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  • Good News from The Beacon

    • July 19
      ‘Live On the Air’
      The clock read 7:05 a.m. Undaunted by the early hour, Father Philip-Michael Tangorra, a priest of the Diocese of Paterson, was fully alert to tackle a deeply spiritual question by the co-host of a Catholic radio show in Ohio: “How are we called to sanctify all aspects of our lives through the Crucifixion?”
    • July 19
      A Welcoming Faith Community
      The warm and generous multicultural faith community of St. Bonaventure Parish in Paterson celebrated 140 years of welcoming in the strangers among us from the surrounding neighborhoods and beyond and also reaching out to help the poor of Paterson.
    • July 19
      Litmus test?
      Within minutes of President Trump’s announcement July 9 that he would nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court, came the hues and cries of opposition to his choice. Immediately, the Democrats marshalled the troops with their scare tactic that if Kavanaugh sat on the Supreme Court, it would mean the end of Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand.
    • July 12
      A Voice For the Voiceless
      Christopher Brancato has been appointed as the develop­ment director of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson. The appointment, which was effective July 1, was announced jointly by Scott Milliken, Catholic Chari­ties Chief Executive Officer, and Msgr. Herbert Tillyer, president of the Board of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson.
    • July 12
      Appalachia Help Week
      For the 32nd consecutive year, teens from the youth ministry program at St. Patrick Parish in Chatham are traveling to Rowlesburg, W.V. to repair homes for families in need. This summer time mission began in 1986 following a flood that devastated Appalachia. The mission trip to help those who live in extreme poverty there was started by three teenage parishioners of St. Patrick’s and has continued since as a highlight of the youth ministry experience. That initial trip, now named Appalachia Help Week, annually connects Chatham to West Virginia.
    • July 12
      Pastoral visit to Mount Hope parish
      Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Bernard Parish in Mount Hope on July 1, where he served as main celebrant and homilist of the 10:30 a.m. Mass for the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time.
    • July 12
      Servant Leadership
      At various times in his life, Father Peter Clarke, president of Morris Catholic High School in Denville, has walked with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, patron of Catholic schools and the first U.S.-born saint, in his faith, vocation and pursuit of higher education. Before becoming a priest, Father Clarke attended St. Peter Parish in Manhattan, where Mother Seton converted to Catholicism in 1805. Years later, as a priest in Catholic schools in the Diocese, he was inspired to pursue a doctorate in educational leadership at the College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, named in the saint’s honor and operated by the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth.
    • July 12
      ‘Fresh Perspectives’
      About 150 members of the St. Lucy Province of the Religious Teachers Filippini gathered at their Motherhouse, Villa Walsh, for a convocation from June 28 to July 3, where they were privileged to receive fresh perspectives on their charism, mission and history, which started with their founder, St. Lucy Filippini. Guided by the theme, “A Summons for the Time that Is Ours,” the convocation also included liturgies and spirit-filled presentations that gave the Filippini sisters a renewed sense of hope in moving forward.