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  • Good News from The Beacon

    • December 14
      Paulist Father James DiLuzio stood in front of a group of Advent retreat-goers on a recent Wednesday evening at St. Joseph Parish in West Milford, helping prepare them for Christmas — the beginning of Christ’s saving work on earth — by singing in a deep, melodious voice an appropriate hymn, “This is a Day of New Beginnings.”
    • December 14
      With the start of winter so near, there’s a ministry that has surely warmed the hearts of many through the talents of its members in knitting and crocheting. Throughout the Diocese, there are several parishes that host this unique ministry known as the Prayer Shawl Ministry.
    • December 14
      For more than a decade, hundreds of teens from around the country would come to the Paterson Diocese volunteering for a week during the summer at its Catholic Charities agencies through Catholic Heart Workcamp (CHWC). Bringing their joy and eagerness to serve and living as followers of Jesus would, these teens were needed to help diocesan agencies, which already run on limited resources.
    • December 14
      Donald Wehr didn’t notice much different about Plano, Texas, than his native New Jersey, when he arrived there in September to start ministering at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish — except for those recognizable Lone Star State expressions, such as “Y’all,” and footwear, like “wearing lots of cowboy boots.” This 19-year-old has joined a team of young adults who are fired up to undertake a specific mission in evangelizing through the Gospel.
    • December 14
      bout three years ago, St. Joseph Parish in Mendham started its own socially minded tradition: “Good Deed Friday” — posting on Facebook blurbs that thank some of the kind, thoughtful and compassionate deeds that parishioners have performed for other people.
    • December 14
      The newest chapter in the history of the Diocese of Paterson began to be written Dec. 9 when faithful from across the Diocese’s three counties of Passaic, Morris and Sussex gathered together in the newly-renovated Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson for a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the exact date 80 years ago that the Diocese of Paterson was established in 1937.
    • December 14
      In his prayer video for the month of December, Pope Francis prays for grandparents and the elderly, urging people to respect and support them, that their wisdom may continue to be passed down to new generations.
    • December 7
      Liturgical music serves as a powerful — and much-loved — form of evangelization that “equips parishioners, priests and ministers, including the choir, with the tools to become drawn to the faith during the Mass and then drawn to the faith again all week,” Preston Dibble, diocesan director of music, observed at a recent convocation for local parish music ministers, pastoral musicians and music lovers.