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Immediately acting upon the instructions from an Angel of God in a dream, Joseph escapes with Mary and Jesus by night out of Bethlehem and into Egypt.Our Holy Family Novena begins on the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, which is Friday December 30, 2016. The Novena begins on the feast day and continues through January 7, 2017. God chose to belong to a human family. A family just like yours. A place where virtues can be learned; where respect, forgiveness, and love take root. This is the miracle of Christmas. Celebrate this Christmas Season by joining the Missionaries of the Holy Family in prayer to strengthen your family life. We will be celebrating Mass on each of the nine days.

If you have never participated in a Novena, I encourage you to discover the benefits of this powerful form of prayer.

2016 - 2017 Holy Family Novena Intentions

Day 1: December 30, 2016 -- Thanksgiving for Family Blessings

Day 2: December 31, 2016 -- Engaged Couples

Day 3: January 1, 2017 -- Single Parent Families

Day 4: January 2, 2017 -- Families with Abuse & Addictions

Day 5: January 3, 2017 -- Families Caring for the Elderly

Day 6: January 4, 2017 -- Families Struggling for Unity

Day 7: January 5, 2017 -- Families with Special Needs Children

Day 8: January 6, 2017 -- Religious Vocations in Families

Day 9: January 7, 2017 -- Your Family's Special Intention

You are invited to join in the Novena by reciting The Holy Family Prayer daily and reflecting on the Novena’s Daily Intention. Please share with our Holy Family Priests your own intentions for the Novena. Your intentions will be remembered and placed at the Altar of Saint Wenceslaus Church in Saint Louis, Missouri where the Novena Masses will be celebrated.

Requesting a Novena Intention is easy! If you are planning to offer a gift of $10 or more with your Novena Intention, you can safely provide an Online Novena Intention.  

Your offering to the Missionaries of the Holy Family benefits the work of our priests and brothers. The Missionaries of the Holy Family is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and your gift is tax deductible. Your privacy is important to us, and we will not sell, share, or trade your personal information.

Did You Know?

Did you know that Novena Prayer (novena is Latin for nine) began with the Apostles after the Ascension of Our Lord? When Christ ascended from earth, the Apostles felt alone, uncertain, and afraid, so they gathered back in the Upper Room and prayed with the Blessed Virgin Mary.They prayed for nine days. On the ninth day, the Holy Spirit came down and anointed each Apostle, and this enabled them to proclaim the Good News – we know this as Pentecost. It is from the example of the Apostles that we have Novena Prayer.

God bless your family! +JMJ+