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. 

Rite of Welcome Held for Candidates

RCIA
On Sunday, Dec. 4, Holy Family Parish held the Rite of Welcome for five candidates who are discerning joining the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. They are: Stephanie Colon, Christina Gordon, Andrew McPherson, Ed Zimmer and James Wellman. Guy Archambault, a current parishioner, is studying to be confirmed this spring. They posed with catechists and sponsors before Sunday Mass. We congratulate them and as a parish pledge our prayers and support for their continued growth in knowledge of the Catholic faith and love for the Lord who has brought them to this decision.

Children's Mass, Dec. 18, 11 am

Boxes

In advance of the monthly Children's Mass at 11 a.m. on Dec. 18, eighth-graders in the parish's religious-education program created small boxes from old Christmas cards in which they placed a small Christ child figurine. These boxes will be given out to children attending the Mass. At all Masses on Dec. 18, Holy Family Parish will celebrate "Bambinelli Sunday." All parishioners are encouraged to bring the Christ child figurine from their family crèches to Mass for a special blessing. At St. Peter's in Rome during one Sunday in Advent, families gather with the Holy Father for this special blessing. To see more pictures of our crafty eighth-graders, please visit the parish's Facebook page: Holy Family Facebook.

$17k-plus Raised for Haiti

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our fund-raising appeal on behalf of the Haitian Health Foundation. The parish raised more than $17,000 to help with hurricane relief efforts, including the $5,000 matching grants fund. Thanks for your generosity to our neighbors in need. Time and again Holy Family Parish shows it can be counted on to live the Gospel message of mercy. God bless you all.

Parishioners Learn about Guadalupe

OLG TalkThe miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe impressed upon the tilma (cloak) of Juan Diego in 1531 was the subject of a talk by Steve Mirabella at Holy Family Parish on Monday, Dec. 5. Mirabella explored the story behind the tilma and explained how modern science has helped the Church decipher the variety of images and meanings imprinted on Juan Diego's cloak. For those not able to attend Mirabella's talk, please visit the web site web site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe for more information.   

Advent Book Group: Jesus of Nazareth

Join us beginning Tuesday Dec. 6 for a discussion of Pope Benedict XVI's book, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives. Copies of the book are available for purchase from the parish office; a reading guide will be provided at no additional cost. For more information or to register, please see Fr. Tim by Friday, Dec. 2. We will meet at 7:30 on Dec. 6, 13 and 20. 

Bible Study Program Concludes

Holy Family Parishioners concluded their 8-week study program, "Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible," Tuesday, Nov. 29. Using the Bible Time Line to review the essentials of salvation history from God's creation to the establishment of the Church, participants delved into several of the books of the Bible to show how God's covenant with man reached its fulfillment in the sending of his Son and the establishment of the Catholic Church. Plans for a new program on Catholic prayer, called "Oremus," were discussed. The program will commence in January. Please watch this space and the new Holy Family Parish bulletin, "Family Matters," for more information and to sign up. 

Parish Calendar

Mass Times

Daily M-W, F: 8 a.m., 9 a.m.
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.

Online Giving

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

PhoneLive 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. 

Publications


  • Sun, Dec 4th

Wholly Family Blog

Stewards for Tomorrow

We’re all familiar with Jesus’ Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13), about the farmer ... Read More »

Spirit Led

Last week the U.S. bishops had their bi-annual meeting in Baltimore. This gathering of all ... Read More »

Advent Waiting

            A few weekends ago I went to Washington, D.C., to take part in ... Read More »

Office Hours

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F (Closed 12-1 for lunch)

Staff

Father Robert J. Rousseau  Administrator
860-741-2101 • holyfamilyfrjr@yahoo.com
Father Tim S. Hickey •  Parochial Vicar
860-741-2101 (office); 203-996-7854 (cell); tshickey@icloud.com
Deacon Vincent J. Motto
860-741-2101 (office); 860-745-1865 (cell); DeaconVince@cox.net

Linda Sacheli • Office Manager
860-741-2101 (office); holyfamilylrs@yahoo.com
Karen Zeni • Director of Religious Education
860-745-7770 (office); holyfamilydre@att.net
Jane Sutphin • Confirmation Coordinator
 860-741-3307 (office); confirmationhf@gmail.com