The Mercer County Federation of Holy Name Societies will hold its 62nd annual Msgr. Richard T. Crean Memorial Mass and Scholarship Awards Breakfast March 18 in St. Raphael Church, 3500 South Broad St., Hamilton.
The Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. The breakfast will follow in the parish center.
Msgr. Crean was rector of St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, from 1934 until March 14, 1956, when he and two housekeepers lost their lives in the fire that destroyed the cathedral and adjacent chancery and rectory.
Since 1956, the federation has kept the memory of Msgr. Crean’s pastoral work alive through its sponsorship of the annual memorial Mass and breakfast. Proceeds from the breakfast assist in the financing of scholarships to Catholic high school students who continue to pursue a higher education. Msgr. Crean was spiritual director of the Mercer County Federation of Holy Name Societies from its inception in 1940 until his death.
Guest speaker for the breakfast is JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools.
Tickets for the 2012 breakfast are $10. Make check payable to Mercer County Holy Name Federation and send to Robert Zotta, 105 Caitlin Lane, Hamilton, N.J. 08691. For information, call Zotta at 609-586-3360.