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Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Announces exciting news for all Alumni
Effective with the grants awarded next April
the Value of the Grants will increase to a




      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.

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    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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27th Anniversary Golf Classic at Riverton Country Club

     Our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59 and Golf Classic Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, chat over lunch prior to the tee-off.  This foursome included Billy Green, James Boyce, Bill Woltjen, '82, and Allen Taylor.

     Lunch is always enjoyable as the participants - Andy Macready and Ken Olejniczak, '81 - stock up prior to challenging the course.  This foursome includes Charlie McKee, Lloyd Feigenbaum, Judy Welde and her son  Patrick.

     Enjoying lunch are (l. to r.) Bob Carr, Charlie Hines, and Emmett Ruane, '55.  The 80's were well represented by (l. to r.) Tom Klingenberg, '81, Mike Ritchie, '84, Mike McBride, '81, and Ken Olejniczak, '81.

     Classic Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, is surrounded by Jim Fenerty of Celtic Shirts, one of our very generous supporters and Jim McCourt, '65.  This foursome includes the Silver Sponsors of Fairmount Pharmacy and McCafferty-Sweeney Funeral Home and includes (l. to r.) Bob Woltjen, '83, Jerry Volgraf, '81, a guest, and John Barnes, '89.  Our ever popular Gold Sponsor Joe and Friends includes Jason Pacetti, '91, Joe Gabor, '61, Ray Brown, '91, and Tony Aspite, '61.

     The putting contest for a cash prize always attracts number of participants - unfortunately, this gentleman missed.  Gold Sponsor Real Marq foursome included (l. to r.) Pat Woods, '68, a guest, Ed Pawlowski, '68, Jim Meehan, '67, and Jason Marquess, '67.  Brian Callahan, '84 (far right) led this foursome. 

     John Smith, '74, Joe Kaiser, '66, Mike Egan, and Mike Kaiser, '73, comprised this foursome.  John Walls, '55, Jim Walls, Jr., Tom Walls, '70, and Jim Walls, '66 made up this group.  Chris Scattergood, Andy Macready, Dave Wilson, and Joe Walls, '60, are all smiles for our photographer.

     This group features Tom McKenna, '66, Jim Bargull, '66, Charles Meloro, '66, and Jim Cirillo, '64.  Don Liebsch, '56, Larry Carnesi, Lloyd Feigenbam, and Jim Kelly, '54, are this happy foursome.  The Devine Clan plus the Russian - Kevin, '75, Jim, '76, Joe Pilawsky, '71, and Bob, '73.

     Another table at the awards dinner filled with convivial spirits.  Chairman Morgan's daughter, Rachel, who along with his sister helped all day - ran the putting contest, bringing water and refreshments to the on-course participants and finally by selling the raffle tickets.

     It's very obvious these gentlemen are enjoying themselves - Jim Meehan, '67, Jim Bargull, '66, Tom McKenna, '66, Charles Meloro, '66, and Jim Cirillo, '64.  Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, during the awards ceremony.

     Jerry Volgraf, '81, Mike McBride, '81, Bob Woltjen, '83, and Ken Olejniczak, '81, pose for our photographer.  Jerry captured the putting contest and then donated his winnings to the Scholarship Fund.  Brian Callahan, '84, and Bill Woltjen, '82, relax prior to dinner.

     These gentlemen are certainly enjoying themselves and that's before they learned they won the Classic - John Walls, '55, Tom Walls, '70, Jim Walls, '66, and Jim Walls, Jr.  Former Golf Classic Chairman John Barnes, '89, skillfully conducted an auction that raised significant funds.  Highlight of which was the embroidered NC jacket which was donated by Jim and Ann Fenerty of Celtic Shirts.  The successful bidder was Charlie Meloro, '66.

     These gentlemen are certainly enjoying their dinner - Ray Brown, '91, Tony Aspite, '61, Joe Gabor, '61, and Jason Pacetti, '91.  Our lone lady golfer - Judy Welde - poses beautifully for our photographer.

     Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, and Association President Al Waskiewicz, '79, pose with the check symbolic of the grants awarded this year by the Scholarship Fund.

68th Anniversary



    Our annual Memorial Day services at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima located on the Alumni House campus honor the 257 alumni brothers who gave their lives in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan.  The event began with Mass concelebrated at Resurrection of Our Lord Church by our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, Resurrection's Pastor, Father Joe Howarth, '67.  After Mass we adjourned to our facility for the services.  Father Kilty, with the assistance of Bob Kensil, '74, and Bill Wenglicki, '91, conducts the service.  Association President Al Waskiewicz, '79, places the wreath at the base of the Shrine.

     Some of the families of the deceased and alumni members gather in the yard in prayerful silence and respond to Father Kilty's prayers on behalf of our deceased heroes.

     Our bugler sounds "Taps" as our members join in in respectful silence and salutes.  Third VP Bob Kensil, '74, recites the prayer of the Catholic War Veterans.

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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.

2017 Scholarship Fund Recipients

     The Board of Trustees of the Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. met on May 2 and selected the following young men and women as the recipients of this year's grants.

College Grants

$25,000 Grants:

                    Kierstin Knellinger - Archbishop Ryan HS - St. Joseph University
                    Kendal Kanagie - John W. Hallahan HS - Rosemont College
                    Michael Airey, Jr. - Millville Senior HS - Immaculata University
                    Hannah Boggs - Little Flower HS - Holy Family University

     Ms. Knellinger, Ms. Kanagie, and Mr. Airey declined our grants.  Alternate Marisa Murphy, John W. Hallahan HS accepted and will attend Chestnut Hill College.  Alternate Alec Rodriguez declined our grant.

   High School Grants

$16,000 Grants:

                   Kathryn McCole - Immaculate Heart of Mary - John W. Hallahan HS
                   Emma Schultz - St. Jerome - St. Hubert HS
                   Allie Bofinger - Mother of Divine Grace - Little Flower HS
                   Kevin Szychulski - Our Lady of Calvary - Archbishop Ryan HS
                   James Brown - Our Lady of Port Richmond - Roman Catholic HS

$12,000 Grants:

                   Brynn Dever - New Foundations Charter - Little Flower HS
                   Hailey DeCastro - St. Rose of Lima - Paul VI HS
                   Padraig Gillespie - Alexander Adaire - Roman Catholic HS
                   Samson Gerner - Bishop Schad Regional - St. Joseph HS
                   Vinnie Hannum - Christ the King - Archbishop Ryan HS

$4,000 Grants:

                   Meadow Sedowsky - St. Laurentius - John W. Hallahan HS
                   Rylee Kanagie - St. Laurentius - John W. Hallahan HS
                   Brennan Whitaker - Franklin Towne Charter - Roman Catholic HS
                   Christopher McKenna, Jr. - Our Lady of Calvary - Archbishop Ryan HS
                   Emilee Gallagher - Holy Rosary Regional - Archbishop Carroll HS
                   Jacob Woods - Independence Charter - Roman Catholic HS

     Mr. Hannum declined our grant.  Ms. Sedowsky's grant was increased to $12,000 and a $4,000 grant was accepted by Ryan Becker, St. Katherine of Siena, to attend Roman Catholic HS.

Grade School Grants

$6,000 Grants:

                  Allison Szychulski - Maternity B. V. M.
                  Luke Douglas - St. Jerome
                  Christopher McCole, Jr. - Immaculate Heart of Mary
                  Gavin Lamb - Our Lady of Port Richmond

$3,000 Grants:

                  Kevin Bagnell - Christ the King
                  Nicholas DeLuca - St. Katherine of Siena
                  Sean Rola - Christ the King
                  Elysia Marshall - Our Lady of Calvary

88th Annual Communion Breakfast

     The concelebrants and acolytes in the sacristy at St. Martin of Tours prior to Mass: (l. to r.) Fathers Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, Robert Mancini, OSFS, '66, and David Devlin, OSFS, Jum Henes, '61, Father Joseph Morrissey, OSFS, '66, Frank Kelly, '50, Father Edward Dougherty, MM, '67, and Abbott Edmund M. Boyce, OSB, '55.  Stan Witalec, '66, former President of NECHS, served as Lector for Mass.

     Members of the congregation listen intently as Fr. Edward Dougherty, MM, '67 proclaims the Gospel.

     Father Joseph Morrissey, OSFS, '66, delivered an inspiring, and to the point, homily.  The concelebrants at the Offertory, Fathers Kilty, Mancini, Devlin, Dougherty, Abbot Boyce, and Father Morrissey.

     The communicants receive the Holy Eucharist from Fathers Mancini and Devlin as Bill Wenglicki, '91, leads the singing.

     The congregation joins Wenglicki in singing the recessional hymn.

     President Al Waskiewicz, '79, conducts the annual general membership meeting.  Among those listening to his words were (l. to r.) Pete Pritz, '46, two gentlemen not known to the photographer, Frank Nessel, '50, his son, Mark, Class Rep. Frank Kelly, '50, and Vince Furlong, '50.

     Local comic Pat O'Donnell served as the Toastmaster.  Our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, delivers his usual short, snappy remarks which includes thanking all of the participants in our annual Memorial Mass - the concelebrants, homilist, lector, cantor, and altar servers.  Father Joseph G. Morrissey, OSFS, '66, the Homilist at Mass, and General Treasurer of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales brought us up-to-date on the Oblates and thanked us for all the Association does for them.

     Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Len Knobbs, '53, explains the history of the Hall of Fame.  Among those sitting at the table in the forefront are (l. to r.) Marty McCormick, '52, (partially hidden) Bob McDonnell, '53, Vince Sesso, '58, and unknown gentleman, and Father Edward Dougherty, MM, '67.

    David Livewell, '85, our Hall of Fame recipient in the field of Arts/Entertainment/Education, as he prepares to deliver his acceptance remarks.  This table includes (l. to r.) Steve Magurn, '70, Jim Kelly, '70, Dennis Kelly, '67, Mike Kaiser, '73, and with his back to the camera - John Peteraf, '70.

     Len Knobbs, '53, presents Abbot Edmund M. Boyce, OSB, '55, with a plaque emblematic of his induction into the Hall of Fame in the category of Religion/ Science.  Abbott Boyce delivering his acceptance remarks.  Thomas P. Morgan, '64, our recipient in the field of Service expresses his gratitude for his award.  President Al Waskiewicz, '79, delivers his "state of the Association" address.

     Former US Congressman Michael G. Fitzpatrick delivered the principal address and was the recipient of our Annual Outstanding Achievement Award.  1966 Class Reps Ray Rysak and Ed Jaskowiak present President Waskieiwicz with a $3500 check for the Scholarship Fund.  The check represents funds raised in connection with their Golden Anniversary Reunion held last June.

     Father Morrissey accepts a check from President Waskiewicz for the Oblate foreign missions from funds collected at the Breakfast and an added amount from the Association.  Immediate Past President Jeff Brown, '79, accepts a plaque symbolic of his service from his classmate and current President Al Waskiewicz.

     Mike Fitzpatrick accepts the Outstanding Achievement Award from President Waskiewicz.  Len Knobbs, '53, presents Historian and former president Tom Morgan, '64, with the plaque symbolizing his induction into the NECHS Hall of Fame.  Tom proudly wears the lapel pin given to all Hall of Fame members.

     Knobbs presents Dave Livewell, '85, with his Hall of Fame plaque and lapel pin.  Our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, and Father David Devlin, OSFS, '66, principal celebrant at the Memorial Mass pose for our photographer.

     John F. Handley, '58, accepts a plaque from President Wakiewicz honoring him for his 50 years of service on the Associations Board of Governors.  John is the sixth man in the history of the Association to have served 50 years on the Board.  The current Executive Board poses for their inclusion in the history of the Association.  They are: (l. to r.) Tom Morgan, '64, Historian; Jeff Brown, '79, Assistant Secretary; Jim O'Connor, '61, 2nd Assistant Treasurer; Joe Pilawsky, '71, 2nd Vice President; Len Knobbs, '53, Executive Secretary-Treasurer; Al Waskiewicz, '79, President; John Hanejko, '65, Assistant Executive Secretary-Assistant Treasurer; Jim Henes, '61, 4th Vice President; and Steve Cardullo, '72, Secretary.  Missing from the photo are Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, 1st Vice President; and Bob Kensil, '74, 3rd Vice President.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade

     Jim Kelly, '70, and Tom Morgan, '64, greet "Great and Glorious St. Patrick" before the start of the parade.  Here we are stepping off - in the front ranks - Shawn Frizzle, '90, Al Waskiewicz, '79, John Garson, '72, Joe Lamb, '93, Jim Kelly, '70, Bob Kensil, '74, and Len Knobbs, '53.

     Along the way, we are greeted by North Catholic Alumni and supporters - Jack O'Neill, '66 and his wife Marie.  The Petaccio brothers - Jason, '95, Joe, '89,  and friend.

     And still more supporters - John Colfer, President of AOH Division 22 greets member Len Knobbs - and Tom Morgan, '64, exchanges greetings with Fox 29 TV reporter Bob Kelly, '81.

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Turkey Bowl Beef and Beer

     Our apologies!  We've had a minor problem with the site that prevented us from updating so we're a little late getting these photos of our November gathering at the Ashburner Inn.

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Comedy Night

     Activities Chairman Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, enjoying the food prior to the Comedy Show held at AOH Division 39.  The food and drink were great!  We are indebted to the Division for their hospitality.  The show which was equally great and highly entertaining featured comedians (l to r) John Kensil, Mike Stankiewicz, and Tim Grill.  The show was produced by Mike Dougherty, '74 (far right).

     This was a full table of revelers - down the left side - Maryellen and Bob Kensil, '74, Steve Cardullo, '72, John Garson, '72, who is hiding Jerry Hanejko, '70, John Hanejko, '65 - and up the right side - Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, Vince Rzepczynski, '11, Joyce Hanejko, Janet Hanejko, Kathy and Jeff Brown, '79.  The ladies and gentlemen at this table really look like their having fun.  Unfortunately, our photographer didn't get their names.

      The comics at work - John Kensil - Tim Grill - Mike Stankiewicz.  Their humor was funny and contagious.  A great night!!

     Joe Pilawsky, '71,(4th on the left) and Jack Devine, '69 (4th on the right) and Brian Devine, '80 (3rd on the right) are joined by a number of Russian Joe's Painters' Union buddies and their wives.  Counter clockwise from right:  John Handley, '58, Ron Kliniewski, '62, and Frank Kelly, '50, are joined by two gentlemen.

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Falcons Fun in the Sun at Flip Flopz

     Lined up at the door waiting to greet our guests are (l. to r.) Chairman John Hanejko, '65, Tom Morgan, '64, and Bill Smith, '53.  Gary McNulty, '59, entertains the ladies - Joyce Hanjeko and Barbara Knobbs.

      Obviously enjoying themselves are these two trios.  Left - Joe Lamb, '93, Mark Toner, '80, and friend.  Right - Ray Rysak, '66, Bob Birney, '64, and friend.

    A number of long time attendees - Jerry, '51,  and Mrs. McCool, Ramiro, '60, and Mrs. Yabor.  The photo on the right features Jim Dugan, '63 (center) and friends.

     This corner of the bar features Charlie O'Donnell, '53, friends, and Charlie Meissler, '71 (green shirt).  John Hanejko and '65 classmate Jim Fogarty.

     Another group of long time participants, the Nilan Family - Rich, '76, Rich, '02, Grandpop and Mrs. Nilan.  We didn't get the names of this lovely couple - sorry!

     Something our photographer said or did really tickled the Musial's - John, '63, Margaret Mary, and Wanda.  Immediate Past President Jeff Brown, '79, and his wife Kathy.

     Ann & Ed McKenna, '63 (center) and friends.  Another lovely couple whose names our photographer neglected to obtain - Sorry!

     Bill Pellegrini, '71 (red shirt) and friend had a great time.  Left to right: Bernie Grill, Len Knobbs, '53, Jack Devine, '69.

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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

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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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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!



   Prior to the 82nd Annual Northeast Catholic - Frankford Thanksgiving Day Classic, a number of alumni gathered in the LaSalle University Student Union Ballroom for our version of a super box.  Among those in attendance were John Cutsavage, '70 (2nd from left) and friends.  A crowd totaling 9000 or better were present.  This photo taken 20 minutes before game time shows the NC crowd extending to the goal 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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