Niagara Gazette

Opinion

November 4, 2013

HIGGS: Moving on to landmark churches

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Niagara Gazette — As the East Side became settled, the need for a church of their own became paramount among the Polish immigrants and in 1901 Jacob and Agnes Pasek, Jacob Kaszyca and Szczepan Ciesielski traveled to a Buffalo parish with plans to organize a new parish in Niagara Falls to be named the Holy Trinity Society of Niagara Falls.

A small wooden church was built on Joseph Stec’s leased lot on 12th and Falls and was dedicated in 1902 with all services and teachings in the Polish language. The first pastor was the Rev. Peter Pilass. Later land was purchased for $6,000 from property owned by Alexander Zaleski located on Falls Street between 14th and Kosziuszko (later changed to 15th) streets. The land was actually registered in the name of “Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church Society of Niagara Falls, New York. The little wooden church was moved to this lot on 14th Street and was painted to resemble a village church.

Before I close I remind you that tomorrow is Election Day and you should find the time to stop at your local polling place to exercise your right and privilege of voting for those who will make decisions that will affect your life. Don’t forget the propositions located at the top of the ballot as well. Other than expressing great relief that the “silly season” will soon come to a close, I also remind you that our early settlers came to these United States to do just that.

Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

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