Niagara Gazette


January 27, 2014

HIGGS: Looking back at the growth of St. Mary of the Cataract


Niagara Gazette — In 1863 during the time of the Rev. Patrick Cannon, the church was enlarged to meet the growing population.

As mentioned previously, Rev. Stephen’s grave was incorporated into the construction of the transept and sanctuary. During 1864, additional property was purchased from the Porter family for a young girls’ academy, and in 1865 the nave and side aisles to the church itself were added. The old church almost totally disappeared with only the original front left standing, according to a Catholic article undertaken to “Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of his Holiness, Pope Pius X “written sometime in 1914. The church was opened for divine service on Nov. 5, 1865, when confirmation was administered to almost 100 persons.

The parish continued to grow and in 1869, Bishop Stephen Ryan gave first Communion to a class of children and administered confirmation to a class of 140 persons during his first visit. Father Cannon was transferred to Lockport during this year and the Rev. Patrick Moynihan was appointed rector. Father Moynihan continued this growth with the purchase of a lot and two frame buildings south of the church for its first parochial school which opened during October of 1870 with 120 students.

Remember the comments about the church “being the life of the congregation from birth until death” in a previous article on Holy Trinity. Well, this concept was apparently recognized and adopted among all congregations throughout the diocese during these times as the parishioners of Holy Trinity followed these same steps of St. Mary’s in the early 1900s. Father Moynihan also started the rebuild of the church façade and steeple during 1873. His health deteriorated during his last two years of service and he died in Genoa, Italy, on Sept. 7, 1878, when he accompanied Bishop Ryan during a trip to Rome.

Following in the footsteps of Father Moynihan, the Rev. James A. Lanigan became the next pastor and during 1884, ground was broken for a new, three-story building south of the church for a new parochial school which was opened the following year. Seven members of the Sisters of Mercy resided temporarily in the new school as there was not a convent at this time. Father Lanigan presided when the church was incorporated on Jan. 9, 1890, after instructions from the Bishop to all pastors of the diocese. He returned to Buffalo in 1896 and became the rector of the Cathedral of Buffalo and Vicar General of the Diocese.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • NIA Higgs, Norma mug HIGGS: A cupcake gets the Niagara Beautification Commission spotlight Not a cupcake per se, but a cute shop in LaSalle operated by a "sweet" lady who is a real dynamo when it comes to running a business.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Glynn, Don mug [Duplicate] GLYNN: A key factor in luring the convention A natural wonder in the nation's oldest state park isn't the lone factor for selecting Niagara Falls as a convention site.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • SINGER: Regional poetry and sad realities If that isn't (or wasn't) poetry, I don't know what is! I'm referring to the self-satisfied, sluggish trot of ice chunks emanating from Lake Erie in early May 2014 -- sauntering, it felt, along the lovely Niagara.

    July 27, 2014

  • NIA Smith, Doug and Polly LETTERS FROM THE ISLAND: Quest for an appointment comes up short We're rolling up our sleeves for Quest. The Big Mac of blood tests, the Tops of tourniquets, the Sears of screenings, opens on our Island at Monday's crack of dawn.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Davis, Vincent mug VINCENT DAVIS: Pledge your allegiance to the Slurpee, America's treat By now you must be aware that it is, in fact, summer. And since summer is a season not characterized by any obvious weather events (sometimes it's hot for days in a row, sometimes you get a bunch of rainy days and chilly nights) but instead activities, I'd like to bring attention to an underrated staple of summer sun enjoyment: Consuming the brain freeze-inducing snack classic, the Slurpee.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Hamilton, Ken mug HAMILTON: Popeye's '7-Minute' guide to educating southerners -- and me! Writer Mark Twain said that when he 14, his father was so ignorant that he could hardly stand to have the old man around. But upon turning 21, Twain said that he was astonished by how much his father had learned in just seven years.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA DeLuca, Michele mug DELUCA: Wegmans call warns of bad fruit I was humming to myself the other day, getting ready for work on a lovely summer morning, when I decided to check my messages on the house phone. I hit the play button and heard a message from Wegmans warning me about some fruit that I had bought at their store. As quick as that, a message with the scary potential to change my life or the life of someone I love.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Glynn, Don mug GLYNN: Ortt jumps on drive to repeal the SAFE Act It was a no-brainer for North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt, a Republican candidate for the 62nd Senate District seat, to join the forces to repeal the state's SAFE Act.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Verplank: Turn back the clock at the Porter Cup

    July 24, 2014

  • NIA Bradberry, Bill mug BRADBERRY: Tourists attracted here by history, beauty, politics As my friend and colleague, writer Don Glynn has so artfully portrayed over the decades, "For many years after the dawn of aviation, U.S. presidents visiting Western New York started at the Niagara Falls Airport. The reason: The main runway here was longer than that of the Buffalo airport and could easily accommodate Air Force One, the presidential aircraft."

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page