Brazilian Community

Right after the Vocationist Fathers arrived at St. Nicholas, a small group of Brazilian immigrants residing in the Cliffside Park and Fairview areas in New Jersey heard that among them there was a Portuguese-speaking priest. They approached Fr. Edgar da Cunha, S.D.V., a recently ordained Vocationist Priest, asking him to celebrate masses for them. He agreed and they began to gather for masses once a month. The group grew larger and in 1988 the Archdiocese of Newark authorized a regular Sunday mass to be celebrated in Portuguese for the Brazilians of St. Nicholas.