History

Proud of our heritage, we continue to work to build a vibrant future of service and community at Holy Cross.

 

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

June 9, 1963 the first Mass was celebrated in the Odd Fellows building on Main Street in Fairview. Members of the new community then began 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 was held in the building that seated two hundred people. Former Sunday School rooms were converted into a parish office, sacristy, and living quarters for Father Reilly.  The parish grew rapidly and it soon became necessary to schedule five Masses each Sunday.

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

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

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

October 31, 1966      Holy Cross Center, later renamed Reilly Center, was dedicated.

June of 1977   The capital drive to fund the addition of a new church building was begun. Almost three years later, Father Reilly suffered a severe heart attack, ultimately necessitating his retirement as pastor of Holy Cross in the summer of 1982.  Sadly, he did not live to see his dream of a new church fulfilled.  He was called home to God on November 29, 1983.

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

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

November 15, 1985     The first Mass was celebrated on site. The new structure was dedicated Sunday, April 27, 1986.  Holy Cross Church quickly became a model for liturgical, communal celebration.

March of 1994    Father Tom Dugan was appointed the third pastor of Holy Cross.  Father Dugan saw Holy Cross into the 21st Century, refurbishing Reilly Center's education wing and adding several pieces of beautiful artwork which we still enjoy today. 

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

July 18, 2014  Fr. Tom Tyler was appointed as the fifth pastor of Holy Cross.  Fr. Tom still serves today, and welcomes all with a warm, inviting communal style.

Please come join us – you are most welcome!

 
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