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St. Alphonsus Catholic Church 1892

From the McDonald PA Outlook, July 30, 1892, page unknown:

St. Alphonsus Catholic Church

The Corner-stone to be laid tomorrow. Some account of the origin of the movement. How people have responded to the need for such a church.

At a meeting held at Noblestown in January 1892, first Sunday after the destruction by fire of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Noblestown, by a vote of the members present it was agreed to build a church at McDonald and a chapel at Noblestown, but owing to dissatisfaction among the Noblestown members the matter was dropped. The members of the church at McDonald desired to build a church for themselves at McDonald, and at a meeting of the congregation the following committee was selected for the purpose: C. R. BUCHHEIT, William WRIGHT, William GODFREY, James LAUGHLIN, John CARROLL and Charles RODGERS, which committee organized with Chas. RODGERS as Chairman and William WRIGHT Secretary.

Owing to the fact that there was a church to be rebuilt at Noblestown, the Reverend Father could not assist in the building of the church at McDonald, and it was left for the McDonald people to proceed at once to do so by first getting the approval from Rt. Rev. Bishop PHELAN, of the Diocese of Pittsburg, and now came the final test. Without one cent to commence with, a $10,000 debt staring them in the face, without the aid of a priest, this committee commenced to build their church. William WRIGHT with a subscription paper started to collect the funds and in the short period of two weeks had on it $2,300. With this and promise of assistance on ____ sides, them at once called on J. W. CAMPBELL, architect, Room 814, Penn Building, Pittsburg, to design their church for them. The same was submitted to the Bishop for his approval and he approved it on sight as one of the best-planned churches that ever came before him for the money. The contract was awarded to J. T. MU____ of Candor, for the building of _____.

To aid the committee along financially Miss Teresa CAMPBELL and Miss Maggie O’GRADY agreed to contest for a watch; also Miss Bridget MCMICHAELS and Miss Kate DANIELS for a ring. The net returns were $1,000.10. Miss CAMPBELL and Miss MCMICHAEL being the lucky contestants.

And now, July 31, 1892, we lay our corner-stone and the people of McDonald are indebted to the committee for the way they have labored in procuring them a place of worship which they would not have had for years to come but for the part they took in it and the prompt way the leading members responded on the subscription list. And the way those who did not belong to us responded shall never be forgotten. To the following persons belongs the honor of paying the first money on the ground: C. R. BUCHHEIT, William WRIGHT, Miss Kate and Miss Bridget MALONEY, Mrs. Ann HOEY, G. C. HARDGROVE, Jas. LAUGHLIN, Miss Teresa CAMPBELL, John CARROLL.

Tomorrow, Sunday, the corner-stone of this new church edifice will be laid on the ground purchased on the west side of North Station street. The site is a beautiful one, on the level on top of the hill and commanding a far-reaching view of tee town and valley. Great numbers are expected to be present. Excursions will be run from Steubenville, Washington, Pittsburg, and McKeesport. The ceremonies will be very interesting. And the day will be the beginning of a new era in the religious life of McDonald.


* See Town-Talk section for a more information on the history of McDonald Pa.* 



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