1849The first Catholic Mass was celebrated.People and Communities, Religion

The first priest of the Roman Catholic Church in Gloucester, Reverend Gaspar Acquerone, c. 1860s. Phelps Studio, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 19212a
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The Mass took place at the home of John Dooly at the top of Reynard Street on New Year’s Day, 1849. After that, Mass was celebrated at intervals in the Town Hall until 1855, when Reverend Shahan of Salem purchased the old Baptist Church and moved it to the present site of Saint Ann Church for a Catholic church.

Garland, Joseph E. The Gloucester Guide: A Stroll through Place and Time. The History Press ed, The History Press, 2004. Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System. Historic Building Detail: GLO.AY, Saint Peter's Roman Catholic Church Complex. https://mhc-macris.net/details?mhcid=GLO.AY.
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