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.
World Mission Sunday, Oct. 22-23: Second Collection
World Mission Sunday, organized by the Society of the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. There will be a second collection taken up this weekend at all Masses to support the Church's missionary programs. Envelopes are available at all the entrances to the church. Your generosity is appreciated.
Update from Haitian Health Foundation
Please bookmark the Haitian Health Foundation's Web site, http://www.haitianhealthfoundation.org, and visit it regularly for updates on the situation on the ground in Haiti, the relief efforts now under way and, most importantly, how you can help. Holy Family Church is honored to support the HHF and stands in prayerful solidarity with the people of Haiti and especially the city of Jérémie where, through your generosity, many families have been helped through the livestock program and HappyHouses initiative. Now, more than ever, your support of the Haitian Health Foundation is needed. Please visit the organization's Web site and prayerfully consider making a monetary donation to relief efforts: https://www.givedirect.org/donate/?cid=11299
'Vegas Night' Draws Crowd
The Women's Guild of Holy Family Parish hosted a well-attended "Vegas Night" Oct. 18. The evening included a happy hour, dinner and dessert, and then several casino-style games of chance. Players enjoyed themselves at the roulette wheel, blackjack table and other activities. The evening ended with the raffling off of several gift baskets.
Rosary Offered for Nation
Holy Family parishioners gathered at noon Oct. 15 to pray the rosary to mark the 99th anniversary of the Blessed Mother's appearances to the shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal. In her appearances, the Virgin Mary asked the children to promote one simple message: Pray the rosary for peace.
The Catholic Vote: A Discussion, Oct. 24
Join us on Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m., in Father Kerwan Hall for a discussion of "The Catholic Vote: How Our Faith Can Influence Our Election Day Decisions." The discussion will include information on "Forming Faithful Citizens," a teaching document by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. This event will not and cannot be a discussion of the relative merits of any candidate, party platforms, etc. This is a discussion about the use of a well-formed conscience on Catholic teaching in casting one's vote.
RCIA Under Way at Holy Family
The RITE of CHRISTIAN INITIATION of ADULTS (RCIA) is an ongoing process of transformation and conversion. Our parish's RCIA program has just gotten under way. The Holy Spirit has led six people to our parish and with them we are beginning to explore all that our faith believes in, teaches and practices. All of us, whether we are cradle Catholics, recent converts, or people wanting to be introduced to Catholicism, are on a faith journey. RCIA welcomes everyone who wants to grow in the Catholic faith and deepen their relationship with the Lord. It often answers people's questions about why Catholics believe and do the things that they do. Please consider joining us every Thursday night at 7 p.m. for lively conversation, prayer and Scripture reading.
Return Your Box of Joy This Weekend
Thank you to everyone who stopped by Father Kerwan Hall to pick up their Box of Joy this month. All filled boxes must be returned no later than Oct. 22-23 to guarantee that we can get them shipped to deserving children in Haiti and Guatemala in cooperation with Cross Catholic. We ask you to fill the box with school and hygiene supplies, small toys, crayons and other items; include $9 donation to cover shipping and other mission-related costs, and the rest is handled by Cross Catholic, the organization we are partnering with this year for this program. You may also return your box to the parish office this week if that is more convenient.
Parish Youth Learn About Prayer
At the 11 a.m. Children's Mass Sunday, Oct. 16, Father Robert Rousseau instructed several of the parish's young people on how to pray using Pope Francis' "5 Finger" approach. We pray for 1) those who teach us; 2) those who are near to us, like parents and family; 3) those who lead and protect us; 4) those who are most in need of our prayers and, finally 5) ourselves.
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.
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
Parish App Available
Live our Catholic faith every day by using our Holy Family Parish app. Content includes daily inspirational messages, an up-to-date calendar, access to daily Mass readings, news feeds from national and international Catholic news agencies, podcasts of homilies delivered each weekend and more. We've also created group pages for many of the ministries and apostolates at Holy Family. To download, type the word App to 88202, then follow the link to myParishapp to download. The app is available for either Android or iPhone.
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