Holy Family Parish
Amherst NS

B4H 4E2





Who we are

Holy Family Parish was formed in December of 2006 after the amalgamation of the two Catholic Parishes in Amherst - Saint Charles Borromeo and Nativity of Our Lady. This was a result of the Forward in Faith Process put forth by the Archdiocese of Halifax. Plans began in 2008 to build a new Holy Family Church and Parish Center and on July 25, 2010 the new facility was formally dedicated.

Amherst, Nova Scotia is a community with a population of 10,000 plus located on the Nova Scotia - New Brunswick border. Amherst is the commercial center for Cumberland County in Northern Nova Scotia. The town is only a two-hour drive on a major four-lane highway from Nova Scotia's provincial capital, Halifax. Moncton, New Brunswick is only a 40-minute drive and the 12.9 km (8 mile) Confederation Bridge, linking New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island, is less than 45 minutes away.

The original Town of Amherst was established in 1764, two miles west of its present location. Following the expulsion of the Acadians, settlers from New England were invited to settle many communities along the shores of the Bay of Fundy. One of these settlements grew to become the town of Amherst.

Present day Amherst continues to prosper with new commercial and industrial developments to support a growing community. Amherst's stately homes, some nearing 200 years in age along with its beautiful churches charm visitors to the community. Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish is an integral part of the Christian faith life of our town.

While the population of the Town of Amherst is stable, it is an aging community, as Cumberland County has the highest per capita population of senior citizens in Canada. The aging population, coupled with diminishing pastoral resources, has necessitated bringing our founding parishes together as one faith community.

The Archdiocese of Halifax in January 2004 published a pastoral document called "Forward in Faith". This document speaks to our diocesan Church about the need for Pastoral Renewal and makes specific recommendations regarding our diocesan structure in the coming years.

As a result of the "Forward in Faith" document Holy Family Parish became a reality in December 2006. Despite the growing pains of bringing two separate and distinct founding parishes ( Saint Charles Borremo and Nativity of Our Lady) together as one worshipping community many are truly excited about the future of the Roman Catholic Church in Amherst as we move Forward in Faith.



Church Address

Holy Family Parish
63 Church Street
Amherst, NS B4H 4E2
Canada
Phone: 902-667-2523
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Church Pastor

Rev. Vernon F. Driscoll
Rev. Vernon F. Driscoll
Parish Priest
63 Church Street
Amherst, NS B4H 4E2
Canada
Phone: 902-667-2523
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John 14:1

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

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PO Box 1075
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Holy Family Parish Amherst Mass Times

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Christmas Eve

Family Mass with the M & M Youth Choir begins at 6:30pm
There will be carolling beginning at 6pm
Late Mass begins at 9:30pm with the Holy Family choir

Christmas Day

Christmas Day Mass begins at 9:30am

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Saturday 4:30pm
Sunday 9:30am

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Saturday 3:30 to 4:00pm or upon request

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Our Lady's Community of the Lord's Praise
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The power of Christian prayer Lord, teach me to listen.
The times are noisy and my ears are weary with the thousand raucous sounds which continuously assault them. Give me the spirit of the boy Samuel when he said to Thee, "Speak, for Thy servant heareth." Let me hear Thee speaking in my heart. Let me get used to the sound of Thy voice, that its tones may be familiar when the sounds of earth die away and the only sound will be the music of Thy speaking. Amen.
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