Corpus Christi parish was founded in 1906, and our school opened in 1907. Centennial celebrations for both parish and school occurred between the Feast of the Dedication of the Church on October 22, 2006, and the Feast of the Dedication of the Church on October 21, 2007. It was preceded by a year of preparation and prayer, beginning on the Feast of the Dedication of the Church, October 23, 2005.
At the beginning of the year 1906, it was evident to his Grace, Archbishop Farley, D.D., that the territory adjacent to Columbia
University needed greater and more personal supervision. He, accordingly, having consulted his vicars, who likewise approved
the project, proceeded to secure lands sufficient to accommodate the needs of the future parish. Through his agents he purchased
the present site and appointed as rector the Rev. John H. Dooley, who at the time was rector of St. Sylvia’s Parish, Tivoli, N.Y. The
parish was legally incorporated under the title of ‘Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, Borough of Manhattan, N.Y.,
March 7, 1906. ‘
–from the souvenir book of the dedication of the church, 1907
On May 6, 1906, the first Mass was said in the new parish of Corpus Christi. Father Dooley had opened a chapel in the store at the corner of 121 Street and Broadway. Two Masses were read on the first Sunday of May, and the total number present was 226. The rectory at the time was an apartment over the little store-chapel.
C E N T E N N I A L E V E N T S
Sunday, October 22, 10:00 a.m. Centennial Mass, opening of centennial year
Monday, October 23, 7:30 p.m. Concert by Manhattan School of Music students
Saturday, November 11, 11:00 a.m. Memorial Mass for all deceased of the parish
Sunday, December 3, 4:00 p.m. Advent Vespers
Friday, December 8 Anniversary observance for present school students
Sunday, January 7, 2007, 4:00 p.m. Epiphany Vespers
Friday, February 23, 7:15 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis) and sacred music with Coro Hispano of New York
Sunday, February 25, 4:00 p.m. Lenten Vespers; Richard Rodriguez will preach
February 12-March 23 Exhibition on Thomas Merton, Rare Book Library, Butler Library, Columbia University
Tuesday, February 27, 6:00 p.m. Opening reception; Dr. Paul Pearson (Director, Merton Center, Bellarmine University) will speak
Sunday, March 4, 4:00 p.m. Lenten Vespers; Alice McDermott will preach
Sunday, March 11, 4:00 p.m. Lenten Vespers; Fr. Rafferty will preach
Sunday, March 18, 4:00 p.m. Lenten Vespers; Judith M. Kubicki, c.s.s.f., will preach
Sunday, March 25, 4:00 p.m. Lenten Vespers; Christopher Ruddy will preach
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. Organ recital by James David Christie to mark the 50th anniversary of our Holtkamp organ
Thursday, April 19 School benefit; Mary Gordon will speak
Sunday, June 10 Our titular feast of Corpus Christi
Sunday, June 17, 10:45 a.m. Fr. Rafferty will preach at The Riverside Church
Sunday, September 23, 11:15 a.m. School alumni celebration & choir alumni reunion: Mass, school tours, champagne brunch
Sunday, October 14, 11:00 a.m. Bilingual Mass celebrated by Cardinal Egan
Sunday, October 21, 4:00 p.m. Close of centennial year: Vespers & potluck supper
C E N T E N N I A L P R A Y E R
God our Father,
from living stones, your chosen people,
you built an eternal temple to your glory.
Increase the spiritual gifts you have given to your Church,
so that your faithful people may continue to grow
into the new and eternal Jerusalem.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.
We, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually parts of one another. –Romans 12:5