Welcome to Holy Family Amherst
We Welcome ~ We Worship ~ We Witness
Parish Pastor - Father Charles Offor
Parish Life Coordinator - Glenna O'Quinn
Office/ Finance Manager - Evelyn Currie
Holy Family Office Manager - Mary Comeau
CWL - Diane Yarymowich
Knights of Columbus - Edwin Brine
St. Vincent de Paul - Shirley Ann Porter/ Shirley LeBlanc
*NEW* All Saints Parish Information Line - 902 - 667 - 8317
Notices- - -
June 21, 2021: In person services will resume this weekend, in All Saints Parish. All Covid protocols remain in effect, including, required masks, screening, contact tracing, hand sanitization, distancing and immediate exiting of the building after the service. Buildings may use 25% capacity, to a maximum of 50 people, where the percentage & distancing allows. Pre-registration is required for the churches who previously used that system. Please be a good neighbour and let others know, who do not have a computer.
Over the May 29th weekend, many heard the news of a mass grave containing the remains of 215 children, on the property of the former Kamloops Residential School. Archbishop Dunn adds his prayers to the many individuals, groups, and organizations, who are working with our Indigenous communities to bring about reconciliation and healing, in the midst of hurt and betrayal. He shares the following statement about this tragedy:
Statement from Archbishop Dunn
“On behalf of the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, I want to express my deep sadness for the tragic loss of the children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. The recent news that the remains of 215 indigenous children were found buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, is absolutely heartbreaking. I am conscious that this tragedy has a significant impact on all Indigenous communities, especially those here in Nova Scotia. As Archbishop, I want to offer my prayers for these children, their families, and their communities. Acknowledging and bringing to light this dark chapter of our Catholic and Canadian history, is difficult but necessary, in order to be able to do and be better. I continue to be committed to all who have been mistreated and hurt by the residential school experience, in which Church members participated knowingly or unknowingly. Let us pray for the guidance of the Creator, Son, and Holy Spirit to help us continue working with our indigenous brothers and sisters to take the steps needed towards reconciliation, healing, and peace”.
Archbishop Dunn's message may be watched here: Video Message
*** Mass is Livestreamed from Holy Family every Sunday at 11:15am.
At this time Mass is not open to the public.
You are Not Alone
At this time of isolation, fear and increased stress, many in our own community may be struggling with thoughts of suicide, abuse in the home, addictions or many other mental health issues.
"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others" - Philippians 2:4
If you or someone you know, may need extra support at this time, please share these resources.
The Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24/7 for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis or someone concerned about them.
Call (toll-free) 1-888-429-8167.
Transition House Association of Nova Scotia : 1-855-225-0220
Kid's Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 and their website is: kidshelpphone.ca
Call 911in any emergency situation.
Scam Alert!! (Ongoing)
It has been brought to our attention, that several individuals have
(yet again) recently started receiving text, email and messenger requests from (supposedly) Father Charles Offor or Father Craig Christensen.
These requests for money or gift cards are a SCAM.
Please do not respond to them.
You can notify the RCMP or your local police detachment to report these incidents.
All Saints Parish - Transition Prayer for 2020
God of new beginnings, we open our hearts to you here in our new All Saints Parish. In all that is unfamiliar, remind us to pay attention; to see what is, and not merely what we remember; to see as if for the very first time. Heavenly Father guide us throughout this time of transition. Empower each one of us to use our unique gifts to create a beautiful parish life, to share openly and honestly our thoughts, to respect the opinions of others, and to encourage humility, patience and joy. Instill in us a vision of the life you in- tended for us to lead. While we remember that which is precious in our communities and give thanks for the abundance we enjoy, God of Creation, guided by your Holy Spirit, grant that we will move forward united in love. In this new day and in this new parish, help us to joyfully accomplish the mission that has been entrusted to us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.