History of the Catholic Church in Paterson, N.J. Charles A. Shriner Author
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AN ACCOUNT OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THEESTABLISHMENT OF ST. JOHN'S CHURCH.THE records of the early Catholic Churches in this part of the country are very meagre and to the historian most of them are almost useless. There are, however, still living in this and other cities a number of old people of intelligence and good memory and to these the author is indebted for most of the facts narrated in this sketch of the growth of the Catholic Church in Paterson. In many instances it was found that the memories of these old people were at fault and it was only after repeated comparisons of the numerous dates and diligent search among such records as could be found that the author was placed in a position to give to the public at least a tolerably accurate account of the remarkably rapid growth of Catholicism in Paterson and its vicinity. Whenever any doubt existed as to the authenticity of records or the accuracy of memory the reasons of the author for adopting what he believed to be the true version are given.THE AUTHOR.PATERSON, N. J., November 15, 1883.

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