Woodland Park Clergy Association Re-Gathers

2017 November 25
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The first meeting of Woodland Park Clergy Association (since 2003) took place on Tuesday Nov. 21st hosted by Fr. Joseph at our parish. The next Meeting will be held on Wednesday January 17th at St. Ann’s Church. As Christians we respect our differences and together pray for the spread of Jesus’ teaching and the growth of God’s Kingdom on earth.

From left – Pastor Abraham Lee – Methodist Church; Rev. Daniel from – St. Bonaventure, RC Church; Rev. Jack – St. Ann Melkite Church RC; and Fr. Joseph from Holy Cross Church PNCC

Confirmation 2017

2017 November 25
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On Sunday Nov. 19th we witnessed a special celebration, the Sacrament of Confirmation, the completion of the Sacrament of Baptism-Confirmation administered to nine wonderful, talented, and energetic young people: Natalie, Brianna, Ariana, David, Frank, Neil, Valerie, Gianni and Emily by Bishop Bernard Nowicki. The Mass was celebrated by the Bishop and concelebrated by Fr. Joseph. Deacons David Gaydos and William Gaydos assisted. A reception followed in the parish hall organized and sponsored by the parents. It was truly a joyful celebration!

O God, You sent your Holy Spirit into the hearts of Confirmation students. Inspire them to speak with piety, holiness, tenderness and mercy. Teach, guide and direct their thoughts and actions. May your grace strengthen them with wisdom from on high, Amen.

Parish Prayer Chain

2017 November 11
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Dear friends, would you please join other parishioners praying daily especially at 12 Noon forming together A Prayer Chain in our parish. Please pray for each other, especially for our parishioners who are sick, home-bound and are in need of any kind of support and healing. God is listening to our prayers when we sincerely call for His blessing. Please ask God to increase our faith, dedication and zeal in His service. May our parish grow in faith and number so that we continue be the place of worship where many people will accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

We pray for the deceased victims of tragedies caused by violence of individuals especially for the recent deceased in New York and Texas, for the recovery of the injured and their families and friends in this heartbreaking time.

We pray for the victims of recent natural disasters. For those who lost their lives, their families and those who are missing. For those who lost their homes, businesses, and source of income. We ask God to be the source of strength in this time of sudden crisis, and chaos. Please say special prayers for the peace in the world to end any war and protect us from hatred and future terror. We also pray for the proper gun control in our nation.

Tricky Tray Thank You!

2017 November 2
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Our very successful “Come One Come All” Tricky Tray event, the biggest annual fundraiser since 1982, took place on Friday, October 27th at the Amalgamated Meat Cutters in Little Falls.

Our special thanks are expressed to those who Donated Regular Trays (103), Super Trays (106), Grand Trays (15), Platinum Trays (11), and other door Prizes (15); Who gave monetary donations and participated in our 50/50 Raffle; Who worked making calls, selling admission tickets, did advertising and gift solicitation; Picked up donations; Numbered trays for the program; Delivered trays and set up the hall on Friday; Sold tickets at the event; Served as runners, in the kitchen, as our MC; Served as security guards; Cleaned the hall and kitchen after the event; and To anyone who in any shape or form helped to organize Tricky Tray 2017. Thank You and God Bless you All.

More pictures are on our Facebook page.

Baptisms and First Holy Communion – Welcome to the Family of Faith

2017 September 7
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On Sunday August 27th the Sacrament of Baptism was administered to Amanda Leigh Bautista and her son, Liam Hunter Bautista; Proud parents were Patricio Bautista, Maria Rendan and Joseph Bautista, Stephany Bautista. We welcome, with great joy, Amanda and Liam as our new members of our parish and as new members of Christian family. Congratulations to the Bautista and Cox families.

On Sunday September 3rd the Sacrament of Baptism was administered to Jordan Isaiah Ketter, son of Darius Ketter and Dayana Cafa; Proud godfather, Donald Whitaker, godmother(s) Zoraida Conception and Ashley Carmichael. Congratulations to the Ketter and Cafa families.

On Sunday August 27, 2017 the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist was administered to two adults Amanda Bautista and David Dziezawiec.

In the Holy Eucharist Jesus Christ is really present under the forms of bread and wine. In the Eucharist, Jesus Christ 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 says words of consecration which Jesus used during the Last Supper: This is My Body… This is My Blood… (Catechism of the PNCC).

A Prayer Chain

2017 September 7
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Dear friends, would you please join other parishioners praying daily especially at 12 Noon forming together A PRAYER CHAIN in our parish. Please pray for each other, especially for our parishioners who are sick, home-bound and are in need of any kind of support and healing. God is listening to our prayers when we sincerely call for his blessing. Also, please ask God to increase our faith, dedication and zeal in His service. May the Holy Cross parish grow in faith and number so that we would become the place of worship where many Christians will accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Special prayers for the peace in the world to end any war and protect us from hatred and future terror. In this time of devastation caused by the Hurricane Harvey and approaching Hurricane Irma, please pray for people’s safety and ask God to avert the storm.

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.