Parish History

Clemmons Mission – 1976

The significant growth of Saint Leo’s parish over the years led to the need for the Diocese of Charlotte on October 7, 1976 to purchase ten acres of land to build a new church in Clemmons. At the same time, a home on the corner of Knob Hill Avenue and Peace Haven Road was purchased as a rectory and also served as a chapel for weekday Mass, office and meeting space, and Religious Education classes.

Father James Solari, assigned to Saint Leo’s at the time served as resident priest of what was known then as the Clemmons Mission during the years 1977 and 1978. Father Hoover arrived to replace Father Solari at what was becoming better known as Saint Leo’s West from 1978 to 1979.

In March of 1977 a parish celebration was held upon completion of the Rectory basement renovations. This space was named Saint Joseph Hall because his feast day is March 19 and the two key men who coordinated the work both were named Joseph, Joseph Kwolkoski and Joseph Dovi. The four classrooms were named Holy Family, Holy Cross, Holy Scripture and Holy Spirit.

The first Mass was celebrated on July 15, 1978 in the Clemmons Presbyterian Church on Highway 158 and celebrated by Monsignor Richard Allen, then pastor of Saint Leo’s. While they had generously offered their hospitality, after two weekends of Masses, we were overflowing their facility.

For the next five years, the Saturday evening Mass and Religious Education classes were held at the Clemmons Moravian Church on Spangenberg Drive and Sunday morning Masses and nursery were held at the Clemmons Vogler Funeral Home Chapel.

The first formal organization, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Guild was formed in November of 1978 and provided the most significant strength in the faith community for the formation of an independent parish. The guild handled all of the parish necessities including spiritual needs, social functions and even housekeeping. Most of these functions are currently handled under a variety of parish commissions.

Paulist Father Robert Scott was installed as the first Pastor of Holy Family as a church on August 15, 1980 with Saint Francis in Mocksville named as our Mission. Bishop Michael Begley canonically established the parish under the patronage of the HOLY FAMILY.

The name was one of the choices proposed by the parishioners and was chosen based on the “Year of the Family”. In that same year the first building committee was created with 170 registered families. Pastors succeeding Father Robert Scott included Father Tom Clements, Father Cecil Tice, Father Tom Walsh, Father Frank J. O’Rourke, and our current pastor Father Michael Buttner.

Commissions – 1981

The original six commissions recommended by Diocesan guidelines were organized and chairmen appointed subsequent to our Parish Council and Board of Education elections in March of 1981.

In the next month plans were under way to build a 9,200 square foot structure comprised of worship area, reconciliation room, two offices, nursery, kitchen and a concourse for social events, classes and overflow of the worship area. The following year parish registration had grown to 329 families.

Breaking Ground – 1984

Bishop Michael Begley conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new church building on March 4, 1984. New furniture arrived in December of 1984 and the first Mass was celebrated in the new building. Parish registration has now grown to 550 registered families. Bishop John F. Donoghue dedicated the new Holy Family Church on March 10, 1985 his first dedication as Bishop of Charlotte.

Parish Family Center – 1987

With parish registration now at 618 register families and the congregation still growing, ground was broken to provide an additional 14,200 square feet of building space. The addition of the Family Center added a social hall with a seating capacity of 350 people for meals and will convert into eight classrooms. The new wing included a large permanent kitchen, larger nursery, additional offices, storage space and restrooms with showers. Our building won the North Carolina 1987 Architectural Brick Design Award of Merit and on December 27, 1987 Bishop John F. Donoghue dedicated the new Family Center.

Picnic Shelter – 1990

Over the years our parishioners have been most generous in donating funds which enabled us to build a beautiful picnic shelter which is sitting on an additional four acres of land donated by the Amp Corporation including the trees and shrubs that beautify our grounds. As of 1990 we had 765 registered families.

Capital Campaign -1995

During 1995 with a registration of 1100 families, a capital campaign was begun to pay off the remainder of the mortgage, enlarge the parking lot, repair the roof and contribute to the purchase of playground equipment. All of this was accomplished along with the help of funds provided by the Children’s Clothing Sales.

Annual Bazaar

The annual Craft and Baked Goods Bazaar fund raiser started before the original building was built and is the largest source of funds for many special projects including such items as the creation of the church library and retiring the rectory mortgage.

Holy Family Sculpture – 2001

Holy Family Parish commissioned Sister Mary Southard, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph of Lagrange, Park, Ill, to design and create a sculpture of the Holy Family. Parishioner consensus led to a life size sculpture shaped and placed in a position expressing welcome and openness to all who gather to worship and pass our way.  Jesus is depicted as a youth of eleven or twelve. The bigger than life sculpture constructed of fiberglass with a stone tone finish, was placed in the center of the circle in front of the church in December of 2001.

Youth Center – 2002

Our Youth Center was constructed in 2002 to provide space for a variety of youth oriented educational and organization functions. Sunday evening classes are conducted here for the Youth Ministry program and Wednesday evenings are a drop-in night for our parish youth. The center is also used by the Squires, and the Squirettes. Programs such as these help us to meet the spiritual and educational needs of the middle and high school youth of the parish.

Capital Campaign – 2002

Holy Family Catholic Church is home to over 1,500 registered families. Over-crowded Masses, lack of classroom space for our Faith Formation Programs and cramped office space inspired us to lay out a plan to accommodate our continuing growth. In September of 2002, we initiated a Capital Campaign in an effort to raise $3.2 million dollars to build a new sanctuary which will seat at least 1,200 parishioners and open up much needed space for our growing Faith Formation programs. Response to our campaign was most favorable.

Breaking Ground – 2004

On June 5th we began a new chapter in the history of Holy Family parish at a Groundbreaking ceremony for our new sanctuary. The new facility is designed to support the growth of our parish and ensure that we have adequate space for our worship and ministerial needs for many years to come. This day became a reality because of the hard work and generosity of Holy Family parishioners.

Dedication Mass – 2005

On Sunday, November 27, 2005, The Most Reverend Peter Joseph Jugis, J.C.D., Bishop of Charlotte was the principal celebrant and homilist at the Dedication Mass of the new Holy Family Catholic Church. The Presider was The Most Reverend William G. Curlin, D.D., Bishop Emeritus. Concelebrants were The Very Reverend Michael J. Buttner, Pastor and The Reverend Brian J. Cook, Parochial Vicar. The existing church was renamed the Bishop William G. Curlin Faith Formation Center and will be used to provide additional classroom space for the Faith Formation Program. The new 27,000 square foot church provides seating for over 1,200 parishioners.

Dedication of Columbarium and Cemetery – 2009

On Saturday September 5th Bishop Peter J. Jugis conducted a blessing ceremony on the grounds of our Columbarium and Cemetery arranged by our Liturgy Committee and assisted by the Arimatheans.  Blessing rites included the Liturgy of the Word, and a formal blessing of the columbarium and cemetery during the Sprinkling Rite.

2012 Dedication of the Liz Brooks Memorial Organ

On Sunday December 2, 2012 the Most Reverend William G. Curlin, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Charlotte was the principal celebrant at the dedication Mass of the Elizabeth “Liz” Brooks Memorial Organ.  Liz had initiated a fund dedicated to the acquisition of a new organ for the church.  Following her untimely death in 2011 the adult choir continued to honor her memory by fulfilling that dream.

The Mass included musical selections by J. S. Bach, J.Alain as well as organ and choral music including “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, “O God, Beyond All Praising” and “In Our Music God Is Glorified”. Trumpet, clarinet and bagpipes complemented the sound of the new instrument. The Johannus Organ the “Monarke Custom AC VII” was manufactured in
Ede, Holland, the home of the Johannus Organ Company, a multi-generational family business with a worldwide reputation for product excellence.