Bishop McNulty appointed Msgr. David A. Gernatt first pastor of St. Catherine of Siena in 1967. We began with the purchase of a house, land, barn and garage. The old Town Hall was available for Mass. What an experience! Pin ball machines, pool tables, and other equipment were moved each Sunday. Floors were swept, chairs set up and Mass began. More and more families came to worship and love grew. The first census showed 400 families, later growing to over 1200. The house was remodeled, and weekday masses were celebrated in the dining and living rooms in front of the fireplace. The family setting fit completely with Fr. Dave’s motto: “to build a family-like, community-conscious parish.
In 1969, plans finalized for a multi-purpose building which fit within our financial reach. Construction started in September. Ground breaking for the church building took place October 6, 1969, by Bishop Pius Benincasa, a direct descendant of Saint Catherine of Siena. He named our church St. Catherine of Siena and said, “We should have the same faith and love as St. Catherine; we must be doers.” We have been doing ever since!
On October 20, 1970, Bishop McNulty laid the cornerstone, blessed the building and conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation. Read more about the history of St. Catherine of Siena parish here