The setting was a basement recreation room of the rectory. Some forty persons packed the room, including teenagers and children. One of the parishioners strummed his guitar as the congregation sang a variety of hymns. The priest celebrated Mass at a makeshift altar whose top was a piece of plywood, covered with a tablecloth. Thus began Incarnation Parish.
When Father William M. Diersen was installed as pastor of the Church of the Incarnation in November 1966, he received permission from Archbishop Thomas J. McDonough to conduct home Masses because he had no church building. After combining the overflow of two crowded South End parishes, St. Paul and St. Lawrence, he had a 400 family parish. The home Masses were Father Diersen’s first step to help establish the parish and have the parishioners become acquainted with one another. With a good deal of enthusiasm and stewardship, groundbreaking took place shortly thereafter, and the long-awaited church building finally came to fruition.
Named Incarnation of Our Lord Church, the parish has almost 1,300 parishioners, a strong formation program, a marvelous seniors group, a growing RCIA process, an active youth group, a vibrant sports program and various other ministries that develop and support the spiritual and educational formation of the parishioners.