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Deacon Nicholas Fargo Enters Eternal Life
Nicholas Carmen Fargo, age 98, died on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at home with family. He was born in Jersey City and married Sarah Macdonell. They shared 54 years of love and family until her death in 1996.
He leaves his children, JoAnn (Fargo) Degnan, Sally (Fargo) Medeiros, and Nicholas Fargo and his sons-in law, Joseph Degnan and Paul Medeiros and daughter-in –law Karen ( McGill) Fargo. He was blessed with seven grandchildren, Sarah Degnan, Nicholas Degnan, Alexander Degnan, Lynette Medeiros, Paul Medeiros, Nicholas Fargo, and Jennifer Fargo. He enjoyed the love of four great-grandchildren, Eleonora Degnan, Abigail Degnan, James Degnan, and Lucienne Degnan.
He graduated from Synder High School in 1939 and served as staff sergeant and gunner in United States Air Force in World War II from 1941-1945. He joined the Jersey City Fire Department in 1948 and retired with rank of Deputy Chief in 1979. He also served as Director of Fire and Emergency Services and Director of Public Safety under Mayor Paul Jordan and later as Hudson County Public Safety Director. He then served as a Regional Director of FEMA from 1981-86.
Nicholas was ordained a permanent deacon of the Roman Catholic Church in 1974 and served in St. Patrick’s Parish and Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Jersey City. He served for many years as deacon for the Jewish Hospital and worked with Sister Alice McCoy in establishing Hudson Hospice. He was well-loved and honored by his fellow parishioners at his retirement in 2011.
Visitation will be Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 4:00-8:00pm and Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 2:00-8:00pm at Greenville Memorial Home, 374 Danforth Ave. Jersey City. Family and Friends will gather on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 9:15am in Our Lady of Mercy Church, 40 Sullivan Drive, Jersey City. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00am. Internment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Our Lady of Mercy Church, Jersey City.
Deacon Fargo was ordained for the Archdioces of Newark on December 14, 1975, by Most Reverend Peter L. Gerety. Deacons are welcome to vest in alb and white stole.
Online Liturgy of the Hours
A website has the apprioved English version (ICEL 1976) of the Liturgy of the Hours available online. It is quite comprehesive with: Invitatiory Psalm, Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, Daytime Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer, as well as hymns! It gives page numbers for both the four-volume and single volume versions. A podcast is also available so you can listen if reading is inconvenient. An excellent resource anytime, but especially when traveling with your smartphone or laptop. The URL is http://divineoffice.org.
REVISED Procedure for Ministering Outside of the Archdiocese
Click HERE for the latest guidelines.
The memorandum dated May 8, 2013 from Deacon McKenna has been incorporated into the Deacon Manual at the end of the last Appendix. See "Handbook for Permanent Deacons" in "Archives" at the right for details.
The Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese of Newark
Some general information about the Permanent Diaconate can be found HERE.
It has been more than fifty years since the ordination of the first class of permanent deacons in 1975. At that time 77 men were ordained by Archbishop Gerety, considerably reduced from 200 who had applied and the 144 who began the probationary period. Since that time, the permanent diaconate program in Newark has seen many changes as both the theology and the praxis of the diaconate has developed and evolved under the influence of experience and guidance of the Holy Spirit. As in almost all areas of the world where the permanent diaconate has taken root, it has grown and generally has exceeded expectations, not only in the numbers of men called to this ordained ministry, but in the quality of its witness "as icons of Christ the servant." A listing of significant events in the history of the permanent diaconate in Newark is given in Appendix A from the booklet "A History of 25 Years of Service" presented at the Annual Assembly of Deacons in the Jubilee Year 2000.
Pax et Bonum
Intercessory Prayer for Religious Freedom
The prayer below was composed by Deacon Jim Tobin and posted here with approval of Deaon John McKenna. It is a suggestion for use at Masses in our Archdiocese:
That American Catholics will listen to the teachings of the US Catholic Bishops; become aware of the intrinsic evil being forced on Catholic institutions by the HHS Mandate and pray that the leaders of this country will have a change of heart and allow religious liberty, "Our first and most Cherished Freedom"
Let us pray to the Lord.
From the Directory for Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons, Congregation for the Clergy, n. 57, we are given this exhortation: "Love for Christ and for His Church is profoundly linked to love of the Blessed Virgin Mary, handmaid of the Lord. With her unique title of Mother, she was the selfless helper of her divine Son's diaconia (cf. John 19:25-27). Love of the Mother of God, based on faith and expressed in daily recitation of the rosary, imitation of her virtues and trust in her, are indeed signs of authentic filial devotion. With deep veneration and affection Mary looks on every deacon....This love of the Virgin Mary, handmaid of the Lord, which is born and rooted in the word, will cause deacons to imitate her life. In this way a Marian dimension is introduced into the Church which is very close to the vocation of the deacon.
Director of Selection and Formation
Rev. James Teti
Director of Deacon Personnel
Deacon John J. McKenna
Deacon Joseph Yandoli Deacon James Tobin
Deacon Andrew Saunders
Council of Permanent Deacons
President Vice President Secretary
Deacon Michael York Deacon Walter Wiggins Deacon Steve Lipski
Deacon Andrew Golden Deacon Andrew Zucaro
Deacon Emeruwa Anyanwu Deacon Walter Wiggins
Deaon Steve Lipski Deacon Michael Missaggia
Deacon David Farrell Deacon Michael York
Deacon Jorg Montalvo Deacon Pedro Herrera
Deacon Ed Campanella