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556 Westfield Avenue
Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: 908-233-0255
Fax: 908-233-0497
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Rev. Msgr. Francis J.
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September 2, 1925 – October 31, 2018

Rev. Msgr. Francis Houghton
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Rev. Msgr. Francis J. Houghton

Rev. Msgr. Francis J. Houghton, 93, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Jersey Shore Medical Center. Born and raised in Jersey City, he received his Undergraduate Degree from Seton Hall University. He then went on to study at Darlington Seminary and the Theological College of the Catholic University of America earning his Licentiate in Sacred Theology.

Ordained a priest in 1951, his first assignment was to Holy Trinity Parish in Westfield, NJ. Msgr. Houghton served at Holy Trinity for the next ten years. Following that, Monsignor Houghton transferred to the Archdiocesan Chancery Office as an Assistant Chancellor. However, for the ensuing fifteen years, he continued his association as a weekend assistant. In 1976, his continuous twenty-five years of service to Catholics in Westfield ended with his appointment as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Ridgewood. Monsignor Houghton returned to Holy Trinity Parish in 1989, and was Pastor until his retirement from active ministry in 1995. In his retirement he continued to minister to parishioners at Sacred Heart church in Haworth, NJ and Saint Catharine Church in Spring Lake, NJ, as well as the community at Seabrook.

Msgr. Houghton was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Ethel Houghton and his brother, James Houghton. He is survived by his cousins and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Tuesday, November 6th from 4 to 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 315 1st St, Westfield, NJ followed by a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, November 7th beginning with a visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in the church. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. For additional information and to send condolences please visit www.dooleycolonialfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to the Priest Care & Retirement Endowment Fund, Office of Ministry to Retired Priests, 171 Clifton Ave., P.O. Box 9500, Newark, N.J. 07104-0500.

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First Visitation

When Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Location
Holy Trinity Church
Address
315 First Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Location Information
Holy Trinity Church is located at the corner of Westfield Ave. and First Street.

Second Visitation

When Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Location
Holy Trinity Church
Address
315 First Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Location Information
Holy Trinity Church is located at the corner of Westfield Ave. and First Street.

Service Information

When
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 10:30am
Location
Holy Trinity Church
Address
315 First Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Service Extra Info
A Vigil Service will also be held on Tuesday, November 6th at 7:30PM

Interment Information

Location
Holy Cross Cemetery
Address
340 Ridge Road
North Arlington, NJ 07031