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Metuchen Diocese's new ministry will assist those who 'till and tend'

METUCHEN • As coordinator of the newly created Catholic Rural Life Ministry in the Diocese of Metuchen, Father Michael C. Saharic will show that the Catholic Church cares for and wants to meet the needs of those who work in the farming and agricultural industries in the diocese.

“Through his pastoral visits to our parishes, particularly in the western counties, Bishop (James F.) Checchio has seen the need to address and strengthen the faith and the physical needs of our brothers and sisters who have a vocation to the care of God’s creation through farming,” said Father Saharic, who is pastor of St. Ann Parish in Hampton.

“My job is to find out what the members of the agricultural and farming communities in our diocese may need and to support them,” he told The Catholic Spirit, Metuchen’s diocesan newspaper.

When he was first appointed in January by Bishop Checchio to lead this new ministry, Father Saharic said he suddenly realized he did indeed have several families in his parish who made their living by farming – a fact he had not previously considered.

“We need to realize that there are farmers who till the earth and raise animals for consumption,” he said.

“Our food just doesn’t magically appear in the Shop Rite or Wegmans. We have become disconnected as a society."

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