St Mary Catholic Church
536 Homestead Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23321 map
Sunday ~ 9:00 am
Reconciliation ~ 8:30 am
Located at Church of the Resurrection
3501 Cedar Lane
Portsmouth, VA 23702
Monday through Friday ~ 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (closed 12:30-1:00 for lunch)
Please consider using our E-Giving program for your donations. E-Giving saves money for the parish by reducing the need to print weekly offering envelopes. E-Giving also ensures that much needed donations reach the parish in the event parishioners are out of town, or if Mass must be cancelled due to severe weather. Parishioners who participate in E-Giving need not write checks each week for the collection. Also, E-Giving payments can be set to match pay periods for the most convenient possible withdrawal times during the month. Use the widget below to sign up for E-Giving or to make changes to your current E-Giving schedule. If you have questions regarding E-Giving, please contact the Cluster Office at 757-484-7335 or email Deacon Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In early January 1912, a tract of land was donated to St. Mary’s Church by the Franklin Land and Lumber Company. Through the efforts of Michael Wysocki and Joseph Janusz, the land was given at no cost by the donor, Isadore Herz, a major New York stockholder. providing it be used to erect a church and school with a portion set aside for a cemetary. This tract of land was approximately 6 and 1/2 acres with 1131 feet fronting Homestead Road. The Board of Trustees appointed were Mr. Julius Szymanski, Sr., Jan Zawada and Stanislaw Jaskowiak, Sr., who on January 20, 1912 accepted the land. On July 6, 1915 the deed was recorded at the Courthouse in Norfolk County, VA at the cost of $1.64 – fourteen cents of which was tax (per Father Wilczek’s record book).
The land being procured and readied for the erection of the church was one thing, but finding the money to perform such a feat was another. Approximately 33 families were in the settlement in 1915 and most of them had very meager sources of income. The problem of building the church was immense, but it was believed that if a strong will and trust in Faith was present, then God would provide the way for his people.
St. Anne’s Society
All women are encouraged and welcome to join this group. Monthly meetings for socializing and raising money for the Parish. The primary activity is the Bazaar in September – a fun-filled event for everyone!