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St. Cecilia Catholic Church of Kearny was established by the late Bishop Wigger on September 1, 1893. He appointed Father Thomas J. Kernan as its first pastor.St. Cecilia has a rich history which tells of Scotch and Irish immigrants who came to this area of New Jersey seeking work in the huge thread mills which laid their roots here in the late 1800’s. Its beginning started with the hard work of a courageous and determined priest, Fr. Kernan, who saw in his fledgling parish the seeds of a flourishing church.At the time St. Cecilia was established, Kearny was little more than woodland and meadow farm with houses scattered all over its landscape. The few Catholics who lived in Kearny went by foot through fields and along woodpaths to hear Mass at Holy Cross Parish in nearby Harrison. After spending his first month of his pastorate taking a census of the new parish and studying the conditions of the people and the area, Fr. Kernan decided on an old Jeroloman House and an adjoining plot of ground bounded by Kearny Avenue and Chestnut and Hoyt Streets for the new Church.Bishop Wigger laid the cornerstone for the new church, which was designed by the architect, Henry J. King, on October 29, 1893. On April 23, 1893 Bishop Wigger returned to dedicate the new religious ediface.
Rev. John E. Wassell - Pastor
Rev. juan Carlos Velasquez Ducayin - Parochial Vicar
Fr. Dick Mroz - Retired Priest in Residence
Deacon Justo Aliaga - Permanent Deacon
The Archdiocese of Newark
Welcome. The Archdiocese of Newark is coordinating with the team at GoFundMe to provide one online location for the faithful to support the critical needs of their own parish (through this page) or other parish communities (through the Parishes in Need fund). The faithful may also contribute through their usual channels (e.g., envelopes, other online giving, the Annual Appeal).
Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to your parish on the parish’s GoFundMe page, or to the Parishes in Need fund, which will be used to conduct outreach to those in need and support those communities struggling to continue to pay their employees and church utility bills through this crisis. Contributions raised through the parish GoFundMe page will benefit that parish.
Cardinal Tobin has waived the usual archdiocesan assessment for contributions raised through this initiative. GoFundMe does not charge a platform fee (0%). There is a 0% platform fee and only an industry-standard payment processing fee of 1.9% + $0.30 per donation. If a charity receives a donation of $100, they will net $97.80. Donors will also have the option to tip GoFundMe Charity to support their continued business.
Thank you for your generosity to your parish and to those parish communities unable to meet their critical needs alone.