parish-history

During the 40th Anniversary year we finished a project to scan historical documents and make them available on the website. Please feel free to click on the various links below, all documents are in PDF format.

40th Anniversary History Project –  Click on the link to view parts of the 40th Anniversary DVD.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

In 1975, St. Mary’s Church and Sacred Heart Church were combined to form a new parish at St. Mary’s as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Fr. Kenneth Menge was appointed Pastor on August 2, 1975 and the first Mass of the new parish was on September 14, 1975, the day that our Patron Saint was canonized a Saint by Pope Paul VI. The parish has grown into a strong and vibrant multicultural faith community celebrating it’s 40th year in 2015.

Patron Saint Silver Jubilee 2000
Parish Development Fund 1976 Mass of Thanksgiving
Mass of Rededication 1977 38th Anniversary YouTube Video

St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary’s Church, was the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Chautauqua County, NY. St. Mary’s Church, in 1850, was organized mainly for the Irish and German Catholics. Starting in a wooden structure at West Second Street and Plover Street as a mission, Masses were held there until a new permanent brick structure was completed at Washington Avenue, in 1854. The Passionist’s were invited by Bishop Timon of Buffalo to take charge of St. Mary’s and built a Monastery next to the church in 1861. In 1972 they returned the parish to the Diocese of Buffalo.

St. Mary’s History 1850-1860 Solemn Reopening of St. Mary’s Monastery Church – 1934
Passionist Historical Summary Donations for Renovations of St. Mary’s Monastery Church – 1935
Pastors 1851-1972 Consecration of St. Mary’s Monastery Church – 1935
Rectors at St. Mary’s Monastery 1863-1965 Passionist Centenary In America 1852-1952
Passionists who served St. Mary’s Parish Centennial of St. Mary’s Monastery – 1861-1961

For one year starting in February of 1904 St. Mary’s Parish published a monthly booklet named “St. Mary’s Record” to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Church, available to parishioners for Ten Cents a copy or one Dollar per year. I hope you enjoy reading these time capsules of the parish and the times.

St. Mary's Record (Click on the arrow to expand list)

Sacred Heart Church

In 1857, the German parishioners met and decided to build a church for themselves. This church was completed in 1858 and dedicated to St. George. In 1876 a new church was completed and dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The last Mass said at Sacred Heart Church was on September 7, 1975 and the building was demolished in 1981. The church bells were preserved and remain displayed today at the corner of Main and Ruggles Street. The Tower Cross is located atop a monument in St. Mary’s Cemetery as a sacred symbol of the former Sacred Heart Church.

The Early Years In The Small Wooden Church 1858-1876 Golden Jubilee 1858-1908 Souvenir Book
The New Era Of The Present Church 1876-1958 100th Anniversary 1858-1958 Souvenir Book
Pastors 1858-1975 Centennial Celebration 1958
The Final Years 1958-1975

Historical Gallery

[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_01st_marys_card_01.jpg]10230St. Mary's Church in the 1860s
St. Mary's Church in the 1860s
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_02st_marys_interior_1897.jpg]8160St. Mary's Church Interior 1897
St. Mary's Church Interior 1897
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_03st_marys_1923.jpg]6950St. Mary's Church 1923
St. Mary's Church 1923
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_04st_marys.jpg]6350St. Mary's Church 1960s
St. Mary's Church 1960s
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_05st_marys_interior_60s_01.jpg]5950St. Mary's Church Interior 1960s
St. Mary's Church Interior 1960s
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_06st_marys_interior_60s_02.jpg]5420St. Mary's Church Interior 1960s
St. Mary's Church Interior 1960s
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_07st_marys_monastery_01.jpg]5170St. Mary's Monastery
St. Mary's Monastery
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_08st_marys_monastery.jpg]4860St. Mary's Monastery
St. Mary's Monastery
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_09st_marys_01.jpg]4670St. Mary's Monastery and Church
St. Mary's Monastery and Church
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_10sacred_heart_church_1877_01.jpg]4610Sacred Heart Church 1877
Sacred Heart Church 1877
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_11sacred_heart_church_interior_02.jpg]4460Sacred Heart Church Interior
Sacred Heart Church Interior
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_12sacred_heart_church_01.jpg]4280Sacred Heart Church
Sacred Heart Church
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_13sacred_heart_interior.jpg]4220Sacred Heart Church Interior
Sacred Heart Church Interior
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_14sacred_heart_jubilee_1933.jpg]4080Sacred Heart Church Diamond Jubilee 1933
Sacred Heart Church Diamond Jubilee 1933
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_15sacred_heart_church_1968.jpg]4030Sacred Heart Church 1968
Sacred Heart Church 1968
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_16st_marys_school.jpg]3940St. Mary's Academy
St. Mary's Academy
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_17st_marys_academy_01.jpg]3890St. Mary's Academy
St. Mary's Academy
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_18st_marys_academy_02.jpg]3790St. Mary's Academy
St. Mary's Academy
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_19st_marys_orphan_asylum_01.jpg]3750St. Mary's Orphan Asylum
St. Mary's Orphan Asylum
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_20st_marys_home_02.jpg]3720St. Mary's Home
St. Mary's Home
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_21st_marys_home_03.jpg]3610St. Mary's Home
St. Mary's Home
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_22cardinal_mindszenty_school.jpg]3550Cardinal Mindszenty High School
Cardinal Mindszenty High School
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_23holy_cross_seminary.jpg]3520Holy Cross Seminary
Holy Cross Seminary
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_25holy_cross_seminary_01.jpg]3440Holy Cross Seminary
Holy Cross Seminary
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_26holy_cross_seminary_02.jpg]3440Holy Cross Seminary
Holy Cross Seminary
[img src=https://www.seasdunkirkny.org/seasdunkirkny/wp-content/flagallery/historical-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_27holy_cross_seminary_chapel.jpg]3460Holy Cross Chapel
Holy Cross Chapel