The Church of the Holy Family in Derry is sited at the end of the Ballymagroarty estate. Central to the local Primary School, shopping centre and restaurant, it now serves some 9000 parishioners from not just Ballymagroarty, but also from Hazelbank, Foyle Springs, the Branch, Templegrove, Whitehouse Park, Coshquin and the Springtown Road.
The splendid church building, which seats 650, was designed and built by Hegarty Masterson Doherty Architects and McCormick Building Contractors. It has 14 windows with a Station of the Cross, designed by Desmond Kyne, being the centre piece of each.
The inside ceiling is panelled in red wood and the seats are positioned in a semi-circular fashion which corresponds to the image of the church being a place which facilitates a communion of God's people gathered to praise His name.
The roof of the church rises to its highest point over the sanctory, and it is finished with a glass re-inforced plastic fleche. Adjoining the church is the two-storey parochial house whose steel-framed brick piers have been formed around steel columns on the perimeter of the building. It's roof rises rises to a central roof-light over hanging a staircase.
The land around the church has been landscaped and planted, and recently added flood-lights enhance the beauty of the church building by night.
The Holy Family Parish Church was opened and solemly dedicated by Bishop Daly on September 25th 1983.