Holy Family Parish Mission Statement
Holy Family Parish is a community empowered through the Holy Spirit to promote the Kingdom of God and to extend Christ's presence among us. The vision will be realized with our loving acceptance of all people, through heartfelt openness, parish and family unity, and Spirit led involvement.
8:30 AM (Monday - Saturday)
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM
Sunday Masses: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM
Wednesday & Saturday mornings after the 8:30 AM Mass.
Saturdays from 4:00-4:45 PM.
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Join us Thursday for our Thanksgiving Mass at 9AM. What better way to start your holiday than by thanking our Lord!
This Thanksgiving, let us remember all the good things, and people, who have come into our lives. We focus on thanking each one who has helped us, and ultimately thank God for the good gifts of this world. Let us pray...
God our Father, Graciously accept from your humble people a thankful heart and spirit. Everything we have and are able to share with others ultimately comes from your love of your creations. Often we think that everything we have is our own creation; we ask you this day to create in us a spirit of gratitude, that we may always know that all good gifts come from you. We ask this through Christ our brother, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
In observance of Thanksgiving, The Parish Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday. The office will re-open on Monday 11/27.
We’ve got a dropbox!
If you can’t get to us during business hours and you need to drop something off, please drop it off in our new drop box located outside the office doors. We will retrieve it on the next day that the office is open.
O’ Come all ye faithful singers!
A special holiday choir will be forming to sing at the 9:30 Mass on Christmas Eve. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, November 28th from 6PM-7PM in the choir loft and will continue each week until Christmas Eve. I look forward to singing with you! ~Anthony
GIVING TREE to benefit holy family parishioners!
Every year Holy Family Parish collects food during Advent for families in need. The Giving Tree will be up in the Narthex next weekend. Choose a tag(s) from the tree and bring the item back to Mass on December 2 & 3 or December 9 & 10. Our parish SOS program also provides gifts for the children. Want to provide Christmas Gifts for the children in these families? If you would like to contribute to this program by purchasing a gift for one of the children,
use the Sign-Up Genius link ~ CLICK HERE
Please order cash cards for Christmas Sharing through the Holy Family Cash Card Program and they will be held for you; no need to deliver. Gifts that you purchase may be brought to the Parish Office, Monday-Thursday from 9-1, sent to school with your child, or text Kathi (484) 542-9637 for other arrangements. Please clearly mark your gifts CHRISTMAS SHARING to be sure they don’t get mixed up with another outreach. Your help is needed and appreciated by many in our parish! (VAP are not earned through Christmas Sharing or Toy Sale donations)
Do You want to help out or need service hours? Food sorting will be Wednesday, Dec 13. Oliver Border House deliveries will be Friday Dec 15, and Christmas Sharing family pick-ups and deliveries will be Dec 15 & 16. Sign-Up Geniuses coming soon! Please call/text Kathi (484) 542-9637 for info on any of these service projects - if you want to help or need help!!
We are pleased to announce Holy Family Church will be hosting a Parish Ministry Fair on Sunday, January 14th, 2024, in the Parish Center, after all the Sunday Masses. It will be hosted during the same time as Donut Sunday to greet warmly new and current parishioners. Help us build our parish community by showcasing each Parish Ministry during this event. Every member of our parish has a treasure they can share to help build up our church and the Kingdom of God. We have emailed details to the heads of each ministry. To All Ministry Heads: If you have not received this informational email, please contact Phyllis Amrick ASAP at [email protected] or text/call (917) 359-1499. More info to follow in the coming weeks.
Holy Family holds a grief group for parishioners who have experienced the death of their spouse. This group is led by members of the parish who have gone through the loss of their partner. Grief group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00 in the Parish Center. Our next meeting is December 13th. New members please call Beth Fabian. (610) 365-2613
Pray the Rosary before Morning Mass
Please join us each weekday at 8:00 AM to pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary. If mass is at 9:00 the Rosary will begin at 8:30.
~We can coordinate for the rosary to be prayed before the four weekend masses as well. If you are available to lead the rosary before the 5PM, 7AM, 9AM or 11AM masses, please call the Parish Office.~
We invite you to Spend Time With Our Lord
in Eucharistic Adoration
* Wednesdays 4:30 - 7:30
* First Friday of the month after 8:30 AM Mass until 4PM
To sign up for a time slot go to: https://www.holyfamilynazarethpa.com/adoration or by calling Dawn at (908) 896-2356 or just stop in anytime to spend some peaceful, prayerful time with our Lord.
You Are Invited . . . . .
Father Jonas and Father Alex invite you to celebrate this special jubilee of the 200th birthday of the MSC Founder, Fr. Jules Chevalier, MSC. Join them on December 10th at 11AM Mass. After Mass we invite you to a luncheon in the Parish Center. RSVP for this event by December 1st via sign-up genius ~
CLICK ON THIS LINK:
You can also sign up in the church on the clipboards in the Narthex.
During lunch you will learn more about Jules Chevalier and the MSC Family. The day should conclude by 2PM.
May each one of us be touched by the Spirit, and like Father Chevalier, be gifted by a heart on fire for mission.
CLICK HERE for more information on Jules Chevalier!
GATHER YOUR TOYS FOR OUR GENTLY USED TOY SALE
Drop off Gently Used Toys:
~To the Church Basement on Nov. 18, 19, 25 & 26 after Mass
~Call the Parish Office during business hours and we will open the basement for you to drop off (9AM-1PM Mon.-Thurs. / (610) 759-0870)
~Call/Text Kathi (484) 542-9637 for special pick up if needed.
Please look through your toys and bring in any gently used items that you think would make a really nice gift for a boy or girl this Christmas.We are also accepting gently used Christmas outfits and gently used children’s coats, boots, hats, & gloves. Each year we get many generous donations in excellent condition, so please spread the word to families in need to come out, have fun, find great toys for their kids!
Toy Sale Date: December 2nd at 10AM-11:30 or until toys are gone; they go quickly! Kid’s Clothing Closet also open at this time!
For the Toy "Sale" this year, we are again setting up toys in the church basement, in the garage by the church, and in the church parking lot. We will also have the Kids' Clothing Closet (fully stocked with coats and Christmas clothing!) open in the Wortman Center. We need volunteers to assist shoppers from 9:45 - 11:30AM in each location. We also need volunteers to refold leftover clothing in the Wortman Center, box up leftover toys, put away tables, and drive the remaining items to Goodwill. 11:15-1PM. VAP and Confirmation/NJHS/Notre Dame/BECA service hours are earned for your time! To sign up to help: CLICK HERE
Did you know???
* The toy sale has no set prices. Families can choose the toys they need and leave an unknown amount of money in the box.
* All donations benefit the Holy Family SOS Program which directly benefits Holy Family Parishioners.
Advent candles/wreaths are available for you to purchase from the Narthex.
Please place money in the box provided.
Wreaths ~ $10.00
Candles ~ $4.00
OPLATKI...Oplatki, or “Christmas Wafers”, are a beautifully designed blessed wafer to be shared with family and friends at your Christmas eve meal. It is a lovely age-old tradition which allows us to offer glory to the newborn king who is the bread of life. Each family member is given a wafer and as they extend a Christmas greeting to one another, a small portion of the wafer is consumed by each person. Wafers are $2 for a pack of four. All proceeds are given to the MSC Sisters . To purchase Oplatki please call (484) 557-8152.
Every member of our parish has a treasure they can share to help build up the Kingdom of God.
Come, find faith; find fellowship; find fulfillment in your life through our parish ministries.
We ask that you prayerfully consider getting involved in one way or another. You will have the opportunity to get more information or to join one of these ministries when we have our PARISH MINISTRY FAIR~ Sunday, January 14, 2024 After all Sunday Masses
If you have been blessed with the gift of song, please share your voice with us! We need cantors for weekend masses and funerals. Funerals are generally Mon.- Fri. at 10 or 11AM. Please see Anthony after mass, call the office or email: [email protected]
Folk group in need of volunteer keyboardist
The time required is practice on Sunday evenings from 7-9PM,
every other Saturday for 5:00 Mass and occasional special masses including Christmas Eve. Interested individuals should contact Jerry Schwartz. (610) 759-1045
GROW CLOSER TO GOD!
Pick up a copy of the devotional publication, The Word Among Us, and spend 5 to 10 minutes each day reflecting on the word of God for your life. Copies are located in the Narthex. The Word Among Us features uplifting, thought-provoking meditations based on the daily Mass readings. The USCCB along with The Word Among Us are making an effort to get Catholics back in touch with their faith. As part of that effort, we are offering you the Word Among Us free from now through Advent. After December you can subscribe at: https://wau.org/subscribe/
HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL NEWS
Holy Family School celebrated Veterans Day by singing military songs sung by the HFS choir lead by Mrs. Rose Laurito. Holy Family parishioner, Knight of Columbus and Vietnam veteran, Mr. Ed Rossner delivered a poignant speech on the meaning of Veterans Day.
Many of the student’s grandparents who are veterans attended the event to celebrate with their grandchildren.
HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Preschool Teacher & Aide Needed Immediately
These positions are part time, Monday—Friday.
* Teacher needed 7:30-3:00 for our 4 & 5 year old class.
* Aide needed 9:00-3:00 for our 4 & 5 year old class.
Email resume to Suzy McMullan: [email protected]
Our parish has a subscritption to FORMED, an online platform filled with over 4,000 Catholic studies, movies, audio dramas, talks, e-books, and even cartoons for our children. As a Holy Family Parishioner, you have access to all of the material on FORMED to support your own faith journey! For more information, including directions on how to sign up for free, click on the FORMED tab at top of the website.
CLICK HERE to see NOVEMBER Growing in Faith
CLICK HERE For the Oct 28/29 Bulletin Inserts
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CLICK HERE For the Nov 11/12 Bulletin Inserts
CLICK HERE For the Nov 18/19 Bulletin Inserts
CLICK HERE For online access to your parish contributions, and to print your own contribution statement