History of the Church of Saint Patrick and Tour
St. Patrick's first Vigil and Sunday Masses were celebrated on October 29th and 30th, 1988 at the Disabled American Veterans Hall on Bee Ridge Road. In February, 1989, St. Patrick's moved into an office complex at the Center Gate Office Park. This facility, which was modified to form a large room, had a maximum capacity of 250. We were finally able to break ground on our 15.4 acre site on Saint Patrick's Day of 1991. Construction of the Church began in August and was completed in July,1992.
While the first of our regularly scheduled Masses were celebrated on the weekend of August 2nd, we did hold a Sunrise Service in our unfinished Church on Easter Sunday, April 19th.
Father Michael D. Hickey, the first Pastor of St. Patrick's, felt a parish is "much more than a collection of individuals who come together once in a while to worship and then go their separate ways. A parish is the People of God called together as a community of faith, as God's Family, to worship together and to discover and experience the presence of God in our community."
In 1993, plans for the Parish Center were started and in 1995 the Parish Center was dedicated, providing meeting space and classrooms for the Faith Formation Program. At that same time, plans for the construction of a chapel were approved, and through the generosity of Ray and Maxine Schirmer, the chapel was completed in 1996.