Holy Rosary Church

Holy Rosary Church was a Catholic church in the Flats section of Holyoke. It was built in the early 1880s and taken down in 1974.

stop 1 – Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church

Three blocks up Ely Street is the former Holy Rosary Church.  All that remains of it is the church bell.  The parish was formed in 1886 as an extension of Sacred Heart Church.  By 1888 the basement was finished and pastor Michael Howard served the first masses there.  He died that year and was buried alongside his church

stop 2 – Rosary Convent

A convent was built joined to the church. Both the church and the convent had their own chapel.

stop 3 – Rosary Rectory

The rectory and school were built along Center Street.  The school was completed in 1903 and was comprised of both an elementary and a high school.  The school started in 1902 and that first year the classes were held in the Lyman Street School.    Saint Mary’s Home for Young Women was attached to the back of the church.  This was a home for girls and young women from Ireland that had no family in Holyoke.

pastornamestartendburial
1stMichael Howard18861888Rosary Churchyard (Holyoke)
2ndThomas Beaven18891891Saint Augustine Mortuary Chapel (Springfield)
3rdDavid McGrath18921903Saint Mary’s Cemetery (Milford, Massachusetts)
4thEdward Fitzgerald19041910
5thJohn Griffin19111929Saint Thomas Cemetery (Palmer)
6thDaniel McDermott19291931
7thJohn J McCarthy19321942
8thJohn McMahon19431951
9thAndrew Sullivan19521970
10thJohn Mara19721974Saint John’s Cemetery (Worcester)
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stop 4 – Rosary School

The high school joined with two other schools in 1963 to form the Holyoke Catholic High School. From 1971 to 1974 Rosary School joined with Immaculate Conception School to form Mary Immaculate School.  Rosary was the middle school and Immaculate Conception was the primary school.  In the spring and summer of 1974 the entire campus of the Holyoke Rosary Church was razed.  The body of Michael  Howard was disinterred and reinterred in the Calvary Cemetery. 

stop 5 – Rosary Church Bell

The church bell was saved and is still in the Lyman Street School lot.

stop 6 – Hadley Mills Workers’ Housing

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stop 7 – Saint Mary’s Home for Young Women

 Saint Mary’s Home for Young Women was attached to the back of the church.  This was a home for girls and young women from Ireland that had no family in Holyoke.

Wander around this neighborhood to get a good feel of what it was like in the past.