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In the year 1948, His Excellency Bishop O'Neill, after many requests from the parishioners of Colliers decided to raise Colliers to the status of a parish. Colliers up to this time, was a mission of the parish of Conception Harbor. Rev. Father Thomas O'Neill came to Colliers August 4, 1948 and immediately set to work to build. First, he built a three-room school on the ridge, to replace the old one, which had long outlived its usefulness as a suitable building for school purposes. Father O'Neill next turned his attention to the building of a spacious hall since the old two-story hall was too small to cater to the many public functions held in order to raise funds to build a rectory and a much needed church. He started work on the new church in April 1954 and on September 12,1954, he celebrated his first Mass in his new church. It can be said that Father O'Neill has left a record in building, which will never be surpassed. One is inclined to ask how he managed to construct a school, a hall, a rectory and a church in such as short time. The answer is this - he had the full cooperation of every man, woman and child in the parish. When Father O'Neill died on April 7, 1956, all bills were paid off and the Parish had $ 700.00 to its credit in the bank.
Information and Records of the Immaculate Conception
I would like to thank Barbara Murphy for sending me the history
of Immaculate Conception Parish as well thanks goes to Dennis Flynn
for allowing me access to the picture of the church on his homepage.
Contributed by Barbara McGrath (July 2000)
Page Revised by Craig Peterman (February 2004)
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