St. Mary's Church Additional Photos

St. Mary's Church Additional Photos


Below are numerous photos and documents that have survived over the years.  They give us additional glimpses of St. Mary Parish, its Church, and its activities. Information and photos for the St. Mary Church History pages have
been supplied by members of the church community too numerous to mention individually. We are grateful for the assistance of each one. However, a special note of thanks is due to Patrick Finn upon whose extensive work these pages have been built.  For furhter information, please consult the Bibliographical References, below.

Our work is not done. There are many gaps in both the history and the photo
collection. Anyone with other photos and documents not included in these pages is asked to contact Jack Henderson. Thanks for your help!


1910 Postcard Images





1917 Parish Guide




 1917 Mass Explanation




 1917 Parish Bulletin





1917 Photos




 Rev. Gillis' Reception






1940 6th Grade


May Crowning of Mary Procession

 Last Photo



Construction Information:  The New St. Mary Church 

The new Saint Mary Church in Bath, Maine was completed in May 1969 and dedicated the following month. Conceived by Architect Leo A. Whelan in the shape of a cross, the church provides its congregation with easy accessibility to the altar. Light streams through several epoxy windows of green, red, pink, orange, and other colors in abstract arrangement.

Participation in the life of the Church is encouraged by the arrangement of two long rows of pews on either side of the altar, and two in front. An attractive but subdued screen at the back of the sanctuary is bordered by symbolic grapes on the vine and serves to avoid distractions from behind the altar. The Eucharistic chapel is located to the rear on one side.

A carillon was placed in the leaded copper tower which is topped with a ten-foot cross on a golden globe. Inscribed above the front entrance are two symbolic representations of the Blessed Virgin on either side of a Chi Rho and crib.

The lower church, or Parish Center, contains large and small meeting rooms, classrooms, offices, and a kitchen.

 Architectural Plans


Among the many companies and individuals responsible for construction of the new Saint Mary Church are the following:

Architect  Leo A. Whelan, Boston, Massachusetts

General Contractor  Stewart and Williams, Inc., Augusta, Maine

Electrical Work  E. S. Boulos Co., Portland, Maine

Plumbing and Heating  Scribner & Iverson, Portland, Maine

Heating and Ventilating Work  Fels Company, Portland, Maine

Painting  Theodore Logan & Son, Inc., Portland, Maine

Church Furniture  Gothic Craft, Northboro, Massachusetts

Resilient Floors  Maine Floor Covering Co., Gardiner, Maine

Brick Work  Morin Brick Co., Portland, Maine

Carpeting  Sanford Mills Store, Sanford, Maine

Paving  Granite Paving Co., Topsham, Maine

Baldwin Organ  Portland Baldwin Studio, Inc., Portland, Maine

Windows  John Terrance O'Duggan Studio, Boston, Massachusetts

 St. Mary Window



Advent 2016



Bibliographical References

Information about Saint Mary's Parish in Bath, Maine is available from a number of sources, including the following:

Archives, The Times Record, Brunswick, Maine

Archives and files in the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room, Patten Free Library, Bath, Maine

Archives and files of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bath, Maine.

Catholic Guide and Reference Book published by Rev. Nicholas J. Horan, Rector, St. Mary’s Church, 1917

The Church World, Vol. 39, No. 46, April 18, 1969

The Church World, Vol. 70, No. 20, October 28, 1999

Connolly, Michael C. ed., They Change their Sky: The Irish in Maine, Orono: The Univesity of Maine Press, 2004

Desjardins, Philip Msgr., "Historical Notes," Diocese of Portland, ca.1964

Desjardins, Philip Msgr., "Parish of Immaculate Conception," Unpublished manuscript, Catholic Arichives, Portland, Maine, no date

Holland, Eleanore, "The Catholic Society in Bath, Maine," 1978

Lucey, William L. The Catholic Church in Maine. Francistown (NH): Marshall Jones Co., 1957

Owen, Henry, The History of Bath, Maine, 1936

Reed, Parker McCobb. History of Bath, Maine. Portland: Lakeside Press, 1894.

Register of Deeds, Sagadahoc County Courhouse, Bath, Maine. Deeds 1826-1854, Bk 29,p. 292

Supplement To The Coastal Journal, May 1, 1969

U. S. Federal Census, 1850, Lincoln County, Bath, Maine

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