The Universal Church will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family on Friday 27th December this year. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate the gift of family life, and of the vocation to marriage and family.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference have created some resources to help you make this feast day a special day in your parish.

Many people are called to the vocation of marriage – to give themselves wholly to another, to love, cherish, bring life to another person; this is a mission modelled on Divine Trinity. When this love between a man and woman comes to maturity, it brings life to the Kingdom of God. It can mean the vocation to family life by nurturing children and giving life to them, or for those who do not have children or cannot have children, the lifegiving mission of the couple is to go out beyond themselves to bring new life to the people of God. No matter what the Lord calls us to, it will always be a challenge to give of oneself to bring new life to the world.

Please remember to pray for all married couples and for families this day, and especially pray that more people will have the courage to respond to God’s invitation to bring life to the world through the vocation of marriage.

For those of you who have children, please teach them that marriage is a gift from God, a precious vocation from God who wants us to be happy.

Please find below some resources on behalf of the Marriage and Family Life Office.

Message from Bishop Peter Doyle [pdf]

Feast of the Holy Family Liturgy [pdf]

Posters

PreviewDownload [pdf]Download [jpeg]

Vocation Family Children Poster [pdf]

Vocation Family Children Poster [jpeg]

Vocation Family Poster [pdf]

Vocation Family Poster [jpeg]

Holy Family Poster [pdf]

Holy Family Image [jpeg]

Family Vocation Prayer [pdf]

Family Vocation Prayer [jpeg]