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  • Good News from The Beacon

    • March 23
      Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit March 19 to St. Mary Church here and celebrated Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent. During the Mass, Bishop Serratelli administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to young people of the parish.
    • March 23
      A “hostile wind” has been kicking up in U.S. society that threatens not only people who profess “traditional moral beliefs” but also, more broadly, the foundation of our freedom of religious expression as enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution — one of our basic liberties that many Founding Fathers championed in the early days of the nation.
    • March 23
      Expectation and excitement filled the campus of The Catholic Academy of Sussex County as its newest building — Pope John XXIII Middle School in Sparta — opened its doors to greet parents, students, and friends for a welcome and tours on March 13. “The new school building received rave reviews from young and old alike,” according to Craig Austin, vice president for institutional advancement.
    • March 23
      Since early this year, members of the Knights of Columbus Don Bosco Council No. 7784 have been delivering a serious message to Confirmation students throughout Sussex County: that schools — including public schools — are not “God-free” zones and that the law mandates them to permit students to express their faith freely.
    • March 23
      It’s been a year since the U.S. government declared that Chrisians, Yazidis and other religious groups in Iraq and Syria were victims of an ongoing genocide committed by ISIS, the Islamic State terrorist organization. At that time, it was seen as a critical first step to end religious persecution, but to this day the attacks continue almost unabated.
    • March 16
      Violence and suffering continues unabated for many who once called Aleppo in Syria their home. Last week, while on retreat, Pope Francis offered Mass for the war-torn country and donated 100,000 euros to help the poor in Aleppo. Pope Francis’ gesture reminds all Catholics that serving the least among us, is part of the Church’s central teachings. Hearing the cry of the poor, some Catholics in Morris County have been reaching out to help refugees there.
    • March 16
      For parishes that are searching for ways to build more vibrant faith communities that thrive, Parish Catalyst has some tips. The non-profit organization has conducted extensive research that points to four essential practices of dynamic parishes throughout the U.S. These include what the organization calls the “Sunday experience.”
    • March 16
      For 33 days, a prayer group called the Barangay of the Virgin journeyed through prayer and reflection for a special consecration to Jesus and Mary. The culmination of this journey took place at St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Parsippany recently. The prayer group consisted of Filipinos in Morris County and neighboring areas, who followed the book, “33 Days to Morning Glory,” by Marian Father Michael Gaitley.