In the Beginning... In response to the growing number of Catholic families in the Denver, North Carolina area, Bishop Michael J. Begley established Holy Spirit Mission in 1979. The first Mass was held at St. Peter-by-the-Lake Episcopal Church on March 3, 1979. Fr. Carlo Tarasi, pastor of St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church in Lincolnton, celebrated our first Mass attended by 65 people. For the first nine years, Masses were held at St. Peter-by-the-Lake, where the congregation grew as well as the determination to have our own church. 

A home to call our own… By 1988, the church, which began with 20 people, had grown to nearly 250 members. When Lincoln County declared the Triangle School and  surrounding property “surplus,” Holy Spirit joined with the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte to purchase the property and was granted the 6.5 acres and 7,300 square foot school. The first Mass was celebrated on Christmas Day, 1988 by Fr. Rooks with a table for an altar and  without pews.

Starting as a mission… After nearly a year of cleaning, painting, renovating and praying, the congregation celebrated near completion of the new house of worship. The Most Reverend John F. Donoghue, DD, Bishop of Charlotte, dedicated the mission church on May 15, 1989.

Becoming a Parish Church... On May 31, 1998, Bishop William G. Curlin officially designated Holy Spirit as a parish. At the time, 260 households comprised the Holy Spirit Church family, which is in the Gastonia Vicariate.

Leading our parish… Father Carmen Malacari became our new pastor in June of 2006, assisted by Permanent Deacon Jim Atkinson. Deacon Matthew Reilly joined us in 2014.  Our church’s welcoming spirit is one of the reasons our parish continues to grow. As of 2016, our parish has 650 registered families. Our members are a wonderfully diverse group of people—from retirees, to young families just starting out, to the  student attending one of the area’s local colleges or  universities—there is a place for everyone at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. 

Constructing an activity center… As the result of the parish's influx of new families, plans were made for a parish activity center. On December 7, 2003, ground was broken for the activity center allowing spiritual, communal and educational activities for all parishioners. Bishop Peter J. Jugis along with Father Joseph Ayathupadam, Pastor, and Rev. Deacon Dick Kauth participating, dedicated the new building on September 10, 2005.