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Since members of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts arrived to begin staffing The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Fairfield in the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania seven years ago, it was apparent that the growing parish had long ago outgrown the 1852 structure that could only seat 100.

Bishop Nicolas Datillo (Center), Fr. Anthony Patrizio, M.SS.CC. (left) and Fr. Michael Messaro, M.SS.CC. (right) following dedication of St. Mary's Church. 

St. Mary's Church, Fairfield, PA

up to 250 people and will surely serve the needs of the area for the next decade.  As Fr. Messaro stood in the yet to be paved, somewhat dusty parking lot, he reflected, " It's beautiful because you can see the mountains and the hills and the greenery, and it lends itself to prayer.  It's just a great place for a church!"

     The property for a new church had been purchased by a previous pastor in 1968, but it was now up to Fr. Michael Messaro, M.SS.CC. the current pastor to begin the task of making the church itself a reality.  Plans were adopted and as is the case, amended several times…the arduous task of fund-raising was begun and still continues.  But with the help of the good and dedicated people of the parish, their hard work coupled with Fr. Messaro's commitment to complete this special project, the new St. Mary's was dedicated on May 7, 2000. An enthusiastic crowd of parishioners and friends filled the church to overflowing as Most Rev. Nicholas Datillo, Bishop of Harrisburg, presided at the Mass, blessing and dedication.
     The new church, which overlooks the Borough  of Fairfield can easily seat 

Sacred Hearts Novena 2000 Begins

 Fr. Anthony is the main celebrant at the annual outdoor Mass celebrated on June 30, Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, that begins nine days of Masses in honor of the Sacred Hears of Jesus and Mary