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Holy Family Fest planned for Sept. 4

The 290 people attending last year’s Holy Family Fest nearly doubled inaugural year attendance, and planners of this year’s event hope to continue that positive trend.

Titled, "The Role of Parents in Passing on the Faith," the Sept. 4 gathering at the Pro Sanctity Retreat Center near Elkhorn will feature programs for children, teens and adults.

"The goal is to provide a mini-vacation for families and to inspire parents in their role as facilitators of faith in their families, with the Holy Family as a model," said John Kukula, a member of Christ the King Parish and lay evangelization team member with the local Apostolate for Family Consecration, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Pro Sanctity Movement.

The day begins with 9:30 a.m. Mass, celebrated by Father Chris Kubat of the Lincoln diocese. Homilist will be Deacon Tim McNeil, chancellor of the Omaha archdiocese.

Speakers will include Father Kubat, executive director of Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska; Father Michael Voithofer, associate pastor of St. Gerald Parish in Ralston and founder of the Ablaze Worship Ministry; and Father Scott Hastings, judicial vicar and vicar for clergy with the Omaha archdiocese.

Worship music will be provided throughout the event by the Danny Leger Music Ministry.

Benediction will be held at 5:15 p.m., before dinner. A campfire gathering at 6:30 p.m. with a family rosary and s’mores will conclude the day.

Holy Family Fest is modeled after a larger, weeklong event at the Apostolate for Family Consecration’s international headquarters in Ohio.

Want to Go?

What: Holy Family Fest

When: Sept. 4, registration begins at 8 a.m.

Where: Pro Sanctity Retreat Center, 11002 N. 204th St., near Elkhorn

Registration: Early registration through Aug. 27, $20 adults, $15 ages 13-18, $10 ages 4-12, or $75 per family. Meals included.

If paying by check, email and request a paper registration. If by credit card, go to, select "search events," and enter Holy Family Fest in the search box.

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