St. Patrick’s Church celebrating 100th year milestone


Dedicated congregation brought church to focal point

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Courtesy of Troy-Miami County Local History Library The exterior of St. Patrick Catholic Church around 1965.


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A 100-year-old handmade quilt, photographed here, is on display at the church’s parish center located at 409 E. Main St. The quilt was raffled 100 years ago to help pay for the new church building and rediscovered in 1972. It remains at the facility today. A new quilt, featuring the Ohio Star with scarlet and gray material, will be raffled in November. The quilt is currently on display at Around About Books, 8 W. Main St., in Troy.


Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Students and staff of St. Patrick School honor local police and firefighters during an event remembering September 11 at the school in 2009.


Archbishop visit tops centennial celebration

By Jim Painter

For the Troy Daily News

TROY — The current St. Patrick’s Catholic Church building in Troy is turning 100 years old in November, and congregation members are planning to celebrate the historic landmark.

The cornerstone was laid in May 1916, but it was Father Mentink’s first Mass on Thanksgiving Day that year that officially initiated the structure. In order to celebrate the parish’s century of worship, a variety of events are planned.

Topping the list will be a visit from Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, according to Pam Simon of the planning committee.

On Dec. 11, Schnurr will address the congregation as part of the celebration. A formal dinner will follow services that day in the parish center.

A 100-year-old handmade quilt is on display at the church’s parish center located at 409 E. Main St. The quilt was raffled 100 years ago to help pay for the new church building and rediscovered in 1972. It remains at the facility today.

A new quilt will be raffled off, Simon said. It features the Ohio Star and includes scarlet and gray material. The quilt is currently on display at Around About Books, 8 W. Main St., in Troy.

The winning raffle ticket will be drawn following the Thanksgiving Day Mass.

Youngsters were called upon to help celebrate to anniversary. They were asked to submit designs for a button. Three anniversary buttons were chosen (one from each age group) with 100 of each being made.

Those submitting winning designs were Lucy Groshek, grades K-5; Tim Mallot, 6-8; and Katie Castaneda, 9-12. Honorable Mention awards went to Amanda Goodwin, Isabel Westerheide, Allison Frederick, Will Schaeffer and Morgan Kaiser.

On Oct. 23, an open house is planned. Parishioners will be stationed throughout the church to explain the function and history of the facility.

For more information, contact the church office by calling (937) 335-2833.

By Jim Painter

For the Troy Daily News

TROY — One of the most storied religious structures locally is celebrating its 100th anniversary in November. Construction of the St. Patrick Catholic Church took the effort of many people to become a long recognized site in Troy.

According to information at the Troy Local History Library, the first church was constructed in 1858 at a cost of $402.38 on the corner of Crawford and Water Streets. In 1888, the church received its first pastor, the Rev. F.H. Menke.

It was on St. Patrick’s Day in 1906 when a 28-year-old priest, Anthony Mentink, arrived for a temporary assignment. He stayed for 52 years and inspired parishioners to construct the church building still used today.

Mentink asked for “a penny a day” from church members. The total cost of the church was estimated to be nearly $49,000. The congregation raised most of the money themselves.

On Feb. 16, 1916, church officials agreed to enter into a contract with the A.F. Wasielewski Co. of Minneapolis for $7,000 to finish constructing the church and rectory.

The agreement was for the church to pay $200 in advance; then $100 per week for 32 weeks once work began. Once the project was complete and satisfactory, church officials were to pay $2,000 without interest within the next two years.

The exterior of the church is 125 feet, it’s 48 feet wide and the tallest gable is at 51 feet. The church was enlarged in 1883, with improvements made in 1903.

It was noted that 10 stained glass windows ere preserved from the old church. Another 16 new windows were installed. Together, the three main windows represent Faith, Hope and Charity, and the other seven sacraments.

In 1888, the first St. Patrick Catholic School was built. The construction occurred without additional debt. The current school was constructed in 1953, funded by Christmas collections and a war bond drive.

Standing next to the church, the first school consisted of two classrooms housing 50 students for eight grade levels. It also housed an apartment for the first nun assigned to St. Patrick’s

The St. Patrick Parish Center was erected in 1999 on the corner of Water and New streets. It contains a gymnasium, meeting room, religious education, classrooms, social area and a cafeteria. The $1.48 million construction was managed through congregational pledges.

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Courtesy of Troy-Miami County Local History Library The exterior of St. Patrick Catholic Church around 1965.
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A 100-year-old handmade quilt, photographed here, is on display at the church’s parish center located at 409 E. Main St. The quilt was raffled 100 years ago to help pay for the new church building and rediscovered in 1972. It remains at the facility today. A new quilt, featuring the Ohio Star with scarlet and gray material, will be raffled in November. The quilt is currently on display at Around About Books, 8 W. Main St., in Troy.

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A 100-year-old handmade quilt, photographed here, is on display at the church’s parish center located at 409 E. Main St. The quilt was raffled 100 years ago to help pay for the new church building and rediscovered in 1972. It remains at the facility today. A new quilt, featuring the Ohio Star with scarlet and gray material, will be raffled in November. The quilt is currently on display at Around About Books, 8 W. Main St., in Troy.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Students and staff of St. Patrick School honor local police and firefighters during an event remembering September 11 at the school in 2009.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_090911aw_StPats.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Students and staff of St. Patrick School honor local police and firefighters during an event remembering September 11 at the school in 2009.

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Dedicated congregation brought church to focal point

Archbishop visit tops centennial celebration

By Jim Painter

For the Troy Daily News

TROY — The current St. Patrick’s Catholic Church building in Troy is turning 100 years old in November, and congregation members are planning to celebrate the historic landmark.

The cornerstone was laid in May 1916, but it was Father Mentink’s first Mass on Thanksgiving Day that year that officially initiated the structure. In order to celebrate the parish’s century of worship, a variety of events are planned.

Topping the list will be a visit from Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, according to Pam Simon of the planning committee.

On Dec. 11, Schnurr will address the congregation as part of the celebration. A formal dinner will follow services that day in the parish center.

A 100-year-old handmade quilt is on display at the church’s parish center located at 409 E. Main St. The quilt was raffled 100 years ago to help pay for the new church building and rediscovered in 1972. It remains at the facility today.

A new quilt will be raffled off, Simon said. It features the Ohio Star and includes scarlet and gray material. The quilt is currently on display at Around About Books, 8 W. Main St., in Troy.

The winning raffle ticket will be drawn following the Thanksgiving Day Mass.

Youngsters were called upon to help celebrate to anniversary. They were asked to submit designs for a button. Three anniversary buttons were chosen (one from each age group) with 100 of each being made.

Those submitting winning designs were Lucy Groshek, grades K-5; Tim Mallot, 6-8; and Katie Castaneda, 9-12. Honorable Mention awards went to Amanda Goodwin, Isabel Westerheide, Allison Frederick, Will Schaeffer and Morgan Kaiser.

On Oct. 23, an open house is planned. Parishioners will be stationed throughout the church to explain the function and history of the facility.

For more information, contact the church office by calling (937) 335-2833.

Reach Jim Painter at [email protected]

Reach Jim Painter at [email protected]

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