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About Our Parish

Saint Mary Parish is a Roman Catholic Community located at 178 Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut and founded in 1874. The parish consists of the rectory, the stone church, parish center, but most important, the community, clergy and staff is what makes the parish strong and functional with the presence of God in the community. Reverend Cyprian P. La Pastina is the current Pastor who has been with the parish since 2014.

On May 18, 1879, the parishioners of St. Mary gathered for the dedication of their new white frame colonial church with its graceful steeple overlooking Greenwich Avenue. The church seated seven hundred and fifty people, with room for two hundred children in the gallery. Some who were there that day may have remembered the time when they were a small group of lonely Catholics in a strange land.

To the dismay of the parishioners, on May 16, 1900, their beautiful white church was completely destroyed by fire which started in the building where carriages and sleighs were built. The fire raged for three hours on both sides of Greenwich Avenue, damaging many buildings and destroying others. The church burned to the ground in an hour. Several men braved the flames in the burning church and carried the altar outside to safety.

On September 23, 1900, the cornerstones of both the church and school were laid. The stone for the church was Greenwich free stone which was cut from the local quarries. On September 3, 1905, an overflow congregation attended the dedication ceremonies.

The role of St. Mary Parish is changing but the faith of St. Mary's people is unchanging. It is a faith rooted in the past. We salute those who have gone before us. They have left us an outstanding spiritual legacy of faith, devotion, and courage in the face of change, a foundation that guides us toward the future with hope and confidence.

 

Pastors of St. Mary

Rev Cyprian P. La Pastina
2014-present

Rev Msgr Frank C. Wissel
1997-2014

Rev Msgr Charles W. Stubbs
1991-1996

Rev Martin B. Hitchcock
1979-1991

Rev Msgr John J. Toomey
1966-1971

Rev Msgr Michael J. Guerin
1953-1966

Rev Alexander Wollschlager
1940-1953

Rev James Q. Dolan
1934-1940

Rev Frederick J. Murphy
1913-1934

Rev John Fitzgerald
1900-1913

Rev Thomas Smith
1879-1913

Rev Denis J. Cremin
1877-1879

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