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12th Annual Veteran's Breakfast
Following the 9:00 Liturgy
In honor of Veteran’s Day celebrated on Sunday, November 11, 2012, Notre Dame Church is honoring 200 War Veteran’s from North Caldwell and the West Essex area at their 12th Annual Veteran’s breakfast in Notre Dame’s Charlie’s Place on Saturday, November 3, 2012.
Following 9:00 a.m. mass, Veteran’s will assembler in the church parking lot by the flag pole for a 21-gun salute with Marine Guard, Morris County Pipes & Drums, playing the Star Spangled Banner, and playing taps with accompaniment of bagpipes. In attendance will be retired police chiefs from Fairfield, North Caldwell and West Caldwell, as well as Mayor Alessi of North Caldwell. The event will then move to Charlie’s Place where veterans will enjoy military-fare breakfast—kielbasa, Italian sausage, eggs, home fries, cannoli’s, stuffed cabbage, strong coffee, spirits and dessert.
This year, our guest speaker will be Vietnam Veteran, Msgr. Owen Henry.
Due to overwhelming interest in this event, we must limit attendance to 200 people.
RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26.
Reservations cannot be honored after that date. The cost is $10. Please send your donation Dennis Schlosser, 27 Roosevelt Blvd., N. Caldwell, NJ 07006.
More About Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church
Notre Dame Church was founded in 1962 to accommodate the growing Catholic population. However, Rev. John E. Murphy, the founding pastor, didn't have the land to build a new church, rectory and school and needed to raise the funds for the construction as well.
Murphy began by purchasing a home that served as a rectory as well as a temporary site for the daily celebration of the Eucharist. The rectory basement provided space for 70 tightly packed people who attended weekday Eucharist. With no church available yet, Sunday masses were celebrated in the auditorium of West Essex High School.
Over the course of the next two years, Murphy formed a building committee to make plans for a new church with attached school building for eight grades. On Sunday, March 22, 1964, a one-day fundraiser yielded $202,000. Just over a year later, the Notre Dame church with attached school was dedicated on May 25, 1965.
In 2002, the old rectory building was sold and a new modular rectory was constructed. The vacated school building was renovated and became the Notre Dame Parish Center.
The parish has grown from 450 families in 1962 to now nearly 1,700 families.