Our Lady of Victories

150 Harriot Avenue
Harrington Park
NJ 07640

Our Lady of Victories

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Our Lady of Victories Roman Catholic Church
The Little Church with the BIG HEART
150 Harriot Avenue
201-768-1706

Our Lady of Victories has a congregation of 1,200 families, coming from Harrington Park and surrounding towns. The Church is open for visits from 7:30AM until 4:30PM.

A Brief History of Our Lady of Victories Parish

A movement began among the Irish and German Catholics of Harrington Park to have a Catholic Church built in Harrington Park. The Harrington Park Catholic Church Building Association was formed on October 2, 1910 and met at the HP Post Office (located at the Giles and Carmen Road). Forty-six people attended the meeting, and Mr. H.J. Steinhoff was elected president of the association and Mrs. W.J. Naught was elected vice president. The first Mass was celebrated by Fr. James Delehanty on November 6, 1910 at the home of Mrs. E.W. Walters which was located on the corner of Harriot Avenue and Herring Street. Besides the Walters home, Mass was eventually held at a number of homes including the Gleason and the Dunphy homes. On June 6, 1911 it was announced that land was donated by Mrs. Laura Skinner, at the eastern corner of the Ward Farm at the corner of Harriot Avenue and Dawer Road (Lynn Street) for the building of a Catholic Church.

During the blessing of the cornerstone on April 14, 1912 a crowd of about 350 people entered the unfinished church, and the floor collapsed injuring 50 and killing two. Incidentally it was the same day the Titanic sank. By September 1912 a Church was erected with the title of Our Lady of Victory at a cost of $6,000. The new pastor, Fr. Andrew Schonhart, came by horse and buggy from Our Lady of Mercy in Park Ridge.

The Church building is the original wooden structure which was built in 1912.

For more information click here:
http://www.ourchurch.com/member/o/olvparish/

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