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Our Holy Family Novena begins on the Feast of the Holy Family.

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.

2020 - 2021 Holy Family Novena

Day Date Intention of the Novena Day
Day 1 December 27, 2020 Thanksgiving for Family Blessings
Day 2 December 28, 2020 Engaged Couples
Day 3 December 29, 2020 Single Parent Families
Day 4 December 30, 2020 Families with Abuse & Addictions
Day 5 December 31, 2020 Families Caring for the Elderly
Day 6 January 1, 2021 Families Struggling for Unity
Day 7 January 2, 2021 Families with Special Needs Children
Day 8 January 3, 2021 Religious Vocations in Families
Day 9 January 4, 2021 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 the Holy Family Priests and Brothers your intentions for the Novena. Your intentions will be remembered and placed at the Altar where the Novena Masses are celebrated.

Requesting a Novena Intention is easy. You can do so by Mail or Online:

By Mail : Please print the Novena Intention Request Form. Then mail it, along with your Novena Offering (see form for details), to the Missionaries of the Holy Family, 3014 Oregon Avenue, Saint Louis, Missouri 63118-1412.


Online: If you are planning to offer a gift of $10 or more with your Novena Intention, you can safely provide an Online Novena Intention.  Additionally, we can send a full color Novena Acknowledgment to you or to an alternate address that you provide.

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 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+