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Name Saint Ann's Church
Details Church of Saint Ann, 7th and Jefferson Streets, 704 Jefferson St., Hoboken. Roman Catholic.

Text as found 2010 at: http://www.st-annchurch.com/default.asp?contentID=31

THE HISTORY OF SAINT ANN'S PARISH (followed by a page on the THE HISTORY OF ST. ANN'S FEAST )

The religious and cultural life of Hoboken has run broad and full from the beginning. As the population grew and persons of varied nationalities came to reside in the area, so also grew the necessity of providing facilities to care for the spiritual needs of the people. Thus, the Most Reverend John J. O’Conner, Bishop of Newark, canonically erected our own beautiful Parish of Saint Ann, Hoboken, New Jersey, in May 1900, to administer to the spiritual needs of the growing Italian-speaking populace.

On November 1, 1925, at the Feast of All Saints, Monsignor Eugene Carroll officiated at the laying of the cornerstone of the new Church of Saint Ann. The new church was opened on December 12, 1927. The magnificence of the temple, remarkable for its pure Romanesque architecture, the monumental marble alter towering in the sanctuary, the elegance of the stained-glass windows and the flood of light effused throughout the interior of the church coupled with the majestic harmony of the organ music and the rhythmic concert of the bells ringing in the steeple, dazzled the senses and inspired one and all to praise and glorify God.

Father Mauro Landini arrived in 1947 and began a renovation to make the church more beautiful. Bronze chandeliers were installed, and a sector of the rectory’s garden was transformed into a square in the middle of which was placed an inspiring statue of our Lady of Fatima made in Italy of Carrara marble. In 1973, Father Richard Baranello had an air-conditioning system installed in the church providing a haven for worship and prayer untroubled by the weather. In recognition of the 85th Feast of Saint Ann, the Hoboken City Council at the request of Mayor Anthony Russo voted unanimously in 1995 to rename the section of Jefferson Street in front of the church and Friary as “Saint Ann’s Square.”
Following in the footsteps of their founder, Saint Francis of Assisi, the Capuchin Franciscan Friars are called to a life of dedication and service. The spirit of unity and community has been a hallmark of the Church of Saint Ann from its beginning as an Italian-American parish and continues to be so today. Liturgical functions, sacramental programs and the celebration of traditional feasts of the Universal Church and of the Parish of Saint Ann continue to provide the opportunity for spiritual growth and community.

A culmination point is reached each year with the celebration of the Feast of Good Saint Ann, patroness of our parish, when the parish spirit of community is renewed in a grand manner. The past and present are linked as former parishioners return home in large numbers to join with present parishioners in the expression of a deep and abiding faith in, and love of, God and devotion to Good Saint Ann—to join together in the celebration of our feast.

The Parish of Saint Ann is typical, and yet unique. It is a family parish, and it is a parish family where the parishioners combine their efforts to provide a wholesome spiritual, social and recreational climate in which each member of the family can develop to the fullest his spiritual and temporal potential. Saint Ann’s Parish has successfully met the challenges of the past and will likewise meet those of the future, where its greatest works lie. Saint Ann’s Church stands as a magnificent temple of worship reflecting the solidarity of a people with a deep and abiding love for their God and respect and loyalty for their church.
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Text as found 2010 at: http://www.st-annchurch.com/default.asp?contentID=35

THE HISTORY OF ST. ANN'S FEAST

The history of the United States as a nation is barely over two hundred years. The United States in its two hundred year history has welcomed people from all over the world. Many of those who emigrated to this country brought with them cultural and religious traditions which predated the formation of the United States by hundreds of years.Among the people who came to the U.S. were men and women from a small town nestled in the peaks of the Apennine Mountains. They lived in the town of Monte San Giacomo (Province of Salerno, Italy) named after St. James the Apostle.This little hamlet, of less than three thousand people, saw many of its sons and daughters depart for the great land across the sea, where they hoped to make a better life for themselves and their families.

Despite the great distance that separated them from their homeland, the San Giacomese, most of whom settled in the Metropolitan area and principally Hoboken, maintained sentimental feelings for their place of origin. In the early days of their arrival in a new land with a strange language and customs, the immigrants encountered many difficulties and endured many social, economic, and political hardships. During this period, the newly arrived San Giacomese drew strength from their communal ties. They were bound together by the love of their homeland and Faith. The desire to maintain their traditional values and religious customs inspired them to establish the St. Ann's Society (Societa' S. Anna), an organization which would be a means of bringing the people even closer together and promote their ideals.

The members , who were not at all affluent, originally met in a basement at Fourth and Jefferson Streets. With the passage of time, the Society's membership increased and the members were able to purchase a storefront property at Seventh and Adams Streets. In the meantime (1900), St. Ann's Parish (Parrochia di S. Anna) had just been established. Priests said mass and held religious services in a small area of the storefront which had been converted into a chapel.

A short time later, the parish purchased a parcel of land at the corner of Seventh and Jefferson Streets, as the site for a future church and rectory. This dream was soon to be realized by the laying of the cornerstone on November 8, 1903 and finally with the completion of the church in 1906. The successful construction of the church inspired the Society to develop plans for a celebration or festa, that would serve to honor St. Ann, strengthen their devotion and preserve a cherished tradition.

A committee was formed to devise and execute the plans for the "festa". Meetings were held months in advance of the projected feast day. In order to raise money to finance the feast, members circulated from door to door not only in Hoboken but wherever their fellow townsmen and relatives were to be found. They traveled by train, subway and ferry to the far reaches of the metropolitan area and beyond. Their devotion to St. Ann and the desire to honor her spurred them on tirelessly to achieve their goal. The months of planning and hard work came to fruition with the inauguration of St. Ann's Feast, along with the feast of San Giacomo, in 1910. A two day festival was held July 25th in honor of San Giacomo and July 26th in honor of St. Ann.

Various Italian foods were featured as well as operatic music and singers for the public’s enjoyment. However, the culmination of these festivities was the procession of the statue of St. Ann and a large framed picture of San Giacomo through the streets of Hoboken on July 26th.

Immigrants from Monte San Giacomo and their families traveled great distances to Hoboken for this event. Society members adorned with shawls, sashes and ribbons with the image of St. Ann, processed through the streets as a band played both religious and traditional Italian songs. Thousands of men, women and children followed the procession through the cobble stone streets of Hoboken as a sign of devotion, to fulfill a vow or simply to preserve the traditions of their homeland. Those unable to walk waited patiently at their homes to view the statue of the saint. It was not uncommon for pregnant women, as a sacrificial symbol, to walk the entire procession in their bare feet. St. Ann is the patroness of pregnant women because although she was thought to have been sterile she conceived the Blessed Virgin very late in life. To this day, women who are pregnant and those wishing to become pregnant turn to her for help.

Although the founding fathers of the first St. Ann's Feast have passed on, their descendants continue to honor their memory and preserve their endeared traditions through the organization of the modern day festival and through their dedicated devotion to St. Ann.
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Number of Archive records 16.0
Number of Object records 9.0
Number of Library records 2.0
Number of Photo records 21.0

Associated Records

Image of Souvenir book issued on the Centennial of the Parish of St. Ann, Hoboken, 2000. - Booklet, Souvenir

Souvenir book issued on the Centennial of the Parish of St. Ann, Hoboken, 2000. - Booklet, Souvenir

Souvenir book issued on the Centennial of the Parish of St. Ann, Hoboken, 2000. Softcover book, 8-1/2" x 11" high, unpaginated, ca. 200 pp. Includes a history of the parish with photos. Other content includes congradulatory letters and messages plus a large number of advertisements by local businesses, politicians and other individuals.

Image of Hoboken: The Sinatra Tour. A Self-Guided Walking Tour. Published by the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1998. - Map

Hoboken: The Sinatra Tour. A Self-Guided Walking Tour. Published by the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1998. - Map

Hoboken: The Sinatra Tour. A Self-Guided Walking Tour. Published by the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1998. 12" x 18" high sheet printed two sides, folded to 4" wide x 9-5/8" high. Multiple copies.

Image of Program for Monte San Giacomo Club annual ceremony and blessing of the Statue, Hoboken, October 6-20, 2001. - Program

Program for Monte San Giacomo Club annual ceremony and blessing of the Statue, Hoboken, October 6-20, 2001. - Program

Program for Monte San Giacomo Club annual ceremony and blessing of the Statue and other activities, Hoboken, October 6-20, 2001. Single leaf 8-1/2" x 11" wide folded to 4 pp. On Saturday October 6th, the statue of San Giacomo, Saint James, the apostle, was received in a ceremony at the club. A procession on Sunday, October 7th, was made with the statue to St. Ann's Church, where it was to be installed. cf. article on page 2 in September-October issue of the Hoboken Historical Museum Newsletter (image attached).

Image of Article: "Hoboken: Portrait of a Sick City" in newspaper, PM, vol 1, no. 40, New York, Monday, August 12, 1940. - Newspaper

Article: "Hoboken: Portrait of a Sick City" in newspaper, PM, vol 1, no. 40, New York, Monday, August 12, 1940. - Newspaper

Article: "Hoboken: Portrait of a Sick City" in newspaper, PM, vol 1, no. 40, New York, Monday, August 12, 1940. Photo and article mentioned on cover; article covers full pages from 12 to 19 (the newspaper did not accept advertising.) Article written by James A. Wechsler and illustrated with photographs taken by staff photographer Margaret Bourke-White except for an aerial and two file photos. It is also available on one DVD-R disk in TIFF format. Topics included: Mayor Bernard N. McFeely; Hoboken government including corruption and intimidation; 1939 election and Fusion ticket; welfare and relief; public health; condition of housing; aerial photo of Hoboken by Fairchild Aerial Survey,

Image of Document, poem: Happy Birthday Hoboken. By Frank Spada, Leonia, NJ, [2005]. - Documents

Document, poem: Happy Birthday Hoboken. By Frank Spada, Leonia, NJ, [2005]. - Documents

Document, poem: Happy Birthday Hoboken. By Frank Spada, Leonia, NJ, [2005]. Single leaf, photocopied, with typewritten poem. Author's inscription: Poem written for St. Ann's Catholic Monitor.

Image of Digital image of death notice and funeral services for Raffaele Gallo [of 509 Monroe St.], Hoboken, Saturday, October 30, 1948. - Newspaper

Digital image of death notice and funeral services for Raffaele Gallo [of 509 Monroe St.], Hoboken, Saturday, October 30, 1948. - Newspaper

Digital image of death notice and funeral services for Raffaele Gallo [of 509 Monroe St.], Hoboken, Saturday, October 30, 1948. Clipping from unidentified newspaper. Services were to be held on Thursday, November 4th at Silvio Failla Funeral Home, 510 Fifth St., Hoboken. Mass at Saint Ann's (Anne's) Roman Catholic Church. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Image of Invitation to the inauguration and swearing-in of Mayor David Roberts and Council members, Hoboken, July 1, 2005. - Invitation

Invitation to the inauguration and swearing-in of Mayor David Roberts and Council members, Hoboken, July 1, 2005. - Invitation

Invitation to the inauguration and swearing-in of Mayor David Roberts and Councilman Ruben Ramos, Jr. Councilwoman Terry LaBruno, Councilman Elect Peter Cammarano, III, Hoboken, July 1, 2005. Cardstock, 5-5/16" high x 7-13/16" wide. Second term for Mayor Roberts.

Image of Program for the inauguration and swearing-in of Mayor David Roberts and Council members, Hoboken, July 1, 2005. - Program

Program for the inauguration and swearing-in of Mayor David Roberts and Council members, Hoboken, July 1, 2005. - Program

Program for the inauguration and swearing-in of Mayor David Roberts and Councilman Ruben Ramos, Jr. Councilwoman Terry LaBruno, Councilman Elect Peter Cammarano, III, Hoboken, July 1, 2005. Booklet, [8] pp. Second term for Mayor Roberts.

Folder with material related to Saint Ann's Church and Societa Maria S.S. Del Popolo. - File, Document

Folder with material related to Saint Ann's Church and Societa Maria S.S. Del Popolo. Twelve leaves, mostly digital or color photocopies of photos. Letterhead of Society from the 1950's. Photographic images are generally circa 2000.

Image of Handbill: 97th Annual St. Ann's Italian Festival, Hoboken, July 20-26, 2007. - Handbill

Handbill: 97th Annual St. Ann's Italian Festival, Hoboken, July 20-26, 2007. - Handbill

Handbill: 97th Annual St. Ann's Italian Festival, Hoboken, July 20-26, 2007. 3-1/4" x 8-1/2" high. Printed two sides. Six copies. The celebration feast and procession of the saint being held for ninety-seventh year.

Image of Video cassette tape: Hoboken St. Ann's Feast Edited Master; RT 14:54. 4/9/94. Beta 1/2" format. - Videotape

Video cassette tape: Hoboken St. Ann's Feast Edited Master; RT 14:54. 4/9/94. Beta 1/2" format. - Videotape

Video cassette tape: Hoboken St. Ann's Feast Edited Master; RT 14:54. 4/9/94. Beta 1/2" format. Tape has not been viewed. Creator not indicated. Tape: 3M Master Broadcast BetacamSP With: Avid Media Log of scenes on tape, dated March 31, 1994. Single 8-1/2" x 11" high sheet. Saint Ann's Feast is held in July. The date of the edit is 1994, so it is presumed that the tape shows the event in the previous year. Mentioned in the scene list is a speech by and interview with assemblyman Menendez (Congressman Robert Menendez?) A mayor is mentioned and that is probably Mayor Anthony Russo.

Transcript of interview of Marie Totaro by Pat Samperi, June 11, 2008 - Transcript

Transcript of interview of Marie Totaro by Pat Samperi, June 11, 2008 for the Hoboken Historical Museum Oral History Project. Two volumes of facsimile typescript with plastic strip binding and clear covers. Typescript is double-spaced. Location of original is not indicated. Location of tapes is not indicated. Transcriber is not identified. Volume 1: Tape 1, side 1. Pages [1-1] to 1-54; Tape 1, side 2. Pages 1-54 to 1-116. Volume 2: Tape 2, side 1. Pages [2-1] to 2-98 Interview took place at Marine View Plaza, Hoboken. Many topics; especially rich background on Saint Ann's Feast as well as growing up in Hoboken.

Image of Documents: Secret Gardens: A Guided Walking Tour of Hoboken Gardens. HHM, May 31, 2009. - File, Document

Documents: Secret Gardens: A Guided Walking Tour of Hoboken Gardens. HHM, May 31, 2009. - File, Document

Postcard, program, tickets: Secret Gardens: A Guided Walking Tour of Hoboken Gardens. Presented by the Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken, N.J., May 31, 2009. Printed materials, various formats and sizes. The twelfth annual event. Sponsored by Hufnagel Landscaping, Inc. Supported by: 14th Street Garden Center, Jersey City; Beethoveen's Veranda, Hoboken; Hoboken Garden Club. Announcement postcard: 4" x 6", three copies. Ticket: 4" x 7", two copies. Tour program / guide book, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", [24] pages plus covers, two copies. Program had a two-page map plus a single page description for each stop on the tour. Home owners are identified only by first names. Tour committee on page [1].

Reference: History of Saint Ann's Church & Feast of Saint Ann from parish website, as of 2010. - File, Document

Reference record, digital only: History of Saint Ann's Church; History of St. Ann's Feast. (Church of Saint Ann, 7th and Jefferson Streets, 704 Jefferson St., Hoboken. Roman Catholic.) Text below is as found 2010 at two URL on church site; one follows the other: 1. http://www.st-annchurch.com/default.asp?contentID=31 2. http://www.st-annchurch.com/default.asp?contentID=35 ____________ 1. http://www.st-annchurch.com/default.asp?contentID=31 THE HISTORY OF SAINT ANN'S PARISH (followed by the page on the THE HISTORY OF ST. ANN'S FEAST ) The religious and cultural life of Hoboken has run broad and full from the beginning. As the population grew and persons of varied nationalities ca

Madonna Dei Martiri, 80th Anniversary, 1926 - 2006: A History. - Narrative

Madonna Dei Martiri, 80th Anniversary, 1926 - 2006: A History. Compiled by Danny Altilio & Saverio Sciancalepore. Word document, three pages. Text is in notes. The Feast of Maria SS. Dei Martiri - Santa Febronia Society Madonna dei Martiri (MDM) Society of La Madonna Dei Martiri Hoboken Italian Festival

Image of Postcard with scenes of Monte San Giacomo, Italy and feasts celebrating St. Ann & St. James the apostle, ca. 1960. - Postcard

Postcard with scenes of Monte San Giacomo, Italy and feasts celebrating St. Ann & St. James the apostle, ca. 1960. - Postcard

Postcard with photo scene of Monte San Giacomo, Italy and feasts celebrating St. Ann & St. James the apostle, ca. 1960.

Image of Postcard with scenes of Monte San Giacomo, Italy related to feasts celebrating St. Ann & St. James the apostle, ca. 1960. - Postcard

Postcard with scenes of Monte San Giacomo, Italy related to feasts celebrating St. Ann & St. James the apostle, ca. 1960. - Postcard

Postcard with view of Monte San Giacomo, Italy related to feasts celebrating St. Ann & St. James the apostle, ca. 1960.

Image of Postcard with images of S[aint] Anna venerata in Monte San Giacomo, [Italy] and  S[aint] Giacomo; related to feasts celebrating St. Ann & St. James the apostle, ca. 1960. - Postcard

Postcard with images of S[aint] Anna venerata in Monte San Giacomo, [Italy] and S[aint] Giacomo; related to feasts celebrating St. Ann & St. James the apostle, ca. 1960. - Postcard

Postcard with images of S[aint] Anna venerata in Monte San Giacomo, [Italy] and S[aint] Giacomo; related to feasts celebrating St. Ann & St. James the apostle, ca. 1960.

Image of Button: I Love (heart rebus) Saint Ann's. Hoboken, no date, ca. 1985. - Button, Promotional

Button: I Love (heart rebus) Saint Ann's. Hoboken, no date, ca. 1985. - Button, Promotional

Button: I Love (heart rebus) Saint Ann's. Hoboken, no date, ca. 1985. 1-11/16" diameter. Pin back. Presumably sold or handed out at the St. Ann's Church Festival held every July in Hoboken for over 75 years..

Image of Printed ticket to the Lolly Pop & Confetti Dance of St. Ann's Catholic Club of Hoboken, St. Ann's Hall, 706 Jefferson St., Hoboken, April 21, 1915. - Ticket

Printed ticket to the Lolly Pop & Confetti Dance of St. Ann's Catholic Club of Hoboken, St. Ann's Hall, 706 Jefferson St., Hoboken, April 21, 1915. - Ticket

Printed ticket to the Lolly Pop and Confetti Dance of the St. Ann's Catholic Club of Hoboken, at St. Ann's Hall, 706 Jefferson St., Hoboken, Wednesday, April 21, 1915. 2" high x 3-5/8" wide. Printed two sides.