I’m New Here
Welcome! 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 at either of our two sites:
Saturdays at 4:00 pm at St. Thomas More (15 Caledonia Rd, Dartmouth)
Sundays at 8:30 am at St. Thomas More (15 Caledonia Rd, Dartmouth)
Sundays at 11:15 am at St. Vincent de Paul (320 Flying Cloud Dr, Dartmouth)
All weekend Masses are the same, so come to whichever one best suits your schedule.
If you’d like to start by exploring and discussing God, life, and faith before you come to Weekend Mass, please consider joining us at Alpha!
What to Expect
Catholic Mass: Mass is an ancient form of worship where we glorify God and grow in holiness by entering into the life and mystery of Jesus Christ. 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. We get to join ourselves to Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. All those who are in union with Christ and his Church are invited to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in Communion. Those who are not ready to receive Communion may come forward with their arms across their chest to receive a blessing. Songs of praise and worship are present throughout, and our community celebrates this time together with great joy. Mass is usually just over an hour.
Preparing for Mass:
Before Mass, you can read the Scripture readings of the day so that you’re familiar with them when you hear them read.
We dress to show reverence and care for God and each other, so please dress in comfortable, appropriate attire.
Directions & Parking
ST. THOMAS MORE SITE
15 Caledonia Road, Dartmouth, NS
Our St. Thomas More location is just off Main Street in Dartmouth, across from the NSCC Akerley Campus.
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.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SITE
320 Flying Cloud Drive, Dartmouth, NS
Accessible parking spots can be found in the front and center of the parking lot. The main entrance to the Church is in the center of the building, underneath the name “St. Vincent de Paul.”
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. Your children will be comfortable in 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.
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.