The second Roman Catholic parish to be established in Elizabeth has
baptized and buried 6 generations of Christians in its 170 year history. It has
been served by 32 pastors (18 at St.Michael's and 13 at Our Lady of the Most Holy
Rosary) ; Mass has been celebrated in German, English, Spanish, and
Immigrants established the parish and immigrants continue to be the most
numerous population served by the combined parish. The recent past has
been a time of great hope and terrible sorrow. The hope has come from the influx of
large numbers of Catholics from Spanish speaking Latin American countries and
from Haiti. The energy, youth and enthusiasm of these groups have injected new life
into the parish with their prayer group, youth groups, choirs, retreats, vigils,
processions, etc. However we have also experienced the terrible sorrow caused by
the closing of the Holy Rosary Church building and its demolition as well as the
closing of the two schools.
We give thanks to God for all our blessings. We especially thankful to all
those who have gone before us and have left us this wonderful legacy.
The vibrant spiritual life of the parishioners and the beautiful well maintained
buildings are two of our greatest treasures. The German immigrants who build the
buildings associated with St. Michael's parish as well as those who built the Holy
Rosary complex are still contributing to the life of the parish through the income
generated by the leasing of the School building, the rental of St. Michael's Hall and
the interest earned from the money realized by the sale of the Holy Rosary complex
We look to the future with great hope knowing that the God who has been
faithful to us these 170 years will continue to be so.