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  • Good News from The Beacon

    • February 22
      ‘Today’s Question’
      No buzzers. No lightening rounds. No need to “phone a friend” — and no prizes behind Door No. 3. Friends of Father Jhon Madrid on Facebook only need to read his daily posts on the social-networking website to play his quiz game, “Today’s Question.” He tests his audience’s knowledge of all things Catholic — from the saints and Church history to Scripture and the Sacraments.
    • February 22
      Pastoral visit to Clifton Parish
      Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish in Clifton on Feb. 17 where he served as main celebrant and homilist of the Vigil Mass for the First Sunday in Lent. It also marked the Feast of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order.
    • February 22
      Ash Wednesday
      Bishop Serratelli celebrated Mass in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson on Ash Wednesday morning Feb. 14. He distributed ashes to staff members of St. Joseph’s.
    • February 22
      Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
      Bishop Serratelli helped lead 42 Catholics of the Diocese and beyond, including 20 priests and a deacon, on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Israel — often called the “Fifth Gospel” — Jan. 23 to 30. For eight days, they toured sites important to the history of ancient Israel in the Old Testament, such as the Western Wall and a recently discovered synagogue at Magdala, and of Jesus’ ministry in the New Testament, such as the Sea of Galilee, the Temple Mount and the Upper Room.
    • February 22
      Pastoral visit to St. Ann Parish
      The community of St. Ann Parish in Parsippany welcomed Bishop Serratelli on Sunday, Feb. 18, as he served as main celebrant and homilist of the 10:30 a.m. Mass for the First Sunday of Lent. Concelebrating the Mass was Father David Pickens, St. Ann’s pastor.
    • February 22
      Using technology to reach out
      Texting in church is never a good idea. But on Easter, it will be a great tool for parishes to use to reach out to the many Catholics filling the pews to overflowing for Mass that day. And parishes using Flocknote will be able to reach out to those in the pews so that they can stay connected with the parish going forward after Easter and throughout the year.
    • February 22
      'Don't Give Up Chocolate'
      This Lent, some Catholics in the Diocese have decided to go beyond the tradition of “giving up” something — a bad habit or favorite activity or snack, such as chocolate. These local faithful have been participating Best Lent Ever: an online program by Dynamic Catholic that promises them a sweeter experience of preparing for Easter by helping to deepen their spirituality and to encourage them to become the best person — and Christian — possible. At least three parishes in the Diocese have been promoting Best Lent Ever, which bears the provocative tagline “Don’t Give Up Chocolate for Lent.”
    • February 22
      Rite of Election
      The Diocese of Paterson welcomed 119 catechumens in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson where Bishop Serratelli formerly selected — or elected — them Feb. 18. The Rite of Election formally sets the catechumen on the path toward full Sacramental unity with the Church. These catechumens are now known as the elect.