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O u r Mo t h er o f Mer cy
   Pari sh 7 5 t h Ann i ver sar y
  “Fro n t t o t h e B ac k” Gi f t.              1937                                                                  2012                 T h e R om an
                                                                                                                                            Cat h ol i c Fait h
Our Goal is   $275,000.00 in this
Anniversary year to help repair and upgrade     Beaumont was a rapidly growing city as the oil industry boomed during World War I
                                                                                                                                            Co m muni t y o f
the church for the future. There will be four   and the years immediately following. Father Alexis LaPlante who had established the
                                                Blessed Sacrament Parish in down-town Beaumont soon realized the need for another
                                                parish in the rapidly growing suburbs. Property for a cemetery had been purchased in
                                                                                                                                            Ou r Mo t he r o f
goals for this special project this year.
                                                                                                                                            Me rc y Ch urc h
                                                Pear Orchard and in 1926 additional property was purchased on Broussard Street
                                                across from the cemetery. This area was still rural with unpaved streets and remnants
                                                of the Pear Orchards that gave it its name. A mission chapel was built in 1927, donated
New Handicapped Bathrooms/
                                                                                                                                                  An d
                                                by a benefactor from Philadelphia. The Church was served as a mission from Blessed
                                                Sacrament by Father LaPlante and his assistants.

Cry Room                                        In 1927, a school was built and opened with an enrollment of 134 pupils and three lay
                                                teachers. In 1937, Our Mother of Mercy became a parish with the appointment of
                                                Father Francis Tighe, S.S.J., as pastor. A rectory was built with the generous aid of Mr.
                                                John Phelan, a local benefactor. For 2 years the developing mission at Orange, Texas,
          $50,000.00                            was attached to Our Mother of Mercy. A mission station was also served at Silver City.
                                                In 1939, while Father Thomas Foley, S.S.J., was pastor, a new two story school was
                                                built, the second story being the convent. The Holy Ghost Sisters from San Antonio
                                                arrived and took over the management of the school. The school was built at a cost of
New Church Lighting and                         $7,300.00.

                                                In 1948, while Father Thomas Brophy, S.S.J., was pastor, a new convent was built and
Electrical Refitting                            the old convent was converted into additional classrooms. By this time the school
                                                enrollment had risen to 400 and the congregation was listed at 1,800.
                                                During the years of World War II, the growth of Beaumont accelerated. It became
                                                increasingly evident that the parish needed larger facilities. Moreover the parish was

          $115,000.00                           growing to the west and the present location could not be enlarged.
                                                In the late 1940s, the priest from Our Mother of Mercy began visiting the town of China,
                                                12 miles west of Houston on a regular basis. In 1951, an acre of land was obtained and
                                                a small chapel built at a cost of $12,000.00. This was dedicated as St. Alphonsus
                                                mission and continued to be served by the priests of Our Mother of Mercy until it
Reduce the Debt to the                          became an independent parish in 1975.

                                                In 1958, while Father Charles Hanks, S.S.J., was pastor, 10 acres of land was pur-
Diocese                                         chased at Sarah and Warren Streets at a cost of $25, 000.00 and plans were developed
                                                for a new church. The Josephite Society donated $10,000.00 towards this purchase.
                                                In 1962, while Father Charles Crowley, S.S.J., was pastor, the construction of a new
                                                church was began at the new site. On September 23, 1962, the corner stone was laid

          $100,000.00                           and the church was completed and dedicated early in 1963. The church was capable of
                                                seating 800 persons. A new rectory was completed in June of 1964 and the official
                                                address for the parish changed from the old Broussard Street listing to the new Sarah
                                                Street location.
                                                In the summer of 1964, the annual convention of the Knights of St. Peter Claver was
75th Anniversary Special                        held in Beaumont. All of the convention Masses were held at the new church. In 1974,
                                                a new school and hall were completed and in 1977, a new rectory. The temporary

Events & Spiritual Materials
                                                rectory was converted into a convent, completing the transfer of all parish facilities to
                                                the new site.                                                                                   Celebrating our
                                                From 1978 to 1987, while Father Raymond Woodka, S.S.J., was pastor, the parish
                                                continued to grow internally. The Parish Council was reorganized with commissions              75th Anniversary
                                                that were concerned with all phases of Parish life. An excellent Gospel Choir was

          $10,000.00                            organized and developed.
                                                In 1982, the church, now 20 years old, was completely renovated and a new organ
                                                                                                                                                   1937-2012
                                                purchased. An additional 4 acres of land was purchased for future developmental
                                                needs.                                                                                        Our Spirit Rejoices in
                                                In 1984, the parish hall was enlarged. In 1987, Our Mother of Mercy Parish celebrated
                                                its 50th Anniversary. On July 12, 1987, the memorial Mass was celebrated with the
                                                Mayor of Beaumont in attendance.
                                                                                                                                                God Our Savior!
                                                Fr. Edward Eichman, SSJ served during the time period of 1987-1991 with his faithful-       January 22, 2012 - December 25, 2012
                                                ness. Fr. Paul Oberg SSJ served from 1991-1992 until the arrival of Fr. Ray Bomberger           Very Rev. Henry J Davis, S.S.J.
                                                SSJ served from 1993-2001. It was during this time that the North Side Hall addition
                                                was built and the life of the ministry of the parish continued to flourish. Fr. David       Rev. Ugoehukwu Jerome Cletus, S.S.J.
                                                Frueh, SSJ 2001-2003 was pastor until his departure then Fr. Patrick Healy SSJ, 2003-          Bro. George B. Ajuruchi, S.S.J.
                                                2005, arrived to bring the parish more stability on a financial level until Hurricanes
                                                Katrina and Rita devastated the area. However after the winds died down a man from
                                                the east came to town to rebuild not just one church but two churches. Fr. Henry
                                                Davis, SSJ arrived in 2005 and became the first African American pastor of OMOM.
                                                During this time a storage building and the St. Martin de Porres Family Life Center was
                                                erected and the people were strengthened throughout the parish by workshops and
                                                opportunity to host them for the larger Diocese.
Ou r Mo t he r of Me rcy 75 th Ann i ve rsar y Ce l e b rat i on
                                                                                                                Gift Donation Form
What Can You Do to Rejoice in God
our Savior this Anniversary Year?                 Schedule of Events                                   Name:_________________________
                                                  January 22nd Opening Celebration 10:00 a.m.
EVANGELIZE! Our hope this year is to                                                                   Address:_______________________
bring HOME 75 former parishioners to              February 1st Bishop Faith Appeal Kick off meeting.
                                                  7:00 p.m.                                            City__________________State:____
                     OMOM and You can be
                     that disciple to bring the   February 3rd Gospel Extravaganza Julie Rogers        Telephone:_____________________
                     person back home. Also       Theater 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                       E-Mail:________________________
                     to introduce 75 new peo-     February 4th Mardi Gras Ball 9:00 p.m. –1:00 a.m.
                     ple to our faith commu-                                                           Church Envelope Number _______
                                                  February 11-12 Married Couples Weekend at all the
                     nity. You can take home                                                           Gift Amount;______________
                                                  Masses—Renewal of Vows
                     an extra parish bulletin
and give it out to a person who might be
                                                  March 7th –12th Lenten Revival - Rev. Antoine        Single: $75.00   Family $175.00
looking for a Church to belong to. You can
                                                  Leason, S.V.D.
                                                                                                       Benefactor $275.00
invite them to church, Bible Study, Rite of       March 17-18 Bring a Friend to Church Day
                                                                                                       Gifts at $175.00 or higher will be re-
Christian Initiation Classes, Zumba Classes,
                                                  April 1, 2012 - April 8, 2012 Holy Week &            membered with a special recognition on
Religious Education classes and even intro-                                                            a wall plaque. Please print exactly how
                                                  Easter Sunday
duce them to the priests of the parish.                                                                you want your name to appear on the
                                                  May 6th May Procession and Crowning                  plaque.
WORSHIP AND PRAYER! We can not
                                                  May 15th Confirmation 6:30 p.m.
let this opportunity to pass us by without
committing ourselves to Worship and               May 20th Graduation Mass Class of 2012
Prayer. As a gift to start us on
                                                  June 4– July 6 Vacation Bible School Summer Camp
to the path to worship, each
parishioner will be given a ro-                   June 23rd Friends and Family Picnic
sary and a prayer card. The                       July 14 75th Anniversary Banquet
Rosary is obvious in direct rela-
                                                  August 2012 Youth Get Together Event
tionship to Mary, Our Mother
of Mercy and also the wonder-                     September 8 Bazaar Zydeco Dance
ful life of our Savior Jesus
                                                  September 15-16 75th Annual Bazaar
Christ. The call is to pray a total of 75 min-
utes a week in additional to Sunday Worship.      September 30th Closing 75th Anniversary Mass
Ten minutes a day is all it takes to be found     October 21 Rosa Mystica Celebration
worthy as a Child of God. A parishioner of                                                               Our Spirit Rejoices in God Our
                                                  November 18th Youth Anniversary Mass
OMOM is a believer in the power of Prayer                                                                               Savoir.
and the Eucharist. Also, the person fosters                                                            Our Mother of Mercy, Pray for Us.
Unity of the Parish and represents the parish

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Our Mother of Mercy Parish 75th Anniversary “Front to the Back” Gift.

  • 1. O u r Mo t h er o f Mer cy Pari sh 7 5 t h Ann i ver sar y “Fro n t t o t h e B ac k” Gi f t. 1937 2012 T h e R om an Cat h ol i c Fait h Our Goal is $275,000.00 in this Anniversary year to help repair and upgrade Beaumont was a rapidly growing city as the oil industry boomed during World War I Co m muni t y o f the church for the future. There will be four and the years immediately following. Father Alexis LaPlante who had established the Blessed Sacrament Parish in down-town Beaumont soon realized the need for another parish in the rapidly growing suburbs. Property for a cemetery had been purchased in Ou r Mo t he r o f goals for this special project this year. Me rc y Ch urc h Pear Orchard and in 1926 additional property was purchased on Broussard Street across from the cemetery. This area was still rural with unpaved streets and remnants of the Pear Orchards that gave it its name. A mission chapel was built in 1927, donated New Handicapped Bathrooms/ An d by a benefactor from Philadelphia. The Church was served as a mission from Blessed Sacrament by Father LaPlante and his assistants. Cry Room In 1927, a school was built and opened with an enrollment of 134 pupils and three lay teachers. In 1937, Our Mother of Mercy became a parish with the appointment of Father Francis Tighe, S.S.J., as pastor. A rectory was built with the generous aid of Mr. John Phelan, a local benefactor. For 2 years the developing mission at Orange, Texas, $50,000.00 was attached to Our Mother of Mercy. A mission station was also served at Silver City. In 1939, while Father Thomas Foley, S.S.J., was pastor, a new two story school was built, the second story being the convent. The Holy Ghost Sisters from San Antonio arrived and took over the management of the school. The school was built at a cost of New Church Lighting and $7,300.00. In 1948, while Father Thomas Brophy, S.S.J., was pastor, a new convent was built and Electrical Refitting the old convent was converted into additional classrooms. By this time the school enrollment had risen to 400 and the congregation was listed at 1,800. During the years of World War II, the growth of Beaumont accelerated. It became increasingly evident that the parish needed larger facilities. Moreover the parish was $115,000.00 growing to the west and the present location could not be enlarged. In the late 1940s, the priest from Our Mother of Mercy began visiting the town of China, 12 miles west of Houston on a regular basis. In 1951, an acre of land was obtained and a small chapel built at a cost of $12,000.00. This was dedicated as St. Alphonsus mission and continued to be served by the priests of Our Mother of Mercy until it Reduce the Debt to the became an independent parish in 1975. In 1958, while Father Charles Hanks, S.S.J., was pastor, 10 acres of land was pur- Diocese chased at Sarah and Warren Streets at a cost of $25, 000.00 and plans were developed for a new church. The Josephite Society donated $10,000.00 towards this purchase. In 1962, while Father Charles Crowley, S.S.J., was pastor, the construction of a new church was began at the new site. On September 23, 1962, the corner stone was laid $100,000.00 and the church was completed and dedicated early in 1963. The church was capable of seating 800 persons. A new rectory was completed in June of 1964 and the official address for the parish changed from the old Broussard Street listing to the new Sarah Street location. In the summer of 1964, the annual convention of the Knights of St. Peter Claver was 75th Anniversary Special held in Beaumont. All of the convention Masses were held at the new church. In 1974, a new school and hall were completed and in 1977, a new rectory. The temporary Events & Spiritual Materials rectory was converted into a convent, completing the transfer of all parish facilities to the new site. Celebrating our From 1978 to 1987, while Father Raymond Woodka, S.S.J., was pastor, the parish continued to grow internally. The Parish Council was reorganized with commissions 75th Anniversary that were concerned with all phases of Parish life. An excellent Gospel Choir was $10,000.00 organized and developed. In 1982, the church, now 20 years old, was completely renovated and a new organ 1937-2012 purchased. An additional 4 acres of land was purchased for future developmental needs. Our Spirit Rejoices in In 1984, the parish hall was enlarged. In 1987, Our Mother of Mercy Parish celebrated its 50th Anniversary. On July 12, 1987, the memorial Mass was celebrated with the Mayor of Beaumont in attendance. God Our Savior! Fr. Edward Eichman, SSJ served during the time period of 1987-1991 with his faithful- January 22, 2012 - December 25, 2012 ness. Fr. Paul Oberg SSJ served from 1991-1992 until the arrival of Fr. Ray Bomberger Very Rev. Henry J Davis, S.S.J. SSJ served from 1993-2001. It was during this time that the North Side Hall addition was built and the life of the ministry of the parish continued to flourish. Fr. David Rev. Ugoehukwu Jerome Cletus, S.S.J. Frueh, SSJ 2001-2003 was pastor until his departure then Fr. Patrick Healy SSJ, 2003- Bro. George B. Ajuruchi, S.S.J. 2005, arrived to bring the parish more stability on a financial level until Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the area. However after the winds died down a man from the east came to town to rebuild not just one church but two churches. Fr. Henry Davis, SSJ arrived in 2005 and became the first African American pastor of OMOM. During this time a storage building and the St. Martin de Porres Family Life Center was erected and the people were strengthened throughout the parish by workshops and opportunity to host them for the larger Diocese.
  • 2. Ou r Mo t he r of Me rcy 75 th Ann i ve rsar y Ce l e b rat i on Gift Donation Form What Can You Do to Rejoice in God our Savior this Anniversary Year? Schedule of Events Name:_________________________ January 22nd Opening Celebration 10:00 a.m. EVANGELIZE! Our hope this year is to Address:_______________________ bring HOME 75 former parishioners to February 1st Bishop Faith Appeal Kick off meeting. 7:00 p.m. City__________________State:____ OMOM and You can be that disciple to bring the February 3rd Gospel Extravaganza Julie Rogers Telephone:_____________________ person back home. Also Theater 7:00 p.m. E-Mail:________________________ to introduce 75 new peo- February 4th Mardi Gras Ball 9:00 p.m. –1:00 a.m. ple to our faith commu- Church Envelope Number _______ February 11-12 Married Couples Weekend at all the nity. You can take home Gift Amount;______________ Masses—Renewal of Vows an extra parish bulletin and give it out to a person who might be March 7th –12th Lenten Revival - Rev. Antoine Single: $75.00 Family $175.00 looking for a Church to belong to. You can Leason, S.V.D. Benefactor $275.00 invite them to church, Bible Study, Rite of March 17-18 Bring a Friend to Church Day Gifts at $175.00 or higher will be re- Christian Initiation Classes, Zumba Classes, April 1, 2012 - April 8, 2012 Holy Week & membered with a special recognition on Religious Education classes and even intro- a wall plaque. Please print exactly how Easter Sunday duce them to the priests of the parish. you want your name to appear on the May 6th May Procession and Crowning plaque. WORSHIP AND PRAYER! We can not May 15th Confirmation 6:30 p.m. let this opportunity to pass us by without committing ourselves to Worship and May 20th Graduation Mass Class of 2012 Prayer. As a gift to start us on June 4– July 6 Vacation Bible School Summer Camp to the path to worship, each parishioner will be given a ro- June 23rd Friends and Family Picnic sary and a prayer card. The July 14 75th Anniversary Banquet Rosary is obvious in direct rela- August 2012 Youth Get Together Event tionship to Mary, Our Mother of Mercy and also the wonder- September 8 Bazaar Zydeco Dance ful life of our Savior Jesus September 15-16 75th Annual Bazaar Christ. The call is to pray a total of 75 min- utes a week in additional to Sunday Worship. September 30th Closing 75th Anniversary Mass Ten minutes a day is all it takes to be found October 21 Rosa Mystica Celebration worthy as a Child of God. A parishioner of Our Spirit Rejoices in God Our November 18th Youth Anniversary Mass OMOM is a believer in the power of Prayer Savoir. and the Eucharist. Also, the person fosters Our Mother of Mercy, Pray for Us. Unity of the Parish and represents the parish