History

More than ever, Holy Cross is committed to fostering a family built around hope. Hope for the future. Hope for better. Hope for progress. Hope in Jesus. And as we move forward as a church family, inclusion and belonging remain at the center of who we are as followers of Christ.


May 24, 1963      Archbishop John Mark Gannon canonically creates the new Holy Cross Roman Catholic parish for Fairview, PA. Father Frederick P. Reilly is appointed our first pastor.

June 9, 1963 the first Mass is celebrated in the Odd Fellows building on Main Street in Fairview. Members of the new community begin preparing the over one hundred year old former Methodist church at 37 West Water Street as a more permanent home.

July 7, 1963    The first gathering is held in the building that seats two hundred people. Former Sunday School rooms are converted into a parish office, sacristy, and living quarters for Father Reilly.  The parish grows rapidly and it soon becomes necessary to schedule five Masses each Sunday.

In less than a year, the community’s growth drives the need for larger spaces for worship and education.

A plan of action is presented to Archbishop Gannon, who approves the construction of a combination church and center.  The site chosen is sixteen acres on West Ridge Road. The architectural firm of Hallgren, Restifo and Loop is chosen to design a new building budgeted at $235,000.

May 23, 1965    Father Reilly breaks ground. The new complex’s design includes a worship/auditorium space for 500 people, a daily Mass chapel, eight classrooms and a fully equipped kitchen.

October 31, 1966      Holy Cross Center is dedicated.

June of 1977   The capital drive to fund the addition of a new church building begins.

Almost three years later, Father Reilly suffers a severe heart attack, ultimately necessitating his retirement as pastor of Holy Cross in the summer of 1982.  Sadly, he does not live to see his dream of a new church fulfilled, and is called home to God on November 29, 1983.

November 9, 1982   Father Dan Dymski is appointed pastor. At the direction of Bishop Michael Murphy, a period of research and study is scheduled to plan for a new post Vatican II design.

Bishop Murphy and members of Holy Cross begin the Living Stones program - two years of parish wide meetings that involve prayer, listening, sharing, surveys and general confusion to come to a final plan for new, more permanent worship space. Bishop Murphy stresses that lay people have to take the role of leadership in determining the shape of the church, rather than letting ourselves be shaped by the building we construct.

August 21, 1983 Holy Cross Center is re-dedicated as Reilly Center.

September 30, 1984   Ground is broken for the first post Vatican II church constructed in the Diocese of Erie.  On May 26, 1985 the church cornerstone is laid.

August 11, 1985 a rainstorm forces the parish festival inside the Reilly Center - so, without windows, skylights, or complete walls on two of the sides, the first Mass is celebrated in the new worship space, with wooden folding chairs set up on the cement floor base.

April 27, 1986     Holy Cross Church is dedicated, and quickly becomes a model for liturgical, communal celebration.

March 1994    Father Tom Dugan is appointed the third pastor of Holy Cross.  Father Dugan sees Holy Cross into the 21st Century, refurbishing Reilly Center's education wing and adding many pieces of beautiful artwork.

June, 2007   Fr. Scott P. Detisch, Ph.D. is appointed to lead Holy Cross as its fourth pastor. Father Scott leads another update of the Reilly Center’s education wing and initiates a number of new faith formation programs for adults.

July 18, 2014  Fr. Thomas Tyler, a native son of Holy Cross, is appointed as the fifth pastor of Holy Cross.

 

 

 

 
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