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      We are happy to report that we have moved to our new home - 2700 Rhawn Street (SEC Rhawn and Fairfield Sts. - one block east of Roosevelt Blvd.)  See photos below.  All our equipment and some of the NECHS memorabilia came with us.  What we received when the school closed is now proudly displayed.  The Shrine of Our Lady Fatima and the plaques honoring our members who died during World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam, which was the property of the Association came with us have been reconstructed at the site.  The men pictured below - alumni and friends and relatives - were responsible for getting us moved in.

     Since June, 2010 when we moved in, we've made a number of improvements to the building and property, not the least of which, was installing the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in the rear yard.  Of course, the plaques honoring the memory of the 265 alumni who gave their lives for  their country in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam are next to Our Lady.  The Shrine was dedicated by Father Kilty on Memorial Day, 2011.

    The office as you walk in from the entrance on Fairfield Street is the nerve center of your Association.  On the walls are a number of mementos of accomplishments from years past.  The desk on the right belonged to the secretary to the President of NECHS and was made by Frank Fedele, '64.  Above the mantle on the left is an original cartoon by Bil Keane, '40

     Two views of the operations center where all mailings are produced.  It is also used for committee meetings and meetings of the Board of Trustees of the Scholarship Fund.  On the far right is the plaque honoring those killed in Vietnam which hung at the end of the first floor corridor at North.  It now graces a wall in one of our Memorial Rooms.

     Something new was added in the summer of '13.  Thanks to Mariana Bracetti Academy, the charter school that purchased the NECHS building, we were able to secure the banner above which was the top the marquee on the corner of Torresdale & Hunting Park Aves.  With some expert craftmanship, we were able to cut it to size, frame it appropriately and it now hangs in a place of honor in our operations center.

     Some the Catholic League Championship shields given to us when school closed.  Our Hall of Fame which honors our Outstanding Alumni, Outstanding Achievement Award recipients, Honorary members, and past Presidents and Chaplains.  Some of the sports memorabilia that were presented to us.

     On the left some more sports memorabilia.  On the right, the NECHS Hall of Fame plaques and a tapestry honoring the 1956 City Championship football team.  Between the Hall of Fame plaques are three items of interest.  The Crucifix is from the chapel at North.  Just below is a school shield which dates to 1932, and, finally, the podium which graced the stage at North since it was presented as a graduation gift by the Class of 1951.

     A wall with the trophies we were able to obtain from the school. Center is a number of the citations the school received from local and state government over the years.  Some banners and pennants gathered over the years, in particular, one honoring the basketball teams achievements.

     Some more memorabilia, in particular an autographed picture of honorary member, Pope John Paul II, and a plaque honoring the legendary Father Thomas "Knobby" Walsh, Hon. '66.  On the right, plaques and photos honoring former alumni, an original "Reds" Falcon cartoon by Jerry Buckley, '50, and a copy of the recruitment poster emphasizing that the "right direction" was North.  Now that you've had glimpse, why not stop by and view the building first hand.  Give us a call at 215-543-1051 to make sure someone is "home".

     Some additional items have been recently acquired by what we lovingly call the Northeast Catholic Museum.  The family of Father Dan McLernan, OSFS, '34, North's long-time soccer coach donated the plaque the school awarded to outstanding players in the 90's and his plaque commemorating his induction into the NECHS Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008.

     Another recent addition came courtesy of Bill Maher, '53, shown as he presented to the Association.  It is the sweater awarded to the 1952 City Championship Football Team.  Bill was an end on that team.  The sweater now proudly hangs in one of our trophy rooms.

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Scholarship Fund

     A dues paying member may apply for a grant for his child(ren) and/or grandchild(ren).  Grants are awarded to attend any of the following colleges/universities:  Cabrini College, Radnor, Pennsylvania; Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania; Georgian Court University, Lakewood, New Jersey; Gwynedd Mercy University, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania; Holy Family University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pennsylvania; LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Neumann University, Aston, Pennsylvania; Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania; St. Charles Borromeo Seminary College, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania; St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania.  The applicant must be a senior in high school to be eligible.  Four grants of $25,000 are awarded to applicants who meet our minimum academic and financial need requirements.  They are payable in equal semi-annual installments over four years providing the applicant meets our minimum academic standards.

     Grants are also awarded to attend an (arch)diocesan or parochial high school operated within the canonical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, and/or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey.  The applicant must be in the 8th grade to be eligible.  The grants are awarded to applicants who meet our minimum academic and financial need requirements.  Five grants at $15,000, and five at $10,000 are awarded.  They are payable in equal semi-annual installments over four years providing the applicant meets our minimum academic standards.

     Finally, grants are awarded to attend a parochial grade school operated by a parish within the canonical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, and/or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey.  To be eligible, the applicant must be in the 5th grade. The grants are awarded to applicants who meet our minimum academic and financial need requirements.  Four grants of $6,000 and four grants of $3,000 are awarded.  They are payable in equal semi-annual installments over three years providing the applicant meets our minimum academic standards.

     The first step in applying for a grants is the qualified (dues payer) parent or grandparent must complete our request form and return it to the Fund Office - P. O. Box 7005, Philadelphia, PA  19149-0005 - The forms will be accepted during the period 12/1/15 through 1/31/16.

2016 Scholarship Fund Recipients

     The Board of Trustees of the Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. met on April 21 and selected the following young men and women as the recipients of this year's grants.

College Grants

$25,000 Grants:

                    Joseph Grant - Roman Catholic HS - LaSalle University
                    LaLeah Ragan - St. Hubert HS - LaSalle University
                    Rebecka Stewart - Little Flower HS  - Chestnut Hill College
                    Emily Johnston - John W. Hallahan HS - Rosemont University

   High School Grants

$16,000 Grants:

                   Amanda Sweeney - Maternity BVM - Little Flower HS
                   Shelby Longo - Our Lady of Hope - Gloucester Catholic HS
                   James Bartelle - St. Katherine of Siena - Father Judge HS
                   Kieran Donnelly - Our Lady of Port Richmond - Roman Catholic HS
                   Sophia Smargissi - St. Christopher - Archbishop Ryan HS

$12,000 Grants:

                   Joseph Lamb - Our Lady of Port Richmond - Roman Catholic HS
                   Olivia Reynolds - Our Lady of Calvary - Archbishop Ryan HS
                   Neil Grant - Presentation BVM - Roman Catholic HS
                   Lilyanna Baynum - Our Lady of Perpetual Help - Camden Catholic HS
                   Madelyn Leonard - St. Cecilia - Little Flower HS

$4,000 Grants:

                   Shane McDevitt - St. Anselm - Father Judge HS
                   Becca McCue - Resurrection of Our Lord - St. Hubert HS
                   Caroline Primus - Queen of Angels - Lansdale Catholic HS
                   Thomas Bagnell - St. Jerome - Roman Catholic HS
                   Savannah Meyers - Blessed Trinity - St. Hubert HS
                   Anthony Romano - St. Jerome - Father Judge HS

     Mr. Romano declined our grant as he will attend New Foundations Charter School.  It was accepted by Nicholas Steen, St. Jerome, to attend Father Judge HS.

Grade School Grants

$6,000 Grants:

                  Michael McDevitt - St. Anselm
                  Todd Douglas - St. Jerome
                  Emma Bartelle - St. Katherine of Siena
                  John Owens - St. Hilary of Poitiers

$3,000 Grants:

                  Andrew Romano - St. Jerome
                  Shane Thompson - Our Lady of Port Richmond
                  Rory Bagnell - St. Jerome
                  Paige Ross - St. Christopher

Trenton Thunder vs Reading Fightin Phils

     54 Alumni and friends journeyed to Trenton to watch the Reading Fightin Phils lose to the Trenton Thunder.  Despite the rain and cold weather everyone had a great time - so they say!  Brian Devine, '80, and his wife.  Tom Morgan, '64, and his grandchildren and then Steve Cardullo, '72, and his wife.  Mrs. Peteraf, Ron Kliniewski, '62, and John Peteraf, '70.

     At this table enjoying the buffet which was part of our admission package are Kathleen Knobbs-Coleman, Barbara Knobbs, Robert Knobbs, and Frank Kelly, '50.  John Garson, '72 and his wife are stretching their legs.

     Jim Kelly, '70 along with his wife and father-in-law.  A view of the picturesque park as darkness descends

87th Annual Communion Breakfast

     Our Cantor, Bill Wenglicki, '91, leads the congregation in the entrance hymn.  Bill's wife, provided the musical background by playing the organ at Mass celebrated at St. Martin of Tours.

     John Musial, '63, our Lector, proclaims the second reading of the day, as our concelebrants, Oblate Fathers John Spellman, '56, Neil Kilty, '59, and Kevin Nadolski listen.

     Principal Celebrant and our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, delivered an inspiring homily as the congregation listens intently.

     Father Kilty and his fellow concelebrants at the consecration.  After Mass, we adjourned across the Boulevard to Regal Ballroom for breakfast.  This table includes one of the inductees to the Hall of Fame (far right) John L. McCloskey, '38, and his family.

     This table includes another inductee - Dr. Lester A. Ruppersberger, '66 (3rd from the right) - his wife and sister are to his left.  Standing behind his family is Hall of Fame inductee James V. Gavaghan, '54.

     Hall of Fame inductee Joseph J. Ashton, '66(2nd from left) is seated next to his Denise and next to her is her brother Mike Glenning, '62.  President Brown conducted our annual business meeting prior to brekfast.

     Toastmaster Vince Valentine, local comedian, kept the audience awake and alert and the program moving with his snappy repartee.  This table is headed by Jack Wischum, '46 (far left).

     This table featured (dead center) two men from the Class of '67 - Mike Casey and Joe Gordon - and former Congressman Bob Borski who was the recipient of our Outstanding Achievement Award in 1987.  Our Chaplain, Father Kilty, thanked all for attending and expressed his gratitude to John Musial, '63, Bill Wenglicki, '91 and his wife, Frank Kelly, '50, and Jim Henes, '61, for their participation in assuring the solemnity and beauty of this morning's Mass.

     Father Kevin Nadolski, Director of Development and Communications for the Oblates, expressed their sincere gratitude for the generosity and support of the Association over the years.  Len Knobbs, '53, Hall of Fame Chairman explains the process for nomination and selection.  Thomas H. Windfelder, '68, accepts the plaque commemorating his induction into the Hall of Fame in the category of Arts/Entertainment/Education.  Tom was, for many years, the Director of the Archdiocesan Boys Choir.

     Tom Windfelder, '68, expressed his gratitude to the Association for the honor and acknowledged that his education and formation at NECHS helped him greatly.  Len Knobbs, '53, presents Jim Gavaghan, '54, with his plaque symbolizing his induction into the Hall of Fame in the category of Athletics.  Jim starred at St. Joseph's University in Track and was Captain of their first soccer team.  He later coached track and field at Abington HS and LaSalle University.  Jim too was loquacious in his praise of the school and the Association for continuing the tradition established at NECHS.

     Joe Ashton, '66, receives his plaque from Knobbs.  Joe was honored in the field of Business/Labor/Military for his long service to the United Auto Workers.  He was the youngest to have been elected President of a Local.  He went on to serve as a Regional Director (Central New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and then as International V. P.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of General Motors and the Board of the UAW Retirees Medical Trust.  He, too, gave credit to NECHS for providing him with the basis he needed to succeed in life.  Dr. Lester Ruppersberger accepts his plaque acknowledging his induction in the field of Religion/Science.  Dr. Ruppersberger recently retired after a long career as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist.  He is currently President of the National Catholic Medical Association and has long been recognized for his work on behalf of Pro-Life.  He and his wife, Betty, received the Defenders of Life award from the Pro-Life Union and he is co-author of a book Wonderfully Made Babies.

     Dr. Ruppersberger, like the other inductees, was extremely grateful for the honor and paid tribute to the school for the education he received.  Knobbs presents John L. McCloskey, '38, with the plaque commemorating his induction in the field of Service.  An apt award since his life has been one of service.  During World War II, he was a B-17 pilot.  After the war, he attended LaSalle College and, in effect, never left.  Over the next 50 years, he held a variety of titles at the University, most notably Vice President of Public Affairs.  He served on a number of non-profit Boards and Commissions.  In his remarks, he noted that he had the honor to meet Tom Brokaw and receive an autographed copy his book, The Greatest Generation.  He stated that NECHS formed the basis for his service in the military and in all his ventures afterwards.  In addition to the plaques each inductee receives a lapel pin to proudly wear signifying that he is a member of the NECHS Hall of Fame.

     Len Knobbs, '53, presents Ann Mackin with a plaque acknowledging her late husband Joseph J., '40, as an Outstanding Alumnus.  Ann is also the sister of our late long-time Chaplain Father Edward J. Simons, OSFS, '34, and two other alumni - John, '34, and Joseph, '40.  President Jeffrey W. Brown, '79, delivered his "State of the Association" address.  Jeff presents Father Nadolski with a check for the Oblate Missions.  A collection is taken up at the Breakfast in a time honored tradition to which the Association adds an amount.

     Matt Rhule, head football coach at Temple University, delivered the principal address.  He was honored with our Outstanding Achievement Award for outstanding achievement in field of collegiate sports.  Toastmaster Vince Valentine and President Jeff Brown, '79, relax after the Breakfast.

     In their annual photo for posterity - the Executive Board.  Seated:  Chaplain Father Neil F. Kilty, OSFS, '59.  Front row (l. to r.) Secretary Thomas A. McAvoy, Jr., '59; 3rd Vice President Joseph F. Pilawsky, '71; First Vice President Jeffrey C. Rzepczynski, '88; President Jeffrey W. Brown, '79; 2nd Vice President John F. Devine, '69; and 1st Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Executive Secretary John R. Hanejko, '65.  Rear Row:  Assistant Secretary Stephen A. Cardullo, '72; Executive Secretary-Treasurer Leonard F. Knobbs, '53; 2nd Assistant Treasurer Robert J. Kensil, '74; and Historian Thomas P. Morgan, '64.  4th V. P. Albert P. Waskiewicz, '79, had to leave early.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade

     For the second year, the Association marched in the St. Patrick's Day parade on the Parkway in center city.  With typical organizing skill we are trying to get everyone lined up as we arrived late because of the Communion Breakfast earlier in the day.  Here we are as we approach the reviewing stand.

     Lo and behold!  At the stand who steps out to greet us but Fox29 TV reporter Bob Kelly (Hird, '81) in his Kelly Green North Catholic coat.

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Turkey Bowl Beef and Beer

     Joe Pilawsky, '71 (center) and friend smile for the camera as Turkey Bowl Chair Jack Devine, '69 check out the situation.  Steve Magurn, '70 and classmate had a great time despite the fact that Jim Kelly was absent.  Sig Mikula, '83, and friend are obviously having a good time.

     First Lady Kathy Brown, President Jeff, '79, and Lou Szojka, '74, sure look like they're enjoying themselves.  This is a table for of Rzepczynski's and friends - Jen (left), husband Jeff, '88 (right) and son Vince, '11 - (center).

     Ed Gavin, '59, Tom McAvoy, '59, Jim Danvers, '63, and Jim McAvoy, '63, had a pleasant afternoon despite the Eagles' loss.  The Handleys are obviously relaxed and having a good time.

    Classmates Steve Cardullo, '72, and John Garson, '72, relax at the bar with a beverage.  Also joining in the fun are Jim O'Connor, '61, Frank Kelly, '50, Ed Guckin, and Pete Tansey, '63.

     Ed Jaskowiak (left) is joined by a number of younger alumni and friends including his son. Ed, '04(second from right) and Steve Pascavitch, '68 (far right).  Bob Monica, '71 (right) and fellow alumni pose for our cameraman.

     John Peteraf, '70, and friends, pose smilingly for our photographer.  Oops, there he is again, that O'Connor fellow from '61.  This time with classmate Jim Henes, '61, and brother Bob Henes, '66.

     These alumni and friends in both photos had a great afternoon but our photographer forgot to get their names - our apologies.

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     John Malone, '47, and his wife smilingly pose for our photographer.  Obviously enjoying themselves are President Jeff Brown, '79, John Cassidy, '44, and John Malone, '47.

     Joe Muffler, '49, Frank Kelly, '50, and his lady friend Jean; standing are Walt Kirwan, '56, and his wife.  At this table we have (clockwise from lower left) Nancy McCormick, Matt Fasbinder, '52, Jim Foley, '52, Bill Degnan, '52, Frank Noonan, '51, and Marty McCormick, '52.

     Some of the Class of '49 - Bill Hettel, Joe Kain, Jerry Murphy, Stephanie Hettel, and Pat Boyle.  This contingent from the Class of '53, had one outsider and he (Joe Pajak, '50) has his back to the camera.  Clockwise from left - John Pajak, Barbara Knobbs, Dolores and Bob McDonnell, Tom and Patricia Gilligan, Frank and Jean MacLeod, and Bill Smith.

     Wayne McKeever, '53, Luncheon Chairman Tom Dougherty, '51 and his wife Ellie, Arline McKeever, Matt Berenato, '51, and Jack Bonner, '51, along with a couple of gentlemen are photographer couldn't capture in the photo fill this table.  Among the Class of '56 in attendance were Joe Mulcahy, Gene Mather, Tom O'Rourke, Ron Secoda, Dolores Mulcahy, Mrs. Secoda, Jack McErlean, Bill Chase, and Walt Rider.

     We got the photographer to take another shot of this table so Joe Pajak, '50, could prove he was there!  That's him at the head of the table making the OK sign.

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Joe Conklin Comedy Night at Our Alma Mater

     Alumni 1st VP and Activities Committee Chairman Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, welcomes the 350 plus people to the Comedy Night held at what was Northeast Catholic High School.  Through the courtesy of Angela Villani, President of Marianna Bracetti Academy Charter School which now own and occupy the building we were fortunate enough to secure the auditorium for our return to the Big House.  We had ample opportunity to roam the halls to see the changes made to the building.  Vince Valentine was the MC and one of the warm up comedians for the star of the show.

     Another of the warm up comedians was Dennis Horan.  President Jeff Brown, '79, with the Joe Conklin and Jeff Rzepczynski, '88.

     Joe Conklin, an '80 Dougherty grad, had the attention of the audience from the minute he stepped on stage and delighted them with his many impersonations - ranging from US presidents, past and present - to a number of current and former Philadelphia sports personalities.

     Of course, the highlight of the performance was the appearance of Joe's ever popular local celebrity "Chip Snapper".

Falcons Fun in the Sun at Flip Flopz

     Jim Kelly, '70 and Tom Razzano, '65 dig in to the good food.  Larry Keefe, '57 and friend at one of the many bars.

     The Petaccio boys, Joe, '89 (center) and Jason, '95 (right) and friend had a great afternoon.  Perennial attendees Steve, '68, and Donna Pascavitch, 'and Joe, '61, and Anne Gabor.

     Mike Bispels, '63 and friend as John Seng, '53 eyes the photographer.  Jim Kelly. '70 (l.) and Lou DeCree, '70, surround a classmate.

     Part of a large contingent of the Class of '70, despite the looks they had a great time.  Jerry, '51, and Mrs. McCool pose smilingly for our cameraman.

     The Class of '53 had a sizable contingent present for an afternoon conviviality and camaraderie.  Among them Tom Gilligan and Charley O'Donnell and two former footballers - Pete Gibbons and Bill Maher.

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Silver Anniversary Golf Classic at Riverton Country Club

     The foursome of Larry Keefe, '57, Dom DiSandro, '57, Jim Scanio, '58, and Charlie Peterson, '58.  The first time in our 25-year history - a Hole-in-One - by Mike McBride, '81.  Joe Pilawsky, '71, and the Devine brothers, Bob, '73, Jack, '69, and Jim, '76.

     The Walls Family - Joe, '60, Jim, '65, Tom, '70, and Jim, Jr.  This foursome surrounding (c.) Bob Woltjen '83, is Sorry - we don't know this gentleman - Tom Harrigan, Paul Kaiser, '67, and Brian Callahan, '84.  Steve Coyle, '63, Ray Eveland, '53, and Frank Byrne, '65.

    This smiling group is Jim Meehan, '67, John Marquess, '67, Pat Woods, '68, and Jim Whalen, '67.  Former Chairman of the Golf Classic, John Barnes, '89 (c) is joined by Jim Lennox, and Bob Lutz.

     Another family group - the Smiths, Ron, '89, Ken, '69, and Ron, '67.  Joe Gabor, '61, and his foursome, Tony Aspite, '61, Ray Brown, '91, and Jason Pacetti, '91.  In the background John Peteraf, '70, and Jim O'Connor, '61, enjoy Mr. Gabor's humor.

     One of our younger groups - Bill Wenglicki, '91, Matt Zagorski, '97, and Dave Zagorski, '93.  Posing prettily for our photographer (l. to r.) President Jeff Brown, '79, 3rd VP Joe Pilawsky, '71, Bob Devine, '73, 2nd VP Jack Devine, '69, Jim Devine, '76, and Asst. Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Hanejko, '65.

     Golf Classic Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, opens the awards program.  A smiling group of happy golfers and revelers.  Our unknown friend, Bill Woltjen, '82, Brian Callahan, '84, Tom Harrigan, Tom Woltjen, '77, Vince Tacconelli, '80, and Paul Kaiser, '67.

     Robin Skubin Nolan VP for Institutional Advancement at St. Hubert's HS thanks the attendees, the Association, and the Scholarship Fund for their support of Catholic Education.  Joining her is Dr. Rose Scioli, Assistant Principal.  These ladies along with Tom Morgan's daughters, Rachel and Colleen, helped all day long with the refreshments carts, the putting contest and selling chances at the evening's festivities.  They have our undying thanks.  President Jeff Brown, '79, updates those in attendance on the Scholarship Fund.

     Classic Chairman Tom Morgan '64, presented some trophies to those who provided support above and beyond the norm over the past twenty-five years.  Former chair John Barnes, '89, Jim Meehan, '67, and Joe Gabor, '61.

     Also receiving recognition from Chairman Tom Morgan , '64, on behalf of the Association,  were Bob Woltjen '83, Frank Byrne, '65, and Steve Coyle, '63.

     Emmett Ruane, '55, receives an award from Chairman Morgan.  Tom congratulates the winning foursome of John Barnes, '89, Bill Woltjen, '82, Jim Lennox, and Bob Lutz.

     Jim Cirillo, '64, accepts the prize money from Chairman Tom Morgan '64,for winning the putting contest.  Chairman Morgan congratulates Pat Woods, '68, for smashing the longest drive.

     Tom Morgan congratulates Greg Corace for winning the closest to the pin contest.  Second Place overall went to the group of Tom Morgan, '64, Charlie Corace, and Greg Corace.

     Chairman Tom Morgan and the team that finished third - Jim Walls, Jr., Jim Walls, '65, Joe Walls, '60, and Tom Walls, '70.


66th Anniversary



     Our Lady's Shrine was spruced up prior to the services.  3rd VP Joe Pilawsky, '71, painted the statues and prieu deux and a new flag was added.  The crowd began to arrive from Resurrection of Our Lord Church where Mass was concelebrated by Oblate Fathers Neil Kilty, '59, and John Spellman, '56, and the pastor, Father Joe Howarth, '67.

     More alumni and families of our deceased heroes file in to join in our tribute to our fallen alumni.

     Chairman John Handley, '58 nods to Father Kilty to begin our service.

     President Jeff Brown, '79, places a commemorative wreath at the base of the Shrine.  After the Service, we adjourned inside for a repast of coffee and cake.

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2010 Graduation Ceremonies

     The Class of '10 enters Holy Innocents Church for the last Baccalaureate Mass for NECHS.

     Families and friends of graduates filled Holy Family University field house to overflowing.  The graduating class processes in under the watchful eye of Father Vincent Smith, OSFS, school president.

    Joining the Class of '10 in singing the Alma Mater are:  Father Robert Bazzoli, OSFS, '77 (Pastor of Our Mother of Consolation parish; Father Michael Murray, OSFS, former NECHS principal and president; Father John Fisher, OSFS, teacher at NECHS; Father Nicholas Waseline, OSFS, North's principal; Father James Greenfield, OSFS, Provincial of the Oblates' Wilmington-Philadelphia Province; Most Rev. Robert Maginnis, auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia; Father Vincent Smith, NECHS president; Michael McCall, '10, Valedictorian, and Robert Franco, '10, Salutatorian.

     Sadly, this was the last time the NECHS banner will fly over a graduation ceremony.

Class of '11

     The young men pictured above left: (1st row l. to r.) Robert Dunphy, Matthew Dugan, Thomas Goodyear, Dylan Marnoch, Raymond Kolakowski, (2nd row l. to r.) Jeremy Reith, Michael Negroni, Thaddeus Meyers, Patrick Bradley, and Andrew Mitchell returned to North on May 7, 2011 to celebrate their Senior Prom.  On the right the boys pose with their dates for posterity.

     Christopher Abramson, Jeremy Reith, Joseph Janda, Thomas McGowan, Ray Kolakowski, and Justin Zarzycki on the steps at their Alma Mater after their graduation from Judge on June 8, 2011.  These young men are eligible to join the Association and some already have.  We look forward to hearing from this year's graduates from other schools who spent at least one year at NECHS.

     Brendan Bradley, '11 (l.) and his best friend, Erik Crudele, '11, pose on the steps of NECHS which they specially decorated for their graduation pictures (albeit from Ryan).  As you can see they altered the marquee outside North to reflect their sentiments.

Closing Mass for Alumni

     On Sunday, June 6, 2010, the School and the Association combined to host a closing Mass and luncheon for alumni and friends of the school.  At the concelebrated Mass, Jeff Brown, '79, Association 1st Assistant Treasurer and Len Knobbs, '53, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, proclaimed the readings.

     Hank Stahl, '66, Association 2nd V. P., read the intercessions.  Father Vincent Smith, OSFS, '74, NECHS president delivered an inspiring homily.  After Mass, Association President John Hanejko, '65, welcomed the crowd and advised them that the Association would continue and would maintain all of the North traditions.

     Association Assistant Executive Secretary Ed White, '55, and 2nd Assistant Treasurer Joe Mulawka, '51, presented the gifts.  At the conclusion of Mass, the entire assemblage rose as one and sang the Alma Mater.

    Three classmates from '59 relax and enjoy the luncheon (l. to r.) Helen and Ed Alegado, Kathleen and Tom McAvoy, and Bill FitzPatrick.  Another table of alumni enjoying the afternoon.

     Someone got the bright idea of taking a photo of everyone on the front steps.  Needless to say by the time a ladder was found and the photo was snapped total chaos reigned.

     Keep this picture and the memories it invokes forever alive in your hearts and minds!




    Also enjoying the Brunch were the Kliniewski twins, Ron and Rob, both '62 and a lady friend.  A close-up of our fans seated at the 20 yard line.

     Relaxing at the Brunch were immediate past president Ed White, '55, Class Rep Joe Pilawsky, '71, and former Daily News reporter Frank Dougherty, '59.  Posing for our photographer were two members of the 1952 City Championship team - Bill Maher, '53, and Pete Gibbons, '53, who proudly displays the sweater awarded to team members.  He notes, with due pride, that he still fits into it.  Prior to kickoff Father Nicholas Waseline presented a framed NC jersey to the Pioneers Coach, Mike Capriotti, and the team captains..

     Taylor Rand proudly wearing Falcon red leads the crowd in the singing of our National Anthem.  To her right, our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, '59, who delivered the invocation.  Coach Charlie Szydlik rallies his team prior to kickoff.  And the game is underway - notice the gaps in the crowd on the Frankford side.

     Frankford scored first, near the end of the first quarter, on a 68-yard punt return by Taron Mills.  The try for the extra point was wide.  They scored again in the second period on a 16-yard run by Tyrell Martin and he ran for a two point conversion to put the Pioneers up 14-0.  That was the story of the first half.

     Falcon fans view the game from our version of a Super Box while in the stands we spot a smiling Joe Glackin, '73 with his family and friends.

    Attending the game from the Super Box were three outstanding alumni - Paul Hondros, '66, and brothers, John, '62, and Bob, '67, Doman.  The Falcon crowd is on its feet at halftime to sing the Alma Mater.

     The Falcons came out determined in the second half and marched down the field on a 16-play 70-yard drive that consumed eight minutes and thirty-four seconds capped by a 1-yard plunge by junior quarterback Anthony Reid.  John McCarthy's kick for the extra point was good and North trailed 14-7.

     Early in the fourth stanza, North scored on a 5-yard run by back-up sophomore tailback Taishan Tucker.  Then Coach Charlie Szydlik made a gutsy move and went for the lead and potential win in what to then had been a tight game.  The Pioneers stopped the attempt for a two-point conversions and led 14-13 with a little more than eight minutes on the clock.  Surprisingly, this turned out to be the most exciting eight minutes of Falcon - Pioneer football this writer has observed in sixty years of watching the games.

     After our defense forced a three and out, the offense took over once again.  Senior tailback Eugene Byrd broke loose on a 45 yard scamper that set up an eight yard TD pass from Reid to Julian Huggins and Reid carried it in for a two point conversion and the Falcons led for the first time with 2:28 left in the game.

     The Falcons stands anticipation of  victory was short lived.  A little over a minute later, Frankford running back Jeffione Thomas took off on an electrifying 55-yard cutback run to put the Pioneers ahead with 1:11 on the clock.  Then he ran it in for two points to put Frankford up by a point.  North was not to be outdone.  Frankford, for some unknown reason, made an on side kick which gave the Falcons the ball on their 38 yard line with 67 seconds remaining.  What happened next will go down in the annals of Philadelphia High School Football as both dramatic and historic.  Reid engineered a seven play drive that would have made some pro quarterbacks jealous.  Using the sidelines to march down field,  He ended the drive with a pass over the middle to tailback Eugene Byrd who took it in from twenty yards out.  McCarthy added the point and the Falcons were in front 28-22 with 13 seconds left.  The defense held true on Frankford's one play and that was all she wrote.

    As the game ended and players milled on the field, the crowd exploded from North's stands onto the field to congratulate the team who afterwards saluted the stands.

   And the crowd responded by standing and saluting the team and singing our Alma Mater.


   On Saturday, June 7, 2014, a mural of Petty Officer 1/C Michael J. Stange, '04, was dedicated at Belgrade & Clearfield Streets.  Michael, a member of the prestigious Seal Team Six, was killed in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on August 6, 2011.  The morning gegan with a Memorial Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Fishtown celebrated by the pastor, Father Michael Zingaro.  The family was ecorted from the church to the dedication site by a motorcycle escort bearing our flag and led by the Philadelphia Fire Department's Engine 28 and Ladder 16.  The invocation was delivered by our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59.

   Among the speakers were U. S. Congressman Bob Brady, State Representative John Taylor, '73, and Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon, '87.

    The chairman of the event, Tom Hanson (son of Mike, '52) spoke of the many people involved who donated their time and talent to create the mural.  Mike's Dad, Charlie, spoke eloquently of his son and his love of his family, friends, North Catholic , and his country.


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