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Cliffside Park Church Prepares Year-Long Century Celebration

Cathy Eichler organizes some of the files that are being prepared for the 100th anniversary of the church in 2016. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule
Eichler sorts through enlarged photos. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule

CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. - Epiphany Church in Cliffside Park is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary with a year’s worth of events.

Several former students -- including those enlisted in the faith -- plan to attend a weekend of opening ceremonies during the Feast of the Epiphany Jan. 2-3, said administrative assistant Cathy Eichler, who is co-chairing the event.

“There are some girls that went to school with us that then became nuns, and some are coming back to their roots,” she said.

“My parent’s married here in 1938, and my aunt was a member of the first graduating class in 1934,” said Eicher, who has spent roughly 70 years in the church community, attending school, weddings, christenings, communions, confirmations and funerals.

The church has enlarged photos from a century-old archive that will be showcased on posters and in a slideshow presentation after Saturday evening mass that first weekend.

Other images will show what it was like to live in a time when bread and gasoline were only a few cents.

Parishioners have been combining their research to complete the display. Eichler discovered some pictures of herself for the exhibit.

Former parish priest Jung Soo Kim of Demarest will lead a lenten mission on three Monday nights in March.

In May, Bishop John Flesey will offer a midday mass followed a gala at the Palisadium honoring Sheila Lally, John Bucco and the late Mayor Gerald Calabrese for their work in the community.

The church plans a family picnic in October and a Christmas Eve 2016 Mass with Archbishop Hebda to close out the year.

“Archbishop Hebda is down to earth," Eicher said. "He doesn’t stand on ceremony. He is just a wonderful guy.”

The church will also offer memorabilia, special cups, ornaments, calendars and magnets decorated in its signature blue and gold.

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