Details for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church (Atlas Number 5507018188)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507018188

Data

Marker Number 18188
Atlas Number 5507018188
Marker Title Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Index Entry Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Address
City Saspamco
County Wilson
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes Religion, Catholic
Marker Year 2015
Designations
Marker Location
Marker Size 27" x 42" with post
Marker Text Most of Saspamco’s early population was derived from Mexican immigrant laborers employed by the San Antonio Sewer Pipe Works Company. The laborers of the sewer pipe factory and other local residents wanted a place of worship. The land for a church was donated by Lorenzo and Victoria Gonzales, and in 1923, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Catholic Church was erected by the local laborers using sand and gravel from the Gonzales sand pit and water from their well. The first mass, officiated by the Bishop Arthur Drossaerts, was celebrated on November 13, 1924. In 1955, the ladies of the community formed the altar society of OLPH Catholic Church. As the backbone of the church, the society sponsored annual fundraising dinners and festivals. Proceeds were always designated for the upkeep of the church and religious education programs. The annual festivals were an opportunity for the predominantly Hispanic community to gather in fellowship. The church conducted baptisms, first communions, weddings, funerals, confirmations, Virgen de Guadalupe celebrations, Christmas pageants and the Passion of Christ productions. In 1969, Father Pedro Parra led the remodel of the church and a new church hall. The hall was used for religious education classes and parish council meetings. Since its creation, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church has continued to contribute to the ethical and religious formation of the Hispanic population in the area.