tings were held, and it was decided either to construct or to buy a church building.
Finally, on March 24, 1876, the Trinitarian Congregational Church on High street passed into their hands.
It received the name of St. Joseph, and since that time the Medford Catholics have had their own place of worship, although in the dividing up of the town a good number of the inhabitants are still included in the parish of old St. Mary's.
Father Gleeson ministered to the wants of both parishes until 1883, when Medford became a separate parish, with its own pastor.
The Rev. Richard Donnelly was sent as the first rector.
Father Gleeson had greatly endeared himself to the Medford congregation, and deep was the sorrow that was felt when he bade them good-bye.
There was not a dry eye in the church, strong men as well as the women weeping with regret.
Father Donnelly succeeded well in his ministrations; his gentle and kindly ways were appreciated by all with whom he came in contact.