Holy Family Roman Catholic Church

 

​​ 29 Sugarloaf St. South Deerfield, Ma 01373
                   Phone:  413 665-3254

Mass Times:  Daily Monday - Thursday 8am
Friday Communion Service 8:00am, First Friday Mass 8:00am
Saturday 4pm, Sunday 8am and 10:30am       
Confessions: Saturday at 3:00pm or by appointment

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St. Mark's Mission Church

A Brief History of St. Marks Church

In 1879 St. Marks Mission Church was founded in Conway on land donated by Edward Delabarre, a local mill owner, to serve the growing number of Catholic immigrants working in the mills in the town.  Since its inception it has been a mission church of Holy Trinity Church in Greenfield, St. Josephs Church in Shelburne, St. James Church in South Deerfield, and now Holy Family Church in South Deerfield.  Fr. Julius Jutt, who was pastor of St. James and St. Marks for 31 years and passed away in 2003, could tell you exactly how many curves there were in the road he traveled every Sunday to celebrate Mass at St. Marks.

Often described as “the little church that could”, upon Fr Jutt’s death the parishioners came together to do what needed to be done to preserve their community church in the face of church closings happening everywhere in the diocese at that time. Knowing there was some uncertainty concerning the status of St. Marks, a group of dedicated parishioners petitioned Bishop Thomas Dupre to allow St Marks to continue and he granted their request.

In the beginning this included finding priests from as far away as Boston willing to travel to Conway on Sunday to celebrate the Mass with the people of Conway. However, the St. Marks steering committee was very fortunate to find Fr. Donald LaPointe, a retired diocesan priest, who served as the main celebrant at St. Marks for over twelve years. 

Since Bishop Dupre’s approval the parish, led by its Steering Committee, has continued to work together to maintain the financial and physical resources of St. Marks. It is our hope that we can continue to work for the continued growth and health of St. Marks for many years to come.
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