Holy Family Celebration is a half-day event for families and engaged couples on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. featuring a Mass and Consecration to the Holy Family with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, an inspiring talk for couples by Sr. Gaudia Skass, catechesis for teens by Tex Phelps, and children’s catechesis. Following the talks, there will be opportunities for confession and praise and worship Eucharistic adoration led by Michael Corsini. The event will conclude with a family style meal, entertainment, and a gift to enrich your family prayer!
The cost of attendance is $10 for couples and $20 for families of three or more, and includes a meal after Mass. Registration is required.
12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.: Check-in for the event and check-in for children’s catechesis
1:15 to 1:30 p.m.: Welcome and opening prayer led by Fr. Rick Kramer
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Catechesis sessions
Married Couples / Engaged Couples – “What the saints can teach about holiness together in the home” by Sister Gaudia Skass, Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy (St. Faustina’s Order)
Teens (13 to 17) – “What makes a saint?” by Tex Phelps, Director of Youth Ministry at the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
Children (7 to 12) – Fun activities and catechesis about the Holy Family by the Servants of the Lord Sisters
Children (2 to 6) – Fun activities and catechesis about the Holy Family by the Servants of the Lord Sisters
2:30 to 4:00 p.m.: Free time for various activities
Confession, praise and worship adoration with Michael Corsini
Prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Divine Mercy Chaplet led by the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy
Family veneration of the Saint John Paul II relic
Children or adult audio tour of A Gift of Love: The Life of Saint John Paul II exhibit
God’s Servant First: The Life and Legacy of Saint Thomas More exhibit
Snack for young children
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.: Mass and Consecration to the Holy Family with Cardinal Wuerl
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: Family meal with food, live music, and balloon artists for young children; Handout of a special and memorable gift for families
This event is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington, the DC State Council of the Knights of Columbus, and the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.