ST. GEORGE'S LITHUANIAN CHURCH, officially established in 1901, was the first church for Roman Catholic Lithuanians in the Diocese of Cleveland. Lithuanian Catholics immigrated to the area beginning in the 1880s and affiliated with Polish churches before 1901. Fr. Joseph Maszotas, a Lithuanian seminarian ordained by Bp.
In 1901 the community had increased to the point where a parish could be maintained. Fr. Joseph Jankus (190105), the first pastor, built a small wooden church at E. 21st St. and Oregon (Rockwell) Ave. Fr. Joseph Halaburda became pastor in 1907; he acquired additional property at E. 65th and Superior Ave., where the present church stands. He also began a school staffed by the Sisters of Notre Dame. Fr. Halaburda was succeeded in 1919 by Rev. Vincent G. Vilkutaitis, pastor for 40 years. The Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God, who replaced the Notre Dame Sisters as teachers in the school in 1932, staffed the school until it closed in 1970. The parish of St. George was divided in 1929, and the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was established to serve Lithuanians living in