, Catholics also need to come together at Holy Mass to pray for the unborn.

  • Knights, Catholic school students support seminarians
    Work together on Seminarian Letter Project
    MORRIS PLAINS - In today's social media world, is letter writing still relevant? For Knights of Columbus councils across the state, the answer is a resounding "yes" - especially when it comes to supporting men studying for the priesthood in New Jersey.

  • Knights’ letter writing project sends encouraging words to those studying for priesthood
    LITTLE FALLS For almost 15 years, Knights of Columbus Councils in the state of N.J. have written letters of support and encouragement to young men study ing in seminaries around the world. They have also inspired elementary school students to send letters of appreciation to seminarians.

  • Kudos for the Knights
    The work of the Knights of Columbus in defending and promoting religious liberty in the United States has not gone unnoticed at the Vatican.

  • Labor Day 2010 and the American Dream
    Almost two years have passed since President-elect Obama categorized our country's economic problems as "the worst financial crisis in a century." During this time, there have been herculean attempts to jumpstart the economy. Yet, after a $700 billion bailout to the banks, $82 billion bailout to the auto industry and a $787 billion stimulus package, our economic troubles are still with us. Seventy-six percent of all Americans are hesitant to spend money, while an overwhelming 92 percent judge the economy to be in a very unhealthy place.

  • Labor Day festival at Mountain Lakes parish
    Includes picnic, Mass marking anniversary of papal encyclical
    MOUTAIN LAKES - The late summer sun smiled on parishioners of St Catherine of Siena Parish here as a crowd of 300 parishioners attended a Labor Day picnic. Participants enjoyed intergenerational games, shared summer stories and enjoyed the family atmosphere at this annual event held at Gardner Field in Denville.  Follow the link above for photos...

  • 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.

  • Lack of funding, budget cuts contribute to closing of Sussex Adult Day Center Dec. 31
    NEWTON — It was a place for seniors to socialize and to find a sense of independence but as of Dec. 31, diocesan Catholic Charities' Catholic Family and Community Services (CFCS) Sussex Adult Day Center here will close its doors due to lack of funding and budgetary cuts and Sussex County's decision to sell Homestead Nursing Home.

  • Laity challenged to help develop 'new evangelization'
    PARSIPPANY - Catholics of the diocese, the laity in particular, are challenged to help the Church develop a "new evangelization" - a fresh approach to preaching Gospel truths in a way that they are "accessible, comprehensive and attractive" and to "bringing to others the great gift of salvation."

  • Laity’s responsibility
    As the world and society becomes more and more secularized, what it needs the most is the “courageous and credible testimony of the laity to bring the hope of the Gospel to all areas of society.”  That was the message from Pope Benedict XVI in a recent reflection on the laity’s responsibility to the Church and society.

  • Lake Hopatcong parishioner's novel highlights Ukrainian courage during Soviet occupation
    Always welcoming, "Grandma Cherovsky" used to appear at the door of her Raritan home ready to serve neighbors a smile and a cup of hot tea - along with hours of engaging stories about her hard-scrabble youth in the Ukraine under the yoke of Soviet occupation more than 70 years ago.

  • Latest technology at new media center at Hawthorne school opens students to world of tomorrow
    HAWTHORNE - The lofty dream of St. Anthony School here to build a new media center - outfitted with the latest technology to help prepare its students for the world of tomorrow - actually made that giant leap into reality, kick started by what sounded a little like a presidential command from decades past: "Tear down this wall!"

  • Lay Ministry Endowment continues to help diocesan laity
    When the Paterson Diocese kicked off the "Prepare the Way" capital and endowment campaign in the Jubilee year of 2000, it did so with the goal of investing in the Church of Paterson's future. One of those endowments that has been making a difference is the Lay Ministry Leadership Endowment.

  • Leading by example
    IN the first year of his papacy, Pope Francis has endeared himself to all - from the poor to world leaders - because he talks the talk and he walks the walk.  His latest example of this came last week when leading a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica. As he was being shown which confessional to use to hear confessions, the pope pointed to another confessional nearby, indicating that he himself was going to first confess his sins.

  • League and Game Rules 2013-2014
    Download or Print the League and Game Rules.  The file is in Adobe pdf format (you will need the free Acrobat reader to view it).  Click Here for the Rules.

  • Learning about their faith
    Young Morristown parishioners become immersed in faith through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
    When it comes to faith, it's never too early to start exploring it and learn more about it. So at Assumption Parish here, even the parish's youngest parishioners learn and become part of the experience in knowing about Jesus and his love for all.

  • Learning the Scripturally, historically accurate story of Jesus’ birth can give greater insights to Nativity
    It might surprise you that, while most of the Nativity story from our Christmas traditions accurately reflects Scripture and ancient history, many of its important details do not. Along the way, some of the true narrative got lost in translation from the original ancient texts, in a misunderstanding of Middle Eastern customs and in our reading more into Scripture than those passages actually tell us, according to Allan Wright, academic dean of St. Paul Inside the Walls here.

  • Leaving a legacy
    CLIFTON - When 80-year-old Don Smitheman wrote his will, including Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) in it was a legacy he wanted to leave behind without question.  "It's the best place I know of," said Smitheman about the diocesan Catholic Charities agency that serves those with mental and developmental disabilities. "To be involved in the work of DPD is a gift and this is pay back time to give something to them," he said. "They have been so supportive in the life of my family."

  • Legacy of Love
    Msgr. Puma’s will leaves generous gift to the diocese for seminarian education
    After his death June 2, his legacy of love to all God’s people continued with his bequest of $100,000 to the Church of Paterson through the diocesan planned giving program, which gave him the opportunity to remember the diocese in his will. The gift was not disclosed until after his death.

  • Legacy of Love: Parishes around diocese to host estate planning seminars
    CLIFTON - What's your legacy of love? Throughout the diocese, estate planning seminars will be held for the faithful to answer that question and to learn more about financial planning, legacy giving and the tax advantages of philanthropy.  Lisa Marie Gerondeau, diocesan associate director of development, encourages individuals and couples, from any income level, to attend one of the seminars, entitled "Estate Planning from a Catholic Perspective: What's Your Legacy of Love." These free sessions will take place at several parishes around the diocese and at a diocesan Catholic Charities agency.

  • Legion of Mary group latest evangelization effort at Hewitt parish
    WEST MILFORD — Each week, someone has to keep track of the time. That's because members of the new Legion of Mary group at Our Lady Queen of Peace (OLQP) Parish get so engaged in deeply spiritual discussions at their Saturday morning meetings, that they easily could exceed their 90-minute time limit.

  • Legislative Dialog: Kim Chorba

  • Lenten regulations: Fast and Abstinence
    The Lenten Season has a double character, namely to prepare both catechumens and faithful to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in the paschal mystery at the Easter Vigil. The catechumens are prepared for the celebration of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation by the Rite of Election and scrutinies and catechesis; the faithful ever more attentive to the Word of God and prayer, prepare themselves by penance for the renewal of their baptismal promises.

  • Lenten Visits
    Bishop Serratelli visited Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham to give a Lenten talk to the parishioners and St. Christopher's in Parsippany to celebrate a Lenten Mass.  (photos by Joe Gigli)

  • Let freedom ring
    Independence Day, July 4th, the date our nation was born in 1776, is less than a week away. It is our most significant national holiday as the freedom of every man, woman and child enjoys is celebrated with great fanfare.

  • Letting Their Light "SHINE"
    Summer after summer, the youth group at St. Anthony Parish here, also known as St. Anthony's Teens Actively Serving the Community, has traveled throughout the country on service trips to lend a helping hand to those most in need and to meet teens from across the country.

  • Life Issues Conference inspires faithful to speak out in the defense of life
    SPARTA - Catholics everywhere were challenged last Saturday to speak out in defense of life, from conception until natural death, strengthened by ongoing education in pro-life issues and an ever-deepening spiritual life.

  • Life issues top priority in '09
    Parishioners asked to sign petition to prevent passage of FOCA and to participate in annual March for Life
    CLIFTON - Coinciding with President-elect Obama's inauguration on Jan. 20 and the 36th annual March for Life on Jan. 22, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is asking all Catholics and pro-life advocates to sign a petition to prevent the passage of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) that abolishes restrictions and limitations on all abortions.

  • Life path takes seminarian from altar server to call to serve God's people
    STIRLING - A prayerful Christopher Conant glimpsed the divine, and his own future vocation, for the first time when he served on the altar at Mass in St. Vincent de Paul Church here in fourth grade. Today, the 22-year-old seminarian of the diocese - who continues to serve Mass and lector at St. Vincent's and elsewhere - jokes, "Since fourth grade, I've never left the altar."

  • Lifelong parishioner of Passaic's Holy Trinity is now a centenarian
    PASSAIC - It's a rare to be older than the diocese where your home parish is but Joseph Ignatius Csencsits, defied those odds as he celebrated his 100th birthday Feb. 28. The centenarian has been a lifelong parishioner of Holy Trinity Church in Passaic and currently resides at Preakness Health_care Center in Wayne with his 96-year-old wife, Anna. The center held a birthday party for him in its main dining room with the Preakness staff and residents as guests along with his family and friends.

  • List of Parishes with an active Hispanic Community
    Parish listings with web links where applicable...

  • List of Those Celebrating Wedding Anniversaries - 2009

  • Listening, Learning
    'Come Home' gatherings give lapsed Catholics a chance to share pain, reconnect with their faith
    MADISON - This past month, the Church of Paterson learned difficult yet rewarding lessons about how to become warmer and more welcoming to its own faithful as well as to strangers, based on insights and experiences of lapsed Catholics invited to attend one of a series of "Come Home" gatherings across the diocese.

  • Little Falls pastor receives doctorate in canon law from The Catholic University of America
    LITTLE FALLS - Msgr. Mark Condon, pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish here, recently received a doctorate in canon law from The Catholic University of America, Washington, upon completion of his doctoral dissertation, which examines the "organic relationship" between the bishop and the priests in his diocese in general and specifically between the bishop and pastor in the celebration of the Eucharist.

  • Little Sisters of Jesus: A contemplative life without walls
    When Jesus ministered in Nazareth, he was among the people. He worked with the people, he prayed with the people, and he lived with the people. Embracing that very culture, the Little Sisters of Jesus, a contemplative community founded in 1939, live among ordinary people rather than behind the doors of a monastery.

  • Little Sisters of the Poor rejoice that their founder will be canonized a saint
    TOTOWA - The Little Sisters of the Poor have good reason to celebrate and to be overjoyed. The order's founder, Blessed Jeanne Jugan will be canonized a saint on Oct. 11 by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter's Square in Rome along with four others including Blessed Damien de Veuster.

  • Liturgical Guidelines for the Scheduling of Masses in the Christmas Octave
    [Bishop Serratelli sent the following letter to all priests in the diocese on Oct. 18.]
    "This liturgical year of grace begins to draw to a close. We turn our thoughts to the celebration of Advent and Christmas. Therefore, I wish to provide directives that will both assure that the faithful have ample opportunity to take part in Mass on Christmas Day and in the Christmas Season and that you are not called upon to multiply Masses with no pastoral benefit... "

  • Living and Working with Integrity
    Code of Pastoral Conduct - Diocese of Paterson. This code is a response to that call to integrity both in our relationships with children and young people as well as with the adult faith community.  Download/Print the entire document.  [Revised Code of Conduct, posted May 22, 2013]

  • Living and Working with Integrity
    Living and Working with Integrity
    Code of Pastoral Conduct - Diocese of Paterson. This code is a response to that call to integrity both in our relationships with children and young people as well as with the adult faith community.  Download/Print the entire document.  [Revised Code of Conduct, posted May 17, 2005]

  • Living and Working with Integrity
    The Code of Pastoral Conduct - Diocese of Paterson. This code is a response to that call to integrity both in our relationships with children and young people as well as with the adult faith community.
     Download/Print the entire document. 
    [Revised Code of Conduct, posted May 17, 2005]

  • Local faithful rejoice at news
    CLIFTON — Faithful around the diocese greeted the glorious news from the Vatican on July 5 that Pope Francis has approved the cause for canonization of two late pontiffs with connections to the Church of Paterson — Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II — with great excitement and gratitude and with a sense of joy that their canonizations will officially recognize their holiness and greatness.

  • Local students awarded scholarships to Catholic high schools by knights
    Leon Doty, past grand knight, noted that 44 eight-graders from public and parochial schools applied for the scholarships and the selection committee "was impressed by the high degree of academic achievement, the deep Catholicity and the genuine commitment to service exhibited by each of these outstanding young men and women."

  • Long path to priesthood nears end with ordination to diaconate
    NETCONG - Four days before Christmas, a joyful Bishop Serratelli ordained Deacon Abuchi Nwosu to the Order of Deacon, bringing the Nigerian native to a step closer to priesthood in the Paterson Diocese and nearer to the end of a long journey - 23 years after starting his pursuit of priestly life.

  • Long Valley parishioner to serve in Jesuit Volunteer Corps
    LONG VALLEY — After college graduation, many young adults begin their first real job or travel the world or head to graduate school. But Marissa Geraghty, a parishioner of Our Lady of the Mountain here, is taking a different route as she starts her life after college.

  • Long Valley parishioner's service trip changes lives, sparks economy in Uganda
    LONG VALLEY - David Reilly of St. Mark the Evangelist Parish here can't shake those haunting images. Fresh from a medical service trip to Uganda, this Bucknell University graduate still thinks about the faces of patients there suffering HIV/AIDS, treated in an open-air clinic, stocked with some medicines, but equipped with little more than a bed and an ultrasound machine that works only half the time.

  • Long Valley, Wayne parishes start grandparenting ministries
    LONG VALLEY - Inquisitive grandparents at Our Lady of the Mountain (OLM) Parish here, who joined the rural Morris County faith community's new outreach to grandparents, discovered many answers to their primary question, "How can I pass on the Catholic faith to my grandchildren?" They found these answers not only in the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other Church documents but also among themselves.

  • Long-Term Commitment
    Randolph Parishes Partner To Help Katrina Victims
    When the first volunteers from Resurrection Parish here returned from hurricane-ravaged New Orleans their pastor, Father John Andrew Connell, challenged them to make a long-term commitment to the city's recovery.

  • Longtime religious education staffer receives Francis Medal for ministry of service, presence to others
    POMPTON LAKES — Elizabeth “Betty” Newton first stepped in¬to a classroom at St. Mary’s Parish here to teach religious education in the early 1960s, not realizing that she started a five-decade legacy of love, serving the faithful of the Franciscan-run parish and its religious education program.

  • Looking for a few good 'Jeremiahs'
    SPARTA - Bishop Serratelli is searching for a few good "Jeremiahs," for the priesthood in the diocese - young men, like the Biblical prophet Jeremiah, brave enough to proclaim the Word of God with certainty in today's uncertain world.

  • Lupus diagnosis inspires St. Pius X first-grader to raise funds to fight disease
    MONTVILLE — At first, it didn't look suspicious. But that small mark under little Abigail Ocasio's left eye wouldn't disappear. It didn't turn out to be a bug bite — or a fungal infection as first thought. Rather, the stubborn blemish pointed to something much worse — a devastating and shocking diagnosis of Lupus, a chronic and incurable autoimmime disorder.

  • Madison agrees to purchase 10 acres from Diocese for use as Borough athletic fields
    $2.75 million land sale to go entirely to mission of evangelization at St. Paul Inside the Walls: The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard
    MADISON - The Diocese of Paterson and the Borough of Madison have cooperated over the last several years for the best utilization of the buildings and acreage that make up the former campus of Bayley-Ellard High School here.

  • Madison Catholic school restores seventh grade
    MADISON - Students who complete sixth grade at St. Vincent Martyr School here don't have to be considered "graduates" any longer.  Until recently, sixth graders had no option but to bid farewell to the halls of St. Vincent's and head off to other local Catholic schools or public schools to complete their middle school education. But starting this current academic year, a small group of those former sixth graders are now looking forward to continuing middle school years as members of the first class of the newly reinstated - and highly anticipated - seventh grade at St. Vincent's. They will be able to finish their middle school education at St. Vincent's, which plans to restore its eighth grade in September 2010.

  • Madison evangelization center to host mock trial, challenging God's existence
    MADISON - The popular movie "Miracle on 34th Street" placed a Christmas icon - Santa Claus - on trial. The Scopes Monkey Trail of 1925 challenged in a courtroom the practice of teaching a scientific concept - evolution - in schools. What if a judge and teams of highly skilled attorneys and top experts were to place the very existence of God - the Maker of heaven and Earth - on trial?

  • Madison parish focuses on attributes of Blessed Mother this Advent
    MADISON — Who better than the Blessed Mother to help lead people of faith even closer to her son, Jesus, during this Year of Faith? Last month, St. Vincent Martyr Parish here rang in the Year of Faith with prayer that recalled Mary during the Incarnation and the parish will continue to focus on Mary so she might guide them to a deeper relationship with Christ this Advent.

  • Madison parish offers events, outreaches that help educate faithful about Blessed Mother
    MADISON — Parishioners of St. Vincent Martyr here got plenty of opportunities in May, which the Church dedicates to Mary, not only to honor the Blessed Mother, but also to get closer to her.

  • Madison parish ties St. Paul's ministry to evangelization efforts
    Editor's Note: This week, The Beacon launches a series of profiles on the many spiritual, historical and educational events on the life, teachings and ministry of St. Paul that diocesan parishes have held or plan to hold during this Pauline Year. Pope Benedict XVI declared a special jubilee year, through to June 29, to mark the 2,000th anniversary of St. Paul's birth.

  • Madison school 'lights the way' through stained glass project
    MADISON - To celebrate Catholic Schools Week at St. Vincent the Martyr School here, the students learned how stained glass windows tell and reflect the Catholic story. As light shines through them, they also learned how these millennium-old stories could shine even brighter.

  • Madre a Madre
    St. Mary's Hospital offers mother's group, community outreaches to promote healthy lifestyles.

  • Madre a Madre
    St. Mary’s Hospital offers community outreach programs for mothers to promote healthy living.

  • Major initiative launched to inspire parishes to get involved in evangelization
    PARSIPPANY - Bishop Serratelli is calling on Catholics in the diocese to help "transform the entire world" and "share in Jesus' work of establishing the kingdom of God" by proclaiming the Gospel by word and by deed - this as the diocese launches a major effort to encourage parishes to get "fired up" about getting more involved in evangelization throughout the Church of Paterson and beyond.

  • Making a good Lent
    This week we are halfway through our Lenten journey to the glory of Easter. That makes it a good time to reflect on how we are doing at the midpoint.  Have we "accepted Christ's invitation to renew our baptismal commitments in order to arrive at Easter in a new and stronger state," as Pope Benedict XVI has suggested?

  • Making History Once Again
    Dover's St. Mary Church recognized with marker
    DOVER - St. Mary Church, which has stood as a masterpiece of Gothic revival architecture here in Morris County for 133 years, has been made "official" yet again with the dedication of a historical marker that briefly retells the history of the old stone structure, built in part by its immigrant parishioners.

  • Making Learning Fun!
    Succasunna educator nominated for Teacher of the Year
    SUCCASUNNA - Third-graders experience so much in class over the school year - academically, socially and spiritually, they could write a book. So Cheryl Wolford's third-grade class at St. Therese School here often does write a book but with a difference - the students explore their own imagination and then put marker to paper to write a story that's just as creative as Dr. Seuss or other children's books.

  • Making Music, Praying Twice
    An excited group of kids and their mothers or grandmothers sit in a circle, smiling as they sing and dap hands or tap on assorted per¬cussion instruments. Together, they delight in filling a recent interactive Making Music, Praying Twice class in Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) parish center here with "joyful noise" singing children's and religious songs.

  • Many happy returns as Passaic schools plan to join as one
    PASSAIC - Moving to a new location scores an A+ for the students at St. Nicholas School here, who are looking forward with much excitement to their move to the building that is home to Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in September.

  • Many lend helping hand in midst of hurricane's wake
    CHESTER -- Some of the buildings on the campus of St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish here stood against the chilly nights in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, resembling a makeshift motel for more than a week. More than a dozen local residents and parishioners without power or heat came to stay at St. Lawrence, sleeping in spaces that were converted into temporary living quarters -- from empty rooms and the living room in the rectory to a few classrooms in the parish center.

  • Many more N.J. families may now be eligible for health insurance
    Healthcare plans offered to low-income families as state's bishops launch 'healthy kids' campaign
    PATERSON - "Cover the Uninsured Week" was marked March 22-29 to help the 46 million Americans - including 9 million children - obtain healthcare. Because of this initiative, the Catholic Health Care Partnership of New Jersey and the state's bishops through the N.J. Catholic Conference (NJCC) kicked off the "Healthy Kids in our Catholic Community" campaign to identify uninsured children in the Catholic community.

  • Many who knew Archbishop Sheen thrilled as he moves closer to sainthood
    CONVENT STATION — The joyous news from Rome that Pope Benedict XVI had authorized the decree that recognized the heroic virtues of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen — declaring him "Venerable" and bringing him a step closer to sainthood — echoed throughout the Paterson Diocese. The renowned Catholic author and television evangelist had maintained many tight family and personal connections in the diocese.

  • March for Life
    Buses will leave from across the diocese for annual March for Life Jan. 22
    CLIFTON - To put an end to abortion, Catholics and pro-life advocates will be converging in Washington D.C. for the 34th annual March for Life in opposition to the decision of the Supreme Court in the Roe vs. Wade case that legalized abortion in 1973. The March will be held on Monday, Jan. 22, the date of the Supreme Court's decision.

  • March for Marriage
    Catholics know that every January on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion that there will be a March for Life in Washington.  Next month will start the tradition of another March in Washington - this one for marriage.

  • Marching for Life
    As pro-life Catholics from parishes across the diocese board buses in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow to participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., there is a preponderance of good news on the pro-life front. News reports continue to find significant victories for the pro-life movement in state-level legislation. In addition, Americans United for Life reports that more than half of 50 states have pro-life governors and pro-life majorities in their legislatures.

  • Marian Prayers, Hymns of Praise Ring Out During Diocese's May 20 Crowning of Blessed Virgin in Succasunna Church
    SUCCASUNNA - A picture-perfect, sunny Sunday afternoon in May - dedicated to Mary and all mothers - found Bishop Serratelli leading faithful of the diocese in celebrating their "close bond" with the Blessed Mother - a model of motherhood and faith, who directs us toward Jesus - during the annual diocesan crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary on May 20 at St. Therese Church here.

  • Marian Shrine Tower in Wayne, Stepping Stone Rosary in Long Valley have strong followings
    For more than a half-century, the Marian Shrine Tower that rises high above a steep and grassy bend of Ratzer Road in Wayne has stood tall as an impressive beacon of faith, attracting and welcoming Catholics from the Packanack Lake area, and beyond to IHM, a suburban Passaic County community.

  • Marriage and family
    Looking at the results of recent survey on marriage by the Pew Research Center makes it clear that marriage is no longer held in the same esteem by this generation as past generations did.

  • Marriage and Justice: A Defining Moment

    In the November 3, 2009 election, Maine became the 31st state to hold on to marriage as a union of a man and a woman.  While voters around the country have again and again upheld the traditional definition of marriage, the debate has not ended.  In 2004, Massachusetts was the first State to adopt the propaganda of the proponents of gay and lesbian marriage.  And, the propaganda continues.   To argue for gay and lesbian marriage on the basis of equality is to raise the question of justice. And, justice should be seen for what it is. Justice means giving to each person what is that person’s right.  It is true that the rights of individuals are a key for providing harmony in the entire social order.  However, these rights are not arbitrary.

  • Marriage and Same-Sex Unions: Is There A Difference?
    Spain can boast as being the birthplace of the Jesuits and Opus Dei.  And in more recent times, it has spawned the Neo-catechumenal Way as an energetic means of re-evangelization for the whole Church.  Yet, from this country with such deep Catholic roots comes one of the most liberal laws about marriage.  Last July, the Spanish Parliament tore down the traditional structure of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.  It wiped away all legal distinctions between same-sex and heterosexual unions. Within the United States, the momentum to do the same has been increasing. But not without its setbacks.  On the one hand, same-sex couples lined up to be married in Asbury Park, New Jersey; New Paltz, New York; and Portland, Oregon.  On the other hand, California s Supreme Court ruled in a 5 - 2 decision that the more than 4,000 marriages of gays and lesbians in that State are void.

  • Marriage Preparation
    Pastoral Policies & Guidelines for Marriage Preparation

  • Marriage: Its Redefinition and Culture

    [This is the second of three articles on the attempt to redefine marriage.]
    According to a recent news article, the redefinition of marriage has become a pressing issue in the State of New Jersey. Proponents of same-sex marriages want to pass a bill to alter the definition of marriage after this week’s general election during the lame duck session of the State legislature.  Others, however, are not comfortable leaving such a momentous societal shift in the hands of a few.

  • Marriage: Its Redefinition and Logic
    Abraham Lincoln once asked an audience how many legs a dog has if you count the tail as a leg.  When they answered “five,” Lincoln told them that the answer was four.  The fact that you called the tail a leg did not make it a leg.  With his simple example, Lincoln was illustrating one of the fundamental principles of logic, the principle of identity.

  • Marriage: One Man, One Woman
    President Obama's endorsement of redefining marriage - coming literally hours after Vice President Biden said he was "absolutely comfortable" with "same-sex marriage" was hugely disappointing and disheartening.

  • Martin de Porres Village celebrates silver anniversary
    Residents, staff and board members of Martin De Porres Village here marked its 25th anniversary Sept. 15 at a Mass celebrated in the community room of the tower block by Bishop Serratelli.  A reception and dinner followed the Mass.  Story and Photos

  • Martyrdom
    BEING martyred for the faith is not only found in history books. It is happening today and more often than it is being reported in the media.  In his daily homily May 2, Pope Francis said that he wept over recent news of Christians allegedly being crucified, reflecting that there are still many martyrs in today’s world.

  • Mary and the Year of Faith
    Today, Oct. 11 is an important date on the calendar for the Catholic Church. It is not only the start of the Year of Faith, declared by Pope Benedict XVI, but it also marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, called for by Blessed John XXIII. In showing the importance of both the Year of Faith and the golden anniversary of Vatican II, Pope Benedict made a one-day pilgrimage last week to the Marian shrine of Loreto, Italy, to entrust the Year of Faith to the Virgin Mary. Fifty years earlier, Blessed Pope John went to Loreto on the eve of the Second Vatican Council where he entrusted the council to Mary.

  • Mary Help of Christians

  • Mary Help of Christians Academy, North Haledon

  • Mary Help of Christians Academy, North Haledon

  • Mass at Carmel
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass recently in the Most Holy Trinity Chapel in the Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel in Morristown where the Discalced Carmelite nuns, a cloistered order, reside. The chapel has Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, which is open to the public, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday and every weekday, except Saturday.

  • Mass for the Unborn
    PARSIPPANY — Catholics are called by God to be “stewards of life,” who protect human life — always and in every instance from conception to natural death, declared Bishop Serratelli during the annual diocesan Mass for the Unborn, held this year on Nov. 16, at St. Ann Church here. The bishop was the main celebrant and homilist of the liturgy, which was sponsored by the Paterson Federation Knights of Columbus councils and which brought together Catholics in prayer and in mutual support for protecting all children, born and unborn.

  • Mass in New Vernon
    HONORING THE BLESSED MOTHER - On Mother's Day, Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Christ the King Parish, New Vernon, and celebrated Mass May 10 for the Fifth Sunday of Easter. He also participated in the parish's annual May Crowning.

  • Mass of Chrism
    CLIFTON - St. Philip Church here was filled to capacity with the faithful, priests, deacons, religious and seminarians as Bishop Serratelli concelebrated the annual diocesan Mass of Chrism April 2 with 146 diocesan priests and Bishop Emeritus Rodimer.  During the Mass, priests of the diocese made a renewal of commitment of priestly service and Bishop Serratelli blessed the vessels containing Oil of the Sick, the Oil of Catechumens and consecrated the Holy Chrism...

  • Mass of Nations at St. Paul Parish in Clifton
    CLIFTON - The king of all nations reigned as the parishioners hailing from a diversity of backgrounds and nations came together Nov. 22 at St. Paul Parish here to celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.

  • Mass of Rededication celebrated by bishop for Blessed Sacrament church
    PATERSON - What was once old is new again at Blessed Sacrament Parish here. To mark that occasion, the parish community held a Mass of Rededication of its church building April 19, which was celebrated by Bishop Serratelli with many priests concelebrating, including retired Bishop Rodimer.

  • Mass of Thanksgiving for canonization of St. Jeanne Jugan held

    PATERSON — Little Sisters of the Poor serving the Paterson Diocese at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Totowa and residents there came together at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist here Oct. 25 for a Mass of Thanksgiving for the canonization of their order’s founder, St. Jeanne Jugan.

  • Mass, picnic gathers new religious in diocese together with bishop
    MENDHAM - What better way to enjoy an early summer evening with a community gathering that began with the celebration of the Mass followed by a barbecue and some field games? For a group of religious sisters at an evening gathering, they did exactly that.

  • Mass, picnic gathers new religious of diocese together with bishop
    MENDHAM - Enjoying a midsummer's afternoon, new religious or those discerning religious life came together for a gathering Aug. 26 at Quellen Center, which is sponsored by the Sisters of Christian Charity here. During the afternoon gathering, they meet with Bishop Serratelli, attended a Mass for which he was the principal celebrant and enjoyed fellowship with one another.

  • Meatless Fridays
    For those of us who are now considered "over the hill," the practice of abstaining from eating meat on Fridays was very much a part of our Catholic upbringing.  As a matter of fact, it sometimes defined us as members of the Catholic Church. I can remember being questioned when I was in the lunchroom as a first-grader in a public school why I always had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on Fridays. "Because I'm Catholic, that's why!" I told my inquiring classmates. The question never came up again when I transferred to a Catholic school as a second-grader.

  • Media Resources
    Catalog of Resources:
    Available at the Diocesan Media Center is now online. Search by Title, Author, Topic or Level.
     Click Here

  • Media Resourcing

    The Media Resourcing Library is quite extensive. The vast collection of videos, audio cassettes and some slides is available for rental by parishes, schools and diocesan organizations. Membership and catalogue information is available through the Media Resource Librarian.
     Check our Media Catalog


  • Medical ethicist: Catholic teachings help in end-of-life decision-making
    MADISON - Years ago, an elderly woman in Maryland had suffered significant medical setbacks - the latest in a history of health issues, which threatened to take her life several times. Emotions ran high as her children were divided over her proper course of treatment - push for surgery, which offered only a 10 percent chance of success, or finally "let her go" into the arms of God.

  • Medical ethicist: Church considers sustenance for terminally ill 'ordinary'
    MADISON - It seems that John Haas, governing counsel of the Pontifical Academy for Life and president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, constantly has to battle a widely held, and damaging, public misperception - that the Catholic Church advances the position that medical professionals need to keep alive patients who are in a persistent vegetative state or terminally ill "using all means necessary at all costs."

  • Medical miracle moves N.J. native closer to sainthood
    CONVENT STATION — The Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth greeted the news on Dec. 18 that Pope Francis approved a medical miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich with cheers of joy and prayers of thanksgiving as one of their own moves a step closer to sainthood. The religious congregation has recommended to the Holy Father that Venerable Sister Miriam be beatified with the title “Blessed.”

  • Megiddo - A New Archaeological Find And True Christian Identity
    ONE of the ancient world’s most important cities was Megiddo, dating from at least the 5th century B. C. Its location on a hill overlooking the Valley of Jezreel in modern day Israel gave it strategic importance in history. In former days, it controlled the passage between two military and trade routes. One connected Egypt to the lands of modern day Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria. The other connected Jerusalem to modern day Lebanon that opened the way by sea, in ancient times, to Italy and Spain.

  • Members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council address issues facing the diocese
    CLIFTON - The Diocesan Pastoral Council  (DPC) is a consultative body to assist the bishop in his pastoral responsibilities. The Second Vatican Council stated that each diocese should establish a council over which the bishop would preside with the participation of specially chosen group of clergy, religious, and lay people. The DPC is broadly representative of the diversity and talents of the Church of Paterson. There is a constitution consisting of 12 articles that has recently been revised.

  • Members of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps make a difference at Catholic Charities agencies
    PATERSON — When some adults retire after years of working, they consider retirement a time to relax from the daily grind of the working world. Yet, many of their retired counterparts are filled with a great desire to stay active and help others with the free time they now enjoy. Enter the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC), which provides men and women ages 50 and older with opportunities to serve the needs of people who are economically poor, to work for a more just society and to grow deeper in Christian faith by reflecting and praying in the Ignatian tradition.

  • Memberships and Curriculum Vitae

  • Memorandum Of Understanding
    Memorandum Of Understanding For The Diocese Of Paterson, New Jersey And The County Prosecutors, pledging their continuing commitment to work together to protect victims of crimes.
     Click here to download/read the document.

  • Memory and Handing on the Faith: Is there a Connection?

    Mere knowledge of the facts of the faith is certainly not enough. Understanding those facts and seeing their connection to life and to society are essential. Today, it is fair to say that our younger generation of Catholics, as opposed to previous generations, cannot readily answer questions about what we believe. In no way is this a result of the generous service of our catechists. It is part of a larger pattern in many disciplines. But this does not exonerate us from addressing the issue in terms of religion and remedying it.

  • Memory of Father Mychal Judge lives on
    WEST MILFORD - The lives of many in the Paterson Diocese and around the world have been touched by the charismatic spirit of Franciscan Father Mychal Judge, a New York City Fire Department chaplain and former pastor of St. Joseph Parish here.

  • 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.

  • Mendham student's goal: Collect soccer jerseys for poor children in orphanages
    MENDHAM - Isabel Calo gets a kick out of playing soccer for Mendham High School. But besides scoring goals to win matches on the playing field, this teen has set a challenging goal for herself off the field - making winners of children in orphanages in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Vietnam and Colombia.

  • Merry Christmas!
    The celebration of Christmas is just a few days away.  For all who believe, Christmas is a time of great joy as we celebrate the true and certain fact that the Son of God became like us in the flesh to show us how much God loves us - the greatest gift of all!

  • Merry Christmas!
    This Christmas Day can be a special time for us if we celebrate the birthday of Christ by giving him the gift he wants most from us - finding him in the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the homeless, the sick, the addicted and the imprisoned.

  • Message from the Bishop: Closing the Jubilee Year
    As a follow-up to his pastoral letter, A New Epiphany, issued last year on the feast of the Epiphany, Bishop Rodimer calls on Catholics to reaffirm their commitment to the agenda of Jubilee Justice...

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  • Michael Card - Starkindler
    Michael Card: "Starkindler: a Celtic Conversation Across Time" (Myrrh Records)

  • Midnight Mass at the Cathedral
    Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant of Midnight Mass for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord Dec. 25 in St. John Cathedral, Paterson.

  • Midnight Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
    Bishop celebrated Midnight Mass in Spanish for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord at St. John's Cathedral in Paterson. Photos clockwise from top left: the bishop places the Baby Jesus in the manager in the cathedral's Nativity creche; the bishop raises the Precious Blood; a young parishioner receives a blessing as the bishop distributes Holy Communion; the Host is elevated by the bishop during the Consecration; parishioners pray the Our Father; the cathedral choir sings Christmas hymns. Beacon photos/Joe Gigli

  • Migrant Ministry passes the 'torch' between two Parsippany parishes
    PARSIPPANY - The mission of the diocesan Catholic Charities Migrant Ministry community of Our Lady of Guadalupe has always been to create a sense of leadership, ownership and empowerment to the lives that they have touched.

  • Ministering to a new generation of immigrants
    Founded in 1891 for emigrating Slovaks, Passaic parish also reaches out to new wave of Hispanics in the city
    PASSAIC - When St. Mary Parish here was founded 118 years ago, it opened its doors to Slovak immigrants settling in the U.S. For more than a century, Slovaks called St. Mary's home finding Christ and faith in the city.

  • Ministry at St. Paul Inside the Walls helps unmarried Catholics
    Held on the first Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon, the “Being Single, Being Faithful” gatherings attract unmarried Catholics from a diverse life experiences and backgrounds. Members include those, who have never been married, those who are widowed and divorced and those whose marriages have been annulled — some with children and others without kids. Also, members are at various places on their faith journey — from practicing Catholics, who want to learn more about their religion, to those, who have fallen away from the Church and have returned, as well as those, who still have doubts.

  • Ministry fair at Madison school inspires students to lifetimes of service
    MADISON - In the gym of St. Vincent Martyr School here, Nicole First and fellow students crowd around one of seven white paper tablecloths, stretched over folding tables. The seventh-grader helps kindergarteners use crayons and markers to draw colorful rainbows, smiley faces and spiritual sayings, such as "Jesus Loves Us."

  • Ministry of Acolyte
    On Oct.19, Seminarian Raimundo Rivera was installed by Bishop Serratelli to the ministry of acolyte at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, South Orange, along with seminarians studying at Immaculate Conception Seminary.
    Beacon photos/Joe Gigli

  • Mission Accomplished
    After house fire that claimed life of 2-year-old, young Netcong parishioner continues to help N.C. family
    NETCONG - Last summer, when 17-year-old Ashley Hernandez visited Elizabeth City, N.C. on a mission trip with her youth group at St. Michael Parish here, she experienced a life-changing week of service with Group Workcamps.

  • Mission Sunday Mass honors the hearts of diocesan children

  • Mission work remembered at Mass for World Mission Sunday
    CLIFTON - Imagine never hearing the word "Jesus," never celebrating Christmas or never receiving the Eucharist. For billions of people worldwide, this is their reality, but through the work of the Church's missionaries, nations learn and know the love of Christ.

  • Mission-Focused Strategic Plan
    CLIFTON In anticipation of Catholic Schools Week 2006 this coming week, the diocesan School Office here has unveiled its Mission-Focused Strategic Plan, an extensive ongoing strategic planning process  three years in the making  designed to strengthen diocesan Catholic schools by enabling them to proactively carve out their future and respond to inevitable changes that will come their way.

  • Missionary Sisters set to celebrate centennial with mission in Angola
    PATERSON - In five continents of the world - Africa, Europe, Asia, South America and North America - The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (SMIC) serve the people of God to make known His presence in the world and in 2010, the order will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the congregation. In the Paterson Diocese, these sisters have been serving the community as hospital chaplains, in social services, nursing homes and as teachers for many years.

  • Missionary Sisters spread 'the Good News' at fair
    WEST PATERSON - The third annual Passaic County Fair here offered family and friends good old-fashioned carnival fun with its cotton candy, eating contests, rides and even a table manned by religious sisters promoting vocations.

  • Mock trial to test witness of Peter to the Resurrection
    MADISON — A group of attorneys from the diocesan Outreach to Catholic Lawyers — some of New Jersey's finest legal minds — have spent the past several Tuesday nights engaged in rigorous legal discussions, preparing for "a case for the ages" — not for the modem age, but for 64 A.D., the Apostolic Age of the Church.

  • Monitoring Packet Index - 2009
    Look here for the forms you need to complete as part of the School Monitoring Packet.


  • More 'In Tune' With God
    STIRLING - At age 41, Scott finally feels sick and tired - a deep disgust that suggests that this Passaic County resident wants to kick years of smoking "crack" cocaine and using other drugs. A clearer-thinking Scott says he finally wants to break this suffocating addiction that led him to four prison sentences.

  • More than 1,000 Teens, the Bishop and the Eucharist
    Focus on Eucharist is 'historic day' for diocese at its largest gathering of youth.  
    Young people from parishes and Catholic high schools from every corner of the diocese - more than 1,000 - came to Delbarton School here May 1to be with Bishop Serratelli for a Day on the Eucharist, guided by the theme "Made Right in God's Sight by Faith."

  • More than 150 couples celebrate their marriages at annual Silver and Gold Mass
    Always a reflection on the sanctity of marriage, the annual diocesan Silver and Gold Mass celebrated the years of commitment and love husbands and wives from around the diocese have for each other.  The Mass Oct. 26 in St. John Cathedral here was attended by 158 couples who said, "I do" again just like on their wedding day as they marked their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries, renewing their commitment to each other. Among these couples were also couples celebrating milestone anniversaries - their 30th, 51st, 55th, 59th, 60th and 65th anniversaries.

  • More than 200 attend first-ever women’s conference at St. Paul Inside the Walls
    MADISON — Women of all ages and backgrounds from across the diocese came together at St. Paul’s Inside the Walls: The Diocesan  Evangelization Center here March 29 for a daylong conference titled “Today’s Catholic Woman: Feminine, Faithful and Fearless.” More than 200 women attended the first-time event at St. Paul’s.

  • More than 200 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts honored at combined Mass, ceremony
    PARSIPPANY - Bishop Serratelli presided at the second-ever combined Mass and religious-award ceremony for the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of the diocese March 6 in St. Peter the Apostle Church here.  During the event, Bishop Serratelli presented religious awards to 68 Girl Scouts and 145 Boy Scouts. He handed out the Family of God Medal, I Live My Faith Medal and Mary, the First Disciple. Boy Scouts received either to Ad Altare Dei or Pope Pius XII medals and a new award, Pillars of Faith, while Cub Scouts were presented with the Parvuli Dei and Light of Christ awards. For their service to Catholic Boy Scouting, seven Scout leaders were awarded the Bronze Pelican Award, while the Girl Scouts also honored some of their adult leaders.

  • More than 80 Scouts presented with religious awards
    During Mass, Bishop Serratelli recognizes Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts at annual ceremony March 4
    CLIFTON - On the afternoon of March 4, Bishop Serratelli celebrated both Girl Scout Sunday and Boy Scout Sunday, presiding at a Mass and religious-award ceremony in St. Philip the Apostle Church here, which recognized more than 80 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the diocese.

  • More than a Matter of Money
    There are two battlefields where the war on poverty must be fought. The first frontline is the family. In homes where there is only a mother, the likelihood of living in poverty is four times greater than in homes where there is a mother and a father. Furthermore, the number of children born out of wedlock has increased significantly. From 8 percent in the 1960s, it has now skyrocketed to more than 40 percent. Our society has rejected the intimate connection between the gift of human sexuality and marriage. And, the results are not healthy. More broken homes. More children with one parent.

  • Morris Catholic administrator learns first-hand how CRS pilots economic development, nutrition, clean water programs to help poor of Malawi
    DENVILLE - Villagers throughout the impoverished south eastern African republic of Malawi practically live on corn - ground in to their porridges and patties and stirred into culinary dishes that look like polenta. So how can women in these villages make these meals even more nutritious? Simple - mix in some ground-up nuts, found in their natural surroundings, to add protein.

  • Morris Catholic grad sees pope's visit to D.C. up close, personal
    WASHINGTON - It was a once and a lifetime chance for people to see the pope in the nation's capital. But for Nick Berg, a junior at The Catholic University of America (CUA) here who is from Dover and was graduated from Morris Catholic High School in Denville, the experience of seeing Pope Benedict XVI happened not once, not twice but three times.

  • Morris Catholic High School Teacher Position

  • Morris Catholic High School, Denville

  • Morris Catholic High School, Denville

  • Morris Catholic students show solidarity with needy in diocese and the world
    DENVILLE - Reaching from Dover in Morris County to Malawi in Africa, students at Morris Catholic High School here have partnered together to show their solidarity with those in need.

  • Morris County Catholics fixing up New Orleans are overwhelmed by gratitude
    Morris County Catholics fixing up New Orleans are overwhelmed by gratitude
    Rockaway - It was a chilly January afternoon for typically warm New Orleans - 65 degrees. Still it was perfect weather for a group of volunteers from three Morris County parishes to paint a two-story brick house, refurbished after having been ravaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

  • Morris Plains parish deepens commitment to social outreach
    MORRIS PLAINS - On the feast of the Epiphany, Bishop Serratelli helped celebrate the 125th anniversary of historic St. Virgil Parish here - a tight-knit pioneer faith community, founded in rural Morris County in 1883, that has maintained its long legacy of welcome and also recently has deepened its commitment to Christian service and to preparing for the future.

  • Morris Plains parishioner pens book about multifaceted St. Virgil, champion of science
    MORRIS PLAINS - Imagine experiencing the "shock and awe" of being threatened with excommunication from the Catholic Church for teaching an undeniable scientific fact - that the earth is round?

  • Morris Plains pastor has home away from home teaching seminarians in rural India
    MORRIS PLAINS - In late December, Msgr. Francis Duffy, pastor of St. Virgil Parish here, hopped a 7,800-mile fight half way around the world to get back "home" again - back to his beloved adoptive "second home" across the globe in the Archdiocese of Trichur in rural southwest India.

  • Morris Plains students raise funds for poor Pakistani school children
    MORRIS PLAINS - Students at St. Virgil School here have long maintained a tradition that has a bit of "international flair" - they tape a brightly colored dot on a map of the world each time they reach out across the globe to collect and send money or critical items to the poor and those in need in a specific developing nation.

  • Morristown Catholic makes history as first New Jerseyan issued 'Choose Life' plates
    MORRISTOWN - The shiny new license plates on the 2008 Chevy Malibu, driven by Denise Fox of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish here, read "CF 1000." But these yellow-and-black tags very well could read "No. 1" to mark this life-minded Catholic's milestone - now being able to take her concern for children unborn and newborn "on the road" as the first New Jerseyan ever issued the license plate that displays the slogan "Choose Life."

  • Morristown parish gives catechetical award posthumously to former DRE
    Parishioners at Assumption are forever grateful to the religious sister who introduced Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to the Morris County parish 14 years ago in an attempt to make faith more tangible to young people - Sister Patricia Marks, a former director of Religious Education.

  • Morristown parish to hold two seminars on funeral planning in October
    CLIFTON — Sadly, fewer loved ones have been experiencing the consolation and hope found through the powerful journey — physical, emotional and spiritual that mourners make from the wake to the Catholic funeral Mass to the Christian burial.

  • Morristown parish’s Young Professionals group continues sweet tradition
    MORRISTOWN — And the cookies just kept on coming! For much of the day recently, steady streams of parishioners at Assumption Parish here made their way to the parish office,
    bearing scrumptious gifts at the start of the Christmas season: packages brimming with chocolate chip, ginger bread and sugar cookies, as well as “blondie” brownies.

  • Morristown school receives coveted designation
    MORRISTOWN The halls of Assumption School here last Friday swelled with excitement and pride as its students, staff, faculty and parents celebrated a milestone achievement for a school, which is already well known for its excellence in education and spiritual formation: being designated a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.

  • Morristown, Mountain Lakes parishes celebrate universal Church’s Year of Faith
    MORRISTOWN — St. Margaret of Scotland Parish here has invited its entire faith community, which consists mainly of Anglos and Hispanics, to deepen their relationship with Christ and their commitment to evangelization through a series of events, in English and Spanish, to celebrate this Year of Faith, which will conclude in November.

  • Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D
    On July 6th, Bishop Arthur Serratelli was installed as the Seventh Bishop of Paterson..."And now I am most happy at the call of our Holy Father Pope John Paul II - to whom I am deeply grateful for the trust he places in me - I am most happy to make my home along the banks of the Passaic and to give my heart and life to this Bride of Christ, the Church of Paterson."

  • Mother-daughter program explores beauty and wonder of becoming a woman
    MADISON — Growing up is hard to do especially in today's social media saturated society. Often, it can present the wrong message to girls growing into adulthood. Because of this, the diocesan Office of Family Life has presented a series of programs for mothers and daughters to understand God's gift of life more fully as it pertains to them.

  • Mothers - They Hold Our Hearts Forever
    Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Giovanni Bellini, Caravaggio, Rubens. The list could go on and on, enumerating all of the world’s most famous artists who have painted the image of Madonna and Child. But, what makes these works of art so famous, so moving, so inspiring? It is this: they capture something of a mother’s love. And, in each, we discern something of the tender love of our own mother, and, if we are so blessed, the love of our grandmother and even great-grandmother.

  • Mount Arlington parish marks 75 years of faith, outreach, evangelization
    MOUNT ARLINGTON — Looking out the front doors of Our Lady of Lake (OLL) Church here onto the waters of Lake Hopatcong reminds Father Hugh Murphy, pastor of this devout Morris County parish, that Jesus first called fishermen as his Apostles. On Sunday, Bishop Serratelli helped celebrate the 75th anniversary of OLL, which continues Christ’s evangelistic mission by calling people to God and the Church and by inspiring them to spread the Gospel in their own lives.

  • Mount St. Joseph Children's Center marks century of caring for emotionally disturbed boys
    Bishop Serratelli helped Mount St. Joseph Children's Center here celebrate a century of dedication to its difficult yet rewarding longtime mission - to lift emotionally disturbed boys out of the tough circumstances of their family situations and give them another chance at living more productive lives.

  • Mountain Lakes parishioner heads up medical mission in aftermath of earthquake
    MOUNTAIN LAKES - When Dr. Susan Morrison packed her bags and passport for a medical mission to Haiti  for her 25th journey there, she knew it would be different than any other visit. She usually traveled on these missions to treat Haitians with ailments and illnesses due to the lack of basic medical care there. In her past trips, many of the people she would treat had never seen a doctor. But this time, the ailments and wounds would be different due to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti Jan. 12.

  • Mountain Lakes parishioner recognized for her devotion to medical mission in Haiti
    MOUNTAIN LAKES - It was love at first sight, said Dr. Susan Morrison of the first time she visited Haiti during a parish trip to the Caribbean country in 1996. The trip was organized by her parish, St. Catherine of Siena here, as it began a twinning relationship with the Haitian village of Dame Marie to help the poor there.

  • Moving forward with excellence
    Today, in the Diocese of Paterson, Catholic schools, albeit facing many challenges, provide for its students, parents, teachers and administrators a sense of community.  Community is at the heart of Catholic Christian education, not simply as a concept to be "taught" but as a reality to be lived. Through Catholic education, students are moved to build community in all areas of life. Having lived and experienced community in our Catholic schools, our students and families are better able to build community in their families, work place, neighborhoods, the nation and world. (To Teach as Jesus Did)

  • Msgr. George Hundt installed as pastor of St. Vincent, Martyr Parish
    INSTALLATION MASS - Bishop Serratelli leads the congregation in applause for Msgr. George Hundt (left) at the Mass in St. Vincent Martyr Church, Madison, March 21 at which the bishop installed Msgr. Hundt as pastor of St. Vincent's. Retired Bishop Rodimer was among the clergy attending the installation Mass. Beacon photo/Joe Gigli

  • Msgr. Hundt receives NCEA award
    Msgr. Hundt's repoire with students during "Q & A" symbolizes his friendly relationship with and strong support of the entire St. Anthony' School community. It was the priest's devotion to and support for the parish school that earned him this year's Distinguished Pastor of the Year Award from the Department of Elementary Schools of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

  • Msgr. Mahoney honored as ‘Person of the Year’ by DPD
    LITTLE FALLS — The Paterson Federation Knights of Columbus, consisting of all 53 councils in the diocese, held its annual Bishop’s Night last month at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish here. Each of the councils presented the bishop with a check to thank him for his support of the knights and for the needs of the diocese.

  • Multicultural Parsippany Parish Marks Its Diamond Anniversary
    BISHOP Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Peter the Apostle Parish here June 30 to help to commemorate the parish’s 75 years of worship, formation and service to others in Christ by presiding at an anniversary Mass that also celebrated the suburban Morris County faith community’s ever increasing ethnic diversity.

  • 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.]

  • N.J. group supporting efforts to canonize Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
    Bishop to celebrate 29th memorial Mass for Churchman Dec. 9 at CSE
    CONVENT STATION - A committee of 21 New Jerseyans is organizing an event here to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and to support his canonization.

  • N.J. poverty report reflects growing need for diocesan Catholic Charities services
    PATERSON - Agencies of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson in Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties certainly did not need to see the grim statistics of a recently released state report to know the sad reality that the poverty rate in the state is at its highest level in seven years - they see it every single day in the faces of the growing number of poor that come to them for help.

  • N.J.'s first candidate for beatification
    CONVENT STATION - The Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth here aren't just waiting for the possible beatification in Rome of one of their own - Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich - instead, the order is busy locally promoting Sister Miriam Teresa's message and her cause for beatification, which they feel has been "making excellent progress in Rome."

  • Nailing down their passion
    Youth ministry program builds Habitat house
    Carlos Arce got the hang of it quickly. Sitting on a scaffold, the 18-year-old parishioner of St. Jude in Budd Lake, held a thin strip of tan siding in place on the front of a new house at the end of an unfinished cul-de-sac here on Hussa Place here. He leaned over, swung his hammer and nailed in the strip over a sheet of light-blue insulation.

  • Names of First Communicants listed by parish

  • National award puts Wayne school at the 'top of the class'
    WAYNE - For 57 years, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (IHM) here has known about and appreciated the gem of a parish school this suburban faith community has unwaveringly supported. This fall, the entire diocese, state of New Jersey and United States know it as well - that IHM "makes the grade" as one of the nation's best schools.

  • National bus tour on prescription assistance makes stop in diocese
    PASSAIC - Whether it's for blood pressure, stomach ailments or other chronic conditions, many Americans can receive assistance filling their prescriptions at the next visit to the local pharmacy.   Aboard the "Help is Here Express," a national bus tour helping people pay for medications, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) is helping those without or with little medical coverage pay for their prescriptions.

    FRANKLIN — As husbands and wives worldwide celebrate Valentine’s Day tomorrow, traditional gifts of roses and boxes of chocolates will be given as signs of love. But for many couples expressing love comes in the form of their long-lasting commitment to the sacrament of marriage and to each other every day of the year.

  • NCEA Convention Album - 2003
    Here you will find pictures and highlights of the 2003 NCEA Convention in St. Louis.

  • Nearby parishes offer assistance to St. Agnes in wake of basement flood
    PATERSON - St. Agnes Parish here experienced a flood that cascaded through its rectory basement Tuesday, July 21 and that temporarily displaced many of the faith community's ministries.

  • Neighborhood Center for Women in Passaic marks first anniversary
    PASSAIC When a woman feels empowered, she gains the confidence to make the world a better place. For the past year, the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women has opened its doors for women in the inner-city to gain a sense of empowerment and hope through its welcoming atmosphere.

  • Neocatechumens process through Paterson streets on Palm Sunday
    PATERSON - There was triumph and joy as Neocatechumens and parishioners of St. Agnes here processed down Getty Avenue on Palm Sunday as part of the "traditio" process of the Neocatechumenal Way for 63 Neocatechumens making a profession of faith.

  • NET evangelizes teens throughout diocese
    CLIFTON — To connect with today's youth, many believe it requires text messaging, blogs and social network sites on the Internet. But to evangelize and bring Jesus Christ into the hearts of teens, the National Evan gelization Team (NET) of young adults follows the lead of Jesus, himself — hitting the road to meet with young people face-to-face and give witness to the faith.

  • Netcong girls get into spirit of giving
    NETCONG - Danielle Crosson's passion for charity kicked into high gear a while back, when the fifth-grader of St. Michael School here started helping Santa keep his promises.  "Danielle always has been concerned about others," said Barbara, mother of Danielle, 10. "When Danielle was small, she would ask Santa to make sure needy kids got gifts."

  • New assistant diocesan catechetical director aims to assist DREs, catechists
    MADISON — A lot about Sister Sophia Marie Peralta’s new position as assistant diocesan catechetical director takes her back a few years ago to the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta, her home city. There, the Sister of Christian Charity enjoyed helping the directors of religious education she met as part of her involvement in that dynamic faith community.

  • New book recounts Morristown parish's revolutionary history
    MORRISTOWN - At 164 years old, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish here not only has been blessed to serve Catholics in Morristown, the town that is New Jersey's cradle of the American Revolution, but also to harness some of its hometown's "revolutionary spirit."

  • New Catholic Apologetics series at Chester parish
    Helping faithful learn to defend the faith
    CHESTER — Have you ever gotten "tongue tied" while trying to formulate a defense to objections to or questions about the Catholic faith? If so, St Lawrence the Martyr Parish here has started a monthly Bible study series, "Catholic Apologetics" to help you learn to defend the faith in the face of those questions.

  • New Clothes, New Life
    PATERSON - From jeans to pants and from sweaters to polo shirts, the basement of St. Casmir Church here had tables of brand-new folded clothes for one purpose - to be given to those Pater_son families who lost everything following flooding from Hurricane Irene that ravaged their homes almost two months ago.

  • New diocesan CFO has strong background in Church finances
    CLIFTON - Seven years ago, Brad Watson was not looking for a vocation to serve the Church. At the time, the licensed Certified Public Accountant and investment adviser was building a successful career in finance, conducting audit and tax work for various secular organizations. Instead, a Church vocation found Watson, whom the Paterson Diocese hired as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective Feb. 7.

  • New diocesan child abuse prevention policies ensure the safety of young people
    CLIFTON - Strengthening its longstanding commitment to maintaining safe environments for young people in the parishes, schools and agencies, the Paterson Diocese over the past year has implemented new child abuse prevention policies that require every employee and volunteer who works with children to undergo a new extensive online criminal background check and attend child abuse prevention training.

  • New diocesan clergy personnel board members are announced
    CLIFTON - Bishop Serratelli has announced that the election and appointment of diocesan priests to serve on the Clergy Personnel Board for a period of three years, according to Msgr. Ray Lopatesky, diocesan director of Clergy Personnel.

  • New director of Catholic Campus Ministry Center welcomes college students as fall semester begins
    HALEDON - Every college student has aspirations for his or her life. College is that time when students struggle with important decisions and reflect on their future. Often, this time in their lives is when they are searching for meaning in their lives.

  • New Jersey-born CRS administrator rallied Church to address needs of poor at Vatican II

  • New Joy-Filled Marriage course encourages married couples to practice NFP
    PARSIPPANY - A new course, "God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage," now available in the diocese, encourages married couples to practice Natural Family Planning as the way to plan for children in their marriage.

  • New ministry at St. Vincent Martyr Parish welcomes families with special needs children
    MADISON - Sunday, Jan. 7 marked the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, the end of the Christmas season, but that's not what made one particular Mass that afternoon at St. Vincent Martyr Parish here seem more lively than usual.

  • New outreach at Madison parish prepares youth to take an active role in liturgy
    MADISON At the tender age of 10, Olivia Gasser already knows first-hand some of the difficulties of lectoring at Mass like the challenge of pronouncing some of the ancient names found in Sunday readings such as Thessalonians.

  • New outreach at St. Paul Inside the Walls seeks to help Catholic lawyers make society more just, compassionate
    MADISON - Even today, lawyers don't get much respect. Most, especially Catholic attorneys, log considerable hours, routinely performing noble and often charitable legal work for a society that continues to often malign them unfairly. But a new outreach at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here seeks to encourage Catholic lawyers to look beyond any criticisms and channel their legal talents and powers in helping make U.S. society "more just and compassionate."

  • New outreaches help deepen the faith at Morristown parish
    MORRISTOWN — Matthew Zolnick of Assumption Parish here couldn’t help deepening his Catholic faith on a recent pilgrimage, while taking in the spiritual and natural wonders of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pa. The 25-year-old Catholic and eight fellow young adults from the Morris County parish spent several delightful hours at the shrine, absorbed in the richness of its Polish spirituality and history, the magnificence of its church and chapels and the beauty of its 170 acre campus.

  • New partnership of Sussex Catholic schools enhances educational horizons
    SPARTA - Welcome to the new Catholic Academy of Sussex County Inc. here - not exactly a traditional "academy" that normally would house classrooms, students, and faculty all in single physical location.

  • New partnership to generate funds for Catholic schools
    STIRLING - To ensure a vibrant, faith-filled future for local Catholic education, the diocese has established Alternate School Funding to start partnerships with faith-filled individuals to help supplement the funding the diocese contributes to parochial schools. It also seeks to promote these schools' rich legacy of providing students with an excellent, value-base education.

  • New Pastor at St. Virgil Parish
    Bishop installs Msgr. Francis J. Duffy
    Bishop Serratelli installed Msgr. Francis Duffy as pastor of St. Virgil Parish in Morris Plains at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at which he was the principal celebrant June 18. He shared in the joy of the day with Msgr. Duffy, who came to St. Virgil's after many years as pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Morristown.

  • New pastor installed at St. Clement Pope and Martyr Parish in Rockaway
    ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP — Bishop Serratelli formally installed Father Lawrence “Rick” Hardy as pastor of St. Clement Pope and Martyr Parish here during the 10:30 a.m. Mass July 14, the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

  • New priests express joy to be able to serve God’s people
    CLIFTON — With excitement and nervousness, the new priests ordained to the Paterson Diocese by Bishop Serratelli on May 25 at St. Philip the Apostle Church here expressed joy, gratitude and hope about now being able to serve God’s people and bring more of them to Christ.

  • New principals named for several schools in the Paterson Diocese
    There will be new principals at several elementary schools in the diocese when the doors open for the 2010-11 school year in September. Following are brief biographies on the new principals...

  • New religious gather for Mass with bishop, fellowship at picnic
    MENDHAM — As summer unofficially comes to an end, the new religious of the diocese took advantage of pleasant weather and gathered together with Bishop Serratelli for the celebration of Mass followed by an outdoor picnic Aug. 29 at the Quellen Center on the grounds of the motherhouse of the Sisters of Christian Charity here.

  • New religious gather with Bishop Serratelli for Mass, dialogue, picnic
    MENDHAM — It was a lovely summer evening for new religious in the diocese as they gathered together with Bishop Serratelli for the celebration of Mass followed by a barbecue and lawn games Aug. 30 at the Quellen Center on the property of the motherhouse of the Sisters of Christian Charity here.

  • New St. Virgil-Morris Catholic model to enhance educational experience of middle-school students
    MORRIS PLAINS - This coming September, upper-grade students will walk into St. Virgil School here and open the doors to an even brighter future by not only gaining access to the Morris County elementary school's long tradition of stellar academic and spiritual formation, but also by unlocking a dazzling new world of academic, extracurricular, social and athletic activities that only high school can offer.

  • New study guide to bishop's pastoral letter on evangelization issued
    CLIFTON - The diocese is continuing its help to local Catholics to strengthen their faith and deepen their commitment to spreading the "Good News" with the recent release of a study guide designed to help them "reflect, discuss, pray and act" on Bishop Serratelli's pastoral letter, "Evangelization: Grace and Vocation."

  • New T-Center in Passaic dedicated to needs of women
    PASSAIC — Pope Francis’ choice of his name for a saint known for his love of justice and peace, is a reminder of the Church’s call to care for all of God’s creation who are in need.

  • New Vernon parish's 'Adult Bible Camp' gives overview of four Gospel writers
    NEW VERNON - Quick, can you place the four books of the Gospels in the correct chronological order in which they were written? A new crash-course in the Bible let 45 parishioners of Christ the King here in on a little-known fascinating fact - that the Gospels actually were written in a different order than are presented in the Bible: Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.

  • New ways
    From the minute Pope Francis stepped out on the balcony of the papal apartment for the first time to introduce himself to the world as the 266th successor to St. Peter, his message from deep within his heart spoke volumes that his approach to the papacy would be different.

  • New workbook helps faithful personalize their journeys with Christ during his Passion through art, reflection
    DENVILLE - Imagine sliding into the aching sandals of Jesus, as he trudges up to Calvary toward his crucifixion. Picture suffering the pain that Christ endured that day - the sinking weight of the cross, the sting of the Crown of Thorns and, later, the unbearable agony as nails are hammered into his wrists and feet.

  • New Year's Day Mass
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God on New Years Day at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Paterson.
    (Beacon photos by Joe Gigli)

  • Newer religious gather with bishop for Mass, picnic
    MENDHAM As summer nears its end, the newer religious of the diocese took advantage of the pleasant weather and gathered together with Bishop Serratelli for the celebration of Mass followed by an outdoor picnic and lawn games at the Quellen Center on the property of the motherhouse of the Sisters of Christian Charity here Aug. 28.

  • Newly ordained diocesan priests serve at local hospitals as part of priest chaplain program
    Just as doctors can bring physical healing to patients, priests can bring spiritual healing to those who are in the hospital. And at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center here, a group of young priests is fulfilling that call as part of a new diocesan program for recently ordained diocesan priests that requires them to serve in hospitals as chaplains in addition to their parish assignments.

  • Newly-dedicated renovation marks growth of Notre Dame Parish's evangelization efforts
    On Sunday, Bishop Serratelli and Benedictine Abbot Giles Hayes of St. Mary's Abbey, Morristown, rededicated what might seem like a four-year "dream in the making" for Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Parish here - a newly opened $4.2 million, 12,000- square-foot renovation to the church building that gives this dynamic faith community an expanded worship space and much needed room for its ever-growing ministries.

  • Newton parishioners serve others at Catholic HEART Workcamp
    NEWTON — In the sweltering summer heat, Morgan Philhower of St. Joseph Parish here mustered up some muscle and “can do” attitude on a recent mission trip to the busted boomtown of Oil City, Pa.

  • Newton students reach out with love to Guatemalan families at Christmas
    NEWTON — What would the holidays be like without the tra¬dtional foods around the table to celebrate Christmas? All around the world, many holiday traditions revolve around food roasted ham, gingerbread in Christmas shapes, the feast of seven fishes, candy canes and fruit cakes are just a few. In Gua¬temala, families enjoy tamales but for many impoverished families, they often cannot afford to celebrate Christmas as many traditionally do with special meals.

  • Next phase to start on diocesan evangelization center
    MADISON - The interior and exterior demolition that began restoration of the site of St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here is nearing completion. That demolition work is getting the facility ready for the next stage of this major renovation project, which includes the installation of new windows and systems such as electrical and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning).

  • Nicole C. Mullen
    Nicole C. Mullen: "Talk About It" (Word Records).

  • Nine New Priests: The Church Alive
    The presence of vocations to the priesthood always is a sign of the vitality of the Christian community. The Church of Paterson is alive! Our youth is renewed. Indeed, all of us can say, "I will go to the altar of God, to God who gives joy to my youth."

  • NJCC's Advance Directives revision clarifies end-of-life teaching of Church
    TRENTON - The N.J. Catholic Confer_ence (NJCC), the public policy arm of the state's bishops, has approved a revised Ad_vance Directives for Health Care - a new and improved document, written in "clear, understandable" language that further clarifies Catholic teaching on end-of-life issues, among them that the Church considers food and water provided to the terminally ill and vegetative patients "ordinary" care.

  • No To Assisted Suicide In N.J.
    New Jersey’s physician-assisted suicide bill — the N. J. Death with Dignity Act (A2270) — was passed by the state Assembly last week by a narrow 41-31 vote. The legislation will now go before the state Senate. Gov. Chris Christie has already spoken out against the bill and he has a voluminous amount of support from those who are against this legislation.  Sister Patricia Codey, president of Catholic HealthCare Partnership of New Jersey, called the legislation “an extreme and unwarranted response to the needs of terminally-ill patients and their families. The compassionate choice is to continue to provide and expand end-of-life care that considers the whole person — mind, body and spirit — and to support each person’s fullness as one who is loved.”

  • No. 1 teen drug of choice: alcohol
    Diocesan priest determined to curb 'escalation of underage drinking
    CLIFTON - Did you know that the Fourth of July, when many Americans rent kegs for their parties, is the nation's biggest beer-drinking holiday, ahead of Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Super Bowl Sunday, according to the Beer Institute?  Did you know that alcohol has been and continues to be the "No. 1 drug of choice" among teens today?

  • Nor'easter slams area, takes toll on churches' property
    Parishes recovering from storm; roof torn off Wayne parish school building
    WAYNE - Following a Nor'easter that rocked the northern New Jersey area this weekend, many parish properties in the diocese suffered damage as a result of massive high winds and torrential rainfall. With many areas facing major flooding problems, many diocesan schools were closed Monday and some on Tuesday in Paterson, Wayne and Pequannock.

  • Notes on the Gospel of St. John
    Notes from the Course on the Gospel of John being offered at St. Paul Inside the Walls for deacons and their wives.

  • Notre Dame Parish engages faithful 'to take a journey' during Year of Faith
    CEDAR KNOLLS — A pair of new banners above the two entrances of Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Church here have been inviting all who pass to "Take a Journey" spiritually with the Morris County parish during the universal Church's Year of Faith.

  • Notre Dame Parish helps families reflect on what really matters in life
    CEDAR KNOLLS In today’s world filled with busy schedules, the latest technology and fast-paced lifestyles, Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Parish here has found a way that allows parents to come together with their children to reflect on what really matters most in life — family and faith.

  • Notre Dame Parish journeys together through small group faith sharing
    CEDAR KNOLLS - Sharing faith in small groups is how the first Christians evangelized in the early beginnings of Christianity. At Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Parish here, following that example to evangelize the faith has led to the creation of "Follow Me: Our Lenten Spiritual Journey," a process of spiritual transformation through small group faith sharing during the six weeks of Lent. The program first started 10 years ago as a way to connect the sharing of one's own spiritual journey with others in a small faith community.

  • Notre Dame Parish offers faith-sharing program during Lent
    CEDAR KNOLLS — The apostles, the rich young man and the tax collectors differed in profession, age and status but one thing they all had in common — when Jesus said to them, “Follow me,” they did. As Jesus continues to call us to “follow him” today, Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Parish here offers its Lenten program, “Follow Me” to parishioners to travel on a spiritual journey with Jesus.

  • Notre Dame parishioner receives Girl Scouts’ Gold Award for collecting children’s books for Birthright
    DOVER When Dana Cavanaugh, a freshman at Boston College, was a child, she developed a love for reading. She enjoyed reading everything from classic novels to popular children books.

  • Notre Dame parishioners travel to Guatemala to build homes for the poor
    CEDAR KNOLLS The lives of four families in one of the poorest areas of the highlands in Guatemala have been changed forever, thanks to a group of parishioners from Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Church here. They traveled to the Central American country and built new homes for these families last month.

  • Notre Dame parishoner is strident advocate for rights of the disabled
    CEDAR KNOLLS - Still think that the severely disabled can't live happy, productive lives, competing in athletics, earning college degrees and snagging well-paying jobs - as well as a couple of marriage proposals?  Then meet 34-year-old Dawn Parkot, a spunky redhead who has suffered from Cerebral Palsy (CP) since birth.

  • Nun seeks to inspire youth with book about WWII brother's faith
    MORRISTOWN - After reading "The Greatest Generation," Tom Brokow book's about the generation of Americans who won World War II, Filippini Sister Margaret Mangieri realized she had a story of her own to tell - about her insightful and faith-filled brother Peter, killed during World War II at age 20.

  • Nun's poignant talk inspires Madison students
    MADISON - Students at St. Vincent Martyr School here lived out the theme of this year's Catholic School Week (CSW) - "celebrating service" - by banding together to help give impoverished children in Ethiopia a tool to help themselves and their families secure clean and plentiful drinking water.

  • Obama Administration: Catholic Conscience Not to be Tolerated
    In this most recent ruling on healthcare, a government that avidly promotes freedom of choice has decided not to allow Catholics the freedom to choose. It need not be this way. But, the line has been drawn in the sand. Can Catholics simply accept the fact that the Catholic conscience is not to be tolerated in America?

  • Obamacare - An End to Religious Freedom in Health Care?
    Last year, amidst the contentious debates surrounding Obamacare, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops spoke strongly in favor of a reform of our health care system. The bishops stressed that the measure of any health care reform should be twofold. First, true health care must protect human life and safeguard the dignity of the human person. Second, a good reform should make health care accessible to all, including the poor and the immigrant. When individuals have proper and affordable healthcare, society itself benefits.

  • Obamacare and Lawsuits: Church and State in Court
    On May 24, the N. J. Star-Ledger published an editorial labeling U.S. Catholic bishops partisan. The editorial, entitled, Manufactured Fight, took offense at the bishops’ outspoken position against the Obama administration’s mandate for health insurance to provide certain services. The editorial claimed that such opposition was not consistent with the bishops’ usual silence on other issues, such as war and poverty. The editorial claimed that the bishops were not pastoral, but political.

  • Obama’s Healthcare Accommodation - No Change in Principle
    Last month, in Hosanna-Tabor Church v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Supreme Court made one of the most significant decisions with respect to religious liberty. In a 9-0 ruling, the court upheld as constitutional the centuries-old ministerial exemption. This decision guarantees that churches and other religious groups retain their freedom both to choose and to dismiss those who hold ministerial positions. If this decision had not been made, the consequences would have been far-reaching.

  • Oberammergau
    Diocesan pilgrims travel to Germany to witness nearly four-century-old tradition of Passion Play
    Many families have traditions - a secret recipe at a holiday dinner, a wedding dress worn by generations of women or military duty for sons taking after their fathers. In one Bavarian village, the family tradition is a play - the Passion Play.

  • Occupy Wall Street - A Cry for More than Money
    Governments need to attend to the dignity of the individual, the right of citizens to earn a living and the good of the entire society.  But none of this will happen unless individuals themselves who make decisions and those who seek to improve their own well-being see themselves as truly connected with others, especially the poor.  The Occupy Wall Street movement now spreading across national borders is a cry for more than money.

  • Office of Worship and Spirituality
    The Office of Worship and Spirituality is the liturgical formation and resource office of the Secretariat for Parish Life. Working with parishes to enhance the quality of their worship, the office offers advice and direction though a variety of workshops, parish consultations and the Liturgical Formation Newsletter. The director of the office works in conjunction with the Diocesan Liturgical Commission to provide leadership and education in the nature of liturgical prayer, especially in the areas of Christian Initiation, Sunday Celebrations, Liturgical Music, and Architecture and Environment for worship. In addition, the director works with the Bishop's Master of Ceremonies to coordinate, execute and evaluate diocesan liturgies.

  • Ogdensburg parish prepares to evangelize by focusing on inner spirituality though Lectio Divina
    OGDENSBURG - St. Thomas of Aquin Parish here has started to take up the challenge of looking outward - strengthening its commitment to spreading the Gospel far and wide - by first beginning to look inward and upward beginning this Lent - learning to meditate, pray and reflect on the very Scriptures that Christ calls us all to proclaim.

  • OLM graduates first eighth-grade class in two decades
    Class of 2011 is first since 1991 at Whippany school
    WHIPPANY - Christen Mills and her 10 fellow graduates of Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLM) here, received their diplomas June 10, reveling in their "historic moment" as OLM's first graduating eighth-grade class since 1991. But that night at commencement, the OLM community celebrated another milestone, just as many years in the making - witnessing a school in full bloom academically and spiritually after having re-established once again during its long history its sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grades.

  • OLMC selling Christmas ornaments of the church’s renowned stained-glass windows
    BOONTON Daylight streams through the colors of the stained-glass window of the Nativity in Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) Church here and onto the joyous scene of Baby Jesus’ birth. The Virgin Mary smiles. The Christ Child holds up his hands. A young shepherd smiles, as he looks at the baby, while an old shepherd wears a serious expression, understanding the importance of this moment in history.

  • On a Mission in Africa
    CRS working in East Africa to make nations self-sufficent
    CLIFTON - When Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the U.S. Catholic Church's official international humanitarian agency, began in 1943, it operated under the name War Relief Services to aid war-torn Europe during and after World War II.

    Bishop initiates diocesan-wide food collection to fill Catholic Charities’ pantries in summer.  To alleviate this annual summer food  shortage, Bishop Serratelli has initiated the first-ever diocesanwide food collection to be taken up at weekend Masses on the Feast of
    Corpus Christi (The Body of Christ), June 21-22.

  • On patron's feast day, the bishop visits St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly to say Mass
    ST. JOSEPH'S DAY CELEBRATION - After Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass at St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly in Totowa for the Feast Day of St. Joseph March 19, a group of priests, who were concelebrants at the Mass, put on aprons before serving lunch to the residents.

  • On religious liberty
    In his 2009 commencement address at the University of Notre Dame, President Obama promised respect for conscience rights and religious liberty.  That's a broken promise now considering the ruling by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that all private health insurance plans cover surgical sterilization procedures and artificial birth control. It has rankled people of many faith traditions who see the ruling as another affront to religious liberty.

  • On Stage with the True Message of Christmas
    Children's choir at Long Valley parish savors opportunity to perform at Radio City Music Hall
    LONG VALLEY - Performing on one of the world's most legendary stages - Radio City Music Hall in New York City - the children's choir at Our Lady of the Mountain (OLM) here was recently the opening act for the venue's popular Christmas Spectacular holiday show starring the famous Rockettes. As a prelude to the show, the choir, whose members range from 4 to 13 sang its rendition of "Star Child" and "Peace Child." They were under the direction of Robin O'Reilly, choir/music minister and director at OLM.

  • On Valentine's Day weekend, teen girls explore Christian love
    MORRISTOWN - Last weekend 10 girls, ages 14 to 17, arrived at Villa Walsh Motherhouse here to attend a retreat that explored Christian love and, later, on that Saturday morning, were challenged to confront startling facts about Respect Life issues.  "Society's loss of the value for life at its beginning [through abortion] has led to a loss of value for life at its conclusion [through euthanasia]" Dr. Mary Mazzarella, consultant to the diocesan Respect Life Office, told the girls from across the diocese and beyond, at the Friday, Feb. 13 to Sunday, Feb. 15 overnight retreat that focused on Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical "Deus Caritas Est" ("God is Love.") "Next, they will be telling senior citizens in nursing homes, 'It's time to go [to die].' It's not so far-fetched," she said.

  • On-Line with Jesus
    CHATHAM TOWNSHIP — A group of rather tech-savvy young people at Corpus Christi Parish here have been taking a rather hands-on, “low tech” approach to answering deeply spiritual questions that have been given a modern twist, such as “If Jesus emailed you or were your friend on Facebook, what would he say to you?”

  • One Heart for Haiti
    LINCOLN PARK — Long before a devastating earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, Deacon Joseph Parlapiano, an immigration lawyer who serves at St. Joseph Parish here, had been traveling to Haiti on mission trips with volunteers from the parish. Since that first trip in 1999, he travels to the Caribbean country — considered the poorest in western hemisphere — several times a year to help the children there get an education.

  • One love, one Jamaica
    Spring break service trip changes lives for locals, students
    DENVILLE - Spring break in Jamaica is a hot spot for college students looking for fun in the sun and a party atmosphere. But for two alumni of Morris Catholic High School here spring break in Jamaica meant more than packing their passports, swimsuits and sunglasses. It meant serving the poor, the sick, the elderly and the young through a service mission trip.

  • One Man, One Woman

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  • One Nation Under God
    As our nation's 235th birthday approaches on July 4, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week against the latest attempt to remove the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance is as welcome as the fireworks displays that herald our nation's freedoms in the Declaration of Independence.

  • One of only eight in nation
    Diocese gets grant for inner-city youth to attend leadership camp
    CLIFTON - Every young person has something to offer whether he or she is from the suburbs or the inner-city. Through parish youth ministries, the Church of Paterson is fostering the gifts these young people have with many opportunities. With this in mind, the diocesan office of youth ministry is offering "Youth Leader," a weeklong summer leadership program created by the Center for Ministry Development. The program is open to all young people and youth ministers from the 111 parishes and eight Catholic high schools in the diocese

    First U.S. beatification takes place in New Jersey - Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich is declared Blessed

  • One year after Katrina
    OLC social justice ministry is changing lives
    WAYNE - If Hurricane Katrina brought about any good, the powerful storm and its devastating aftermath revealed the powerful love and spirit that countless generous human beings have shown in helping their brothers and sisters.

    Assumption College gets ready for new school year educating religious sisters from around the world.

  • Ongoing study series on St. Paul at Boonton parish 'connects theology, faith and life'
    BOONTON - Jesus' teachings caused enormous confusion in ancient Israel, where observant Jews believed that they must demonstrate their faithfulness to God by following "to the letter" His laws - all 613 of His commandments, to be exact.  Yet St. Paul tells the Jews of ancient Israel that "The law [of God] gives us an understanding of sin but only Jesus can absolve us our sins," declared Father Richard Carton, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) Parish here, during a Jan. 6 session of his ongoing study of the celebrated saint's letters for the Pauline Year, held Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall.

  • Only one click away...
    Missionary sisters host discernment retreat for vocations online
    PATERSON - With just the click of a mouse, the journey of a thousand sites begins. People can bank online, book airline tickets, keep in touch with faraway friends and even pursue a master's degree on the Internet in the comfort of their home. The Internet has now become a staple to modern day communication and culture. So much so, according to the Internet World Stats more than one billion people worldwide use the Internet.

  • Operation Chill-Out
    Long Valley parishioners supply survival backpacks to homeless
    LONG VALLEY - As the northern hemisphere marked the winter solstice at exactly 1:08 a.m. on Dec. 22, the homeless faced the longest night of the year. Winter heralded in and for the next three months, the homeless will face bitter-cold conditions, snowy wet weather and the uncertainty about surviving the harshness of Mother Nature.

  • Operation Chillout
    PATERSON — As a severe cold wave not seen in years hits the area, conditions can be especially harsh for many who have no place to live. A significant population of those who are homeless includes veterans. At diocesan Catholic Charities’ Catholic Family and Community Services (CFCS) in collaboration with Catholic Charities of Newark, its Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, which is in force in seven N.J. counties, helps these veterans in their time of need.

  • Operation Helping Hands
    Paterson Diocese tops list of volunteers aiding those affected by Hurricane Katrina
    PATERSON - Being in the likeness of Jesus isn't tough. Just follow the example of those rebuilding homes and lives in New Orleans, as they are like Jesus in his everyday job as a simple carpenter.   With almost 400 volunteers from the diocese giving their time and talent, the Paterson Diocese has sent more volunteers to New Orleans than any other diocese in the United States in 2006 according to Rita Kelly, diocesan Catholic Charities' disaster relief services director

  • Operation Rice Bowl
    During Lent Catholics in the United States are encouraged to participate in Operation Rice Bowl (ORB), Catholic Relief Services' annual Lenten program that began Ash Wednesday.  Each Lent, Catholics use symbolic rice bowls as the focal point for their prayer, fasting and learning. Involvement in the worthwhile program is a tangible way to help people living in poverty around the world.

  • Operation Rice Bowl helps to feed the hungry in the Paterson Diocese
    CLIFTON — During the 40 days of Lent, the faithful across the diocese have been collecting their coins for the poor by making meatless recipes for Fridays in solidarity with Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl program.

  • Opportunity Scholarship Act
    It was not the news those who back school vouchers in the state wanted to hear.  Gov. Chris Christie conceded at a town meeting recently that legislation, which would have created the Opportunity Scholarship Act (OSA), was not posted for a vote in the State Assembly. Where the bill is headed next is less certain, and very disheartening.

  • Order Of Malta Mass
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass in Holy Family Chapel on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, for the Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta Sept. 30.

  • Ordination Day
    This Saturday, May 25 will be a historical day for the Diocese of Paterson as Bishop Serratelli will ordain 12 transitional deacons to the priesthood in St. Philip the Apostle Church in Clifton.

  • Organization of Hispanic priests holds annual national convention
    Priests from around the nation gathered together at St. Mary Church here to begin the 24th annual convention for the Asociacion Nacional de Sacerdotes Hispanos (ANSH), known in English as the National Asso ciation of Hispanic Priests. Bishop Serratelli presided at the opening Mass of the convention Sept. 30.

  • Organizational changes to be implemented at Catholic Charities agencies
    PATERSON - In an effort to improve efficiency and effectiveness within the agencies of diocesan Catholic Charities, it will move from its present six corporations to three.

  • Our Highest Allegiance - Not without Sacrifice
    Every human government is human! It is subject to the temptation of assuming too much control. At this particular moment of history, we face this threat. Secularism at the highest levels of our government seeks to limit the practice of religion to the private sphere and to marginalize the Church and her teaching. Radical secularists who influence government decisions, along with some of our leaders in government and even professed Catholics in political office, are poised to punish anyone, including the Church, for non-conformity to an agenda that excludes the freedom of religion and the rights of conscience and allows no place for the Church in the public forum.

  • Our Lady of Mercy Position Announcement

  • Our Lady of Mt Carmel openings

  • Our Lady of Victories Parish, Paterson, celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    COMMEMORATING THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. - At Our Lady of Victories Parish, Paterson, the diocesan Multi Cultural Office held a vesper's service celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Our Mission is America
    If Hurricane Katrina opened Americans' eyes to anything, they became more keenly aware that poverty still exists in U.S. Before the disaster, many believed that Third World conditions existed only in foreign countries.   Bishop William R. Houck, president of Catholic Extension, spent some time in the Diocese of Biloxi in the wake of Katrina to see the conditions there. To Bishop Houck, actually being in the midst of the disaster does not compare to the images shown through media.

  • Out of Africa
    Xaverian bishop risks his life to help ensure lasting peace for Sierra Leone
    WAYNE - In the late 1990s, Bishop George Biguzzi of Sierra Leone put his life on the line to help secure a lasting peace for his West African nation. With a lot of faith and daring, the Italian-born bishop went into the "bush" of his country with members of an interreligious council to hammer out a peace agreement with the rebels, to end a bloody war there that lasted several years.

  • Out of Africa
    Young adult from Passaic parish comes home from mission trip to Tanzania
    Just south of the equator on the Indian Ocean, 22-year-old Malbri Reyes, found herself on an adventure of a lifetime as she served poor mission areas in Tanzania, Africa last month.

  • Outpouring of love, support helps young Long Valley parishioner
    Margaret Walling knows the outgoing support of family, friends, parishioners and the local community who have been rooting her on cheering, “Let’s go, Margaret” as the sixth-grader receives treatment for a brain tumor diagnosed last November.

  • Outreach Mission To Mississippi
    Morris parishes support ministry to the poor in Magnolia State
    Digital technology surely affords us so many ways to stay in touch with loved ones who have moved faraway, across the country or across the globe - cell phones, e-mail, instant messaging, social networking Web sites like MySpace.

  • Outreach Programs at St. Paul Inside the Walls

    Click here to learn more about Outreach Program course offerings at St. Paul Inside the Walls, 2011-2012

  • Palm Sunday and Chrism Mass

  • Parents at Sparta parish learn to discipline with loving hand
    Series takes Catholic approach to child-rearing
    SPARTA - So your son or daughter acts up in the supermarket or fights with his or her sibling. So which approach to disciplining should you apply - very strict or more laid back?

  • Parents learn about child’s stages of development, raising kids as leap of faith
    MADISON Parents can learn to lean on their Catholic faith, in part, by looking at the often joyous and often difficult task of raising a child as “one big prayer.” Each day, parents can view their responsibilities as an offering of themselves up selflessly for the needs of their children.

  • Parents' Place music program sounds right note for special needs musicians
    PATERSON - aymond Vazquez stood in the middle of a room at Parents' Place/Club de Padres here and lifts his hands to conduct a simple song, performed by a new, unique musical ensemble - made up of young adults with special needs, who play their assortment of percussion and keyboard instruments with "pitch-perfect" enthusiasm.

  • Parents' Place/Club de Padres ensemble for disabled adults asks for donations so they can continue giving the gift of music
    PATERSON - On Dec. 4, a unique musical ensemble, made up of young Spanish-speaking and bilingual adults with special needs, mesmerized 200 audience members with an early Christmas gift - a concert at the Father English Community Center here. They hit a "high note" with the audience, playing dozens of tunes from "Ode to Joy" to traditional Christmas carols to Hispanic folk songs.

  • Parents, alum, benefactors spur St. Joseph Regional School to undertake extensive facilities renovation
    NEWTON - In a sense, the extensive renovations taking place at St. Joseph Regional School (SJRS) here, which includes a new technologically updated Library Media Center, started with two modest objectives - to repaint the library and replace its old, worn carpeting.

  • Parish celebrates Marian Feast
    Clifton parish celebrates Marian Feast, part of year round novena
    CLIFTON — Under the title, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, one can never doubt that the Blessed Mother's guidance and love is not there when it is needed.  To celebrate Mary's role in the life of the Church, St. Paul Parish here marked the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help June 27 at an evening Mass.

  • Parish coordinators learn how to grow youth ministries
    CLIFTON - The heart of building a youth ministry begins with a strong Confirmation program. That was the foundation that four youth ministers in the diocese shared with parish staff members, priests and pastors at a workshop, titled "How to Grow a Parish Youth Ministry and its Relationship to Confir_mation," at St. Paul Inside the Walls at John Paul II Center here Sept. 24.

  • Parish Eucharistic Practices
    Patricia Bartle, D. Min., is diocesan consultant for the Office of Worship and Spirituality. This is the third in a series of columns on liturgical catechesis.

  • Parish funeral ministries offer planning, logistics, compassion
    PARSIPPANY - A grieving Sam Slavin of St. Ann Parish here and his children, also deep in mourning, certainly appreciate that they did not have to worry about the logistics of the funeral of his wife, Patricia, who died this past January. The big-hearted members of St. Ann's Lazarus Ministry gave the Slavins peace of mind, not only by taking care of all the endless details, but also by offering their compassion and love.

  • Parish priests in native Poland influence seminarian’s decision to pursue priesthood
    LATROBE, PA. — At first, this situation might seem confusing. Back in his native Poland, Lukasz Iwanczuk grew to love his girlfriend so much that they talked about getting engaged. Yet this faith-filled young man also felt drawn to attend vocation retreats to discern whether he felt God’s call to the priesthood. Even Iwanczuk’s girlfriend took notice and seemed confused.

  • Parish visits by Bishop Serratelli for Vigil Mass for Palm Sunday
    Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion, April 1, in the Bishop Rodimer Center adjacent to St. John's Cathedral in Paterson. He also made a pastoral visit to Sacred Heart Parish in Doverwhere he celebrated the 5 p.m. vigil Mass.

  • Parish Visits/Confirmations
    Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Sacred Heart parish in Clifton and also administered the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. James of the Marches in Totowa, St. Anthony in Passaic and St. Cecilia Church in Rockaway.

  • Parishes around diocese to honor dads on Father's Day
    Honoring dads on Father's Day this Sunday, June 19 will be done in a variety of ways at parishes across the diocese.  Following is a sampling of what a few parishes will do to honor fathers on their day.  At Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Parish here, parishioners revel in "re-gifting" new, unused items that they do not want or will never use to men in great need during the parish's "Re-Gifts for Men" collection drive for Father's Day. Faithful have donated new shirts, mugs and slippers - in gift bags ready for giving - for men, who are poor, homeless, addicted or otherwise down on their luck, who have sought help from local social service agencies, including those run by the Paterson Diocese, said Dorene Edie, who coordinates the "re-gifting" drive now in its third year.

  • Parishes asked to hold food collections to help re-stock pantry shelves
    FRANKLIN — One day the food pantry is fully stocked. The next day it is totally empty. That's the stark reality of the need for food among the poor here at the Partnership for Social Services, part of Catholic Family and Community Services, an agency of diocesan Catholic Charities. Even with the uncertainty of enough donations being made daily to meet the needs of the hungry, Sister of Sorrowful Mother Thomasina Gebhard, director, considers this a sign of Jesus'
    will is being followed.

  • Parishes in Stockholm and Oak Ridge link as do parishes in Lincoln Park, Pequannock
    CLIFTON — As the diocese continues its comprehensive plan to strengthen all of its parishes, it announced this week that St. John Vianney Parish in Stockholm will link with St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Oak Ridge and that St. Joseph Parish in Lincoln Park will link with Holy Spirit Parish in Pequannock.

  • Parishes introduced to 'Awakening Faith' outreach to inactive Catholics by diocese
    CLIFTON - s it embarks on a major campaign to encourage local Catholics to get more involved in evangelization, the Paterson Diocese will be addressing many of the pastoral challenges that face the Church, among them the fact that fewer Catholics are participating in parish life.

  • Parishes pitch in with prayers for youngster hurt in baseball game
    WAYNE - With the amount of support 12-year-old Steven Domalewski is getting, you would think he was a pro baseball player.  He receives tons of fan mail, anonymous gifts are left outside of his home here, and he's even gotten a phone call from New York Yankees' third baseman, Alex Rodriguez.

  • Parishes ready for new Roman Missal this Sunday
    CLIFTON - Parishes in the diocese have been busy getting parishioners prepared for the changes at Mass, which begin the First Sunday of Advent on Nov. 27.  That's when the new English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal will begin to be used. Years in development, this translation offers significant changes to the English text, which Bishop Serratelli hopes will help usher in a modern "liturgical renewal in the Church."

  • Parishes set to spread the 'Good News' through evangelization efforts
    PARSIPPANY - Catholics in the diocese eager to become more active in "spreading the Good News" need to be more involved in evangelization - a dynamic process that starts with participants deepening and renewing their own faith and leads to their "sharing faith with others and bringing faith to bear on the world."

  • Parishes starting youth ministry urged to 'keep it simple'
    MONTVILLE - Parishes strapped by limited resources need not worry - they can still develop their vibrant youth ministries from the ground up by sticking to a few simple rules, among them "Work within your existing events and programs" and "Keep it simple."  So declared Kurt Kilanowski, youth minister at St. Pius X Parish, who noted that parishes constrained by limited resources don't need to create brand new events and programs specific to youth - challenging tasks hampered further by these parish's small staffs and faithful volunteers, who are busy enough already.

  • Parishes take inspiration from U.S. bishops' Fortnight for Freedom'
    ROCKAWAY — Inspired by "Fortnight for Freedom" the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty (June 21-July 4), a few parishes in the diocese have taken the lead on this critical issue by launching initiatives in their communities to lend a stronger "Catholic voice" to local and national issues, encourage greater Catholic civic involvement and spark interreligious dialogue about religious freedom.

  • Parishes to celebrate World Marriage Day at weekend Masses
    What is the perfect Valentine? A dozen red roses, shiny jewelry or a simple note saying, "be mine." For many, these Valentines will be given to loved ones all day today, but what stands out more as the true perfect Valentine is the celebration of a loving marriage.  At weekend Masses, Feb. 16-17, the Paterson Diocese will celebrate World Marriage Day in parishes inviting couples to receive a special blessing at Masses and reflect on the sacrament of a husband and wife made under the eyes of God. A letter from the bishops of New Jersey on the sacrament of marriage will also be read.

  • Parishes unite to create ministry for unemployed
    These three parishes already have started offering hope to the unemployed, having held the first Career Networking Ministry meeting Feb. 18 in St. Catherine's parish center, which attracted about 40 people on a snowy and icy night. There they heard Betty Feehan, a OLMC parishioner and a career consultant, speak about effective networking.

  • Parishes, individuals, agencies in need sought for SHINE Catholic Workcamp
    HAWTHORNE - This summer, the youth group of St. Anthony Parish here will host a work location of SHINE Catholic Workcamp, which will allow 170 youth and young adults from around the U.S. to lend a hand to a wide range of poor and disadvantaged, from children to senior citizens, in the diocese and possibly from other areas of northern New Jersey.

  • Parishes, schools can teach adolescents faith by engaging them in 'hands-on' activities
    WAYNE - Middle-school students may be growing up quickly, but these youths, ages 11 to 14, aren't too old to play with dolls - a fun activity that actually can teach them about the Catholic faith.

  • Parishioners across the diocese gear up for annual March for Life
    CLIFTON - If Catholics and pro-life advocates needed anymore inspiration to attend the March for Life, the possible passage of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which abolishes restrictions on abortions, would be the ultimate reason why this year's March is so vitally important.  Throughout the Paterson Diocese, parishioners are signing up to participate in the 36th annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 22, which occurs just two days after President-elect Obama is sworn in as president of the United States.

  • Parishioners from around the diocese are ready for annual March for Life
    CLIFTON - As health care reform dominates discussions in the House and the Senate, Catholics and pro-life advocates are gearing up for the 37th annual March for Life in Washington D.C. Jan. 22 to remind government officials that all life is sacred and most especially in the womb.

  • Parishioners of Our Lady of Victories Celebrate Black History Month
    Among the activities celebrated by parishioners of Our Lady of Victories in Paterson for Black History Month was a "Winter Afternoon of Tea to Celebrate Our Heritage" Feb. 26 in the parish's St. Ann Hall.

  • Parishioners of St. John the Baptist Cathedral reenact Jesus’ Passion on Good Friday
    PATERSON — Reenacting Jesus’ final hours, parishioners of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist here continued their long-standing tradition of recalling Jesus’ Passion with a live presentation of the Way to Calvary through the Stations of the Cross.

  • Parishioners prepare for annual March for Life in nation's capital
    CLIFTON - Throughout the diocese, Catholics and pro-life advocates are getting ready for the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 24 to protest the 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion, and to be a voice for the voiceless in the womb.  The March for Life, a grassroots effort that began almost four decades ago, will bring together hundreds from around the diocese who will board buses in all three counties of the diocese and head down to the nation's capital.

  • Parishioners who donate Bibles give hope to those in need
    PATERSON - Erin Verde hasn't forgotten Oct. 25, 2006 - the day the now-33-year-old former drug dealer and cocaine and heroin addict arrived at Straight & Narrow substance-abuse program here, hungry to start a new, productive life, freed from the slavery of addiction.  Verde, who was raised a Catholic and attended Mass at Holy Cross Church, Trenton, was graduated from the diocesan Catholic Charities drug-and-alcohol-recovery program last month, also nourished by God's Word. Verde, who never had successfully completed rehab before until her stay at Straight & Narrow, found the strength to finish the program, powered by her renewed Catholic faith and the spiritual guidance of Scripture.

  • Parishioners, brother priests, friends celebrate life of beloved pastor
    CHATHAM - Father Edward Hinds touched many people during his 35 years in priestly life, the last six of which were spent as pastor of St. Patrick Parish here. His brutal murder in the rectory of St. Patrick Church Oct. 22 stunned people in the diocese and across the nation. As parishioners, friends and brother priests mourned his sudden loss, they also remembered him fondly.

  • Parsippany Catholic students tour cathedrals
    PARSIPPANY - Last week, seventh-graders from both St. Peter the Apostle and St. Christopher schools here got to tour both the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Paterson, and the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, and drank in their breathtaking and enormous spirituality, artistry and history - this just as the two Parsippany-Troy Hills Catholic schools are about to become part of a historic new school in the fall.

  • Parsippany parish educates faithful about the Church during Year of Faith
    PARSIPPANY — St. Christopher Parish here spent this Year of Faith, which the universal Church concluded this past Sunday, Nov. 24, the Feast of Christ the King, by using different ways to help parishioners deepen their faith by deepening their knowledge of Catholicism — from a Scripture study and presentations on Vatican II and Catholic social teaching to a “Question Box” in the church, where parishioners dropped in questions about Catholicism that they wanted answered.

  • Partners In Faith
    Capital campaign kicks off for final group of parishes to reach $40 million goal

  • Partners in Faith

  • Partners in Faith - All parishes in model phase of campaign surpass targets
    Last fall, the Paterson Diocese kicked off its capital and endowment campaign, "Partners in Faith," to meet the various needs of the diocese.

  • Partners in Faith benefits various ministries of the Paterson Diocese
    CLIFTON — Partners in Faith, the diocese’s capital and endowment campaign, aims to raise a minimum $40 million, to serve a diversity of diocesan ministries — Catholic Charities and social outreaches; parishes; St. John’s Cathedral; diocesan Catholic schools; health care for diocesan priests and the 2013 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Here is a detailed description...

  • Partners in Faith campaign raises more than $61M
    Answering the call to be faithful and generous, the people of the Paterson Diocese pledged more than $61 million to Partners in Faith, the diocese’s capital and endowment campaign. The minimum goal of the campaign was set at $40 million. The more than $61 million raised includes all the pledges made by the faithful in their parishes and those gifts personally solicited by Bishop Serratelli.

  • Partners in Faith gives faithful a chance to leave a lasting legacy
    Legacy gifts are an opportunity for those 75 years of age or older to give to the capital and endowment campaign, which has been designed to raise a minimum of $40 million over the next three to five years to support various ministries of the Paterson Diocese. According to the diocesan development office, remembering the campaign through a legacy gift is a way to make a lasting difference.

  • Partners in Faith supports the future of the Church through Catholic education
    CLIFTON — Nearly 12,000 students attend Catholic schools in the Diocese of Paterson, giving them a faith-centered environment and a high quality education. As the world becomes more secular, Catholic schools are essential to the future of the Church and the world according to Holy Cross Brother William Dygert, superintendent of diocesan schools.

  • Partners in Faith will help reopen doors to the Mother Church of the Diocese
    PATERSON — "Imagine the Paterson skyline without the impressive tower of the Cathedral of St. John. If the cathedral weren't there, Paterson wouldn't be the same," said Rebeca Ruiz-Ulloa, diocesan architect.

  • Partners In Faith: St. Virgil School Plants Seeds Of Vocations
    MORRIS PLAINS The priests and religious who have been visiting St. Virgil School here have been speaking volumes to students about the God s gift of a religious vocation by not only mentioning it to them, but also by being present to classes of eager students and talking about topics relevant to them.  Through St. Virgil s new Partners in Faith program, pastors of local parishes that send children to the Morris County school and religious from nearby communities speak to students about their callings in religious life. But they usually focus on subjects of interest to the younger set, including topics important to discerning a vocation, such as faith, a relationship with God and the Eucharist.

  • Passaic County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Prevention celebrates 25 years of service
    CLIFTON - To know where you're going, you have to know where you have been and as the Passaic County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Prevention Inc. here marks its 25th anniversary May 25, Father Alan Savitt, executive director of the council, reflected on the council's humble beginnings.

  • Passaic Neighborhood Center opens its doors to women for the first time
    PASSAIC — After almost two years of planning and prayers, the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women here opened its doors Sept. 24 for women, mostly mothers, in this busy urban area. In a place for women to meet, share and grow, a group of mothers socialized with each other and enjoyed refreshments as they watched their children in the play area.

  • Passaic parish hosts Easter dinner for city homeless
    PASSAIC - Parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel here believe that the homeless who live on the streets near their church are their neighbors. Because of that belief, volunteers from the parish came together to host an Easter dinner for the homeless and less fortunate in the church basement April 4

  • Passaic parish observes Polish tradition of meditations on Christ’s passion
    PASSAIC — In observance of the holy season of Lent, Holy Rosary Parish here has been marking the solemn period with a Polish tradition called, “Gorzkie Zale” or Lenten Lamentations.

  • Passaic parish to honor late pastor, priests with street name and garden
    PASSAIC — Short in stature but big in heart, the late Capuchin Franciscan Father Ignatius Zampino led many to the Catholic Church during his priestly service in the Paterson Diocese. And to honor the Passaic native, Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) Parish will have a street that leads to OLMC Church here named in his honor.

  • Passaic parish youth visit local churches and keep vigil with Jesus
    With a love for Christ, the youth of St. Anthony here kept watch with Jesus bringing their many intentions to him at seven local parishes to remember his agony in the garden and ultimately, his sacrifice for them. At each of the Altars of Repose, they prayed in complete silence as they knelt before the Blessed Sacrament. Then the young people sang a soulful song at each of the parishes and said special prayers for the parishioners of the parish they were visiting.

  • Passaic parishes to combine programs, services
    PASSAIC - St. Nicholas and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parishes in the city of Passaic will continue to be open for worship, but programs and services offered by the parishes - including their business offices - will be combined and administered from one location - at nearby St. Mary Parish on Market Street in the city.

  • Passaic parishioner awarded Fulbright Scholarship, to study in Germany
    Heading to a city with high-rise skyscrapers, a stock exchange and renowned cultural and educational institutions, 22-year-old Kathleen Bakarich will soon set off for Frankfurt, Germany as a Fulbright scholar where she will conduct research, and study international accounting and European Union business. She travels this month to the European country and will attend a six-week language course at the University of Marburg in Marburg, Germany. Afterward, she begins her studies at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University of Frankfurt in September.

  • Passaic parishioner to make her first vows as a religious sister next month
    When Franciscan Sister Teresa  Reyes was growing up in Passaic, she said she never considered becoming a religious sister. She hadn’t known any religious sisters and brothers while attending public school. While she grew up in a Catholic family, Sister Teresa first joined a church community in 2000 when she was a freshman at Passaic High School after attending an Antioch retreat led by St. Anthony’s Youth Ministry here

  • Passaic pastor recalls service as St. 'Padre' Pio's personal secretary
    PASSAIC — As a young Capuchin Franciscan, Father John Aurilia saw firsthand the miracle that has attracted flocks of devoted followers, worldwide media attendon and even some skepticism for decades: the stigmata suffered by St. "Padre" Pio of Pietrelcina.

  • Passaic priest to be recognized with award from Hungarian Republic
    PASSAIC - Romanian-born Father Laszlo Vas, administrator of St. Stephen Parish here, doesn't need a prestigious award from the Republic of Hungary to feel Hungarian.  Nevertheless, Father Vas is slated to receive a prestigious award Monday, Sept. 29 - the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic Knight Cross - at the Hungarian Consulate in Chicago.

  • Passaic school to celebrate its golden anniversary as inner city's 'beacon of light'
    PASSAIC - When Renna Edwards (class of '82) looks back at her days in St. Anthony School here, she remembers singing the pop song "Reunited" with her fellow schoolmates. Soon, Edwards will be singing that song again when she is reunited with classmates and celebrates with alumni from the school's 50-year history during a golden anniversary celebration Saturday, Nov. 27. The golden anniversary will begin with a Mass at 5 p.m. in St. Anthony Church here. Following Mass, the reunion celebration will commence and will include school tours and a beefsteak dinner.

  • Passaic, Vernon parish choirs lift their voices to sing of faith in two self-produced CDs
    Catholics around diocese can continue ringing in the New Year 2013 and the Year of Faith — which the universal Church has been celebrating at the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI — by filling their ears — and their hearts — with sounds of home-grown, faith-based music, created here in the diocese.

  • Passing the Torch
    Morris Catholic alumni, parents honored; Bayley-Ellard class of '55 makes donation
    CONVENT STATION - Alumni of the former Bayley-Ellard High School symbolically "passed the torch" to Morris Catholic High School during Morris Catholic's 6th annual gala dinner for alumni and alumni parents Nov. 9 here.  At the gala, alumni of Bayley's class of 1955 presented a $500 check for the general fund of Morris Catholic. Bayley alumni raised the money at their 50th reunion in September.

  • Pastoral Letter - Lent

  • Pastoral Letters

  • Pastoral Visit
    Bishop makes pastoral visit to Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham Township for Mass for Second Sunday of Advent.

  • Pastoral visit to Straight & Narrow
    Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit on Christmas Eve to Straight & Narrow in Paterson, an agency of Catholic Charities in the diocese. Clockwise from top: Bishop Serratelli is welcomed; clients listen as Straight & Narrow's gospel choir sings; the bishop delivers his Christmas message to the clients; a sketch of Msgr. William Wall, who began outreach to alcoholics in the '60s; the bishop speaks with a member of the gospel choir as Msgr. Louis Bihr, director of pastoral care, looks on; the bishop greets a young child of one of the clients.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Photos and commentaries of Bishop Serratelli as he made pastoral visits and celebrated Mass at St. Joseph's Parish and St. Agnes Parish, both in Paterson.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Bishop made pastoral visits to St. Anthony Parish in Paterson and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Flanders.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Bishop Serratelli made pastoral visits to St. Joseph’s in Newton and St. Theresa in Succasunna.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Bishop Serratelli made pastoral visits to Holy Rosary Parish in Passaic and to Good Shepherd Parish in Andover.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Bishop Serratelli made pastoral visits to St. Vincent Martyr in Madison, Our Lady of Consolation in Wayne, St. Philip in Clifton and St. Joseph Medical Center.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Bishop Serratelli made apastoral visit to Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Sparta and celebrated Mass for the students at Morris Catholic.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Bishop Serratelli made pastoral visits to St. Catherine in Ringwood; St. Rose of Lima in East Hanover and St. Simon in Green Pond.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Bishop Serratelli made several pastoral visits to parishes around the Diocese during the week.  View the photo display and read a brief write-up of each.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Bishop Serratelli continued his pastoral visits, celebrating Mass July 30 at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church, Clifton and July 31 at St. Michael Church, Paterson.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Bishop Serratelli made pastoral visits to Blessed Sacrament Parish in Paterson and St. Thomas of Aquin Parish in Ogdensburg, and celebrated the Eucharist for the parish community at St. John Cathedral, welcoming a new Parochial Vicar.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Pictorial of Bishop Serratelli's visits to Holy Trinity Parish, Passaic on May 24 and the celebration of Memorial Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery on May 25.  Photos by Joe Gigli.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Bishop Serratelli made pastoral visits and celebrated the Eucharist at St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish in Chester, St. Nicholas Parish in Passaic and Mary Help of Christians Parish in Paterson.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Bishop Serratelli made pastoral visits to Our Lady Queen of Peace in Branchville and St. John Vianney Church in Stockholm.  Beacon photos by Joe Gigli.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. James Church in Totowa Jan. 11 where he celebrated the vigil Mass to mark the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  He also made a pastoral visit to Christ the King Parish in New Vernon Jan. 12 where he was the principal celebrant of the 11 a.m. Mass for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Bishop Serratelli made pastoral visits to Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church in Boonton, St. Joseph Church in Newton and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Passaic.  Beacon Photos by Joe Gigli.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Bishop celebrated Mass at St. Patrick Church in Chatham to close Catholic Schools Week; he also visited St. Joseph's Church and St. Therese Church in Paterson, where he also celebrated the Eucharist.

  • Pastoral Visits
    Photos and commentaries of Bishop Serratelli as he made pastoral visits to Our Lady of Mercy, Whippany, St. Paul in Clifton and St. Mary's in Denville.

  • Paterson Adult Day Center recipient of piano donation
    Father Edward Lambro, Patricia Dean present recital for clients
    PATERSON - The hills are alive with the sound of music and so too once again music has come alive from a used but beloved piano donated to the Paterson Adult Day Center, part of diocesan Catholic Charities Catholic Family Community Services (CFCS) Aging Services here March 10.

  • Paterson and the Passaic River - Something Lost, Someone Found.
    We may still question and ask where God is in all of these disasters.  But we should not expect to find a complete answer this side of heaven.  In the words of St. Paul, “Who has known the mind of the Lord?” (Rm 11:34).  We may not be able to figure out why God allows certain things to happen.  But this does not mean that we cannot find God even in disasters.

  • Paterson Catholic High School, Paterson

  • Paterson Catholic's gridders tackle cure for cancer
    PATERSON - Football players from Paterson Catholic's varsity and junior varsity team members sported pink ribbons on their helmets throughout October to highlight Breast Cancer awareness. Athletes at the school nurtured this outreach to the community

  • Paterson church reopens doors on patron’s feast day
    PATERSON — On the feast day of their parish patron, St. Michael the Archangel, joyful parishioners filled St. Michael Church here to capacity for a Mass celebrated by Bishop Serratelli to reopen the historic church. Several diocesan priests and the Vocationist priests, who are the administrators of the parish, were concelebrants of the Mass.

  • Paterson Columbiettes bring holiday joy to St. Mary student
    For Tatiana Hernandez, a pre-kindergarten student at St. Mary School here, Christmas came early. Last week, members of the Columbiettes Auxiliary, No. 240, Paterson, played Santa Claus for the adorable and spunky four-year-old.  They presented Tatiana with boxes and boxes of Christmas gifts. Inside the boxes are clothes, coloring books and toys for Tatiana to enjoy come Christmas day.

  • Paterson Columbiettes bring meaning of Christmas to family in need
    WOODLAND PARK - Remembering the true meaning of Christmas and hoping to spread Christmas cheer, the Paterson Columbiettes Auxiliary 240 here played Santa Claus for the Kelly family of Paterson. They presented the family's two children - Ramir, 12, and Raquan, 9 - with gifts and hosted a pizza party for them in the council's hall here Dec. 18.

  • Paterson Columbiettes spread Christmas cheer to city family
    WOODLAND PARK - Christmas came a few days early for the Najera family, parishioners of St. Agnes in Paterson when the Paterson Columbiettes Auxiliary 240 played Santa Claus for the two daughters, Jaylene, 5, and Athziry, 7 by presenting them with Christmas gifts. The Columbiettes also hosted a pizza party in the council's hall here Dec. 10.

  • Paterson Columbiettes spread some Christmas cheer to two sisters
    WOODLAND PARK — In a time when remembering children is more important than ever, the Paterson Columbiettes Auxiliary 240 here shared some Christmas joy with two sisters who are parishioners of St. Agnes in Paterson. They presented Amaya, 9, and Manah, 12, with Christmas gifts and their parents German and Jessica Silva, with a week's worth of groceries in a presentation that took place in the council's hall here.

  • Paterson Columbiettes' gifts bring Christmas cheer to St. Gerard student
    PATERSON - Christmas is always full of surprises and for Andrew Bernhard, a kindergartner at St. Gerard School here, he got a visit from members of the Columbiettes Auxiliary, No. 240, Paterson, who played Santa Claus for the blue-eyed boy to his wide-eyed amazement.

  • Paterson Diocese Builds for the Future
    The beginning of every New Year is always a time not only to look back but also forward with hope. As we look to the future of this great Diocese of Paterson, I am thankful for the many dedicated priests, deacons, religious and lay people who give so generously of themselves in order to make present the Gospel message throughout Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties.

  • Paterson Federation knights host annual Bishop’s Night
    LITTLE FALLS — The Paterson Federation Knights of Columbus, consisting of all 53 councils in the diocese, held its annual Bishop’s Night last month at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish here. Each of the councils presented the bishop with a check to thank him for his support of the knights and for the needs of the diocese.

  • Paterson historian leaves sizable financial gift to diocese
    PROSPECT PARK - When Vincent Waraske moved to quiet suburb of Prospect Park, the late educator and historian left his heart back in the beloved hometown of his youth, Paterson. For most of his life, Waraske reveled in learning about - and then teaching others - the greatest moments in the Silk City's glorious past, a passion that led him to being appointed Paterson's official historian.

  • Paterson parish hosts three-day Eucharistic Congress for parishioners
    PATERSON - St. Stephen Parish here hosted the three-day parish Eucharistic Congress that concluded with a closing Mass at which Bishop Serratelli presided on Feb. 1. The inspiration to host a parish Eucharistic Congress came from last June's International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City, Canada, as a way for parishioners and the community to deepen the connection between the Eucharist and mankind, according to Father Dariusz Kaminski, pastor.

  • Paterson parish opens shrine to Pope John Paul II
    PATERSON - About two weeks before the Paterson Diocese joins together for a local celebration of the beatification of Pope John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, the faithful of St. Anthony of Padua Parish here commenced festivities early by unveiling an artful and colorful shrine to the late pontiff - and future saint - which displays moments of his life and ministry etched in wood.

  • Paterson parish sees dramatic changes in 130-year history
    True to its origins, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish continues to serve multicultural faith community.

  • Paterson parish welcomes image of Pompeii Marian Mission
    PATERSON - Years ago, many people from Our Lady of Pompeii Parish here traveled from the shores of Italy for dreams and new opportunities. Decades later, many of those families stayed faithful to their parish community and celebrated the visitation of an image of the Blessed Mother known as Our Lady of Pompeii that like them traveled from Italy to Paterson. To mark the occasion for the visitation of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Pompeii, the parish came together June 5 with Bishop Serratelli to welcome the image to the parish.

  • Paterson parishioner puts more heart into serving others after lifesaving transplant
    PATERSON — John Trommelen makes certain to devote every Thursday to helping ease the fears of organ-transplant patients at Newark Beth Israel Hospital with simple gestures: a reassuring word or a hug. But this 77-year-old parishioner of St. Bonaventure here also calms the anxiety of these patients and their concerned families with help from his two "new" hearts — one physical, the other spiritual.

  • Paterson pastor bolsters faith of troops on front lines of Afghanistan, Iraq
    PATERSON - For Father Joseph Orlandi, a U.S. Army chaplain recently stationed in both Afghanistan and Iraq, the potent declaration "War is hell" is no hollow cliche.  Over the past year, this tough-as-nails Army colonel, who also is pastor of St. Michael Parish here, lived in real time the horrors and stresses of war that TV cameras can't begin to capture adequately. While tending to the spiritual needs of U.S. troops in the deserts of the Middle East, Father Orlandi witnessed unspeakable images - like the carnage strewn across a Baghdad street after a car-bomb blast.

  • Paterson resident thanks readers for help from Christmas Sharing Fund
    PATERSON - Call it the Paterson Diocese's very own Miracle on 34th Street or Gift of the Magi because for one recipient of The Beacon's Christmas Sharing Fund, it felt like a Christmas miracle when he received a brand-new lift chair - a special chair made for people with disabilities or the elderly with the look of a recliner that assists people to a standing position to a sitting position.

  • Paterson school hosts mission fair to help the needy worldwide
    PATERSON — At St. Gerard School here, praying for mission countries around the world happens daily. The school, which has been awarded first place for six years by the Pontifical Mission Societies' Holy Childhood Association for their efforts in the diocese to donate to the missions, keeps in mind the spiritual and social needs of their young brothers and sisters overseas daily.

  • Paterson teens accept message of abstinence as part of Confirmation program
    PATERSON - The first line in one of St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians says it all: "Love is patient" and for a group of teenagers at St. John's Cathedral here that message to them came loud and clear after participating in the parish's True Love Waits 2 program, an international campaign that challenges young people to stay abstinent until marriage.

  • Paterson, Chatham parishes sing praises of decade-old faith-based partnership
    CHATHAM - Last Sunday, St. Patrick Parish here and Our Lady of Victories (OLV) Parish, Paterson, together lifted their voices to sing their gratitude to God as they celebrated the 10th anniversary of their fruitful "twinning" partnership that has encouraged the two faith communities to share with each other their spirituality, talents and resources and cultural heritages.

  • Paterson, Chatham parishes' lively celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe fulfills slain pastor's lasting legacy
    CHATHAM - As part of their longtime connection, St. Patrick Parish here and Our Lady of Victories Parish (OLV), Paterson, deepened their already strong 12-year-old partnership further through a new joint liturgical celebration on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12.

  • Paterson, Clifton schools to introduce multi-age learning in the fall
    PATERSON — Two elementary schools in the diocese are moving forward to begin an innovative kind of learning by ntroducing multi-age education. Starting in the fall, both Blessed Sacrament School here and St. Clare School in Clifton will implement this style of learning for its students.

  • Paterson’s St. Michael Church honored with preservation award from the city
    PATERSON With its double symmetrical towers reaching skyward, St. Michael Church is one of the great historic sites in the city of Paterson. Construction on the church began in 1929 under the leadership of Msgr. Carlo Cianci and nearly 100 years later, the church dominates the street on which it was built, now bearing the name of the pastor who built it.

  • Path to priesthood means walking away from beloved career
    LINCOLN PARK - Just as every journey begins with a single step, the path to priesthood in mid-life for diocesan seminarian David Pickens was kick-started by a single direct challenge issued by the late Sister Eileen Halloran of St. Joseph Parish here - "You can say 'no' to me, but can you say 'no' to God?"

  • Paulist priest probes St. Paul's life, ministry through Scripture, song, prayer
    POMPTON LAKES - Some 2,000 years ago, St. Paul set his writings to early Christian communities ablaze with the passion he felt after having discovered the Lord's unconditional love and forgiveness through Christ. Today, the evangelist might have expressed that newfound devotion to God by belting a verse of "Till There Was You" from "The Music Man."

  • Peace In The Streets
    Franciscan Friars of the Renewal spread Gospel message
    PATERSON - For one neighborhood surrounding Our Lady of Lourdes Parish here, a fire of peace has been set ablaze through the evangelization efforts of the Franciscan Friars of Renewal and a group of young people who hit the streets of Paterson spreading the Gospel message last week.

  • Peace in the Streets

  • Peace-building theme brings Rwandan orphan to Denville
    DENVILLE - The world may be a big place but for the students at Morris Catholic High School here, creating solidarity among nations is the key to building peace globally.

  • Peaceful, prayerful demonstration in front of theater protests 'Da Vinci Code' movie's 'lies'
    WAYNE - A vocal group of a dozen local Catholics wasted no time in protesting what they called "The DaVinci Code" movie's "lies" about the Church as they quickly organized and mounted a peaceful - and prayerful - demonstration in front of Loew's theatre here on the night of the long-awaited motion picture's nationwide opening.

  • Pentecost Sunday, May Crowning Celebrated as Bishop Visits Clifton Parish

  • Permanent Diaconate

  • Perpetual Profession
    Philippine native professes vows before bishop as Sister of Christian Charity  
    MENDHAM - Sister Annelyth Pandi made her perpetual profession of vows in the Congregation of the Sisters of Christian Charity at Mallinckrodt Convent here Aug. 15 at a Mass at which Bishop Serratelli was the principal celebrant. Twelve priests were concelebrants and two deacons assisted at the Mass.

  • Personal experience helps bereavement caregivers help others
    MORRISTOWN - Those who minister to the bereaved should use the weakness of their own experiences of grief - the tears, the pain and the overwhelming sense of loss - to strengthen their own gentle guiding hands as they help others journey through their dark hours of the mourning process.

  • Persons with disabilities receive vocational training with help from the Bishop's Annual Appeal

  • Peter Still Speaks: The ad limina Visit to Rome
    Early in the 4th century, the historian Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea, wrote that St. Peter "was known throughout the world ... and is honored with a splendid tomb overlooking the city [of Rome]. To this tomb, countless crowds come from all parts of the Roman Empire..." Pilgrims still go to the tomb of Peter in Rome. They stand in awe at St. Peter's Basilica designed by Bramante and crowned with Michelangelo's magnificent dome. They come for the same reason as their predecessors. They want to be near to St. Peter whose tomb lies far beneath the main altar.

  • Phil Keaggy
    Phil Keaggy: "In the Quiet Hours" and "Cinemascapes" (Word Artisan)

    Rockaway parishioners to be invited to renovate their faith lives through devotions to Sacred Heart of Jesus. Sacred Heart Church here has been undergoing significant physical renovations to its interior for its 90th birthday — some new paint, new plaster and a slightly reconfigured sanctuary and soon a new “quiet room” for families and a newly reclaimed confessional.

  • Pictorial Articles
    Articles include: Bishop Serratelli meets with diocesan seminarians in Mount Arlington and the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel celebrated in Morristown.

  • Pilgrimage to Fatima helps spark Filipino-born seminarian's vocation to priesthood in diocese
    SOUTH ORANGE - With hands folded in prayer, an eager Lemmuel Camacho looked for a sign - any small signal - from the Blessed Mother about his possible call to a priestly vocation. Down on bended knee in the Chapel of the Apparition at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Portugal, this friendly Filipino asked Mary in an informal way, "What do you want me to do, Mom?"

  • Pilgrimage to Portugal with Bishop Serratelli July 18 - 25, 2013
      Fatima, Braga (Shrine of Bom Jesus), Santarem(Eucharistic Miracle), Lisbon(home of St. Anthony of Padua), and typical, picturesque towns and villages.
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    Please contact Great Experiences, Inc. - phone: 201-825-3725.

    Young men discerning priesthood told to ‘keep listening for God’s call’
    SPARTA — Today’s Catholics seem a lot like Samuel of the Old Testament, when it comes to discerning God’s vocation for us. Twice, God called the 12-year-old boy but without any response. Finally, Samuel answered God on His third attempt, imploring, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” He would go on to become a prophet of ancient Israel.

  • Planting the seeds for the beginning of a new school year
    "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It became a large bush and the birds of the sky came and dwell in its branches." (Mt. 13:23)  Soon our seeds for the beginning of a new school year will be planted to take root and grow. The joy, talent and energy of our students will be exhilarating and surely rekindle the fire within, strengthening our passion, power and purpose.

  • Pledge Commitment Weekend for Bishop's Appeal is here
    PATERSON - Almost every Sunday, the Straight and Narrow gospel choir can be found praising God through song in churches across the diocese as it presents its inspirational and uplifting music to the congregation. The hymns from their hearts stand as a testament to the second chance they have received at Straight and Narrow here, a diocesan Catholic Charities agency dedicated to serving those with addiction and HIV/AIDS and the greater community.

  • Pledge Commitment Weekend is here

    FRANKLIN -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the call to help others in need was immediate as millions experienced the loss power and many in the diocese had damage to their homes and their parishes.  As Pledge Commitment Weekend arrives for the Bishop's Annual Appeal, which will be held during Masses Nov. 17-18, the faithful has an opportunity to give back to so many in need especially during these extremely difficult times

  • Pledge Commitment Weekend is here for Bishop's Annual Appeal
    Understanding the call to help the less fortunate across the diocese, the faithful will receive the opportunity to make a difference by making a pledge to the Bishop's Annual Appeal during Pledge Commitment Weekend, which will be held during weekend Masses Nov. 21-22 in every parish.

  • Pledges to Bishop's Annual Appeal help those in recovery from addictions at Straight and Narrow
    PATERSON — When 37-year-old Felix, a client of Straight and Narrow here, was in col¬lege he felt he had it all. He was a baseball star. He came from a good family. He had a bright future. But then, addiction took over his life and it changed — for the worse.

  • Poignant skit spotlights consequences of cyberbullying
    Morris Plains - The curtain opens in the darkened autditorium of Morris Catholic Junior School here, revealing a lighted. stage.  Dressed in street clothing, some eighth-graders face the audience, sitting in rows of desks that resemble a classroom.  Soon the action in the the skit reveals some trouble in this normally peaceful classroom setting...

  • Polar opposites
    May 1 will go down in history as a day of divergent events. It began in joy at St. Peter's Square in Rome where Pope Benedict XVI beatified his predecessor, Pope John Paul II. With worldwide media coverage and more than 1.5 million pilgrims as witnesses to this historic occasion, Blessed John Paul II moved ever closer to sainthood on Divine Mercy Sunday. That evening the world was informed of the shocking news that a decade of searching for Osama Bin Laden had ended in Pakistan where U.S. Navy Seals raided the compound in which he had been hiding and killed him in a firefight.

  • Poles flock to Masses in native language at West Milford parish's new Polish mission
    WEST MILFORD - Elzbieta Lubiejewski never realized that so many of her fellow immigrants from Poland also have made their homes in bucolic upper Passaic County - that was until the faith-filled resident of the Hewitt section of this township started attending new Polish-language Masses, now offered Sundays at her home parish of Queen of Peace (OLQP) here.

  • Police officer turns in badge to follow vocation to priesthood
    PARSIPPANY - James Neeck, a 47-year-old diocesan seminarian, recently quipped about finally pursuing his own late-in-life vocation after more than 20 years as a police officer - "God's call had always been there, but I never picked up the phone."

  • Polish parishes cultivate 'sense of devotion' needed today, bishop says
    PASSAIC - Parishes that serve Polish populations in the diocese and across the U.S. today are continuing their long tradition of "keeping the faith alive, because the parish is the center [of the Polish people's lives]," Bishop Serratelli told a gathering of Polish clergymen at a prayer service at St. Joseph's Church here.

  • Pompton Lakes couple opens The Parish Store to serve St. Mary's, beyond
    POMPTON LAKES - At first, it might sound like a peculiar comment. One day recently, a customer strolled in to shop at The Parish Store, a new Catholic religious articles shop that opened on Wanaque Avenue here. Impressed with The Parish Store's ample selection and friendly service, the delighted woman told Blake Pra Sisto, the shop owner, "Welcome back."

  • Pompton Lakes principal wins national award
    POMPTON LAKES - In the diocese, perhaps only St. Mary School here can boast two graduates who won Emmy awards for outstanding achievement in their field of TV - Christopher Cassell for producing the History Channel's documentary "Rome: Engineering and Empire" and Tracey Wigfield as part of the writing team for the winning NBC comedy "30 Rock."

  • Pompton Plains parishioner advocates for orphans from foreign lands
    POMPTON PLAINS - AS the winter days go by, dreaming about planning a summer vacation may pass through the minds of many.  But, Lisa Chalkan, a parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel here, wants Catholics in the Paterson Diocese to think about considering another kind of summer. A summer that involves giving back through Kidsave International, a non-profit organization that brings older orphans from Colombia and other foreign countries for the summer to stay with American host families. While here, host families advocate for the children by helping them find families to adopt them.

  • Pompton Plains parishioner embarks on pilgrimage to Rome to watch pope elevate cousin to College of Cardinals
    POMPTON PLAINS - To know Cardinal Edwin O'Brien by the company he keeps, look at the varied contingent of friends, family and associates who went to Rome for his elevation to Cardinal Feb. 18 in a Consistory presided at by Pope Benedict XVI.

  • Pope Benedict XVI
    While the media speculation on the potential successors to pope has gone viral and will continue to do so until the day white smoke appears from the Sistine Chapel where the conclave of cardinals will be sequestered with the task to elect a new pope, let us pray for the cardinal-electors that the power of the Holy Spirit will be with them in their deliberations as they select our next pope.

  • Pope Benedict XVI - A Testament of Love
    No Pope will ever win the universal applause of the world. The Pope proclaims divine revelation. The world wants only human opinion. The Pope is bound by the Word of God. Along with the college of bishops, indeed with the whole Church, he listens attentively to the Word, and, then, by the charism of his office, he offers the saving truth of our redemption.

  • Pope delivers personal, emotional farewell address
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On his last full day as pope, Pope Benedict XVI delivered an unusually personal and emotional farewell address, thanking the faithful around the world for their support and assuring them that he would remain in their service even in retirement.

  • Pope Francis - A Man of Surprises, A Man of Simplicity
    Habemus Papam! With these traditional words, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the Protodeacon of the Sacred College of Cardinals, announced to the world, “We have a Pope!” And, do we have a Pope! He wasted no time in taking the world by surprise.

  • Pope Francis - The Reformer
    We need to step back from breathless reporting of the media hyped to hear the pope enunciate a vision for “a new church.” On our own, we need to listen to what the Successor of Peter is telling us. He is calling us to the central message of the Gospel. God loves us in Christ. He heals the wounds of sin and division. He calls us to the fullness of life within his Church. By speaking in the common sense pastoral language that bishops and priests use every day, the pope, as Supreme Pastor of the universal Church, is disarming those who stand against the Church.

  • Pope Francis At The Wall Of Separation: A New Icon
    POPE Francis’ recent trip to the Holy Land, with visits to sites both in Palestine and Israel, precipitated extraordinary security preparations. By all standards, the security was even greater than the precautions surrounding the visit of President Obama. Certainly, this was not unexpected in a territory marked by violence and terrorism. But, this did not deter the Pope from traveling in an open popemobile. A great symbolic gesture of trust and respect for the inherent goodness of all people! Nor did the security measures inhibit the pope from departing from his planned itinerary.

  • Pope Francis marks first anniversary today
    CLIFTON — Today is a year to the day that Cardinal Jose Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, stepped out on the balcony of St. Peter’s for the first time to greet the cheering throng in St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis, the newly-elected successor of Pope Benedict XVI.

  • Pope Francis’ Return to Tradition
    THIS Holy Thursday, Pope Francis once again departed from what Catholics have become accustomed to in the rite of the washing of the feet. As he did last year, the pope washed the feet of men and women, Catholics and non-Catholics. During his celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Santa Maria della Provvidenza Center in Rome (a home for the elderly and the disabled, also known as the Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi), the pope knelt before 12 persons with disabilities and washed their feet. Among them were an Ethiopian woman, a 16-year-old boy from Cape Verde paralyzed in a diving accident last year and a Muslim from Libya.

  • Pope grants special indulgence to mark sesquicentennial of Lourdes apparitions
    Catholics around the world will mark the 150th anniversary of Mary's appearance to St. Bernadette - the poor French girl near Lourdes - on Feb.11.    To celebrate the occasion, Pope Benedict XVI is granting a special indulgence for those who honor the Blessed Virgin Mary during the days of Feb. 2 - 11 for taking part in any public or private devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes, according to U.S. Cardinal Francis Stafford, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court dealing with indulgences and matters of conscience.

  • Pope John Paul II Center begins opening its doors to new diocesan offices
    CLIFTON - When one door closes, another opens. That's certainly the case for the diocesan building at 775 Valley Road which once was home for the former Paul VI High School and the former Pope John Paul II School at 775 Valley Road here, now known as Pope John Paul II Center.

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  • Pope John XXIII grad 'at peace' with decision to pursue priesthood
    Active Succasunna parishioner leaps into seminary studies
    SUCCASUNNA - It was a perfect sunny spring afternoon as birds chirped and trees fluttered in the breeze on Phyllis Drive here. Christopher Barkhausen, then an eighth-grader, sat in his driveway, waiting for his mother, Marta, to return home. As he waited,  he drank in the beauty of what seemed a rather uneventful perfect day - or so he thought.

  • Pope John Xxiii Regional High School Expands Facilities
    SPARTA - Today students of the ever-expanding Pope John XXIII Regional High School here can breathe easier, as they walk through hallways that are less crowded and participate in many classes that are smaller in size - thanks to a new $4.6 million, two-story 22,000-square-foot addition Bishop Serratelli dedicated last week that also connects two parts of the Sussex County school's history.

  • Pope John XXIII Regional High School, Sparta

  • Pope John XXIII Regional High School, Sparta

  • Pope John XXIII’s Msgr. McHugh receives NCEA award for distinguished service
    HOUSTON — The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) honored Msgr. Kieran McHugh, president of Pope John XXIII Regional High School, Sparta, and director of the Catholic Academy of Sussex County, for being a visionary educator, who challenges students to live lives of excellence and Christian virtue and who has also has helped the continued growth of Catholic education in the diocese, and in particular, in Sussex County.

  • Pope Pleads for Peace
    ON Sept. 1, Pope Francis used his Angelus message to make an urgent plea for peace. He categorically condemned the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria. The heartrending images of innocent men, women and children dead in the streets frighten us with the evil that can be done when brother hates brother and sister turns against sister.

  • Pope says moral values must be part of economic recovery, development
    Ethical values are needed to overcome the current global economic crisis as well as to eradicate hunger and promote the real development of all the world's peoples, Pope Benedict XVI said in his new encyclical.  The document, "Caritas in Veritate" ("Charity in Truth") was dated June 29 and released at the Vatican July 7.

  • Pope’s Big Bang Words
    There is no doubt the secular media is captivated with Pope Francis. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in looking for their almighty sound-byte for the day, they often take a snippet of what he says and fall over each other to be the first to talk about how the pope is changing Church teaching or tradition on this or that. The problem with this type of shallow reporting is that it is not truthful. Since being elected, Pope Francis has not changed any Church teaching or tradition, nor will he.

  • Popular Jesuit speaker, author tells parishioners at Notre Dame Parish to explore both Christ’s humanity and divinity
    Jesuit Father James Martin, spoke about “An Encounter with the Messiah: Savior, Brother and Friend” at Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Parish, Cedar Knolls.



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  • Potter's work symbolizes Spirit's power to transform
    WAYNE - The Holy Spirit seemed to work through the capable hands of Ray Boswell, as this talented potter started to fashion a lump of spinning grey clay into what his gifted fingers would transform into a large bowl.

  • Poverty amid wealth
    Our state is one of the wealthiest in nation, but in a complete dichotomy, New Jersey has reached a 52-year high in its poverty rate according to the annual survey conducted by Legal Service of New Jersey. How can such a wealthy state have 24.7 percent of its population - more than 2.1 million people - living in poverty? Right here in our own neighborhood - in Passaic County Ñ the rate was the highest in the state at 37.1 percent and poverty topped 50 percent in Passaic and Paterson.

  • Poverty in Our Backyards
    AS Catholic Charities USA marks its centennial, the Census Bureau this week released poverty statistics showing that an incredible 43.6 million people in America live below the poverty line - the largest number since the bureau began publishing data. More children fell into poverty as well, 20.7 percent - the highest since 1995.

  • Power Of Forgiveness
    When Louis Zamperini died July 2 at 97, his life story was brought to the public’s attention, and it had a lesson for all of us in just how powerful forgiveness can be.  It was so powerful that when it was told in the book, “Unbroken,” it became a No. 1 best seller. And later this year, his life story will come to movie theaters.

  • Powerful witness to stewardship
    Police scanner chirps on a windowsill of Deacon Joseph Sisco's Little Falls kitchen here. A dispatcher's urgent voice calls for "mutual aid" backup from local municipalities to help fight a house fire in Cedar Grove

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  • Prayer - the Lifeline of Evangelization

    Earnest prayer of intercession for the work of the Church is a true ministry. In preaching, in teaching, in celebrating the sacraments, in doing works of charity, we are hemmed in by space and time. We are limited by the strength of our body and even our own personalities.Prayer knows no such limitations. 

  • Prayer for Christian Unity

  • Prayers & Prayer Requests
    During this time of turmoil, we invite you to pray for those personally and directly involved in this conflict... those in the armed forces, their family and friends; those who protect us at home in our police and fire departments; and all civilians who find themselves helplessly in harm's way.

  • Prayers are answered with release of missionary priest
    PIME Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated July 30 in Wayne church
    WAYNE - The priests of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) here joined the chorus of countless other concerned people around the world who are rejoicing that their prayers were answered last week - "one of their own" - PIME Father Giancarlo Bossi - was freed by kidnappers in the southern Philippines on Thursday, July 19 after 39 days in captivity.

  • Prayers For Peace
    CATHOLICS across the U.S. have organized efforts to pray for peace in Iraq, especially for persecuted Christians.  Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ international justice and peace committee, called for prayer for peace in Iraq on Aug. 17 using the following prayer written by the Patriarch Louis Rafael I Sako of Babylon:
    “Lord, the plight of our country is deep and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening. Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare our lives, and to grant us patience, and courage to continue our witness of Christian values with trust and hope.”

  • Prayers From The Heart For The Heart Of A Priest
    Thanks to spiritual help from across the diocese, Swartswood pastor is recovering from open-heart surgery

  • Prayers not weapons
    As we celebrated Memorial Day here in America, remembering those who have given their lives so that we may continue to live in freedom, American military personnel had just returned from visiting France on a spiritual journey -  a international military pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes.  Military personnel, their families and compatriots from 36 nations took part in the annual event to pray for peace and the spiritual healing of nations and individuals. A large number taking part were those wounded in the line of duty.

  • Praying for the Dead: A Witness to Faith
    Along Rome's Via Appia are perhaps the best known and most visited graves of early Christians: the catacombs. Christians living in ancient Rome tunneled through soft tufa rock outside the city and carved out graves for their dead, since Roman law did not allow burial within the city limits. Unlike their pagan neighbors, the early Christians did not cremate their dead. Instead, following Jewish custom, they reverently placed them in tombs in the sure hope of the resurrection. Today, there are at least sixty known Christian catacombs lining the roads leading into the city.

  • Prelude to the Family Feast Yet to Come
    On Thanksgiving Day, as we gather at the altar to enter into the greatest act of thanksgiving, the Eucharist, I hold in my prayer all of you, the faithful of our diocese, your families and your loved ones, especially the sick and the suffering. May the Lord increase his joy within each of you and draw you closer to Himself.

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  • Prepare for the coming of Christ by helping others through the Beacon's Christmas Sharing Fund
    ADVENT calendars are a fond childhood memory for many. Whether it is a piece of chocolate, a small ornament or a little activity revealed each day, there's this sense of great expectation even through this small measure. Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christ's birth so a calendar seems appropriate to mark the passage of each day.

  • Preparing our students as faith-filled leaders and lifelong learners
    As we begin the 2009 - 2010 school year and my second as superintendent of Catholic schools, I am convinced more than ever that our Catholic school system in the Diocese of Paterson provides a remarkable, often transformative education, often on shoestring budgets. As Margaret Spelling announced, "Catholic schools are national treasures that must be preserved." This past year we found it necessary to close, merge or reconfigure schools in order to strengthen the system. This year we intend to move out of survival mode into a collective recognition of a school system able to thrive.

  • President Obama Re-elected: The Challenges Remain
    The balloons are gone. The banners stored away. The acrimonious debates and the daily fare of bitter attacks ended. The 2012 election is behind us. The most expensive election in U.S. history, with spending estimated at $5.6 billion, has given another four years to President Obama.  With his newly won mandate for hope and change, President Obama now returns from a two-year campaign to the oval office and to the hard task of leading the nation. Some are happy. Others disappointed. The nation remains deeply divided, both on issues and, more profoundly, on principles.

  • President of Paterson Catholic steps down from post; has served school since 1993
    PATERSON - Father Hugh P. Murphy has stepped down as president of Paterson Catholic High School here at the close of the school year.  Father Murphy had served Paterson Catholic since 1993 where he taught religious studies and was the chaplain before being named president in 2002.

  • Priest ordained in rite filled with ceremony, tradition

  • Priest to cycle in Tour de Cure to raise funds for research
    CLIFTON — Whew! Almost half way there! Father Brian Quinn tightens his leg muscles, while making that last, big push to pedal his bicycle up the long, steep incline of Garrett Mountain.

  • Priest's cancer drives home Advent message: 'Love in Christ's presence'
    WAYNE - It seems that Advent couldn't come soon enough this year for Father Daniel Kelly, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Parish here.  Usually in fit, tip-top shape, Father Kelly's body had been fighting an ultra-rare form of lymphoma. After eight months of treatment, the diocesan priest was worn out from the ravages of the punishing chemotherapy. The treatment left him with intense headaches and nausea. It also robbed him of his strength, his appetite, his sense of taste and his hair.

  • Priest, parishioners act quickly to douse fire in Hawthorne church
    HAWTHORNE - A fire broke out in the sanctuary of St. Anthony Church here on Dec. 28 as parishioners were attending the 7 a.m. Sunday morning Mass with Father Brian Sullivan, parochial vicar, as presider.

  • Priest, who is Catholic Charities lawyer, sworn in at U.S. Supreme Court
    PATERSON - It was a Monday morning in June, when 128 attorneys from across the U.S. - almost all clad in business attire - filed into the high "cathedral" of the American justice system - the hallowed chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

  • Priestly Life and Vocation Summit
    PARSIPPANY - Bishop Serratelli welcomed 80 priests from the Paterson Diocese, attending the Priestly Life and Vocation Summit: Fishers of Men program at St. Ann Church here on April 28 coordinated by the diocesan Vocation Office to inspire them to fulfill this call to say: "Come, follow me."

  • Priests urged to teach Church's truth on sex, marriage with courage
    RANDOLPH - Courageous priests need to help the Church break its long silence about its teachings on marriage and human sexuality - a silence that has contributed to the sexual brokenness of modern society in the forms of sexual permissiveness, pornography, unwanted pregnancies and AIDS.

  • Priests, laity in diocese prepare for 41st March for Life in Washington
    CLIFTON — Priests and laity from around the Paterson Diocese are preparing to participate in the 41st annual March for Life to be held Wednesday, Jan. 22 in Washington D.C. There, they will join hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates from across the United States to stand up for life in the womb and for an end to abortion. The March marks the Jan. 22, 1973 anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal.

  • Priests’ Retirement Facility Turns 20
    NAZARETH Village, the retirement residence for priests of the Paterson Diocese located in this bucolic town in western Morris County, welcomed its first priest residents on July 1, 1993. Since its opening two decades ago — and because of the generosity of the people and priests of the diocese — more than 50 priests over the years have made their retirement home at Nazareth Village.

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  • Prison ministry joins in partnership to expand ministries to ex-offenders
    PATERSON - Filled with great compassion for society's unwanted, diocesan Prison Ministry - which has long shared God's healing and redeeming love and hope with inmates in area prisons - has joined a new partnership that seeks to help ex-offenders, released from jail, realize their dreams of looking beyond those prisons walls and starting new lives as productive citizens of society.

  • Pro Multis - Christs Blood poured out for all or for many?
    On October 17, 2006, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments sent a letter concerning the words of consecration used at the present time in the liturgy.  Specifically, he said two things.  First, the words of institution spoken over the chalice at the time of consecration were to be changed.  Second, there was to be a catechesis to help everyone understand the change.  To this purpose, as we prepare for the introduction of the new translation of the Roman Missal, I would like to examine with you this change and its meaning.

  • Pro Multis: A Reminder of Our Relationship to Jesus as Church
    By faithfully keeping for many in the words of consecration, the new missal is not denying the universal salvific will of Jesus who died for all. Rather, the new missal is returning us to the Last Supper and helping us to recapture the inner dynamism of Jesus’ own words. In giving the Eucharist, Jesus is identifying himself as the Suffering Servant. He is calling us as individuals to the obedience of faith that joins us to the New Covenant. Thus, the expression for many reminds us of the personal choice that we make to be one with Jesus and truly be his Church each time we celebrate the Eucharist.

  • Pro-life advocates bring strong message of human rights to Rockaway gathering
    ROCKAWAY - Pray always. No matter their religious beliefs or political party, pro-life advocates can agree that prayer is an important key to ending abortion. That was the message heard by concerned Catholics and people of other religious denominations at St. Cecilia Parish here during a non-partisan pro-life evening hosted by the pro-life ministry of the parish Sept. 18.

  • Pro-life advocates continue fight for life at nation's capital
    WASHINGTON - Considered a pilgrimage of life for many around the nation, the 39th annual March for Life here took place here Jan. 23 with more than 100,000 pro-life advocates participating oblivious to the rainy skies as they walked down Constitution Avenue towards Capitol Hill. But even with the uncooperative weather, the fight to end abortion was carried on by those determined to overturn the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion on Jan. 22, 1973.

  • Pro-life advocates prepare for annual pilgrimage to March for Life in Washington
    CLIFTON — Since the day abortion became legal in the United States on Jan. 22, 1973, pro-life advocates have continuously fought for life in the womb for the past 40 years by standing up annually for the unborn at the March for Life. Across the diocese., the faithful are gearing up for the 40th annual march to be held Friday, Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C. where they will join tens of thousands pro-lifers from New Jersey and around the United States.

  • Pro-life advocates to run ‘A-Cross Country’ relay; Rockaway chapter to run several legs
    ROCKAWAY — During Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, don’t be surprised to see someone running down the street wearing a royal blue T-shirt emblazoned with the words, “Remember the Unborn” — he or she may just be a neighbor or parishioner.

  • Pro-life and a politician
    Many of us find the words “pro-life politician” to be an oxymoron. It is not often that we see our elected representatives in Washington standing up for life issues and against abortion, euthanasia and the use of embryonic stem cells in research.  But New Jerseyans should know that we do have a congressman who not only talks the talk of respect life issues, he walks the walk. Meet Congressman Chris Smith, who represents the 4th Congressional District in New Jersey.

  • Proclaiming Jesus Christ
    In a world beset with so many needs and problems, people often ask what can one person do to make a difference?  Pope Benedict XVI answered that oft-asked question simply and succinctly in his Regina Coeli remarks May 22: " Proclaim Jesus Christ as the way, the truth and the life." That, he said, is the main task of the Body of Christ, his Church.

  • Professing final vows as a Salesian Sister
    Surrounded by members of her order, Salesian Sister Theresa Lee bowed her head in prayer before professing her final vows before Bishop Serratelli Aug. 5 at Mary Help of Christians chapel in North Haledon. For the story and more photos...

  • Professor helps parents encourage children to return to Christ, Church
    CLIFTON — Parents, have you ever tried to arrange a play date for your toddler with a child you thought would make a good friend or a date for your grown son or daughter with a person you thought might make a good mate? Sometimes these well-intended match-ups work, but most of the time, they don’t.

  • Program aims to get teens inspired about service to others
    POMPTON LAKES - Over the next few months, St. Mary Parish here plans to get a small group of older teens pumped up about getting more involved in social justice issues and ministries by allowing them to "j-walk."  No, this group of 8-10 teens, from 16 to 18 years old, won't be permitted to cross the street illegally, but these socially minded young people will be crossing into uncharted waters - learning how to live out the Gospel and Church teaching, which command us as Christians to reach out to the people at the margins of society who are struggling. This month these teen-agers will commit to participating in a new 12-session program at St. Mary's - Justice Walking. Involved teens call themselves "J-Walkers."

  • Program helps parishes reach out to inactive Catholics
    CLIFTON - A spiritual alarm clock sounded for pastors, religious and lay ministers at a workshop held March 6 at St. Philip Parish here.  They were there to take part in learning more about "Awakening Faith: Reconnecting With Your Catholic Faith," a program aimed to reach out to inactive Catholics, who aren't necessarily angry at the Church but simply are not making Church a priority in their lives and do not identify with their faith. Workshops, in addition to the one at St. Philip's, were also held at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Sparta, and Christ the King Parish, New Vernon.

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  • Proper Church Etiquette: A Public Witness of Faith
    When we come to church, we come to the Eucharist where this mystery of Christ’s dying and rising for us is made present. When we enter church, we are before Christ present to us in the Blessed Sacrament. Therefore, our reverence is not one of trembling or dread, cowering before a monarch whose power we fear. No! It is the hushed awe in the presence of a love too great for words. A love that inspires and lifts up. A love that draws us out of ourselves into the very life of God.

  • Prospect Park parishioners do simple things to help those in need
    PROSPECT PARK — What do candy bars, coupons, school supplies and The Beacon all have in common? Most people wouldn’t venture an answer but for the Share and Care Outreach at St. Paul Parish here, the answer is that these items, which the group collects on an ongoing basis, help others in need.

  • Protect life
    The Church celebrates Respect Life Month every October to stress the importance of the many life issues facing our society today and to reiterate the Church's teachings on the respect for all life from conception to natural death.

  • Protect the poor

    As the economy continues to struggle and unemployment remains high, difficult decisions on how to allocate the financial resources of the government are being made in Washington. While budget cuts seem inevitable, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is making certain Congress does not neglect the poor.

  • Protecting God's Children Program for Parents
    All parents are invited and welcome to attend the Protecting God's Children Parent Program.  Learn more about this new 3-hour workshop...

  • Protecting marriage and life
    At their annual fall meeting in Baltimore earlier this month, the U.S. bishops voiced their continued opposition to the federal contraception mandate, which requires employers to offer health insurance covering contraception, sterilization and some drugs that can cause early abortions, even if doing so violates their religious convictions. They also called for renewed efforts to strengthen the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.

  • Protection for life and conscience
    Three bills currently in the U.S. House of Representatives - Protect Life Act, Abortion Non-Discrimination Act and Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act - would help ensure that protections are in place for the consciences of taxpayers and health care providers and against federal funding of abortion. And the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is spearheading the drive to make sure that every member of Congress realizes the importance of each piece of legislation.'

  • Protectors of God's gifts
    Every Catholic knows the good charitable works that the Knights of Columbus do right here in our own diocese, our nation and the world. As a matter of fact, the knights set new records this year with donations of more than $167.5 million to charity and with members volunteering more than 70 million hours of service.

  • Protest ‘Black Mass’
    The source and summit of our faith is the Eucharistic sacrifice made at every Catholic Mass in which Jesus Christ becomes truly present as the priest consecrates the gifts of bread and wine for reception by the faithful as the Body and Blood of Christ.  Any denigration of the holy sacrifice of the Mass is not only an assault on all who profess the Catholic faith but also a sacrilege.  Such a sacrilege is being planned Sept. 21 in Oklahoma City, where a Satanic group is scheduled to hold a “black mass” at the Civic Center Music Hall.

  • Providing For The Poor
    THE multiplication of the loaves and fishes is one of the most well known Gospel readings. We heard it again at last Sunday's Mass for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In reflecting on that Gospel passage, Pope Francis called on us to care for the poor before concerning ourselves with our own wants as Jesus did in feeding the crowd.  "Jesus teaches us to put the needs of the poor ahead of our own," he said. Christ "does not react with irritation to the crowd that followed him. Rather, he feels compassion, because he knows that they do not seek him out of curiosity, but out of need."

  • Providing freedom through education
    27th annual Tri-County Scholarship Fund Awards Dinner raises funds to aid economically disadvantaged students
    WHIPPANY - For Essence Townsend, a senior at Paterson Catholic High School in Paterson, the Tri-County Scholarship Fund (TCSF) has given her the opportunity to reach her dreams and she hopes to give back one day to other students in need.  In her speech Oct. 27 at the 27th annual Tri-County Scholarship Awards Dinner at Hanover Marriott here, Townsend spoke from the heart about the recent loss of her great-aunt who has been serving as her mother for the past 14 years.

    Notre Dame parishioners raise Seeing Eye dogs as guides for blind, visually impaired

  • Pursuing a New Role
    Passion for social justice inspires former Chester parishioner, documentary filmmaker, to pursue new role as Paulist priest
    CHESTER — It didn't take long for Hollywood to fill Paulist Father Thomas Gibbons with dreams of becoming a filmmaker by capturing his imagination as a boy with the magic of movies — blockbusters like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" that stoked his sense of adventure and "Superman: the Movie" that made him believe he could fly.

  • Put others first
    Serving Randolph parish for summer, Polish-born seminarian uses core principle learned in formation.
    RANDOLPH — No rest for the diocesan seminarian this summer, at least at St. Matthew Parish here. Pawel Tomczyk faces a 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. routine, several days a week, jam packed with assignments — from serving at Mass to assisting at funerals and weddings and from giving witness talks to "sitting in" on many of St. Matthew's committees.

  • Putting the Gospel into action
    In this past Sunday's Gospel in which Jesus fed the hungry multitudes by miraculously multiplying loaves and fishes, Our Lord set an example for his disciples of meeting material needs while also addressing the deeper hungers of the human heart.

  • Quake hits home for diocese at mission it founded in Ica
    ICA, PERU - The massive 8.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked southern Peru last week - which so far has caused more than 500 deaths, more than 1,500 injuries and incalculable destruction and sorrow - sent emotional aftershocks 5,000 miles north to the Paterson Diocese, home to many Peruvian Catholics.

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    NEWTON — Twenty-year-old Sean Grealy of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Lake Hopatcong attended the annual diocesan discernment retreat this year trying to get a clearer picture of the big picture in life: an answer to the major question of whether the Lord calls him to the vocation of priesthood or marriage.

  • Quo Vadis retreat in Newton helps 25 young men discern priestly vocation
    NEWTON — Fifteen-year-old Nick Burbano of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, Morristown, and three other young Catholic men sat on couches and crowded around a coffee table, playing Monopoly. At the same time, they also were engaged in a profound Catholic version of the game of Life — together on retreat at the Sacred Heart Spirituality Center here to find out whether God has called them to the life of a priest.

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  • Radio traffic reporter and St. Anthony's alumna describes how Catholic education helps steer her through life
    BUTLER - Who knew that the quiet morning of Sunday, Jan. 29, would get so busy. Just listen to the traffic report on the radio - "It's backed-up on the BQE [Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in New York City]. In New Jersey, it's bottlenecked in Butler at Bartholdi Ave. for Catholic Schools Week celebrations at St. Anthony's."

  • Rally for Life set in Trenton Jan. 23

  • Rally with pope energizes diocesan youth, seminarians
    YONKERS, N.Y. - Diocesan young people found hope in the pope.  Some 200 of them along with their chaperones from the eight Catholic high schools in the diocese and 25 parishes from all three counties were among 25,000 young Catholics at the rally with seminarians and young people at St. Joseph Seminary here April 19 during Pope Benedict XVI's historic six-day visit to the U.S.

  • Randolph family celebrates daughter's first profession of religious vows in Scranton
    RANDOLPH - With a talent for music, art and writing, Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Lisa Perkowski is now living out a dream - her vocation as a religious sister.

  • Randolph parish offers events to commemorate Year of Faith, 25th anniversary
    RANDOLPH — Last year, St. Matthew the Apostle Parish here started to encourage its parishioners to deepen their faith by participating in an array of outreaches and events — some new, others already existing — to commemorate two important celebrations: the universal Church’s Year of Faith and the Morris County faith community’s own 25th anniversary.

  • Randolph parish seeks to inspire faithful to deeper spirituality through Lenten Life Focus Evenings
    RANDOLPH — This Lent, Resurrection Parish here aims to help deepen the spirituality of its faithful and help them look to the future, inspiring them to greater evangelization, by returning to the Morris County faith community’s roots.

  • Randolph teen organizes benefit concert for mission in Haiti
    RANDOLPH — When high school sophomore Delaney Morris heard stories about her father Greg’s journey to Haiti last November, she was deeply touched to learn about how people faced with adversity, still have smiles on their faces. So after a devastating earthquake hit the poorest country in the western hemisphere Jan. 12, she knew she had to help.

  • Randolph teens lend helping hand to Nicaraguan poor
    RANDOLPH - As Delaney Morris rode into Cusmapa in rural Nicaragua, the 16-year-old, as well as her fellow missionaries from St. Matthew the Apostle Parish here, said they were shocked at the poverty and primitive living conditions of its villagers - from the tiny block houses with tin roofs and dirt floors to a lack of sanitary indoor plumbing.

  • Rays of God's Hope Cut Through Despair
    CHESTER - It doesn't matter whether families live on the arid "high desert" or in the dense jungles of Surkhet in Nepal, a landlocked south Asian nation of 30 million people. There, men, women and children struggle everyday just to secure "the basics" to survive - food, clean water, sanitation, shelter and education.

  • RCIA coordinators need to determine marriage status of candidates early in initiation process
    MORRIS PLAINS - It happens just about every Lent - the diocesan Tribunal receives calls from parishes, worried after having discovered that a candidate for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), or his or her spouse, had a previous marriage that had not been mentioned - a revelation that possibly could cause a bump in the candidate's path to entering into full communion with the Catholic Church.

    Catholic Charities’ Supportive Services for Veterans Families is making a difference in lives.

  • Reaching Out With Warmth
    FRANKLIN - In the midst of winter, diocesan Catholic Charities CFCS Partnership for Social Services Family Center here knows how expensive it its to keep the homes of their clients warm.  Because of the high cost of oil, gas and firewood, it began a project to help clients who have requested firewood to warm up their homes or cook their food. So as part of the agency's utility assistance program, it has been able to provide firewood for families.  "It's a lot of helping hands bringing warmth to people in need," said Sister of Sorrowful Mother Thomasina Gebhard, director of the center.

  • Ready to Challenge Students
    Morris Plains schools to meet students this fall with building renovation, new technology, curriculum
    MORRIS PLAINS - On the first day of classes Sept. 7, the new, innovative St. Virgil Academy and Morris Catholic Junior School here will be ready to meet the challenges of educating students with an extensively renovated building outfitted with cutting-edge technology and a completely revamped curriculum that will inspire them to learn together in "collaborative classrooms."

  • Realize the poor living among us as the Christmas Sharing Fund comes to a close
    As I listened to the Gospel about the Three Kings this past weekend, I was reminded how much I love the story of the Magi. It has all the elements for great storytelling - an epic journey, the epiphany moment, a happy ending - all against the backdrop of a starry night.

  • Really old 'loose change'
    Roman coin donor hopes to inspire others to give back to Catholic schools
    Angel Diaz, a parishioner of Our Lady of the Lake here, took the challenge of his late Cuban immigrant father - to "always keep learning" - a step further last month.  In December, the 43-year-old Diaz and his wife Bozena, both lawyers, pushed his father's directive even farther and began to "always keep teaching." The couple gave students at Rev. George Brown here an early Christmas gift - a set of 50 priceless ancient coins that let the children not only study ancient history, but hold it in their hands as well.

  • Receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday
    Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Anthony Parish in Hawthorne and confirmed 13 candidates on the Feast of Pentecost, May 11 during the noon Mass he celebrated there.

  • Record-breaking number of faithful journey on diocesan pilgrimage to National Shrine
    WASHINGTON - In honor of the Blessed Mother, more than 3,000 pilgrims from across the diocese - a record number - traveled to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception here Sept. 18 coming by bus, car and train to the nation's capital.

  • Recording artist's pro-life song benefits N.J. Right to Life
    SANDYSTON - Whether they are songs written for famine relief in Africa, families of victims from the Sept. 11th attacks, the AIDS epidemic or finding a cure for cancer, songs for charity have been hitting the music charts for years to benefit and make a better world.

  • Red Cross Offers Tips For Helping Soldiers Overseas
    Now that war has begun, residents might be wondering how they can help support soldiers oversees, or even how to prepare for a worst-case scenario should there be a terrorist strike at home...

  • Reflect on the Nativity and remember the true meaning of Christmas is in giving
    Seeing Pope Francis on the cover of Time Magazine after being named the publication’s Person of the Year, I felt a sense of pride. It made me think the rest of the world is catching on to what we, Catholics, already knew. His choice in the name Francis after the humble saint from Assisi gave us a clue to where his papacy was going. In his nine months as pope, he has already proven to live up to his namesake so much so that the secular press could not turn a blind eye to his papacy.

  • Reflecting on the mission of Catholic Schools
    At the opening of a new school year, it is good to reflect on the mission of Catholic schools, that is, what we are about and why we are about it. According to Father Robert Barron in his book The Strangest Way: Walking in the Christian Path, "Christianity... is a form of life, a path that one walks. It is a way of seeing, a frame of mind, an attitude, but more than this, it is a manner of mov¬ing and acting, standing and relating..."

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  • Relics of patron of priests coming to every parish in the diocese
    CLIFTON - Starting Sept. 19-20 and continuing through April 17-18, 2010, relics of St. John Vianney will be circulated to four different parishes in the diocese each weekend as part of a diocesan initiative for the "Year for Priests."

  • Relics of saint who was a 'shining example of life' to visit parishes in Rockaway
    ROCKAWAY - Just days before the 38th annual March for Life in Washington to be held on Jan. 24, two parishes here, Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Cecilia, will host the relics of a saint who chose to save the life of her unborn baby over her own.

  • Religion: A Needed Partner in the Public Forum
    Basing her teaching for the common good on nature and reason, the Church consistently points to those moral values that are grounded in our human dignity as persons and are, therefore, universal and not limited to a particular time and place.  However, let the state become the arbiter of right and wrong, and soon the standard of good and evil will quickly fit the ideology of the group in power at the moment.  

  • Religious awakening

    America needs a religious awakening — right now — because our religious freedom is at stake.
    That was the message from Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, when called for strong Catholic witnesses to defend religious liberty in his speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington recently.

  • Religious celebrate anniversaries at annual diocesan Jubilee Mass
    PASSAIC - Whether it is to serve the poor, educate the young, care for the sick, pray for God's people or spread the Good News, religious sisters were chosen by God to be a witness of his love.  In dedication to their service, the diocese held its annual Religious Jubilee Mass at St. Mary Church here May 17.

  • Religious education leaders pray together, share ideas at meeting
    During the Church’s celebration of the Year of Faith, those serving in religious education programs play an integral role in the new evangelization of spreading the gospel message.

  • Religious education students inspired by first Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    KINNELON - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament offered a feast for both the senses and the soul that was able to hold spellbound more than 200 very energetic grade-school religious education students last Friday at Our Lady of the Magnificat Church (OLM) here.

  • Religious freedom
    Thanks to our Founding Fathers, religious liberty in our nation is enshrined in the First Amendment. But in many countries religious liberty is not considered a right for all people as the latest report from Aid to the Church in Need points out.  The report examined the issue of religious liberty in 196 countries and found that changes in the condition of religious liberty worsened in 55 of them and improved in only six. And no group is being persecuted more than Christians — they are being murdered and oppressed in record numbers.

  • Religious freedom
    Concerned over the recent attacks on religious freedom in our nation, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has formed an Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.  Among these concerns is the administration's refusal to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act and allowing taxpayer dollars to go towards abortion providing organizations.

  • Religious freedom
    The seeds of faith Pope Benedict XVI's planted in his visit to Cuba last week are already bearing fruit.  After hundreds of thousands of people came to see him and attend the Masses he celebrated in the communist nation, Pope Benedict XVI made a specific request to Cuban President Raœl Castro - make Good Friday a holiday in Cuba. The request was in line with the pope's words there that stressed the importance of religious freedom in allowing the Church to help build up society.

  • Religious Freedom - Time is Running Out
    At stake is our First Amendment freedom to exercise religion without government interference. This freedom is valued by Catholics and non-Catholics, believers and non-believers, Democrats and Republicans. It is even valued by those who have no moral qualms about contraception, sterilization and abortion. This present administration's limited and totally innovative definition of what constitutes an exempt religious entity is an unprecedented overreach by the federal government into what constitutes religion.

  • Religious freedom groups cite major concerns with final HHS mandate
    WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — As the Fortnight for Freedom was coming to a close July 4, religious groups expressed concerns that the final version of the HHS mandate issued by the Obama administration last week still encroaches on
    religious freedom.

  • Religious hostility
    As secularism continues its rapid ascent in our nation and our religious liberty is threatened on several fronts, the findings of a new survey that show hostility towards religion growing to unprecedented levels in the United States is not shocking, but certainly sobering.

  • Religious liberty
    Threats to our religious liberty continue to grow and need to be taken seriously.  That's why the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is sponsoring the second annual Fortnight for Freedom from June 21 to July 4.  It will consist of national and local efforts to educate Americans on challenges to religious liberty.

  • Religious Life - Gift of Love to the Church
    In our secular culture, where religious symbols are no longer welcome, the presence of consecrated women and men remind us of our own spiritual life.  Religious life is an indispensable gift of love to the Church.  In some places, some of the external signs of religious life have disappeared.  But what a loss to all of us if religious communities were to disappear as well!

  • Religious Life - Gift of Love to the Church
    In our secular culture, where religious symbols are no longer welcome, the presence of consecrated women and men remind us of our own spiritual life.  Religious life is an indispensable gift of love to the Church.  In some places, some of the external signs of religious life have disappeared.  But what a loss to all of us if religious communities were to disappear as well!

  • Remarkable comeback story
    Wayne parish community works together to renovate facilities, curriculum at school
    WAYNE -Five years into an extensive "rebuilding" effort, Our Lady of Consolation Academy and its Seton Middle School here finally will experience several significant "firsts" of sorts this year - namely, its first class ring ceremony, first graduation Mass and its first actual graduation of an eighth-grade class since 2001.

  • Remember the poor
    Members of Congress are currently grappling with potential federal budget cuts. Given the sluggish state of the economy and the projections that rising fuel costs will do even more damage to what is already a fragile recovery, the cuts are expected to be deep and widespread.

  • Remember those in need through the Beacon's Christmas Sharing Fund
    In Giving, We Receive
    One of my favorite things about the Christmas season are the decorations. When decorating for Christmas, I love hanging up the same stocking I've had since I was a child, putting up the Christmas tree with the various ornaments and setting up pretty lights that make a house shine. But even with all these festive decorations, Christmas set-ups are never complete without these figurines that make up the Nativity. My family's Nativity includes the Holy Family, the Three Kings, a drummer boy and various animals set to the backdrop of a manger.

  • Remembering 9/11 five years later
    Reflections from across the diocese
    There are moments when the spectacular view of the New York City skyline takes your breath away. Living in Northern New Jersey allows us glimpses of it ever so often. Atop Valley Road from The Beacon offices, driving east on Route 3, visiting Weehawken Hamilton Park,  the view is etched in our minds making us feel like first-time tourists each time we admire its beauty.  Sadly, there are also moments when that same view is a reminder how five years ago the two towers of the World Trade Center stood in glory. They are now gone forever because of the worst terrorist attack ever to hit U.S. soil. And while the destruction is no longer there, the memory always is.

  • Remembering America’s only Catholic president
    CLIFTON — Most older Americans remember exactly where they were on Nov. 22, 1963, when they heard the tragic news that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. To mark the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death, some of the faithful in the Paterson Diocese recalled that fateful day, in part, by looking decades beyond it — recognizing that the assassin’s bullets that killed the first and only Catholic president of the United States ultimately failed to silence his ongoing legacy, rooted in Catholic social teaching.

  • Remembering Stan "the Man"
    Musial's nickname came not only because of his baseball exploits but also from his off-the field lifestyle - the exact opposite of the pampered and problematic athletes of this day and age. He was a revered as much off the field and after he retired as he was on the field.

  • Renewing their Vows

  • Renovations complete, Bishop blesses new altar in Our Lady of the Lake Church
    SPARTA — For six weeks, Our Lady of the Lake Church here had been undergoing renovations, which included new furnishings, carpeting, sound system and freshly painted walls. With the work completed, Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit July 24 to bless and dedicate the new altar at the 5:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass.

  • Reporter details World Youth Day journey in blog
    Read excerpts from Beacon reporter Cecile SanAugustin's blog detailing the journey during World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia.

  • Residents of St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly receive delivery from teen
    TOTOWA - Residents of St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly here received a visit from a 14-year-old student who collected toiletries and gift cards and presented them to the seniors. The Little Sisters of the Poor, which operates St. Joseph's, and the residents were delighted to see Leah Pedrani donate the goods giving them much hope about young people in today's world.

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    Information and Internet resources for Parents and Educators - talking to children about war and helping them to cope...

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  • Respect for rights of conscience
    While the furor over the Obama administration's "accommodation" to the HHS mandate continues to spread and deepen across the nation, the U.S. bishops know that there is very little hope for change in this stance from the executive branch of the federal government. With religious liberty for all hanging in the balance, the bishops are turning to the legislative branch of the federal government to right the wrong that the administration is foisting on people of all religious beliefs with their actions.

  • Respect Life Month

    America's founders understood the necessity of faith in building the morality and respect for human dignity that is necessary for a peaceful and just society, Cardinal DiNardo said. "But how can people coexist, much less flourish, in a society lacking the shared belief that we are called to care for those unable to care for themselves, not to neglect, abuse or kill them?" he asked.

  • Respecting Life
    Domestic violence — which knows no boundaries of race, social class, ethnicity, creed or age — does not respect life. It replaces life with harm and even death; it replaces love with anger and fear. The victims of domestic violence are individual persons — men and women made in the image of God.

  • Resurrection Parish in Randolph dedicates new ministry center
    Resurrection Parish here celebrated the dedication of its new Ministry Center Oct. 12, which was timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the church's dedication. The new construction and the refurbishment of the worship space were made possible through the support of parishioners who pledged $2.7 million.

  • Retired diocesan priest looks to the future of the Church in China
    Born in the Shandong province of China. Msgr. Lee studied in the regional seminary before he was ordained in 1949. "We were ordained in the morning and went back to the seminary for dinner. At that time we were told that we should cross the Yungstu River immediately and leave our homeland. After that I traveled and studied in Spain before coming to the Diocese of Paterson."

  • Retired diocesan priest still gives his all for Catholic education
    MORRIS PLAINS - Msgr. James Fallon, pastor emeritus of St. Virgil Parish here, loves to tell how he had used a vintage fly-fishing pole he inherited to catch something more spectacular than any large prize fish - by "reeling in" $1,300 for St. Virgil School by selling the rod on eBay.

  • Retired diocesan worship and spirituality director begins next chapter of her life
    CLIFTON - Patricia Bartle's love for the liturgy is similar to the love an astronomer would have for the stars or an athlete for a sport. As director of the diocesan office of worship and spirituality, it was her vocation to help the bishop and pastors to allow their parishioners to "come to a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the ritual especially in the Eucharist."

  • Retired pediatrician calls on medical expertise in position as new diocesan Respect Life consultant
    CLIFTON - It sounds almost like that slogan once used to promote New Jersey - "Respect Life and Dr. Mary  Mazzarella DeMayo: Perfect Together."  That would-be catchphrase might sound corny but it rings true with Dr. Mazzarella, the diocese's new Office of Respect Life consultant. After all, this retired pediatrician spent 25 years treating and appreciating the beauty and wonder of God's smallest and cutest human creatures - babies, toddlers and young children - in her private practice in Nutley

  • Retired priest leads effort to connect world’s poor with faithful in the pews
    CLIFTON — Connecting the world's poor with the people in the pews, Msgr. Joseph Ciampaglio, a retired priest of the Paterson Diocese, has seen firsthand the work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) visiting countries all around the world with the organization. Stamps in his passport include visits to the Holy Land, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, and several countries in Central and South America.

  • Retired priests thank faithful for contributions to Bishop's Annual Appeal for Nazareth Village
    CHESTER - There's no place like home and for priests living at the retired priests residence, Nazareth Village here, having a place to call home means the world to them.  Currently, 20 retired diocesan priests live at Nazareth Village. The diocesan residence gives them the opportunity to live in community with their brother priests while continuing to celebrate Mass and assist at parishes when possible.

  • Retired priests thank the faithful for pledges to Annual Appeal
    CHESTER — There's no place like home and for 20 retired diocesan priests Nazareth Village here is their home in the diocese. The residence offers a unique setting for these priests in their golden years. They have the fraternity of their brother priests and independence at the retirement residence, which opened in 1993, when it welcomed seven retired priests.

  • Retired sisters bring love of Jesus to youngsters at inner-city daycare
    PATERSON - What do you get when you mix three Sisters of Christian Charity with 150 young inner city children? A recipe to give and receive love in the heart of the city. At diocesan Catholic Charities agency La Vida Child Care Center here, it's "Tuesdays with the sisters" as Sister Pietra Cash, Sister Pierre Koesters and Sister Mary Annette Engel spend time each week for a few hours bringing a sense of Jesus' love to the children.

  • Retirement Fund for Religious
    NORTH HALEDON - Even in retirement 69-year-old Salesian Sister Carmen Morales is still keeping busy these days. As part of the CitiCOR ministry for religious sisters to volunteer with urban communities, she continues to serve at the Father Valenti Youth Center four times a week at St. Anthony Parish, Paterson, where she says "the kids keep me very active and very young."

  • Retirement Fund for Religious
    Those of us who are nearing retirement age often look at the nest egg we have set aside for our retirement and ask: will it ever be enough?  Rarely though, do we contemplate how retirement plans affect those who have served the Church and us.  But every Advent, we get the opportunity to think about those who have given a lifetime of service to the Church and are now in their golden years when the Retirement Fund for Religious collection is taken up in the Paterson Diocese at weekend Masses Dec. 8-9.

  • Retiring teachers reflect on rich vocation, educational ministries
    DENVILLE — Two longtime educators at Morris Catholic High School, Sister of Christian Charity Gemma Streit and Sister of Christian Charity Mary Stanislaus Surgoft, are retiring from their respective positions at the end of the school year. Combined, these two nuns — who both well into their late 80s — have served Catholic education in New Jersey and in neighboring states for more than 140 years.

  • Retreat inspires seminarian to pursue life of service
    ROCKAWAY - Years ago, Amadito "Junior" Flores was attending a Catholic retreat in the Archdiocese of Miami, when a speaker there gave the retreatants a challenge that would clarify the direction of this future Paterson seminarian's life - "Think back to time when you were happy."

  • Reunion of Haskell pastor, old boss in advertising leads to booking at St. Francis Parish
    The contemporary Christian band, Circle of Faith of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Sparta, performs a Nov. 1 concert at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Haskell.

  • Rev. Brown students welcomed at Pope John XXIII High School
    Open forum on school's construction held
    SPARTA - Due to construction delays, Rev. Brown School students here have been accommodated at Pope John XXIII Regional High School and Our Lady of the Lake Parish (OLL) Center. Both schools occupy adjacent properties in this Sussex County town.

  • Reverend Brown School Position Announcement

  • Revitalized
    Teens from around the country give face-lift to group homes in diocese
    When people think of summer vacations - getaways to a tropical island or tours of European cities - they are usually the ideal images for an unforgettable summer. But for one group of teens, spending their summer vacation meant cleaning homes and weeding jungle-like gardens, all by choice - using their own money and traveling as far as 23 hours away by bus - just to make a difference in the world.

  • Rewriting retirement
    WISE program helps seniors make retirement years 'golden'
    CLIFTON - Don't tell Josephine Cozzolino, senior citizen who is a parishioner of St. Brendan's here, that she's ready for the rocking chair. Like many of today's active seniors, this 79-year-old Evergreen Manor resident keeps her mind, body and spirit fit by exercising and going to Mass in the morning and staying involved in parish ministries and religious activities.

  • Ringwood parish celebrates patron’s sexcentenary
    RINGWOOD — Parishioners of St. Catherine of Bologna Parish here gathered Sept. 8 to throw a 600th birthday bash fit for a saint in honor of one of their most central inspirations: its beloved patron.

  • Ringwood parish dedicates shrine in honor of patron
    RINGWOOD — St, Catherine of Bologna Parish here recently dedicated a new outdoor shrine for its patron saint, who is known as the patron of the arts. The Ringwood parish has the honor of being the only one in the United States named after St. Catherine of Bologna.

  • Rising prices + fewer donations = crisis at food pantries
    "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink." (Mt 25:35)
    Every week families prepare to make a trip to the supermarket by reading supermarket circulars and clipping coupons from the Sunday newspaper. During the week, they add to a shopping list posted on the refrigerator of the items needed - on top of that list, usually are staples like milk and bread. Then, they pack up the kids in the car and head to the store.

  • Rite of Calling Candidates to Continuing Conversion welcomes 221 to cathedral
    PATERSON - At St. John Cathedral here March 12, the diocese celebrated the  "Rite of Calling of Candidates to Continuing Conversion" with 221 baptized but previously uncatechized adults who wish to complete their Christian initiation through the sacraments of confirmation and Eucharist or who wish to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

  • Rite Of Christian Initiation Of Adults
    A new story is written, with 148 new authors, making a decision in his or her life to become a fully initiated member of the Church. Inscribed forever in the Book of the Elect to 44 parishes and presented to Bishop Serratelli at the annual Rite of Election, these 148 catechumens from around the diocese, will receive the sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist - at the Easter Vigil.

  • Rite of Election
    Annual celebration held at St. John Cathedral on First Sunday of Lent
    Bishop Serratelli formerly selected - or elected - catechumens from around the diocese, who will receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil, at the diocese's annual Rite of Election held on the First Sunday of Lent, March 1 at St. John's Cathedral, Paterson.


  • Rite of Election 2011

  • Rite Of Election 2013
    156 catechumens elected by Bishop Serratelli on First Sunday of Lent.

    CLIFTON — Venerable Sister of Charity of St. Elizabeth Miriam Teresa Demjanovich will become the first New Jersey native ever to be beatified. The beatification will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4 — the Feast of St. Francis — in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred
    Heart, Newark.

  • Road to peace
    Often it's a long and winding road in trying to achieve our goals. One of Pope Francis' stated goals is to bring the peace that only Christ can offer to the world. And to do this, the pope has turned that long and winding road to that peace into to a straight one - one that leads directly to the Vatican.  All roads that lead to a lasting peace in the Holy Land and the Middle East converged Sunday and met on the feast of Pentecost in the Vatican gardens.

  • Rockaway church hosts March for Life at local park
    ROCKAWAY — As hundreds of thousands headed to Washington last Wednesday for the 41st annual March for Life, St. Cecilia Parish here hosted its own March Saturday, Jan. 25 in solidarity with all those who support a culture of life.

  • Rockaway parish priests, sisters share their vocation journeys
    ROCKAWAY — Some parents buy their children doctor kits or chemistry sets to point them toward careers in medicine or science. The faith-filled parents of Father Sigmund Peplowski encouraged their son to pursue his call to the priesthood by buying him religious items he wanted, such as a Bible and books on the saints.

  • Rockaway parish remembers, prays for Haitians at memorial Mass
    ROCKAWAY - To remember and pray for Haitians after the Jan. 12 earthquake that struck the nation, Haitian-born Father Jean Claude St. Martin, parochial vicar at St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart of Jesus parishes here, celebrated a Memorial Mass Jan. 28 at St. Cecilia Church attended by many people from across the diocese. Along with Father St. Martin, many priests of the diocese came in solidarity to celebrate the Mass as the small Caribbean nation recovers day by day from the massive earthquake.

  • Rockaway parishes to host weekly faith-formation activities during Year of Faith
    ROCKAWAY — The parishes of St. Cecilia and Sacred Heart here have been tackling quite a daunting challenges: to schedule a diverse lineup of one-hour faith-formation programs for adults and adolescents for Thursday nights throughout the Church's yearlong celebration of the Year of Faith.

  • Romance Without Regret
    PARSIPPANY - The idea sounds like a lyric to a great love song - loving the one for you before you even meet them. According to Jason Evert, a national speaker, author of books on chastity and an apologist with Catholic Answers, that is the key to embracing the virtue of chastity.

  • Rosary rallies held around diocese to end injustices across the nation
    PARSIPPANY - It felt like New Year's Eve for a group of faithful Catholics who waited with much anticipation for the clock to strike 12 outside St. Peter the Apostle Church here. But instead of waiting for 12 midnight, they waited for 12 noon to begin praying the rosary along with tens thousands of Americans nationwide participating in a rosary rally Oct 10 as part of the America Needs Fatima campaign coordinated by the American Society for Tradition, Family and Property.

    CLIFTON — Bishop Serratelli will ordain six men, who are transitional deacons, to the priesthood for the Paterson Diocese during the Rite of Ordination to the Priesthood, which will take place during the Rite of the Mass at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24 in St. Philip the Apostle Church here.

  • Sacraments prepare West Milford man for Christian life, impending marriage
    WEST MILFORD - Until last year, the Catholic faith seemed more like a "mystery" to Steve Haggerty, a candidate from Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, in the Hewitt section of the township.  The 25-year-old Haggerty, a lineman for a power company, was baptized as a Catholic with his three younger brothers and attended Mass occasionally while living in Vernon. Yet he never had received preparation for the other sacraments of initiation.

  • Sacred Art - Recapturing a Treasure
    The cathedrals of Chartres, Paris, Cologne, Florence, Siena and Toledo open their doors each day to thousands of pilgrims and tourists alike. They come to look, to gaze and to stand in wonder at these majestic marvels of architecture. Pugin, the famous British architect of the nineteenth century, once remarked that the Gothic style of these magnificent cathedrals was the only architectural and artistic style which Christianity created for itself.

  • Sacred Triduum celebrated by Bishop Serratelli
    Sacred Triduum celebrated by Bishop Serratelli

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  • Safe haven to 'pray and play'
    PATERSON - There's usually something cooking at St. Anthony Parish here. That's because Salesian Sister Carmen Morales shares her love for cooking with the young girls there, who spend weekday afternoons at the parish's Father Valenti Youth Center.

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    VATICAN CITY — The canonizations of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27 by Pope Francis will be “a spiritual event... not just a worldly happening. It is a feast of holiness,” according to Cardinal Agostino Vallini.

  • Saints provide example of 'giving hearts' during the Advent, Christmas season
    I was at a lovely Sunday dinner with a few close friends hosted by my friend Andrew. During the dinner, we talked about Christmas and our plans. We talked about Christmas decorations, parties and the gifts we planned on giving to loved ones. Then, I remembered it was the feast day of St. Andrew since we were at Andrew's house.

  • Salesian Cooperators of Don Bosco hold annual Day of Prayer
    NORTH HALEDON - The Salesian Cooperators of Don Bosco held their annual Day of Prayer March 10 at Mary Help of Christians Academy here.  Salesian Father Bill Bucciferro, presided, and was guest speaker for the day. The morning included breakfast followed by prayer, meditation and music.

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    Sydney's her seventh WYD experience
    NORTH HALEDON - Salesian Sister MaryAnn Schaefer, admissions director at Mary Help of Christian Academy here, couldn't dream of a better place to celebrate her 25th jubilee as a religious sister than at World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia.

  • Salesian sister offers free catechist formation classes
    NORTH HALEDON - Making sure that the Good News is spread starts with teaching. With that in mind, a catechist formation series presented at Mary Help of Christians Academy here was started recently to better equip and inspire religious education teachers to pass on the faith to the youngest generation of Catholics - elementary school children.

  • Salesian Sister siblings celebrate 121 years of combined service
    NORTH HALEDON — Salesian Sisters Domenica and Rosalie DiPeri share a special bond as birth sisters and a special love in serving God’s people as Salesian Sisters.   Salesian Sister Domenica, who celebrated her 60th jubilee as a Salesian last month, said, “I thank my sister, Sister Rosalie for being my first friend and supporter.”  Her older sister, Salesian Sister Rosalie, celebrated her 60th jubilee last year and both sisters have touched thousands of lives.

  • Salesian sisters celebrate centennial
    In 1908, first Salesians came to St. Michael's in Paterson
    PATERSON - If the Salesians Sisters of St. John Bosco had to be summed up in one word, it would be "joy." That is the overwhelming response of Salesian Sisters to the many lives they've touched when reflecting on the 100 years that have passed since the to the first Salesian sister came to the United States.

  • Salesian sisters have triduum of celebration
    NORTH HALEDON - The start of August arrived with a triduum of joy for the Salesian Sisters (the Institute of the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians) as they thanked God for the gift of vocations. From Aug. 3-5, the Salesian sisters celebrated the entrance to the novitiate, the renewal of vows, the first profession and the final profession of their sisters.

  • Salesians end 100 years at St. Anthony Parish; to turn over administration of parish to diocese
    PATERSON - The Salesians of Don Bosco are withdrawing from St. Anthony of Padua Parish here, effective Aug. 31, and will turn the administration of the parish over to the diocese.  The decision to withdraw from the parish was made by mutual agreement with Bishop Serratelli and the Salesians' Province of St. Philip the Apostle, based in New Rochelle, N.Y. The parish will remain open, staffed by diocesan priests.

  • Salesians prepare for the visit of St. John Bosco relic to area
    NORTH HALEDON - He was a friend to the young and the poor and later this month, a relic of St. John Bosco will be coming to the New York metropolitan area for the faithful to honor a man, who devoted his whole life to evangelizing and educating young people. A 19th century priest, Don Bosco is famous around the world for his style and method of holiness to youth. He is the founder of the second largest religious order in the Church - the Salesians.

  • Same-Sex Marriage - Obama and Biden Speak Out
    Can we really be comfortable as a nation with deliberately altering the circumstances that deprive a child of his or her right to a mother and a father?  Can we be comfortable with the highest authorities in our country urging changes that would impoverish our future?  At times, the truth makes us uncomfortable. But only the truth will set us free.  When it comes to marriage, comfort is not the issue!

  • Sandi Patty - “All the Best....Live!” - (Word)
    Sandi Patty - “All the Best....Live!” - (Word)
    As the title suggests, popular Christian artist Sandi Patty romps through the best songs of her long career in concert— but with a twist.

  • Sandy slams way through diocese
    CLIFTON — In the aftermath Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall in the Jersey shore area of the state Oct. 29, hundreds of thousands who live in Passaic, Morris, and Sussexcounties — the area that comprises the Paterson Diocese — have gone without power for a week and have seen destruction to their homes, property and parishes due to the hurricane's massive winds.

  • Sandy: New Jersey Humbled and Yet Proud
    Deadly Tornados in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.  Overflowing rivers flooding Ohio.  Dust storms in Oklahoma.  Earthquakes from Virginia to Maine and in California.  Volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Alaska.  Blizzards in the Northeast.  Heat waves and droughts in the Midwest.  Natural disasters occur in every part of our country.  Mother Earth can be very tough on us at times.

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  • Saving Thanksgiving
    Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has traditionally represented the start of the holiday shopping period, but that is not good enough for some retailers. Last year, many companies began opening at night on Thanksgiving for the first time. Inevitably, the next step will be for stores to be open all day on Thanksgiving. If this happens it will be the end of Thanksgiving as we know it

  • Say 'yes' to the Lord and give to those in need
    The Beacon's Christmas Sharing Fund is the kind of opportunity to make a difference. By saying, "Yes, I will help my brothers and sisters in need," those served by diocesan Catholic Charities in the three counties of the Paterson Diocese have a chance for a brighter Christmas.

  • Saying ‘yes’ To The Holy Spirit
    MADISON — Renowned Catholic author and scholar Peter Kreeft sat in the proverbial “hot seat” Friday night, Jan. 11 during his talk, “Apologetics and the New Evangelization.” In the bright lights of the auditorium at St. Paul Inside the Walls, the Paterson Diocesan Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard here, the noted apologist for the faith willingly fielded a rapid-fire succession of challenging questions from audience members.

  • Scenes from the Sacred Triduum and Easter
    Bishop Serratellli celebrated the Triduum in Branchville, Pompton Plains and at the Bishop Rodimer Center adjacent to St. John Cathedral.  He was the main celebrant at St. Ann's Church in Parsippany on Easter Sunday.

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  • School leaders prepare for 2013-14 year
    MADISON — Principals and presidents of schools across the diocese, came together at St. Paul’s Inside the Walls here to pray for a successful school year and to honor their fellow educators, who have served for decades or received national recognition. The gathering, luncheon and meeting was held Aug. 22, the Feast for the Queenship of Mary.

  • Schools office hosts STEM Showcase featuring exhibits by students from diocesan schools
    CLIFTON — In today's fast-paced world of technology, diocesan Catholic schools mix traditional studies with cutting edge learning through STEM, an acronym which stand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
    STEM pilot study features eight elementary schools in the diocese
    CLIFTON - The Diocesan Schools Office has initiated a STEM pilot study for the school year among eight elementary schools in middle grades 6 through 8.

  • Scientific, Scriptural evidence points to authenticity of image of Jesus on Shroud of Turin
    MADISON - For nearly two decades, a stubborn Barrie Schwortz remained skeptical about the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, even after having seen most of the overwhelming evidence in favor up close with his own eyes. Still this lifelong Jew and official photographer for the scientific study team that investigated the shroud in 1978 kept wondering - does this centuries-old burial cloth bear the actual image of the crucified Jesus, as millions believe, or does this widely venerated relic represent little more than a great medieval forgery, perpetuated by a clever artist?

  • Scott Hahn to lead Diocesan Catechetical Conference
    CLIFTON — Catechists, priests, religion teachers, youth ministers, Rite of Christian of Adults coordinators, and Catholics in evangelization ministry can learn to encounter or help others encounter Jesus in Scripture, inspiring them to cultivate a personal relationship with Christ and then share their faith with others, during a day-long historic Diocesan Catechetical Conference on Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Blessed John Paul II Pastoral Center here.

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