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Our History

The Holy Family story is one of a strong community looking to share the presence of the Lord in the Middletown Valley.  The parish began as a mission of Saint John the Evangelist Parish when, on September 9, 1985, a small group of Catholics met with Monsignor Edward Echle, the pastor of Saint John’s to discuss growth in the Middletown Valley.  With the approval of Archbishop William D. Borders, the first community Mass was celebrated at Middletown High School on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 5, 1986.  The community was declared an independent mission of Saint John the Evangelist and was called the Catholic Community of Middletown. Archbishop Borders appointed Father John Moore Coordinator of the Mission a month later, on February 11.  Subsequently, a house was purchased to serve as the heart of the community for daily Mass, parish administration and the home for Father John.  Sunday Mass continued to be celebrated at Middletown High School while a Saturday evening Mass was added at the Middletown United Methodist Church.

            After two years of careful research on July 15, 1988, twenty acres of land set on one of the higher spots in Middletown was purchased for a building site.  Full parish status was granted to the community on January 4, 1989, and, three months later, on April 2, 1989, Archbishop Borders officially installed Father John Moore as pastor of Holy Family Catholic Community.  The name of the parish was chosen by its members to reflect their strong community spirit and tight knit family bonds.

            Ground was broken for the church building on August 20, 1995 by Cardinal Keeler and the parish leadership.  The church was solemnly dedicated on March 14, 1997.  At that time there were approximately 440 households in the parish.  Those families that made pledges toward the construction of the new church have their names inscribed in stones along the walls of the building. 

            By 2004, significant growth had occurred at Holy Family, mirroring the growth of the Middletown Valley.  With Father Moore’s retirement, Bishop W. Francis Malooly, then Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore (now Bishop of Wilmington) installed Father J. Kevin Farmer as the second pastor of Holy Family Catholic Community on September 12, 2004.  By the end of 2006, Holy Family had grown to just over 800 registered families.  The strong emphasis on community led the parish to plan and build a 20,000 square foot addition to house a large social hall and additional meeting rooms.

            Named the Father John Charles Moore Center, it was dedicated on October 7, 2007 by the newly installed Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien in one of his first official acts as Archbishop of Baltimore.  By the end of 2009, Holy Family numbered over 900 registered families.  After a 10 month interim, a third pastor, Monsignor Robert J. Jaskot, was appointed by Archbishop O’Brien in spring, 2010.  Fr. Rob was installed by Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski and began his duties as pastor on August 22, 2010, the Feast of the Queenship of Mary.  Parish growth continues and as of Spring 2012, Holy Family numbered over 1,000 registered families.