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.
Living Stations Planning Meeting
All are invited to an organizational meeting for the Lenten tableau presentation of The Way of The Cross. The meeting will take place on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in Father Kerwan Hall. This is the fourth annual presentation of The Living Stations. Many volunteers are needed. If you are interested in being a part of the production, please contact Lorraine Andexler at 860-745-0422. A light lunch will be served at this meeting.
Weekly Scripture Study
Every Wednesday from 7-8 pm, join fellow Holy Family Parish members in a "Sunday Scripture Preview." We take a look at the readings for the upcoming Sunday liturgy, discuss important themes and try to see the connection between each of the readings and our spiritual growth. This is a very informal meeting and you can attend as your schedule allows. We meet in Rooms 2/3 in the hall. The readings for the upcoming Sunday are provided, or you can bring your Bible or daily Missal (Magnificat, Word Among Us, etc.). This is a great Lenten opportunity for you.
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.
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. After all the Masses Feb. 25-26, the “little black book” of Lenten meditations will be on sale in Father Kerwan Hall.
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.
Wednesday, Feb. 22: 1st Peter 5:1-4; Psalm 23; Matthew 16:131-19; Thursday, Feb. 23: Sirach 5:1-8; Psalm 1; Mark 9:41-50; Friday, Feb. 24: Sirach 6:5-17; Psalm 119; Mark 10:1-12; Saturday, Feb. 25: Sirach 17:1-15; Psalm 103; Mark 10:13-16; Sunday, Feb. 26: Isaiah 49:14-15; Psalm 62; 1st Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34; Monday, Feb. 27: Sirach 17:20-24; Psalm 32; Mark 10:17-27; Tuesday, Feb. 28: Sirach 35:1-12; Psalm 50; Mark 10:28-31
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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