For almost 90 years the parish of Holy Innocents has served the people and the neighborhood of Juniata. Monsignor Martin Lynch founded the parish on its December feast day and built the parish one building at a time. For 25 years Mass was celebrated in the “Red Chapel” until out beautiful cross-shaped church was constructed in 1953. The church has 7 entrances, a biblical number representing completeness, or spiritual perfection.
Seven entrances also spell out the word, WELCOME, or in Spanish BIENVENIDOS. For eight decades our five pastors of Irish descent have welcomed people from many countries. Presently Holy Innocents is the home for people from over 20 different countries, taking the words of Jesus to heart, “That all may be one.”
Our IHM sisters have been welcoming and teaching our children since 1929. Thousands of boys and girls have been schooled in the Catholic faith through the selfless efforts of our sisters and our many lay teachers. In the Fall of 2006 we welcomed St. Lucy Day School to become part of the parish family. St. Lucy’s educates children who are visually impaired.
And now the good people of Holy Innocents serve as the parish “doors.” Each one of us is called to “welcome the stranger.” Each one of us is called to “serve the needy.” And may each of us, through God’s grace, always remain open to the Lord’s challenge.
In 2013, Holy Innocents Parish was formed as a result of the merger of Holy Innocents Parish, Saint Joan of Arc, Mater Dolorosa, St. Joachim, and Ascension of Our Lord.
This merger is the result of ongoing Archdiocesan restructuring that will ultimately strengthen parish communities throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia positioning them for future growth and sustainability. It is hoped that the result will be revitalized parishes throughout the Archdiocese that are better equipped to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of future generations.