We are a large Catholic community in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The community is about 4,000 families and nearly 15,000 members, but we also have many programs and groups that gather in much smaller and more intimate settings. Holy Family worship services are stimulating, insightful and musical. Our faith community is vibrant, our reach-out is compassionate, our adult formation is creative, our education programs are cutting edge and our welcome is warm. Most importantly we believe that all of this is rooted in our commission from Jesus Christ to actively and courageously live the Gospel call and invite all to new life in Christ.
Our Liturgical Arts Ministry seeks to create transformative prayer and worship experiences with an appreciation for both the old and new. We will be true and relevant within our culture along with a healthy respect for the past. Our liturgies will be multi-dimensional, embracing diversity, and multi-generational. We believe that worship should transcend generational barriers by recognizing and embracing an appreciation for various worship styles, song selections and texts. We seek to incorporate elements that appeal to both the spiritually young and mature so that people at all points on the spiritual continuum can grow. The experience of the liturgy should unite us, not divide us. Therefore, we believe that the predominant attitude of worship must be one that is preferential toward one another in love.
Assist a Family Program where parish families donate holiday food and gifts to disadvantaged families three times per year. Emergency Assistance Provides short-term financial assistance and resources to those in need. Habitat for Humanity A member of the Spring of Life Partnership of the Northern Fox Valley Affiliate of the International affordable housing organization Holiday Sharing Program provides holiday gifts and school supplies for disadvantaged individuals and families. Hopeful Beginnings A child welfare agency providing assistance for unplanned pregnancy, adoption, counseling and more. Hospitality Provides food and drink after Masses to encourage community building.Â Also provides hospitality for special occasions and events. Job Support Open to all who seek support and guidance in the pursuit of employment. Kairos Prison Ministry Brings Christ’s love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals through prayer and support. Lenten Social Justice Projects Prayer, fasting and alms-giving benefiting a specific cause. One in Love (LGBT) Dialogue and faith sharing supporting all sexualities. PADS PADS stands for Public Action to Deliver Shelter. PADS is a program within the “Journeys | The Road Home” organization which is a county-wide homeless support outreach effort based in Palatine. Summer Suppers Provides an evening meal to those experiencing hunger once a month from May through September St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly Home for economically disadvantaged elders where they are cared for with love and dignity. Viator House of Hospitality provides compassionate accompaniment of young male immigrants seeking legal relief. Welcome Welcomes new members to the parish and provides guidance to members and visitors regarding Holy Family’s activities and campus. WINGS Support to end homelessness and Domestic Violence
Today’s demographic experts say that 55 is the new 40 – and maybe even the new 35. And we agree! It’s also well known that staying mentally and physically active, socializing with others regularly, and having a sense of purpose contribute to a more energized, optimistic and youthful persona. Translation: a longer, happier, healthier life!
That’s why the OWLS Ministry exists, specially created for youthful spirits aged 55 and over. Whatever your status (married, single, widowed, divorced or “it’s complicated”), whether you’re a night owl, a snowy owl or even a screech owl, you’ll find kindred spirits: people looking to share friendship, common interests, social activities, information sessions, inspirational talks, fellowship, and outreach to others. All activities are self-funded and gatherings will be at Holy Family Parish, held virtually, or at other outside venues.
Guaranteed to be a real “hoot” for all involved.
“The Owl is the wisest of all birds because the more it sees, the less it talks” – old African proverb
Volunteers are needed to assist in creating events and activities for seniors.