Saint Augustine's


Welcome to St. Augustine’s Parish, Nova Scotia

St. Augustine’s Church
105 King Street, Chester

With missions in:

St. Anthony’s Church
10243 Highway 3, Hubbards

St. Patrick’s Church
4828 Highway 12, New Ross

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Saint Augustine's Parish

“Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst”

(Matthew 18:20)


St. Augustine’s Parish covers a large and diverse area along the south shore of Nova Scotia and inland to the rural community of New Ross. It is one parish with three churches. Also unique to our parish is the change in demographics which occurs each summer when the parish population nearly doubles with the arrival of our summer parishioners to the communities of Chester and the Hubbards area.


St. Augustine’s Church
105 King St., Chester, N. S.

Saint Augustine's

The building of St. Augustine’s Church began in 1844 under the direction of Rev. William O’Brien as a result of the growing Roman Catholic presence in the Chester area. On September 7, 1846, Most Rev. William Walsh held a Mass of Thanksgiving to commemorate the completion of the Church. In 1931, the bell of the church, which was cast at the Causard Foundry in Colmar, Haut Rhin and weighed 650 pounds, was installed. It had been donated by the Parishioners and summer visitors.

The first parish priest was Rev. William P. Stone, 1845 - 1855. On Sunday, June 16, 1996, St. Augustine’s celebrated its 150th anniversary with a special Mass celebrate by Bishop Austin Burke and then parish priest, Rev. Louis Saldanha . Several former parish priests were in attendance also.

St. Anthony’s Mission
10235 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd., Hubbards, N. S.

Saint Anthony's

The first St. Anthony’s Church was built in 1937. However, by the early 70’s it was too small to meet the needs of the growing Catholic population in the Hubbards area. It was decided to build a new church and so a Campaign Committee was formed under the leadership of the then parish priest, Father Lloyd O’Neill.

The new church was built and the official blessing by the Most Reverend James M. Hayes took place at the 6:30 pm Mass on Saturday, July 30, 1977. The new St. Anthony’s was to serve the communities of Allen Heights to East River inclusive, the communities of the Blandford peninsula and also the many summer vacationers.

St. Patrick’s Mission
4828 Hwy. 12, New Ross, N. S.

Saint Patrick's

St. Patrick’s Church, which was the first Roman Catholic church in Lunenburg County, was erected in 1827-1828 in New Ross. The first mass was celebrated by Rev. John Laughlin. The present church was built on the site of its predecessor in 1877. Rev. P. H. Holden was the priest in charge. The church bell (also built at the Causard Foundry in Colmar, Haut Rhin, France) was installed in 1931, in memory of the deceased relatives of the members.

This small, well-cared for church, is revered by its members who have set an enviable example of religious stability and devotion.


T: (902) 275-5463 (Office, Chester Glebe)
F: (902) 273-3037

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“Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst”

(Matthew 18:20)

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