Monday, April 15, 2019 at 9:03 AM
Holy Week Schedule: Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper 5:30 PM at Holy Trinity, Johnstown...Friday, Celebration of the Lord's Passion 5:30 PM at Holy Trinity, Johnstown

About Our Parish

A Brief History

The Church of the Holy Spirit is the sole successor of the previous four parishes of Gloversville, New York: St. Francis de Sales (closed in 1976), St. Mary's (closed in 1990), and Sacred Heart and St. Mary of Mt. Carmel (merged in 2009). The Church of the Holy Spirit was established anew on the former site of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish on South Main Street.

Gloversville is rich in history when it comes to the Roman Catholics, On March 22, 1873 St. Mary's Church was the first church occupied by Roman Catholics in Gloversville.  It was located on West Pine Street and was purchased by local German-speaking Catholics.  It was deeded to Bishop Francis McNeirney.  The Irish Catholics, also needing a place of worship, joined the German Speaking Catholics.

In the Spring of 1977, Fr.Michael Killeen was sent to St. Mary's as its first resident pastor.  As Gloversville grew the need for a larger church building became necessary.  In 1890 a lot was purchased on Fremont Street and in March 1893 the first was Mass was celebrated in this new building.

St. Mary's was closed on June 24, 1990 and the community joined those worshipping at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to form St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church had its beginnings date back to the 1890's, when the Italians immigrated to Gloversville attracted by the glove industry.  The Italian Catholic community served by St. Mary's and St. Francis De Sales church during the early years but by the end of World War I it was obvious the Italian community would need a church that would accommodate their own customs and language.

On October 13, 1921 Bishop Edmund Gibbons appointed Fr. Dominic Ottaviano to organize and care for the new parish.  Fr. Ottaviano purchased an acre of land at 149 S. Main Street and coverted two housed there into a temporary chapel and rectory.  As the Italian Catholic community increased in number a new church was built and dedicated as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on July 16, 1930.

In June of 1921, Sacred Heart was formed, as Rt. Reverend Edmund F. Gibbons recognized the need for a new parish in the Kingsboro section of Gloversville due to the increase of many Roman Catholics in the area after World War I.  Bishop Gibbons appointed Rev. Francis A. Kelley to for the new parish and the cornerstone was laid on October 14, 1921.  On Christmas Day of 1921 the first mass was celebrated at the new Sacred Heart Church.  The Rev. John McCall succeeded Fr. Kelley and during his 15 year tenure many structural improvements were made including the parish hall which was constructed in 1931.

Sacred Heart became linked with St. Mary of Mt. Carmel in 2003, sharing a pastor, until its closing in October of 2009 where the parish community joined St. Mary of Mt. Carmel to form the Church of the Holy Spirit Parish.

 

 

 

 


 

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