About Holy Family Catholic Church

About Holy Family Catholic Church 2017-05-19T13:29:13+00:00
  • 1960s – Father Francis Murphy led a study group in Hillsborough, and a small piece of property was acquired on U.S. 70 for a future church site.
  • 1970s – Fathers John Richardson and Paul Grassle came to Hillsborough on an irregular basis to celebrate Mass in various homes. Father Ralph Monk took over, and a building at King and Churton streets was rented for Mass before the parish moved to Walker Funeral Home.
  • 1982 – The Diocese of Raleigh purchased a property on N.C. 57 and Governor Burke Road. The congregation elected Holy Family Catholic Church as its parish name.
  • 1985 – Construction of the parish center and the picnic pavilion began. Father Tom Tully started working with the church.
  • 1986 – The Holy Family Catholic Church building was completed, and Bishop Joseph Grossman dedicated the new altar. The parish at that time had 107 families.
  • 1998 – The parish began work on the addition, which would double the church’s size.
  • 1999 – The parish reached 250 families, and the congregation celebrated its first Mass in the new building.
  • 2000 – Tully returned to Holy Family as a sacramental minister.
  • 2003 – Holy Family celebrated its first Spanish Mass.
  • 2004 – Tully became the first resident pastor of Holy Family and the first Catholic priest in Hillsborough.
  • 2012 – Holy Family celebrated 25 years, recorded more than 600 families and dedicated a new office.

This timeline is from The News of Orange County article titled, “A quarter-century; Catholic church celebrates 25 years” You may read the article in its entirety by clicking here.

Memorial bricks outside Holy Family Catholic Church, Hillsborough, NC