ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH & SCHOOL, CANANDAIGUA, NY
Roman Catholic Priests preached in people's homes in Canandaigua as early as 1818. The original Catholic Church wasn't built until 1848-1849. St. Mary's Catholic School was the first in New York State and the first classes were held in the basement of the Catholic Church. As membership grew, the present Catholic School was built in 1880. In 1901, the plans for the present St. Mary's Church were aproved at a cost of $30,000. On December 17, 1905, the present church made of pink Medina stone, was dedicated. A unique feature of this church is the bronze set of four Westminister chimes that we installed in the south church tower in 1936. Those bells still ring in the church today. An addition was added to the Catholic School in 1960's. The church and Catholic School are both in use today.
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