St. Mary to mark 50th anniversary


stmary-webArchbishop Celestine Damiano places the cornerstone of the all-purpose hall of St. Mary Parish, Deer Park (now Cherry Hill) in February 1963. Assisting are Father Paul R. Gallagher and Father Charles Barth.

On Friday, June 10, St. Mary’s Parish in Cherry Hill will cap off the week-long celebration of its Golden Jubilee (50 years) as a parish with a 5 p.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph A. Galante, followed by a social.

Events during the week remembering St. Mary’s 50th year included a Phillies game, family day celebration, seniors event and living rosary.

At first a mission of Christ the King, Haddonfield, and Queen of Heaven, Cherry Hill, St. Mary’s, Deer Park (now Cherry Hill), was named a parish on June 10, 1961. The original mission church building was dedicated in 1938 and a second church building was dedicated on June 29, 1962. The church building that stands now was dedicated in 1987.

When St. Mary’s Church was established Archbishop Celestine J. Damiano was bishop of Camden, President John F. Kennedy was in the White House, and the Second Vatican Council would not start until the following year.