Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson

Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson


St. Vincent Martyr School was honored to host The Most Reverend Kevin J. Sweeney, Bishop of Paterson, as we began our celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Bishop Kevin Sweeney toured the school and met with students in our preschool and elementary school in their classrooms. He concluded his visit with a presentation to our middle school students in our gymnasium. Bishop Sweeney of the Diocese of Paterson shared his memories of being educated in the Catholic school system and his journey to his vocation as a priest. He graciously participated in a Q&A session with the students. Thank you, Bishop Sweeney for getting our Catholic Schools week off to a wonderful start!
Our January Discernment Retreat has been moved to a virtual format.
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Merry Christmas Bishop Sweeney and to the faithful of the Diocese of Paterson!
It has become tradition for the Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson to host mass at Straight and Narrow on Christmas Eve.

Catholic Charities, Straight and Narrow, is the largest nonprofit treatment center for those in recovery in the United States.

This year, due to the pandemic, Bishop is offering his prayers via video message. We thank Bishop Sweeney for his continued support, love, and leadership.

Merry Christmas to all!
On Saturday, December 4, a few families from the Middle School and Confirmation Prep Faith Formation enjoyed a special treat—a guided private tour of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson, NJ, by the Rector, Msgr. Eugene Sylva and FrCesar D. Jaramillo, Parochial Vicar.

The current beautiful brownstone building, built in the 19th century in the neo-Gothic style similar to that of medieval Churches, was literally built by the parishioners, who were volunteer laborers. This was accomplished under the leadership and vision of Fr. William McNulty for the rapidly expanding city, which included primarily Irish immigrants at the time. In 1937, Pope Pius XI named the Church of St. John the Baptist as the Cathedral, or seat of the Bishop, for the new Diocese of Paterson , which he established on that day.

Msgr. Geno drew the group’s attention to the high vaulted ceilings of the cathedral, one of the main features of this neo-Gothic architecture, explaining that this is intended to draw one’s attention upwards towards God. He also pointed out the seat of the Bishop on the altar, informing the group that this is where , the actual Pastor of the Cathedral, sits when he visits and presides at Mass. The priceless stained glass windows reflect images of different saints.

This event is one of a series of different Family Faith Formation opportunities planned to help parents and children learn more about the unique features of the Catholic faith. Stay tuned for future events in 2022!

Today is a special day as we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and conclude the Year of St. Joseph.

In the Diocese of Paterson we will be living a "Year of the Eucharist" in 2022.

Hear this special announcement from our Shepherd, Bishop Kevin Sweeney.

For more information on this special year visit:

God bless Bishop Sweeney and the Paterson Diocesan Faithful!
Please join us on congratulating Angelo Zecca on his retirement from Catholic Charities, Straight and Narrow!

Angelo is an amazing success story - beating his addiction and working with our organization for 45 years!

Thank you to the Beacon, the newspaper for the Diocese of Paterson for sharing this article:

"I love when I see people do well and they say to me, ‘you helped me’ and I’ll say back to them, ‘No, you did it for yourself.’ I try to help, but it is the individual who does it. We just guide them and show them the way," Angelo said.

God bless you Angelo and thank you for all you have done!
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After the morning session with leaders and the small group sessions in the afternoon, Diocese of Paterson Bishop Kevin celebrated the 5 pm Vigil Mass. He invited us to embrace complete generosity like the widow from the Gospel who gave her entire livelihood. Bishop challenged us as well, as Pope Francis suggests, to walk our journeys with our hearts open to encountering, listening, and discerning in all circumstances. Our time with Bishop came to a close in the midst of joyful hospitality and fellowship shared following Mass in the Gathering Space.

We are so grateful for Bishop Kevin Sweeney blessing us with his presence for the entire day! We pray that this experience of mutual encounter, listening, and discernment will bear fruit in our hearts, parish community, and Church.

Special thanks to the leaders who joined us for the day's sessions and to all present at the Mass celebration. A special shoutout to Debbie White and Carolyn Tortorello and their team of angels who shared their time, talent, and treasure to extend a radical welcome and hospitality to our Bishop, leaders, and parish community at large.

Thanks to Dan Balogh and Melissa Fasano for capturing memories from our morning session, and to Denise Panyik-Dale for the Vigil Mass photos!

The Holy Spirit in Action! At our Family Mass this past Sunday, Fr. Paddy was inspired by the Diocese of Paterson Ministries Appeal and the children on the video singing "This Little Light of Mine." Moved by the Holy Spirit, he summoned the children to the Altar, and here is what followed:
This past weekend at all Masses, the congregation experienced, in a sense, the extraordinary works by our Diocese of Paterson which are impacting larger communities. If you did not have an opportunity to view the video, please click below.

The ministries and efforts reflected on the video are a few of the many works led by our Diocese. They are all possible through the generosity of the various parish communities in the Diocese. If you have not done so already, please consider joining this community of generous hearts. Visit the table in our Gathering Space for details and materials, or click here ( to lend your support online.
We are grateful to the Diocese of Paterson priests for all they do!

Pictured is Msgr. Willie Naughton, Pastoral Care, Straight and Narrow; Fr. Ben Williams, Pastor of St. John Vianney and St. Thomas the Apostle parishes; Msgr. Herb Tillyer our Board President and Fr. Chuck Waller, Pastoral Care, Straight and Narrow at the Department for Persons with Disabilities Wiegand Farm.

God bless these gentlemen and all who do God’s work!
Congratulations to our very own Michael Carlucci, recipient of the 2021 Vivere Christus Award! Diocese of Paterson

Serving Northern NJ. 109 parishes • 22 Catholic Schools • 70 Catholic Charities locations.

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 08/01/2023

World Youth Day begins tonight in Lisbon, Portugal and our Diocesan pilgrims are in the host city seeing many landmarks.

From Bishop Kevin Sweeney:

Happy Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori🙏

Yesterday afternoon we arrived in Lisbon & I met up with the US Bishops. Last night we attended a reception at the US Embassy - see photo with the Ambassador Randi Charno Levine.

This morning we took a walking tour of the City of Lisbon, birthplace of St. Anthony of Padua (here they call him "St. Anthony of Lisbon”).

Here are highlights - starting with the Cathedral of St. Mary Major, where I learned that Lisbon has "co-patron" saints: St. Anthony & their "original patron": St. Vincent the Martyr (shout out to St. Vincent's in Madison). See photo of stained glass windows.

Tonight we will be praying especially for you & your intentions at the WYD Opening Mass🙏 Please keep praying for us 🙏


On Aug. 16-20, the relic of St. Andre Besette (1845-1937), the first saint of the Congregation of Holy Cross, who lived much of his life in Quebec, Canada, will be coming to the Paterson Diocese. Several parishes will host the relic and the faithful is invited to participate.

The Canadian saint is often attributed to the quote "Go to Joseph" because of his strong devotion to St. Joseph.

For more details, visit or see here:

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 07/31/2023

Our Diocesan pilgrims are on the move and now on a bus to their next stop to participate in World Youth Day activities📍Lisbon, Portugal.

From Bishop Kevin Sweeney:
We completed Day #2 (Sunday) participating again with the Beautiful (International) Rosary & candlelight procession in Fatima🙏

We had an early start to Day 3, 7/31, the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, with Mass at the Apparition Chapel, with an "International", English-speaking community, from Australia, Canada & U.S.A. - with our own Deacon Sebastian serving as Deacon of the Altar.

After Mass: a group photo, breakfast, & now waiting in front of the "Alleluia Hotel" to board the bus for Lisbon - we're praying for you & your intentions, please keep us in your prayers. 🙏🙏🙏

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 07/30/2023

Photos from Day 2 of our Diocesan contingent on the World Youth Day pilgrimage. 📍Fatima, Portugal.

From Bishop Kevin Sweeney:
What a Blessing to concelebrate Sunday Mass with Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston at the main outdoor Altar of the Sanctuary of Fatima.

Also, a privilege for the Paterson Diocese that our Deacon Joe DeMarzo was chosen to serve as Deacon of the Altar. We prayed for your intentions at Mass, please continue to pray for us🙏

Today our young people also walked in the footsteps of the three children of Fatima.

The route includes the children's house and passing the Angel of Peace (Loca do Anjo), where the children received the visit. Our group walked the entire route in silence along with many other groups from other countries.

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 07/30/2023

Last night, our Diocesan pilgrims to World Youth Day participated in the Candlelight Procession of Our Lady of Fatima at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, site of the 1917 apparitions in Portugal.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 07/29/2023

Our Diocesan pilgrims have made it to Portugal and Bishop Kevin Sweeney has shared some photos and a message. First stop:📍Santarem, Portugal.

From the Bishop:
“Thanks be to God & our Blessed Mother, we arrived “safe & sound”. We went from the airport to “Santarém” - the site of a Eucharistic Miracle from the 13th Century.

We then arrived in Fatima and are getting some rest in the afternoon. To be continued… We’re praying for you. Please pray for us 🙏”

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 07/28/2023

The Diocesan contingent traveling to World Youth Day (WYD) in Lisbon, Portugal has begun their journey. At noon today, Bishop Kevin Sweeney celebrated Mass with the young people at the Diocesan Shrine of St. Pope John Paul II in Passaic.

From the Bishop:
We're on our way - no better way to begin a pilgrimage with Mass and no better way to begin WYD than with Mass at the Diocesan Shrine of St. Pope JP II in Passaic!!

We have already begun praying for the intentions of all those in the Diocese who are joining us in prayer.

Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us! 🙏🙏🙏

Stay tuned for photos this upcoming week from Portugal!

Beacon photos/Joe Gigli

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 07/28/2023

During the week of July 10-14, young singers in the Children's Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson attended the choir's very first summer camp. Campers, from pre-k to 8th grade, also played the recorder, learned about the instruments of an orchestra and more about the Catholic faith and performed a concert for parents and the cathedral community.

Beacon photos/Joe Gigli

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Fatima and World Youth Day: Let us journey together, united in prayer 07/27/2023

Tomorrow, Bishop Kevin Sweeney and 43 diocesan youths and adults, including parents, chaperones and seminarians will be traveling to Lisbon, Portugal to participate in World Youth Day, which begins Aug. 1. Pope Francis will be attending the weeklong celebration.

The Bishop wrote in his column this week:
St. John Paul II established World Youth Day in 1985. Since then, young Catholics from all over the world gather with the Holy Father every two to three years, coming together in prayer, fellowship, catechetical sessions, and in a joyful celebration of faith. I had the privilege of attending my first WYD in Denver, Colo., in 1993, after my first year in the major seminary. It was a very important moment that helped me to discern my vocation and grow in my appreciation of the “universality” of our Catholic faith. It was also an opportunity to witness Pope St. John Paul II interact and pray with hundreds of thousands of young people, seeming to inspire and speak to the heart of each and every one of them.

To read more:

Fatima and World Youth Day: Let us journey together, united in prayer On Friday, July 28, I will be traveling with a group of young people and chaperones, seminarians, and priests, representing our diocese at World Youth Day (WYD) in Lisbon, Portugal. Pope St. John Paul II established World Youth Day in 1985. Since then, young Catholics from all over the world gather....

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 07/26/2023

Diocesan staff members Freddy and Brian discuss the Catholic origin of the hospital system in the early Middle Ages. We are proud to continue this charitable tradition as the primary source of healthcare in the city of Paterson! See episode 5 of The Paul Street Journal by clicking the link in the comments. Enjoy!

Photos from Diócesis de Paterson's post 07/25/2023

On Sunday, Bishop Kevin Sweeney celebrated with the Emmaus Hermandad at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Branchville.

From the Bishop:

We had a Beautiful Day on Sunday for an outdoor Mass, Rosary procession, BBQ/Picnic, & soccer tournament with the Spanish speaking community and the Emmaus Hermandad!! More than 500 people attended.

Thanks to Fr. Yohan Serrano and his team of volunteers who organized the day and Fr. Duberney Villamizar. Thanks also to Fr. Philip-Michael Tangora and the parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Branchville for hosting.

“Gracias a todos” - Thanks to everyone for such a wonderful day!!!

Annulments: The Paterson Diocesan Tribunal is here to help 07/21/2023

Father Marc Mancini, judicial vicar for the Tribunal of the Paterson Diocese, recently wrote an article in the Beacon to explain the annulment process.

Father Mancini, who also serves as pastor of St. James the Marches Parish in Totowa, writes: “Sometimes, even though a man and a woman enter a marriage with the best of intentions and great hopefulness for the future, it may end badly. Thankfully, the Roman Catholic Church has a process to determine if a marriage that ended badly may be declared invalid.”

Learn more about the process here:

Annulments: The Paterson Diocesan Tribunal is here to help Sometimes, even though a man and a woman enter a marriage with the best of intentions and great hopefulness for the future, it may end badly. Thankfully, the Roman Catholic Church has a process to determine if a marriage that ended badly may be declared invalid. And, if the marriage that ended badly...

St. Gianna Beretta Molla, the Vocation of Marriage and Holy Families 07/20/2023

This week in the Beacon, Bishop Kevin Sweeney writes about St. Gianna Beretta Molla, a modern day saint, who is patron of mothers, physicians and unborn babies.

The Bishop writes:
“I decided to write about Dr. Molla’s (St. Gianna Molla’s daughter) testimony because I am not sure how many Catholics are aware of the life and example of St. Gianna. In addition to her biography, there is a very good article on her life and death (she died seven days after the birth of her last child, now Dr. Gianna).”

To read more:

St. Gianna Beretta Molla, the Vocation of Marriage and Holy Families I have been privileged to be able to meet two canonized saints: St. Pope John Paul II and St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta. I hope that many readers may have had a chance to meet or at least be close to one or both of these two saints “of our times.” Perhaps some have had the chance to meet some o...

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 07/19/2023

Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney presided over the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Masses in Spanish on July 9 in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson. Concelebrating both Masses was Msgr. Geno Sylva, St. John’s rector and diocesan vicar for special projects. The Bishop was helping Msgr. Sylva with the Spanish Masses, because the cathedral’s parochial vicars were away that weekend. Assisting the priests that weekend were Deacon Guido Pedraza and Deacon German Vargas.

Beacon photos/Joe Gigli

Thank you for your support of the Corpus Christi Food Drive 07/17/2023

As we reach the point of midsummer, Scott Milliken, CEO of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Paterson, recently thanked clergy, religious and parishioners of the Paterson Diocese that participated in the 10th Annual Corpus Christi Food Drive.

The more than 15,000 pounds of food have helped feed families during the summer months.

To read more:

Thank you for your support of the Corpus Christi Food Drive On behalf of the entire Catholic Charities Family, I extend my sincerest gratitude for your incredible participation and support of Catholic Charities’ 10th Annual Corpus Christi Food Drive. Your outstanding support enabled us to collect over 15,000 pounds of food for our three food pantries: Fath...

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 07/14/2023

Lucas Folan, a diocesan seminarian, was formally accepted to study for the priesthood for the Paterson Diocese by Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney on July 2 during the Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders at a Mass at his home parish of Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel in the Cedar Knolls neighborhood of Hanover Township.

To read more:

Beacon photos/Rich Gigli


Bishop Kevin Sweeney is inviting young people of the Paterson Diocese to attend the largest gathering of Catholic youth in the country.

The 2023 National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), will be held from Thurs­day, Nov. 16 to Saturday, Nov. 18, in Indianapolis, Ind. This will be Bishop Sweeney’s first time joining a contingent from the diocese for this three-day premiere Catholic event, which is expected to draw 25,000 faithful from around the United States.

John Cammarata, director of diocesan Youth Ministry, is coordinating the details for the diocesan contingent and more information can be found here:

We are a Pilgrim People 07/12/2023

Last week in The Beacon, Bishop Kevin Sweeney invited all to the Diocesan Marian Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 14. (An overnight option before the visit to the shrine is also available.)

He writes about this diocesan tradition in his column, “We are a Pilgrim People:
Do you know about our upcoming diocesan pilgrimage to the National Shrine on Oct. 14?”

To register:
One-day pilgrimage: Oct. 14
Two-day pilgrimage: Oct. 13–14
Sign up at your parish for the one-day trip; For the two-day trip, contact Father Michael Rodak at 973-827-8030 or [email protected]

To read more:

We are a Pilgrim People The official title of the song is “One Spirit, One Church.” The song’s more popular or well-known name is “Come Holy Ghost,” and often, the first stanza (quoted above) is omitted. Personally, I like it when the song begins with “We are a pilgrim people …” because it can remind us tha...

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 07/11/2023

The annual Serra Club Mass was held on June 27 at St. Gerard Majella Church in Paterson to honor seminarians, newly ordained priests, and retiring priests. Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney served as main celebrant of the Mass with participating priests concelebrating and seminarians assisting. The evening liturgy was followed by a dinner at the Brownstone, also in Paterson.

The annual event was hosted by the Serra Club of Paterson, whose members are professional businessmen and women, dedicated to fostering vocations and to help fund seminarian education. The diocesan chapter was formed in 1958.

Beacon photos/Joe Gigli

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 07/10/2023

Last week, 54 young men took the first step in discovering their vocation — to married, religious, or single life — by asking Jesus a simple but powerful question, “Where do you want me to go?”

On a sunny June 29, these high-school-age Catholic men descended on Shiloh Bible Camp in the Hewitt neighborhood of West Milford for the Quo Vadis Day 2023 discernment retreat. There, Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney and participating priests and seminarians urged retreatants to develop a relationship with Christ as they ask him about their life’s calling. The day’s busy schedule included vocations talks, a Mass, adoration, and a rosary hike; sports and outdoor activities; and Bishop Sweeney’s first-ever remote broad­cast of his Beyond The Beacon podcast.

Beacon photos/Joe Gigli

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Congrats to our new graduates serving our Spanish speaking members of the Paterson Diocese!


On July 15, our two newly ordained priests will begin their first assignments.

Father Starli Castanos: Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson, effective July 15, 2023.

Father Krzysztof Tyszko: Parochial Vicar at St. Catherine of Siena, Mountain Lakes, effective July 15, 2023, until Aug. 31, 2023, when he is further assigned to continue his Licentiate in Sacred Theology studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome in the Fall.

We pray for Father Starli Castanos and Father Krzysztof Tyszko as they start their priestly ministries. May they be good and faithful priests now and forever.


An invitation from the Diocesan Vocations Office, Father & Son Catholic Camp: August 14-18.

To register:

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 07/06/2023

On June 25, the faith community of Saint Peter the Apostle Church in Parsippany the first diocesan parish established after the foundation of the Paterson Diocese, welcomed Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney, who celebrated a Mass to commemorate the parish’s 85th anniversary.

Bishop Sweeney was the main celebrant and homilist of the anniversary Mass. Concelebrating were Father David Pickens, St. Peter’s current pastor; Father Sylwester Pierzak, a parochial vicar; and Father Diego Monsalve, a parochial vicar, and master of ceremonies of the liturgy. They were joined by Msgr. Herbert Tillyer, pastor emeritus of St. Peter’s; Msgr. Kevin Flanagan, pastor before Msgr. Tillyer; and the following clergy, who had previously served the parish: Father John DeMattia, Father Rick Hardy, Father Cesar Jaramillo, and Ron Sordillo. Also concelebrating was Father Mark Olenowski.

Beacon photos/Joe Gigli


You are invited to a two-day Spiritual Journey in the heart of our Nation's Capital October 13-14!

Diocesan Pilgrimage to The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Our Nation's Church, will be the host of the Diocesan Pilgrimage that will be attended by members from the Paterson Diocese. This Pilgrimage will give the faithful an opportunity to honor our Blessed Mother and be inspired in the largest Roman Catholic Church in the Americas.

The Spiritual Journey includes Holy Mass with Bishop Sweeney, Confessions in Crypt Church, the Rosary and much more!

For more Information and to register – Contact Fr. Michael Rodak in the Diocesan Pilgrimage Office
Phone - 973 827-8030
[email protected]

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 07/05/2023

On June 16, the faith community of Sacred Heart & Holy Rosary Parish Dover, NJ celebrated its feast day, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, during a Mass on June 16.

Celebrating priests were: Father Leonardo Lopez, Sacred Heart’s administrator; Father Brendan Murray, pastor emeritus; Father Carmen Buono, a retired priest and part-time chaplain of Morris Catholic High School in Denville; and Trinitarian Father Luis De La Cuadra of St. Joseph’s Shrine in the Stirling neighborhood of Long Hill Township, who helps out at Sacred Heart. Many faithful of the parish participated in a 33-day devotional with prayers, readings, and reflections to prepare them for the feast day.

Beacon photos/Rich Gigli


From Bishop Kevin Sweeney during this extended holiday weekend:

Today on July 3rd, together with the whole Church, we celebrate the Feast of St. Thomas, the Apostle.

Tomorrow on July 4th, as a country, we give thanks & celebrate “Independence Day”. I recently heard a true story that reminded me that, in the United States, there is still “a place called hope” and that our country is still blessed by people of faith, HOPE, love, & incredible generosity & gratitude.

The story also reminds us of a lesson from Mitch Albom’s book, “Tuesdays with Morrie” that, “giving feels like living”. I heard the story referenced in the latest episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s “Revisionist History” podcast, “A Good Circle.” I hope you can take/find the time to listen … and be inspired by “a place called HOPE”.

You can find the “Revisionist History” podcast here:

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 06/30/2023

With great joy, Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney ordained two men from parishes in Paterson and Passaic as priests of the diocese during a Mass he celebrated on June 24 in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson. The bishop urged these two newest priests of the diocese “to get ready and be well prepared to serve the Church in challenging and exciting times” — both now and in the future.

During the Rite of Ordination, steeped in the rich traditions of the early Church, Bishop Sweeney ordained Father Starli J. Castaños Rodríguez of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Paterson and Father Krzysztof Tyszko of Holy Rosary Parish/Diocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II, in Passaic. Father Castaños was born in the Domini­can Republic. Father Tyszko was born in the United States to Polish-born parents. Celebrated on the Feast of St. John the Baptist, patron of the diocese, the Mass was said in English, Spanish, and Polish, reflecting the priests’ backgrounds.

To read more:

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The Italian community of St. James of the Marches Parish in Totowa on June 13 welcomed Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney, who celebrated a bilingual Mass in Italian and English for the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua. Concelebrants were Father Thomas Rekiel, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Florham Park, and Father Joseph A. Mactal, St. James’ parochial vicar. Assisting was Father Marc Mancini, St. James’ pastor. Bishop Sweeney spoke Italian to welcome the congregation and recite the Our Father. He blessed a statue of St. Anthony and loaves of bread, which were distributed to churchgoers — a tradition on the saints’ feast day. A light reception followed in the school hall.

Beacon photos/Joe Gigli


On June 28, 1997, Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Later this week on July 1, the Bishop will mark his third year as the Bishop of Paterson.

We pray for our dear Bishop as he marks 26 years as a priest and three years as our bishop!

Thank you for being a good shepherd to us all!

Ad Multos Annos! Happy Ordination Anniversary!

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 06/27/2023

Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney joined the faithful of St. Gerard Majella Church in Paterson in bidding a formal farewell to the spirit-filled Vocationist priests and sisters who served this ethnically diverse faith community for 15 years. Mem­bers of the locally based religious order have continued the parish’s rich legacy of opening its doors, hearts, and helping hands to all people who seek God.

The Vocationists, members of the Society of Divine Vocations, assumed leadership of St. Gerard’s from the Paterson Diocese in 2008 at the request of Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli. This summer, the religious order will hand the administration of the parish back to the diocese. Effec­tive July 1, Msgr. George Hundt, pastor of St. Vin­cent Martyr Parish in Madison, will become administrator of St. Gerard’s while continuing as pastor of St. Vincent’s. Msgr. Hundt first served as the parish’s pastor from 1995 to 2002.

Beacon photos/Joe Gigli

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On June 11, the Feast of Corpus Christi, Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney gathered with First Communicants from around the diocese, and their families, for an afternoon of catechesis, adoration, and celebration. The event, held appropriately at Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham, joyfully packed the church.

Coordinated by the diocesan Cateche­tical Office and the Office of Worship, 147 First Communicants registered to attend. Dressed in their First Holy Communion attire, the afternoon renewed the joy they experienced on their First Communion day.

Beacon photos/Joe Gigli

Diocese of Paterson 06/24/2023

The 2023 Priesthood Ordination Mass can be viewed here:

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On June 24, Deacon Starli J. Castaños Rodríguez and Deacon Krzysztof Tyszko will be ordained as the two newest priests of the Diocese of Paterson. This is a joyous moment for the Church of Paterson, and all are invited to participate in the Mass of ordination at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson.

The Mass will be live-streamed and to learn more about these two men:


From Bishop Kevin Sweeney as the Church celebrates two saints today and the start of Religious Freedom Week:

Today we celebrate the Feast of Sts. Thomas More & John Fisher.

Let us pray in a special way today for all lawyers & attorneys, judges & legislators. Let us also pray in thanksgiving for those who have given their lives in defense of the Faith & as Witnesses of the Risen Lord.🙏

One week from today, on June 29th, we’ll celebrate the Great Martyrs & Apostles, Sts. Peter & Paul. The Bishops of our Country have asked all Catholic to recognize this week as a “Week of Religious Freedom.”

For more information:

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 06/21/2023

The faith community of Our Lady of Fatima-St Nicholas RC Church in Passaic welcomed Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney, who celebrated a Mass on May 12. There he administered the sacrament of confirma­tion to 76 young people of the parish. Concelebrating the Mass with Bishop Sweeney was Father Rolands Uribe, the pastor. Assisting them were Deacon Ramon Lizardo and Deacon Gilberto Martinez.

Beacon photos/Joe Gigli

Photos from Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson's post 06/20/2023

The diocese held an Evening of Eucharistic Revival at the Church of Corpus Christi in Chatham Township on June 11, the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Individuals and families were invited “to come and pray and learn and grow in understanding of who God is and what he calls us to be,” said Father Agustino Torres. He is a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal who serves as campus-ministry chaplain at William Paterson University in Wayne and is one of the National Eucharistic Preachers.

Father Agustino and Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney led the Eucharistic Revival, which included adoration, praise, worship, and Benediction to enhance participants’ understanding of, love for, and living out of the Holy Eucharist.

Earlier that day at Corpus Christi, Bishop Sweeney held a special event for children who received first Holy Communion this year and catechists, which included a catechesis on the Eucharist, adoration, a procession, and Benediction.

Along with the Church in the United States, the Paterson Diocese is in the second year of a three-year National Eucharistic Revival that is meant to demonstrate how the wonders of the true presence of Jesus can heal the soul — and change the lives of Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Beacon photos/Joe Gigli


Today we celebrate fathers and Bishop Kevin Sweeney shares his greetings:

Happy Father’s Day (Cheers!! Slainte!!) to all our Dads!! Here’s another picture of my Dad, may he Rest in Peace🙏, from my parents’ Wedding Album.

For this Father’s Day, sharing a playlist of songs about fathers.

There’s a beautiful Irish song about a son’s (or daughter’s) love for his/her father. It’s called “The Old Man”. One version of the song is by Phil Coulter.

Some other beautiful “Father-Son” (or Father & Child) songs: “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin - which should come with a reminder that no one (no parent) is perfect. The father in this song is very hard on himself.

There’s also (perhaps a little known song, from the ‘80’s) “In the Living Years” by Mike & the Mechanics.

Another, a little before my time, but I really like is “Father & Son” by Cat Stevens.

Comment below to share any other songs about dads.

St. Joseph, pray for all our fathers!

Here are links to these songs:

“The Old Man” by Phil Coutler:

“Cats in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin:

“In the Living Years” by Mike and the Mechanics:

“Father and Son” by Cat Stevens:

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Today Hispanic Catholics from Dioceses in NJ and PA are gathering together.

From Bishop Kevin Sweeney:

On this Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, it was a Joy & Blessing to join Cardinal Tobin, priests, deacons & lay leaders from all the Dioceses of NJ and some from Pennsylvania for Mass today as the leaders gathered for a day of prayer, planning & Eucharistic Revival!!

Muchisimas Gracias y Que Dios les Bendiga 🙏

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