In 1895, the small town of Sayville, more a resort town than a year-round community, was in need of a Catholic church.  Until then, people traveled to St. Francis DeSales in Patchogue by horse and buggy and by railroad handcar to attend Sunday Mass.
Father Thomas Duhigg,  Founder, St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish, 1895
Father Thomas Duhigg
With the arrival of Father Thomas Duhigg in the spring of 1895, St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish found a temporary home at the Old Methodist Episcopal Society Building.  Father Duhigg, a young man of 32, found no church, no rectory, and very few parishioners.  But those who did attend that first Mass on June 2, 1895, in a church rented for $25 a month, had faith.
St. Lawrence the Martyr Church...dedicated October 11,1896

The property on the southeast corner of Handsome Avenue and Main Street was purchased for $4,250.  Construction of the church began in June, 1896.  The building contract went to A.M. Gatchell of Newark, New Jersey, because he was the only contractor whose price came within the $10,000  limit set by the Bishop.  This was a huge obligation considering that the average weekly collection was $30. On October 11,1896, St. Lawrence's permanent home was dedicated.

St. Lawrence Rectory, built in 1898 And in 1898, Father Duhigg built a rectory on the same plot of land, west of the church.  He had been renting rooms in various homes in Sayville, but when a mysterious fire caused $3,000 in damage and nearly destroyed the church, Father Duhigg felt that he needed to reside closer to it.
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