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Brockton parish celebrates sesquicentennial

Posted: 1/12/2007

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In addition to English and Hispanic communities, the parish also serves the Cape Verdean, Haitian, African and Asian communities. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy

By Gregory L. Tracy

BROCKTON -- Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley joined parishioners of St. Patrick Parish for a Mass and reception to close the sesquicentennial year of the parish Dec. 12.

Established in 1856 in what was then North Bridgewater to serve a small but rapidly growing Catholic population, St. Patrick’s is the mother church of the local Catholic community. Today the parish serves a diverse community and is the only parish south of Boston to offer a Spanish-language Mass.