Established in 1848, St. Patrick Church has the distinction of being one of the Diocese’s first parishes. A Catholic presence had been established in Weston by 1820. Many were Irish and German immigrants who had labored on the Staunton to Parkersburg Turnpike.
Rev. Michael Gallagher of Pittsburgh visited them until Rev. Austin Grogan was sent to Weston in 1845. He was responsible for serving all the Catholics in central West Virginia. On May 9, 1846, Father Grogan purchased Lots 9 and 10 on the east side of High Street for the sum of $100. Work began on the red-brick, two-story building in 1847. It was completed in 1848 and dedicated to Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick.
The church was free of debt upon completion due to the generosity of the people without regard to religious affiliation. To accommodate a growing Catholic population, Fr. Daniel O’Connor, who arrived in Weston in 1861, purchased Lot 6, 7, and 8 on the east side of Court Avenue. The new church on Court Avenue, directly facing East Second Street, was completed in 1878.
The current church, located on Center Avenue, was built under Rev. John J. Swint in 1914. The parish has operated two grade schools (1855-1878; 1914-current) and a high school (1918-1973).
The Sisters of St. Joseph served at the parish and the school from 1914 until 2008.
Rev. Austin Grogan Served Parish: 1845-1850 Rev. Bartholomew Stack Served Parish: 1850-1855 Rev. Denis Brennan Served Parish: 1855-1861 Rev. James Vincent Cunningham Served Parish: 1860-1861 Msgr. Daniel O’Connor Served Parish: 1861-1864 Rev. John McGill Served Parish: 1864-1865 Rev. James McGourty Served Parish: 1865-1868 Rev. John Walters Served Parish: 1868-1868 Rev. Patrick Francis Burke Served Parish: 1868-1876 Rev. John Tracey Served Parish: 1876-1894 Rev. John McBride Served Parish: 1894-1897 Rev. George Toner Served Parish: 1897-1914 Archbishop John J. Swint Served Parish: 1914-1922 Rev. Matthias Bucheit Served Parish: 1922-1935 Rev. Robert Sullivan Served Parish: 1935-1944 Msgr. Joseph Patrick McKernan Served Parish: 1944-1969 Msgr. John A McNulty Served Parish: 1969-1975 Rev. Donal O’Donovan Served Parish: – Rev. James J. Murphy Served Parish: – Rev. Jeremiah F. McSweeney Served Parish: – Rev. J. Stephen Vallelonga Served Parish: – Rev. James R. DeViese Served Parish: –
St. Patrick Parish has resumed its posted Mass Schedule. As a reminder, if you are in a high-risk group, you should remain home. Bishop Brennan has lifted the obligation of Sunday Mass attendance until further notice. If you attend Mass, you should wear a mask and follow all safety instructions as posted/announced. Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrances of the church. Updated: 05/23/2020