1 of 3 newly ordained priests will serve in Nutley

The ordinandi with the Cardinal. From left, the Rev. Andrew M. Rubinich, Cardinal Tobin, the Rev. Matteo Matarazzo and the Rev. Joseph A. Pavone. Photo by Archdiocese of Newark/Michael Ehrmann

One of the three men ordained to the priesthood last month at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart has been assigned to Nutley, while the other two will serve elsewhere in the Archdiocese of Newark.

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., archbishop of Newark, ordained three men to the priesthood during a Rite of Ordination on May 25.

Amidst a sea great joy from family and friends, Matteo Matarazzo, Joseph A. Pavone and Andrew M. Rubinich were called forward by Cardinal Tobin for election to the priesthood. They pledged their obedience, prostrated before the altar as a litany of saints was sung and kneeled as archdiocesan priests laid hands on them in prayer.

Cardinal Tobin then recited the Prayer of Consecration, officially ordaining the trio as priests in a moment of immense happiness and celebration.

Upon donning their stoles and chasubles, the new priests had their hands anointed with the sacred chrism before distributing the Holy Eucharist for the first time as priests. Afterward, they offered inaugural blessings to many of the gathered faithful and they gave personal blessings to Cardinal Tobin, as well.

The new priests — Father Matarazzo at Holy Family Parish in Nutley, Father Pavone at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Wyckoff and Father Rubinich at St. Aloysius Parish in Caldwell — will embark on their pastoral duties to shepherd the faithful and administer the sacraments.

Through it all, they will be guided by the message of Cardinal Tobin’s homily, which emphasized service as “the foundation on which the priesthood is built.”

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