Church celebrates 150th anniversary

St. Bridget’s Church is thought to be the oldest wooden Catholic church south of Boston.
St. Bridget’s Church is thought to be the oldest wooden Catholic church south of Boston.Irene Nicholson

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St. Bridget’s Church in Abington, thought to be the oldest wooden Catholic church in the south suburbs, will celebrate its 150th anniversary this fall, beginning with a concert Sept. 15 featuring famed Irish tenor Ronan Tynan.

Jan Prall, a lifelong parishioner whose roots with the church date back to her great-grandfather, said the parish bulletin has boasted for decades of being the oldest wooden Catholic church, though it is difficult to confirm it. But, she said, many Catholic churches built 150 years ago were made of stone or brick.

She said the church, at 455 Plymouth St. and which can hold more than 600 people, will make a beautiful setting for the concert, which was nearly sold out a few weeks after they began selling tickets before and after Masses.

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