St. Jude’s Rosarian President Honored with Catholic Service Award
Contact: Jeanne D. Gigli
BUDD LAKE– President of St. Jude’s Rosary Altar Society Mel Kaufhold of Budd Lake was one of 114 individuals, couples and families in the Paterson Diocese (Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties) who was awarded the annual Vivere Christus Est award at a special ceremony on Sunday, June 22 at St. Philip Church in Clifton.
The award, meaning “to live is Christ,” was begun in 2009 by Bishop Arthur Serratelli “. . . to acknowledge the value and importance of the laity and to express gratitude and appreciation to those who unselfishly give of themselves for the building up of God’s kingdom.”
“I am so absolutely humbled by this tremendous honor,” said Kaufhold. “My parents taught me that the gifts God gave you are not just to be used for yourself. They are meant to share to make others’ lives better.”
Kaufhold not only is Rosarian president, but she volunteers regularly at the rectory, runs the parish’s Operation Chillout (ministry to the homeless), is a Eucharistic minister and is also involved with the Religious Education program.
“We are so proud of you, Mel, and thank you for your good and faithful stewardship,” said Father Antonio Gaviria, pastor, in a congratulatory note in the parish bulletin.
The Rosary Altar Society marks its 50th anniversary this year as its commemorative religious and social events culminate with an anniversary Mass on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, followed by a luncheon.