Guardian Angels Parish

History

History

 

Seeing an increase in the number of Catholics in the Mt. Washington area, 45 families sent a petition to Archbishop Elder in 1892 asking that a parish be started in the area. The Archbishop granted their request and later that year the parish was organized at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary, just down the street from the present site of the parish.

The first church, erected at our present location, was eventually replaced to accommodate the ever increasing congregation. Fr. Haley gym served as the church from 1948 until 1964. In 1964, the undercroft was used for Sunday Masses while our church building was being completed. The existing church was finished in 1971.

From a small gathering of 45 families, Guardian Angels has grown into a parish of over 2500 registered families. Guardian Angels is proud to be a thriving and resourceful parish that always strives to meet the spiritual needs of its members.

 

 

Other Key Dates in GA History:

1895: Guardian Angels School opened. It started with a one room building and then a small two story building. The school now serves approximately 580 students from kindergarten through grade eight. Over the years, it became necessary to begin a Catechetical Christian Doctrine (CCD) program, which now enrolls another 270 students in grades one through eight.

1892: First Baptism ceremony was held at Guardian Angels Parish.

1893: First Marriage performed in the church.

1895: First class confirmed through Guardian Angels.

1896: First class to complete First Communion at Guardian Angels.

1904: Land acquired for Guardian Angels Cemetery.

1930s: Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was formed.  The PTA provides support to the school through fundraising activities and programs that promote spiritual, physical, emotional, educational, and social welfare of the children attending Guardian Angels School.

1948: Athletic Boosters organization was created.  The Boosters provide athletic opportunities for all children of the parish through a variety of programs.

1964: First Angel Follies performance.  This is a musical variety show for the parish each spring which raises money for church projects.

1966: Parish Pastoral Council was formed.  The PPC oversees all parish functions and sets the tone and direction of the parish.

2003: Guardian Angels School renovated its main office space and redesigned and landscaped the main entrance.

2005: The Sister Dolores Beringer Parish Center was dedicated.

2007: Guardian Angels School was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the No Child Left Behind program.

2016: Guardian Angels School had a new HVAC system installed, bringing air conditioning to all of our classrooms! 

Former Pastors:
Rev. John Brinkmeyer
1892-1894
Rev. J. Henry Schengber
1894-1897
Rev. Andrew Hemmersbach
1897-1903
Rt. Rev. John P. Downey
1903-1905
Rev. John Joseph Kelly
1905-1906
Rt. Rev. Louis J. Nau
1906-1907
Rt. Rev. Henry J. Buse
1907
Rev. Bernard Luebberman
1907-1908
Rev. Henry J. Winner
1908-1909
Rev. Louis J. Nau
1909-1910
Rev. John B. Dickhaus
1910-1911
Rev. Herman H. Rechtin
1911-1913
Rev. James G. Falls
1913-1918
Rt. Rev. James Henry
1918-1921
Rt. Rev. George Gorry
1921
Most Rev. George J. Rehring
1921-1923
Rev. John H. Lamott
1923-1960
Rev. James R. Haley
1960-1968
Rev. Msgr. Bernard H. Piening 1968-1979
Rev. J. Raymond Favret
1979-1991
Rev. Thomas Nolker
1991-2002
Rev. Thomas M. King
2002-