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    /slideshows/homeCustom1920x945/Rodimer%20in%20cathedral.jpg Most Reverend FRANK J. RODIMER, JCD, DD Sixth Bishop of Paterson from 1978 to 2004 https://rcdop.org/people/bishop-frank-j-rodimer-jcl-dd _self
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  • Good News from The Beacon

    • December 6
      Mass of Nations
      At one of the most culturally diverse parishes in the Diocese, parishioners of St. Paul in the city celebrated the Feast of the Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, also known as the Feast of Christ the King, at the 11 a.m. Mass Nov. 25.
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    • December 6
      Diocesan Christmas Concert
      As Advent began, it was fitting that the faithful from the Diocese came together in celebration of the season of hopeful anticipation of Christ’s birth at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Patyerson Dec. 2, the First Sunday of Advent, for the annual diocesan Christmas Concert. This year’s concert marked the 200th anniversary of “Silent Night.”
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    • December 6
      Advanced Directive
      The past president of the Catholic Bar Associa­tion (CBA) encouraged local Catholic lawyers to urge their clients to fill out an Advanced Directive: a legal document that she said can do more than name a person to make medical decisions for them if they are not able; outline for doctors their desires for medical treatment; and put in place a “do not resuscitate” order. It also, she said, can enable Catholics and others to make clear their wishes for end-of-life care, based on the principles of their faith.
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    • December 6
      Bishop visits Lake Hopatcong parish
      Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Lake Hopatcong welcomed Bishop Serratelli Nov. 24. During his pastoral visit, the Bishop celebrated the vigil Mass for the Feast of Christ the King.
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    • December 6
      Tree of Remembrance
      Families and friends came together at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa for its annual lighting of the Tree of Remembrance Dec. 1 to honor their lost loved ones. Adorned with photos, keepsakes and other ornaments, the Christmas tree is in the mausoleum of the cemetery and more than 300 people attended the tree lighting with a prayer service led by Msgr. Geno Sylva, rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson. Holy Sepulchre is the parish cemetery for the cathedral.
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    • December 6
      Apprenticeship program
      Pastors who want to re-vitalize their existing youth ministry program or get their youth minister the training he or she might need to become more effective at helping inspire a deeper faith in their parish’s young people will soon be able to get assistance from the diocesan Office of Youth Ministry. Starting in January, the diocesan Office of Youth Ministry will launch its new Apprentice­ship Program — an initiative that gives experienced youth ministers the opportunity to mentor new and less-experienced youth ministers by preparing, forming and advising them for the role.
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    • December 6
      20/20 Project
      If you could save a life by just signing your name, would you? Through the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” postcard and petition campaign, the faithful throughout the Diocese have the opportunity to save babies 20 weeks in the womb from abortion. Since the summer, almost 14,000 postcards and petitions have been signed and sent from the faithful in the Paterson Diocese for the passage of the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (A-1686/S537) to be sent to state legislatures.
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    • December 6
      Remember the religious
      All of us over the years can recall at some point in our life the difference a religious made in our life, be it in a Catholic school, a religious education program or at our home parish. They were the ones who shaped our faith. Today, many of them are in their senior years, still active in their communities. But their communities are struggling to provide for them in their retirement years.
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