Diocese of Paterson, NJ



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The Diocese of Paterson includes the three counties of Passaic, Morris, and Sussex in northern New Jersey, under the leadership of Bishop Arthur Joseph Serratelli .
The diocese is blessed with urban, suburban, and rural parishes.  Our parishes, schools, agencies, hospitals, and ministries help to serve the 425,000 Catholics who live in the diocese.


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.

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.”
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.

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.

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.

Silver and Gold Anniversary Mass
Couples renew wedding vows at annual diocesan celebration of the sacrament of Matrimony.

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.

Bishop Serratelli's Letters and Catechesis

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on the New Roman Missal

Diocesan Social Media Policy
Policy for Communications with Minors
Via Social Media And Other Electronic Communications
Revised Edition March 2013

Annual Financial Report
COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS TOGETHER WITH REPORT OF INDEPENDENT CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS - CHANCERY OFFICE AND AFFILIATES OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF PATERSON - June 30, 2013Please find attached the Diocese of Paterson audit for the year ended June 30, 2013.  A commentary is also available on this audit at the end of this section.  If you have any questions about the Diocesan audit, please contact Jolanta Londene,  at 973-777-8818 EXT. 234 or by email at jlondene@patersondiocese.org 

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A Statement by the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey on Marriage as a Union of One Man and One Woman
Marriage as a union of man and woman existed long before any nation, religion, or law was established. Marriage which unites mothers and fathers in the work of childrearing is the foundation of the family and the family is the basic unit of society.

Advance Directives for Health Care
Advance Directives for Health Care
A Catholic Perspective
- approved by the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey, October 20, 2011
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Media Resources
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New Jersey’s Adoption Law has changed
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