Church Celebrates 150th Anniversary With Exhibit At Arts Center

St. James Church was moved by tractor in 1918.

WOODBRIDGE – St. James Church, founded by Catholic Irish immigrants working at the Woodbridge clay pits, celebrates 150 years of faith and service in the Woodbridge community with a historical exhibit at the Barron Arts Center opening on Saturday, May 1.

The exhibit will display photographs, schoolbooks, and other artifacts collected from the parish archives and parishioners. The Barron Arts Center is located at 582 Rahway Avenue in Woodbridge. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.


The exhibit runs until May 16. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 2-4 p.m. The public is also invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are required.

The exhibit follows the parish from its humble beginnings in1860, through three church structures, to the present day congregation. All of the items to be shown have been collected over the years from the private collections of St. James parishioners.

On display will be original photos of the old wooden church built in 1887, the moving of this church in 1918 by tractor (the first time a building was moved by tractor in this country!) to its present location and portraits of priests dating back to 1900. Artifacts from the old church to be exhibited include the altar cross, holy water bucket, seat pew rental cards from the turn of the century and financial statements from1880.

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