I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who assisted our church with the wake and funeral for Fr. Michael Guglielmelli.
First and foremost is Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her administration. We own them a great debt of gratitude and we truly appreciate all that they did for us, especially, the Department of Environmental Services and the Police Department. Police Chief Ferrante and Lt. Petrosino bent over backwards to accommodate us. All involved were highly professional while being very sympathetic. We all can be proud of these who serve our city.
We would also like to thank our Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp. who stood at the ready for two long days. Carlo’s Bakery, for sending desserts and breakfast. Failla Funeral Home, for sponsoring the catering. Our heartfelt appreciation to the Hoboken Board of Education and Hoboken University Medical Center for their respectful cooperation and the aid and assistance of the Jersey City Police Department and the Hudson County Sheriff.
The Konopka and Lawton Turso Funeral Homes did an amazing job under trying circumstances. Their staffs worked long hours to assure the highest level of service. We would like to express our appreciation for the members of the clergy who participated, especially those who helped organize: Bishop Dominic Marconi, Msgr. Michael Andreano, Msgr. Bob Meyer and Rev. Joseph Scarangella, Rev. Bryan Page and Rev. Tom Rzempoluch.
We would also like to apologize to those that were inconvenienced by the funeral. Our neighbors that surround St. Francis were asked to bear with street closures, major parking issues, extra traffic and crowds. We appreciate their patience.
Everyone’s time, talent and treasure will be paid forward, as we honor Fr. Mike’s lifelong commitment to the poor and homeless, through our free lunch program. It is our wish that God will bless, in a special way, all for their efforts on our behalf.
Rev. Chris Panlilio, Pastor
St. Francis Church