What We Believe
(as told through St. Genevieve's stained glass - click here.)
Amongst the stained glass & architectural structures of the St. Genevieve's complex there is beauty that sometimes goes unnoticed. Take a few moments before or after Mass and take in what you have been missing.
In 1988, February 3 was established by a unanimous act of Congress as an annual "Four Chaplains Day." Who are the Four Chaplains and what is the connection to St. Genevieve's?
The present Rectory was built in 1957.
In 1994, in preparation for the 75th anniversary of the parish, the church was renovated to its original beauty and an elevator was installed. Over the course of its existence, the parish has worked to transmit the faith to each new generation.
St. Genevieve's Grammar School
Ground was broken June 4, 1931 for the present wood frame convent to house the Benedictine Sisters who were to comprise the teaching staff of the new school. Today the old convent house is a meeting place for several parish ministries and organizations including the Youth Group, St. Genevieve's Helping Hands and the Parish RCIA..
The faith community of St. Genevieve, Elizabeth, started as a mission of St. Catherine, Hillside, in March 1920. Eight years later a wing was added to the wooden chapel to house a grade school and to provide additional space for worshippers. In 1930 the parish erected the larger Church / School complex that stands today.
Our Patroness - St. Genevieve
Feast Day - January 3
St. Genevieve is the patron saint of Paris, France in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox tradition. She was born about the year 422 in the small village of Nanterre, near Paris, to Severus and Gerontia. When she was seven years old, St. Germain of Auxerre passed through her village. Genevieve stood in the crowd that gathered around Germanus as he preached, and noticing her pious demeanor, singled her out. Speaking to her parents, he foretold of her future sanctity. Genevieve confided that she wanted only to live for the Lord, and with Germanus’ encouragement, she became a nun at 15 years of age.
When her parents died, Genevieve moved to Paris to live with her godmother, where she dedicated her life to prayer, fasting and works of charity. Around the year 451, word came that Attila and his army of Huns were marching on Paris. As the people of Paris prepared to flee, Genevieve convinced them to ward off the army through prayer and fasting. Genevieve promised the protection of Heaven and as she foretold, Attila’s armies bypassed Paris and the city was spared.
St. Genevieve died in the year 512. Her Feast Day is celebrated on January 3. She is typically pictured with a flowing gown and mantle over her shoulders.
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Where in St. Genevieve's can this beautiful representation of the Holy Spirit be found?