I’m New Here

Whether you’re visiting town, new to the area, were raised Catholic, Protestant, atheist, agnostic, or have never even considered church, religion, and spirituality, there is a place for you here.

 

When to Join Us

You’re welcome to join us for Sunday Mass:
Saturdays at 4pm
Sundays at 9am

If you’d like to start by exploring and discussing God, life, and faith before you come to Mass, please consider joining us at Alpha! Learn more about Alpha here.

 

What to Expect

Catholic Mass: Mass is an ancient form of worship where we glorify God and grow in holiness. It has two basic parts. First, in the Liturgy of the Word, we hear readings from the Bible and our priest or deacon preaches about the readings. Second, in the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the priest, acting in the place of Christ, prays the words that Christ spoke thousands of years ago, and God transforms the substance of bread and the wine into the True Body and Blood of Jesus. Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross becomes present for us. All those who are in union with Christ and his Church are invited to receive Communion. Songs of praise and worship are present throughout, and our community celebrates this time together with great joy. Mass is usually slightly longer than an hour.

Preparing for Mass: Before Mass, you can read the Scripture readings of the day to prepare. We dress to show reverence and love for God, so business casual clothing is appropriate Mass attire. Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure that we begin on time.

 

Directions & Parking

We’re located just off Main Street in Dartmouth, across from the NSCC Akerley Campus.

15 Caledonia Road, Dartmouth, NS

We have two entrances to our parking lot. You can enter from Caledonia Road by driving up either of the criss-cross driveways, or you can turn onto Kuhn Drive from Main Street and enter at the back of the parking lot. Accessible parking spots can be found nearest to the access ramp to the left of the main doors.

 

Children

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me” (Mt 19.14). Children are welcome here! We welcome squirmy and loud kids as a gift from God.

If you feel the need to take your child out of the sanctuary to calm them down at any point during Mass, please do. You can always take your child to the back entrance of the Church, or to the Divine Mercy Chapel in the front left of the Church (this room is soundproof, with a glass wall so that you can still see and participate during Mass).

Children’s Liturgy of the Word: During the school year, we invite children in Primary—Grade 6 to join our catechists for Children’s Liturgy of the Word. About 10 minutes into the Mass, children can to come to the front, receive a blessing, and then go to a classroom to do an activity and hear the Gospel story explained. After the priest’s Homily, the children are brought back into the Sanctuary to rejoin their parents for the remainder of Mass.

The safety and security of your children is our top priority. All our catechists are trained and have a background check before they can work with children.

 

What’s Next?

Want to explore more about life, faith, and God? Come to Alpha to explore and discuss your faith in a non-judgmental, friendly, open environment. Learn more or register here.

Need to talk to someone about the Catholic faith? Contact the parish office. We’d be happy to hear from you.

Want to become Catholic? Contact our parish office staff. They’ll discuss with you the process of formation and initiation, called The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

Ready to register as a member of our parish community? Welcome to the family! You can register quickly and easily online by clicking here or by visiting the parish office during business hours.

How can we help? We have many service ministries to help support you. Learn more here.

Want to give back? To support this parish community financially or with your prayers, you can learn more about giving.