Holy Family Parish
Medicine Hat, Alberta
In August 2001, Medicine Hat congregations of St. Mary's, Christ the King, and St. Joseph's Schuler all merged to create the new Holy Family Parish, and celebrated their first mass in an open field that would later become Holy Family Church.
SAHURI + Partners Architecture Inc. worked together with Michael Boreskie Architect to create the unified congregation a welcoming new 39,000 sf. building of worship that seats up to 1,500 people. The design is sensitive to the natural beauty of the Medicine Hat landscape, responding to the human needs of parishioners, young and old; with a balance of compassion and strength.
The $6.9 million church, completed in 2006, features a dedicated sacrament chapel and reconciliation room with exterior entry, separate infant and adult baptismal fonts, office administration areas, storage space, a parish hall with the capacity for about 400 people seated at tables, as well as accessible washrooms, coat rooms, a kitchen, and a choir room.
The project also incorporated a landscape plan for up to 450 parking bays. Holy Family Parish congregation members have expressed reverent gratitude for a church that meets the liturgical needs of its community and has the flexibility to adapt for future change and growth.
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