The second Roman Catholic parish to be established in
Elizabeth has baptized and buried 6 generations of
Christians in its 175 year history.
It has been served by 35
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 French/Creole.

I
mmigrants 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 of buildings.

We look to the future with great hope knowing that the God
who has been faithful to us these 175 years will continue to
b
e so.
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