God bless Louis Salvador

2017 June 17
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On Saturday, June 17th, Louis Salvador Bradbury, son of Stephen Bradbury Sr. and Pilar Rey Bradbury received the Sacrament of Baptism. Proud godparents were Richard Krumm and Wilma McBain. We congratulate Louis’ parents Stephen and Pilar on this special occasion, as well as family members and friends. The Sacrament of Baptism is the foundation of our Christian faith it is a gateway to life in the Spirit and the door that gives access to other sacraments… Through Baptism we are regenerated and become members of Christ incorporated into His Church. In baptism we are immersed into death and resurrection of Jesus. As God made the covenant with his people, so through Baptism Jesus makes a New and Everlasting Covenant with his followers.

God bless Omar and Jasmine

2017 June 15
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We congratulate Omar Habith Cotes and Jasmine Nicole Cotes who after preparation, received the Sacrament of Matrimony on Sunday June 11th. Omar and Jasmine are blessed with two daughters, Isabella and Angelise.

Marriage in the National Catholic Church, “is not simply the Church giving its blessing to the natural union of man and woman, but rather is uniting the new couple in the eucharistic fellowship and thereby placing the marriage in the context of the mystery of the Church. Marriage is concluded as a sacrament by the blessing of a lawfully ordained minister.” Proudly attending Omar and Jasmine were Natalie Lazar and Aida Santiago.

Ś+P Genevieve Stacia Mary Piontkowski Kapchonick

2017 June 15
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Gene was the 5th of 6 children born to Marianna and Franczik Piontkowski. She was born in Wallington, NJ 98 years ago. She was married to George Kapchonick for 71 years. Survivors include her daughter Alice Kapchonic and her sisters Jenny Dziuba, Lucy Daum and many nieces and nephews. Gene and George lived in Little Falls and later in Toms River, NJ. They were members of Holy Cross for 60 years and prior to that they worshipped at Ss. Peter and Paul in Passaic.

Gene was a very active and creative person. She made her flowers into beautiful arrangements for the parish altar for 20 years. For Mothers Day she made carnation corsages for the ladies of the parish. As a member of the Altar Guild she took care of the altar linens. She was a member of the Holy Cross pierogi makers. She was a good cook, making pierogis and golabki, and for Christmas she made chrusciki and hundreds of cookies for family and friends.

Her Requiem Holy Mass was conducted Friday, June 9th. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord.

Life Line Screening

2017 June 11
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Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will offer their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings at our parish on July 20th. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to:

  • blocked arteries, a leading cause of stroke;
  • abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta;
  • hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease;
  • atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and
  • a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.

Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit Life Line Screening or text the word circle to 797979.

First Holy Communion

2017 May 30
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Our parish joyfully witnessed the celebration of First Holy Communion on Sunday May 21st. We congratulate Diego, Justin, Jazlyn, Arianna, Jhyanna and two adults Kandri and Stefanie who received Holy Eucharist for the first time. We thank Mary Vitaletti for helping Fr. Joseph in providing First Holy Communion classes for children. During the Holy Mass, the children and two adults participated in the liturgy be reading the Prayers of the Faithful and bringing to the altar the offertory gifts of bread and wine. We thank parents for their help and support as well as for sponsoring beautiful flowers for this special occasion. We thank our organist, lector, altar servers, greeters, and ushers who served at the Holy Mass and everyone who attended the liturgy last Sunday. In the Holy Eucharist, Jesus Christ is really present under the forms of bread and wine. He gives us himself as a food for our souls. The bread and wine becomes the Body and Blood of our Lord during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass when the priest or bishop says the words of consecration which Jesus used during the Last Supper: This is My Body… This is My Blood.

Ś+P Alice Kriskewic

2017 May 18
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Dear Parishioners, please pray for our departed parishioner, Alice Kriskewic (94) who passed away Friday, May 12th.

She was a member of our parish for many years serving additionally as Treasurer of Adoration Society, Member of Daughters of Holy Cross and former member of the parish choir. She will be missed by our parish. We remember her in our thoughts and prayers. On behalf of the parish and my family we extend deep sympathy to her family, relatives and friends. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday at 10:30 am at Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, 557 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne, NJ. Visitation hours at the funeral home on Sunday from 3-7.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

Obituary published by Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, 557 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne, NJ

Kriskewic, Alice Theresa (nee: Sentkowski), age 94, of Hawthorne, on Friday, May 12, 2017. Born and raised in Little Falls, Alice had lived in Paterson before moving to Hawthorne in 1963. Alice held many different jobs throughout the years; she worked as an inspector for REDM, a butcher at A&P, and as an insurance agent for Spojnia Insurance Company. Alice was a parishioner of Holy Cross Polish National Church in Woodland Park where she was a member of the Adoration Society, the Women’s Club and the choir.

Alice was the beloved wife of the late Edward J. Kriskewic (1989). Loving mother of Joe Kriskewic of Dunedin, FL, the late Stephen Kriskewic and the late Edward Kriskewic. Loving grandmother of Edward Kriskewic and his wife Lisa, Valerie Wheatley and her husband William, Lauralee Brown, Dawn Piccione and her husband Nicholas, Heather Kriskewic, Jennifer Martinez and her husband Michael, Courtney Kriskewic, David Kriskewic and his wife Melanie and Stephen Kriskewic, Jr. Dearest great-grandmother of 24; great-great grandmother of one. Alice is survived by her daughter-in-law Kathy Kriskewic and predeceased by two brothers and two sisters. Alice is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Flea Market – New Date

2017 May 18
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Our Annual Flea market with outside vendors, home goods, antiques, and more will be held on Saturday, September 23rd from 9am until 3pm. We will also have Polish food for sale. All are welcome.

Choir members – Our Special Guests on Mother’s Day

2017 May 14
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We thank our organist, Neil Estanislao, and the choir members of St. Anne’s Parish, Jersey City for attending 11 am Holy Mass on Mother’s Day. It was a special event for all mothers. We were inspired by their performance. Have a blessed and Happy Mother’s Day!

17th Annual Mission and Evangelism Workshop

2017 May 14
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The 17th Annual Mission and Evangelism Workshop was held at our parish from May 5th to 7th. It was truly an honor to host and participate in the workshop. The words of “Faith that works” from St. James led us throughout the entire workshop, presentations and reflection.

Confirmation Class Chips-in

2017 May 2
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Some of our Confirmation Class students did a great community service on Saturday, April 29th by cleaning ten bags of leaves, pulling out weeds, and spreading new mulch in front of the church. Students and their parents can be proud of their achievement! God bless.