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New Sign Facing Raymond Place
New Sign Facing Raymond Place
New Sign Facing Raymond Place
Cross on top of Hill
Cross on top of Hill
Cross on top of Hill
Original Granite Stone Sign
Original Granite Stone Sign
Original Granite Stone Sign

Our Church Cemetery was founded in 1910 - five years after the founding of our Church.

By 1910, the church was able to accumulate $800.00 through donations from the parishioners, and they acquired a two-story corner store next to the church for a rectory. The store was enclosed and a small wing was attached to it. The church school was housed in the store, and the wing became a library.

At this time , the Brotherhood had been working on a cemetery project. In May of 1910, they acquired five wooded acres from James Bisset, the first mayor of South River, for the sum of $300.00. To celebrate the signing of the deed, our parishioners walked through one and a half miles of marsh and woods until they found the hill where the cross now stands. There they exploded many firecrackers and then started to work on a road. Mr. Bisset had donated enough land for an access road, as well as the use of his horse and wagon, and gave our parishioners all the brickbats they needed to fill in the marshy areas. The parishioners had to do the loading and unloading, but their first task was to cut and clear about a mile of woods for their roadbed.

A local blacksmith, William Kelch, made and donated a 25 foot steel cross which, in time, deteriorated and was replaced by a smaller wooden cross. The cemetery grounds are approximately a quarter mile from the Church accessible through Raymond Place, off of Kamm Avenue.

The first parishioner buried at the cemetery was Mr. John Koval on October 7, 1910. As the story tells it, “Since there was no bridge crossing the river in Old Bridge to get to the glass factory, our people had tied a raft to get back and forth to work. During a torrential rain, the raft was swept away and John drowned.”

A number of individuals who were instrumental in the history of our Church are reposed here in our cenmetery including the V. Rev. Philip Pechinsky, V. Rev. Peter Semashko, and Professor Ivan Blonsky who was the director of the church choir for many decades.

In 1949, the church acquired an additional 10 acres for the cemetery from Marcus Wright (son of the builder of our church) at $50.00 an acre. The property remained wooded until 1962. This new addition was dedicated by Metropolitan Ireney on June 9, 1975, as it was needed for interment. Under the leadership of the Very Reverend Joseph Kreshik, the new ten acres were developed at the cemetery. Another strip of land was acquired from the town to include some old burials which were located on borough property, and the entire 15 acres were fenced in for the first time. At the same time, our Seven Acres Park was still mostly mud and swamp. French drains were put in, fill dirt from the cemetery was carted in, a barbecue area was built, a baseball field laid out, some trees removed and others planted, and the entire area was enclosed by a fence.

During the 2010 decade, trees were planted along either side of the road to the newer section of the cemetery as a beautification project. In 2016, some of the now rusting fencing was removed, and a Cemetery sign was added at the end of Raymond Place.

St. Thomas Sunday grave blessing services are vigilantly performed every year. Memorial Day services for those Parishioners who lost their lives in the service of our country are also kept every year.

 

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March 17, 2019


Upcoming Events

Come join us for a Pierogi Dinner Fundraiser on Sat. March 30th from 4-6PM, to benefit the Schemick-Tolls Scholarship Fund. Meal includes pierogi, soup, salad and dessert. Cost is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for Children under 12. Contact Allison for more info at (732)395-1651

Annual Easter Bazaar-Saturday April 13, 2019 10 am to 3 pm.

Paschal foods, freshly baked babkas, Easter eggs, jewelry, embroidery, books cards and other goodies available for purchase. Several themed gift baskets will be raffled off and Church tours given.

Babka Sale - 11 different flavors- Cheese, Chocolate, Cinnamon Crumb, Prune, Poppy, Raspberry, Apricot, Raisin, Raspberry Cheese, Apricot Cheese and Chocolate Cheese. The cost is $12 each. To be sure to get the flavor of your choice place your order by calling Judy at 732-828-0076 or Brenda at 732-257-6449. Pick-up will be on Thursday, April 11th from 3-7 at the Church hall, located at 7 Jeffrie Ave. South River. Last day for pre orders is April 7th.There will be assorted babkas for sale at the bazaar.

 


Wednesday, March 27th
6:00-6-45 Confessions
7:00 Liturgy PreSanctified Gifts
Friday, March 29th
6:00 Confessions
7:00 Matins
followed by Lenten Discussion
Saturday, March 30th
Memorial Saturday
8:30 Confessions
9:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 - 6:00 Pierogi Dinner
5:00 Confessions
7:00 Vespers
Sunday, March 31st
Third Sunday of Great Lent
9:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Lenten Mission Vespers with light meal in Hall afterward
Wednesday, April 3rd
6:00-6-45 Confessions
7:00 Liturgy PreSanctified Gifts
Friday, April 5th
6:00 Confessions
7:00 Matins
then Lenten Discussion












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