About

Photograph of The Chapel

Holy Family Church is a Stewardship Parish!

Holy Family is also a vibrant and growing faith community committed to proclaiming and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have over 2000 registered families and offer religious education from PreK through Adult. With over 60 ministries, which provides opportunities for volunteerism and spiritual support, we not only provide services to our parishioners but also provide support to the North Texas Community. Our growing parish school, Holy Family Catholic School, serves PreK through Eighth Grade. Come learn more about the faith community of Holy Family! Explore the website! Make an appointment to meet with the staff liaison of Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure! Join us for a Tour of the Facilities and the History of Holy Family lead by our pastor, Father Jeff Poirot. Watch the bulletin for dates or contact the pastoral office for more details, 817.737.6768 or pastoraloffice@holyfamilyfw.org.

Mission

Holy Family is a joyful catholic community

that encourages growth in prayer,

faith in god and lives of service.

 

History

The sun rose to a clear golden sky one summer morning in June 1942. It was going to be a hot one! No surprise there. Citizens all around the city of Fort Worth rose and sipped hot coffee at kitchen tables hoping the dry breeze crossing pastures and prairies to the southwest might provide relief. Folks scanned the front page of the Star Telegram for news of War to find another stunning victory by Admiral Nimitz's Pacific fleet in the battle for Midway Island. It was a time when all thoughts and prayers were sent to distant parts of the world.

On the home front, a defense and aerospace company named General Dynamics had recently opened at the western edge of Fort Worth. A two-bedroom frame house on Pershing Avenue sold for $3,000 and a new housing development, Ridglea Hills, had just broken ground. For a small group of west-side residents, history of another kind was about to be made on the corner of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Locke Avenue.

At 11:00 a.m. on Sunday June 14, 1942, a group of 400 Catholic families and clergy gathered for the much-anticipated dedication of Saint Alice Catholic Church by Bishop O'Brien from Chicago. O’Brien was president of the Catholic Church Extension Society, the group providing financial assistance for the young church.

The Church was Named under the patronage of St. Alice and in memory of Bishop O'Brien's mother. Bishop Joseph P. Lynch of Dallas was also present. Msgr. Earnest Langenhorst, pastor of the new parish, celebrated Mass. Twenty-three years later as the needs of parishioners outgrew facilities at Saint Alice Church, they moved to a new home on Pershing Avenue and became Holy Family Catholic Church.

At the first mass in the simple frame sanctuary of Saint Alice, Msgr. Langenhorst described the concept of a "Living Parish." This is a where a church is considered to be more than just territory and buildings but a collection of people to whom "a parish must be the center of vital interest," to become "a living organism of the Mystical Body of Christ." Holy Family, a "living parish," is composed of dedicated people ministering to each other and the greater community. In 2017, we will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of our parish family.

Holy Family Church's history is written in our hearts, in our grace, and in our faith. It is reflected in the eyes of the clergy, countless volunteers, in the exuberant enthusiasm of youth, and the refined peace of older generations. Our history luminates from service to families, church, and community. But the real history, the legacy of the people, is still told in quiet conversation among strangers and friends...and thus, recorded in our souls.

Mass Times

Please follow us on Facebook, call the parish office at 817.737.6768, or check back here to receive the latest news on Church closings due to weather.

Parking is available at the Western Place Middle Parking Lot directly across from the south entrance of the church for the weekend Masses.  We are thankful to the Western Place for their generosity.

 

 

Regular Week Schedule

  • Monday: 5:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday: (Morning Prayer Service) 8:15 A.M.
  • Wednesday: 5:30 P.M.
  • Thursday: 8:15 A.M.
  • Friday: 5:30 P.M.
  • Saturday: 8:15 A.M & 5:00 P.M.
  • Sunday: 7:45 A.M., 9:15 A.M., & 12:00P.M.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation: (Saturday) 3:30 - 4:30 P.M.

Nursery

  • Nursery available at 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday;
  • 9:15 a.m. Mass and 12:00 Noon Mass on Sunday.

Special Needs Mass:

  • Celebrates Mass the second Saturday of the month;
  • 7:00 p.m.; Chapel

The special needs Mass is for families with members who have special needs, friends and all who love and support someone with special needs. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate together. It is a time to rejoice in the beauty God has created in each of us. A reception will follow in the Family Life Center, Rooms B & C. Please contact Robyn Flores at rlh0655@hotmail.com or Rose Unkefer at unkefer97@sbcglobal.net.

Directions

6150 Pershing Ave.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

 

Parking

In order for us to address the needs of our growing church family, we are building additional parking. In the coming months, parking will become an issue. While we are under construction, we will lose the use of the parking lot on the West side of the church for a significant amount of time.  We apologize for the inconvenience and are working on temporary solutions. Please join us on Facebook and Flocknote for the latest updates.

Please visit the Capital Campaign page to learn how you can help us reach our financial goal. If you have already contributed, thank you for gift.

 

Contact Us

Contact

Address:

6150 Pershing Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Phone:

817-737-6768

Fax:

817-737-6876

Standard Office Hours:

Mon-Thurs 8:30-4:30 and Fri. 8:30-1:00.

Emails will only be checked during standard office hours. For Pastoral emergencies please call the main phone number and follow instructions.

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Donate

We now offer a secure and convenient way for you to contribute to your parish! Learn more about Online Giving!

Online donations may be made at any time from the comfort of your own home or any place with Internet access. Online donations are credited to your tax statement for the end of the year (except when made anonymously), and each user can change his or her preferences or desired donation amounts at any time.
 

Parishioner Benefits

  • No need for checks
  • Option to remain anonymous
  • Financial planning allows you to align your income schedule with your parish offertory schedule
  • Allows you to give even if you are unable to attend parish services» Contribution amount is easily adjusted
  • Credit card option allows you to take advantage of any benefits such as airline mileage or cash bonuses
  • Use Online Giving in conjunction with offering envelopes
  • No need to share confidential account information as you may enter it directly into the Online Giving secure site.
     

Parish Benefits

  • No check processing fees
  • Increases regular giving with recurring contributions
  • More accurate revenue forecasting
  • Provides electronic donation summary for tax purposes
  • Reaches a wider demographic of givers
  • Accommodates special parish collections and missions
  • Eliminates concerns regarding security of sensitive data
  • Enhanced focus on parish ministries and activities

Our Staff

Fr. Jeff Poirot

Pastor

Pastor

How can you help others in your role?
I can help others in my role as a pastor to encounter Christ through the sacraments and to hopefully lead them to live lives that give example of Christ. I have been a priest for almost 14 years and have served in general parishes prior to here. I have been pastor at Holy Family for almost 5 years.

John 15:16 It was not you that chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain. 

Monica Molina

Pastoral Assistant

Pastoral Assistant

I have been a member at Holy Family since 1980 and started working for the parish in 1993. I have a BBA in Finance from TCU and a MPS from Loyola University, NO. Along with being Fr. Jeff’s assistant, I oversea the parish and school facilities, coordinate the administration and service ministries. I enjoy spending most of my time with my grandchildren. I have 3 granddaughters and 1 grandson. 

Joe Rodriguez

Dir. Liturgy & Formation

Dir. Liturgy & Formation

How can you help others in your role?
Because I am a good listener and have some knowledge of the parish I am able to help people who either have a need or a gift (skill, talent or “calling”) to connect with others/other ministries.

Why others can trust you? 
People trust me because they can sense that I understand the confidential nature of the ministries I serve in.  I respect individual’s need for privacy and feel a sacred obligation to protect other’s private matters.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? 
I enjoy growing green and flowering plants.  I like to spend time “getting lost” in the beauty of the plants I tend.  I also enjoy helping my wife at her pottery studio, which gives me the opportunity to see and enjoy the creativity of artists in a variety of media.

Quote:  #1 “The joys and the hopes, the grieves and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the grieves and anxieties of the followers of Christ.”  Gaudium et Spes  “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World”

Mary Ellen McBee

Assoc. Director of Adult Formation

Assoc. Director of Adult Formation

I went back to school in my 40s to get a Masters’ degree in Theology specializing in Religious Education and Biblical Studies.  I love sharing and my faith with others and enjoy leading a discussion about faith, the Bible, Church and exploring the mysteries of our world.  I enjoy reading, learning, knitting and crocheting in my free time. 

I feel blessed to be a part of the Catholic Church and especially this parish.  

Genni Sayers

Coordinator of Youth Ministry

Coordinator of Youth Ministry

Gsayers@holyfamilyfw.org

What are your past achievements you would like to share with others?

  • Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola New Orleans with a dual emphasis in Youth Ministry and Pastoral Administration.
  • BA in English from UTA
  • BA in Oral Communications from UTA
  • National Certificate in Youth Ministry
  • I am a freelance writer for the Center for Ministry Development writing youth night session plans for their online resource YM Access.

How can you help others in your role?

  • I am passionate about teenagers and seeing them succeed. 
  • I love working with adults and teaching training classes in youth ministry. 
  • I believe teenagers have many gifts to share and that we should be forming young disciples of the church of today, not just the church of tomorrow.
  • I not only work with teenagers, but I have 2 in my household so I COMPLETELY understand what families today are dealing with.
  • Good Youth Ministry is for, with, and by youth.

What inspires you, makes you laugh, hobbies or latest adventure?

  • I am raising 5 children none of which I gave birth to. (18, 16, 9, 6 year old twins)
  • I love to travel, spend time with my extended family in Michigan, photography, reading, and I am happiest anywhere I can feel the sand between my toes.

A saying from a famous person you admire or a quote that describes you.

  • That We plan, God laughs
  • I firmly believe that God never gives us more than we can handle, although sometimes I question His faith in me.

Pam Sapienza

Coordinator of Children’s Formation

Coordinator of Children’s Formation

How can you help others in your role?
My husband and I were born and raised in New Jersey but we have called Ft. Worth our home for nearly 30 years.  We have five children ranging in age from 11 years – 21 years.  My husband’s job requires that he travels often.  I have an understanding of time constraints on a family, juggling schedules and what it is like to be a single parent at times.  This experience helps me to guide families through the outside noise that pulls us away from our whispering God.

Something funny about yourself
I have been told that I have a very distinctive laugh, in fact my children have shared with me, when they are unable to find me during a set up time for a church event, they just stop, listen for my laugh and then they locate my whereabouts.  My older son’s director sat directly in front of me during a play recently that my son performed in; he later wrote to all of the actors about the experience;”  Opening night was wonderful, and I had the pleasure of sitting in front of Kyle’s mom, she has a great laugh.”  I guess I’m famous now!

What inspires you makes you laugh, hobbies or latest adventure?
I love to travel and experience new things with my family.  We have been fortunate enough to travel as a family to some beautiful places and experience different cultures.  It never ceases to amaze me what a wonderful gift God gave us by creating this world for us to live in.

A saying from a famous person you admire or a quote that describes you.
My husband’s grandmother was not famous but she always told us; “Many hands make less work:”  Her words drive me in everything that I do at work and at home.

David Green

Facilities Maintenance

Facilities Maintenance

How can you help others in your role?
As I am out and around on the property, sometimes I am the first staff member people see. I try to always be friendly and guide them to where they need to go.

What do you have in common with other parishioners?
We all love Holy Family.

A quote that describes you
"The world is full of amazing things, patiently waiting for your senses to grow sharper.” W.B

What inspires you, your latest adventure?
I enjoy: baking, decorating cakes, my goldfish pond and collecting comic books.