“The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration… It is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a centre of constant missionary outreach.”
– Pope Francis
Catholicity in Lancaster goes back to the early settlers in 1800. The people of our parish are grateful for the gift of the catholic faith given us by the Apostles and our local ancestors, we continue to live so that our lives may inspire to holiness of life the generations to follow, and continue our progress onward and upward through the years to come until the Lord is all in all.
Below can be found links to information about our parishes history, the men who’ve served the People of God here at Saint Mary of the Assumption as Pastors and Vicars over the years, and a summary of the events of our most recent historical celebration as we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the consecration of our present church building.
Beginning in August of 2019 we will begin to celebrate our parish’s two hundredth anniversary with a year of celebration and special events. More information will be made available as we near this landmark in our parish’s life of faith.
Our Parish History
In 1817, Father Edward D. Fenwick, O.P. offered the first Mass at the home of Michael Garaghty at the corner of Main and High Streets. In 1820, Father Nicholas D. Young, O.P., a nephew of Fr. Fenwick, founded and named the parish “St. Mary of the Assumption.” A small frame building erected at the southeast corner of Chestnut and what is now Memorial Drive served as the first church…
Former Parish Clergy
After the Order of Preachers entrusted our parish to secular clergy of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1836, we have been shepherded by twenty-one pastors in less than two hundred years who were supported by just over one hundred parochial vicars in total.
Our spiritual ancestors built our beautiful church over one hundred and fifty years ago, despite the Civil War raining, as a concrete sign of their life of God and our Catholic faith. On 5 June 2016, our parish celebrated the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of our church’s consecration. It was a year full of celebration for our parish; some of the more noteworthy events are documented on our website.
Sunday Mass Schedule:
Saturday: 5:30 pm
Sunday: 8:45 am and 11:15 am
Daily Mass Schedule:
Monday & Wednesday: 7:00 am
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 am
Holy Day Schedule:
Masses: 7:00 am, 9:00 am, and 7:00 pm
Saturday: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Or by Appointment
Our Parish Bulletin