Sunday, September 14, 2014


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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Tom said...

You found a beauty here Marilyn. We are fortunate to have so many Medina Sandstone buildings in this area. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Vanssmomc said...

I agree with Tom, definitely a beauty here. We always marvel at this church when we drive by. Such an amazing church. Have never seen the back, just as impressive as the front. Cathy in Webster

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom and Carol,
It is really a beautiful church in the front and the back. Also, it is one of the few Catholic Churches that remains on the inside like it always had. When the Catholic remodeled the churches, this one refused and remains the same.


New York State Of Mind said...

Sorry folks,
I went out to take pictures of the horse parade and I did something wrong with the camera. None of the pictures came out. I got nice pictures of the building and cut off people's heads in the pictures. But terrible pictures of the parade. There were only 4 carriages in it.