St. Clements Roman Catholic Church (Saratoga Springs, New York)

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St. Clement's Parish
Location 231 Lake Avenue
Saratoga Springs, New York
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Founded 1917 (1917)
Dedication Clemens Mary Hofbauer
Dedicated November 25, 1918
Status Active
Diocese Albany
Province New York
Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Bishop(s) Edward Bernard Scharfenberger
Priest(s) The Rev. Messers. Arthur Tuttle and Robert Harrison, C.Ss.R.
Pastor(s) The Rev. George A. Blasick, C.Ss.R.
Deacon(s) The Rev. Messers. Lawrence Willette, Lee Hansen, Arthur Turcotte and William Gaul

St. Clement's Parish is a Roman Catholic parish in Saratoga Springs, New York in the United States under the authority of the Diocese of Albany. Founded under the patronage of Clemens Mary Hofbauer and has been staffed by clergy of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists) since its founding in 1917.


In 1916, the parish of St. Peter's, which had been established in 1834 to serve the whole of Saratoga Springs, was split along Broadway.[1] The new parish of St. Clement's was formally opened the following year, when the first Catholic Mass in the parish church was celebrated on opening day, October 14, 1917. Bishop Edmund Gibbons dedicated the church, and thus the parish, to Clement Maria Hofbauer on November 25, 1918. Masses were originally held in the basement of nearby St. Clements School.[2]

The parish serves Catholics on the East Side of the City of Saratoga Springs, as well as in the neighboring Town of Wilton. St. Clement's created the mission church of St. Therese in Gansevoort out of the local Grange hall in 1965; the first Mass was celebrated there on September 18, 1966. After fifty years at its original location, a new building was constructed at its current location and opened in 1967, the 50th anniversary of the parish's foundation.[2]


The Catholic school is first mentioned in parish records in August 1918. The school operated the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who lived in nearby buildings until a convent was constructed in 1931. St. Clement's Regional Catholic School continues to serve Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade. The current principal is Jane Kromm.


  1. ^ "175 years for St. Peter's, Saratoga", 'The Evangelist', Diocese of Albany, February 6, 2014, retrieved November 9, 2016 
  2. ^ a b "The First Mass — As told from history of St. Clement's Parish". St. Clement's Church. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 43°5′5.92″N 73°45′57.01″W / 43.0849778°N 73.7658361°W / 43.0849778; -73.7658361