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Brookline has several churches located
in the community to serve the religious needs of the neighborhood. There are
many denominations represented. Whether you are Roman Catholic, Lutheran,
Presbyterian, Baptist, or non-denominational, there is something here for you.
If you can't find it here, there are many other denominations represented in
the nearby communities.
Brookline's parishes have long played a
vital role in the formation of our community. For most of the 20th century, most
parishes had elementary schools associated with them, and many a Brookline child
gained a religious and academic education at diocesan schools like Resurrection,
Our Lady of Loreto and St. Pius.
In 1996 these schools were merged into
one institution named Brookline Regional Catholic, with classes held on the St.
Pius campus. In 2014 the name of the school was changed to Saint John Bosco
Academy. For public school students CCD classes available at all of the parishes.
For those wishing to continue a Catholic education after grade school, there
is Seton-LaSalle High School, located along McNeilly Road in Mount
The Men of Brookline group joins with
members of the St. Nicholas (Beaver PA) and St. Peter and Paul (Northside)
groups on a visit to the St. Paul of the Cross Retreat House in
June 1954. For a list of names click on image.
Over the years there have been Bible
classes and other church groups, like the Holy Name Society at Resurrection,
for the adult members of the congregations. There were the youth groups and the
church choir, which performed at Sunday Mass. Many Brookline children longed
to be an altar boy and assist the Father with the celebration of Mass, and many
did just that. Many of the older kids also served as "Safeties", or crossing
guards, before and after school.
The Boy and Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and
Brownies generally had a troop associated with the various parishes. Yearly
fundraisers like the Resurrection Fun Flair, the St. Pius Expo and the Loreto
Carnival were eagerly awaited summer events. There was something for everyone,
and the church was, in many ways, the hub around which families thrived. Still
today, during these tough economic times, our churches provide many services
to help ease the burden of their congregations and strengthen the concept that
Brookline is a faith-filled community and that, as Bishop David Zubik states,
"Nothing is Impossible with God."
It is difficult to understate the many
contributions that our local churches have made in a historical and spiritual
sense to the Brookline community.
Brookline's First Church
The first church gatherings in Brookline
were held at a stump church located near Pioneer Avenue and Brookline Boulevard.
People came together around a preacher, sitting on log stumps to listen to his
The first official church, called the
Knowlson Methodist Church, was built in 1868. The church building stood on a
hillside near the present-day junction of West Liberty Avenue and Brookline
Boulevard. The property was donated by Richard Knowlson.
The old Knowlson Methodist Church,
built in 1868 above the junction of Brookline Boulevard and West Liberty Avenue,
shown here in 1915. The church was used over the years by the Brookline Methodists,
the St. Mark's Lutherans,
and the Brookline Presbyterians, all of whom later relocated to larger churches
built along Brookline Boulevard.
In 1907 the church united with the
Banksville Methodist Church and constructed a new church along Wedgemere Avenue.
The congregation went on to form the Brookline Methodist
Church, chartered in 1913, and a larger church was constructed at Brookline Boulevard and Wedgemere Avenue
A small group of United
Presbyterians had a
small house of worship, erected in 1902, near the Bell House Tavern on West Liberty
Avenue. In 1907, they moved to the West Liberty Elementary schoolhouse
on Pioneer Avenue, then to the old Knowlson Church. The Presbyterians
constructed a stone chapel at Queensboro and Brookline Boulevard,
dedicated on February 13, 1913. The church was enlarged in 1924, and again