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Saint David Parish History
Saint David Parish was founded on June 4, 1974, with Father Gabriel O'Reilly appointed as its pastor by Archbishop Coleman Carroll. Under Father O'Reilly's pastoral leadership, the church began with a couple of hundred dedicated worshippers who attended Sunday Mass at Eddie Egan's Restaurant, and on Saturday evenings at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Grade School. Together pastor and parishioners worked to form a Men's Club, Women's Club, Saint Vincent de Paul Society, and a Religious Education Program, as well as to initiate fundraising efforts for the building of a church. The church was completed in December 1979. In 1983, the Parish Hall, six classrooms and parish offices were built adjacent to the church, followed immediately by the rectory on the other side of the property. In 1986 another fundraising campaign was initiated to double the size of the church and build a new school building. Within a couple of years both of those projects were completed.
In 1994, the twentieth anniversary of the parish and tenth anniversary of the school, the school was awarded the prestigious "National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award by the U.S. Department of Education.
In 1995, Saint David was blessed by the arrival of three Sisters from the religious congregation of Saint Joseph of Cottolengo (San Giuseppe Benedetto di Cottolengo): Sr. Anna, Sr. Consolata and Sister Mary Ellen. Together with volunteers from the parish, they started HOPE (=Helping Other People Everyday) Outreach Center. Since then the HOPE Outreach has grown into a non-denominational ministry that helps needy members of our community.
In 1996, the multi-purpose Activity Center was completed, which serves as a meeting place for lunch and after-school, as well as a center for sports, physical education and special assemblies. It also serves as the food court for the bi-annual carnivals.
Father O'Reilly died in 2013, after leading the parish community as its founding pastor for almost 40 years. His successor and it's current pastor is Father Steven O'Hala who, together with the rest of the parish and school family, continue to welcome all who wish to be a part of our parish family as together we worship the Lord, and serve Him by serving His people in love.
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