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Author:Carmela Malerba
Santa (Brian Kelley) gingerly holds twins Tatiana, left, and Jhonny Gonzalez Jr. of Lindenwold during the 22nd annual Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Intensive Care Nursery Christmas Party on Wednesday, Dec. 15. At the party, 19 babies who are either too small or are not well enough to go home for their first Christmas had the opportunity to get dressed up in their holiday finery and have their photos taken with Santa. The Intensive Care Nursery at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden, is a Regional Perinatal Center that cares for more than 400 babies a year, some of whom stay in the hospital for up to three months.
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CIUDAD DEL VATICANO (CNS) — Los ataques en contra de la libertad de credo amenazan la paz y la seguridad del mundo, como también detienen el auténtico crecimiento y desarrollo humanos, dijo el papa Benedicto XVI. “La libertad de credo es una auténtica arma de paz”, que prohija las cualidades humanas y potencial que “pueden cambiar el mundo y hacerlo mejor”, dijo el Papa en su mensaje para el Día de la Paz Mundial, a celebrarse el 1º de enero del próximo año, 2011. El mensaje del papa Benedicto, que les fue dado a conocer a los dirigentes del mundo por los embajadores del Vaticano, se publicó en el Vaticano el 16 de diciembre.
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El Niño Dios ha sido muy importante en mi familia, particularmente mientras que nos preparábamos para celebrar la Navidad. Fue mi abuelita quien regaló a mis padres su primer Niño. Con gran dedicación mi mamá vestía la imagen que permanecía cubierta hasta la Noche Buena. Siguiendo la tradición, mi mamá regaló su primer Niño Dios a la familia de mi hermano. Hoy mis sobrinos alaban al Niño Dios con villancicos y besos—de la misma manera que yo lo hacía cuando niña. Se le conoce al Niño Jesús con varios nombres alrededor del mundo: Niño Jesús de Praga, el Divino Niño, el Niño de la Espina, Bambino de Araceoli, Santo Niño del Cebu…entre otros. Hace poco tiempo tuve la oportunidad de conocer algo de la celebración del Niño Viajero, una fiesta ecuatoriana. La comunidad se prepara para la fiesta con novenas y eventos desde el primer domingo de adviento. Estos eventos conmemoran el viaje de José y María a Belén. El día prominente es el 24 de diciembre cuando la comunidad con carros alegóricos representando escenas de la sagrada familia, reyes magos, ángeles, y pastorcitos llevan en andas la imagen del Santo Niño. Se continúan las procesiones el día 1 de enero y finalmente la víspera de Epifanía en la que se celebra a todos los niños con regalos. Estas y otras tradiciones familiares y culturales durante este adviento y navidad nos ayudan a mantener el foco de este tiempo litúrgico, la encarnación de Dios en un bebé. Las palabras del ángel a los pastores, fueron “No teman, pues les anuncio una gran alegría….encontrarán un niño en pañales y acostado en un pesebre” (Lc 2, 10,12). La alegría de la navidad surge en la admiración y agradecimiento a Dios por haber tomado la fragilidad y humildad de nuestra carne y haber escogido la pobreza de este mundo. Vivimos el espíritu de navidad cuando buscamos a Emanuel, Dios-con-nosotros, entre los que nos rodean, especialmente al más vulnerable. Vivimos la navidad cuando fomentamos los encuentros familiares, cuando nos reconciliamos, cuando renovamos los sentimientos de fraternidad universal y cuando transmitimos a las generaciones más jóvenes los aspectos esenciales de la fe por medio del gran misterio de Belén. Si dejáramos de lado los regalos, el menú de comidas, las tarjetas, …y alguien nos preguntara ¿Cómo celebramos la navidad? ¿Cuál sería nuestra respuesta? Que nuestro esperar en acción nos “conduzca hacía Aquel quien ya vino, quien vendrá, y quien continúa viniendo en los eventos diarios de la vida” (Papa Juan Pablo II). Hna. Ruth Bolarte, IHM Directora del Instituto Católico Para la Evangelización, Arquidiócesis de Philadelphia
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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Infringements on the freedom of religion threaten peace and security worldwide as well as stifle authentic human growth and development, Pope Benedict XVI said. “Religious freedom is an authentic weapon of peace,” which fosters the human qualities and potentials that “can change the world and make it better,” the pope said in his message for World Peace Day, Jan. 1, 2011. Pope Benedict’s message, which was delivered to world leaders by Vatican ambassadors, was released at the Vatican Dec. 16.
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The Holy Child has always been very important in my family, particularly as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. It was my grandmother who gave my parents their first Baby Jesus. With great dedication my mother dressed the image which remained covered until Christmas Eve. Following the tradition, my mother gave my brother’s family their first Baby Jesus. Now, my nephews and niece praise the Holy Child with carols and kisses — as I used to do when I was a child. The Holy Child is known with various names around the world: Child of Praga, the Divine Child, the Child of the Spine, Bambino de Araceoli, Holy Child of Cebu, among others. Recently, I had the opportunity to get acquainted with the celebration of the “Traveling Child,” a tradition in Ecuador. The communities start preparing for Christmas with novenas and blessings during the first Sunday of Advent. The commemorations remember the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. The highpoint of the celebration is Dec. 24 when there is a parade with floats reflecting religious scenes of the Holy Family, the three kings, angels and shepherds and the image of the Holy Child preceding the entire procession. There are two more processions on Jan. 1 and on the vigil of Epiphany in which all the children are celebrated with gifts and treats. These and other family and cultural traditions during Advent and Christmas help us to keep the focus of this liturgical season, the incarnation of God as a baby. The message of the angels for the shepherds was, “Do not be afraid, I bring to you Good News that will cause great joy…. they found a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger”(Lk 2, 10,12). The joy of Christmas comes from the awe and gratitude to God for having taken the fragility and humility of our flesh and for having preferred the poverty of the world. We live the spirit of Christmas when we look for Emmanuel, God-with-us, among those around us, especially the most vulnerable. We live the spirit of Christmas when we encourage family encounters, when we are reconciled, when we renew our fraternal responsibility with one another, and when we hand over to the new generations the essence of our faith through the mystery of Bethlehem. If we were to leave aside gifts, meal plans, cards — and someone would ask us, “How do we celebrate Christmas ?” What would our answer be? May our active waiting for the Lord directs us “toward him who already came, who will come, and who comes continuously in the events of daily life” (Pope John Paul II). Sister Ruth Bolarte, IHM Director, Catholic Institute for Evangelization, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
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Author:Peter G. Sånchez
Just as it has done so many other times, the game of baseball brought people together on Monday, Dec. 20. A baseball legend, with a .328 career batting average and one of the five original inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame. A South Jersey cardiologist, who has also been an avid sports memorabilia collector for the past 30 years. And an international Roman Catholic women’s religious community, who can now better provide for the poor, in the schools and ministries they run in 35 countries. Earlier this year, the Atlantic-Midwest province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame learned that they had inherited a rare baseball card of Honus Wagner, from the brother of a deceased nun, after he died. The card was found in a safe deposit box, with a note that said, “Although damaged, this card will be exponentially valuable in the 21st century.” The Wagner card, produced between 1909 and 1911 as part of the T206 series, is perhaps the most sought-after baseball card in history. With only 60 to ever have been made, the sisters knew that they had a treasure — one of the Wagner cards in near-perfect condition sold in 2007 for $2.8 million, the highest price ever for a baseball card. The sisters’ card, although in poor condition, was graded authentic. Honus Wagner, known as “The Flying Dutchman,” played for 21 seasons, 18 of them with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Produced by the American Tobacco Company, the Wagner card stopped production shortly after it began. Most sports historians believe that either Wagner was upset about his image being used to promote tobacco products, or that the star shortstop believed he wasn’t being paid enough. In early November, the sisters put the card up for auction. The initial winning bidder never paid up, so Dr. Nicholas DePace, a cardiologist who works in South Jersey and Philadelphia, and a longtime collector of sports memorabilia, was given the opportunity to bid, via a call from Heritage Auctions house, of which he is a client. On Monday, Dec. 20, Dr. DePace bought the card for $220,000. Dr. DePace, a resident of Haddonfield and parishioner at Christ the King Church, felt it was important to help the nuns and their work. Noting that people in his office have started calling the baseball card the “St. Jude Miracle Wagner,” Dr. Depace knows that not only is it good to be able to help the sisters, but to also be able to, now, share his card with other sports fans like him, with a non-profit sports collectibles museum, in Collingswood, currently in the works. His vast memorabilia collection includes items from such pro sports greats as baseball players Richie Ashburn and Babe Ruth, basketball player Wilt Chamberlain, hockey player Wayne Gretzky and boxer Jack Dempsey. “People have to start giving back,” he added, talking partly about the mentalities of some professional athletes who desire only to earn more money for themselves, without helping others. Sister Kathleen Cornell, provincial leader of the Atlantic-Midwest province, says that the donated card was “a tangible sign of the goodness of people to us.” “We are grateful to benefactors like the one who gave us this Honus Wagner card because such generosity enables us to continue our ministries,” she said, noting that the money received will support the congregation’s educational ministries in North America, and the work of the sisters in Latin America and Africa. When asked if she thought there was divine intervention at play with the card, Sister Virginia Muller, former treasurer of the Midwest-Atlantic province and personal representative of the donor’s estate, believed so. “It’s certainly more than luck,” she said. “We believe we are about God’s ministry — God’s work — and so we know it’s a gift of heaven.”
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Author:Peter G. Sånchez
Photo by Alan M. Dumoff Msgr. William A. Hodge, pastor of St. Nicholas of Tolentine, holds the CD he recorded, “The Singing Monsignor: In Praise of Our Lady.” Proceeds benefit the parish. ATLANTIC CITY — As his new album states, call him the “Singing Monsignor.” Msgr. William A. Hodge, pastor of St. Nicholas of Tolentine here, recently went behind the microphone to produce “The Singing Monsignor: In Praise of Our Lady,” a collection of songs devoted to Mary. Recorded last June at St. Nicholas, and published by Comet-Tale Music, proceeds from the sale of the compact disc will go toward the restoration fund of the church, which Msgr. Hodge has been pastor of since 1997. Accompanying Msgr. Hodge are Sylvia Hoover, parish organist, and Daniel Capone, a 15-year-old student at St. Augustine Preparatory School in Richland (Msgr. Hodge’s alma mater). Hoover’s background includes piano and organ studies and, beginning at the age of 15, she began teaching piano, organ and voice. She attended Temple University, and she sang with Singing City choir in Philadelphia. In 1954, she began singing in the St. Nicholas Choir, and she began her duties as parish organist in 1968. Capone, a student of Hoover’s in piano and voice for the past eight years, sings with the pastor on many of the 18 tracks, including “Ave Maria,” “Hail Holy Queen,” and “Hail Queen of Heaven.” On two tracks (“Hail Full of Grace,” and “Mother, At Your Feet is Kneeling”) he performs solo. At St. Augustine Prep, he has received the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award, President’s Scholastic Fitness Award, PTA Scholarship Award, and Most Outstanding Student in Class. Msgr. Hodge showcases his solo vocals on tracks such as “Mother of Christ,” “Salve Mater Misericordiae” and “Our Lady of Fatima.” The first Roman Catholic Church established in Atlantic City, and one of three consecrated churches in the Diocese of Camden, St. Nicholas of Tolentine was founded in 1879. Sales of “The Singing Monsignor: In Praise of Our Lady,” available at www.theorchard.com or at www.cdbaby.com, are earmarked for St. Nicholas of Tolentine’s Restoration Fund.
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Author:Rich Luongo
CAMDEN — Religious and education leaders have expressed concern for the safety of the citizens of Camden if the city government goes through with its plan to drastically cut the police and fire departments. Father Matthew J. Hillyard, rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, said, “City leaders, state leaders, union leaders must get together and find ways to keep things safe in Camden and to protect the citizens. It’s up to the governor and other leaders to make sure the people are protected.” On Dec. 4, several priests working in the city, as well as other members of Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP) held a rally on the steps of the cathedral to call on Gov. Christie to make the safety of Camden residents a priority in finding a solution to the city’s financial crisis. Camden City is considered one of the most dangerous in the nation, with more than 30 murders so far this year. “We are concerned about the safety of our students and our residents in their homes and on the streets,” said Anna Mae Muryasz, principal of St. Anthony of Padua School. “We insure the safety of our students through the diocese. In the end we still need police and fire protection for our students.” St. Anthony of Padua in the Cramer Hill section of the city, with more than 160 students, is one of five Catholic schools in the city. In addition to parishes and schools, the Catholic presence in the city includes Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, the Cathedral Kitchen and several Catholic Charities facilities: St. John Prenatal Clinic; St. Luke Medical Services; Guadalupe Family Services; and Camden Center for Law and Social Justice, Immigration Services and Legal Assistance to the Poor. The chancery is also located in downtown Camden. Msgr. Robert T. McDermott, pastor of St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, said he is concerned with the safety of Camden’s citizens “but I feel something will and must be done by city officials and by state officials to make sure the safety of all is addressed and prevails.” Father Gerard Marable, pastor of St. Bartholomew Parish, said, “Psychologically people would be less likely to get involved in activities in the evenings with fewer cops around, and the criminal element will feel a certain amount of freedom and a permissiveness to do what they want.” Father Marable said he feels help for the city lies in the hands of President Barack Obama. “I think the President should cut the defense budget and give money to the cities to help them,” he said. “Turn soldiers into social agents for the city. Everybody is screaming there is no money and budgets get cut right and left, but one thing that never seems to get cut is the defense budget.”
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Author:Msgr. Louis A. Marucci
It seems almost incomprehensible that the Advent season will soon conclude and we will celebrate the great feast of Christmas this week. As we move into the final preparations we might find ourselves filled with anxiety as we attempt to get things ready for Christmas. Often people struggle to get their homes ready for Christmas, but fail to get their hearts ready for Christmas. While the trappings and trimmings are important for the celebration, they are not the most important things. The most important preparation is to have a heart that is ready for Christmas. A Christmas heart recognizes that the greatest Christmas gift ever given was the Son of God himself. When the Christ child was born he had no place to lay his head, and the manger trough became his bed. Today, the manger is the human heart. Is your heart ready for Christmas? Christmas has always been a special celebration for me. I have celebrated the Christmas Feast in the cave at Bethlehem (True), in some of the most magnificent Basilicas in the world, and even in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. I think that Christmas in Jefferson Hospital shall forever be burned in my memory. I had been hospitalized since July and remained in the NICU (Neuro-Intensive Care Unit) for what seemed an eternity. Having been reduced to quadriplegia, and remaining ventilator dependent, I could only lie there, steeped in my own thoughts of what the future would hold — if there would be a future. It was Christmas Eve; hospital personnel exchanged cards and gifts, they set up their hospital stations for little parties, and many wore Santa Claus hats. When my last visitor had left earlier that day, I asked my nurse to simply turn out the lights, but leave the door open a little bit. It was approximately 8 p.m. and I found that Christmas Eve to be one of the loneliest places in the world. There was so much festivity outside that room, but inside my room I was alone, pondering, with no festive music, and only the percussive rhythmic sound of a ventilator. Suddenly, the room slowly began to be filled with light. No, this was not a source of divine revelation (or was it?). It was just a little 9-year-old boy, with a magnificent soprano voice. During the Advent season, his parents were trying to teach him the importance of the season, and asked him to do something special for people at Christmas. He decided he would go Christmas caroling to sick people on Christmas Eve, and no one but his parents would go with him. As the door slowly opened, a warm light filled the dark room. I heard the angelic voice singing “Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm, all is bright….” In my world, not all was calm nor was it bright. The young lad finished his carol, reached into his pocket, and placed a small bag of Christmas cookies on the foot of my bed. He attempted to put a small card in my hand, which physically could not move. Realizing his dilemma, he placed the wallet sized card on my hospital tray, and gently left the room. Since the door remained open, the hallway light sent a small glow into the room, just enough to read the message on the little boy’s card. “The Miracle of Christmas can make all things calm, and all things bright, if you make room in your heart for Jesus.” Love, Christopher. Opening my heart to the Lord that Christmas made all the difference in the world. After Christopher left my room, I began to ponder what it really meant to make room in my heart for Jesus. That night, I thought about God’s profound love, to even send us a Savior. And what a Savior he sent. Who would have thought that the innocent baby in the trough would hang so painfully on a cross? From the wood of the crib, to the wood of the cross, he remained faithful. I realized that night that the Lord sent a gentle reminder for me to remain faithful, despite the circumstances in my life. If God could send a small 9-year-old boy to the hospital room of a young priest on Christmas Eve, to remind the priest to remain faithful, imagine what else he would do. And that is the meaning of Christmas, for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that all who would believe in him, would have everlasting life. To make Christmas really meaningful this year, make your heart his manger this year. I strongly encourage you to prepare your heart this week for the great Christmas feast. Make the effort to keep Christ in Christmas. Have you made provisions to attend Christmas Mass? Did you avail yourself of the sacrament of reconciliation? If you cannot go to confession before Christmas, make a promise that you will go before the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which closes the Christmas Season on Jan. 9, 2011. During this season of giving, be generous to the Lord and to others. Although time is precious, devote a few hours of service to make a difference somewhere. I have often wondered if Christopher ever realized how God used him on that night. To be quite honest, Christopher gave me the hope I needed, which fundamentally transformed my life and my priesthood. Mother Teresa once told me, “Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing.” And so I give you an early Christmas message in order that this feast will transform your life too. “The Miracle of Christmas can make all things calm, and all things bright, if you make room in your heart for Jesus.” Msgr. Louis A. Marucci is pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, Gibbsboro.
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Author:Carmela Malerba
Nicholas J. “Nick” Gazzara III, 18, a star soccer player at Sacred Heart High School in Vineland, died suddenly on Thursday, Dec. 16 in Buena. Born on Oct. 24, 1992 in Woodbury, he resided in Newfield and later in Buena Vista Twp. He attended St. Mary’s Grammar School, and was a member of the 2011 Senior Class of Sacred Heart. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Lions Soccer team, and was named to the All South Jersey, and All State soccer teams. He broke three soccer records this year, including the school record for most goals in one year with 42. He also broke the record for scoring in consecutive games, with 26 consecutive games with at least one goal, and still holds the record. His dearest friends say that “To many, Nick will be remembered as a South Jersey soccer legend, but to those who are nearest to him he leaves a legacy of always living life to the absolute fullest. In Nick’s 18 years here he was able to make a profound impact on thousands of lucky lives. Always fun and the most loyal friend, Nick was the proverbial life of the party. He was an amazing son, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend.” He is survived by his mother, Lynda L. (Lapalucci) Gazzara; father, Nicolas J. Gazzara, Jr.; two brothers, A.J. and Christopher; paternal grandfather, Nicholas J. Gazzara, Sr.; maternal grandfather, Alfred G. Lapalucci, Sr.; and maternal grandmother, Juanita E. Lapalucci. He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Florence Gazzara, and his sister, Casey Nicole Gazzara. A funeral liturgy was celebrated in Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday, Dec. 21, in Vineland. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Vineland. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Nick Gazzara Memorial Soccer Scholarship Fund, 179 Lincoln Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360.
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Author:Rich Luongo
Photo by James A. McBride Lisa Fiorentino, second from right, who owns the Hello Gorgeous salons with her husband, Tony, helps load a truck with donated gifts in Blackwood. The Fiorentinos are working with the St. Vincent de Paul Society to help single mothers at Christmas. WOODBURY HEIGHTS — There will be quite a few single mothers this year who will be enjoying a festive and fun-filled Christmas with their children thanks to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and a local businesswoman and her staff of hair stylists. Lisa Fiorentino and her husband, Tony, own seven beauty salons called Hello Gorgeous in Camden and Gloucester counties. “Every year we would have a Christmas Pollyanna in each store and in our headquarters to help those in need,” said Lisa. “But my girls in the salons this year wanted to do something different this year instead of the usual Pollyanna.” When the parishes of St. Margaret of Woodbury Heights and St. John Vianney of Deptford merged into the new Infant Jesus Parish of Woodbury Heights, Lisa contacted the newly combined St. Vincent de Paul Society of the Infant Jesus Parish to offer to aid them in their goal of helping the needy in the area. “Each of our stores is helping two families,” said Lisa, “and my husband and I and the staff members in our corporate office are helping two other families.” She noted that St. Vincent de Paul gave Hello Gorgeous the names of families with as many as three children that needed help. Lisa and her crew were given turkeys for the families and all the essentials for a tasty dinner and items necessary for a Christmas breakfast, Lisa said. “The girls in each store pooled their money for gifts and specifically asked St. Vincent de Paul for single moms,” she said, noting that she employs many single moms in her salons. “We bought clothes and toys for the children in each family,” Lisa explained. “This year we went out and bought a style of winter boots called Uggs for the girls which can cost as much as $100 a pair.” This past Sunday, the women from Hello Gorgeous went to the gym at the old St. Margaret’s Parish in Woodbury Heights with a box truck filled with food and clothes and presents from the salon and St. Vincent de Paul for as many as 134 families, including those being helped by Hello Gorgeous. Baskets were made and everything was prepared to be delivered to the families who would enjoy a great Yuletide this year.
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Author:Msgr. Robert T. McDermott
Photo by Carl Peters A homeless man stands on Federal Street in Camden on Tuesday, Dec. 21. The temperature was expected to drop to 25 degrees that night. Ironically, the morning that I planned to write this article, Jeremy Rosen, of the Courier Post, began a four part series describing the conditions and the homeless people of Camden. Truly, not enough has been written about this catastrophic situation in the See City of the Diocese of Camden. As Rosen’s articles pointed out, the reality of homelessness is a complicated situation. There are many reasons for people being on the streets and few solutions to both to address that reality and the conditions that lead up to it. For years I have sat watching this reality unfold in front of my own eyes. Every parish in Camden welcomes the homeless to their property on these cold winter nights. However, we don’t have a place inside. Personally, it breaks my heart and challenges my faith to not be able to respond in a more human and welcoming way. Old jackets and clothes, warm coffee (“with sugar and milk, please”) and perhaps a muffin or two are not enough to make me any less comfortable or guilty. I am not alone in these feelings. Throughout the course of this past year, a small group of men and woman have come together to figure out how we might respond in a better way. Without money, resources, or buildings we let our compassion guide us to action on behalf of others. We have founded “Joseph’s House,” a subsidiary of the St. Joseph Carpenter Society. It will become a limited liability corporation (LLC) from which we hope to provide more and more services and opportunities for the homeless. As St. Joseph cared for the presence of God in his midst, we hope to do the same. There are admirable agencies in the city of Camden already doing “compassionate outreach” to the homeless. They have been at it for years and deserve our praise and gratitude. However, it has not been enough. Our efforts will not either. But it is a step in the right direction. We hope to open “The New Visions Café” in partnership with the Lutheran Social Ministries which presently run a daytime drop-in center with the same name. With their blessing and help we will offer from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. a warm place to come and get off the streets for approximately 40 men, women, and children. The Catholic Churches in the city of Camden have done wonderful work to reach out not only to our parishioners but to all within our neighborhoods in many areas of ministries. We have done little to “house the homeless.” Joseph’s House is a start, a small, slow one but a start nonetheless. We will need your prayers and support to not only begin this ministry but to help it grow into more than just a drop-in center in the future. It is a Gospel calling to all of us to see Our Brother Jesus in all of our brothers and sisters. It is part of the Vision of our Diocese “to care for our sisters and brothers in need.” This weekend we celebrate the journey of Mary and Joseph where a place to stay was not available to them. They gave birth to Jesus in a manger where Shepherds and Kings came to pay Him homage. He came to remind us that “God is with us.” We must all continue to be reminded how much pain and suffering exists in the lives of our brothers and sisters; our faith must lead us to the poor, homeless, the migrant, the mentally ill and others that society has cast out. We ask for your help in getting this ministry started. We will ask for volunteers but it will be a difficult task. We ask you for your financial support as well. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer your time you may send your donation to The St. Joseph Carpenter Society, 20 Church street, Camden, NJ 08105 (indicate that it is for Joseph’s House. Or you may call John Klein at 856-964-2776 ext. 6060). This promises to be a cold winter, we know that already. Help us provide assistance to at least some of God’s people. Msgr. Robert T. McDermott is pastor of St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, East Camden.
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Author:Carmela Malerba
There will be no Star Herald on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. The next issue will be dated Jan. 7, 2011. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year from the staff of the Catholic Star Herald
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Author:Bishop Joseph A. Galante
God comes to us this season “She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2: 7) For an event that has inspired such awe through the ages, the Gospels are relatively sparse in details about the birth of Jesus. The details that we do have tell a story about a family coping in circumstances beyond their control. The most extensive account is in the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke. There we find the famous phrases about a decree from the mighty Roman authorities conducting a census, so that the humble Joseph brings Mary to Bethlehem, his ancestral home. Luke notes that the baby was born in a manger, a place for animals to feed, because “there was no room for them in the inn.” The first to hear the words of the angels about this birth are not the powerful but simple shepherds, an uneducated crew with a somewhat sour reputation, men who were seen as uncouth, set aside in their fields, not part of the civilizing influence of town life. Perhaps it’s a reminder that if we seek Jesus at Christmas, we are sure to find him among those we often seek to avoid. Flash forward more than 2,000 years. Our times are no longer flush; many families in South Jersey and beyond feel besieged by circumstances of job loss, sickness and poverty. Some of us may have once felt a control over our own destiny, but found that embracing the gospel of individualism is, eventually, a hollow piece of news. But there is good news, another, better gospel. At the beginning of the Advent season, I had the opportunity to chat with our young adults group in a “Theology on Tap” session. In an informal tavern atmosphere, I shared a bit about my own faith journey and listened to what their concerns were about the church. One message from the young people came out loud and clear: they wanted a church engaged in the sufferings and struggles they see around them. They wanted to make the incarnation real in the world. They yearned to embrace a community that made space for the coming of Jesus as experienced through his poor. In this season, we find that more and more of us are clinging to the person of Jesus, that even in the commercial gloss of this season we remain ever more reliant on this infant born in the humblest of circumstances. God comes to us this season, through the proclamation of the Gospel, the Eucharist and in the welcoming love of our families and those who reach beyond to embrace the struggling immigrant, the neighbor coping on unemployment, or an elderly friend who lives alone. May we find room at the inn in our hearts for Jesus this Christmas. May he fill our actions, our hearts and our souls in 2011. May we welcome him with open hearts through the warmth and support we offer to the materially and spiritually poor among us. This year, may we have room in the inn. May the news heard by the shepherds touch all our hearts this year, bringing wonder, peace and joy!
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Clergy Assignments /Clergy Assignments
Author:Carmela Malerba
Bishop Galante announces deacon personnel changes as follows: Deacon William G. Johnson, formerly assigned to St. Teresa of Avila in Bridgeton to the new Parish of the Holy Cross in Bridgeton for a term of three years, effective immediately. Deacon Johnson’s diocesan assignment will be Black Catholic Ministries and Racial Justice Commission. Deacon CJ Achee, formerly assigned to Immaculate Conception in Bridgeton to the new Parish of the Holy Cross in Bridgeton for a term of three years, effective immediately. Deacon Achee’s diocesan assignment will be Prison Ministries. Deacon Carmen M. Bischer, formerly assigned to Immaculate Conception in Bridgeton to the new Parish of the Holy Cross in Bridgeton for a term of three years, effective immediately. Deacon Bischer’s diocesan assignment will be Healthcare Ministries. Deacon Christopher D. Nichols, formerly assigned to St. Mary in Rosenhayn to the new Parish of the Holy Cross in Bridgeton for a term of three years, effective immediately. Deacon Nichol’s diocesan assignment will be Marriage Preparation. Deacon Donald W. Rogozenski, formerly assigned to St. Mary in Rosenhayn to the new Parish of the Holy Cross in Bridgeton for a term of three years, effective immediately. Deacon Rogozenski’s diocesan assignments will be Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministries. Deacon Kevin L. Laughlin, formerly assigned to the merging parishes of Corpus Christi in Carney’s Point, Queen of Apostles in Pennsville, St. Mary in Salem and St. James in Penns Grove to the new parish of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in Carney’s Point for a term of three years, effective Dec. 1. Deacon Laughlin’s diocesan assignments will be Religious Education and Healthcare Ministries. Deacon Hipolito Lagares, formerly assigned to St. Mary Magdalen in Millville to the new Parish of All Saints in Millville for a term of three years, effective Dec. 1. Deacon Santo Nasuti, formerly assigned to St. John Bosco in Millville to the new Parish of all Saints in Millville for a term of three years, effective Dec. 1. Deacon Nasuti’s diocesan assignment will be Healthcare Ministries. Deacon Russell O. Davis, formerly assigned to the merging parishes of St. Mary Magdalen in Millville and St. John Bosco in Millville to the new Parish of All Saints in Millville for a term of three years, effective Dec. 1. Deacon Davis’ diocesan assignment will be the Stewardship Office.
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Catholic Schools/Catholic School News
Author:Carmela Malerba
Photo by James A. McBride Midge Goldyn, who is retiring as school secretary after 45 years, is congratulated by principal Sister Paula Randow and assistant principal John T. Cafagna. Our Lady of Hope Regional School, Blackwood, set aside Dec. 17 as Mrs. Goldyn Day. Starting at 8 a.m. each hour a different class visited with Mrs. Goldyn and sang or read poems and presented her with cards and gifts. A luncheon was attended by current faculty and staff as well as past faculty members, friends and even a few of her family members, much to her surprise.
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Catholic Schools/Catholic School News
Author:Carmela Malerba
Kayla Rodriguez, an eighth grade student at St. Cecilia School, Pennsauken, portrays Mary holding the Christ Child (the nephew of another student) in the school’s Christmas play on Thursday, Dec. 16.
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Youth & Young Adult/Youth and Young Adults News
Author:Carmela Malerba
Youth group members of Christ the King Parish, Haddonfield, enact a Nativity scene during a Christmas party they sponsored for children from Camden City on Dec. 15.
Thursday, 23 December 2010 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Youth & Young Adult/Youth and Young Adults News
Author:Carmela Malerba
Photo by Alan M. Dumoff George McDonald of the youth group of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Linwood, helps Mike McFadden pick out a tree. The youth group has been selling trees at the parish for 20 years.
Thursday, 23 December 2010 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Sports/Sports News
Author:Carmela Malerba
Photo by Alan M. Dumoff Wildwood Catholic’s Zach DeWeese goes for a layup on Friday, Dec. 17, as the school’s men’s basketball team hosted Sacred Heart High School (Vineland). Trailing 53-45 entering the fourth quarter, Wildwood Catholic came back to beat Sacred Heart 65-64.
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Catholic Schools/Catholic School News
Author:Carmela Malerba
Photo by Alan M. Dumoff Reminding everyone in attendance the real reason for the season, Assumption Regional Catholic School students in Galloway Township held a live Nativity scene Dec. 18 on school grounds with the youth dressed as Joseph, Mary, shepherds and the three kings. There were farm animals such as sheep, donkeys, goats and an alpaca (subbing for a camel) joining them. A star shone over the manger setting, as choral groups from Assumption School and Holy Spirit High School (Absecon) performed familiar Christmas carols, and St. Nicholas handed out Christmas treats to all those gathered.
Thursday, 23 December 2010 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Catholic Schools/Catholic School News
Author:Carmela Malerba
Eighth grade students of Christ the King School, Haddonfield, have a little “Fallen Angel” card game fun before going on stage to perform in the annual Christmas Pageant on Wednesday, Dec. 15. Above left, Juliana Soper (notice the green cast) and Lauren Uveges; in right photo, Jenny Manning and Maureen O’Kane. Photos by Christ the King School
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Youth & Young Adult/Opportunities for Youth and Young Adults
Author:Carmela Malerba
St. Joseph’s Council Knights of Columbus, will hold its annual basketball “Free Throw” competition, Jan. 8, 2011 at St. Joseph Regional School gym, Shore Rd. and Harbor Lane, Somers Point. Entry forms available at the school office. Theology on Tap speaker’s session will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 at 7 p.m. “Does God Have a Plan for Me?” with Father Kevin Nadolski, OSFS, a young priest who works helping people to discern their purpose in life. Landmark Americana Tap & Grill, 1 East Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro. Free admission. More info: call 856-583-6181 or andres.arango@camdendiocese.org St. Peter, Merchantville, Christian Singles Club (email: stpetersover21@yahoo.com, 856-663-3759), has many scheduled upcoming events: Dec. 31, New Year’s Dance at the KofC Hall, Maple Shade, $50 per person, includes buffet, open bar, party favors, music by DJ Terry O, for more info call 609-410-0424 or 856-779-1696; Janaury 2011: Friday, Jan. 7 planning meeting at St. Peter Church, Merchantville, followed by activity TBA, call 856-663-3759 for info; Saturday, Jan. 8, live music at Coffee Works Roastery, Voorhees, meet at 7 p.m., call 856-751-7319 or 856-784-5282; Friday, Jan. 14, Marx Brothers Video Night at Sam Loperfido’s house, Pennsauken, call Sam, 856-663-7509; Saturday, Jan. 15, Club Anniversary Dinner, coastline, Cherry Hill, meet at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails, dinner at 7 p.m., cost is $17.90/pp/includes dinner, tax and tip, call 856-751-7319 by Jan. 5; Saturday, Jan. 22, “Opera Night” at Bob Sorrentino’s house, Cherry Hill, call 856-751-7319; Satruday, Jan. 29, Dinner Night at Empire Buffet, Cherry Hill followed by movie at Loewe’s AMC Theatre, Cherry Hill, meet at 6:30 p.m., call to reserve, 856-751-7319 by Jan. 24; Saturday, Jan. 29, Free Spirits Dance Social (Dr. Nancy Gearhart), suggested donation, $15/pp, call 856-663-3759 or 856-751-7319. Mary, Queen of All Saints Youth Ministry: FOG (Friends of God) Jr. High, 6-8th grade is held the last Wednesday of the month, from 6:30-8 p.m. DOC (Disciples of Christ) Senior High, 9-12th grade, is held Thursday nights, 7-9 p.m. New YACHT Club, Young Adult Catholics Hanging Together, for ages 18-35. Contact Karrie M. Davis, 609-440-6795, email karrie@stceciliapennsauken.org God Is In the House Youth Ministry Group is open to grades 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. For more information call Gia, 609-576-8447. Our Lady of Peace Parish, Williamstown, Youth Groups: Jr. 6th-8th grades “Jesus Fish” 2nd and 4th Sundays 7-9 p.m. and Sr. 9th-12th grades “JP2” 1st and 3rd Sundays 7-9 p.m. Young Adults 18-25 yrs. old “ACTS” Mondays 7-9 p.m. Contact Kari A. Janisse, work: 856-629-6142 x 20 or cell: 973-534-8960 email: youthministerkari@gmail.com site: www.YouthGroupInfo.com Holy Family Senior Youth Service Program, ABLAZE, is a faith-based community service program designed for Catholic and public high school teens in grades 9-12, that focuses on working with organizations that provides participants the chance to give back to the community get to know the community and make a difference. In addition to service, social events with other youth from the area are available. For more information or to be added to the e-mail list for events call Julie Ross, 856-228-2215 or jross@churchoftheholyfamily.org Our Lady of Mt. Carmel/Fatima Youth Ministry, Camden, meets in the rectory basement, Sundays from 4-6 p.m. Call 856-541-7618. High School Youth: Need service hours? Join our High School Service Corp and use your gifts and talents to serve others. Email: Ellen Henehan, ehenehan@eustace.org or call 856-783-5555. Hearts of Fire, a post confirmation program (Mystagogy) open to all Diocese of Camden youth in 7th and 8th grades. Teens will participate in service activities, leadership training, community building and liturgical celebrations that will help them to live out the Sacrament of Confirmation. Call 856-228-2218 or email jross@churchoftheholyfamily.org Father Chuck Colozzi is offering a weekly Youth Mass, Sunday nights at 7 p.m. at Mary, Queen of All Saints Church, Pennsauken. Refreshments after Mass in parish hall. Youth Mass is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 2001 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill. For more information call 856-424-1454. Holy Family Junior Youth Group is a faith-based community service program for teens in grades 6-8. Meetings are held twice a month along with service nights and social events. For more information contact Julie Ross, 856-228-2215 or jross@churchoftheholyfamily.org St. Rose Young Adult Ministry (ages 18-40), Haddon Heights, meets every Friday at 7:30-8 p.m. followed by activity and socializing. For information contact George, St.Rose.Yam@gmail.com or see the web site: http://strose.hurricaneweb.net/
Thursday, 23 December 2010 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
News/Latest News
Author:Carmela Malerba
Saturday, May 10 Confirmation, Holy Angels Parish, St. Patrick's Worship Center, Woodbury, 9 a.m. Confirmation, Holy Angels Parish, St. Patrick's Worship Center, Woodbury, 12 noon Sunday, May 11 Confirmation, Our Lady of the Lakes, Collings Lakes, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 13 Confirmation, Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Marmora, 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Washington DC, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 15 Confirmation, Saint Thomas More, Cherry Hill, 5 p.m. Friday, May 16 Opening Mass for the Annual Knights of Columbus Convention, St. Ann Church, Wildwood, 9 a.m.
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Columns/Growing in Faith
Author:Michael M. Canaris
One cannot live on systematic theology alone. And so one of my late-night guilty pleasures when I need a break, even here in the UK, is to listen to podcasts of Coast to Coast AM, the wildly popular overnight radio forum for conspiracy theories, alternate history, and outlandish paranormal speculations. (My dad and high school friends from Camden Catholic are even bigger fans than I am). I expect to hear some commentary there soon about this recent comment from Pope Francis: "If - for example - tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us, here [in the Vatican]...Martians right? Green with the long nose and big ears, just like children paint them ... And one says, ‘But I want to be baptized!' What would happen?" There are a number of fun and interesting theological reflections on imaginary situations similar to the one posited by Francis here. I think in particular of C.S. Lewis's "Religion and Rocketry" and Mary Doria Russell's sci-fi novel "The Sparrow," both of which I highly recommend. However, Francis's answer to such a lighthearted rhetorical question does in fact have some serious ramifications ecumenically and ecclesiologically. He answers his own inquiry: "Who are we to close doors? In the early church, even today, there is the ministry of the ostiary [or usher]. And what did the ostiary do? He opened the door, received the people, allowed them to pass. But it was never the ministry of the ‘closed door'... Never!" All this talk of doors and people going in and out is quite reminiscent of what we recently heard Jesus say in an Eastertide Sunday Gospel: "Amen, Amen I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep." And again "I am the gate" (Jn 10). Pope Francis has famously taken this imagery to heart, talking of pastors emulating the Good Shepherd and living with the "smell of their sheep." One of my favorite photographs of him is the widely distributed one where he is laughing with a lamb from a live Nativity scene on his shoulders. There is a certain bridge-building or gate-keeping ministry which seems to be taking place in his pontificate, opening doors (at least in conversation) in many areas of the church and world, from divorced and remarried Catholics to migrants and the economics of the universal church to the Lefebvrist movement. Some of these initiatives are in direct continuity with his predecessor, some unique to Francis's own interests and expertise. Yet, this "collegiality" has been an emblematic dimension to his agenda since his election. Canonizing John XXIII and John Paul II together in the now-famous "Day of the Four Popes" was a keen expression of this emphasis that the doors to intra-Catholic dialogue ought to be and remain open, as each of the four represented the vicariate of Christ in his distinct own way. It remains to be seen how this initiative will play out in the upcoming Synod, be interpreted by historians and theologians in the years ahead, and be received by those in the Curia and in dioceses around the world (or perhaps someday in other ones!). Michael M. Canaris, Ph.D., of Collingswood, is a Research Associate at Durham University's Centre for Catholic Studies in Northeast England.
Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Columns/New Jersey Catholic Conference
Author:Patrick R. Brannigan
On April 28, Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed S873/A1259, a bill to open adoption birth records. The New Jersey Catholic Conference (NJCC) opposed and testified against S873/A1259, as well as many similar bills that had been introduced in the New Jersey Legislature over the last two decades and beyond. NJCC also submitted many op-eds to newspapers and through our website alert system facilitated hundreds of letters being sent to legislators and governors. Adoption is a complex issue that touches individuals deeply. Some birth parents talked about the trauma they suffered when they gave their child for adoption. Some adoptees expressed feelings of being unloved by birth parents or being incomplete because they do not know their full family story. Over the years, NJCC's message was consistent. We always supported reunions between adoptees and birth parents if the reunions would be by mutual consent. NJCC also supported adoptees having full access to their birth parents' medical histories and cultural and social history information. NJCC also did not oppose releasing a birth certificate to adoptees who could provide evidence that they had had contact with one of their birth parents. The key principle upon which we operated was that a birth parent's identity should remain confidential, and anonymity be preserved unless the birth parent agreed to have their identity revealed. The change to our adoption law will do four important things: 1. The requirement of obtaining a court order to access birth records will be eliminated. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, adoptees will be able to obtain an original birth certificate without involvement of the courts. 2. A 31-month transition and implementation period is established during which birth parents can file a request to have no contact with the adoptee. If a birth parent files such a request, the State Registrar will redact the birth parent's name from any documents provided to adoptees. 3. For adoptions finalized after Aug. 1, 2015, long-form birth certificates will be available without redaction. However, birth parents will be able to file a preference for contact with the State Registrar, selecting from options including direct interaction, contact through an intermediary, or sharing of only medical information with continued privacy. 4. Birth parents who request redaction will be required to update medical history information every 10 years until the birth parent reaches the age of 40 and every five years thereafter. Moral Obligations: All who facilitated adoptions have a moral obligation to alert birth parents of the changes about to occur. For the Catholic Church, which provided adoption services for well over a century, the responsibility is great. Thousands of birth mothers placed their children for adoption, relying on the church's assurance of their privacy. That promise of privacy was given not only by Catholic adoptions agencies but also was assured by law and affirmed by Superior Court decisions (Mills vs. Atlantic City). Because of the church's century long role in adoptions, we have a two-part moral obligation. First, we must enlist partners to establish a robust educational campaign to alert birth parents that New Jersey's law has been changed. We must act quickly because both the Senate and the Assembly will accept the conditions of the governor's veto, and most likely the bill will be signed into law in the near future. Second, we must make available counseling and other services for birth parents who will be impacted by this significant change in law. Because many children were adopted from Ireland, Italy and other countries, our educational effort must go far beyond the boundaries of New Jersey. In addition, we also must challenge the media - almost all of whom urged passage of this bill - to participate authentically in this education campaign. People - mostly mothers - will be vulnerable because of this change in our long-established law. Because of their role in the passage of this bill, the media has a moral obligation to do more than a simple one-day coverage of a bill signing. Patrick R. Brannigan is executive director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference.
Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Columns/Growing in Faith
Author:Michael M. Canaris
People of the Book – The Magi This week the Western church celebrates the feast of the Epiphany, in the dioceses of the United States on the Sunday after the Solemnity of Mary. This feast celebrates the “unconcealment” or manifestation of God to his people in the flesh and is a highly significant day in many European countries, where its more traditional date of Jan. 6 closes the 12 Days of Christmas. Matthew 2 recounts the fact that after the birth of Christ, “Magi from the East arrived in Jerusalem, saying ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage’” (2: 2-3). Notice the text gives no mention of the specific number of these figures, their place of origin, or the fact that they were in any sense of the word “kings.” However, the Matthean Magi’s arrival and significance, like the Lucan shepherds, speak volumes about the infant and his eventual place in the center of human history. Tradition and iconography have presented these figures in various groupings and processions, but it is today most common to place their number at three (largely because of the gifts they bring which are described later in Matthew’s account). In the Latin church, they are often given variations of the names Melchior, Balthasar and Gaspar (or Casper). Scholars believe that they were most likely of Persian origin, some thousand miles or more from Jerusalem, and adherents of a form of Zoroastrianism, the pre-Christian astrological religion of modern-day Iran. The Greek term magoi is used elsewhere in the Bible to describe the dream interpreters brought before King Nebuchadnezzar in the book of Daniel, and so the Magi from the birth narrative are often described as members of a priestly caste of Gentiles associated with oriental mysticism, astronomy, dream analysis, occultism and magic. They are the first non-Jews to be mentioned positively in the New Testament as recognizing the Kingship of Christ. Matthew explains that “on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (2:5). Note that the text describes the setting by employing the word “house” (Greek oikian, from which we get the English word “economics” — “household management”). Thus, it is unclear, and probably unlikely, that the child was still in the stable at this point. Many of the early church Fathers dated the arrival of the Magi to after the presentation of Jesus in the temple which is described in Luke 2:38, a period well after the infant’s delivery. The gifts they brought were highlighted by Matthew for their symbolic value in describing Christ’s role as priest, prophet and king, (also the tradition behind the pope’s “triregnal,” three-tiered tiara). The gold was, of course, representative of his royalty and dominion over the people of Israel, and of the wider world. The frankincense, a fragrant resin from a Mediterranean plant which eventually hardens into small nuggets, had been used in ancient and Jewish worship ceremonies for generations, as described in Psalm 141, “Let my prayer rise like incense before you, Lord; my uplifted hands as an evening sacrifice.” Myrrh, a burial perfume tracing its etymology to the Aramaic word for “bitter,” was a startling gift for an infant’s baby shower, a foreshadowing of the eventual suffering and death of Jesus, “the Lamb of God, taking on himself the sins of the world, the Son of Man, nailed to the cross by our sinful race’s hatred of God, and thrown, him the Light of the world, into the darkness of death, the lot that was ours,” as Karl Rahner so eloquently describes it. The Magi’s remains are today venerated in the German city of Cologne’s Dreikönigsschrein (Three King’s Shrine); hence, the motto of 2005’s World Youth Day, was, “O Come Let us Adore Him.” The pope has exhorted contemporary Magi, today’s “wise men” (and women) of politics, finance and science, to find Christ as the goal of the wandering of their hearts and the fulfillment of their search for the Truth, encouraging them, “Let yourselves be illuminated by him, all peoples of the earth, allow yourselves to be covered by His love and you will find the path to peace.” Michael M. Canaris of Collingswood is an administrator at Fairfield University’s Center for Faith and Public Life and is on the faculty for the Department of Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University.
Thursday, 06 January 2011 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Columns/Spiritual Life
Author:Ronald Rolheiser
What can we say in the face of deep loss, inconsolable grief, or unrequited obsessions? As a graduate student in Louvain, I once posed that question to the renowned psychologist, Antoine Vergote: “When you lose a loved one, either through death or because that person dies to you in some other way, what can you do? What can you say to help someone in that situation?” His answer was cautious, words to this effect: “When someone is grieving a deep loss, there is a period of time when psychology finds itself rather helpless. The pain of death or the pain of losing a deep relationship can trigger a paralysis that is not easy to reach into and dissolve. Psychology admits its limits here. Sometimes I think that the poets and novelists are of more use in this than is psychology. But, even there, they can offer some insight but I am not sure anyone can do much to take away the pain. There are some things in life before which we simply stand helpless.” That was, I believe, a wise and realistic answer. The death of a loved one, or even just the pain of an unrequited obsession, can bring us to our knees, literally, and, as the author of Lamentations says, leave us with no other option than to “put our mouths to the dust, and wait!” Sometimes, for a period of time, the pain of loss is so deep and obsessive that no clinic, no therapy, and no religious word of comfort can do much for us. I remember, 25 years ago, sitting with a friend who had, that day, been rejected by his girlfriend. He had proposed marriage to her and had received a clear and definitive refusal. He was shattered, utterly. For some days afterward he had trouble simply going through the motions of ordinary living, struggling to eat, to sleep, to work. A number of us took turns sitting with him, listening to his grief, trying to distract him by taking him to movies, without really having much effect in terms of drawing him out of his depression and obsession. Eventually, of course, he slowly began to emerge from the grip of that over-concentration and, still further down the road, was able to regain his freedom and resiliency. But there was a time during which we, his friends, could not do anything else for him other than to be with him. What can anyone say to someone who is in the throes of a deep loss or in the grips of an unrequited emotional obsession? We have our stock expressions which are not without merit: Life must go on. Every morning will bring a new day and eventually time will heal things. Remember too you are not alone; you have family and friends to lean on. Beyond that, you have faith. God will help you through this. All of that is true, and important, but not particularly consoling or helpful during an overpowering period of grief. I remember writing a series of letters to a woman who had lost her husband to suicide and was totally shattered by that, believing that she would never experience happiness again. Time and time again I repeated the same lines to her: “This will get better — but not right now! Time will heal this, but its rhythm cannot be rushed. You will get better, but it will take time!” Is there anything practical beyond this that we can offer someone who is in deep grief or in the grip of a bitter emotional obsession? In 1936, when his sister, Marguerite-Marie, died, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote these words in a letter: “I feel that a great void has opened in my life — or rather in the world around me — a great void of which I shall become increasingly aware. ... The only way of making life bearable again is to love and adore that which, beneath everything else, animates and directs it.” Antoine Vergote suggests that sometimes time, only time, can bring about healing and that in the interim the only real option is to bear the unbearable, to try to get one foot in front of the next, stoically, with patience, holding our pain with as much dignity as we can muster, while waiting for time to eventually work its alchemy, knowing that nothing can short-circuit that process. But Teilhard suggests there is something that can help make the unbearable bearable, namely, a more conscious, deliberate effort to love and to adore. How do we do that? Not easily. But we do it when, despite our crippling obsessions, restlessness, frustration, bitterness and anxiety, we let our generous and noble side be the deepest voice inside of both our sympathies and our actions. When we are driven to our knees by loss and frustration, the best, and only useful, thing we can do is to genuflect in helplessness before a God who can help us and express our affection to anyone who can support us. Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser, theologian, teacher, and award-winning author, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He can be contacted through his website www.ronrolheiser.com
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Columns/The Catholic Difference
Author:George Weigel
The contrarian rule I have long tried to observe with respect to New Year’s Eve — get to bed by 10 p.m.— was confirmed by its breach on the night of Dec. 31, 1981. Perhaps the inspiration came from watching too many episodes of “The Duchess of Duke Street,” but whatever its provenance, my friend David Brewster and I conceived the notion of seeing in 1982 with an Edwardian dinner party: a black tie affair with seven or eight courses, each accompanied by its own wine. Our variant was to get our children, then quite young, involved. So a long parade of comestibles (soup, fish, game, sorbet, meat, sweet, savory, or somesuch) was interspersed with theatricals by the kids, piano and cello recitals, poetry readings, and at least one long, cold walk through Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood. My 1981 calendar reminds me that my wife and I were to provide a quail pie for the game course, and that the proceedings, held at the Brewsters’ ample home, began at 4 p.m. Aside from that quail pie (the leftovers of which made an odd accompaniment to the Rose Bowl the following afternoon), and Joyce Brewster’s outstanding crown rack of lamb, I can’t say that the other details of this mad caper remain much with me. I do recall, with appropriate remorse, that my attendance at Mass on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, six or seven hours after the last drop of brandy was imbibed, involved something less than the “full, conscious, and active participation” prescribed by Vatican II. Never again. I’d like to think, though, that my longstanding aversion to making a Big Deal out of New Year’s Eve has something to do with my conviction, which is the church’s conviction, that the real “new year” begins with First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent. And if that’s true, then going bonkers over the turn of the civil calendar is giving a bit more to Caesar than Caesar has a right to receive. Advent, which was happily at its longest in 2010, ought to be a season reminding us of that. Yet the church’s Advent meditation on the two comings of Christ — his coming in the flesh at Christmas, and his coming in glory which establishes his reign as the Lord of History — is often foreshortened, as the glory of Bethlehem occupies all the mental and spiritual “space” of the season. In fact, I suspect that many of us only touch the second, or eschatological, meaning of Advent inadvertently, when and if we listen to the concluding chorus of Handel’s Messiah, which is drawn from Revelation 5:12-14. My Italian missal offers a helpful reminder of this fuller dimension of the mystery of the Incarnation in one of its auxiliary prefaces for Advent: “You have hidden from us the day and hour in which Christ your Son, the Lord and judge of history, will appear upon the clouds of heaven clothed in power and splendor; on that great and glorious day, the present world will pass away, and new heavens and a new earth will arise. Now, Christ comes to meet us in every man and in every time, so that we may accompany him in faith and bear witness in love to the blessed hope of his reign. “And so, anticipating his final advent, together with the angels and saints we sing as one the hymn of your glory…” Now that’s something worth staying up late to ponder: the Yom Yahweh, the Day of the Lord, in which every tear will be wiped away and all things will be made new; the day when the Father brings to completion, in the Supper of the Lamb, the work of salvation first announced in the call of Abraham; the day which begins that endless day called the Kingdom come in its fullness; the day on which that often-hollow phrase “the international community” takes on real meaning. Compared to that, Times Square on New Year’s Eve is pretty small beer. George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, 06 January 2011 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Columns/The Bottom Line
Author:Antoinette Bosco
Catholic prisoners at the maximum security Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville, N.Y., were given a heartwarming gift recently. They received a pastoral visit from Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York one week before Archbishop Dolan was elected as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The archbishop offered Mass in the facility’s Chapel of St. Paul, which was beautifully built by the inmates back in the 1960s, thanks to their now-deceased chaplain, Msgr. Edward J. Donovan. Archbishop Dolan, who now becomes “the most visible face of the church in the United States,” as The New York Times put it, opened his heart, telling the men that he had come to the prison “to let everyone know I love you very much.” Then, with a broad smile, he continued: “You’re helping me look good before Jesus! When I stand one day before him, Jesus will not say, ‘How much money did you raise, how many churches did you visit?’ No, he will say, ‘Were you good to those in prison? And if so, you did it for me.’” The smiling archbishop indicated that, “in case the Lord forgets, I’ll say, ‘Lord, if you check your book, you’ll see that on Nov. 10, at Green Haven ...” He was interrupted by resounding applause from the prisoners and the rest of we guests, who were there at the invitation of Father Gamini Fernando and Deacon Robert Buckner, Green Haven’s Catholic chaplains. My personal invitation came from a longtime friend, Sister of St. Joseph Margaret Donovan, sister of the incredible Msgr. Ed Donovan, who died in 2008. I was a few years ahead of her as a student at the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., back in the early 1950s. We became good associates when her brother invited me in 1996 to come to the chapel at Green Haven to give a “peace talk” to the Catholic inmates. I had just written an article about Montana, which had brought back the death penalty and just carried out its first execution. Why did I care? Because my son John Bosco and his wife Nancy had recently been murdered in that state by an 18-year old who had invaded their home in the middle of the night, killing them in their bed with his 8-mm, semi-automatic gun. My remaining children and I, who had never believed in the death penalty, contacted the Montana judge, asking that the killer be spared the death penalty — and he was. As for how Msgr. Donovan and the men ever managed to pay for the materials to build the stunning Chapel of St. Paul, they told me with a smile, “green stamps,” which were a popular “money-back” item back then. I was thinking that Archbishop Dolan would probably enjoy hearing that story. Then, to my surprise, the inmates had a present for him: green stamps and their story in a glass-covered frame! For me personally, that day brought back memories of the 10 years that I visited the prisoners at Green Haven. A great friend was still an altar server, and several in the St. Paul’s choir were still there, performing on the organ, with the guitar and their voices as beautifully as I remembered them. I know this day will be remembered by all who were there, especially when Archbishop Dolan reminded the men that their St. Paul chapel was named for a saint who also spent time in prison! So much needs to be done to humanize the criminal justice system. And I believe one of the best ways is to give inmates their own “sacred space” for religious services and private prayer, as I have found at the Chapel of St. Paul at Green Haven.
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Clergy Assignments /Clergy Assignments
Author:Carmela Malerba
Bishop Galante announces priest personnel changes as follows: Father Felipe L. Doldan from Outside of the Diocese to Part Time Parochial Vicar, Infant Jesus Parish, Woodbury Heights, effective Jan. 8. Father Malcolm MacLeod, M.SS.CC. from Delegate of the Superior General in the U.S., Villa Pieta, Linwood and Administrator, Our Lady of Sorrows, Linwood to Administrator, Our Lady of Sorrows, Linwood, effective Jan. 1. Father Robert Malagesi, M.SS.CC. from Outside of the Diocese to Delegate of the Superior General in the U.S., Villa Pieta, Linwood, effective Jan. 1.
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News/Latest News
Author:Admin2
Sister Renata Amenta, MPF, 92, who served in the high schools of St. Joseph, Hammonton, and Paul VI, Haddon Township for a total of 44 years, died Friday, Dec. 24, at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton. Born in Sestri Pomente Genoa, Italy, Sister Renata entered the Religious Teachers Filippini on July 5, 1931. She received the habit in 1935, and made her religious profession on July 3, 1938. In 2010, she celebrated 75 years of religious life. Sister Renata held master’s degrees from The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and Villanova University in Villanova. She also held a Certificate in Library Science from Villanova. Sister Renata worked in Middletown, Conn., Watertown, N.Y., and for one year in Alresford, Hants, England, before serving in the Camden Diocese at St. Joseph (1959-66; 1974-77) and Paul VI (1966-74; 1978-96). She also ministered as librarian for two years at Villa Walsh Academy, Morristown, N.J., and for 11 years at Villa Victoria Academy, Ewing. For over 30 years, Sister Renata served as parish musician in several parishes, taught choir, and gave voice and piano lessons. She was a simultaneous translator for the Religious Teachers Fillipini General Chapter of Elections and Affairs in Rome, Italy from 1969-2001. She was also one of the simultaneous translators for the Trinitarian Fathers at their General Chapter in Baltimore. She ministered as an Affiliate Teacher of the Italian Language on the staff of Assumption College in Mendham, N.Y. She is survived by her sister, Elvira Festa of Warminster, Pa., and nieces and a nephew. She was predeceased by her parents, Salvatore and Eugenia Rotondo, and a brother, Joseph Amenta. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 30 in the St. Lucy Chapel at Villa Walsh, Morristown. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for the St. Joseph Hall Infirmary, c/o Sister Betty Jean Takacs, MPF, Provincial Superior, Villa Walsh, 455 Western Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960-4928.
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Youth & Young Adult/Youth and Young Adults News
Author:Peter G. Sånchez
On Wednesday, Jan. 19, the Camden Diocesan Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries will hold its fourth Theology on Tap discussion program for young adults, married and single, in their late teens (18-19), 20s and 30s. Free of charge, the night will allow Catholic young adults to socialize with their peers and ask questions in a relaxed setting in a Glassboro restaurant. The guest speaker for the evening will be Father Kevin Nadolski, OSFS, who will answer the question, “Does God Have A Plan For Me?” to assist young adults in finding their own vocations, be it to the religious, married or single life. Currently the director of Development and Communications for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, Wilmington-Philadelphia Province, Father Nadolski most recently spent seven years as director of vocations for the province. After being ordained an oblate in 1997, he served as a teacher at Bishop Ireton School in Alexandria, Va., later becoming principal, where he served from 2000-03. He also served as assistant principal for student activities at Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware. In working with schools as a campus minister, teacher and principal, and in his current duty as chaplain for the St. Thomas the Apostle Young Adult community (STAY) in the Archdiocese of Washington, where 200-300 Catholic young adults gather every Sunday for Mass and fellowship, Father Nadolski has interacted with young people who feel “a responsibility to serve the church in one way, or another.” “They are the church. They have a real desire to be of service,” as the Gospel calls them to be, whether it is through helping the needy, their fellow Catholic young adults, or spreading the message of Jesus. With his visit to the young adults at Theology on Tap, he hopes to “facilitate and animate a conversation among young adults, on vocations, and how to understand, and discern them.” A native of Philadelphia, Father Nadolski graduated in 1989 from Temple University with a degree in Journalism. He also holds a master’s degree in Education Administration from the The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and a Master of Divinity from DeSales School of Theology. This past November, the National Religious Vocation Conference presented Father Nadolski a Recognition Award for Outstanding Leadership, Service, and Dedication to Vocation Ministry in the Catholic Church, at its convocation in Cleveland, Ohio. In his work with vocations, he authored several articles on vocation ministry for “Horizon,” the NRVC’s quarterly journal, and he developed one of his articles, “Faith Development Takes Time, and It Can Be Assessed,” into a full-day workshop for vocation ministers. Theology on Tap will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m., at the Landmark Americana Tap and Grill, 1 East Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro. Admission is free. For more information, contact Andres Arango, director, Evangelization, Young Adult and Campus Ministries, at 856-583-6121, or at Andres.Arango@camdendiocese.org
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Catholic Schools/Catholic School News
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Grades six, seven and eight at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School recently visited Sen. Jeff Van Drew’s home to see how a windmill on his property produces energy to off-set his own energy consumption. Students at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School in Dennis Township have been actively studying how they can help the environment. Each age group has investigated different areas in which to save this earth for future generations. Grades six, seven and eight have developed projects based on six forms of alternative energy: wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal, oil and hydroelectric. One group was interested in using wind power and has tried to see how effective it would be to have a wind mill as an alternative source of energy. They were inspired by learning about a young man in Africa who built a wind mill with only scraps of material. State Senator Jeff Van Drew recently constructed on his property a windmill in order to produce energy to off-set his own energy consumption. One of the students, Tara Krajicek, wrote to the senator and asked if they could visit his property to see his wind mill and learn more about it. On Dec. 2 a windy day when the windmills were working especially well, the senator met with the students at his house. During Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 30-Feb. 4, all students will display their projects for their families as well as the community.
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Catholic Schools/Catholic School News
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NEWFIELD — Our Lady of Mercy Academy’s Go Green initiative challenges students, faculty parents and community supporters to re-evaluate their impact on the environment and discover ways to make Mother Earth just a little bit better for its inhabitants. The curriculum has students research technological changes, government legislation and other topics related to making the planet safer for future generations. As part of this process, the entire school community engages in its own energy audit, a program that will not only involve the participation of teachers and students, but will also engage the support of parents, alumnae and extended network of friends. And, OLMA will be the beneficiary of an energy fundraiser that is supported by program participants who save on their monthly electric rates. “Let’s face it, parents and contributors are constantly bombarded by schools and organizations to provide donations. In today’s economy, we needed to come up with something unique that could not only benefit our school but also ease the financial burden facing the many people who support our school,” explained principal Sister Grace Marie, D.M. “This fundraiser not only enhances our curriculum but helps fund our school operations and also provides a way for each and every supporter to realize a nice savings on their electric bills.” Sister Grace added. “We receive needed funds to support our school without ever asking anyone to spend one dime more. It’s a wonderful program.” The fundraising program is through a partnership with Viridian, a green energy company that provides electric to customers throughout the area. Through the state’s Energy Choice program, residents can choose Viridian as their third-party provider and, through this simple choice, realize a savings on their electric bills. “The majority of people don’t know about Energy Choice or just don’t understand how simple it is to choose,” explained Sister Grace. “It’s up to us to help educate our parents and supporters so they can experience the benefits of the program. If electric customers do not choose, they have no control over the rates they pay. It’s really very simple.” For supporters who choose Viridian through the OLMA fundraiser, the process is simple: just sign up online (www.viridian.com/OLMA) or through the mail. There are no fees to sign up, no contract or cancellation fees. Customers can cancel at any time. For each new customer, OLMA receives a contribution from Viridian. Delivery, line maintenance and customer service is still handled by the distributor, such as Atlantic City Electric, PSE&G and JCP&L. The billing process does not change and is still provided by the distributor. And the savings? According to company data, for the period June 2010 through November 2010, Viridian rates averaged $.1093/kWh. Atlantic City Electric rates averages. $.1393/kWh, equating to an average savings of 21.5 percent during the period. For the month of November, new Viridian customers receive a 17 percent savings off the posted ACE “pool” rates. “Educating our students, faculty, parents and community about Energy Choice is one small part of our Go Green program,” explained Sister Grace, “but it’s an important element. Without choosing, parents won’t save on their electric and our school fundraiser won’t benefit.” Anyone in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania (Viridian service areas) can support the OLMA program. It is not restricted to OLMA families. For more about the program, visit www.olmagogreen.org or call the school at 856-697-2008.
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News/Latest News
Author:Rich Luongo
LINDENDWOLD — Rather than allowing the Our Lady of Grace complex in Somerdale to lie dormant, why not turn the old gym into a social hall for the parishioners of the new Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic community and for the surrounding community as well? “Our initial thought was to give something back to the former parishioners of Our Lady of Grace,” said Daniel “Bud” Farr, a former parishioner of St. Lawrence, now home to the new parish which also incorporates St. Luke of Stratford. Farr said the gym at Our Lady of Grace had already been used for social functions in the past and was called Immaculata Hall. “I couldn’t see letting that old gym just lie there unused,” Farr said. “So back in September it hit me; since the gym had already seen many functions over the years, why not continue for both the parish and the community?” Much of the conversion of the space from a gym to a social hall was done primarily by three families, said Farr. “Members of the Quaile family, the Tomasettis, and the LaGrossa family took down the baskets and the backboards,” Farr said. “The three families did 99 percent of the work converting the gym. With some additional help from my family we cleaned and painted the gym and turned it into a social hall the parishioners of Our Lady of Guadalupe would be proud of.” The first social function, Farr said, will be a luncheon of a Girl Scouts troop from Somerdale in January followed by a St. Valentine’s Day dance in February. “The dance was held for years at Our Lady of Grace,” Farr explained. “We’re just continuing the tradition.” The hall does have a kitchen, he said, and those who would rent the room would have to clean up afterwards and put everything back the way they found it. Farr noted that something exciting was now in the works. The Somerdale Little League, he said, “might want to rent the hall for practice. There would be no hard ball used or regular play equipment. Instead, the players would practice with Nerf-style equipment.” Farr said he would be at the practices to supervise. As for the cost to rent, Farr said, “We’re charging a minimum amount of money, just to cover expenses for the use of the hall and a fee for insurance because of diocesan requirements. We’re not looking to make a great deal of money but just enough for the Our Lady of Grace and St. Luke’s and St. Lawrence communities now under the Guadalupe name.” For more information call the parish at 856-627-2222.
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Front Page of Newspaper/Latest Front Page Images
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Photos of the Week /Photos of the Week
Author:Cynthia Soper
Photo by Cynthia Soper Candles and the names of murder victims are lined up in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Camden, for the annual peace vigil sponsored by Guadalupe Family Services. Participants remembered the 37 Camden City residents whose lives ended violently in 2010 and prayed for peace in 2011. With an hour of prayer for each victim, the vigil was held on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1-11pm; Thursday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Catholic Schools/Catholic School News
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Members of the Wildwood Catholic Environmental Science Club erected three osprey nesting platforms in the marsh area along the North Wildwood Causeway on Dec. 18. In October, Jon Roskey from the Osprey Recovery Project spoke to the students about the need in providing suitable nesting habitats for osprey as they return to the area every March. This initiated the Environmental Science Club to begin a multi-faceted initiative. The project was broken up into multiple phases. Students originally built the three nesting platforms in November, with hopes of getting them up before January. “Building and erecting the nesting platforms, monitoring and banding the osprey, and continued maintenance is the yearly goal. We will be adding platforms every year to areas throughout the county,” explained Kevin Quinn, moderator of the club. Pictured are Sean O’Brian, Von Schifferdecker, Jason Krobatcsh, Hannah Padrnos, Quinn and Trevor Cooper.
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Youth & Young Adult/Youth and Young Adults News
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Kari A. Janisse and members of the Our Lady of Peace Parish youth group greet visitors to Janisse’s home for the Spirit of Giving charity event. Williamstown resident Kari A. Janisse recently held her Third Annual Spirit of Giving, a free, family fun charity event, at her home. Close to 200 local residents attended along with special guests Santa and Rudolph. Janisse, along with her husband Phil, holds this event in her backyard under a heated tent with free snacks, hot chocolate, a DJ, face painting and balloon animals. Janisse, who has her own entertainment business, Creative Juices by Kari, LLC, also personally greets every guest from eight feet in the air atop her stilts. Those who attend the event are asked to bring either new or used scarves, gloves, or hats for local families in need, toys for children hospitalized at Virtua Hospital over the holiday season, or non-perishable food items for the food pantry at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Williamstown, where Janisse also serves as the coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. “This is a great way for families to celebrate Christmas and help those in need at the same time,” said Janisse. This year, the Spirit of Giving event collected more than 50 new toys, 20 bags of food and clothing as well as more than $200 in monetary donations.
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News/Latest News
Author:Admin2
On Sunday, Dec. 19, Nativity Council 2976 presented Seminarian Sean Moore with a check for $2,146.41, which was collected by the council through the generosity of the parishioners of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. Pictured from left are John Brady, Grand Knight, Nativity Council; Moore; Father Joseph Capella, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe; and John DiMeo, chancellor, Nativity Council.
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News/Latest News
Author:Admin2
Photo by James A. McBride Seminarian Kevin Mohan performs during Mass at the annual Seminarian Mass and Reception, held on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at St. Pius X Spiritual Life Center in Blackwood. Bishop Joseph A. Galante met with the 14 seminarians in the Diocese of Camden before the start of the new year.
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News/Latest News
Author:Peter G. Sånchez
St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Pleasantville was sold last month to the Maronite Catholic Church to serve its worshippers in Atlantic County. St. Peter was established as a Roman Catholic parish in 1913 to accommodate the Catholic populations in Pleasantville, Northfield, Linwood and Absecon. The current church was erected in 1958. Last May, it was announced that St. Peter’s would merge with St. Bernadette Church, Northfield, to create St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish, whose seat is the Northfield church. Founded by St. Maron in the 4th century, the Maronites have always been in communion with Rome. Having no counterpart among the separated Eastern churches, the patriarchate dates back to the 8th century, and was confirmed by Pope Innocent III in 1216. Its liturgical language is Arabic, Aramaic and English. With Lebanese origins, the Maronite Catholic Church currently has dioceses in the Middle East, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Mexico and two in the United States. In Atlantic County, the Maronite Catholic Mission has been active since 2002, borrowing space from St. Peter’s Church and St. Bernadette, Northfield, for weekly worship, before acquiring the St. Peter property, which includes the church, rectory, and school. for $1 million in November. The 70-75 Maronite Catholics worshipping in Atlantic County include those of Jordanian, Syrian, Palestinian, Egyptian and Iraqi heritage. As part of the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn, the church will be called Our Lady Star of the East- St. Peter’s Maronite Catholic Church. Now with a permanent home in Atlantic County, the Maronite Church can focus on “communicating about, learning about Jesus, spreading the news all over,” said Ghada Zumot, secretary for the new church. “The (faithful) are very excited to have a home,” she said. Weekly services will be Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Other activities include community gatherings, religious education classes, and Arabic language classes. Msgr. Maroun P. Asmar, a retired priest from New Brunswick, has been leading Sunday services.
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Sports/Sports News
Author:Admin2
In high school boys’ basketball action, the St. Augustine Prep (Richland) Hermits handily defeated the Sacred Heart (Vineland) Lions and St. Joseph (Hammonton) Wildcats, in games held last week during the St. Augustine Christmas Classic. On Dec. 29, St. Augustine defeated Sacred Heart by a score of 76-41. The next night, the Hermits defeated St. Joseph, 81-53, while Sacred Heart came back from the previous night’s loss to beat Westampton Tech, 57-50. At left, the Hermits’ Charlie Monaghan dunks over Sacred Heart’s Umberto Bifulco. Below, Isaiah Morton of St. Augustine, the school’s all-time leading scorer, hits a reverse layup against St. Joseph’s Andrew Ordille. Photos by Alan M. Dumoff
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Sports/Sports News
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In high school girls’ basketball action, the Holy Spirit (Absecon) Spartans won its first two games of the season, defeating the Wildwood Catholic Crusaders 62-22 on Dec. 21, and the St. Joseph (Hammonton) Wildcats 46-32 on Dec. 23. Left, Holy Spirit’s Maria Mazur scores on a break-away layup, despite the best efforts of the Crusaders’ Kaci Youschak. Right, Holy Spirit’s Tenisha Mobley hits a long jumper over the outstretched hand of St. Joseph’s Jade Howard. Photos by Alan M. Dumoff
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Columns/That All May Be One
Author:Father Joseph D. Wallace
I would like to share with you two excellent interfaith initiatives that will be coming up this month offered by our local Catholic-Jewish Commission and our Tri Faith Dialogue Group. The first is an educational offering for our high school students that will be held on Tuesday evenings from 8:15-9:15 p.m., from Jan. 25 to May 17, at the Katz Jewish Community Center, 1301 Springdale Rd, Cherry Hill. This series of classes is titled “Children of Abraham: An Exploration of the Traditions of Judaism, Islam and Catholicism.” Local scholars will present and explore with local high school students from all three faith traditions a comprehensive overview of the history and major teachings of Judaism, Islam and Catholicism over a 15 session course of study. Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required. The fee is only $25 and scholarships are available if needed. A commitment to regular attendance is required. For more information or to register call 856-751-9500 ext. 1235. Our three teachers, Dr. David Rabeeya, Dr. M. Rafey Habib and Gloria Mazziotti, will be exploring the following topics over the course of study: Basic Understanding of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, Three Faith Traditions—Their Similarities and Differences, Concept of God-Prophecy and People-hood, Group Diversities within the Three Faiths, Places of Worship and Spiritual Leadership, History of the Three Faith’s Development and Course Feedback and Accomplishments. This in-depth study of the three main monotheistic religions is an excellent opportunity to learn and interact with youth from all three great faith traditions. We hope this educational opportunity for our young people will expand their understanding of other faith traditions and help them to discover the interconnectedness and differences of our faith traditions. Another great opportunity for learning for people of all ages and religions is the showing of the film, “Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers.” This film tells the true story of a network of young Polish women, led by Irena Sendler, a Catholic social worker, who outfoxed the Nazis for five years during World War II and saved the lives of thousands of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. This film will be shown on the United Nations Holocaust Commemoration Day, Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Katz Jewish Community Center, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. It is cosponsored by the Catholic-Jewish Commission, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. This program is open to the entire community and we welcome members of all faiths to attend. For more information and early registration please call 856-751-9500 ext. 1117. Irena Sendler for most of her life kept silent about her wartime efforts to save Jews. In the last long interviews she gave before she died, she revealed the truth about a daring conspiracy of women in occupied Poland, some barely out of their teens. Irena was a 29-year old-social worker when the Nazis invaded Poland. When the city’s Jews were imprisoned inside the Warsaw ghetto without food and medicine, Irena and her friends smuggled in aid and began smuggling orphaned children out – hiding them in convents, orphanages and private homes. By 1943, they had managed to smuggle over 2,500 Jewish children to safety outside the ghetto. Over the next two years, they would care for them, disguise their identities and move them constantly to keep them from being discovered and killed by the Nazis. In October of 1943, Irena Sendler was captured by the Gestapo, imprisoned and tortured for almost three months. When she refused to divulge anything about her co-workers or her organization, she was sentenced to death. She escaped on the day she was to be executed, when the Polish Underground bribed a German guard. With a new false identity, she continued with her work until the end of the war. After the war, Soviet authorities who took over Poland silenced Irena Sendler and her companions because of their connection to the Polish Resistance. Many of the women endured Soviet prisons or were forced into exile. Finally, their stories long kept silent by the Communist regime in Poland are being told. I do hope you will be able to take advantage of these two wonderful interfaith opportunities. Father Joseph D. Wallace is coordinator, Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs, Diocese of Camden.
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Columns/On Behalf of Justice
Author:Father Robert J. Gregorio
Coming from any source other than a pope, the following teaching on the common good risks being dismissed out of hand by a society as ruggedly individualistic as ours. Even at that, I read recently that the Catholic left generally ignores the written guidance of popes while the Catholic right scrupulously studies it to see how well it conforms to the right’s agenda. But with the hope that the mainstream Catholic readership will consider Pope John Paul II a reliably authentic teacher on social justice, I offer these citations from his Catechism of the Catholic Church. The technical definition of the common good appears in paragraph 1909: “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.” It has three essential elements: respect for the person, the social well-being and development of the group itself (with civil authority seeing to the universal availability of “food, clothing, health, work, education and culture, suitable information, the right to establish a family, and so on,” 1908), and finally, peace, defined as “the stability and security of a just order” (1909). Technical this is. It means that besides the personal good to which every person, rich or poor, is entitled, there is something beyond that which considers what people deserve in community, whether that community is one’s hometown or nation or world citizenship. Further, “it is in the political community that its most complete realization is found. It is the role of the state to defend and promote the common good of civil society, its citizens, and intermediate bodies” (1910). Pope John Paul saw government as the means of attaining the good of the community. It is to be a servant, not an overlord. It exists for the people, not vice versa. Lincoln famously described the ideal as being of, by and for the people. He saw a great usefulness of political governance to preserve the union, threatened by divisive calls for the purported state right to enslave. If ever there were an instance of economic individualism run wild, this was it. Did you notice the list of civil rights above? It borrows from the 1948 United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights, which the United States and most other nations ratified as the minimum to which everyone is entitled. They are very specific rights which governments must work to deliver. Legislation and the attendant taxation to fund it are duties of governments on all levels. But since taxation has to be progressive, with the richest paying proportionately more, they tend to resist empowering government to do its most basic job, providing for the common good. This makes us ask whether Jesus meant this when he said that the rich have a decided disadvantage, given the narrowness of the needle’s eye. The inherent danger of greed is to clutch onto resources to which the rich no longer have title because of the prior right of the poor to minimal living standards. This in turn makes individualists, when discussing things like universal health insurance, for instance, draw parallels between the common good and communism, perhaps because of the word similarity. But communism calls for the elimination of private property while the common good demands respect for each person’s own property, something clearly demanded above. In point of fact, western Europe has long espoused many government-supplied services, like health insurance, unknown in the U.S. The average taxation to pay for this is a breath-taking 45 percent on average. We, however, are used to 28 percent on all levels—federal, state, county and municipal together—of our income. I do not suggest that we have it easy, especially if we are saddled with medical bills that we have to pay on our own, without European-style help. In the past I have occasionally suggested that we redirect the huge percentage given to national defense toward more socially useful goals, like those above. But whatever party controls whatever branch, we Americans demand that our mammoth military govern the world. And hegemony costs a bundle. Now that we are safely delivered from raucous and raw political campaign ads, it is timely to urge caution when the next onslaught grabs us by the throat and shouts that we must be good individualists and reject anyone sounding remotely concerned about the common good. Chances are, he or she is not a communist intent on seizing the means of production or agitating to have the proletariat overthrow capitalism’s order.
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Columns/Growing in Faith
Author:Michael M. Canaris
People of the Book- Simeon and Anna Although the liturgical season of Christmas technically ends with the celebration of the baptism of the Lord on the Sunday after the Epiphany, let us focus our attention this week on two figures that touch the young infant’s life. The Latin church celebrates the presentation of the Lord in the Temple 40 days after Christmas (which, of course, commemorates an event that occurred well before his baptism as an adult). The feast is traditionally called Candlemas and marks the remembrance of Mary following the custom of reentering the Temple in accord with the Mosaic law of ritual purity, and dedicating her firstborn infant to God in the first solemn Jewish religious ceremony of his life. The biblical accounts of this event include two fascinating figures, Simeon and Anna. Luke recounts that the devout Jew Simeon had been told by God that he would not die until he saw the Savior of Israel during his lifetime. Candlemas celebrations all over the world remember Simeon’s prayer as he takes the newborn Light of the World into his aging arms, reciting what is traditionally called the Nunc Dimittis: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32). Luke here uses the masculine of the same word for “servant” (doulos) which he places on Mary’s lips at the annunciation, which we in her case most often translate today as “handmaid.” Simeon goes on to prophesy that this child “is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted.” (The “rising” here is described by Luke with the word anastasis — the same Greek term used in the “rising up” from the dead of the Resurrection account). He also informs Mary that a sword will pierce her heart, of course predicting the unimaginable suffering she will one day undergo at the foot of the Cross and the demanding (and thus divisive) message of Jesus which will rend “a household of five, three against two and two against three” (Luke 12:52). The image of a heart pierced by one or seven swords is in Christian iconography associated with Mary as the mater dolorosa, the Mother of Sorrows, to which Simeon here alludes. Also present in this narrative is Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She is described by Luke with the quite specific age of 84, and interestingly called a “prophetess,” the only person in the New Testament so named. After her initial prayer of thanksgiving to God, she “spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem” (2:38). She is then the first Lucan proselytizer, spreading the Good News to those she encounters in the Temple, where the widow had remained constantly praying and fasting for years. We see in the parallelism of Simeon and Anna Luke’s penchant for placing women on equal footing with men, at least relatively speaking. Luke’s writings manifest an egalitarian respect for the sexes in a manner which surpasses other writers in the patriarchal society of the time. The sentiments of closing out “the most wonderful time of the year” as the song puts it, are embodied in Robert Herrick’s poem, “Ceremonies for Candlemas Eve,” which in describing the taking down of Christmas decorations, calls to mind both the upcoming feast of the Presentation and the eschatological life of each Christian, focused on the rising eternal Sun that dispels the darkness forever: Down with the rosemary and bays, down with the mistletoe/ Instead of holly, now upraise, the greener box for show. Green rushes then, and sweetest bents/ with cooler oaken boughs/ Come in for comely ornaments/ to re-adorn the house. Thus times do shift; each thing his turn does hold/ New things succeed, as former things grow old.” As with the biblical assertion of Ecclesiastes 3 (made famous in the song by the Byrds), there is a season and place for every activity, and we now liturgically turn our attention from the remembrance of the Lord’s conception, birth and infancy to his ministry and teaching in the rather extraordinary and lengthy period of Ordinary Time. Michael M. Canaris of Collingswood is an administrator at Fairfield University’s Center for Faith and Public Life and is on the faculty for the Department of Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies
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Photos of the Week /Photos of the Week
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Rock star Jon Bon Jovi poses for a photo with Hopeworks ’N Camden students when he visited in September. The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation has lent its support to Hopeworks.
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Sports/Sports News
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In recent high school girls’ basketball action, the Holy Spirit (Absecon) Spartans defeated the Our Lady of Mercy Academy (Newfield) Villagers, 39-33, on Monday, Jan. 3. The Spartans’ Tenisha Mobley led all players with 11 points, while the Villagers’ Karli Ernst and Bridget Dandrea both scored 10 points for their team. On Thursday, Jan. 6, the Camden Catholic (Cherry Hill) Irish beat Paul VI (Haddon Township) by a score of 54-35. On Friday, Jan. 7, Our Lady of Mercy was defeated by the Sacred Heart (Vineland) Lions 54-38. Sacred Heart’s Brittany Harden scored a game-high 13 points. Left photo: Camden Catholic’s Addy Crenny fights off Paul VI defenders on her way to 2 points. Bottom right: Our Lady of Mercy Academy’s Karli Ernst scores over Sacred Heart’s Alexa Pitt. Bottom left: Holy Spirit’s Sarah Markos scores, despite the best efforts of Our Lady of Mercy Academy’s Anne Brewer (50) and Ali Dandrea (5). Photos by Alan M. Dumoff
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