The Church of The Blessed Sacrament was started in 1902 to meet the needs of the growing numbers of Catholics moving into the West End of Albany and adjacent Town of Colonie.
The current Parish church was built in 1902 with a temporary rear wall for future expansion. This was expanded and completed in 1952 at the time of the 50th anniversary of the Parish. During the Centennial celebration in 2002, the entire Church building was restored and updated.
In 1916, the Parish school was opened and continues today in a second structure erected in 1963. The Parish hall is part of this structure and is utilized for many Parish events.
Today, the Parish continues to meet the spiritual needs of the area and beyond. The religious education of the people of all ages are met as well as the needs of the poor and the ill.
Check this website for our many programs offered in order for us to assist you in continuing our work to live and spread the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
Blessed Sacrament Church also maintains the records of many of the parishes from Central Ave. and West Hill that have been suppressed:
Our Lady of the Angels was a traditionally German parish and school on the corner of Central Ave. & Robin St. It had a school associated with it, and was staffed by the Conventual Franciscans.
St. Casimir, on Sheridan St., with its school, was traditionally a Polish parish.
St. Patrick, with its school, on the Corner of Central & Lake was the traditionally Irish church that is now known as Our Lady of the Americas/Nuestra Señora de las Americas. In later years, it was also known as Holy Family Parish, when Our Lady of the Angels, St. Casimir, & St. Patrick were merged together.
Blessed Sacrament holds the sacramental records for these churches, and our archivist is able to access them for legitimate requests (i.e. baptism certificates for upcoming weddings, etc.)
We also have inherited many relics, statues, and other items from the patrimony of these much beloved parishes.
Although we have some artifacts from the traditionally Lithuanian parish of St. George on the corner of Livingston Ave. & Thornton St., we do not hold their records. Please contact St. Joan of Arc in Menands for St. George’s sacramental records.