Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees Incorporated. A Registered Charity. No' 232709
Fr. Vincent McShane
Sr. Clarissa and Sr. Ijeoma (Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
Tel: 0151 421 1758
Sr. Catherine Farrelly (Daughters of Charity of St Vincent De Paul)
Tel: 0151 220 2525
Sat 5.15pm Holy Family church
9.30am St. Mark's church
11.00am Holy Family church
6.00pm St. Mark's church
Information on all other Masses, including weekdays, can be found in the News section.
The Presbytery & Parish Office
Tel: 0151 486 9883
Fax: 0151 486 9885
Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Wed: 9:00am - 1:00pm
The Holy Family consists of the Child Jesus, the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph.
The feast of the Holy Family was instituted by Pope Leo XIII in 1893 and until January 1969 was celebrated on the Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany; that is to say, on whichever day from January 7 through January 13, all inclusive, fell on a Sunday.
It is now observed on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year's Day, in the Octave of Christmas; in years when no such Sunday exists, because both December 25 and the ensuing January 1 are Sundays, it is held on December 30, a Friday in such years.
The feast is not a holy day of obligation, but the obligation to attend Mass holds for the Sunday on which it most frequently falls, as happens for other feasts and solemnities that happen to be celebrated on a Sunday.
When the Feast of the Holy Family was moved to its present date, its previous place in the calendar was taken by the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.