As published in Western New York Catholic May 1997 (contributed by St. Pius X Parish).
St. Pius X Parish in Getzville was established by the Diocese of Buffalo on June 2, 1958, with Father Joseph J. Weber as its first pastor. Father Weber celebrated the first Mass at the Getzville Fire Hall. Three months later, a structure suited for a rectory was purchased and plans were made to build a church and hall combination building on a 15 acre tract in Getzville. Father Weber was re-assigned to St. Mary Parish in Holley and Father Francis R. Trapp was appointed second pastor. Under his leadership, a new church was built.
In 1977, Father Trapp retired and Father James N. Connelly began what would be a 10-year assignment as pastor of St. Pius. During Father Connelly's tenure, an addition was put on the Father Weber Center, which would house six additional classrooms for religious instruction.
Father George B Yiengst was assigned as the fourth pastor on May 19, 1987. Immediately he set out to build a much needed rectory and office complex which was completed in May 1990. Father Yiengst was elevated to honorary prelate on October 15, 1987, with the title of Reverend Monsignor.
The parish has grown from a small country parish into a large suburban parish of 1700 families. This year commemorates 43 years of a permanent Catholic presence in Getzville.
In the beginning, St. Pius X Parish was known as a "friendly parish in the country." Established as a German parish, St. Pius X has undergone a startling and total transformation since those days. It is now totally cosmopolitan. It has become a cultural mosaic, made up of people of a dozen ethnic origins.
St. Pius X is a Cinderella parish. The transformation is a constantly evolving one from a "friendly parish in the country" to a "friendly parish in the middle of the suburbs." We have our roots in the past, but our eyes are on the future. St. Pius X is changing from an infant into a vibrant, anything-is-possible young adult.
In an age where parishes are declining, St. Pius X is becoming a dynamic parish which cares for its people.
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