St. Justin Martyr Parish
Rev. Joseph A. Weber, Pastor
Rev. Mr. Christian Winkelman, Deacon
History of the Parish
The history of St. Justin the Martyr
Parish has been chronicled by enormous human effort. From its beginning
in 1964, when the site of the church and school was ten weed-filled acres of
farm house, barns and cisterns, to the present day site of a modern physical
plant, and a multiplicity of parish activities, the people of the parish
community have been involved, always committing themselves to the parish’s
growth and improvement. Here is a brief look at the highlights of their
Sunset Hills is the
recipient of a new parish, named after the martyr of the second century, St.
Justin. Father Thomas Albrecht celebrates the First Mass on the Feast of
Christ the King. Parish population is 400 families.
Work begins on the
new church; parishioners initiate a variety of spiritual and social
organizations. The Franciscan Sisters of Clinton, Iowa, agree to staff the
September ushers in
the beginning of school for 227 students in Grades 1 through 5 with Sister
Callista Brisley as the first principal. The Parish School of Religion is
established by two lay parishioners. The church building is dedicated, the
convent built, and the CYC established.
There are 63 new
first Communicants and the First Confirmation ceremony is held. Parish
organizations flourish, growing in number and activities.
The school has eight
grades with 360 students! The Parish School of Religion, with 12
functioning grades, has 270 students.
First class is
graduated from St. Justin the Martyr School. Parish Council is
continue their involvement in the growth and improvement of the parish
community! Lay ministers, Pro-Life activities, Youth Liturgy, Leisure
club, blood drives, Thanksgiving collections and food drives, school board,
Religious coordinator, and in 1978, the first Kindergarten.
The mortgage is
"burned"! The parish commits itself to a three-year program of Renew for
the purpose of increasing parishioners’ spirit of community and
spirituality. Father John Caffe replaces Father Ira Bell as pastor; the
Athletic association is formed to promote and support sports programs for parish
children; the parish has 740 families.
initiated. Father Glenn Doherty arrives, as do Sisters Ann Martinek,
Deborah Schneider, and Frances Therese Hansman. The parish’s mission
statement is developed; DeSales Program begins; the Home and School Organization
is established. The 25th anniversary of the parish is celebrated! The
school begins its 24th year with 264 students!
New faces arrive in the form of a
pastor, Father Bernie Schloemer, and a senior associate, Father Leo Lewis.
building becomes air-conditioned. The Computer Lab is updated and
networked. The parish community remains vibrant with multiple
organizations and activities, all structured within the framework of the Parish
The school gets
a new principal, Mrs. Judy Talleur. Work is begun on converting the
convent into the rectory.