• Please remember to wear your masks at all times, wash your hands frequently, and social distancing is still in effect.
  • Vatican News
  • Seven Days Sanctuary Lamp Devotion: The Sanctuary Lamp which burns in the Sanctuary of our church, the reminder of the Lord’s Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist, will from September 25th to October 1st for God’s continued blessings, guidance, and protection for Anthony Renal, requested by his mother, Marie Renal.
  • Altar Flowers: Today’s altar flowers are sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, in honor of the Annual Commitment and Commissioning Ceremony. Thank you for beautifying the church, and may God continue to bless your ministry.
    • Parishioners are encouraged to assist in beautifying the church by sponsoring flowers for any special event that you or a family member may be celebrating. Please contact the office of your intent.
  • Prayers of the Faithful and Announcements: Effective, first Sunday of October (October 2), if there is a Deacon at mass, he will take charge to say the Prayers of the Faithful and later the announcements. If there is no Deacon, one lector will do the Prayers of the Faithful and the other lector will do the announcements. If there is only one lector, he will do both. We are very thankful to the cantors who have been making announcements up to date. May God reward them abundantly.
  • Religious Education: Registration is being conducted for the 2022 – 2023 CCD classes. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register their children age seven (7) and up. Also, all returning students are expected to re-register.
  • Sign-up sheets are placed at the back of the Church for all the youth of our parish. Let each write the required information at the end of the masses of this weekend. All the youth at Holy Family Church are concerned.
  • Diocesan Council for Catholic Women (DCCW):Bishop Jerome Feudjio has approved the Diocesan Council for Catholic Women (DCCW) Board. President: Bernadette Patrick; Vice-President: Elizabeth John-Baptiste; Secretary: Lita Daniel; and Treasurer: Maribel Okeye. Register for the 2022 International Conference in Minnesota (www.nccw.org). Registration closes October 1, 2022. For further information contact Bernadette at the Chancery at 340-774-3166 or email usviccw@gmail.com.
  • An Orchestral Salute: The VI-PR Friendship Chamber Orchestra presents; Puerto Rican Heritage in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. at Sts Peter & Paul Cathedral. Tickets can be obtained at the Holy Family Church office.
  • Meeting for Men:All men of our church will have a very important meeting next Thursday, September 29, at 6:00 p.m. prompt, at Lower Columban Hall. Please, let us all be present for a better planning of the activities at stake.
  • Monthly Liturgical Master Schedule: The Liturgical Master Schedule for October can be picked up in the sacristy or the rear of the church.
  • Maintenance Worker: If there is someone in our community who can do maintenance work in our parish premises, please let him meet the Pastor, Father Robert, on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Thanks.
  • Personal Items: Please note the Church is not responsible for any personal items left in the church. Parishioners are being asked to check for items before exiting the church.
  • Devotional Candles: Good news! The candles are here! You can purchase your candles(s) at the Sacristy (before or after Mass) or at the office. Candle sale is limited to five (5) candles per person; candles will not be sold by the case. We thank you for your cooperation and your patience while awaiting the arrival and delivery of the candles.
  • Offertory Envelopes: Parishioners who are not registered for envelopes are invited to do so at the office.
  • Ministry Meetings: Ministry Leaders are being asked to give the office a courtesy call if your ministry will not be meeting on its scheduled date. This is to ensure that the gates will not remain open unnecessarily.
  • Price Increases: Parishioners be advised of the following increases: Eternal Candle is now $25, Weddings $800, and Funerals $600. These increases are effective July 1, 2022.
  • Office of Catholic Education
    • If you would like your child/children to receive a well-rounded faith-based education, register them now for the Fall Semester 2022-2023 Catholic School Year. Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School is Middle States Association Accredited. For more information, call 340-774-2199 extension 5662 or email info@spps.edu.vi or visit spps.edu.vi.
    • Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School is now hiring teachers; see the insert in today’s bulletin. For more information, call 340-774-2199 extension 5662 or email info@spps.edu.vi or visit spps.edu.vi.
    • Parishioners are being asked to return the Catholic School Survey form to improve Catholic education in our diocese, which was inserted in the May 28-29 bulletin.
  • Charismatic Prayer Group continues to meet every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in the church.
  • Bible Lesson is temporarily suspended until further notice.
  • Point of Sale System: Debit and credit cards are now being accepted for payment in the church office.
  • Bishop’s Appeal 2022: The public phase of our Bishop’s Appeal 2022 concluded the weekend of June 12 – 13. As of June 6, 2022, the parishes have raised $74,544.01.We are grateful to all those who have donated to the Bishop’s Appeal. Our schools, Catholic Charities and Evangelization efforts still need everyone’s support! Your gift helps feed the hungry and gives safe shelter to mothers and children in desperate need. For your convenience, you can still make a pledge and pay it in installments. The Bishop’s Appeal 2022 will formally end on December 31, 2022, so you have ample time to fulfill your pledge.
    • For your convenience, you may choose to make a pledge now and spread your payments over several months. Donations may be made in the form of cash, check, or credit card. Checks should be made payable to “Diocese of St. Thomas.” Please see the brochure for further information. Thank you!
  • Parish Council and Finance Committee: After a moment of prayer, scrutiny and consultation with Fr. Kerly, the following parishioners have been selected as members of:
    • Parish Council Members: Adriana Casimir; Marie Myrtha Bourdeau; Marguerite Rene; McFarlane Babulal; Glendia Caines; Joseph Toussaint; Vincia St-Jean; Josette St. Jean; Ilma Gumbs-St. Louis; Austin Walters; Carmen White; Rose Labadie.
    • Parish Finance Committee Members: Lucia Thomas, Betty Bast, Claudia Winston, Yvonne Freeman, Silia Erilis, Hilda Celestine.
  • Parish Activities and COVID-19 Protocols’ Update
    • Columban Hall
      • No need to seek Department of Health’s permit if you have less than 1000 guests attending the event.
    • Holy Mass
      • No temperature check at the church doors.
      • Effective Christmas Midnight Holy Mass, there will be two lectors assigned to proclaim the Word of God at Holy Mass.
    • Funeral Services
      • Viewing in church and Rite of Committal at the cemetery resumed on December 23rd’s funeral service.
      • Please note social distancing, mask wearing, and personal efforts to mitigate the spread of the disease are still required.
  • Ministry of the Word: Sign up: Registration for new members is in progress. Please consider joining this ministry by signing up your name on the sheet provided on the desk at the rear of the Church. Existing lectors do not need to sign up again.
  • Altar of Sacrifice: Our Altar of Sacrifice will be removed temporarily from the sanctuary for refurbishing. In addition, our sanctuary will be robed with a few new and refurbished  liturgical and sacred apparels to enhance the sacredness and the dignity of this sacred space of our church.
  • Gratitude: We have been receiving offertory envelops from our home bound parishioners by mail and hand delivery. We thank you for keeping up with your sacrificial commitment. We also extend our thanks to our online contributors. May God reward your generosity.
  • Protection of Children: The Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands is committed to protecting children from all harm. If you have knowledge of any member of the clergy or other church worker who may have abused a minor, please contact the diocesan child protection coordinator, Callista Julien at 340-772-4214.
  • Pastoral Letter: A message from Bishop Jerome Feudjio, June 2021.
  • Altar Servers Albs: As we are preparing new Altar Servers for installation, we are asking parents who are keeping Altar Server’s Albs to please return them in in the Sacristy or in the Church Office anytime during Office Hours. There are only two albs in the Sacristy. We thank you for your cooperation
  • Parish Secretary: We welcome aboard Ms. Carmen A. White as our new Parish Secretary. We thank parishioners for the patience you endured. Looking forward to reconnecting with you Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We take this opportunity to thank Carmen for accepting this appointment. May God’s spiritual blessings accompany you throughout your service in the Church office. Reminder, our gift store is open during Office Hours.
  • Parish Accountant: We welcome onboard Ms. Penrose as our new Church Accountant. The imperative need to improve and update our accounting system services has added a significant load of works that exceeds the available time for Mona who served in this capacity for many years as a volunteer. Taking this opportunity to thank her for her service and for facilitating a smooth transition. God bless you!
  • Holy Water Fountain: Holy Water Fountain is available at Marian Side. Please note, Holy Water is a sacramental; kindly refrain yourself from using drinking water bottle to keep Holy Water; instead use Holy Water bottle. Holy Water bottles are available for sale in our Gift Store.
  • Gift Store Relocation: Our gift store will relocate in the Church Office. It will be open during Office Hours.
  • Parish Ministry Leaders’ Homework: Fr. Boniface invites every ministry leader of our parish to:
    1. make a pastoral phone call to reach out to their respective members;
    2. set up a meeting; and
    3. submit an update list of members in the church office sometime before the end of October.
      It is only then that we will launch the enrollment campaign of parishioners in different ministries of our parish. We thank you for your cooperation.
  • Weekend Offerings Appeal: In view of the current financial challenge our parish is facing to meet its financial obligation, I prayerfully urge parishioners to discern ways you can do to help your church during this time by maintaining your offertory commitment. As it is now, Sunday collection is the sole revenue we rely on to meet our financial obligation. We thank you for considering this sacrificial commitment.
  • COVID-Delta Protocol: Following the recent press release of the Governor of the US Virgin Islands concerning houses of worship COVID-19 protocols, please take note of the recommendations that all protocols on restrictions must be observed, to ensure that sanitization, face covering, monitoring of body temperature and social distancing are strictly implemented in all the facilities and all the churches of the diocese.
  • Holy Communion Stations: The reception of Holy Communion is one of the most profound moments of the liturgy following the Eucharistic Prayer. We are prayerfully discerning adequate ways to join the Communion line and to worthily distribute Holy Communion without compromising the safety and care for those who are unable to join Communion line.
    • There will be only two communion stations at the center aisle. Communion lines will start with side aisles’ last pews. Please note, the last pews on both sides of center aisle will be reserved for those who will receive Holy Communion from their pews. I kindly urge parishioners to follow the instructions from the ministers of hospitality in this matter. I thank you!
  • Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) Classes: Classes are held every Saturday during the school year and begin with attendance and instruction in the lower level of Columban Hall at 9:00 a.m.
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Classes: RCIA is the journey of faith by which interested persons become members of the Roman Catholic Church. The program instructs adults to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church through Baptism and/or Confirmation and Holy Communion. To register, please call the church office at (340) 775-1650.
  • Candles: Please note that the cost for candles is now five dollars ($5.00) each. However, the eternal candle will now be sold at $20.00 each. Please be guided accordingly. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Catholic Charities: Are you behind on your rent or utility bills due to the COVID-19? The Emergency Rental Assistance Program has been created just for you. If your income was reduced due to layoff, less hours or you had to stay home due to COVID-19, please call Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands at 340-777-8518 or info@catholiccharitiesvi.org.
    Who is eligible:
    • Household owes at least one month of rent or utility bill or anticipates need for future rental assistance.
    • One or more household members at risk of homelessness due to non-payment of rent.
    • Household head or co-head suffered loss of income due to COVID-19.
    • Household annual income is at or below 80% of area median income.
  • Church Bulletin: Please be reminded that the church bulletin can be viewed or accessed online at www.holyfamilystt.com or via myParish app. Access the App Store, download the myParish App, and then put in the name of your parish (Holy Family). Please be guided accordingly.
  • On Line Giving: Visit our website: www.holyfamilystt.com and select online giving. Holy Family offers a mobile version of our online giving page to make it easy for you to give anytime from your smart phone, using “GIVE PLUS” mobile app. Thanks to all those who are using online giving; may God continue to bless you richly.
  • Funeral Services: To continue to adhere to the guidelines issued by the CDC and the Department of Health, and with that in mind, we must emphasize that our funeral services are for registered active parishioners only and are limited to one hundred (100) persons. We would, however, assist any family with the burial at the cemetery. Please be guided accordingly.
  • Devotional Candles: Please be reminded that blue and red globes are provided for you to place your candles. If the globes are all filled, please refrain from putting your candles on the shelf of our Blessed Mother and the shelf of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
  • Church Office: Please note that the church office is open. Kindly wear your mask if you have to do business with the church office. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. It is better to be safe than sorry.
  • Televised Mass: Sunday mass is streamed on Cathedralvi.com and televised on channel 7 on Sunday at 10 a.m. from the cathedral. Also every weekday morning at 7:00 a.m. mass is televised and streamed from the cathedral.
  • Let us all continue to practice social distancing and pray for each other.
  • Holy Family Registration: Parishioners who are 18 years and older are invited to register at the Church Office as well as become active and contributing members. We would like to maintain an up-to-date listing of all Holy Family parishioners. Registration also helps in providing quick services for the request and proof of miscellaneous church letters for individuals, Baptism, Confirmation, etc.
  • At Holy Family: Please check out our new website at www.holyfamilystt.com and our Facebook page at Holy Familyvi.
    (1) Log on to FORMED.ORG/REGISTRATION then use the parish code QMPGC4. (2) MYPARISHAPP: Access the App Store, download the MYPARISH APP, put in the name of your parish (Holy Family).
  • Online Giving: Visit our website: www.holyfamilystt.com and select Online Giving from the main menu or Support our parish at the bottom of the page. Holy Family offers a mobile version of our online giving page to make it easy for you to give anytime from your smart phone, using “GIVE PLUS” mobile app. Thanks to all those who are using online giving; may God continue to bless you richly.
  • RCIA: Adults who wish to join the Catholic church or know their faith more are encouraged to attend classes on Wednesdays, at 7:00 p.m. in Lower Columban Hall.