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16th Annual Feast of St. Anthony
Thursday,June 9, 2016 to Sunday, June 12, 2016
15th Annual Feast of St. Anthony 2015
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Annual Feast of St. Anthony Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
Sunday, September 6 -- 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Deutscher Club of Clark
Featuring DJ Jimmy Bond (games & prizes for all ages!!!
Feast Volunteers = FREE, Guest ages 12 & over = $18, Guests ages 6 to 11 = $9, Children ages 5 and under = FREE
Tickets will be available after all masses starting the weekend of August 8 or at the Parish Office
On Saturday, Aug. 15, at 5:30 p.m., a special Mass
will be held at the Church of the Assumption,
113 Chiego Place, Roselle Park, to celebrate the
60th Anniversary of the dedication of the church and the sanctuary. Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark will be the main celebrant.
The beautiful church building whose 60th anniversary will be celebrated this August is
Church of The Assumption in Roselle Park to celebrate 60th Anniversary
the third structure erected to serve the parish since its incorporation in 1907. During the time of Father Sebastion John Chiego, in the 40s and 50s, the parish witnessed marvelous growth. The then current church building, now known as the Chiego Center, became inadequate for serving the needs of more than 1,400 families. In 1953 property was purchased to make way for a new rectory. In 1954 Archbishop Thomas A. Boland granted permission to build a new church and rectory, which are the current structures. With a large crowd in attendance on a beautiful sunny summer day, His Excellency dedicated the new church and rectory on Aug. 20, 1955.
Assumption parish is graced with a beautiful work of art in its sanctuary. The sculpture of the image of the Crucified Christ was fashioned in Germany and is considered of extraordinary quality. This wood carving on the wall behind the altar along with its canopy is known as the reredos and it is constructed of three types of precious woods: white oak, red oak, and black walnut. In the Summer of 2014 work began on the restoration of the entire sanctuary space. The first phase focused on the reredos. Over the decades of being exposed to the smoke from candles and incense, it became dulled loosing all color. The restoration efforts restored that original color along with the new addition of gold leaf to certain areas.
Two new biblical images were added to the sanctuary space. The ceiling image portrays the decent of the Holy Spirit. Its tongues of fire are represented by the glass sconces on the rear panels which were installed this year. The sculpted and painted Seraphim Angels on either side of the reredos are inspired by the words found in the Book of Isaiah 6:1-3; " I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him stood the Seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory." This image of the Seraphim is the most ancient Biblical representation of the "bodiless angelic powers" who stand before the face of God. The Hebrew letters which softly emanate from the Seraphim spell "kadosh, kadosh, kadosh"; translated as "Holy, Holy, Holy." The artists for the entire restoration project are Bozena and Adrzej Praszczk of B&A Atelier Co., of Chester.
Fr. Jim Spera, Pastor, said, "Many of our parishioners descend from the relatives that were a part of the building committee in the early 1950's. On Aug. 20, 1955 they gathered to invoke God's blessing on the newly-built Church and on the faith community that called this Church its home. This year we will remember all that wonderful, prayerful history as we gather at the 5:30 Mass."
By Suburban News
on July 23, 2015 at 4:40 PM, updated July 23, 2015 at 4:42 PM