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  • Good News from The Beacon

    • 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.
    • November 16
      Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Pompton Plains on Saturday, Nov. 11 where he was the main celebrant of the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass for the 32rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
    • November 16
      Bishop Serratelli visited Our Lady of Holy Angels Parish in Little Falls on Wednesday, Nov. 1 where he was the main celebrant of the 7:30 p.m. Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints (All Saints Day).
    • November 16
      Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Lake Hopatcong welcomed Bishop Serratelli Nov. 5. During his pastoral visit, the Bishop celebrated Mass for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.
    • November 16
      Xaverian Missionaries, whose provincial house is in Wayne, honored priests in the Diocese, highlighting two bishops and 11 priests of the Diocese and from religious orders, who serve the Church of Paterson, during its Diocesan Priests Appreciation Dinner Nov. 10 at the Brownstone in Paterson.
    • November 16
      On the Facebook page of the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) in Oak Ridge, a Catholic Charities agency in the Diocese, there’s a photo of Carolina and Mindy that has collected more than 300 likes. It’s a photo of the DPD employee and DPD client next to a promotional poster that features them as models for the 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. This poster can be found everywhere in parishes throughout the Diocese. The poster says it all — love and joy, expressed on the faces of the two women. Their smiles describe daily what it’s like at DPD.
    • November 16
      Soft lighting bathed DePaul’s chapel in a golden glow on the evening of Oct. 30, as Bishop Serratelli started his latest “Pizza with the Bishop” vocations-awareness event promptly at 7 p.m. with only two young men in attendance. To reach his small audience more personally, he decided to deliver his opening reflection on the Scripture story of Jesus’ miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, while sitting next to them at their chairs rather than speaking at the pulpit. Like a scene from the Bible, more young men from around the Diocese streamed into the chapel in groups of twos, threes and fours — in no time multiplying the multitude to 10 lay people. They came to gather around Bishop Serratelli and hear his wisdom about how they can discern God’s call for them as a priest, religious or married person or to a specific profession.