Mary, Help of Christians

954 North Maple Avenue, Fairborn, Ohio  45324

(937) 878-8353, Fax (937) 879-8800

Pastor, Rev. Thomas A. Nevels

About the Parish

Our parish has a long tradition as a Christian community, dating back to 1862 when a missionary priest from the Society of Mary organized the Catholic population into a parish congregation in Fairfield, Ohio. Parishioners met in an old schoolhouse until 1868 when Father Charles Hahne helped the congregation build a permanent church about a mile away in the larger town of Osborn. It was officially dedicated as Mary, Help of Christians on August 22, 1869. That "country" church served the parish of 20 families well.

In 1918 they celebrated their golden jubilee, but with mixed feelings, as the Miami Conservancy, formed after the 1913 flood, had designated the area as a retarding basin to check against future devastating floods.  Several years later, in 1923, a new 150 seat church was erected on Pleasant Street as part of the relocated town of Osborn. The church struggled through the depression years, but by 1950, in what was now Fairborn (the merger of Fairfield and Osborn); MHC had bloomed into a parish of 500 families.

In 1956 ground was broken on what became our school.  After 50 years our school closed in 2008.  The school initially served as the new church back in those days.  It now serves as our Parish Center.

In the 1960's, the convent (now St. Francis Hall) and the rectory were completed.  In 1970, our present church, the fifth in MHC's history, was dedicated.  As a physical link to the past, the bell in our steeple today is the same one which called parishioners to services at the old Osborn church in 1868.

Today, our congregation numbers approximately 860 families.  We have approximately 30 parish organizations which help guide and educate the youngest to the oldest of our parishioners.  We invite you to become involved in one of the many ministries that are available in our parish.

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