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  • Good News from The Beacon

    • October 11
      30 Years of Tireless Faith
      Bishop Serratelli helped to celebrate 30 years of tireless faith at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Sparta — inspired by its Native American patron saint — with an anniversary Mass in the church, where he had blessed two stained-glass windows on Sept. 29. One of them — a newly renovated window — symbolizes the prayers of its parishioners rising up with the intentions of all God’s people like the smoke from incense. The other — a new window — had been dedicated to their beloved late pastor, Father Patrick Rice, and depicts many of his favorite saints and others who serve as role models.
    • October 11
      Red Mass for Lawyers
      Bishop Serratelli served as main celebrant and homilist of the third annual Red Mass for Lawyers and Judges on Oct. 7 at St. Paul Inside the Walls: the Diocesan Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard in Madison. After the Mass, he presented Domenick Carmagnola, an attorney with the law firm of Carmagnola & Ritardi, Morristown, with the Advocati Christi Award — a portrait of St Thomas More — for his commitment not only to the legal profession, but also to the profession of his faith.
    • October 11
      History Wall and Legacy Room
      Four years after Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was beatified, Bishop Serratelli dedicated and blessed the History Wall and Legacy Room of the Sister of Charity of St. Elizabeth in Holy Family Chapel in Convent Station Oct. 7. A vesper service for the feast of the Most Holy Rosary was held during the dedication and blessing, which featured hymns, psalm readings, a reading from Greater Perfection by Blessed Miriam Teresa, the Magnificat and the Litany of Blessed Miriam Teresa.
    • October 11
      A Blessed Experience
      More than 1,000 Catholics from the Diocese and beyond came to St. Anthony of Padua Church in Butler on Oct. 4 to pray in front of two first-class relics of the parish’s beloved patron, St. Anthony — a blessed experience that many of them considered both deeply spiritual and unexpectedly personal.
    • October 11
      Preparing for the priesthood
      During his teenage years, Starli Castanos would ask himself, “What do I want to do for the rest of my life?” He pondered and pondered. Several people at home and in his parish, St. Anthony’s in Paterson, would ask him, “Have you ever thought about becoming a priest?”
    • October 11
      Saints for our time
      In the midst of the current Synod of Bishops on the topic of “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment,” Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Pope Paul VI and Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero on Oct. 14.
    • October 4
      Pastoral visit to Clifton parish
      Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Sacred Heart Church in Clifton where he was the principal celebrant of the noon Mass for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time on Sept. 30.
    • October 4
      90 Years of Faith
      Bishop Serratelli served as main celebrant of a Mass in observance of the 90th anniversary of Opus Dei held on Sept. 29 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) Church here. That Saturday also marked the Feast Day of the Holy Archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael.