Saint Joseph Church
Shad Bay NS






Who we are

Welcome to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.

We are a Catholic Parish within the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth servicing the coastal communities of Nova Scotia of East Dover, Prospect, Terence Bay, Shad Bay, and Hatchet Lake to name a few.
We are on a journey of faith and always available to extend a helping hand to everyone beginning, renewing or continuing their journey with the Lord. People wishing to speak to a priest will always be received with compassion and understanding. We pray our parish will always be the place that people feel welcome.



Church Address

Saint Joseph Church
3709 Prospect Rd.
Shad Bay, NS
Canada
Phone: (902) 852-2763​ Ext. 2
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Church Pastor

Fr. Sebastian Szewczyk, SDS
Fr. Sebastian Szewczyk, SDS
Parish Priest
3709 Prospect Rd.
Shad Bay, NS
Canada
Phone: (902) 401-5166​
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Psalms 24:1

...The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

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Mass Schedule

Weekend Masses

Saturday (4:00 pm)
Sunday (10:00 am)

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Tuesday, Thursday (6:30 pm)
Wednesday, Friday (9:00 am)

1st Friday of the Month (9am)
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

1st Saturday of the Month (9:00 am)
Confession 30 minutes prior to mass

We worship at 10:00 am every Sunday morning. We also worship on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 pm.

As we gather together as a community, we experience God’s grace. We hear that grace through the words of Sacred Scripture, and as the stories of the Bible are interpreted in light of current events and applied to daily living. We taste grace in the bread and wine of Holy Communion. We touch grace in the gestures of welcome from the people gathered together.

Our worship service is liturgical, which means it follows an established pattern. Don't worry if you don't know all of the prayers or responses – you'll catch on quickly because they'll be the same (or similar) every week! There are also Mass books and other tools that can help you learn all the responses. Hymn singing is accompanied by various instruments, and everyone is encouraged to join in the hymns. It has been said that singing is like praying twice!

Mass usually lasts just over an hour. The first part of the Mass is the Liturgy of the Word. We sit to listen to God's Word proclaimed from Scripture, but we stand for the final reading, which will be from one of the Gospels, our most sacred books. We sit for the homily and then stand for the Creed and the Prayers of the Faithful. That takes us to the second part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the eucharist. We sit again for the presentation of the gifts and then stand for most of the Eucharistic Prayer, kneeling as we hear about Jesus' great gift to us in the bread and wine that become his body and blood.

We have Communion every Sunday. Those who have been baptized and have prepared for and celebrated their First Communion are invited to the Table of the Lord. Those who are not yet able to take part are welcome to come forward for a blessing, if they wish. Approaching the communion minister with your arms crossed will signify that you have come for a blessing.

Young people from grades 1 thru 9 can take part in our catechetics programs.

When we gather together to celebrate the Mass, we know that we are the family of God. We are always happy to welcome you into our family of faith!

Important Covid-19 Announcement

The Atlantic Bishops have decided that, as of Monday, March 16th, all Masses (weekday and Sunday), Liturgy of the Word and all other Liturgical gatherings be suspended until further notice. Please click on the following link to read the letter from Archbishop Mancini: 20-006 Covid-19

Parishioners are asked to prayerfully consider if they are able to continue to make a weekly donation. This may not be possible for all but Parish expenses still continue even though Masses are cancelled. We gratefully thank you for your efforts to continue supporting the Parish.

St. Joseph's Church will remain open from 10 am to 8 pm so parishioners may come for personal prayer time.

Mass Times last updated on the 9th of April, 2020
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History of Saint Joseph Church Shad Bay

Our History

The Catholic Church appointed a pastor to the western shore in 1794. A church was built in Prospect. Rev. Thomas Green was appointed the first pastor. The parish extended from Shelburne to Sherhrooke, Guysborough Co.; then cross country to Windsor on to Annapolis and back to Shelburne. It was the second parish established in the Dioceses and the largest of four parishes.

The people of Shad Bay went to church at Prospect. In 1915 a house was bought from Frank and Alice Woodling. An entrance and steeple were attached to the house, thus the first church was established in Shad Bay. This building is now known to us as the Villa.

A new church was erected in Shad Bay 1932 under the leadership of Rev. J.J. Lanigan. This church was named St Joseph. The church was located near the water in Shad Bay on a small piece of land. In I959 Rev. John Mahar had the church moved from the waterfront to the present site on the hill. This property was donated hy the Collier family In l968 the present rectory was built in Shad Bay, replacing the rectory that was located in Prospect. Rev. Ernest Sweeney made this project a reality.

In 1990 plans were begun for the expansion of St. ]oseph’s church, Shad Bay. It was a laborious task, with many meetings. In I991 approval was received from the Business and Finance Commission of the Archdiocese. Today we have a beautiful new expanded church. We give thanks to God for giving us the insight and the strength to build this church and we pray that in our new home we will give worthy praise to our God.

With the renovation of St. ]oseph's Church it has been possible to retain many of the beautiful features and art of the old Church. We were able to maintain the old windows. They were cleaned and releaded, thus they retain their original beauty. These windows were donated by the families ot Shad Bay and we are pleased to include them in the new building. The new window in the Eucharistic Chapel is the creation ot Randy Hester. This window depicts Christ calling the fishermen to be disciples. Shad Bay was a typical fishing village and thus the scene ot fishermen, boats and the Lord was a central part of the life of the pioneers of Shad Bay.

Our Baptismal Font is made of granite. Granite is the prominent rock found in our community. The flowing water represents the life giving water of Baptism. The symbols of the boat and the fish at the base of the font represent the pioneers of the village.

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The power of Christian prayer "The greatest thing anyone can do for God or man is pray."
S.D. Gordon
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