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Celebrating Our Holy Family

Celebrating Our Holy Family

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It is always exciting to flip through photos on your phone, pick your favorites, send them to your family and friends, and share a smile (or two) about the joyful memories you had together. Today, just like our old photos, we recall the moments shared during Christmas week.

When we hear the words “Holy Family,” we typically think of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. But your own family is a holy family too! Under your loving and prayerful roof, your own small domestic church is where faith formation truly begins.

Pope Francis gifted us with this beautiful prayer. Pray it with you own holy family tonight or begin the New Year praying to together.

Prayer to the Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate

the splendor of true love; to you we turn with trust.


Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too

may be places of communion and prayer, authentic

schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches.


Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again

experience violence, rejection and division;

may all who have been hurt or scandalized

find ready comfort and healing.


Holy Family of Nazareth, make us once more

mindful of the sacredness and inviolability

of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.


Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.



May you always remember that your “family is the masterpiece of God.” God bless you and your family.


About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.

Father Wilfred J. Raymond, C.S.C. (Father Willy), a native of Old Town, Maine, is the eighth of 12 children. He joined the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1964 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1971. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a master’s in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. He served in ministry at Stonehill College (1979-1992), Holy Cross leadership (1994-2000), National Director of Family Theater Productions, Hollywood (2000-2014), and President of Holy Cross Family Ministries (2014-2022). In addition to English, he is conversant in French and Spanish. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.