St. Casimir Parish History
We, the Catholic Community of St. Casimir Parish, commit ourselves to spiritual growth. We will follow the Lord Jesus, guided by the Holy Spirit, to build God's Kingdom and spread the Good News through worship, Christian education, evangelization and service to all.

Even before World War I a number of Polish Catholics had immigrated to Lansing. Monsignor John O'Rafferty, pastor of St. Mary, requested an assistant who could speak Polish. Rev. Leo P. Srybowicz was assigned to St. Mary parish in July 1916. He preached his first Polish sermon to those who gathered for Mass in the St. Mary Parish Hall on Walnut Street. Regular Sunday Masses began in January 1919. Bishop Michael J. Gallagher of Detroit formally established the Polish Catholic Community as a mission in October 1920. Adjacent lots on Barnes and Sparrow Streets had already been purchased. Groundbreaking for a basement church and a rectory was held in October 1921. THe St. Casimir community achieved parochial status in September 1921.

The growth of the parish led, in 1926, to the building of a two-story addtion to the basement church. The second floor was for a school and the third floor was for a parish hall. A convent was constructed in the summer of 1928. The school opened that fall and was staffed by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The school closed in 1971 but the Holy Family Sisters continued to minister in the parish until 1983.

The present church was built during the pastorate (1946-1957) of Rev. Leo J. Kalinowski. The old church was converted into classrooms. The new school and gymnasium were built while Monsignor Michael J. Mleko was the pastor from 1957-1971. At the end of his pastorate the parish school was combined with that of Immaculate Heart of Mary. The new rectory and administration building was erected in 1980 when Rev. Albert C. Hornberger was pastor. In 1977, to celebrate the patronal feast, the first polka Mass was held. In the fall of 1985 St. Casimir School was reopened as the middle school under the I.H.M. principal.

During the decade (1987-1997) that Rev. Raymond Rademacher led the parish, a new ambry and baptismal font were installed. Also, the parish celebrated its 75th anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Carl F. Mengeling on September 27, 1996.

Rev. William R. Lugger has served as the pastor since June 1997 and enriched the liturgies with his beautiful singing.

St. Casimir Catholic Parish
815 Sparrow Ave.
Lansing, MI 48910
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