St. Augustine’s Parish History
In 1964, St. Mary’s Parish of Baldwinsville, under Msgr. John B. Daley, purchased 10 acres of land on O’Brien Road and built a Catechetical Center on the site of the present church. This center provided for both release time education from McNamara School and for Sunday Mass. In 1966, the Most Rev. Walter A. Forey, Bishop of Syracuse, created St. Augustine’s as a new parish in the Diocese of Syracuse. The Rev. John J. Daley was appointed as the first pastor and the Catechetical Center served as the first church. The existing rectory was built in 1967, and in 1969, the previous Religious Education Center was built to provide release time education for Reynolds School. Construction of the Parish Hall was done in stages, primarily by members of the parish, over the period of 1973 – 1981. The new Pastoral Center was completed in 1999 and houses the classrooms for faith formation and the parish offices, the nursery, parish meeting rooms and the Sr. Pat Geary Gathering Room.
In 1973, Father Thomas J. McLaughlin became the second pastor of St. Augustine’s. He greatly increased the size of the parish. He also rebuilt the interior of the center into a church, and continued to provide religious education. In 1984, a decision was made by the parish to build a new church, and in December of 1985, the Most Rev. Frank J. Harrison, Bishop of Syracuse, dedicated the present St. Augustine’s Church. In 1989, Father McLaughlin retired and the Rev. Msgr. Paul A. Brigandi became the third pastor. In 1991, the Rev. John F. Rose became the 4th pastor. In spring of 2003, Rev. Paul Alciati was appointed the 5th pastor of St. Augustine’s. St. Augustine’s and St. Mary’s parishes were linked in August of 2008. In December of 2008, Rev. Abraham Esper was appointed as the pastor of St. Augustine’s and St. Mary’s as linked parishes in Baldwinsville. In fall of 2010, St. Augustine’s was delinked with St. Mary’s Parish to form a new linkage with the Syracuse Diocesan Office of Seminarian Formation which brought Fr. Tom Servatius to us as our Pastor.
St. Augustine’s currently serves approximately well over 800 families and provides a wide variety of religious, educational, recreational, and community programs. The history of our parish is one of both spiritual and physical growth, as well as service to the community.
As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, we created a video documentary about our parish.