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Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service
The Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service for the West Essex Community will be held on Tuesday evening, November 20, 2012 beginning at 7:30 pm at Notre Dame Church located at 359 Central Ave.,
North Caldwell NJ.
This celebration of Thanksgiving is sponsored by the West Essex Ministerial Association and provides an opportunity for the community of all faiths to come together and
give thanks to God in these trying times.
Nancy Hoerner (Crane’s Mill) will offer the reflection.
Traditional songs for the season will be presented by the Ecumenical Choir made up of adults and young
adults under the direction of Ed Frenzel, Director of Music, Notre Dame Church.
Rehearsal for the Ecumenical Choir will be held that evening, November 20th at 6:15 pm in the Church.
The offering collected during the Thanksgiving service will be donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, located in Hillside.
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.