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St. Frances of Rome in Sparta celebrates 50th anniversary

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By The Staff

SPARTA, N.C. — The 50th anniversary of the St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Sparta, N.C., was celebrated with a special Sunday Mass on Sept. 25, followed by a reception and fellowship.
The church was first dedicated on Sept. 25, 1966, and brought local Catholics a formal venue for worship in Sparta. St. Frances of Rome was built in memory of Frances Payne Darr, mother of Ed Darr, and sister of Anne Payne Robertson. In the past 50 years, the parish has grown to approximately 152 families.


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