SAINT MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH
“"Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest"
Holy Mass Timings
Daily Mass: 9:00 A.M.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
in the Chapel of Divine Mercy
Saturday Vigil Mass : 5:00 P.M. English
Sunday : 9:00 A.M. Mass, English
12:00 P.M. Misa, Spanish
Holy Day Mass: to be announced in Parish bulletin.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday: 4:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.,
and by appointment.
History of Saint Mary Parish
The first record of Catholic worship in Laurinburg dates back before the turn of the twentieth century to Captin James Maglenn, a railroad superintendent, who arranged for the celebration of Mass for some 20 Catholic families.
When the railroad yards shifted from Laurinburg to Hamlet, many of these families moved away, including the Maglenns.
From 1905-1915 Mass was offered in the homes of Saad Sasseen and Frank McCormick by priests out of Fayetteville and Pinehurst. Old Saint Mary Church property at Caledonia Road was acquired in 1915. The Church was dedicated seven months later.
In 1917 Father Paul Termer became the first resident pastor in hamlet with Laurinburg as a mission.
The present site of Saint Mary Church on South Main Street was purchased in 1945 from Mr. John F. McNair. Father Michael Carey was installed as the first resident pastor. The rectory was donated by Mr. L. A. Tatum.
Father James Noonan became pastor from 1948-1958. A building fund was set up and plans for a church were made.
Father John L. Richardson (1958-1963) was pastor during the construction of Saint Margaret's Hall, the present site of Saint Mary. The structure was dedicated October 18, 1959.
Succeeding pastors were Francis T. Connolly (1963-1971), Patrick N. Gallager (1964-1969), Robert T. Lawson (1969-1971), Michael P. Shugrue (1971-1975), Kevin C. Fahey, O.S.B. (1975-1978) and Francis J. Murphy in 1978.
Recent events included a successful building campaign (February, 1980), the complete renovation of the sanctuary and the addition of the fellowship hall (November 1, 1980), the church dedication (January 13, 1981) and the sale of the Rectory on South Calendonia Road. The new Rectory adjacent to the Church was completed in March, 1982.
The Church has witnessed a continued growth in membership, with the influx of new industry and new families.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son, he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets, We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Pastor: Fr. Cyriac John
Deacon: Alexander Vicent