Holy Family American National Catholic Church

Holy Family American National Catholic Church

Who We Are

A Member of the American National Catholic Church

Holy Family Parish History

In 1995 Holy Family was formed with about a dozen people who dreamed of a church where "all are welcome" and today we have about 100 families who worship with us.

We are not connected to the Roman Catholic Church but we are an Independent Catholic Church.

We are a young community with many children. Please come and join us for the celebration of the Eucharist. We don't care if children cry for they are the voices of the future.

We find our roots in the history, theology and traditions of the early church, especially the first 1000 years of Christianity, thus much of our theology is closely aligned with the Eastern Orthodox Church. This early church was very democratic as they elected their bishops and church was local as they gathered around their bishop. It is from this early church that we have our Ecumenical Councils. Leaders both laity, clergy attended these Councils. We also strive to live up to the dream and vision of Pope John the XXIII and the Second Vatican Council. We are an open and affirming church where all the sacraments are open to both men and women, married and single.

We have an open communion table where all are invited to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. It is God's table not ours and St. Paul reminds us, "You are not Jew or Greek, Male or Female, Slave or Free for all are one is Christ Jesus

Our Services

Service Times

  • 10:30am - Mass
  • 05:30pm - Mass

What to Expect

What are services like?
The American National Catholic Church is a Christian community of believers who worship in the Catholic Tradition. The official liturgy of the Church is the Novus Ordo, the mass of Paul VI, that was promulgated following the Second Vatican Council. We worship using the liturgical form of the Roman Missal 2nd Edition and not the Roman Missal 3rd Edition as initiated by the Roman Church on the first Sunday of Advent, 2011. Our liturgical form of worship is very consistent with the Roman Church and similar to the liturgy used by Anglicans. We would love you to join us for worship.

What is the community like?
We are a family oriented parish. On any Sunday about 20% of our congregation is under the age of 18.

What if I'm not a Christian?
Please come and worship with us. We have an open communion table and all are welcome to receive. If you feel called to receive and are not baptized let the priest know so that we can work on your baptism.


Fr. James Lehman, FCM

Fr. James Lehman, FCM

As a young man he entered the Alexian Brothers, a Roman Catholic Order dedicated to the care of the sick. After leaving, he continued working with those struggling emotionally and physically, getting in 1975 his Master of Social Work degree from Hunter College in New York City. At the same time his desire to serve God and His people led him to pursuing ordination as a Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church in 1987. For a while he served as Administrator of IHM Cathedral in Las Cruces but left in 1995, completing his theological education, getting ordained to the priesthood, and founding Holy Family Parish. He did this for he believed that church should be an place where "all were welcome." While as pastor, he continued his work as a therapist in private practice and his work at New Mexico State University as a College Assistant Professor. To integrate these various interested in 2003 he completed his Doctorate in Psychology looking at the psychological and spiritual affects of abuse and neglect. In June of 2014 he was Incardinated into the American National Catholic Church.

What Members Say

Add your voice

Go here? Tell us why you love Holy Family American National Catholic Church. Visited? Tell us what a newcomer can expect.