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Holy Family Parish in Hillsborough Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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On Sunday, March 11, 2012, the parishioners of Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillsborough celebrated the parish’s 25th anniversary. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge presided at the 9:45 English and the 11:45 Spanish Anniversary Masses, with Fr. Thomas Tully as concelebrant. The Bishop also blessed a new building adjoining the church, which will house the parish offices and classrooms for meetings and faith formation.

The Catholic presence in Hillsborough began in the 1880s. But Mass was celebrated irregularly and in a variety of locations until the current multi-purpose building, which houses the sanctuary, was dedicated in 1986. (It was expanded in 1999.) In 1987 Sister Margaret Savage, SSJ, was appointed pastoral administrator, making Holy Family one of the first parishes in the Diocese with this kind of leadership.

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge called the celebration an occasion to “rejoice and renew.”

“We rejoice in remembering the countless number of people who have encountered and experienced the love of God in your parish throughout the years,” the Bishop said, and he continued, “The celebration of a parish anniversary is also a grace-filled moment for us, as individuals, families and a parish community, to renew our promises to the Lord and His Church.”

Receptions with food prepared by parish members followed both the Sunday Masses.

Read Bishop Burbidge’s homily

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge blessing parish office and classroom building at Holy Family Church in Hillsborough. (Click photo to view larger.)

Below: Front view of Holy Family Church that underwent expansion in 1999.