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  • Good News from The Beacon

    • June 22
      On June 17, Bishop Serratelli helped the Sisters of Christian Charity at Mallinckrodt Convent in Mendham celebrate the 200th birthday of their order’s founder, Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, serving as the main celebrant and homilist of a Mass in the Chapel of Mary Immaculate at the Motherhouse. Blessed Pauline founded the Sisters of Christian Charity in Germany on Aug. 21, 1849. Attending were priests from the parishes in which the sisters serve, staff persons, friends of the community and the Companions of Pauline, lay people who have answered the call to proclaim Christ to the world by living out the charism of Blessed Pauline in their lives. Afterward, the order hosted a dinner in the motherhouse and gave a presentation on their founder’s life, ministry and the charism as it is lived today by the congregation. There, Bishop Serratelli blessed a portrait of Blessed Pauline, commissioned by Anthony and Marilyn Bastardi and painted by Stefania Panepinto.
    • June 22
      The beginnings of Catholicism in Paterson date to 1816 when itinerant missionaries began offering Mass in private homes every few weeks. In 1820, Bishop John Connolly, O.P. of New York assigned one of his eight priests, Father Richard Bulger, to Paterson. Bulger was the first priest permanently assigned to New Jersey. The following year, the first St. John’s was built on the corner of Mill and Market Streets for $1,000. This church was quickly outgrown, and in 1833 a new stone church was built on Oliver Street for $15,000. On Oct. 30, 1863, Bishop James R. Bayley of Newark named Father William McNulty as St. John’s 13th pastor. During Dean McNulty’s nearly 60 years as pastor (he was named Dean of Passaic and Bergen Counties in 1886), Paterson’s population would grow to more than 100,000 people. The Dean’s vision for St. John’s kept pace with that growth.
    • June 22
      When the St. John’s Church was opened in 1870, the original windows were of cheap colored glass. There are still remnants of those windows in some of the auxiliary areas of the present cathedral, for example, in the sacristy, and in the lancet window nearest the Tabernacle. However, the intention was always to replace the original windows with fine stained glass windows as funds became available. Between 1870 and its final consecration on June 29, 1890, funds were raised to “complete” the church, including the bell tower, the minarets on the front of the church, the side chapel, and other interior features.
    • June 22
      The Mass for the Dedication of a Church is rich with rites and signs that celebrate our faith that is “built upon the foundation of the Apostles, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone” (Preface of the Eucharistic Prayer for the Mass of Dedication). In the Old Testament’s Second Book of Chronicles, Solomon prays at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem: “Let your priests, Lord God, be robed in salvation, let your faithful rejoice in what is good!” (2 Chronicles 6:41). At the conclusion of Solomon’s prayer “the glory of the Lord filled the temple of the Lord” (2 Chronicles 7:1). The Temple dedication was vital for God’s chosen people because through the Temple Israel understood her identity and in the Temple sacrifices to God were made. The Temple was the dwelling place of the Lord God.
    • June 22
      Bishop Serratelli will rededicate the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson on Saturday, June 24, after the 147-year-old Neo-Gothic house of worship in the heart of Paterson received a colossal $17.4 million rehabilitation. The six-year project corrected serious structural issues — a grand undertaking to preserve the majestic structure for future generations. The painstaking — and often dangerous —project also sought to preserve the history and beauty of the interior and exterior of this towering structure, while also reconfiguring its worship space and giving it some modern styling and amenities.
    • June 22
      On the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, a new chapter will begin in the history of the Paterson Diocese with the reopening and rededication June 24 of its Mother Church, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson. Bishop Serratelli will be the principal celebrant at the 10 a.m. Mass of Dedication. Among the prelates attending are Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the U.S., Bishop Emeritus Frank Rodimer, Benedictine Abbot Richard Cronin of St. Mary Abbey, Morristown, and bishops from around the state and nation.
    • June 22
      One of the greatest gifts to our health care system in the United States is the many faith-based hospitals we have. Faith-based hospitals’ strong religious heritage drives them to provide compassionate care to people of all faiths and backgrounds — and their wellness services go beyond just providing medical care.
    • June 15
      Robert Scarpone, a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Flanders, has been one of the only people to appear on two of television’s most popular game shows. Last month, Scarpone was in the “hot seat” on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” during the show’s “Teacher Appreciation Week.” At the beginning of the show, Chris Harrison, host of “Millionaire,” said, “Welcome to Teacher Appreciation Week, where each day, we’re giving some of the best teachers in the country a million dollar pop quiz.”