Mass commemorates the area’s Irish heritage

MOUNT HOLLY – The North Carolina divisions of the Ancient Order of Hibernian and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians will honor their Irish ancestors with a Mass held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 2139 Mountain Island Hwy., March 17.

St. Joseph’s, the second oldest standing Catholic church in the state, was built in 1843 by Irish miners, many of whom are buried in the church cemetery. This also marks the fourth year that the two groups celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day holiday with a wreath-laying ceremony at the gravesite of the church’s first pastor, Father J.T. Cronin, who died shortly after the church was built.

The Mass begins at 8 a.m., with the ceremony taking place shortly before.

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