St. Hyacinth Church
63 Pulaski Street
Auburn, New York
Saint Hyacinth Church in Auburn, New York is a 100-year-old parish that proudly celebrated their centennial in 2005. The history of this parish began in the 1890’s when immigrants of Polish descent began to settle in this area seeking a new way of life. These faith filled newcomers to America felt the need to retain the customs and traditions of their native land and so the parish of Saint Hyacinth was formed in 1905. As the parish family grew over the years they recognized the need for a larger church and thus a new Romanesque style church was build in 1964. The church with a capacity for 700 people is air-conditioned, handicap accessible, has a self-contained children’s room and a spacious choir loft and sacristy. The facilities include a rectory that has the capacity to house 6 clergy with enclosed access to the church. There is an attached garage and a stand-alone garage as well. The parish center, which was the site of the former parochial school, is now utilized for Faith Formation classes for both Saint Hyacinth and Saint Francis students. This building contains 8 classrooms, a large size kitchen and cafeteria with seating for 100 people and is utilized for various parish functions. There is also an air-conditioned gym used by the CYO and other groups.
The constant prayerfulness of the parish family is evident in both the daily and weekend liturgies. This devotion and dedication make St. Hyacinth unique as exhibited through these services:
- Recitation of the Rosary before daily Mass.
- Divine Mercy Sunday and Divine Mercy Devotion on First Fridays
- Parish Lenten Retreat Day
- May and October devotions with recitation of the Rosary every Sunday
- Annual Saint Anthony of Padua Novena and Mass
- Worldwide day of the Rosary with an Intergenerational Living Rosary
- Eucharistic Days (Forty Hours Devotion) in October
- All Souls Day Mass with special remembrance for those parishioners who have died during the year
- Christmas pageant in the Franciscan tradition that reenacts the birth of Christ
The church has an active Faith Formation program in conjunction with Saint Francis of Assisi parish and the RCIA program continues to be an important facet of their ministries.
The Altar-Rosary Society for the women of the parish and the Holy Name Society for the men of the parish greatly contribute to the ongoing life of this church.
The Spiritual Life and Evangelization Committee’s goal is to foster conversion and renewal in the hearts of the members of the community. They sponsor several religious events among these are the Divine Mercy Devotions, recitation of the Rosary and Lenten retreats. Ministry to the homebound and nursing home residents is a very important facet of their ministry.
The Social Ministry Group at this church deals with direct acts of charity and actions to promote social justice and peace. Operation Rice Bowl, Thanksgiving food baskets, Christmas food baskets, a Christmas giving tree and helping to meet the needs of local migrant workers during the harvest season are ongoing projects for the members of this committee.
The “Pierogi Workers” continue to add that special charm to the parish that makes it known throughout the area. The special recipe for this favorite food was handed down from a prior generation. Through the efforts of dedicated workers, the sales of this specialty food have enabled the parish to make many necessary and beautiful improvements to the church facilities.
There are many social activities that bring the parish family together throughout the year.
The Altar-Rosary and Holy Name corporate Communion Breakfast, the Beautiful Years Club get-togethers for seniors and the seniors Birthday Bash and monthly coffee hours after Sunday Mass, and the annual Mardi Gras dinner.
For the children of the parish, there is an Easter egg hunt and breakfast with the Easter Bunny, at Christmas there is breakfast with Santa. The annual parish picnic is held every July and is a successful fundraiser. The CYO basketball and cheerleading banquet is another event that the youngsters look forward to every year.
Incorporating the spiritual and devotional aspects of the church, with corporal works of mercy and the varied social activities, makes St. Hyacinth a vibrant and well-rounded parish.
May 1, 2008