"St. Andrew the Apostle Church was the first Catholic parish in Calumet City, Illinois which was named Sobieski Park by the early Polish residents. Although the town was later called West Hammond, it was incorporated as Calumet City on August 1, 1911.
The foundation of the church was laid on September 27, 1891, by Reverend Francis Gordon, CR, but the parish was not organized until February 25, 1892, when Reverend Francis Wojtalewicz was appointed Pastor. With the help of Polish families, he was able to complete construction of the church. Unfortunately, a tornado destroyed the frame structure on June 13, 1892. Undaunted, the pastor and his parishioners began rebuilding the church, this time with bricks. With the lumber from the frame church, a rectory was constructed.
On May 14, 1893, construction began on the parish school, which was opened the following year. By August of 1895, 150 families were parish members and 110 children were enrolled in the school. In 1908, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth began their work in the parish school. By 1925, there were 765 students enrolled in the parish school under the direction of 11 sisters.
On January 27, 1918, the church was once again destroyed, this time by fire. The parish worshipped in the basement of the school until the present church was built in 1930. Reverend Anthony Halgas established the building fund for the new church. The Romanesque structure was designed by the architectural firm of Sandel & Strong. The church was dedicated on October 18, 1931 by George Cardinal Mundelein."
History of St. Andrew The Apostle 1892-1992. 100 Years of St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Calumet City, IL. CAP at Orchard Lake.
St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Calumet City, IL. (copy). CAP at Orchard Lake.
Concluding Liturgy St. Andrew The Apostle Parish Centenial, November 8, 1992. CAP at Orchard Lake.
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