St. Oliver Plunketts


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Saturday: 5:30pm
Sunday: 9:00am

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Feast of the Holy Family


 Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

December 31st 2023– January 6th 2024

 The Holy Family

 “Meanwhile the child grew to maturity and he was filled with wisdom; and God’s favour was with him”. It is always fascinating to watch children growing up. Each small stage is filled with wonder. It doesn’t take long for each child to begin to show his/her own individuality and special gifts. This is what happened with Jesus also. Mary and Joseph had to go through all the emotions of parents everywhere, wondering how this boy was going to turn out. They worried about him. In today’s world, children growing up have to contend with so much that get in the way of their true development. Many are being drawn away from the practice of their faith and any real knowledge of God’s love, much to the distress of their parents and grandparents. It is only by working together as parents, as couples, as community, that we can hand on this most valuable gift of faith. Make your home a place of love and prayer. And make your faith community a place of joy and welcome and God’s favour.


Morning Prayer, when together

Father, help us to live as the Holy Family,

united in respect and love.

May our love for each other in marriage

help us to bring new life to our children and grandchildren

and to all those who make up our lives.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


During the day, when apart.

Lord, accept the gift of our married love.

Through the prayers of Mary, the Virgin Mother of God,

and of her husband Joseph unite our families in peace and love.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


Evening/Night Prayer together.

Eternal Father, we want to live as Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

in peace with you and one another.

May our love help us face the joys and sorrows of life.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


Questions for Action for the week.

For your marriage: What do like best about your wife as a mother, your husband as a father?

Share that this week

 For others: What are the things you like best about your mother and father?

Tell them that this week if possible – even in prayer.