NOVENA TO ST. JUDE
Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg to whom God has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgent position. In return I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. St. Jude, pray for us and all who invoke your aid. AMEN. Say three "Our Fathers, Three Hail Mary's and Gloria's." Publication must be promised. This Novena has never been known to fail. – L.M.
– Directory to Houses of Worship –
ALL SAINTS’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH 559 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains
Reverend Robert Griffiths
BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 539 Trinity Place, Westfield
Reverend Kevin Clark
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTERDAY SAINTS 1781 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains
Bishop Kirk Bristol
COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Deer Path & Meeting House Lane,
Mountainside (908) 2329490
Reverend Christopher R. Belden
CONGREGATION ARI YEHUDA 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains
(Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church) (Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church) (Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church) (Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church) (Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church)
CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL 1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains
Rabbi George Nudell
ECHO LAKE CHURCH OF CHRIST 419 Springfield Avenue, Westfield
Dr. Ellis Long
EVANGEL CHURCH 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains
Reverend Kevin M. Brennan
FANWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Martine Avenue & La Grande Avenue,
Fanwood (908) 8898891
Reverend Stephanie MillerMcLane
THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 170 Elm Street, Westfield
Dr. Robert L. Harvey
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 257 Midway Avenue, Fanwood
(908) 3228461 FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST
422 East Broad Street, Westfield (908) 2335029
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH United Church of Christ 125 Elmer Street, Westfield
Reverend Dr. John G. Wightman
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1171 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains
Reverend Sam Chong
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1 East Broad Street, Westfield
Reverend David F. Harwood
GRACE ORTHODOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1100 Boulevard, Westfield (908) 2333938 or (908) 2324403
Reverend Stanford M. Sutton, Jr.
HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield
Reverend Dimitrios Antokas
HOLY TRINITY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Westfield Avenue & First Street, Westfield
Reverend Joseph Masielio
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY RC CHURCH 1571 South Martine Avenue, Westfield
Reverend John F. Kennedy
METROPOLITAN BAPTIST CHURCH 823 Jerusalem Road
Reverend Clement Griffin
MOUNTAINSIDE CHAPEL 1180 Spruce Drive, Mountainside
Reverend Dr. Gregory Hagg
OUR LADY OF LOURDES RC CHURCH 300 Central Avenue, Mountainside
Reverend Patrick J. Leonard
THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN WESTFIELD 140 Mountain Avenue
Reverend Dr. William Ross Forbes
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH 229 Cowperthwaite Place, Westfield
Reverend Paul E. Kritsch
ST. BARTHOLOMEW THE APOSTLE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 2032 Westfield Avenue, Scotch Plains
Reverend Michael A. Merlucci
ST. HELEN’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 1600 Rahway Avenue, Westfield
Reverend Monsignor James A. Burke
ST. JOHN’S BAPTIST CHURCH 2387 Morse Avenue, Scotch Plains
Reverend Kelmo C. Porter, Jr.
ST. LUKE’S AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL ZION CHURCH 500 Downer Street, Westfield
Reverend Leon E. Randall
ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 414 East Broad Street, Westfield
Reverend Richard W. Reid
SCOTCH PLAINS BAPTIST CHURCH 333 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains
Reverend Gary Rothwell
TEMPLE BETH O’R/ BETH TORAH 111 Valley Road, Clark
Rabbi Shawn B. Zell
TEMPLE EMANUEL 756 East Broad Street, Westfield
Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff
TERRILL ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH 1340 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains
Michael C. Seaman
TERRILL ROAD BIBLE CHAPEL 535 Terrill Road, Fanwood
(908) 3224055 WILLOW GROVE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
1961 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains (908) 2325678
Reverend Kenneth G. Hetzel
WOODSIDE CHAPEL 5 Morse Avenue, Fanwood
Food, Music and Fun Planned At Westfield Greek Festival FAMILY RECIPE...Greg Psomas of Clark, left, and Notis Kotsolios of Westfield
prepare pastistio, a traditional macaroni and meat dish, for the Westfield Greek Festival to be held the weekend of September 11-13 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 250 Gallows Hill Road in Westfield. Immaculate Heart to Begin
‘Mission 2000’ Reflection Series
SCOTCH PLAINS A parish mission to renew the Christian spirit will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Scotch Plains, on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday and Thursday, September 13, 14, 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m.
“Mission 2000” will feature four evenings of music, prayer and spiritual reflection, with a different theme each night. The themes will be “Searching for meaning-rediscovering God;” “In search of meaningful relationships-reconciling our differences;” “Strengthening family life and supportive relationships — making a difference in the lives of tomorrow’s children” and “Eucharistic celebration.”
“The Mission is designed to give participants the opportunity to reflect on their Catholic faith and to renew parish spirit in an atmosphere of Christian fellowship,” said church spokeswoman Jacqueline Boyle.
A “Food ‘n’ Fun” reception will follow in the church basement at 8:30 p.m. each night.
All parishioners, as well as people in the surrounding communities, are invited to attend the free series.
“Autumn is a time when we traditionally celebrate the harvest-the lifegiving bounty of crops that will nourish us through the long year ahead. During Mission 2000, we at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will celebrate another harvest-the richness of God’s love and mercy,” said Father Jack Kennedy, Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
“All are invited to join the celebration as we share the blessings of our
faith,” he said. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church is located at 1571 South Martine Avenue. For more information, please contact the church office at (908) 889-2100.
WESTFIELD — The annual Greek Festival of Westfield will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 11, 12, and 13, on the grounds of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, located at 250 Gallows Hill Road in Westfield.
Visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy traditional Greek cuisine such as souvlaki, moussaka, spinach pie, baklava and other honey-covered pastries.
The church hall will be decorated to resemble a “taverna,” but patrons will also have the option of eating outdoors, Mediterranean-style, under a large tent.
A Greek band and dancers in traditional costume will entertain during the festivities on Friday and Saturday evening.
There will also be children’s rides, crafts, and games with prizes. An arcade comprised of small shops will feature jewelry, tapes and compact disks, along with books and imported items like Greek olive oil and coffee. Food is also available for takeout.
Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Takeout food and pastries may be ordered by calling (908) 233-8533, or by fax at (908) 233-0623.
A $1 donation is requested at the door, and children under 12 years of age may attend for free. The festival will be held rain or shine, and ample
parking is available. For more information, please call the church at (908) 233-8533, or visit the church’s Internet Web site at http:/ /westfieldnj.com/htgoc.
Selichot Service Set At Temple Emanu-El
WESTFIELD — Temple EmanuEl of Westfield will offer an evening of study and prayer which ushers in the High Holy Day season on Saturday, September 12, beginning at 8:45 p.m.
Dr. Norman J. Cohen, Provost of the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, will be the guest for the evening.
He will speak on “Cain and Abel: The Struggle Between God and Evil — A Model of Repentance.”
Following Dr. Cohen’s discussion and refreshments, the Selichot Service will begin at 11 p.m. The public is invited to attend this special program, which is underwritten by the Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff Fund for Jewish Learning.
The temple is located at 756 East Broad Street in Westfield. For further information, please call the temple at (908) 232-6770.
Local Church Reveals ‘Sign Up Sunday’ Date
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains will host “Sign-Up Sunday” on September 13 as an invitation for people to take part in RENEW 2000, a worldwide program to celebrate the new millennium.
RENEW 2000 is a process of spiritual renewal during which people will meet in small groups of 8 to 12 to reflect on the scriptures, share their faith, and pray as a community, according to church spokeswoman Jacqueline Boyle.
On “Sign-Up Sunday,” the official RENEW 2000 kickoff cerebration at Immaculate Heart of Mary, people will have an opportunity to sign up to join a small group.
Beginning on Sunday, October 4, these groups will meet once a week for six weeks. A total of five, sixweek sessions, each with a different spiritual theme, will be held through the year 2000.
Participants may choose from a variety of groups, including teenagers, young adults, parents, seniors, and mixed, as well as days and times. Each meeting will last approximately an hour and a half.
For more information on RENEW 2000 and “Sign-Up Sunday,” please call the parish office at (908) 8892100.
Temple Emanu-El to Hold Social Justice Shabbat
Torah Center to Host ‘The Shofar Factory’
WESTFIELD — The Union County Torah Center will present “The Shofar Factory” on Sunday, September 13, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the center, located at 418 Central Avenue in Westfield, behind the West Coast Video store.
Participants will learn the various steps involved in transforming a ram’s horn into a Shofar, the horn traditionally blown in synagogues throughout the world on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The program is geared towards children with the goal of familiarizing them with their heritage and the rituals of their faith.
Admission is $2 per child (adults are free). To bring home a Shofar, there is an additional $8 charge. For more information, please call the center at (908) 789-5252.
Stephen Ministries To Conduct Seminar
WESTFIELD — Stephen Ministries of St. Louis will conduct a Caring Ministry Seminar at the First United Methodist Church of Westfield, One East Broad Street, on Saturday, October 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Social Hall.
Stephen Ministries, a trans-denominational Christian organization, has been preparing individuals to serve as lay ministers since 1975 by providing training, caring and administrative resources to congregations.
Two of the hour-long workshop sessions will deal with “Ministry To Those Experiencing Grief,” and “How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way.” The third session will provide an introduction to the “Stephen Series System of Lay Caring Ministry.”
Members of the community are invited to participate. The cost of the workshop is $15 per person, or $50 for a group of four or more from the same congregation.
Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to register to attend, please call Diane La Rosa, leader of the session, through the church office at (908) 233-4211.
WESTFIELD — The First Annual Harris Gilbert Social Justice Shabbat will be held on Friday, September 11, at 8:15 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 756 East Broad Street in Westfield.
At that time, Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff will present the Harris Gilbert Award for Social Justice to
ARK, the Association for Rehabilitation with Kindness, which is a joint project of Temple Emanu-El and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Plainfield.
The award will be made to Jacqueline Rose, a Temple EmanuEl leader, who serves as Chairwoman of ARK, and the Reverend Leroy Lyons of St. Mark’s Church. The public is invited to attend the program.
Begun in 1986, ARK is an interfaith, interracial effort of the church and the synagogue dedicated primarily to rehabilitating residential housing in the Plainfield area in order to stabilize communities and strengthen families.
The award of $1,000 will be used for the work done by ARK. Contributions may be made to the Harris Gilbert Fund for Social Justice at Temple Emanu-El, which funds the prize.
Mr. Gilbert, who died in 1997, was one of the founders of ARK together with his wife, Sally, whose relationship with the Plainfield community enabled Temple Emanu-El to establish its partnership with St. Mark’s Church.
He also chaired many committees of Temple Emanu-El, including Religious School and Social Action, and held positions with several national organizations as well.
For further information, please call the temple at (908) 232-6770.
Norman Varandas, 71, Mason Leader; Coast Guard Seaman in World War II Frank Intelisano, 69, Company Founder;
Had Been Lifelong Resident of Westfield Anthony Lamastra, 74
Anthony Lamastra, 74, died Saturday, August 29, at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.
Born in Bloomfield, he had moved to Plainfield 63 years ago and then moved to Edison eight years ago.
He had worked in auto sales for more than 50 years with Dom’s Auto Sales in North Plainfield, Autoland in Springfield and various other car agencies in the area. He was the Sales Manager for Tri-State Auto Sales in Plainfield, retiring three years ago.
He was predeceased by a sister, Irene Monaghan.
Surviving are his wife, Diana D’Amico Lamastra; two daughters, Roseann Essick of Bear, Delaware, and Betsy Hirschout of Wilmington, Delaware; a stepson, Chester Rosacha, Jr. of South Plainfield; two brothers, Savino “Sal” Lamastra of Fanwood and Julius Lamastra of Middlesex, and seven grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was held yesterday, Wednesday, September 2, at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Newark.
Arrangements were handled by the LaMonica Memorial Home in Bloomfield.
September 3, 1998
Ruth S. Wright, 72, Forster Mother For United Family Children’s Society
Margaret Raffa of Brick died Sunday, August 30, in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.
Born in Irvington, she had lived in Hillside and Mountainside before moving to Brick five years ago.
Mr. Raffa was a member of the Rosary Society of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Mountainside and Christ the King Church in Hillside, and a substitute teacher in Christ the King Church School.
She was a member of the Foothills and Mountainside Women’s Club, the Oak Ridge Women’s Golf League and the Bridge Club of Vista Pines, Florida.
Mrs. Raffa was also a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Hillside Knights of Columbus.
She was a volunteer for Little League Baseball and Pop Warner Football in Hillside, Brick Hospital, the Deborah’s Women’s Club, the Deborah Trade Winds Chapter and the Point Pleasant Women’s’ Old Guard. She was a troop leader for both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Surviving are her husband, Russell Raffa; a son, Russell Raffa, Jr.; a daughter, Joyce Ann Simon; two brothers, Edward Carey and Joseph Carey, and a grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be offered tomorrow, Friday, September 4, in St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church in Brick. Arrangements are being handled by the Colonial Funeral Home in Brick.
September 3, 1998
– – – – – Obituaries – – – – –
Frank S. “Slappy” Intelisano, 69, a lifelong resident of Westfield, died on Saturday, August 29, at Overlook Hospital in Summit.
Born in Plainfield on January 17, 1929, he was the son of the late Vincent and Mary Bavosa Intelisano.
Mr. Intelisano had been the founder and co-owner of the Bavint Corporation in Garwood for many years, retiring in 1987.
He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1951 from the University of Maryland, where he was a member of the Alumni Association.
Mr. Intelisano was a member of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ann F. Gerrity Intelisano.
Surviving are three sisters, Patricia Petruzzell and Mary Intelisano, both of Westfield, and Teresa Chambers of Bouse, Arizona; a stepdaughter, Barbara Yuengel of Rahway; two stepsons, William Gerrity and Robert Gerrity, both of Westfield, and six step-grandchildren.
A Funeral Liturgy will be given at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, September 3, at the Holy Trinity Church. Interment will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.
Arrangements are being handled by the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield.
September 3, 1998
Ruth S. Wright, 72, of Piscataway, died Monday, August 31, at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville.
Born in Dobbs Ferry, New York, she had lived in Scotch Plains before moving to Piscataway in 1951.
She had been a telephone operator supervisor for 12 years for New Jersey Bell Telephone.
Mrs. Wright was a foster mother of 22 babies for the United Family Children’s Society in Plainfield. She participated in the program for seven years.
She was a member of the Monmouth County Organ Club and the Hammond Organ Club of Linden.
Surviving are her husband, William R. Wright; a daughter, Linda R. Olekson of Piscataway; two sisters, Virginia Jonas of Bridgewater and Beverly Stephens of Scotch Plains, and three grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held today, Thursday, September 3, at 9:30 a.m. in the McCriskin Home for Funerals in South Plainfield.
September 3, 1998
Norman O. Varandas, 71, of Scotch Plains died on Wednesday, August 26, in Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.
Born in New London, Connecticut, he had lived in Roselle before moving to Scotch Plains in 1973.
Mr. Varandas was a sales associate for Sears in Watchung for the past 10 years. Prior to that, he had worked in mortgage banking and real estate.
He served as a Seaman Second Class in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.
He was Past Vice Commander of the American Legion Post No. 102 in Lin
den. He also was Past Master of the Corner Stone Tyrian Free and Accepted Masonic Lodge, also in Linden.
Mr. Varandas was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Scotch Plains.
Surviving are his wife, Belle Baker Varandas; a son, David N. Varandas of Oakland, and a sister, Diana Vermette of Duncan, Oklahoma.
Funeral services were held on Friday, August 28, at the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood.
September 3, 1998
More Obituaries On Page 8
Rae Clevenger, 71, Church Rosarian; Had Worked at Garwood Quick Chek
Rae Colapietro Clevenger, 71, of Garwood died on Thursday, August 27, at her home.
Born in Westfield, she moved to Garwood in 1953.
Mrs. Clevenger had worked at the Quick Chek in Garwood for 10 years, retiring in 1994. Previously, she had been a checker in the produce depart
ment at A&P in Westfield for 10 years.
She was a member of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church in Garwood and belonged to its Rosary Society.
She was also a member of the Garwood Senior Citizens Club and the Ladies’ Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Bayleaf Post No. 6807 in Garwood.
Mrs. Clevenger was predeceased by her brother, James Colapietro.
Surviving are her husband, Garnet Clevenger; a daughter, Sharon Vastano of South Plainfield; a son, Kenneth Clevenger of Garwood; a brother, Thomas Colapietro, and three sisters, Mary Colapietro, Christine Materia and Madeline Ayres.
A Funeral Mass was offered on Monday, August 31, at St. Anne’s Church in Garwood, following the funeral from the Dooley Colonial Funeral Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield.
September 3, 1998
St. Bart’s Announces ‘Jubilee 2000’ Series
SCOTCH PLAINS — St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church has announced its preparation for “Jubilee 2000” with a series of reflections by three of the diocesan Bishops on the theme “Open Wide the Doors to Christ.” All the programs will be held on Tuesdays beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the church.
On September 15, Bishop Nicholas DeMarzio will discuss “Catholic Social Teaching: Opening the Doors to the Poor.”
On October 6, Bishop Charles McDonnell will reflect on “Open Wide the Doors to Christ: Come In Out of the Cold.”
On November 10, Bishop Peter L. Gerety will conclude the series with “The Heart of Renewal is a Spiritual Renewal: Open Wide the Doors of the Heart.”