Parish History

April 7, 1959             Fr. Louis Dierker was appointed first pastor of St. Simon the Apostle Parish.
June 21, 1959           First Masses were held at Concord School during church construction.
Summer 1959          
Dominican Order agreed to teach in the school.
November 22, 1959 
Cornerstone was laid for the church and school.
January 9, 1960       
Fr. Dierker moved into the rectory on Jackie Lane.
August 1960           
 Church construction was completed.
September 1960      
School opened with four Dominican sisters, nine lay teachers and 518 students.
Fall 1960                   
First Holy Name and Madonna Guild meetings were held.
December 3, 1961    Church and school dedication.
June 1970                 Parish Council was formed.
June 6, 1972             Fr. Thomas Woracek was appointed the second pastor of St. Simon the Apostle
Fall 1972                   Groundbreaking for the new rectory on the parish grounds.
September 1973       Parish School of Religion started.
March 1977               Remodeling started on the church.
December 7, 1977    First Mass was held in the newly remodeled church.
April 9, 1978             Dedication of the remodeled church.
October 28, 1984     25th Anniversary of St. Simon the Apostle Parish.

Fall 1984                  Plans were developed for a school gym, library and adding a Kindergarten program.
June 1985                Fr. William Ahrens was appointed the third pastor of St. Simon the Apostle Parish.
December 14, 1986  Groundbreaking was held for school expansion.
September 1987       First Kindergarten class was held.
January 17, 1988      Dedication of the Monsignor Woracek Parish Center was held.
September 1995       Convent was converted to Simon Says Early Childhood Center.
September 24, 2000 Groundbreaking for a new church started.
March 17, 2002         First Mass was held in the new church.
May 4, 2002              Dedication of new church by then Archbishop Justin Rigali.
June 23, 2003           Fr. Mark Ebert was appointed fourth pastor of St. Simon the Apostle Parish.
April 2004                 The new church building was paid off.
Summer 2007           All the roofs of the school and gym were replaced and the school was air-
June 17, 2008           Fr. Erich Fechner was appointed fifth pastor of St. Simon the Apostle Parish.
June 21, 2008           Fiftieth Jubilee Year-Long Kick-off Celebration
December 2010        Parish endowment fund reached $1,000,000.


Parish Statistics

July 2010 to June 2011

Households in Parish                                   1698
Baptisms                                                          52
First Communions                                            65
Confirmations                                                   67
Marriages                                                         14
Funerals                                                           51
Students in Elementary School                      361
Students in Parish School of Religion            135
Children in Simon Says Early Childhood           
Center and Extended Care                            160



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