Family Faith News

Holy Family Parish

Week of May 17, 2020

We Miss You!

As we begin our third month of quarantine, our catechists and staff miss you! We truly miss meeting together, praying together, and laughing together. During these difficult times, we send our well wishes of hope and love to your family...and look forward to see you soon!
WE MISS YOU : Holy Family Parish

Stay Holy Family Parish

In this weekend's parish Bulletin, Pastor Ryan shares his reflections on this weekend's Mass readings, as well as updates to Holy Family Parish. Please click on this link to the weekly bulletin to read his letter to families:

Letter from Pastor Ryan to Families in Weekly Bulletin

As shared in Fr. Ryan's letter, families have the opportunity to receive important updates and communications from Holy Family Parish through the application, Flocknote. Below are 2 ways your family can sign up through our parish:

  • Register through our parish website:


  • Text holyfamilyforall to 84576 (or 202-765-3441 in Spanish)

Activities for Family

Mass Readings for Sunday, May 17

In John's Gospel this Sixth Sunday of Easter, Jesus reiterates his favorite theme: love. During this discussion with his apostles at the last supper, he promises the Holy Spirit and emphasizes the unity of Jesus, God, the Spirit and believer. Jesus assures us that if we love him and keep his commandments, we will be loved by his Father.

Mass Readings for Sunday, May 17

Translated in English and Spanish

The Gospel - John 14:15-21 (Sixth Sunday of Easter)

Praying the Rosary as a Family in May

At we began our May month of devotion to Blessed Mary, Pope Francis reflects that this time of faithful prayer is especially important as we have hopes of an end to this COVID-19 pandemic. On Saturday, April 25, Pope Francis explained:

“The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary...For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May,”

Pope Francis continues by describing that the rosaries can prayed either as a group or individually, based on people’s circumstances, but “making the most of both opportunities.”

As a family, make a plan to pray the rosaries together. Here are suggestions to help follow Pope Francis' words...

  1. Choose a place that is best for all. Possibly change the place according to the weather or other circumstances. In nice weather perhaps out in the yard. If one person is sick, at his or her bedside.
  2. Choose a situation that is special--before a picture or statue of Mary, maybe with flowers and candles; take turns setting up a little shrine and decorating it.
  3. Take turns saying each prayer, have your children lead these prayers.
  4. Play calm music.
  5. Kneel on pillows or sit or stand or a combination.
  6. Make it a celebration. For instance, if you have the rosary after the evening meal, have dessert after the rosary.

Use the diagram and video below to help teach your children about how to pray the Rosary.

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The Rosary in 2 Minutes