Saints Cyril and Methodius Slovak Church

The SS. Cyril and Methodius parish was organized January 3,
1914, with 128 families.

The first pastor, Rev. V. Blahunka was appointed for the congre
gation on March 2 , 1915. Immediately preparations were made for
the building of a church at the Northwest corner of North Kildare
Avenue and West Walton Street. On July 13, 1915, the cornerstone
was laid by the Right Reverend Bishop Alexander J. McGavick. Mass
was celebrated in the new church on the 19th of December following.

The parish has ten auxiliary societies and the growth and develop
ment in the last few years is marvelous. There is a school with four
Sisters and over 200 pupils. (CH)

 

Sts. Cyril and Methodius' Pai'ish was organized January 3, 1914, with 128 families. The first pastor, Rev. Y. Blahunka, was ap- pointed for this congregation March 2, 1915. Immediately preparations were made for
building a church on the northeast corner of North Kildare Avenue and W. Walton Street. Plans were made for an edifice which would contain both church and school, and the building of same was begun on July 13, 1915. The Right Rev. Bishop MeGavick laid the corner stone August 1st, of the same
year, and the first Mass was celebrated in the new church on the following 19th of December. The next spring the building was completed, and on July 4, 1916, it was dedicated by the Right Rev. Bishop MeGavick. The school, which was opened September 2, 1917, was placed in charge of the Sisters of
St. Francis. In 1917 the rectory was built. At present the congregation numbers
178 families. Ten auxiliary societies have been formed since the foundation of the parish. Sts. Cyril and Methodius is still in charge of its first pastor.

(1920)

 

CH.  Illinois Catholic Historical Review, Volume IV, July 1921, Number 1, Published by the Illinois Catholic Historical Society, Chicago, Illinois, Page 190.

1920 Diamond Jubilee of the Archdiocese of Chicago 1920, Published by the Archdiocese of Chicago, St. Mary's Training School Press, Des Plaines, Illnois, 1920, Page 657.