Cumberland, Maryland (Churches and Synagogues)
ceremonies were held. In 1918 Father Lawless saw the need of a larger church and established a building fund. By 1928 the fund had reached $78,000.00. Work on the new and present church was started on Thanksgiving Day, 1927. The cornerstone was laid May 21, 1928. Built at a cost of $216,000.00, the first Mass was held in the new church on Christmas, 1928. In the fall of 1934, the church basement floor area was concreted, a kitchen was installed, and a stage was built. The Golden Anniversary of St. Mary's Catholic Church was held in 1950.
In the early 1840's, the German speaking Catholics in Cumberland had no church of their own. A priest would come by wagon from Baltimore every three months to serve their needs. He was from the Order of the Redemptorist Fathers, and held Mass and other church services at the log church of St. Mary's, later St. Patrick's, on North Centre Street. The Fathers left Baltimore on Friday, arriving in Cumberland in time for the Sunday services, and returned to Baltimore on Monday. As the German population increased and were anxious to have a resident pastor of their own nationality, they sent Mr. Michael Wiesel to Baltimore to talk with the Archbishop, the Most Reverend Samuel Ecceleston, who was well pleased with their desire and offered help. He suggested that they have Redemptorist Fathers rather than secular priests.
In June 1847, the leaders of the German church movement were so much encouraged as to start talking about building a church. If permission were granted to build a church, the question arose as to where would be the best location. It was decided that the best location was Fort Hill, known also as Academy Hill, for the new SS. Peter and Paul Church. On December 4, 1847, permission was granted to proceed with the building of a church. In the spring of 1848, the men of the parish put in the foundation of the new church. At the corner of Plum Alley
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976