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Catholic Charities, Diocese of Paterson

Remembering Our Past, Building for the Future

August 17, 2020

Dear Friends of Catholic Charities,

For over 80 years, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Paterson has been providing help and creating hope for those most in need.   

We recognize and honor the many staff, leaders, friends and service recipients who have come before. 

There may be no one more memorable than Walter.  
47 years ago today, Walter, who lived at the Department for Persons with Disabilities and who happened to have an intellectual disability, saved the life of an abandoned newborn infant.

Full Story:

Walter's Story epitomizes the important work of Catholic Charities.

Walter’s Story teaches us that every life is to be cherished and that we are all valuable in the eyes of God.

Walter’s Story inspires us to help those in need.

Thank you, Walter for brightening our world and happy birthday to "Walter's Baby!"

The unforgettable Walter Barton. 

Thank you to Bishop Sweeney, Bishop Emeritus Serratelli and to the faithful of the Diocese of Paterson for their continued support.

Last week, Bishop Sweeney presented Catholic Charities, Straight and Narrow with a check for over $319,000!

Nearly a year ago, Straight and Narrow experienced a devastating fire at our 410 facility. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and we were able to continue with our important ministry to help those in recovery.

This contribution, made possible through donations to the Bishops Annual Appeal, will assist us with our rebuilding efforts of this vital program.We are truly blessed and thankful!

Thank you to the Beacon, the newspaper for the Diocese of Paterson for covering this event:

Bishop Kevin Sweeney presents a check to Msgr. Herbert Tillyer, board president of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson, for the rebuilding efforts of the Straight and Narrow men’s halfway house in Paterson, which was destroyed in a five-alarm fire last August. The check was made possible due to the generosity of the faithful who donated to the 2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Also pictured at the site of the fire are: (front, at left) Dharmesh Parikh, (second row, from left) Tim Potter, Angela Nikolovski, Mayor Andre Sayegh, Scott Milliken, (third row, from left) Jasmine Scott, Dr. Hayman Rambaran, Christopher Brancato, Mike Rettagliata, (back row, from left) Reina Rivas, Ryan Allstaedt, Louise Alexander, Ruth Jean-Marie, Shevon Bey and Peggy Gresham.  Photo Credit: Beacon Photo/ Joe Gigli

Thank you for your continued kindness.

We are helping more people than anytime in our 80 year history, giving out nearly 1,000,000 lbs of food since the start of the pandemic. 

Doyle is one of the seniors we help at our Paterson Adult Day Center.

In the video linked below, Doyle shows his appreciation to Catholic Charities staff, volunteers and those who support us. 

To keep vulnerable seniors safe, our Paterson Adult Day Center has been closed for the last several months.

We have stayed in regular touch with all of the seniors who we help with daily phone calls and wellness checks.

With the assistance of our food pantries, we have also delivered groceries, directly to senior citizen's homes. We are blessed to do what we do.

Your continued support is needed. Please visit to donate, so we can continue on with our expanded ministry.

God bless Doyle and God bless you all!

Doyle is appreciative of your continued support! 

Make a Difference

Catholic Charities' COVID-19 Relief Fund
Visit to make a donation to our COVID-19 relief fund.  You may restrict your contribution for a particular purpose, agency or program. 

Yoga for a Cause - Rescheduled for Tuesday, 8/18
Join Fitness Knocking and the Department for Persons With Disabilities Family for a evening of rest and restoration for all levels! All proceeds to benefit Catholic Charities, Department for Persons with Disabilities. Visit to participate. 

Virtual Wiegand Farm Golf Classic
Visit to contribute to this important event supporting the Department for Persons with Disabilities.   

Donate, sponsor or purchase MEGA 50/50 Tickets

Our live event was cancelled but DPD's ministry continues on! 

We are grateful for those who have come before, like Walter. 

We are thankful for those who currently give selflessly to our ministry. 

We are enthusiastic about a bright future ahead! 

Thank you for all you do! 


Scott Milliken
Chief Executive Officer 
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Paterson 

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