I.C. Church Heritage
The Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin began in the late 1800s. At first,the parish was the faithful gathering to celebrate Mass. With the growth of the parish community came the need for a church and school. This became a place forus to celebrate our traditions, beliefs, Catholic education, and values that we hold dear. As we pledge to “Building for the Future”, we keep the faith and hope alive for all who prayed and believed before us.
|1872 Mass is celebrated in Washington Hall above Deneen’s General Store at
220 South Knowles Avenue in New Richmond.
1879 Site for church building chosen.1880 Parcel of land is obtained.
1883 Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin is incorporated.
1883 Unfinished church burns
1887 Church rebuilt.
1889 Christmas Mass is celebrated in new church.
1889 Start construction on new school.
1891 First St. Mary’s School opens.
1928 Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on the Lake from Superior join the school staff.
1950 Religious Education Program begins.
1963 Conference of Christian Doctrine (CCD).
1970 Severe thunderstorm destroys rectory.
1981 Church Mortgage burned.
1990 Renew Program implemented.
2003 Dedicationof Immaculate Conception Education Center which houses