"(Let us)...put our families in God's hands, (for)...The family is the nearest hospital, the first school for the young, the best home for the elderly. The family...cannot be replaced by other institutions. It needs to be helped and strengthened." Pope Francis, July 6, 2015
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful”. Luke 6:36 Pope Francis says that mercy is "the beating heart of the Gospel". The spiritual works of mercy are: counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish the sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses, bear patiently those who do us ill and pray for the living and the dead. The corporal works of mercy are feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, healing the sick, welcoming the stranger, visit the imprisoned and bury the dead. View this website to see how communities of faith around the country are living mercy. http://www.wearesaltandlight.org/
AT THIS TIME....
Now that we are blessed to be with our loved ones at home for an extended period of time, it is important the our lives be filled with hope and faith.
I will try to keep this webpage updated with family information and activities.
Peace and God Bless you all! - Cyndi 2020-2021-2022
CREATE A SACRED PLACE IN YOUR HOME!
A Sacred space should be distinctly different from the rest of the house. It is a place to enter into prayer and should look different than your normal living space.
However, different does not need to mean expensive. The sacred space is typically a table-top set with religious items like: A Bible, A Crucifix, Prayer Cards, Rosaries, Candles, Statue of Mary or other saints and Holy Water. Have everyone in the family be part of the process of setting up your sacred place.
Once the sacred space is set up, the family can bless it with Holy water with the following prayer:“Heavenly Father, we ask you to Bless our sacred space. We ask for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on this space and on our family. Help us to grow closer to you and to each other. In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
Once in place, encourage all family members to use it.
Be patient with very small children and let them wander around, look through a board book or color. For children 4 and older, let them lead a prayer for the whole family. Keep prayer journals in the sacred space for family members to use privately. Little children should be encouraged to draw pictures in their journal.
CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD... We are holding Children's Liturgy during the 9:15 am mass at this time.
Even though we do not go to the church every Sunday "at this time", it would nice to still build up our volunteer base, so when we start going back we will be in full force! We can train you on email or an interactive app. Please email me if you are interested at email@example.com.
Children's Liturgy of the word is held on Sundays at the 9:15 am and 11 am Masses. We are looking for adults and for youth (teenagers) to assist with this blessed endeavor. Children’s Liturgy of the Word is for ages 4 to 10.
NORA’S KNAPSACKS Nora Morris was a parishioner here at Holy Family and those of you that knew her will not be surprised when I tell you of her personal outreach to help others. Nora put together bags with granola bars, water and various other items and kept these bags in her car. She would drive around the less fortunate neighborhoods of Baltimore and would give them to people on the streets who appeared to be in need. She was a brave and caring person. Her courage has been an example for all of us. In honor of Nora’s outreach, we, at Holy Family, have begun putting together drawstring bags of our own. Keep one in your car. When you see someone who is in need (when you are stopped at a traffic light, walking in a parking lot, in your daily travels) you give them a bag. We call these bags Nora’s Knapsacks. We will have these bags available in the Narthex every day of the week for anyone who wishes to participate. They are empty bags (for you to fill) and information sheets for you to be part of this wonderful ministry.
So, now you will be prepared, for at some time in your week, or month, or year, you will hear Jesus’ words: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…”
FAMILY SPORTS NIGHT!
There will be a few nights during the warm months when we will have different outdoor games available to everyone. Ladder golf, volleyball, basketball, corn-hole and more.
Come and enjoy playing with other parishioners and have an Italian Ice or Popsicle with us!!
Dates to be announced in June.
If you are interested or have any questions please contact Cyndi Zajic, Coordinator of Family Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY FELLOWSHIP EVERY FRIDAY IN THE LOWER GALLERY 9:30 AM (AFTER 9 AM MASS) ALL YEAR FOR ADULTS OF ALL AGES! JOIN US FOR A GAME OF CARDS OR MAH JONG OR CRIBBAGE! WE WILL HAVE REFRESHMENTS AND SOCIALIZING. We follow Anne Arundel Public School cancellations - no school or delayed school and we have no Friday Fellowship that day.
HELD ONCE A MONTH IN CLASSROOMS 10 AND 11 AT 7 PM Please contact the church office to register for a class. (410)269-0586 or (301)261-7399 email@example.com
HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH NURSERY is not open at this time, due to COVID. We are looking for volunteers!! For 9:15 am and 11:00 am Masses We need adults 18 years or older to assist with supervising and 17 years or younger to volunteer with the children. Contact Cyndi Zajic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating Family Memories with Parents and Children “We love because He first loved us.” – I John 4:19
MEN'S OPEN GYM 7:30 to 8:30 PM Twice a month on Sunday Evenings January 2 and 23 February 6 and 20 2022
YOU MUST BE VACCINATED TO PARTICIPATE At Riva Trace Baptist Church - 475 W Central Avenue For men 18 years old or older for an hour of basketball
“The time you spend with Jesus ADORATION in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth.” – Mother Teresa
"When we go before the Blessed Sacrament, let us open our heart; our good God will open His. We shall go to Him; He will come to us; the one to ask, the other to receive. It will be like a breath from one to the other." – St. John Vianney
“Do you realize that Jesus is there in the Blessed Sacrament expressly for you, for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart.” –St Therese of Lisieux
A NEW MINISTRY: FAMILY ADORATION HOUR
SPEND 20 MINUTES WITH YOUR FAMILY IN ADORATION.
WE HAVE ONE HOUR RESERVED FOR FAMILY ADORATION ONE SUNDAY A MONTH TIME TO BE DETERMINED. We will have 3 twenty minute time slots.
MAKING MUSIC, PRAYING TWICE “Sing to the Lord a new Song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth.” – Psalm 96:1, 2 COME BE PART OF OUR MUSIC CLASS FOR ALL CHILDREN BETWEEN IN THEIR PRESCHOOL YEARS AND THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS.
CLASSES ARE NOT BEING HELD AT THIS TIME.
DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone.
It is a 13 week support group with videos and book studies.
We will begin a new session on January 26, 2022 at Holy Family Catholic Church at 7 pm in classroom #17.
If you are interested in attending please email Cyndi at email@example.com
WE ARE IN NEED OF SOME GROUP FACILITATORS FOR THIS PROGRAM. IF YOU HAVE ANY INTEREST IN LEADING, CO-LEADING OR ASSISTING IN A GROUP, PLEASE REACH OUT NOW TO CYNDI AT firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARCH 31, 2020: FYI - IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN AN ONLINE GROUP NOW...PLEASE GO TO THIS WEBSITE AND CLICK ON "FIND A GROUP" . IT WILL SHOW YOU ONLINE GROUPS AS WELL. GOD BLESS!
A NEW GROUP WE ARE CONSIDERING
Help your children heal from the pain of divorce.
Are your children angry, hurt, and confused about your separation or divorce? A DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) support group is a safe, fun place where your children can learn skills that will help them heal. DC4K groups blend, games, music, stories, videos and discussion to help kids process the divorce and move forward. Groups meet weekly and are designed for children ages 5-12.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR INDIVIDUALS (ADULTS) WHO ARE INTERESTED IN FACILITATING THIS PROGRAM. IF INTERESTED PLEASE EMAIL CYNDI AT FAMILYMINISTRY@HFCCMAIL.ORG.
A ministry to families who have lost children to miscarriage
CREATING A HEALTHY FAMILY - REMEMBER HOME SHOULDN'T HURT You are not alone! "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28
YWCA of Annapolis https://www.annapolisywca.org/about_domestic_violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline www.ndvh.org
Catholics for Family Peace www.CatholicsForFamilyPeace.org
There are a few websites that are specifically for Catholic Grandparents. Take a look!
Put together a bag specifically for Mass. Have the children decide what to put in it, with your guidance. The can change the items each week.
SACRISTANS NEEDED: Holy Family Catholic Church is looking for young parishioners who is interested in employment, as well as serving their parish. The Sacristans are the individuals who prepare the church for Mass on Saturdays and Sundays every week. You need to be at least 14 years old. Please contact Cyndi Zajic if you are interested and want further information. email@example.com
FAMILY MINISTRY DATES FOR 2020-21
HOLY FAMILY MINISTRY FAIR Saturday, August 29 & Sunday August 30 In Unity Hall after every mass. GRADUATION SUNDAY - June 6, 2020 5 pm mass and refreshments in Unit Hall afterwards. Wear your school colors! IN HARMONY YOUTH PLAYERS - SUMMER OF 2020 "NUNSENSE" - JULY "JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT" - AUGUST PILGRIM PROCESSION OF MARY SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 TO NOVEMBER 21, 2020 DIVORCECARE - SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 13 WEEK SESSION BEGINS - Every Wednesday at 7pm in Classroom #17 Day Care Available TRUNK OR TREAT - October 25, 2020 Games, decorated cars and best Halloween costume CHRISTMAS PAGEANT AUDITIONS - Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 12:15 pm in Classrooms 10 and 11 for children 5th grade or younger ALL SAINTS DAY - Sunday, November 1, 2020- Will have information on how to celebrate your values on All Saints, All Souls and Halloween THANKSGIVING DAY MASS - Thursday, November 26, 2020 10 am - Church ADVENT Begins November 29, 2020 - Look for information on "The Best Advent Ever" for you and your families. We also have a manger activity in the Narthex for Lent - take a look! CHRISTMAS PAGEANT - Sunday, December 6th - After 11 am Mass in the church. Reception in Upper Gallery afterwards. CAROLS AND COCOA - Saturday, December 12, 2020 - Come celebrate St. Nicholas Day! Pizza, trivia and caroling! HOLY FAMILY MINISTRY FAIR Saturday, January 9 & Sunday, January 10 In Unity Hall after every mass. SCOUT SUNDAY Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7, 2021 During Mass and in Unity Hall after 11 am mass