Jean O’Dowd, Parish Business Manager
Jean is a lifelong resident of Cranford, where she lives with her husband Tom and four children. She has her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. Early in her career, Jean worked as an accountant and as a corporate software instructor. She started working as a parish business manager at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield, New Jersey. In 2009 she began working at St. Michael’s. As a parish business manager, Jean is involved in decision making and reporting on financial matters, personnel management and the development and safeguarding of church assets. If you have questions regarding donations, memorials or bequests contact Jean at the parish office.
Mary Jo Sipe, Parish Secretary
Mary Jo was a St. Michael’s Church parishioner from 1989 until she moved to Millington, New Jersey in 2008 with her husband Doug and her 3 children. She started working as Parish Secretary at St. Michael’s in October 2007. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City, Philippines. She moved from the Philippines to New York to study Fashion Design in 1982. Prior to working at St. Michael’s, Mary Jo has had jobs in retail as an Assistant Buyer, a law firm as a Human Resource Assistant, a Real Estate Stager for an interior design company and an Office Manager for a CPA company. Please contact Mary Jo at the Parish Center if you want to schedule a Baptism or Wedding or questions about funeral mass arrangements. You can also contact her if you have any changes in your status, address, for parishioner verification letters and copies of your Sacramental Records.
Tiago Rodrigues, Supervisor of Maintenance
My name is Tiago. I was born in Lisbon, Portugal, but raised here in Union since I was 2 years old. I first began at St Michael’s Church when I graduated from Union High School in 1998. I have always worked for both the school and church together. I was a CCD teacher at Our Lady of Fatima church in Elizabeth in 1999 for about 6 years, where I was also the Assistant Leader of the CYO. I am certified with my Black Seal license to operate and maintain boilers and furnaces. I am also trained in low level asbestos treatment. I have many skills that I put to good use here at the church every day. I’ve learned a lot working here for almost 2 decades, and I enjoy learning more each day.
Mrs. Antoinette Telle, Principal
Mrs. Marilynn Dragone, Coordinator of Religious Ed.
Marilynn grew up and resides in Union, NJ. She married her husband Rocco in 1981 here at St. Michael’s Church. Marilynn was a stay-at-home mom from 1985-2002 to raise her son, Rocco and daughters, Marissa and Jessica. She is a proud “Mimi” to her granddaughters, Vivienne and Lorelai. Marilynn runs the religious education program for children in grades one through eight. She handles the sacrament preparation program for children in both public and private schools. Marilynn supports the catechists with their role in providing a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which they share our Catholic Faith and Christian values with the youth of our parish. She also organizes drives to help collect items for the poor as well as gifts for the Dominican sisters in Caldwell at Christmas. In her spare time, Marilynn enjoys camping and spending time with her family.
Lois Scanio, Assistant Religious Ed Coordinator
Lois has been a parishioner of St. Michael’s for over 40 years. She is married to her husband, Richard, for 49 years. Lois has three children and three grandsons. She retired after 19 years with Union Township Board of Education. Lois began working at St. Michael’s in August 2012 and is now the Coordinator of the Home-Based Religious Education Program. She has been a member of the Pre-Cana Team, Liturgy Committee and Pastoral Council. Lois was a Catechist for over 20 years and is a Eucharistic Minister.
Mr. Philip Matrale, Director of Youth Ministry
Phil grew up as a parishioner of St. Michael’s and has been involved in many aspects of Parish life since childhood. As Youth Minister, he plans and implements weekly Topic Nights, Faith Teachings, Retreats, and Community Service projects for the teens of the parish. Phil is also the Confirmation Coordinator where teens are confirmed in High School.
Phil was the 2013 recipient of the Blessed John Paul II Award from the Archdiocese of Newark for his years of work and dedication to Catholic Youth.
Phil, a graduate of Rutgers University resides in Old Bridge, NJ with his wife and children.
Contact Phil to register your High School aged children for CYO/Youth Ministry and Confirmation.
Mr. Peter Petrecca, Director of Liturgical Music
Peter Petrecca was graduated from Montclair State College with a BA in Comprehensive Business Education. Upon graduation, he was a business education teacher at Kearny High School for 32 years. He imparted marketable, personal, and social skills to students of all grade levels as he guided them toward their endeavors.
During his college education, he began studying liturgy and organ under the tutoring of his parish priests, nuns, and other accomplished musicians. After 21 years of dedication and service to his Italian parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Newark, he contemplated and realized music ministry’s calling.
After leaving his parish, St. Michael the Archangel of Union welcomed him as their music director. Education and the sensitivity to musical, liturgical, and pastoral judgments have been important ingredients to develop a well-balanced ministry. All parishioners are encouraged to share their God-given talents by training them as cantors, choir members, and instrumentalists. As a parishioner and music director for the past 28 years, worship music at St. Michael’s unified, multi-cultural parish family continues to be a powerful expression of prayer.