Holy Cross,(Lithuanian), St. John the Baptist (Slovak),
Our Mother of Consolation (Polish), St. Peter (Italian), St.Paul in Atlas
was merged in 1995 to form Divine Redeemer Parish, Mount Carmel.
Initially, the Poles who settled in Mount Carmel in the late 1800s worshipped at Saint Joseph Church, the first Polish parish in the town. When their growing numbers necessitated a second Polish parish, Our Mother of Consolation was established.
In 1896, approximately 150 families decided to purchase property on West Avenue to erect a new church. A two-story building was erected with the lower floor used as a school and the upper floor as a church. The first Mass was celebrated there on February 13, 1897. In 1903 the Holy Ghost Fathers assumed administration of the parish, and continued to serve as pastors throughout the rest of its history.
Within only a few years of its existence, the parish had doubled its number of families and recognized the need for larger and more substantial accommodations than the original frame church. On August 15, 1905, a cornerstone was laid for a new church. On May 30, 1906, the Most Reverend John W. Shanahan, Bishop of Harrisburg, presided at the dedication and blessing of the new church.
The growth of the parish school population resulted in the need for a new building. Begun in 1924, it was completed a year later. State-of-the-art for its time, the school had 16 classrooms, a large auditorium and stage, a cinema booth, and a kitchen and cafeteria. Felician Sisters staffed the school.
Our Mother of Consolation Parish has given 14 priests and 48 Sisters to the service of the Church.
Sources: Church Website
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