• Please remember to wear your masks at all times, wash your hands frequently, and social distancing is still in effect.
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  • 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 burn from February 4 through February 10 for birthday blessings, God’s continued guidance and protection for Alexi Solei, requested by her grandmother, Myrtha.
  • Altar Flowers: This weekend’s altar flowers are sponsored by Patricia Murrell-Joseph on the occasion of her birthday. Thank you for beautifying the church and may God continue to bless you.
    • 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.
  • Necrologium:
    • The Holy Family Parish Community extends sincere sympathy to Cletus Williams and family on the passing of his father, Michael Williams, who died on January 21, 2023, at the age of 72. His funeral service will take place on Friday, February 10, 2023 at Holy Family Church at 10:00 a.m. May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
    • The Holy Family Parish Community extends sincere sympathy to Leona Marks and family on the passing of their sister, Delores Battiste Coleman, who died on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at the age of 79 in Maryland. Her funeral service will take place on Friday, February 17, 2023 at Holy Family Church at 10:00 a.m. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
    • The Holy Family Parish Community extends sincere sympathy to Carol and Cyril Battiste Jr. and family on the passing of their father, Cyril Battiste Sr., who died on Thursday, January 29, 2023 at the age of 79 in St. Thomas. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
  • Diocese: We are pleased to announce that our diocese has been blessed with a new weekly television and radio, titled “THE CATHOLIC VOICE.” The program will air every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and replay on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. for the TV/television and on Sunday 6:00 p.m. on CBN (Caribbean Super Station) Radio frequency 90.9 FM to promote our mission and its objectives.
  • Monthly Liturgical Master Schedule: The Liturgical Master Schedule for February can be picked up in the sacristy or the rear of the church.
  • Offertory Envelopes: For those parishioners who have not yet picked up their assigned Offertory Envelopes, the envelopes are in the church office.
  • 250th Catholic Jubilee: The 250th Jubilee Committee is looking for three (3) males from each parish to participate in the Man Pot Cook-Off Challenge on Sunday, February 5, 2023 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Saints Peter and Paul School courtyard. Participants’ dishes will be tasted and rated by Man Pot attendees. Please contact the church office as soon as possible for additional information
  • Columban Hall Rental Fees have been updated, effective immediately. The new rates are:
    • Deposit: $500.00
    • Events with admission fee: $1,500.00
    • Funeral reception: $1,000.00
    • Special events: $1,650.00
    • Registered active parishioner discount: 15%
    • Extra day setup fee (#28 in contract): $500.00
  • Palms for Ash Wednesday: Parishioners are asked to please bring their dry palms for Ash Wednesday to the sacristy by Sunday, February 19, 2023.
  • Prepare for Lent: Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2023. Now is the time to plan spiritual and corporal works of mercy for Lent. There will be two masses on Ash Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please be guided accordingly.
  • Mass Intentions and Sanctuary Lamp: There are available dates for Mass intentions and the Sanctuary Lamp. Parishioners are encouraged to schedule a Mass or the Sanctuary Lamp in memory of a deceased loved one or in recognition of a special event. Please contact the church office to schedule your intention(s). Stipend amounts:
    • Mass intention: $10.00
    • Sanctuary Lamp: $25.00
    • Devotional candle: $5.00
  • Altar Servers: The Holy Family Parish is in need of additional Altar Servers to serve at its various masses. Training for current and new Altar Servers are held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays, following the CCD classes. Please contact Mr. Austin Walters if your child has made 1st Communion and is willing to serve in this important ministry. Applications can be found in the back of the church.
  • CCD Teachers and Assistants are greatly needed to help our children grow in their faith. Please call the Holy Family Parish office (340-775-1650) or contact Ms. Caines if you wish to volunteer to serve in the Holy Family CCD Ministry.
  • Church Announcements: Effective immediately, all church announcements must be submitted to the Church Office via email by Tuesday. Announcements received after this time will not be accepted.
  • Bishop’s Appeal 2022: Bishop Jerome Feudjio wishes to thank all parishes and their respective donors for making the 2022 Bishop’s Appeal a reality and a continued source of income for the Diocese, especially during the challenging period of the post Covid-19 pandemic. As of October 7, 2022, the Appeal has raised $108,856.45. Pledges and donations will continue to be processed until December 31, 2022.
  • Religious Education: Parents be advised, the 2022-2023 CCD classes have begun. Classes are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Lower Columban Hall. Parents, be certain that your child has a hearty breakfast before coming to class and that they arrive on time. Thank you!
  • Sons of Abraham: The men of our church continue to meet on Thursdays, at 6:00 p.m. in the Lower Columban Hall.
  • 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.
  • Charismatic Prayer Group continues to meet every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in the church.
  • 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.