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Father Kenneth D. Brighenti, pastor, St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington, holds a United States Navy Rosary recently presented to him by the parish’s Military Ministry as a welcome gesture. The rosary’s Our Father beads are gold, the Hail Mary beads are blue and it has a silver medallion above and to the side of the cross with St. Michael on one side and the Navy logo on the other. Father Brighenti served as a chaplain in the Navy for 10 years. He was appointed pastor by Bishop James F. Checchio June 14 and is scheduled to be installed in that positon by Bishop Checchio at Mass at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church Sept. 23, 5 p.m. Welcoming Father Brighenti in the ceremony, from left: Al Kosiarski, chairman, Military Ministry, and John Drexinger and Hank Fatton, all Navy veterans; an unidentified member of the parish; and Air Force veteran John Serrone. - Marian Redlich photo

A priest blesses a person in a wheelchair at the Knock Shrine in Ireland Aug. 21. The Mass launched the one-year countdown to the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Ireland. -CNS photo/courtesy John McElroy