Parish History

The Parish Church at Union Street was the former St. Helen of Sweden Church. It was formed in 1926 to serve the growing Catholic community on the eastern edge of Schenectady. The original parish boundaries reached from Consaul Road to the Mohawk River and from McClellan Street to the eastern border of Niskayuna. The original church was a Sears & Roebuck prefabricated structure erected at the corner of Union Street and Woodland Avenue, the present site of Trust-Co Bank. The first Rectory was established at 1955 Eastern Parkway. Rev. Joseph Dunney was appointed the first Pastor and served in that position until 1934.

An interesting fact about St. Helen's is that the stained glass windows portray the "wrong" St. Helen. St. Helen's was named after St. Helen of Sweden. The St. Helen that is depicted in the window is St. Helen, mother of Constantine and founder of the true cross.