July 15, 2018



I am sure many of you have often wondered, but never had the opportunity to ask, who is that man standing next to the priest during mass? Is he a priest in training, or one of our more senior altar servers, or perhaps a quality inspector sent by the Vatican? None of the afore mentioned, that man is a Deacon, an ordained minister in the Catholic Church.

The Second Vatican Council stated that the diaconate, when it was restored as a permanent order, could be opened to married men over the age of 35. This is in keeping with the ancient tradition of the Church, in which married men were ordained into ministry. It is also in keeping with the ancient practice that while a married man may be ordained, an ordained man, if his wife should die, may not marry again.

Besides being a father and husband, I had a calling throughout my life that was impossible to ignore, a calling to serve God and his people, that’s you, in a greater way. After serious thought, prayer and conversation with our previous pastor Fr. Peter Doody, I began my journey to ordination.

To be ordained a Deacon, I had five years of discernment, learning and prayer, all in preparation for this new ministry. I was the one ordained, but my wife Sharon attended classes and retreats along with me, a requirement at the time, for married men entering the Diaconate. Today she plays an active role in my ministry.

Besides getting a great seat every Sunday at mass, my role as Deacon has offered me a number of opportunities to serve; Deacons can baptize, perform marriage ceremonies, assist at mass, proclaim the gospel and preach. Deacons can perform various funeral services for families in the funeral home, at the graveside and in Church. I have also completed Marriage Cannon Law Training offered by the Archdiocese of Newark, so I am able to work with and advocate for individuals who need to have previous marriages annulled, so they can enter marriages blessed by the church. Since permanent deacons can be married prior to ordination and have children, they have a unique first-hand perspective when it comes to family life.

While there is only one diaconate, the length of time spent actively practicing this ministry varies. A transitional deacon, one who is preparing for priestly ordination, practices only a short time. Permanent deacons are as the title suggests, permanent and will generally not advance to the priesthood. All priests, bishops, cardinals and even the pope began their service to God’s people being ordained to the diaconate, a role that stays with them throughout their consecrated lives.

The diaconate is an answer to a call from God, a ministry of service to his people. I hope this has given you a better understanding of the role of the deacon.

If you feel that you are being called to the diaconate, please do not hesitate to contact me or Deacon Bob.
Deacon Nick Veliky

Our Jubilee Prayer
Rejoicing in you, O Lord, with thankful hearts we pray as . . .
We Remember
gratefully our past companions on the Journey
whose sacrifice inspires us.
We Celebrate
the good news of love in action that empowers spiritual,
service and social ministry.
We Believe
In God’s providence as faithful stewards who continue
Christ’s work using the Keys to the Kingdom.

The Year of our Lord 2018 is our parish Jubilee commemorating 75 years of fulfilling our mission of Opus Christi –which is Latin for Christ’s Work. During the decades our parish has been love in action, bringing good news through spiritual, service and social ministry. Jesus said to our parish patron St. Philip, “Whoever believes in me will do the works I do and even great works.” John 14:22


Registration for the 2018-2019 year is now open. New families are welcome!
There are two ways to register:
• Online: Please visit www.stphilip.org. The registration forms and fees can be submitted electronically.
• In Person or by Mail: Download and Print the registration form and return with fees to the Parish Office.
Please be sure that you are registered with the parish prior to registering your child/children for class. Contact Barbara Salzer, parish secretary at 973-779-6200.
Please contact dleach@stphilip.org with any questions about our Religious Education program.
• Registrations closes on August 15th!

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