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Mount Holly (Charlotte), NC

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Exterior of St. Anthony de Padua Church in Charlotte, NC   X-mas Midnight Mass   Chapel interior decorated for Holy Week
Chapel exterior   X-mas Midnight Mass   Decorated for Holy Week

The chapel originated in the 1960’s when Catholics in Charlotte were deprived of the True Mass. There were 3 families, who either gathered together to read the Mass in each other’s homes or who would travel to Chapel Hill, Raleigh or even Vienna, VA in order to attend the traditional Mass.

Over the years, many priests in the Charlotte area, including Bishop Begley, the local Ordinary, were requested to help the fledgling group of "traditionalists", but to no avail. However, in the late 1970’s, 80 year-old Msgr. Gable obtained permission from Bishop Begley to say the Latin Mass for the group at his church, Our Lady of Consolation, the only black church in the city. Upon Msgr. Gable’s retirement to his home on Statesville Avenue in Charlotte, the group had Mass there.

When Msgr. Gable became to frail to live at home, he moved into the nearby Benedictine Belmont Abbey, and once again, the group followed. Abbott McCafferty graciously accommodated the group by allowing them to attend Msgr. Gable’s Masses in the chapel at the monks’ residence. When Msgr. Gable died, the group was again left without a priest until Msgr. Gilbert retired to Charlotte from Goldsboro. Being a friend of Bishop Begley, he was given permission to say the Mass for them until his death.

The group returned to attending Mass at Chapel Hill and Raleigh, and in 1984, they were successful in setting up the St. Pius X Chapel in Charlotte, though they did not have a permanent residence yet. Masses were said in various banks until 1989, when the growing numbers necessitated a move to Junior Women’s League building on East Boulevard in Charlotte. Until the purchase of the current property in 2000, Masses were said in the same League building.

In 2000, an elegant, brick church building complete with belfry and rectory was purchased in nearby Mt. Holly, and it was decided to rename the mission, St. Anthony of Padua. After readying the church for Catholic use, which included the installation of a beautiful, carved oak altar, the church (and its bell) was solemnly blessed by Bishop Richard Williamson the eve of Pentecost, Saturday, June 2, 2001.

In 2007, the sanctuary and sacristies were remodeled to accommodate the increase of faithful which had risen in only seven years from 150 to nearly 200 faithful regularly attending the chapel.


St. Anthony of Padua Church in Charlotte, NC holds “Fundraiser for a Priest”
On Pentecost Sunday, St. Anthony of Padua Church in Mt. Holly (Charlotte), NC held a “Fundraiser for a Priest” (for Rev. Theresian Xavier, who was ordained this past June)...

A new statue niche for St. Anthony of Padua Chapel
The chapel recently installed two statue niches on either side of its main altar, one of which was fabricated from scratch by a parishioner...

  • JANUARY 2001
    [PDF @ 1167 kb; Feast of Christ the King, pg. 8]
  • JULY 2001
    [PDF @ 420 kb; installation of altar, pg. 2]

  • AUGUST 2001
    [PDF @ 886 kb; preparation and church blessing, pg. 4]

  • APRIL 2002
    [PDF @ 850 kb; street renamed in honor of titular saint, Septuagesima bonfire, pg. 4]

  • AUGUST 2002
    [PDF @ 1824 kb; parish activities, pg. 5]
  • JANUARY 2003
    [PDF @ 550 kb; girls' workshop, pg. 2]

  • JULY 2003
    [PDF @ 1043 kb; Rogation Day and parish work, pg. 4]

  • MARCH 2005
    [PDF @ 945kb; parish talent show, pg. 5]

  • MAY 2005
    [PDF @ 1821 kb; confirmations, pg. 3]

  • JUNE 2005
    [PDF @ 836 kb; papal requiem customs, pg. 4]

  • JANUARY 2006
    [PDF @ 832 kb; Feast of Christ the King preparations and procession, pg. 6]

  • MAY 2007
    [PDF @ 1.62 mb; A Lenten and Paschal Tableau]

  • SEPTEMBER 2007
    [PDF @ 1.2 mb; St. Anthony of Padua Chapel Finds More Room]

  • SEPTEMBER 2008
    [PDF @ 3.8 mb; Gardening in Charlotte Yields a Bountiful Harvest; pg. 4]

  • FEBRUARY 2009
    [PDF @ 1.9 mb; Carolinian Youthful Activities]

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