The post World War II migration of young couples from Youngstown’s older neighborhoods created new settlements on the city’s southwest side. It also created a need for a new parish there. It was at that time that Mr. Fred Shutrump, widely known contractor and businessman, approached Bishop Emmet Walsh and offered, as a gift, seven acres of land for the erection of a new parish. The bishop accepted the gift of land and acceded to Mr. Shutrump’s request that the new parish be called “St. Christine” in honor of his mother’s patron saint, St. Christina.
Accordingly, on March 19, 1953, St. Christine Parish was established and Father Gordon G. Gutman was appointed the founding pastor. An announcement appeared in the paper and on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1953, 305 people found their way to Pioneer Pavilion where the first Mass in the parish was celebrated. The congregation soon outgrew its rustic meeting place in the park and moved to Idora Park for the summers and Princeton Junior High School for the fall and winters. A census turned up 350 families for the founding of the new parish in 1953.
Soon the herculean task of raising funds and building the parish facilities began. Ground was broken on March 28, 1954 for the first temporary church (now Gutman Hall), and ten classrooms. The building of the rectory began at the same time. The church-school and rectory were then dedicated on November 13, 1955. Construction of the convent began that same year, with additions to the school and convent made in 1957 and another addition of classrooms in 1960. Plans for a new church were laid in the fall of 1962. The new church with seating for 1100 persons was a visionary, featuring a free standing altar with the pews surrounding the altar on three sides. It was dedicated by bishop Emmet M. Walsh in solemn ceremonies on November 1, 1964.
The parish currently has a membership over 3,000 families, one of the largest in the Diocese of Youngstown.From the beginning, Saint Christine has been a vibrant parish, with an active membership and a lively spirit. It continues to exemplify the fine spirit that has made it a vital presence in the neighborhoods of southwest Youngstown and the surrounding area.
3165 South Schenley Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44511
Saturday Vigil: 4:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am, 10:30am & 12:00pm
Holy Day Vigil: 5:30pm
Holy Days: 7:00am, 9:00am & 12:00pm
Weekdays: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday – 8:30am
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 11:00am – 11:20am & 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Rev. Leo Wehrlin, Pastor
Rev. Simon Mino, Parochial Vicar