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  • Good News from The Beacon

    • November 23
      Bishop Serratelli, the main celebrant of the annual diocesan Respect Life Mass Nov. 18 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson, encouraged Catholics to remain “persistent” and unyielding in their faith-filled efforts to lobby in the public square for laws that “hold human life sacred from conception until natural death.”
    • November 23
      Beginning in 1979, St. John Paul II began a series of lectures exploring chastity, marriage, celibacy and a culture of life known as the “Theology of the Body” giving more than 125 lectures on the topic over a five-year period. Almost four decades later, the message of St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” continues to be as relevant as ever and serves as the foundation for Corazon Puro, an organization dedicated to forming leaders among Latino youth and young adults to bring about a culture of life.
    • November 23
      Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Pius X Parish in Montville Nov. 19 where he celebrated Mass for the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The parish’s roots go back to 1959, when Bishop McNulty established an exploratory mission in Montville. He raised it to parish status in 1960.
    • November 23
      In 1943, American artist Norman Rockwell created a painting depicting the Thanksgiving celebration with generations of family surrounding a table and the matriarch of the family presenting the traditional turkey she prepared for dinner. Throughout the Diocese, many families will be bringing this painting to life today. Fortunately, that also includes 410 families in the city of Paterson thanks to Turkeys 4U, a group of students, from Kinnelon High School, who provided Our Lady of the Magnificat Parish and poor families in Paterson with a Thanksgiving turkey.
    • November 23
      Father Aleksander Bialas was formerly installed as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in West Milfo by Bishop Serratelli Nov. 18 during the vigil Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
    • November 23
      Since 1938, Catholic Family and Community Services (CFCS), the original social service agency of the Diocese of Paterson, has administered programs to provide direct assistance to the poor. One of the basic programs that has been offered for many years is the distribution of food to the hungry through its food pantry at the Father English Center in Paterson.
    • November 16
      Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to St. Jude Parish in Hopatcong Nov. 12. During the visit, he celebrated Mass for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
    • November 16
      In spite of rainy weather that fell on a Monday morning, Nov. 13, the spirits of those at the Father English Community Center in Paterson were not dampened. Eleven days after a devastating fire destroyed the diocesan Catholic Charities agency’s food pantry, the Father English food pantry is back to serve its 100 to 150 clients that come daily for basic food needs.