Parish History

Catholics have been holding Mass in Randolph County since at least 1888. Several different locations--including a former law office, a railroad car, and parishioners' private homes--have been used. There were no permanent priests here, so, beginning in 1935, several priests from High Point--including the previous bishop of Charlotte, Bishop Michael Begley--visited Asheboro to celebrate Mass.
The first Mass said at the present location was the Midnight High Mass on Christmas 1947, in a house on the property.
St. Joseph's Church was formally established on March 15, 1948, and was dedicated by the Bishop of Raleigh, the Most Reverend Vincent S. Waters, on September 19, 1948.
In 1954, a brick structure was built next door to the original residence. A front addition was added on later.
Through generous contributions, a new rectory and a second floor addition were added to the church in 1978, and the original house was torn down.
In the early 1990s a new addition was added, connecting the church to the rectory, creating the current church. A new rectory was purchased farther up Park Street.
St. Joseph's continues to grow. Plans are currently underway to build a new church on property on Hub Morris Road between Asheboro and Randleman.