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ABOUT MOUNT VIRGIN


Mission Statement: We the Eucharistic Family of Our Lady of Mount Virgin, united by our Heavenly Father and guided by our Lady, vow to be a loving, caring, and welcoming people by living God's word through worship, community and service to all.

In accepting this call to be disciples, we deepen our Catholic faith by sharing our mosaic culture and traditions, as we bear witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ in our everyday lives.


Pastoral Staff

Rev. Peter Palmisano, Pastor

Rev. Kevin Kilgore
Parochial Vicar

Sr. Maria Magdalena
Minister to the Homebound

Kathy Skrupskis
Pastoral Ministry

Marisally Santiago
Youth Minister

Mrs. Rose Todaro
Religious Education Director

Evan T. Charpentier
Sacred Music Director

Ruth Ann Carparelli
Music Ministry

Renee Di Girolamo
Administrative Assistant

Susan Toms
Office Manager (PT)

Michele Fazio
Parish Bookeeper

Carolina Masano
Rectory Housekeeper
Finance Council

The Pastoral Finance Council is responsible for overseeing the finances, budgeting and maintenance of the church, and advising the Pastor. The Council also helps the Pastor to articulate the vision of the parish. This group works closely with the Pastor to plan and implement decisions and recommendations that will help the parish to run successfully. Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month. For further information, contact Rev. Peter at (973) 772-2295.

Finance Council Members

Lisa Buono Domenica English Vincent Leto Art Vrola
Parish History

A LOOK AT OUR HISTORY...

1901 - a group of lay people, Louis Marrone, Samuel France, Nick Lisiosi and Mr. Priore, petitioned the bishop to send a priest to minister to Italian immigrants. Father Giovanni Po arrives and the first Mass is celebrated in the Marrone barn on Clark Street in Garfield.

1903 - after almost two years with the assistance of Fr. Po and Fr. Fabrizio and the use of the Marrone barn and Fusco Butcher Shop as a temporary church, Father Alfonso D'Angelo was appointed pastor and our parish received its name.

1911 - three Pallotine Sisters came to Mt. Virgin to conduct a nursery school.

1907 - the first church building was opened - "the basement church"

1927 - the new church was dedicated on November 27th.

1930 - Father D'Angelo leaves and Father Joseph A. Dooling became the second pastor.

1935 - Fr. Charles Casserly is ordained and joins the staff as a curate and begins a 31 years history as curate, administrator and pastor.

1937 - The Religious Teachers Filippini arrive to minister at our parish.

1940 - On February 5th, the first church burns and Fr. Dooling rallies the people to rebuild. The newly-rebuilt church is rededicated on November 24th by Archbishop Thomas Walsh.

1940 - On November 10th the first issue of the Parish Review is published.

1946 - Fr. Joseph Dooling leaves Mt. Virgin. Fr. Charles Casserly become the third pastor.

1951 - Our Lady of Mt. Virgin School opens and the parish celebrates its 50th anniversary.

1952 - the TAMS was formed.

1957 - on May 19th the new organ is dedicated; on June 23rd the first 8th grade graduation takes place.

1966 - Father Casserly leaves and Fr. Sylvester Livolsi becomes the fourth pastor.

1972 - Father Livolsi leaves and Father Joseph Cevetello becomes the fifth pastor.

1976 - the parish celebrates its 75th anniversary.

1979 - Father Cevetello retires and Father Henry Naddeo becomes the sixth pastor.

1992 - emergence of the co-sponsored school replaces Mt. Virgin, Most Holy Name and Our Lady of Sorrows Schools in Garfield

1994 - Father Naddeo leaves and Father Paul Bochicchio becomes the seventh pastor.

2001 - Father Bochicchio names "Prelate of Honor" with the title of Monsignor and the parish celebrates its 100th anniversary.

2004 - Monsignor Paul is assigned to another Parish and Father Peter Palmisano becomes the 8th Pastor.

Directions / Address & Phone

Directions to:
Our Lady of Mount Virgin
188 Mac Arthur Avenue
Garfield NJ 07026
(973) 772-2295

Route 80 Eastbound
Exit at #62A (GS Parkway/Saddle Brook exit). Follow signs to Saddle Brook (Local) Midland Avenue. At light, turn left onto Midland Avenue; proceed past 3rd light and then turn left onto Frederick Street (about 2 miles). The Church is at the top of the hill (corner of Frederick Street and Mac Arthur Avenue).

Route 80 Westbound
Exit at #62 (GS Parkway/Saddle Brook exit). Follow signs to Saddle Brook (Local) Midland Avenue. At light, turn left onto Midland Avenue; proceed past 3rd light and then turn left onto Frederick Street (about 2 miles). The Church is at the top of the hill (corner of Frederick Street and Mac Arthur Avenue).

Route 46 Eastbound
Exit at Outwater Lane (Garfield/Passaic). At top of exit ramp, turn right; then at the first light, turn left onto Midland Avenue. Proceed past 1st light and turn left onto Frederick Street (about ½ mile). The Church is at the top of the hill (corner of Frederick Street and Mac Arthur Avenue).

Route 46 Westbound
Exit at Outwater Lane (Garfield/Passaic). At top of exit ramp, turn left at the first light onto Midland Avenue. Proceed past 1st light and turn left onto Frederick Street (about ½ mile). The Church is at the top of the hill (corner of Frederick Street and Mac Arthur Avenue).

Garden State Parkway Northbound
Exit at #157 (Route 46 East Garfield/Elmwood Park exit). Exit at Outwater Lane (Garfield/Passaic). At top of exit ramp, turn right; then at the first light, turn left onto Midland Avenue. Proceed past 1st light and turn left onto Frederick Street (about ½ mile). The Church is at the top of the hill (corner of Frederick Street and Mac Arthur Avenue).

Garden State Parkway Southbound
Exit at #159 (Saddle Brook/Paterson exit). Follow signs to Saddle Brook/Garfield and then turn right onto Midland Avenue. Proceed past 4th light and turn left onto Frederick Street (about 2 miles). The Church is at the top of the hill (corner of Frederick Street and Mac Arthur Avenue).

Route 17 Northbound
Exit at Essex Street (Maywood/Paterson); turn left onto Essex Street. Proceed on Essex Street (changes name to Market Street - same road) and then turn left at 5th light onto Midland Avenue. Proceed past 2nd light and turn left onto Frederick Street (about 1 ½ miles). The Church is at the top of the hill (corner of Frederick Street and Mac Arthur Avenue).

Route 17 Southbound
Exit at Essex Street (Maywood/Paterson); turn right onto Essex Street. Proceed on Essex Street (changes name to Market Street - same road) and then turn left at 5th light onto Midland Avenue. Proceed past 2nd light and turn left onto Frederick Street (about 1 ½ miles). The Church is at the top of the hill (corner of Frederick Street and Mac Arthur Avenue).

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