Deacon Al Tizzano

It is my sad duty to announce the death of Deacon Al Tizzano on April 13, 2020. May he rest in the peace of Christ. Amen.
Please keep his family, including his nephew Guy and cousin Rosalie D’Andrea, in your prayers during this difficult time.

— Father Larry Fama

Deacon Al Tizzano
Member of the parish since 1967.
Ordained a Deacon in 1975.
Retired and went into emeritus status in December 2017

In the Acts of the Apostles, it is written: “The twelve called together the community of the disciples and said: ‘It is not right for us to neglect the word of god to serve at table. Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word.'” We know that with Vatican II, the Diaconate developed in the church to include many more tasks to include fulfilling other works of mercy, the administration of some sacraments and preaching. Deacon Al has truly been a ‘reputable’ man, ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’ who has shared his life with us in intimate moments of joy and grieving. We thank him for his ministry and for helping us, as a community, to grow in wisdom, grace and peace. — Steve St. Hilaire at the Irish Night 2018

New York Times Article on the Ordination to the Deaconate in 1976

https://www.nytimes.com/1975/12/15/archives/

Catholic Advocate – June 17, 2015 – Page 29 – 40 Years as a Deacon

https://www.rcan.org/sites/default/files/files/June%201-48.pdf

Deacon Al – Forty Years as a Deacon

From our 2016 E-Newsletter at https://www.stachurchbloomfield.com/web/february-2016-e-newsletter/

Deacon Al
Deacon Al Tizzano

On Saturday, January 9th, St. Thomas the Apostle Church community celebrated at 5:00 PM, a Mass of Thanksgiving for Deacon Albert Tizzano’s 40th Anniversary as a Deacon. Al was ordained as Deacon in the 1st Diocese Deacon Ordination group at Sacred Heart Cathedral for the Arch Diocese of Newark in December, 1975.

Born to Clementine and Luca Tizzano, he was one of five children raised in a faith filled family. After completing his education, he worked in a family automotive business in Montclair and served in the Army during the Korean War. After his return, he met and married the love of his life, Mary, and settled in Bloomfield where they became parishioners at Saint Thomas. When the Arch Diocese started the program to ordain men as Deacons, with Mary’s support and encouragement, he applied and was accepted and later ordained.

Over the last 40-years, Deacon Al has been involved in many church activities: training altar servers, teaching CCD, visiting the sick, bringing communion to shut-ins, Baptisms, Weddings and funerals. Most close to his heart was the blessing of animals in October near to the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. An assortment of animals from dogs, cats, birds to more exotic ones such as snakes, lizards, and fish arrived with owners for the annual event. He now continues the practice here at St. Thomas.

Deacon Al and Mary had a long and happy marriage for 50-plus years. He was a devoted husband seeing to her care and needs. This was especially so during her last years at Saint Vincent Nursing Home until her passing in May, 2011. He was there on a daily basis and still volunteers there one or two days a week. Deacon Al is always there for family and friends helping in any way he can to make one’s life easier.

We pray that God will continue to give Deacon Al stable health and may he continue to grow spiritually. May God give him the ability to do all that he can with love, patience, and understanding for all the lives that he touches yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Albert Tizzano’s Obituary

Albert Tizzano Faithfully served as a deacon at St. Thomas the Apostle Church
Albert Tizzano, born to Clementine and Luca Tizzano, was one of five children. Born and raised in New York, Al moved to Montclair, NJ at age 13. After completing his education, Al served in the Army earning the rank Corporal/MP during the Korean War. Al worked in a family automotive business in Montclair and the Township of Glen Ridge.
Al met and married the love of his life, Mary, and settled in Bloomfield where they became parishioners at Saint Thomas.
Al was ordained as Deacon in the 1st Diocese Deacon Ordination group at Sacred Heart Cathedral for the Archdiocese of Newark in December 1975, and faithfully served the St. Thomas the Apostle church in Bloomfield NJ for over 40 years. Al was involved in many church activities: training altar servers, teaching CCD, visiting the sick, bringing communion to shut-ins, baptisms, weddings and funerals. Most close to his heart was the blessing of animals in October, near to the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.
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Donations may be made to St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield, NJ in Al’s name.

Deacon Al in Pictures

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From 1989
From 1989
From 1989
From 1989