MONDAY 8AM; TUESDAY 7AM; WEDNESDAY 8:10AM (SCHOOL MASS)
THURSDAY 7AM; FRIDAY 8AM; SATURDAY 5PM; SUNDAY 9AM, 11AM & 6PM
MISSION: Our mission at St. Christopher is to embody the Gospel message by creating and developing a loving community of believers who are pursuing Christian values and witnessing to the love of God and neighbor both within and beyond the parish community.
We welcome new members to this community of faith. New members may register by contacting the Parish office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am until 4:00 pm or by clicking here. Please come and make our acquaintance!
St. Christopher Parish History
Over 50 years have passed since Father Edwin Aufderheide was appointed to establish a parish in Vandalia, Ohio. Taken from three former parishes, St. Christopher’s was canonically established as a parish on November 8, 1957. The first masses under St. Christopher Catholic Church were held in the Morton Middle School Field House and Fred Krim’s Theatre before a permanent church was built. Ground was broken in June of 1958 for a combination church/school facility. The final cornerstone was set December 14 and school officially opened in September 1959.
The church was housed in what was to be an auditorium/gymnasium for the school. The new parish served 250 families that first year and has now grown to over approximately 1400 families. A convent and rectory were built soon after. The convent now houses the St. Christopher Center for Children, a pre-school and day care educational program. A recreational facility was added and named Aufderheide Hall. It operates for a variety of parish, community and private activities. In 1989, a campaign to expand the school structure and build a new church was undertaken. The expansion of the school was completed prior to the 1994-95 school year.
The new church was dedicated on April 28, 1994. In 1998 a campaign called Make Room for Tomorrow was initiated to raise funds for a new Religious Education Center. The newly named Emmaus Center was designed to serve the growth of the parish’s school, Youth Ministry, and Religious Education Program.