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Holy Family Parish was formally established in September of 1982 comprising the town of Paradise, then part of St. Edward's Parish, Topsail and St. Thomas, part of the Holy Rosary Parish, Portugal Cove. Before the construction of a church, masses were held at Immaculate Conception School Chapel in St. Thomas 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 until a full time priest was assigned in 1984 (Father John Wallis) and under his guidance, a new church and presbytery were were constructed on St. Thomas Line. The new church opened in 1985 and currently serves the town of Paradise with some 400 families. In 1989, Father Wallis was succeeded by Rev. Edward Purcell until 1996, when Father Richard McHugh was appointed Pastor.
Information and Records for Holy Family Parish - Paradise/St. Thomas
Holy Family Parish (Paradise - St. Thomas)
P.O. Box 3031
Telephone and Fax #:
Fax #: (709) 781-1699
none available at this time
None Available Pastor
Rev. Richard McHugh
This church is a new church that opened on Sept 15, 1982. Prior to this church opening the congregation used the St. Edward's Parish; St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Topsail and the Basilica in St. John's. There are no records available at the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador for this Parish.
All records are available at the Parish only and holds the following records: Baptisms (Sept 1982); Marriages (Sept 1982) and Deaths (Jan 10, 1983).
There are no Vital Statistics volumes (DPHW) available for this church.
St. Thomas Cemetery located on Topsail Road in Topsail 4 kms pass Paradise on the right hand side of the road
A list of Priests who have served the Holy Name parish: 1989-1996 Sister Brenda Phelan as administrator 1989-1997 Rev. Dennis Walsh as a communiting priest from St. John's 1989-1998 Rev. John Wallis 1989-1999 Rev. Edward Purcell 1996-present Rev. Richard McHugh
I would like to thank Rev. McHugh for filling out the missing
information, sending me the brochure with the history and picture of
The Holy Name Parish.
Contributed by Barbara McGrath (July 2000)
Page Revised: July 2002 (Don Tate)
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