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Northern NJ church ladies who make pierogies to raise money

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Good evening everyone. I know that there are many churches who do this at certain times of the year. However, I read an article on a Northern NJ church where some of the ladies make pierogies and the church sells them. I think they do it year-round. The chuch was in Clifton, I think. Maybe somewhere else.

Does anyone remember the story or know the church? Thank you in advance.

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  1. Ela, I'm pretty sure the church you are looking for is the
    Ukrainian Orthodox Holy Ascension Church
    655 Broad St
    Clifton , NJ 07013
    (973) 471-8131
    I've passed it a number of times and they always have the sign out for the pierogies. I think it's one day a week that you can pick them up. Give them a call to find out.
    Hope that helps you out.

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    1. re: nizza

      Thank you very much. I greatly appreciate it. I was looking all over for the article and couldn't find it.

      I am going to call -- and thank you again!

    2. I don't know about that church, but there is a church on Maple Ave. in South Plainfield that has a pierogies for sale sign, "just call or ask sign" that I always find interesting.

      I've had homemade pierogies from women from eastern Europe, but for my time, money, and GI safety I'd rather go to Clydz's for their happy hour deal on them.


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      1. re: Tiamat

        Thanks, but as I said, this was a North Jersey church -- and I thought it was Clifton.

        1. There are plenty of churches in Western Pennsylvania that also sell pierogis. The most famous in my home town is St. Mary's Church in Ambridge.

          Now you got me hungry for REAL pierogis!

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          1. re: JosephEBacon

            LOL. I know it's pretty common for some churches to do this seasonally, a few times a year, etc. I've even seen some churches host a pierogi dinner and/or something of the like.

            This church does it year round and apparently they are incredible. It raises good money for the church and these ladies are passionate about their pierogies.

          2. I used to live in Whippany, and there was a Ukrainian church there that sold pierogies weekly; I don't know if that's in your area or not.

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            1. re: Skippy1414

              Thanks. Good to know. Not near me and not the one I was thinking of, but thank you.

              1. re: Skippy1414

                St. John The Baptist Ukraine Church in Whippany moved from the corner of Jefferson and 10, across the highway to 60 Jefferson Road.. I think they still sell them.

              2. Your welcome Ela. If you do get some please post about it as I've thought about ordering some and I'd like to hear what you think about them.

                1. Not through a church, but some of the best in the area coming out of a tiny little work space.Take out only. Made right in front of you. Delicious, light and you can't beat the freshness.

                  Pierogi Palace
                  713 W Grand Ave
                  Rahway, NJ 07065
                  (732) 499-8411

                  1. So...the church only sells the pierogies on certain days of the week, and when I called, the next day was Saturday. Well, I needed them for Friday, so it didn't work. I'll be back soon though.

                    I ended up going to -- none other than -- Homemade Pirogi in Clifton. Of course they were excellent pierogies -- got a variety, and the "onion sauce" as well. I recommend Homemade Pirogi for anyone who is looking.

                    Thanks again for the help.

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                    1. re: ELA

                      Yes, Homemade Pirogi in Clifton is still great! I've gotten from them several times and every time was good. I never tried the "onion sauce" maybe I will next time, Was it good?

                      1. re: nizza

                        Onion sauce was excellent. Perfect to cook them and serve them in. Very tasty, very flavorful.

                        1. re: ELA

                          Hmmmm, since the original post I've been thinking about the pirogi's and now theres a tasty sauce to try. I think a trip over there next week might be on my agenda. LOL Thanks for the info.

                    2. Piast in Garfield does a big business with their homemade pierogi.

                      1. I still haven't been able to get the "church ladies" pierogies...but IMO "Homemade Pierogi" in Clifton is the best in the area. I've tried numerous places throughout Northern NJ, the Polish and other communities, etc. -- and Homemade Pierogi is still the best IMO, taste, flavor, etc.

                        I know people who drive a good distance to buy their pierogies from here...and the onion sauce is excellent. The owner gives great instructions on cooking/preparation if you want advice. He'll tell you how to make them depending on how you like them.

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                        1. re: ELA

                          Saints Peter and Paul Church in Rockaway does Pierogie sales as fundraisers. So does Holy Cross Eastern Orthodox Church in Hackettstown. (they used to sell them every Sunday, not sure if they still do.)