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Cliffside Park Church Stages Centennial Celebrations

Church of the Epiphany staff and volunteers are searching through the archives in preparation for Founders Day weekend celebrations. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule
Cathy Eisler of Church of the Epiphany in Cliffside Park is sorting through photos ahead of the 2016 centennial. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule
Church of the Epiphany in Cliffside Park will celebrate Founders' Day weekend Jan. 2 - 3. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule

CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. - Church of the Epiphany in Cliffside Park is preparing to celebrate its centennial anniversary on Jan. 2.

The official Feast of the Epiphany celebrated by the Catholic Church runs in tandem with the 100th anniversary of the parish.

“When you are around for 100 years, it’s amazing the amount of materials you retain,” said Parish Council President John Mitchell, who has been involved in the church for 20 years.

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

“It’s a celebration of all of the parishioners, the priests, the nuns, the deacons," Mitchell said. "I get teary-eyed as I talk about it."

Parishioners have been combining their research to complete the display and dozens of volunteers have been setting aside time to arrange events.

“We have to make sure that we capture these memories and catalog them for the next hundred years," Mitchell said.

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

“I get notes from people far and wide — everyone has so many memories," Mitchell said. "It’s nice that people can enjoy us. I’m anxious to hear the stories.”

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