• Please remember to wear your masks at all times, wash your hands frequently, and social distancing is still in effect.
  • Vatican News
  • Sanctuary Flowers Dedication: This weekend’s Sanctuary Flowers is for birthday blessings for Claudia Winston.
  • Liturgical Master Schedule for February: Leaders of liturgical ministries: Sacristans; Lectors, Cantors, Media, Ushers and Altar Servers to submit their respective schedule to the church office via email before Friday January 28. We thank you for your cooperation.
  • New Year’s Resolution: Did you consider your involvement in the parish life as part of New Year’s resolution? Our parish is recruiting new members for the following ministries:  Ministry of Cleaning, Ministry of Hospitality, Money Counters, CCD Teachers, Song Leaders, Health Ministry, and Permanent Diaconate. God is calling you to do something in your parish in addition to attending Holy Mass. Please call the church office for your enrolment.
  • CCD Program: CCD classes initially scheduled to resume last Saturday is postponed until further notice. We noticed a decline on CCD students’ Mass attendance during Christmas break. Please note, Mass attendance is mandatory for CCD students even during break time. The primary aim of this requirement is to instill in our kids the first of the five precepts of the Church: namely “to attend Mass on Sunday and the feasts of Obligation.”
  • Special Bishop’s Appeal: Help save our schools! Your gift no matter how small can go a long way in enabling our children to continue to have access to Catholic Education in the Virgin Islands. We ask you to please take a brochure and prayerfully determine what sacrificial gift you can give to this worthwhile cause. Donations may be made in the form of cash, check, credit card or online giving. Kindly fill out the form in the brochure and make your check payable to Diocese of St. Thomas. Thank you for your support.
  • Trip to Saint Croix: Fr. Boniface will travel to Saint Croix this Thursday to celebrate the funeral Holy Mass for Ms. Theresa Duval.
  • Rear Table Cloth: Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Ms. Vanessa Harrigan for the donation of 2 rear table clothes. May God reward your generosity and thoughtfulness.
  • Sunday Youth Holy Mass: All our youths are urged to attend 10:00 a. m Holy Mass next Sunday January 16. We once again rely on parents to support this initiative by bringing their children to Holy Mass. We thank you in advance your cooperation.
  • Calendars: Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Saint Joseph Workers and Children of Mary for sponsoring the calendars.
  • Devotional Candles: Devotional candles are scheduled to be delivered this Tuesday. They will be available for sale next weekend. We thank you for your patience.
  • CCD Program: Parents with children who are currently in second grade or older who have not received First Holy Communion are urged to have registered before classes resume on January 22, 2022. This will allow the students to begin instruction and preparation for Holy Communion in 2023. Please Note, the preparation for the Sacrament is a two year program.
  • Upcoming online Virtus Training: The Diocese of Saint Thomas is hosting a 3 hour zoom Virtus training session on Sunday January 16 from 2:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.  All active ministry members are urged to attend by following the link: virtusonline.org
  • 2022 Offering Envelopes: Offering envelopes are available for pick up at the rear of the church.  If you need an offering Envelope box, please call the church office or contact a minister of hospitality.
  • Blessing of Homes on the Solemnity of the Epiphany: Blessing of homes is a tradition of popular piety in relation with the Solemnity of Epiphany. A traditional way of doing this is to use a blessed chalk to write the home’s entrance, 20+C+M+B+22. The letters C, M, B have meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three Magi: Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus Mansionem Benedicat, “May Christ Bless the House”. The “+” sign represents the cross and 2022 is the year. Then offer the following prayer:

“Visit, O Blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live and visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen”.

  • 8th Anniversary of Priesthood: Please keep Fr. John Fewel, Fr. Kerly Francois and Fr. Boniface Blanchard in your prayers as they celebrate their 8th anniversary of priesthood this Tuesday, January 4.
  • CCD Program: Parents with children who are currently in second grade or older who have not received first Holy Communion are urged to have registered before classes resume on January 15, 2022. This will allow the students to begin instruction and preparation for Holy Communion in 2023. Please Note, the preparation for the Sacrament is a two year program.
  • 2022 Offering Envelope: Offering envelops for the year 2022 is available for collection at the rear of the church. If you do not have an offering envelop box, please do not hesitate to call the office or to request the parish registration form from a minister of hospitality.
  • Monthly Liturgical Master Schedule: Monthly Liturgical Master Schedule is ready for pick up at the rear of the church. Please feel free to request an electronic copy of the Liturgical Master Schedule via email. The church’s email is provided on the bulletin. The schedule is also posted on our website. Please contact your leader when you are unable to attend your scheduled assignment. 
  • Church Office Hours: Church Office will be closed tomorrow Monday January 3.
  • Saint Joseph Workers: Saint Joseph Workers are reminded of the first meeting on Sunday January 9 at Upper Columban Hall. Breakfast will be prepared by Group #1.
  • New Year’s Holy Mass Schedule
    • December 31: Old Year Eve
      • 8:00 p.m.: Holy Hour of Adoration
      • 9:00 p.m.: Old Year’s Night Holy Mass of Thanksgiving
    • January 1: New Year’s Day & Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
      • 9:00 a.m.: New Year’s Day Holy Mass
      • 5:00 p.m.: New Year’s and Haitian Independence Thanksgiving Holy Mass
  • Saint Joseph Workers: Saint Joseph Workers are reminded of the first meeting on Sunday January 9 at Upper Columban Hall. Breakfast will be prepared by Group #1.
  • Sacristans’ Meeting: All sacristans are required to attend an important meeting on Tuesday December 28 at 6:30 pm.
  • 2022 Offering Envelope: Offering envelops for the year 2022 is available for collection at the rear of the church. If you do not have an offering envelop box, please do not hesitate to call the office or to request the parish registration form from a minister of hospitality.
  • Monthly Liturgical Master Schedule: Parishioners involved in the liturgical ministries in our parish. That is: Sacristans, Lectors, Altar Servers, Song Leaders and Ushers, are urged to pay close attention to the Liturgical Master Schedule. The aim of this master schedule is to provide harmony and to avoid conflict of assignment of individuals especially those who are active in more than one ministry. January’s Liturgical Master Schedule will be available for pick up on Old Year’s Night. Please feel free to request an electronic copy of the Liturgical Master Schedule by email. The church’s email is provided on the bulletin.
  • Holy Season of Advent: As we are preparing for the advent and the birth of Jesus in our hearts, we urge parishioners to attend Holy Mass in time and to engage in silent meditation and personal prayer before Holy Mass. Personal prayer promotes and improves our participation in the liturgy. Kindly, let us refrain ourselves from socializing before Holy Mass. We thank you for your consideration.
  • Christmas Through New Year’s Day Holy Mass Schedule
    • Friday, December 24: Christmas Eve
      • 8:00 p.m.: Christmas carols
      • 9:00 p.m.: Midnight Christmas holy mass
    • Saturday, December 25: Christmas Day
      • 9:00 a.m.: Christmas Day holy mass
      • 5:00 p.m.: Christmas Day holy mass in Creole
    • Friday, December 31: Old Year’s Day
      • 8:00 p.m.: Holy hour of adoration
      • 9:00 p.m.: Old Year’s Night holy mass of thanksgiving
    • Saturday, January 1: New Year’s Day and Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
      • 9:00 a.m.: New Year’s Day holy mass
      • 5:00 p.m.: New Year’s Day and Haitian Independence Day holy mass
  • Parish Activities and COVID-19 Protocols’ Update
    • Columban Hall
      • No need to seek Department of Health’s permit if you have less than 200 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 resume 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.
  • 2022 Offering Envelopes: Offering envelops for the year 2022 is available for collection at the rear of the church. If you do not have an offering envelop box, please do not hesitate to request the parish registration form from a minister of hospitality.
  • New Leaders for Lectors: Our gratitude goes to Susanne Adrien and Hilda Celestine for accepting to be the leaders this very important ministry. Existing members will renew their vows and new members will be commissioned on Sunday of the Word of God on January 23. All new members are required to be trained before proclaiming the Word of God from the Ambo.
  • Monthly Liturgical Master Schedule: Leaders of the following liturgical ministries: Sacristans, Lectors, Altar Servers, Lectors, Song Leader and Ushers are required to submit their respective schedule of assignment of members for the month of January to the office via email no later than Wednesday December 22. We thank you for your cooperation.
  • 2021-2022 CCD Religious Education Program: Our Religious Education Program strives to provide a solid foundation in our faith. Our religious education meets once a week on Saturday 9:00am. Registration for this catechetical year will close this Saturday. Applications for both Infant Baptism and CCD programs are available at the rear of the Church or in the Church Office. All CCD students will report for class this Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
  • 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.
  • First Holy Communion: Congratulation to all our First Communicants. May your first encounter with Jesus in the Holy Communion increase your love for the Eucharist.
  • Third Sunday Youth Holy Mass: Next Sunday is Youth Sunday. All our youth are required to attend the 10:00 a.m. Holy Mass designed for their participation in various liturgical activities. We once again make an appeal to parents of our youths. We depend on you for the success of this initiative. In addition, Fr. Boniface is inviting all our newly confirmed to attend a brief meeting with him in church following next Sunday’s 10:00 a.m. Holy Mass.
  • 2021-2022 CCD Religious Education Program: Our Religious Education Program strives to provide a solid foundation in our faith. Our religious education meets once a week on Saturday 9:00 a.m. Registration for this catechetical year will close at the end of this month. Applications for both Infant Baptism and CCD programs are available at the rear of the Church or in the Church Office
  • 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.
  • 2021-2022 CCD Religious Education Program: Our Religious Education Program strives to provide a solid foundation in our faith. Students are encouraged to begin formal religion classes in the first grade of public or private non-Catholic schools. Children 7 years of age and younger are considered infants. Our religious education meets once a week on Saturday 9:00 a.m. Registration for this catechetical year will close at the end of this month. Applications for both Infant Baptism and CCD programs are available at the rear of the Church or in the Church Office.
  • 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.
  • Bishop’s Appeal: The public phase of our Bishop’s Appeal 2021 concluded on the weekend of June 27, 2021. As of June 18, 2021, the parishes have raised $101,825.00. We did not set parish goals this year, given the financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ability of parishioners to contribute to the Fund. Parishioners gave without the pressure to meet a set goal.
    • We are therefore extremely grateful to all those who have donated to the Bishop’s Appeal. We will continue to process the pledged contributions with the expectation that your contributions will be fulfilled by December 31, 2021. Our schools, Catholic Charities and evangelization efforts need everyone’s support! Your gifts helps feed the hungry and gives shelter to mothers and children in desperate need.
    • 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!
    • “Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers and sisters, that you do unto Me.”
  • 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.