History

of Our Church

St. Patrick's is in the Grand Island Diocese, Most Reverend Joseph G. Hanefeldt is Bishop.

St. Patrick's was established in 1913 when Msgr. Anton Link was appointed pastor. 

Fr. James Heithoff was appointed pastor in July 2014.

We are a parish of approximately 575 families with a staff of six who serve the parish community. St. Patrick's Parish Center was dedicated in 1995. The parish center houses the offices, classrooms, dining room, kitchen and the Knights of Columbus meeting room.

 

Parish Timeline

1877.....First Catholic Church built.   

1883.....Rev.M.J. Barrett appointed first pastor.

1888-1907.....Pastors include: Revs. Michael Waldron, M.M.St.Lawrence, J.R.McGrath,                         J.V.McCarthy, D.P.Harrington, E.S.Muenich, J.J. Flood, J.F. Devane, T.D.                         Sullivan, J.S. Dobson.
1912.....Diocese of Kearney (now Grand Island Diocese) is established; Rev. Aloysius                  Kampmann appointed pastor.
1913.....Rev. Anton Link named pastor.
1914.....New church dedicated; new rectory is built.                                                               Ursulin Sisters arrive to open school.
1916.....Ursulines establish boarding school.
1917.....Knights of Columbus Council chartered.
1918.....Holy Name and Altar Societies established.
1920.....Ursuline Sisters sell school to parish.
1937.....Church expanded north, south, and west.
1948.....Cornerstone of new Youth Center laid.
1952.....Very Rev. Albert Albel named pastor.
1955.....Parish purchases Sidney Junior-Senior High building for use as a grade school.
1958.....Rev. Thomas Siudowski named pastor.
1960.....Very Rev. Vincent Pelster named pastor.
             Church basement remodeled
1964.....New Saint Patrick's Junior-Senior High School built.
1967.....Rummage House opened.
1968.....Rev. Edward Flinn named pastor.
1971.....Saint Patrick's Grade School closed.
1973.....Rev. Frank Holeck named pastor.
1975.....Saint Patrick's Church renovated.
1980.....Rev. Robert Rooney named pastor.
1988.....Rev. Charles Scott named pastor.
1991.....Saint Patrick's Junior-Senior High School closed.
            Pipe organ installed in church.
1992.....Rev. Francis Curran named pastor.
            Junior-Senior High School building sold to Sidney Public Schools.
            Rectory converted to temporary catechetical center.
            New home purchased for use as rectory.
            New Rummage House was built.
1994.....Old rectory sold and moved to West Highway 30
1995.....New Parish Center dedicated.
1996.....Rev. Ted Nekoliczak named pastor.
2001.....Rev. James Novakowski named pastor.
2005.....Rev. Art Faesser named pastor.
2014.....Rev. James Heithoff named pastor.
 

 

 


Original Catholic Church


Inside original church

 Church & Rectory 1913

St. Patrick's Academy

 

 St. Patrick's Church today

 

 

     

"And I am surely with you always,
to the very end
of the age."
Matthew 28:20