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    Default Catholic Churches along the AT: the spreadsheet

    After not finding what I was looking for, and doing some geo-research online, I created a Google spreadsheet listing all of the Catholic Churches along the AT. I have every intention of making it better by adding more detailed information, including info like phone numbers you can call to get a ride to Mass, etc.

    Here's the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzv...ew?usp=sharing

    "Good Catholics" are supposed to make the effort to hear Mass on Sundays even when traveling. I figured that when I do my thru-hike (within the next few years), if I was zeroing in a trail town, it might be nice to know if there was a parish church within walking distance. I'd make the effort to go. Any others who might benefit from the info are welcome to have at it.
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    Excellent work.

    One correction for your consideration.

    Manchester Center, VT You listed Christ Our Savior, which is the name of the regional parish. The church in Manchester Center is called Saint Paul Catholic Church....and we (Green Mountain House Hiker Hostel) shuttle to the church whenever needed.
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    Jeff,

    This is the sort of response I was hoping for. Whenever local hostels offer shuttles, etc...and I've got the closest parish wrong, I'll update the spreadsheet and add appropriate links etc. Thanks so much.

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    Excellent work.

    One correction for your consideration.

    Manchester Center, VT You listed Christ Our Savior, which is the name of the regional parish. The church in Manchester Center is called Saint Paul Catholic Church....and we (Green Mountain House Hiker Hostel) shuttle to the church whenever needed.
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    Nice post, here are some additions. Note: In smaller towns/locations, hikers might want to check ahead regarding hours, mass times, etc.

    *St. Mary's Gatlinburg
    *St. Michael the Archangel Erwin
    *St. Elizabeth's Elizabethtown TN (Bob Peoples at Kincora Hostel attends weekly)
    *Christ the King Abindon (near Damascus)
    *Church of the Transformation Fincastle (not Rincastle as listed)
    *Our Lady of the Valley Luray
    *St. John the Baptist Front Royal
    *St. Peter's Harpers Ferry (check ahead to be sure it's open)
    *St. Mary's Hamburg
    *St. Mary of the Assumption Cheshire MA
    *St. Patrick's Parish Center Williamstown MA
    *St. Elizabeth of Hungary North Adams
    *St. Denis Hanover NH (Drop by, they're very nice folks!)
    *St. Joseph Lincoln NH
    *Our Lady of the Snows Bethel ME
    *St. John Stratton
    *Our Lady of the Lakes Oquossuc
    *St. Lukes Rangeley

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    Sorry if this comment is getting too picky, but for line 519, the city should be "Roanoke" not Roanoak, and for line 520, the town should be "Fincastle" not Rincastle.

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    Southerner,

    Typos. Thanks for bringing them to my attention. I'd feel bad if someone wanted to get to Mass and couldn't find Rincastle on the map!

    Quote Originally Posted by Southerner View Post
    Sorry if this comment is getting too picky, but for line 519, the city should be "Roanoke" not Roanoak, and for line 520, the town should be "Fincastle" not Rincastle.
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    Corrections made. Here's a truncated version of it, too...only listing the churches and where they're located.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing
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    Jack this is great, thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Tarlin View Post
    Nice post, here are some additions. Note: In smaller towns/locations, hikers might want to check ahead regarding hours, mass times, etc.

    *St. Mary's Gatlinburg
    *St. Michael the Archangel Erwin
    *St. Elizabeth's Elizabethtown TN (Bob Peoples at Kincora Hostel attends weekly)
    *Christ the King Abindon (near Damascus)
    *Church of the Transformation Fincastle (not Rincastle as listed)
    *Our Lady of the Valley Luray
    *St. John the Baptist Front Royal
    *St. Peter's Harpers Ferry (check ahead to be sure it's open)
    *St. Mary's Hamburg
    *St. Mary of the Assumption Cheshire MA
    *St. Patrick's Parish Center Williamstown MA
    *St. Elizabeth of Hungary North Adams
    *St. Denis Hanover NH (Drop by, they're very nice folks!)
    *St. Joseph Lincoln NH
    *Our Lady of the Snows Bethel ME
    *St. John Stratton
    *Our Lady of the Lakes Oquossuc
    *St. Lukes Rangeley
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    Damn I'm doing good to get to church once a month at home....your a good man if you get to church while on a thru! I usually end up praying to Saint Mattress!!!!



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    Mama Mia Culpa, saltyjack! I cherish the Catholic guilt that keeps me pointed toward the steeple... ha ha ha. No, seriously if I zero on a Sunday and there's a parish close, I'd make the effort. It is always fun to see new parishes, architecture, art, etc.

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    Damn I'm doing good to get to church once a month at home....your a good man if you get to church while on a thru! I usually end up praying to Saint Mattress!!!!



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    Sacred Heart Catholic Church Kent Ct.


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    Love this thread... And wouldn't you qualify for a "travelers dispensation" on a thru?

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    chknfngrs,

    Probably? Not really sure - I'm one of those guys who just likes going to Mass. And I do like architecture, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by chknfngrs View Post
    Love this thread... And wouldn't you qualify for a "travelers dispensation" on a thru?
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    Green light,
    Good for you for starting this thread and standing up for what you believe in. I really appreciate your taking time putting together this listing.

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    Thank you so much for putting together this thread! When I hiked, my hiking buddy was a very observant Catholic, and we never seemed to be in a place where we could find a Catholic church for him to attend mass. He didn't complain much, but I know that it was very painful for him. I know that this thread will bring comfort to many hikers out there!

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    Awesome!! Thanks for sharing

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    I guess hiker stink would be acceptable in a church as long as you sit in a pew!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by saltysack View Post
    I guess hiker stink would be acceptable in a church as long as you sit in a pew!!!!


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    The locals might be incensed

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    As an aficionado since childhood of horribly corny jokes, I applaud you for this post. My goal is to be the catalyst along the trail for Catholic parishes to re institute the use of incense at Mass. And instead of the priest getting angry letters about endangering their asthmatic children, the parishoners will be thanking Father with tears in their eyes. My nasty hiker stinkiness will be the cause of those tears, but still...

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