Out Lady of the Perpetual Help Church started in 1890 as the second church in Holyoke for the people coming from Quebec.
The first church was built in 1891 as a five function structure. It had all but the rectory in it. The convent, school, auditorium, church, and chapel were all in one building. The rectory was up the street a bit.
By 1923, the church was left behind and a new one was built on Chestnut Street. This one had a different building for each need.
Perpetual Help Church started its own cemetery Notre Dame Cemetery in South Hadley in 1891. This cemetery also belongs to the Immaculate Conception Church. Perpetual Help started Immaculate Conception as a mission church.
stop 1 – Perpetual Help Church
stop 2 – Perpetual Help School
stop 3 – Library Commons
The Library Commons area is an adventure in itself. Read about it or walk the area by going to this LINK.
stop 4 – Apartments
Look at the Sanborn map to see the locations of the apartment complexes around this block. The Cabot formed the entire northern edge of the block abutting Cabot Street. There was a street Ferguson Place to the west that had The Princeton and The Cambridge along it.
stop 5 – Perpetual Help Convent
stop 6 – Apartments
South pass the convent was The Knowlton.
stop 7 – Sacred Heart
The Sacred Heart Church is to the south from this location. It is an Irish ethnic church that was started in 1876. Click on the link in the sentence above to read about it.
stop 8 – Perpetual Help Rectory
|1st||Charles-Edouard Brunault||1890||1904||Nicolet Cathedral Crypt (Quebec)|
|2nd||Joseph Marchand||1905||1938||Notre Dame Cemetery (South Hadley)|
|3rd||Pierre Gauthier||1939||1960||Saint Patrick’s Cemetery (Northbridge)|
|5th||Rosario Montcalm||1968||1983||Notre Dame Cemetery (South Hadley)|