St. Francis Hoboken is known as “The Little Church With The Big Heart.”
That heart was broken last week, with the tragic loss of Antoinette “Shirley” Gallina (85), Dolores Guglielmelli (87) and Fr. Michael Guglielmelli (81)—all three siblings having passed as the result of a tragic car accident in Freehold on June 4.
Shirley’s daughter Helen Gallina-DeLuca (54) remains hospitalized.
The family grew up in Hoboken, around the corner from St. Francis—where Father Mike served as Pastor for decades.
Now, the local parish, the Archdiocese of Newark and greater Hoboken community past and present will gather to mourn their loss while celebrating their lives and the immeasurable impact they’ve had on thousands of people who have called this place home.
As we approach the coming services for Father Michael, Dolores and Shirley here at St. Francis, please understand that we are trying our utmost to accommodate everyone. We ask for everyone’s respect, patience and prayers in the spirit of these matters.
Viewing and Vigil
Wednesday, June 14
Viewing: 1 PM – 9 PM
Vigil Mass: 7 PM
Doors will open promptly at 1:00 pm. No prior access will be permitted.
Thursday, June 15 11 AM
Doors will open promptly at 10:30 AM for quiet reflection and prayer before mass. Admission will be on a first come first serve basis. No prior access will be permitted.
For the vigil and funeral masses, attendees will be directed outside once the church reaches capacity based on public safety requirements. Additional seating for the masses will be located directly outside of the church in a tent with live streaming, sound, seating and Communion.
Parking* (see below for details from the City)
Numerous blocks around the church will be closed Wed and Thurs. ONLY the Jefferson Street lot will be accessible on a first come first serve basis for both Wednesday and Thursday. We are expecting large crowds and ask everyone to please consider carpooling, walking or using local shuttles wherever possible.
Please note that early morning services for Thursday, June 15, are cancelled.
From the City of Hoboken:
In order to accommodate the large number of anticipated attendees, Jefferson Street from 4th Street to 2nd Street will be closed to thru traffic and only open to funeral attendees. Third Street from Madison Street to Adams Street will be closed to all traffic.
Those who will be driving to the church to pay their respects will first need to see a police officer or attendant at Third and Adams Street, Third and Madison Street, or Fourth and Jefferson Street to pick up a parking permit. Parking will be available at:
· Adams Street from Second Street to Fourth Street both sides.
· Madison Street from Second Street to Fourth Street both sides.
· Fourth Street from Adams Street to Madison Street both sides
Space inside St. Francis is limited. Three video monitors and three tents with seating for 150 will be in place on Third Street from Madison Street to Jefferson Street for extra viewing of services.