Casino Catholic High School

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Our mission is to provide a high quality education within our Catholic tradition, steeped in the Marist and Mercy charisms, where emphasis is placed on individual student engagement, underpinned by the promotion of education as learning for life. The following table lists NSW Catholic high schools based on the percentage of exams sat that achieved a DA (Distinguished Achievers) in HSC 2020. Find the top 100 catholic high schools (HSC) in NSW here. For ALL SCHOOLS, please visit Find and compare any high school's HSC rankings and trends. Welcome to St Mary’s Catholic College Welcome to St Mary’s Catholic College, a co-educational Years 7 – 12 Secondary College owned and administered by St Mary’s Parish, Casino. For over 130 years St Mary’s has proudly provided students from all around the Richmond Valley area with an holistic education.

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U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
Location105 E. 15th, 1584 White, 1501 & 1561 Jackson Sts., Dubuque, Iowa
Coordinates42°30′29″N90°40′01″W / 42.50806°N 90.66694°WCoordinates: 42°30′29″N90°40′01″W / 42.50806°N 90.66694°W
Built1864-1867 (church)
ArchitectJohn Mullany (church)
Architectural styleGothic Revival (church)
Part ofWashington Residential Historic District (ID15000725)
NRHP reference No.15000436[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 21, 2015
Designated CPOctober 13, 2015

Saint Mary's Catholic Church is a former parish of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The church is located in Dubuque, Iowa, United States, at the corner of 15th and White Streets. The church is recognizable by its steeple– one of the tallest in the area. The church property was added to the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district in 2015, and the various buildings were included as contributing properties in the Washington Residential Historic District later in the same year.[2]


The beginning[edit]

During the 1840s, a number of German families moved to the city of Dubuque. Many of these families were Catholic. Initially, they attended Mass at St. Raphael's Cathedral. However, the cathedral was becoming quite crowded due to the growing German and Irish populations of the city. Also, Bishop Mathias Loras was having difficulty ensuring that the German families were adequately cared for.

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In 1849, Bishop Loras granted permission for 40 German families to form a new parish. Gerhard Hueckels donated land at the corner of 8th and White Streets in Dubuque. In 1850, a church was built on the land. This church, named Holy Trinity, was built of native stone with a tower about twenty feet tall.

For the first few years, there was a lack of priests in the still-young diocese. The people of Holy Trinity parish were served at first by a missionary, Father Gerhard Plathe. Finally, in 1853, they were given a resident priest, Father William Edmonds.

Soon the first major influx of German immigrants occurred. The small Holy Trinity church was filled to capacity. In 1863, the pastor, Father George Fendrick, and members of the parish founded the 'German Roman Catholic Association of Dubuque.' Their goal was to build a new church to support the parish - which now had over 300 families. At first, they attempted to purchase the Presbyterian Seminary in Dubuque for $15,000. After other Christian denominations opposed this plan, the group instead purchased an orchard for $3,000. This site, about seven blocks north of the Holy Trinity Church, is the site of the current church.

Construction of the new St. Mary's Church[edit]

In 1864, construction was begun on the new church. The plans were designed by the architect John Mullany, who had designed the present Cathedral building. Father Aloysius Meis directed the construction. The new building was done in Gothic Architecture style.

The original high altar

As with many other churches during the 19th century, most of the excavation and construction work was done by the men of the parish. By the time the foundation was complete in September 1864, only $3.03 was left in the treasury. The remaining $80,000 needed to finish the church was brought in through more fundraising and additional donations.

From 1867 to 1922[edit]

On February 10, 1867, Bishop John Hennessy dedicated the new St. Mary's Church. Over the next 55 years, the population of Dubuque continued to grow. This was especially true in the 1880s with the arrival of the Milwaukee Railroad shops. St. Mary's was the mother parish of four other area parishes. Sacred Heart was established in 1879, followed by Holy Ghost in 1896. In 1910, a new Holy Trinity Church was built near Eagle Point Park in Dubuque in memory of the first church in Dubuque to carry that name. Finally in 1922, Nativity parish was built near what today is called Loras College.

In the early 1870s, the Hook and Hastings Company - a prominent 19th century organ builder - installed an organ in the choir loft. This organ was placed in a visually impressive case. The organ was significantly altered by the Lima Pipe Organ Company of Elida, Ohio, in 1965; the case and most of the pipes were retained, augmented by all new mechanism (including windchests constructed of aluminum) and several additional ranks of pipes. It currently has three manuals and 33 stops.

The sanctuary was extended in 1911, followed by the construction of two small chapels at the rear of the church. In 1914, stained glass windows built in Bavaria were installed in the church, though the shipment of the windows was nearly stopped because of the outbreak of World War I. Twelve large stained glass windows honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, and a large mural of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was painted behind the altar, because the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the patron saint of the parish.

From 1922 to the present[edit]

St. Mary's Rectory

In 1935, Father Aloysius Schmitt was ordained in Rome, Italy. He returned to the United States, and his first assignment was as an associate at Saint Mary's Church. In 1941, he was killed in the attack at Pearl Harbor, becoming the first American chaplain of any faith to die in the Second World War.


In the early 1970s, the reforms of the Second Vatican Council were implemented. The parish removed the communion rail and placed a new altar in the sanctuary that faced the congregation. However, the original high and side altars were left largely intact.

In recent years, St. Mary's Church had combined efforts with the nearby St. Patrick's Church. The two parishes shared administrative staff and school facilities. The parish has been affected by the Priest shortage and a decline in membership as some families moved to suburban locations. The parish had a priest to lead Mass, but most of the administrative work was handled by a lay woman minister, the wife of a former U.S. Representative who is a deacon.

In the 1990s, St. Mary's built a new handicapped entrance. This entrance is located at the northeast corner of the church and has an elevator. Before that, the church was not as accessible as other churches in the area.

With a heavy debt load and a declining membership, the parish council recommended to the Archdiocese that the parish be closed. In late 2009 it was announced that the parish would be closed. On May 25, 2010, St. Mary's held its final mass as a Catholic parish with 700 attendees.[3] The building is still considered a church, but the parish is no longer active.

The movie F.I.S.T., which was largely filmed in Dubuque, had a scene which featured exterior shots of St. Mary's Church.

A book entitled 'St. Marys: Finest church west of the Mississippi' covering the complete history of the church was published in August 2010.[4] In 2014 a conceptual plan (but no timeline or cost estimate) to renovate the campus to provide office space for small businesses, a community kitchen and 12 units of low income housing was jointly announced by the Dubuque Archdiocese, non-Catholic community groups such as Dubuque's Economic Development Department and the Washington Neighborhood Corporation, and Dubuque-based Gronen Restoration.[5][6]



St. Mary's School merged with St. Patrick's Catholic School to form Downtown Catholic School in 1982. The organization Holy Family Catholic Schools took control of Downtown Catholic and other Dubuque-area Catholic schools in 2001. Downtown Catholic and Sacred Heart – Holy Trinity School became St. Francis School in 2002, and St. Francis closed in 2004. Four Oaks Family and Children Services bought the school building in 2006.[7]


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  2. ^James E. Jacobsen. 'Washington Residential Historic District'(PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  3. ^Hoverman, Sr. Carol (May 30, 2010). 'Saying goodbye to St. Mary Parish'. The Witness. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  4. ^'St. Marys: Finest church west of the Mississippi'. Barnes and Noble. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  5. ^Habegger, Becca (January 23, 2014). 'St. Mary's church in Dubuque has bright future'. KWWL (TV). Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  6. ^Reilly, Jessica (January 23, 2014). 'Grand plans unveiled for St. Mary's Church Campus Group plans extensive renovations for the church campus. The vision is for a community hub with apartments, office space and sites for classes, performing arts, a coffee shop and more. Previous Next St. Mary Catholic Church campus'. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  7. ^'St. Patrick History'. Cathedral of St. Raphael and St. Patrick Church. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
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NEW LENOX (September 23, 2016) – Providence Catholic High School’s Women’s Club will host its largest fundraiser of the year on Saturday, October 22 at the school, which is located 1800 West Lincoln Highway in New Lenox.

The school’s Sacred Heart Gymnasium will be transformed into a gaming paradise with playing tables resembling some of the finest casinos.

“We are bringing in GHS, a professional casino company with professional dealers and will make our gym resemble a Las Vegas Casino,” said Patty O’Connell, the club president. “People are amazed that they’re in a school gym.”

The event is open to the public and tickets are $75 per person. The entry fee includes dinner and $250 of funny money to play craps, blackjack or roulette with a chance to win raffle prizes. There will be a cash bar and a separate $50 buy in Texas Hold ‘Em card game for the first 50 registrants.

“Providence’s Casino Night is a great way to have a nice evening out close to home while helping a very worthy cause,” said Lillie Bowler-Mongello, the club’s vice-president.

A highlight of the evening is the array of silent auction items and raffle prizes.

“We are very fortunate to have families and businesses donate wonderful auction items and raffle prizes for Casino Night,” said Hidali Alejo who serves as secretary for the club. “We welcome area businesses to support one of the oldest schools in the area,” she said, noting that Providence Catholic will celebrate its centennial in 2018.

Sponsorships are available for Casino Night at a variety of levels which gives local businesses a chance to advertise to a large number of attendees. A Bellagio sponsorship for $1,000 includes two tickets to the event, a large premium custom sign displayed next to the gaming table with a company logo, a sign displayed on the sponsorship wall at the event plus an ad in the event brochure.

“Sponsoring this event will give businesses great exposure to hundreds of families throughout the surrounding area,” said Women’s Club Treasurer Carol Hunniford. “PCHS students come from areas spanning a 25-mile radius of New Lenox and will readily patronize the businesses that help our school.”

A Caesar sponsorship at $750 includes a custom sign displayed next to gaming table with a company logo, one entry to Texas Hold ‘Em, a sign displayed on the sponsorship wall at the event plus an ad in the event brochure.

The Flamingo $500 sponsorship includes a custom sign displayed next to gaming table with a company logo, a sign displayed on sponsorship wall at event plus an ad in the event brochure.

“There are so many ways for area businesses to get involved -be a sponsor for the event or provide auction or raffle items,” said Tracey Circale, director of hospitality for the Women’s Club. “There will be grand buffet, dessert bar and cash bars with many different spirits for attendees’ enjoyment.”

A Golden Nugget sponsorship for $250 includes a sign displayed on the sponsorship wall at the event and an ad in the event brochure. The Circus Circus sponsorship for $100 earns an ad in the event brochure.

“The proceeds from this year’s Casino Night are earmarked for upcoming capital improvements that will benefit all PCHS students,” O’Connell explained. “We are asking businesses and companies throughout the south region to help make this possible.”

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