History

History

Mission Statement
We, the people of St. Therese Parish, are disciples of Jesus, led by the Holy Spirit and made one in our celebration of the Eucharist. 
Nourished by our faith and with a desire to serve others, we are to hear the word of God, keep it, and share the Good News

History 

In 1927 Garfield Heights was a fast-growing suburb, and Bishop Joseph Schrembs recognized that the time had come to establish a new parish for the burgeoning Catholic population there. On February 1, 1927, he created St. Therese Church, named for St. Therese of Lisieux, whom Pope Pius XI had canonized two years earlier. Named as the first pastor, Fr. Richard P. Gibbons shouldered the task of organizing this new faith community. The choice was made to erect a building that would house both a school and a worship space, and on October 20, 1927, the first Mass was celebrated there, with the first classes convening a month later. Under the next pastor, Fr. Thaddeus T. Marchant, more classrooms were added to the school in 1942 and 1949, the parish gained a convent, and a new rectory was built. The parish's unabated growth moved Fr. James H. Smith, who succeeded Fr. Marchant, to propose erecting a new church building. This new structure was dedicated on October 3, 1960, capping a five-year building campaign.

Throughout their history, the people of St. Therese have lived as a vibrant, faith-filled community that strives to carry on Jesus' mission of proclaiming the Father's love, strengthened in this by the sacraments and Scripture. God has given us a mission through baptism. Like those who went before us, we will be faithful to it, ministering in Garfield Heights and wherever we go.