Holy Family Parish
Paradise NL

A1L 3W2





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Welcome, and thank you for visiting Holy Family Parish, Paradise, Newfoundland. We encompass two communities, Paradise and St. Thomas.

You will find the church at:

69 St. Thomas Line,
Paradise,
Newfoundland and Labrador
A1L 3W2

Holy Family Parish is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John's www.rcsj.org

Our Pastor Father Ken Walsh



Church Address

Holy Family Parish
69 St. Thomas Line
Paradise, NL A1L 3W2
Canada
Phone: 709-781-1696
Fax: 709-781-1699
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Church Pastor

Fr. Ken Walsh
Fr. Ken Walsh
Pastor
69 St. Thomas Line
Paradise, NL A1L 3W2
Canada
Phone: 709-781-1696
Fax: 709-781-1699
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Psalms 31:3

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.

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P.O. Box 3031
Paradise, NL
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Weekday Mass

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Thursday

Meadow Creek Retirement Centre

10:30 am | 2nd Thursday of each month

Karwood Retirement Retreat

10:30 am | 3rd Thursday of each month

Weekend Mass

Saturday

4:30 pm

Sunday

11:00 am

Sacrament of Baptism

Second Saturday of each month at 4:30 pm

Last Sunday of each month at 11.00 am

Confessions

After Mass or Upon Request


On Direction from Archbishop Hundt
All Weekday and Weekend Masses Cancelled
Starting March 17th

Masses will be live-streamed from the Basilica at 9AM each morning Sunday to Saturday.

The Archbishop will celebrate the Mass live streamed from the Basilica on Sunday March 22 at 9:00 AM

but people can access it anytime during the day.

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https://www.thebasilica.net/

Mass Times last updated on the 8th of April, 2020
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History of the church

Prior to 1982 St. Thomas was a Mission Community of Holy Rosary Parish, Prtugal Cove, which was established in 1833. The first Parish Priest, Father Edward Troy visited the different settlements of the South Shore of Conception Bay for the celebration of Mass and Administration of the Sacraments.

In 1877 Bishop Thomas Power saw, with the increasing population in the area, the need for a new parish to be established in the Power's Court, Manuels area, known as St. Edward's Parish. The first parish priest appointed was Father Lawrence Vereker.

On July 18, 1914 the Catholic community of the area was devastated to find that their church had burned to the ground. The task of rebuilding the church fell to Father Peter kelly. The cornerstone was laid in 1917 and blessed by Archbishop Roche at its completion on August 14, 1918. The parish, at the time, extended from St. Anne's siding to Kelligrews. St. Anne's was a village inthe the area of today's St. Anne's Industrial Park.

In 1982 St. Edward's Parish was divided and Holy Family Parish was formally established on September 15,. 1982, comprising the town of Paradise, Topsail and St. Thomas (formerly part of Holy Rosary Parish, Portugal Cove). Before the construction of a church, Masses were held at Immaculate Conception School Chapel in St. Thomas, the old Lions Club, and in the Anglican church in Paradise. The parish was originally served by Sister Brenda Phelan of the Sisters of Mercy, as pastoral minister, and by Father Denis Walsh.

In 1984, Father John Wallis was appointed as Holy Family's first pastor, and under his guidance a new church and presbytery were constructed. The new church opened in 1985, and currently serves the town of Paradise - the fastest growing community in Atlantic Canada, with a population nearing 20,000. Holy Family School, then part of the Catholic education system, was opened in 1987.

Among the church's striking features are two stained glass windows, installed in 1987 as a Marian Year project. They were designed and assembled by Graham Howcroft, whose work can be seen in several other churches on the island. The windows represent the Holy Spirit and the Immaculate Conception, symbolic of the two schools which had served the parish from it's inception, until September 5, 1997, when, by Referendum sponsored by Government, denominational education was lost. The windows were funded by the Catholic Women's League, which remains active in the parish.

In 1989 Father Wallis was succeeded by Father Edward Purcell, who remained in Paradise until 1996. On July 18, 1996 Father Richard McHugh was appointed to Holy Family; his seventh Parish since his Ordination in 1958. It was also his final home, as he passed away in February of 2006, leaving the parish to mourn his loss. A series of Pastors were kind enough to lead our religious life until the appointment of Father Charles Kelly in July of that year. Father Kelly brought his energy and humour to invigorate the Parish until such time as he was appointed to the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in 2009. Father David Butler has been with us since 2009 and continues to guide our steps.   Edit


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