Want to grow closer together as a family this New Year? Looking to do something to grow in love around Valentine's Day? Or do you just want a day to enrich your family while having fun at the same time? Then come learn about and celebrate the Holy Family, who Saint John Paul II called "the prototype and example for all Christian families!" This celebration will feature inspiring talks for the whole family, a special Mass with Cardinal Wuerl, amazing praise and worship adoration, a delicous family meal, and much more! Come be a part of the first-ever Holy Family Celebration, sponsored jointly by Archdiocese of Washington, Knights of Columbus DC Council, and the Saint John Paul II Shrine.
Here is the full schedule for the event:
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 Sr. 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
- Praise and Worship Adoration with Michael Corsini and Confession
- 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
- New 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.
Free parking. If you have any questions about the event, then please email Daniel.Meola@jp2shrine.org.
When & Where
Saint John Paul II National Shrine
The Saint John Paul II National Shrine is a major pastoral initiative of the Knights of Columbus, a lay Catholic fraternal organization with approximately two million members around the world. Faithful to continuing the mission and legacy of Pope John Paul II, in 2011 the Knights established a shrine to him in the nation’s capital. After five years of construction and the canonization of its patron, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims annually. It is a place of worship, religious formation, and cultural renewal. A major permanent exhibit highlights significant events in the life of John Paul II and his momentous influence as the spiritual father of one billion Catholics and as a world leader. The shrine also hosts talks, days of reflection, special devotions, and other events to feed the minds and souls of its visitors. It is the Knights’ hope that this initiative will serve the life of the Church in the United States and will thus bear abundant fruit for the universal Church and for the world.