Ś+P Stella Skawinski

2017 August 5
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Our oldest parishioner, Stella Skawinski (age 101) passed away July 31st. Please remember her in your prayers as well as her family in this sorrowful time. Eternal rest grant unto her, O LOrd. And let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

The Prayer Service was held on Wednesday, August 2nd at 7 pm at the Shook Funeral Home. A Requiem Holy Mass was held on Thursday, August 3rd.

Stella (Mamcarz) Skawinski, 101, of Paterson, died after a long illness on July 31, 2017, at Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains. Born February 13, 1916, in Utica, NY, she is predeceased by her parents of Poland, her late husband, Lawrence, of Paterson, and daughter, Dorothy, of Grover Beach, CA.

Stella left Utica with her parents when she was a child to return to Poland, where her family owned a large farm. She escaped the invasion of Poland by the Nazis because in 1935, she returned to the U.S. to visit the country of her birth. What she thought would be a brief stay with her godmother in Paterson became permanent after her parents told her to remain in America because of the turmoil in Europe. She never saw her parents again. She married Lawrence Skawinski, an engine mechanic at Curtiss-Wright, in 1939.

Survivors include her son, Lawrence and his wife Carol of Highland Heights, KY, and granddaughter, Nicole Cobb and her husband Brian of Roswell, NM; sister-in-law, Helen Skawinski; nieces and nephews, Jacek Mamcarz, Stanley Skawinski, Elaine Rotsaert, Cheryl Wechter, Carole Ostrowski and Keith Rotsaert. Stella will also be missed by her extended family in Poland.

A homemaker, Stella was an avid gardener, known for her Victory Garden and beautiful flowers, especially her roses, of which she was most proud. She was a talented cook, praised for her Polish dishes including stuffed cabbage and pierogi. Stella was a superb seamstress who designed and made clothing, knit, crocheted, and did needlework. She loved dancing, especially doing the polka with her husband at various festive occasions. An animal lover, Stella’s beloved cat, Puss, was her companion for several years before passing away from cancer. Stella also enjoyed caring for a friend’s Scottie dogs and relished visits from various friends’ dogs over the years.

Loved and admired by many, Stella was a woman with an indomitable spirit, eternally optimistic, with a great sense of humor and generous nature: she was always helping others without expecting anything in return.

Stella was a member of Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church, Woodland Park, and the Adoration Society.

The family wishes to thank Atlantic Hospice and the staff of Chilton for the care and support they provided Stella and her family.

Donations made to Holy Cross PNCC in Stella’s memory would be greatly appreciated.

Scenes from Kurs 2017

2017 July 19
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Check out the Kurs Facebook group to view pictures and information from Kurs 2017 and to stay tuned for news and information on Kurs 2018. Planning has already begun.

God Bless Sadie Rose

2017 July 8
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We congratulate Sadie Rose Velez, daughter of Carlos Velez and Katherine Granados who was baptized on Sunday June 25th. Proud godparents were: Mark Tahmoosh and Wendy Lucas. We welcome Sadie as our newest member of the National Catholic Church and Holy Cross parish.

God Bless Olivia Alice

2017 July 8
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Congratulation to Olivia Alice Santini, daughter of Rocco Santini and Mary (Bryda) Santini who was baptized on Sunday, June 25th. Proud godparents were: Xavier Granados and Halle White. We welcome Olivia as our newest member of the National Catholic Church and our parish.

6 for Life Health Assessment

2017 July 8
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What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!

If you are age 21-80 learn your risk for developing 6 different chronic diseases. $3 out of every $4 spent on healthcare is for treatment of chronic disease. Better lifestyle habits can help prevent 80% of heart disease and 90% of type 2 diabetes

The 6 for Life Health Assessment measures your risk of developing 6 chronic diseases, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes, COPD and lung cancer. A customized report will determine which risk factors contribute most to your disease risk and are within your control to change. Finger-stick blood tests along with biometric measurements are included with this assessment. These are separate from our vascular screenings.

Our parish will be hosting a Life Line Screening preventive health event on Thursday, July 20th.

Protect your health by registering today for the 6 for Life Health Assessment for $79. Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit the Life Line Screening website or text the word circle to 797979 to schedule your appointment. Take control of your health, knowledge is empowering.

Are you at Risk for Stroke, Heart Disease and Diabetes?

Did you know that a 10% decrease in cholesterol can reduce your risk for heart disease 30%?

Diabetes is the 5th leading cause of death in the US. Elevated CRP levels in the blood are indicators of risk for heart disease and high blood pressure. Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death. Life Line Screening offers finger-stick blood tests with results in 10 minutes. Protect your health by finding out your risk of diabetes and vascular disease by participating in the Life Line Screening that will be at Holy Cross on Thursday, July 20th.

Register for the lipid panel (HDL, LDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides), glucose and CRP blood tests for only $129. Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit the Life Line Screening website or text the word circle to 797979 to schedule your appointment. Ask about our other stroke and heart tests. Taking control of your health doesn’t have to be hard.

Do you know your TSH level?

Thyroid Disorders TSH can indicate an underactive thyroid

20 million Americans have an underactive thyroid but half don’t know it. An underactive thyroid can cause an increased risk of heart disease and lead to an enlarged heart. Under-active thyroid is more common among men and women aged 60 and older. Life Line Screening offers a finger-stick blood test with results in less than 10 minutes. Protect your health by finding out your risk of an underactive thyroid by having a TSH screening. Life Line Screening will be at Holy Cross on Thursday, July 20th.

Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit the Life Line Screening website or text the word circle to 797979 to schedule your TSH screening for only $49. Ask about our other stroke and heart tests. Taking control of your health doesn’t have to be hard.

Attention all Men!

Do you know your risk for Prostate Cancer?

A Prostate Cancer PSA test is the most accurate method for the detection of prostate cancer. 1 in 6 men will get Prostate Cancer. PSA tests have been used for over 25 years. A simple PSA blood test could save your life. Protect your health by finding out your risk of Prostate Cancer. Life Line Screening that will be at Holy Cross on Thursday, July 20th.

Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit the Life Line Screening website or text the word circle to 797979 to schedule the PSA, test for only $49. Ask about our other stroke and heart tests. Taking control of your health doesn’t have to be hard.

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.