Holy Family Catholic Church

1510 Fifth Street            .
Missouri City, TX 77489

(281) 499-9688

PARISH OFFICE HOURS

Mon – Fri8:00 am – 4:00 pm
closed 12-1:00 pm
Sat – SunCLOSED

Welcome to Holy Family Catholic Church!

For over 100 years, we have been welcoming those looking for a spiritual home in East Ford Bend County. Holy Family is a hugely multicultural parish which serves our diverse faith community every day. We look forward to serving you! 

Fr. Sunny Joseph, O.S.H.
Pastor

News

First Holy Communion Holy Masses have been scheduled as follows:

Saturday, June 20th at 11:00 am (English)

Saturday, June 27th at 11:00 am (English)

Saturday, June 27th at 2:00 pm (Spanish)

Sunday, June 28th at 12:30 pm (Spanish–RCIC candidates only)

For more information, please contact the CCE Office at (281) 499-4612.

Public Celebration of Sunday Holy Mass Returns

Re-opening Guidelines Handout in English
Directrices a Seguir Para Garantizar La Seguridad En La Santa Misa 

Proceso de Reapurtura de la Misa en Holy Family

Friday, May 8, 2020 – Honorable Governor Abbott has now allowed the re-opening of places of worship, and His Eminence Cardinal Daniel DiNardo has allowed for the celebration of public Holy Mass to begin effective May 1st. All this, however, must be done according to certain guidelines to help ensure the safety of all who attend. 

First, we would like to reiterate that Cardinal DiNardo has kept in place the dispensation for Sunday Holy Mass. If you are elderly, sick, have underlying health issues, or cannot otherwise attend, you are under no obligation to do so.

As our church can only allow 25% capacity in order to meet guidelines, we realize that the majority of our parishioners will still be praying with us at home. For this reason, the livestream of English (Saturday at 5:30 pm)  and Spanish (Sunday at 1:00 pm) liturgies will still be available here on our website.

As Holy Family Church re-opens in a safe, responsible and gradual manner we ask for patience and understanding from all parishioners and congregants. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

What follows below are detailed guidelines for our Parish. You can also use an easy-to-read handout found here in English and here in Spanish.

Church and Chapel Capacity:
We will limit attendance at each Mass to 25% seating capacity of the church and Chapel, approximately 275 persons in total. And this will also be within the maximum that social distancing will permit.

Ushers and volunteers, who are members of the Pandemic Response Team, will guide parishioners into the church and Chapel only from the main entrance of the church and will seat them in alternate pews, keeping families together, until the prescribed seating capacity maximum has been attained in both the church and Chapel.

Overflows will be accommodated in the courtyard under strict social distancing guidelines. The exterior speakers will broadcast the Holy Mass into the courtyard. Parishioners are requested to please bear with the process as we try to safely and responsibly re-open in the coming weeks. Kindly understand that we cannot accommodate specific seating preferences at this time.

Church Cleaning and Hygiene:
Our cleaning and sanitation crews will clean all common areas–bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. before and after each Holy Mass. Likewise, the Pandemic Response Team and other volunteers will clean and sanitize all pews before and after each Holy Mass.

Please DO NOT bring your own cleaning materials to church. The products we use are hospital-grade, EPA-certified, professional disinfecting equipment and supplies which will not damage church surfaces, including wood, metals, and fabrics. 

Hand sanitizers are available by the entrance and exit doors of the church. Please be sure to use them as you enter and leave the church premises.

Let us work together to help prevent the spread of the corona virus and to keep each other safe.

All Parishioners attending Holy Mass will be required to wear a face mask to help us all stay safe while we worship faithfully, and show consideration to each other’s health and wellbeing. This is a CDC guideline and is also stipulated by the Archdiocese.

Offertory:
The best method to give at this time is through our online giving portal, Pushpay. You can click on the DONATE button on the top of this page.

The offertory collection will be gathered using long-handled baskets or collection baskets by Ushers wearing gloves, with no physical contact. 

Holy Communion:
Holy Communion will be distributed only by the Priests in a safe, timely and orderly manner. Parishioners in the church and Chapel are requested to remain patiently in their pews while the Priests distribute Holy Communion to them. 

When all in the church have received Communion, we will safely guide communicants in the courtyard to the church entrance area where Holy Communion will be received, still observing social distancing guidelines.

Holy Communion will be received only on the hand. The communicants are to wear their masks while receiving Communion on their hands. They can then slightly lift their masks and place the host in their mouth. 

Those coming from the courtyard will also receive Holy Communion on their hands, and are asked to then step aside, slightly lift their masks and place the host in their mouth before returning to their positions.

Currently, Cardinal DiNardo requires that only Priests distribute Holy Communion. This requirement may cause minimal delays, so we ask for your patience and understanding while we implement this change.

Missalettes, Music and Choir:
Missalettes or worship materials will not be available in the pews or anywhere in the church at this time. In line with CDC recommendations, we will limit the number of choir members and keep the appropriate social distancing. Each Holy Mass will have a soloist and continue the projection of hymns as is the current practice.

Church Exit Procedure:
After the final blessing, parishioners within the church are requested to sit patiently in their seats while the ushers and volunteers safely and promptly, guide everyone out through the exit doors as appropriate.

Mass Participation from Home:
Even as we open worship in our church premises, we realize that most of our parishioners will still be joining us from the safety of their homes.  Cardinal DiNardo has dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation during these challenging times.

Therefore, if you are sick, immune-compromised, have underlying health issues, or are considered within the high-risk population, we encourage you to stay at home and join us through the recorded Mass available every weekend on our website.  We all look forward to when things get back to normal, hopefully soon and by the grace of God.

Outlook:
We have commenced daily Mass at 8:45 am, Monday through Saturday. Please feel free to attend and receive Holy Communion during these weekday Masses, especially if you are unable to attend and receive Holy Communion during the Sunday Mass. The weekday Masses are held in the main church, and with much fewer in attendance, social distancing is more easily attained.

Kindly note that this Holy Mass re-opening process will be updated as we scale up attendance in the coming weeks. Our goal is to safely get back as close to normal as possible given the required social distancing guidelines. Please bear with the Clergy and the Pandemic Response Team as we guide everyone through the process.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! May God bless us and keep us safe as One Faith, One Family.

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Watch Holy Mass from Holy Family Church

We are so blessed to bring to you Sunday Holy Mass recorded from your Holy Family Catholic Church. Click here for the videos, and be sure to check back every weekend for the latest videos.

Daily Holy Mass is televised on these online Catholic outlets:

EWTN
Catholic TV
NCBC
Shalom World
Word on Fire

Prayer Makes a Difference

Your prayers have made a difference! In these challenging times, your prayers for the health of parishioners, our communities, our nation, and the world are helping so many. Thank you! And continuing praying.

You can find the Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus in English here; and in Spanish, here. Even though public Holy Mass is suspended, you can pray the Act of Spiritual Communion prayer in English by clicking here; in Spanish, here. In addition, the Breviary is being offered for FREE at this time. Click here for the prayer of the day.

And as a special gift to our parishioners, you can pray a multilingual Chaplet of Divine Mercy with us by clicking here.

Let us pray for you! E-mail your prayer requests to information@holyfamilychurch.us or call the Parish Office at (281) 499-9688.

Strengthen Your Faith

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Location

Holy Family Catholic Church
1510 Fifth Street
Missouri City, Texas 77459