A Glimpse of Our Parish History
Saint Philomena Parish has a long and beautiful history. Many generations of Catholics have found holiness here, and the joy and peace that are its fruit.
Father Thomas McEnery is considered the “Founder” of our parish, but the first Pastor was Father Cornelius McInerney, who served from 1935-1946. The video here is about two minutes in length. We estimate that it was created around the year 1940, give or take a few years either way. It is a grainy video showing what seems to be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and a May Crowning in the original Saint Philomena Church, which was on Northfield Avenue a little west of South Livingston Avenue.
The video then cuts to outside the Church where Father Cornelius McInerney couldn’t resist puffing on a cigarette while surrounded by smiling parishioners, all of whom are our ancestors in the Saint Philomena Family! It is a brief video but happy. We have a spiritual connection to these people! Their presence and faith built this parish, just as yours does today.
Can anyone identify any of these founding members of our Parish? There are several smiling altar boys, some young ladies on the Church steps, and a number of men exiting the Church. It is possible that some of our veteran parishioners may recognize and be able to identify some of these people. We should say a prayer for them all, and try to be as happy as they appear to be!
Enjoy this short experience of the history of our parish!
~ Msgr. Fuhrman
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St. Philomena Parish
We, the people of the Catholic Community of Saint Philomena, brought together by a desire to live the Gospel message of Jesus Christ under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, dedicate ourselves to the service of our fellow men and women. We do this by being a worshiping community of faith, joyfully embracing the gifts of all its members. And by being a welcoming community that provides a haven for all those in need, whether physical, spiritual, or emotional. We are proclaimers of the gospel message to our parish, our community and the world. And we are open to our baptisimal call to lay ministries in the new millenium.