Parish History

Saint Louis the King IX Catholic Church History


1955 Groundbreaking Ceremony

After Bishop Noa announced the formation of St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Harvey on June 30, 1954, Father David T. Harris celebrated the first St. Louis the King Mass  at the Chocolay Township Hall on July 18, 1954.  Following groundbreaking in 1955, the basement of the church was constructed and served as the church for the next four years.

Menze Construction began construction of the new church July 1959.  On December 25, 1960 the first  Mass was celebrated in the new St. Louis the King Church.  On February 28, 1960 Bishop Noa dedicated the Church.  At that time, 120 families were registered in the parish.


June 30, 1954

Bishop Noa announces formation of new parish, St. Louis the King.

July 18, 1954

First Mass said by Fr. David Harris in Chocolay Township Hall.

Aug. 1, 1954

First baptism: Eileen Marie Williams

Sept. 21, 1954

First Funeral:  Larry Lajeunesse, age 13.

Jan 15, 1955

First marriage: Leonard Lemieux & Marion Tousignant.

July 3, 1955

First Communion:  Seven girls & 13 boys.

July 20, 1955

Groundbreaking for the new church.

Aug. 4, 1955

Menze Construction begins work on church.  Cost of structure $28,000.

Nov. 5, 1955

First Confirmation:  Twelve girls & 14 boys.

Dec. 25, 1959

First Mass in new church.

Feb. 28, 1960

Bishop Noa lays the cornerstone and blesses the new parish.

June 4, 1960

Fr. Allan Mayotte ordained to priesthood, the first parish son to become a priest.


Gazebo project completed.


Rectory & church re-located for construction to begin on new church.

Mar. 14, 1999

Bishop Garland breaks ground for new church.

May 13, 2000

Dedication of the new church. $1 Million mortgage signed on Sept. 30, 2000.

Our Pastors

Father David Harris


Father Charles Strelick


Father Joseph Callari


Father Lawrence Gauthier


Father Guy (Steven) Thoren


Father Ben Paris


Father Glenn Theoret


Video History: How It All Began
Compiled and edited by Jean Paquette