History and timeline

St. Charles Borromeo Parish History Highlights


Oct. 28 – First Masses were celebrated on the Feast of Christ the King. 1,190 people attended Sunday’s liturgies in the Alter High School gymnasium.

Nov. 4 – Monsignor Martin T. Gilligan is installed as first pastor.
Feast of St. Charles Borromeo

Dec. 2 – First issue of the SPUR (Sunday bulletin): “S”- Sacrifice, “P”-Prayer, “U”- Unity in Christ, “R”- Religion Parish emblem Humilitas


Rev. Edward Haskamp and Rev. Lawrence Breslin joined St. Charles; Rev. Edward Haskamp served as principal of Alter High School and Rev. Lawrence Breslin served as director of the parish School of Religion for high school.

Jan. – Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) was started for grade school on Sunday mornings and for high school on Monday evenings at Alter High school.

Jan. 6 – Koffee Klatsch was held in the cafeteria for parents. Jim Wolf first Music Director, assisted by Be a Cartolano

Mar. – First parish census

Spring Groundbreaking and blessing of building for St. Charles church and school


Aug. – First Mass in original church

Sept. 6 – On the eve of the opening of the Third Session of Vatican Council II, Archbishop Karl J. Alter dedicated the St. Charles church and school building, where Sunday Masses would now be celebrated.

Sept. 8 – St. Charles School opened with Sister Mary Helen, S.C., as principal.

Faculty: Three Sisters of Charity, ten lay teachers for grades 4-8, 505 students enrolled

School Board established


New addition to St. Charles School: 16 new classrooms and Walsh Hall, where two additional Sunday Masses were celebrated


Sister Marie Timothy S.C. (Sr. JoAnne Termini) was appointed first Director of Religious Education, grades 1-8.

Sr. Catherine Noreen Driscoll, S.C., became principal of St. Charles School (1968-1972).


Sr. Marie Karen Sammons, S.C., became principal of St. Charles School (1972-1990).


Rev. Richard Klug was appointed second pastor of St. Charles School.


Rev. Mr. Leonard Baltes was ordained as the first permanent deacon for the parish.


Renewal process, “Christ Renews His Parish,” began in response to recent revisions in Church Canon Law (1962-1983 directory).


Rev. Monsignor Lawrence Breslin was appointed third pastor of St. Charles School.


Mrs. Penny Horstman became principal of St. Charles School School (1990-1996).


Oct. – Official groundbreaking of the present church


Mar. 5 – Dedication of present church was officiated by Most Rev. Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of Cincinnati. Procession from original church to present church was followed by celebration of the first Sunday liturgy in present church held at 5 p.m.

Aug. 22 – Dedication of new Parish Activity Center (PAC)


Jan. – Blessing of new Mother and Child sculpture by artist, Michael Price, took place at all Sunday Masses.


Mrs. Judy Ellerbrock became principal of St. Charles School (1996-2006).


Ted and Lisa Singer became new music directors.


Feb. 23 – Blessing and dedication of the new Reuter Opus 2216 pipe organ was followed by a recital given by Mr. William Fenimor.


Apr. 24 – Rev. Mr. Robert Collins was ordained permanent deacon for St. Charles School.

Jul. 1 – Rev. Gerald Haemmerle was appointed fourth pastor of St. Charles School.


Mrs. Fran Moore became principal of St. Charles School (2006-2011).


Jan. 19 – Blessing and dedication of the new crucifix by sculptors Norbert and Victoria Koehn, over five hundred people were in attendance.


Apr. 24 – Rev. Mr. F. William Moore ordained permanent deacon for St. Charles by Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.

Playground was created in the back parking lot for students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grades.


Mr. David Bogle became principal of St. Charles School (2011-present).


St. Charles Preschool was established.


July 1 – Rev. Daniel Meyer was appointed fifth pastor of St. Charles School.


Preschool Playground was established.

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