In 1861, the three founding families of St. Patrick parish gathered together for Mass once a month. Fr. James Shields celebrated the Mass in parishioners’ homes for the first twelve years.
In November of 1877, St. Patrick’s Church of Parkersburg was started and in the spring of 1878 it was dedicated. The original church was erected at the cost of $1,300 and was debt free at the time of dedication.
Parkersburg was not mentioned in the Catholic Church Directory until 1888, and it was only the following year that a resident pastor arrived.
The rectory was built around 1895. The priest living at Parkersburg also took care of New Hartford. Mass was said every other Sunday at each place. It was not until 1910 that Mass was said in both communities every Sunday.