Parish History

St. John Paul II Parish was established in 2011 through a merger of these three parishes:

Christ Our King (est. 1951) – “The continued growth of the city of Warren, Ohio and the steady increase of the number of Catholic people there has indicated, for some time, the need of a new Catholic parish on the West side of the city. In consideration of this need and for the sake of the salvation of souls I do herby, by virtue of this letter, decree the erection of the new parish of Christ the King. Reverend Edward Labbe, until now pastor of St. James Parish in North Jackson, is hereby appointed the first pastor of the new parish. His appointment is effective on Friday, October 5th. Property for the building of the new parish has been purchased and I urge the members of the parish to give their wholehearted cooperation to Father Labbe in his arduous task of providing the necessary facilities.” (Rev. Christopher Henyk, the last Pastor of Christ Our King Parish)

St. Joseph (est. 1929) – “St. Joseph Parish was started in 1928 by Bishop Schrembs, then bishop of Cleveland, to serve the families of Polish descent in Warren. The first services were held in a rented storefront until the first church building was erected and dedicated in 1929. In the past, the parish included a parish school and a building that once housed the Sisters of Notre Dame and at another time the Franciscan Fathers. In 1964, the parish built a new church that was dedicated by Bishop Walsh. A mosaic of St. Joseph and the Christ Child dominates the main entrance of the new church. The building seats about five hundred and fifty people. Altars of imported marble beautify the sanctuary, and there are a number of shrine areas. The stained-glass windows are from France. Laminated wood arches support the roof and the ceiling. All of these architectural touches enable parishioners to worship God in an atmosphere of joyous celebration. The parish, which has diversified, has been making improvements to the church building, grounds, and rectory, the program of liturgical music, and the cemetery.” (Rev. Christopher Henyk, the last Pastor of St. Joseph Parish)

St. Pius X (est. 1959) – “The year 1959 brought the good news that Catholics residing in northwest Warren would soon have their own parish. On July 3, 1959, the Most Reverend Emmet M. Walsh, Bishop of Youngstown, announced that a new local church, St. Pius X, would be established. Bishop Walsh appointed Reverend William J. Lawler as founding pastor. Excitement for the new parish grew as Father Lawler arrived in Warren on July 10, 1959 to assume his new pastorate. He rented the Dickey Avenue School for worship services and on Sunday July 12, 1959, he celebrated his first Mass with his parishioners. In July of 1960, Bishop Walsh broke ground and announced that construction of the church would begin in the Fall. All work was completed by July of 1961, and on Sunday August 6, 1961, the first Mass was celebrated in a new church. In August of 1961, the Sisters of Humility of Mary came to work in the new school. On September 5th, the school opened with a total enrollment of 90 students in three classrooms. In November, 1962 first parish festival was held. In January of 1963, the St. Vincent de Paul Society was formed.” (Rev. Christopher Henyk, the last Pastor of St. Pius X Parish)

St. John Paul II Parish (est. 2011) serves the whole west side city of Warren, including the northern part of Lordstown, the eastern part of Leavittsburg, and the southern part of Champion under the leadership of the first Pastor – Rev. Christopher Henyk, since August, 2011.


420 North Street North West
Warren, Ohio 44483

Mailing Address:
1401 Moncrest Drive North West
Warren, Ohio 44485

Contact Information:

Phone: 330.399.8881
Fax: 330.399.1361

Mass Times:

Sunday: 9:00am
Weekdays: Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 8:30am

Rev. Frantisek Katrinak, Pastor