These tensions came to a head over the German community's desire to found a school for the education of Sedamsville's children. On January 28, 1878 a group of 65 German Catholics met with Rev. Otto Jair, O.F.M., Vicar General of the Archdioceses of Cincinnati and pledged to found a new congregation of German Catholics. For the next ten years, the German Catholic Congregation would meet in a two-story stone building on Sedam street and would identify their parish as “Our Lady of Perpetual Help.”
In 1886, with the insistence of the church's pastor, Fr. Joseph Klosterman, the congregation began to search for a new location. Citing a lack of protection from spring flooding, Fr. Klosterman rallied the German Catholic community to build a permanent home for the parish. The striking, red-brick Gothic church located at 637 Steiner Avenue (shown above) was completed ten years later in 1888. The new church was intended to grow the congregation, extending its boundaries south to the Ohio River, west to Anderson Ferry, and northeast to Price Hill. For a full century, the church would serve the Catholic community of Sedamsville. In 1989 the Church permanently closed its doors, citing a lack of parishioners and rising costs to maintain the structural integrity of the church.