Welcome to Holy Family Church
Holy Family Church is indeed a family of faith. We are united in prayer through the sacrifice of the Mass daily and the praying of the rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. We are dedicated to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through evangelization, education and Christian example. We strive to be as faithful as the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph were to Jesus, and to live our faith by serving God, our fellow brothers and sisters, and our greater community.
We invite you and your family to visit Holy Family Church this weekend, regardless of where you are in your life with our Lord. If you simply want to learn more about our parish, please browse our Web site, or reach out to us via Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Please contact a member of the parish staff for specific help with the sacraments, returning to the Church, having a child baptized, having a priest visit an elderly parent or friend to bring them Communion... whatever your situation and need may be. Holy Family can be there for you.
In all things, through the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
Deacon Speaks on 9/11 Faith Journey
Deacon Paul Carris walked out of the World Trade Center on 9/11. He helped a woman down the 70-some flights of stairs during a harrowing 90-minute escape from the flames and wreckage caused by radical terrorists. When he stepped outside, safe from the tumbling towers, his life was changed. Carris recounted his escape and his subsequent faith journey during a talk before nearly 100 parishioners and others at Holy Family Church Feb. 21. The talk was organized by the parish's Women's Guild. Carris told the audience that through eucharistic adoration, a Cursillo retreat and spiritual direction, he healed a broken marriage and renewed his family. He found a call to service and his vocation as a deacon. He serves in the Archdiocese of Newark. For more pictures, please visit the parish's Facebook page.
RCIA Rite of Election, March 5
On Sunday March 5, the first Sunday of Lent, the six candidates for full communion in the Catholic faith from Holy Family Parish will attend the Rite of Election at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. The Rite of Election is the second major gateway for those preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation (baptism, Communion and confirmation) on Easter Saturday. The candidates will attend this event after months of preparation and catechetical instruction by members of the RCIA team here in the parish. By attending the Rite of Election, the candidates signal that they are ready to prepare for the final stages of instruction during Lent to receive the sacrament of initiation. We ask your continued prayers for: Stephanie Colon, Christina Gordon, Andrew McPherson, Edward Zimmer, James Wellman and Guy Archambault.
Lent: Fasting, Abstinence
Though one of the most attended Mass days of the year, Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation. Below are some of the rules and regulations binding on Roman Catholics on Ash Wednesday and throughout the penitential season of Lent.
Summed up succinctly, Roman Catholics must fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Additionally, they must abstain from meat on all Fridays during Lent.
Ash Wednesday is one of two yearly days of obligatory fasting and abstinence for Roman Catholics, along with Good Friday. According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the norms of fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59.
Fasting means a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but they are not to equal that of a full meal.
The rule of abstinence from meat is binding upon Catholics aged 14 and onwards.
The other obligatory day of fasting and abstinence is Good Friday, the day on which Catholics remember the death of Jesus on the cross. On the U.S. Bishops website, they explain the Good Friday fast should, when possible, last through the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.
While those are the only two days of full fasting and abstinence required, all of Lent should be a time of spiritual formation and preparation for Easter.
A Lenten Greeting from Deacon Eduar
Seen in the photograph is the Lenten tree crafted from the trunk of the Chrismon tree displayed during Advent and Christmas. The Lenten tree features the words, "Open My Eyes, Lord," a theme for this Lent for our parish.
Deacon Eduar Gutierrez Tovar has sent the following Lenten message to Holy Family parishioners. He writes: Hello Everyone: I hope you all are having a blessed year so far. I want to let you know that this current semester is going well. I’m studying as usual but also enjoying my last semester at the seminary after five years here. I feel happy to be closer to the end of my studies but also excited to face the new phase of my life, going back to Connecticut to begin my future ministry, God willing. I am so grateful to the Mount for this wonderful opportunity but also to the archdiocese. I hope to see you all during Holy Week and please do not forget to pray for all our seminarians and priests.
In this season of Lent, we have 40 days to prepare for the sacred mysteries of Holy Week. The word “Lent” comes from an old English word which means “springtime,” so it reminds us of new life emerging in nature during spring and even of spring cleaning. This season of Lent is a time of special grace for us in which we want to do some spring cleaning in our lives and enjoy new life as a result. We want to leave sin behind and grow closer to the Lord. We want a change of heart this Lent.
Sometimes people ask, “What are you giving up for Lent?” There is one thing to give up during Lent: sin. This season of Lent is a preparation for renewing our baptismal promises during the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. The season of Lent gives us time once again to die to our old sinful ways and rise out of the tomb with Jesus to a new way of life so that by the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night, when we renew our baptismal vows, we will also have renewed our lives. This season is a way to embrace God and prepare ourselves to embrace His grace during Holy week.
In Christ. Deacon Eduar Torres Gutierrez
Lent begins Ash Wednesday, March 1. One of the three practices of Lent — along with fasting and almsgiving — is prayer. There are a variety of resoures available to you if you want to spend more time in prayer during Lent.
If you use our parish app, unique content for Lent will be made available every day. Beginning near Ash Wednesday, look for the background image on your phone to change. The icon seen here will be added to the other icons on the phone screen and will bring to you special Lenten reflections. If you have not downloaded our free parish app, text the word App to 88202 and follow instructions.
Dynamic Catholic, the publisher of the popular Rediscover Jesus and Resisting Happiness books, is once again offering free Lenten content for your smartphone or computer inbox. To learn how to have the “Best Lent Ever,” visit Dynamic Catholic.
Th: 9 a.m.
Sat: 8:30 a.m.
Sundays: Vigil: 5 p.m. 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m.
Sacrament of Confession (Reconciliation): Saturdays 4-5 p.m. and by appointment.
Daily Mass Readings
Access the daily Mass readings here. The provided links will send you to the web site of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The daily Mass readings can also be accessed via the parish app.
Tuesday, Feb. 28: Sirach 35:1-12; Psalm 50; Mark 10:28-31 • Ash Wednesday, March 1: Joel 2:12-18; Psalm 51; 2nd Corinthians 5:20-6:2; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 • Thursday, March 2: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1; Luke 9:22-25 • Friday, March 3: Isaiah 58:1-9a; Psalm 51; Matthew 9:14-15 • Saturday, March 4: Isaiah 59:9b-14; Psalm 86; Luke 5:27-32 • Sunday, March 5: Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7; Psalm 51; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 • Monday, March 6: Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18; Psalm 19; Matthew 25:31-46 • Tuesday, March 7: Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 34; Matthew 6:7-15 • Wednesday, March 8: Jonah 3:1-10; Psalm 51; Luke 11:29-32 • Thursday, March 9: Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25; Psalm 138; Matthew 7:7-12 • Friday, March 10: Ezekiel 18:21-18; Psalm 130; Matthew 5:20-26 • Saturday, March 11: Deuteronomy 26:16-19; Psalm 119; Matthew 5:43-48 • Sunday, March 12: Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 33; 2nd Timothy 1:8b-10; Matthew 17:1-9
Holy Family Parish offers you a convenient option of contributing your weekly offertory through the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Program administered by Our Sunday Visitor. This service is free and you may cancel it at anytime. If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at 860-741-2101 or click here to get started. https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/1676
Download the Holy Family Parish app here: http://myparishapp.com or type the word App to 88202 from either your Apple or Android smartphone.
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