Irish Catholics gather at historic church in Mount Holly on Feast of St. Joseph
MOUNT HOLLY — Father Frank Cancro of Queen of the Apostles Church in Belmont celebrated Mass at Old St. Joseph Church in Mount Holly on the Feast of St. Joseph on Monday, March 19.
The doors and shutters of the little historic church were opened wide so that approximately 70 people could squeeze inside.
Old St. Joseph Church, located in Mt. Holly, is the oldest standing Catholic church in North Carolina. It was built in 1843 for Irish immigrants who had come to mine for gold along the Catawba River.
Today St. Joseph Church is used for special occasions such at the feasts of Sts. Patrick and Joseph in March, and tours are available upon request through Queen of the Apostles Church.
— Chris Lux, correspondent
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