St. Cecilia's Historical Timeline

St. Cecilia's Historical Timeline

1880-Original church building built a half-mile from current church site. The new St. Cecilia Church was a mission parish attended to by St. Paul Catholic Church in Florence.  

1911-Land purchased at current church site, to serve as the location of our cemetery.

1919-Original church building is totally destroyed in a fire. Rev. Henry Heringhaus is subsequently appointed St. Cecilia’s first resident pastor, and he oversees the construction of a new church building. It is dedicated in November of 1919.

1919-To help raise funds, the parish holds a chicken dinner on Labor Day, 1919. All food was donated by parishioners. This was the start of our annual Labor Day Festival, which still incorporates a chicken dinner.  

1921-The original rectory was built. It was located near where the drive into the parking lot in front of our current church building is.

1923-The original St. Cecilia School is built. It was located at the front of the cemetery, to the right of the entrance.




1930-St. Cecilia celebrates her Golden Jubilee (50 years).

1950-Our present rectory was built. This marked the first time St. Cecilia’s pastor would reside on campus.



1953-A new school building is constructed. That building is the old portion of our current school.



1964-The 1919 church building was expanded, effectively doubling its size.



1966-St. Patrick in Taylor Mill and St. Barbara in Erlanger are branched off of St. Cecilia due to overcrowding.

1980-St. Cecilia celebrates her centennial (100 years).

1990-Ground is broken for the current church building.



1991-The original 1921 school building burns down due to an electrical fire.

1994-The original rectory, which had housed the nuns for many years, was torn down.

1997-Our current church building is dedicated on December 14, with Bishop Robert Muench presiding.

2000-St. Cecilia School is expanded, adding a two-story addition with eight additional classrooms.

2009-The 1919 church building is torn down.

2020-The Parish Life Center and Gymnasium was dedicated on February 23, 2020.

2021-Fr. Harry Settle is installed as St. Cecilia’s 13th pastor on January 27, 2021.