Last church service in South Colton takes place Sunday
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 5:43 am

SOUTH COLTON -- The last regular Sunday Mass will be celebrated St. Paul's Catholic Church at 8 a.m. June 20.

With the closing of St. Paul's Church, there will be no churches in South Colton that hold Sunday services. There used to be three.

St. Paul's Church then becomes an oratory; no Sunday Masses may be celebrated.

It was on June 13, 1899 that the Catholics in South Colton had a meeting with Rev. Richard Pierce, Pastor of St. Patrick's Church in Colton, to decide whether a church would be built in South Colton.

The people said yes, pledged $900, and ground was broken on July 3, 1899. The new church was to cost $4,000.

It opened for Sunday Masses in 1900. Right Reverand Henry Gabriels, Bishop of Ogdensburg officiated at St. Paul's Church dedication on August 28, 1900.