St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church - Linden
For more than 100 years, the Benedictine monks of St. Mary Abbey in Morristown served St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish. Seven years ago (2013), the care of the Linden parish was turned over to the Archdiocese of Newark, but the familial spirit cultivated by the religious order still remains.
The curret pastor, Fr. Edgardo Jocson, was brought in to shepherd the parish after the change. The congregation of more than 1,000 registered families includes those who have been with the parish for generations.
"People feel comfortable here, " says, Fr. Ed. "The parishioners are very generous and are always willing to support their church. I am very grateful to all of them."
Mr. Joe La Placa has been a member for the past 66 years, the same number of years he and his wife, Patricia, have been married. A Benedictine priest officiated their wedding and the young couple followed him to St. Elizabeth. When asked what the secret to a successful marriage is, Joe says: "We never had time to argue. We were always busy at Church!"
Now 91 years old, Joe continues to volunteer at the interfaith food pantry close to the church. Patricia has been an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion for 5 years and helps make sandwiches for the homeless. "I love that at St. Elizabeth - everyone tries to help each other. We are very blessed," she says.
"St. Elizabeth's has always been a family-based parish," says Eva Tripodi, the former Religious Education Coordinator at the parish. "Everyone knows everyone. The older parishioners support the sacrament candidates. I have always gotten that warm, fuzzy feeling at St. Elizabeth's." (taken from an article published in New Jersey Catholic magazine)
On these days wen public Masses are suspended until further notice, our Church is open for the faithful to pray individually before the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the altar whenever the Church is open:
Saturday : 12:30nn-5:00pm
Please remember to maintain a prudent distance from one another when praying in the Church. Let us storm heaven with prayers for the a calm and trustful heart. May we find joy in our domestic churches (our homes). And may this present crisis finally end so that we can all come back together to offer praise and worship as one Church, united in Christ , our Lord and Savior.
We care about you! God is with us always!
Fr. Ed Jocson [Pastor]
The Archdiocese of Newark
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