Mass Times

Saturdays 4:00 P
Sundays 8:00 A & 10:00 A

Tuesday-Friday 8:30 A

Saturdays 9:00 - 9:30 am
Saturdays 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Communal Penance in Advent & Lent



  • Sun, Nov 1st

  • Sat, Oct 31st

Adoration Chapel

Adoration Chapel will be closed (from the outside), for the winter. 
It will be accessible only when the building is open.

Guess which staff????

Office Hours


Bishop Powers

“For all who will be attending Mass, please continue to abide by the precautions which have been put into place.  Even if you do not feel you need them for your own personal health, be assured that your charitable observation will help others to attend without fear.  Please also, let us do what we can to keep our good and faithful priests healthy and safe as they minister to the needs of all.“                           

                                                                                               Most Rev. James P Powers


Holy Family Catholic Church YouTube link

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Mass on YouTube

Fr. Jerry will continue recording Sunday Mass which will be recorded at the 4:00 pm Saturday Mass and can be found on Holy Family's YouTube channel.

No Recorded Mass on the following weekends

There are several dates where we won’t be recording the Mass. 
November 7
November 21
November 26: Thanksgiving
November 28
December 5
December 24/25: Christmas Masses


Messages from Fr. Jerry


 Our Holy Father Pope Frances has stirred up a great deal of anger, confusion, controversy, and discussion.  He has been quoted as saying that same sex couples ought to be allowed to enter into civil unions.  Of course, that sets off alarm bells regarding Biblical and Catholic moral theological teaching regarding homosexual acts.
  It would be helpful to look at this more closely and dispassionately.  First, the Holy Father spoke of civil laws.  The state is an entity separate from the Church.  He did not say a church ceremony. Secondly, he used the word union.  He did not call it a marriage.  As we know and believe, marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman.  Third, he did not speak at all about homosexual acts or make a change in Catholic moral teaching regarding the nature and meaning of sex acts in the context of a commited marriage relationship and being procreative and unitive.  His silence means no change in sexual moral teaching.
  We are free to argue with, dispute, or even disagree with the Pope's statement.  But, it is important to know what he did and what he did not say.
Fr. Jerry

Letter on racism

  Back in 1979 the U.S. Catholic Bishops issued a pastoral letter on racism.  It was called: "Brothers and Sisters to Us".  It begins with this paragraph:
Racism is an evil which endures in our society and in our Church.  Despite apparent advances and even significant changes in the last two decades, the reality of racism remains.  In 1958 we spoke out against the blatant forms of racism that divided people through discriminatory laws and enforced segregation.  We pointed out the moral evil that denied persons their God-given rights.  A decade later in a second pastoral letter we again underscored the continuing scandal of racism and called for decisive action to eradicate it from our society. We recognize and applaud the readiness of many Americans to make new strides towards reducing and eliminating prejudice against minorities. We are convinced that the majority of Americans realize that racial discrimination is both unjust and unworthy of this nation.
   Those words remain applicable to our day some forty years later.  The events surrounding the death of George Floyd have heightened our awareness of racism as an ongoing reality even in the midst of the COVID 19 crisis and the economic fallout resulting from stay at home orders and the business shutdowns that are beginning to be relaxed.
   I hope and pray that all of us fall into the category of people lauded in the 1979 pastoral letter who: "realize that racial discrimination is both unjust and unworthy of this nation".  If, however, you find in your mind and heart bias, prejudice, stereotypes, inherent distrust, or other forms of racist beliefs and attitudes that you take this opportunity to reflect on the sin of racism, the denial of human dignity that it represents, and to remember the intrinsic value of all people created by God in the Divine Image and Likeness and loved and redeemed by God's Son Jesus Christ. 
God bless you;  Fr. Jerry

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

The WCC has prepared two series of resources designed to help Catholics reflect on what it means to be a Faithful Citizen.

These series provide a fundamental review of issues important to the Church and provide guidance for political engagement.

Click here to review the 5 part series and the 3 part series:




Mass of Remembrance

Priorities at the poles

Thanksgiving Meal


Extreme Faith Camp is from June 17 through June 21 ... Open to students currently in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.


March for Life 2019

Advent Project

Christmas Eve

One Bread One Cup

One Bread One Cup


Way Cafe'



Estate Planning



Adoration Chapel




Reopening of Holy Family

Let us celebrate and praise God!

The time has come to once again gather and worship together!

 Welcome Back! We will have our first weekend of Masses beginning June 13th and 14th. Our times will remain as follows; Saturday: 4:00 pm; Sunday: 8:00 and 10:00 am.   We are allowed to have 25% of our total capacity of the main worship area, which means 200 parishioners per Mass. Due to the seating guidelines to maintain the 6’ distance, it may be slightly less. Families that live in the same household may sit together and do not need to maintain the social distance rule.

We are encouraging all adults to please wear a mask when you attend Mass.

We are asking that if you are displaying any signs of illness, (temp. of 100.4 degrees, cough, headache, sore throat, shortness of breath, etc…), or have underlying health issues, that you refrain from attending Mass to protect yourself and others. The bishop is encouraging those of the vulnerable age of 65+ to remain home and continue to celebrate Mass virtually as you have been.

Bishop Power’s dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass as well as the obligation to receive Holy Communion remains in force till further notice.

On the first weekend back at Holy Family, you will notice some changes. The Diocese of Superior, with our best interest and safety in mind, have a few guidelines we need to follow when we come together to worship. We will be sanitizing the worship area between each Mass, which will take extra time, thus no 9:30 Mass on Sunday.

Please read below so that you will be better prepared when you arrive.

 Seating: You will be seated by ushers every third pew and six feet apart from non-household members. Those from the same household need no separation when seated. We will start seating in the front of the church and work to the back of the church and by sections. For dismissal, you will be ushered out starting in the back of the church working towards the front and again by sections. This will be similar to a wedding. We would appreciate your patience as this is new to the volunteer ministers too. It may take a couple weeks to “iron out the wrinkles”.

Come early to get a front row seat!

Communion: Please follow the ushers as you go forward to receive. Keep your mask on and use hand sanitizer before you come forward to receive communion. You may only receive on the palm with your hand stretch out so the distributers will not inadvertently touch you. We will continue to NOT use the common cup as before. Once you receive, step aside, lower your mask, take the host, and put your mask back up. Don’t forget to maintain a distance of 6 feet from the person in front of you, unless you’re from the same household.

Music: You will notice that all hymnals, papers, and pencils have been removed. We will have an accompanist and cantor at each Mass for music. The diocese has asked that there be NO choirs or congregational singing at this time. Denise will try not to schedule the hymn, “How Can I Keep from Singing”.

Offertory Collection: We will not be collecting the offering by passing baskets. In the back of the church on a table there will be two baskets to place your offering in. One for the regular, (1st), collection as you enter and another for the second collection as you exit. They will be marked accordingly.

We will continue to NOT hold hands during The Lord’s Prayer.

The following are changes to shorten the Mass to help limit exposure time:

We will not be doing the “Sign of Peace”.

The gifts will not be brought forward.

We will recite the Mass parts instead of singing them.

In order to have time to sanitize the church between Masses on Sunday morning, we are temporarily suspending the 9:30 outdoor Mass. If it rains, that Mass would need to be inside, which doesn’t give enough time to sanitize between the Masses. We apologize for the disappointment, but remember, all of this is short term and for the health and wellbeing for all parishioners and visitors.







Hearing assist sets are available for use at Mass. Please provide your own ear buds, which can be purchased at stores such as Walmart or can be purchase at Holy Family for $12.00.  If interested, please call the office at 715-356-6284.

Place the sets in the “used” basket when you are done and take your earbuds with you.

Mass in our Outdoor Cathedral




Blessing of Animals

St. Francis prayer walk

Please click the link below to view the video of the St. Francis prayer walk that is posted on the Catholic Herald's new You Tube channel.



Holiday GriefShare

Grief Share

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Loss of a spouse video

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Recognition Mass

Yvonne Morman poem

Address updates


Please call Holy Family Catholic Church (715-356-6284) on Monday's and leave your name and number on ext.168 or ext.155.   We will return your call within a day.  This is a very hard time for many and we will assist you where we can.


CONTRIBUTIONS: can be made to:
“Franciscan Compassion Fund” and sent to
Holy Family Catholic Church 8950 County Rd J. Woodruff 54568
Attention “Franciscan Compassion Fund “
Here is the playlist of inspirational music by Susan Meyers.  New songs have been added.
We have also created a playlist of all of the Masses we have recorded.  They will play from newest to oldest.  Better than anything on Netflix!
Are you in the mood for a good children’s story?  Please take a look at this playlist called “Storytime with Father Jerry.”  These videos don’t show on the parish YouTube channel since they need to be kept unlisted based on copyright laws, but anyone at any age can watch them.  

Bishop's letter 09.14.20


Lakeland Food Pantry

Catholic Students for Paid Summer Internship

Catholic Students for Paid Summer Internship

Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology (Southern Indiana)

June 4 - July 16, 2021

College interns will be assisting with conferences for the “One Bread, One Cup” summer program.  The program is designed to form high school students into active participants and leaders within their own parish community.  Conferences focus on community building, leadership development, catechesis, liturgical and spiritual formation, and theological reflection.  Throughout the summer, interns participate in classes of their own which explore deeper theological realities and count as graduate-level course credits through Saint Meinrad School of Theology. Interns also participate in the daily liturgical life of the Roman Catholic Church and live in an intentional Catholic community with other college interns at Saint Meinrad during the summer internship.

Where to apply?


Email us at [email protected]

Application deadline is November 9th!


Sister Marie-Kolbe Zamora

Mardi Gras


Circle of Women Christmas Party

Deacon Update


Dear Family of Holy Family,
So much has happened since our last update. Like yourselves, we’ve been challenged this year in ways we
never imagined. And yet, through God’s grace, we continue on our journey of diaconate formation.

At the time of our last update to you (May) we had yet to complete our instruction as first year Aspirants. Our monthly nstructional weekends had been held at St. Anthony Spirituality Center in Marathon, but the
pandemic forced the last few weekends to be conducted virtually. The three of us gathered to study together during those weekends. We were delighted to learn that all of us passed our first-year final exams! During the summer break we continued to get together for morning prayers as well as for mentoring with Fr. Aaron.  Along with our wives, we’ve also enjoyed our own social gatherings and continue to reflect how blessed we are that we’ve all grown to become good friends.

We have just started our second year of the Aspirancy stage of formation. After ecessary changes, the St. Anthony Spirituality Center has re-opened and we have returned to in-person instructional weekends.  However, the social distancing requirements at St. Anthony mean that our wives will not be able to join us for the weekends which is a major disappointment for all of us. Our formation courses this year include
Introduction to Philosophy, Christian Prayer, Marriage & Family Ministry, Life in Christ, Catechesis that Evangelizes, Youth Ministry Overview, Parish Social Ministry, and Keys to Effective Parish Teamwork. Each of
our formation weekends includes heavy emphasis on prayer, Mass, Morning & Evening Prayer, and networking with fellow Aspirants and Candidates from the three dioceses of Superior, La Crosse, and Madison.

This new year of formation as an aspirant concludes with a period of focused discernment.  Before potentially petitioning the Bishop for admittance to the Candidacy stage of formation, we will participate in a retreat weekend and then be called before a scrutiny board to help both us as individuals and the Church discern if we are indeed being called to permanent diaconate. While we are eager to journey through the next four years of formation, one of our great early learnings is that we have a lot to learn! We have a growing appreciation for a Deacon’s three-fold parish community ministry to the Word (evangelizing and teaching), Liturgy (assisting at the altar), and Charity & Justice (serving those in need being a voice for those who are poor, marginalized, and defenseless).

We continue to be most grateful for the support of our wives, Fr. Jerry and the parish staff, Fr. Aaron, the Men’s Faith Sharing Group, and especially you – the faithful of Holy Family. Thank you for your continued
prayerful and financial support. Know that you are always in our prayers.

Jason | Paul | Bob


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Fr. Jerry's Welcome Party

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