Feast of the Holy Family 

The Readings 

Archive Homilies 

The Holy Family Year A by Rev. Richard Budgen

The Holy Family Year A by Dcn. Bill O'Donnell

The Holy Family Year Cby Rev Richard Bugden 

Holy Family - Fr. Scott Hastings (Audio 1.9mb .wav)  

Holy Family - Dcn. Bill O'Donnell  

Holy Family C - Dcn. Chuck Stevens 

Homilies Off Site 

Key Phrases 

God sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons. 

Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children, and, when he prays, is heard. 

I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.” 

Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. 

Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord. 

Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another,  

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,  as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,  singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 

Wives, be subordinate to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord. 

Husbands, love your wives 

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord. 

Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they may not become discouraged. 

See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. And so we are. 

Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed. 

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions 

“Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 

He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them;  and his mother kept all these things in her heart. 

And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.  

Possible Themes 

Blessings (of children, of parents) 


Fear of the Lord 




Obedience (Christ as our example) 


Vocations (how to foster) 

Vocations (of Parent / of Child) 

Holy Family History, Information, Prayers, Resources, Traditions, & More

Study and Exegesis 


THE HOLY FAMILY - St. Therese of Lisieux

Wonders on wonders piled!

Jesus, of Heaven the Lord,

Now upon earth exiled,

Flee, from a mortal’s sword.

So, unto God in flight,

Oh, let us give our love;

Let our white wings to-night

Protect Him from above!

Now bring the flowers most fair

To strew before His way!

A lullaby prepare,

Of songs most sweet and gay!

Console His Mother’s heart

By singing of His charms.

How fair, how sweet, Thou art,

Reposing in her arms!

Oh, let us speed afar,

For here dire perils are!

Fly, on this very night,

From dangers and from fright!

The Virgin bears our Star,

Beneath her veil afar,

­The Star of the elect,

Whom longing hearts expect.

Behold! Heaven’s Lord

Flees from a mortal’s sword!



Family - “Other things may change us, but we start and end with familyAnthony Brandt 

Family - There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained - Winston Churchill

Holiness - It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God only.  - William Blake  

 HonorHe has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.Walter Lippmann

Obedience - “Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.A. W. Tozer

Obedience -“One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons - Dietrich Bonhoeffer  

Vocation - "An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence". Honore de Balzac