2020 Dates

Catholic Family Vacation




















Registration to Open in January

For Holy Family Fests 2020
Email the Registration Dept.

Reconnect with God & Have Fun

As a Family

In the busyness of daily family life, it can be so easy to push God to the side. What if there was a place to take your family away from the world for a few days, to reconnect with God and have fun—together? That’s why we created the Holy Family Fest. During this week long Catholic family vacation at Catholic Familyland®, each member of your family will be drawn to a life-changing encounter with Our Lord that makes the Faith come alive. So that your family can begin to experience the peace, joy, and unity of a balanced and God-centered family life, and then take that experience home.

This year, don’t leave God behind when you go on vacation. Instead, meet Him there.

The Best Catholic Family Vacation. Ever.

See What People Are Saying
  • Craig

    Craig, via Facebook

    Amazing, amazing, amazing! We just attended our first Catholic Family Land event. We will be back next year. Fun, holy and great friendships were formed! Much appreciation to all of the staff who puts their heart and soul into the programs.

  • Jessica

    Jessica, via Facebook

    Our family had an amazing time! The Holy Family Fest was a wonderful opportunity to grow in faith, build community with other Catholic families, and have fun. We are so grateful that a place like this exists and for the apostolate that makes it all possible!

  • Mikaela

    Mikaela, via Facebook

    I absolutely love AFC! My family goes to Catholic Familyland every year, and it’s like a home away from home. I honestly think it’s the best place in the whole world. I don’t know where I would be in my Faith without AFC.

  • Kristin, via Facebook

    We love coming here to rekindle our Catholic Faith. It is a great place for families with children. The teenage programs are great. They have been a catalyst for our kids at that age.

  • Amanda

    Amanda, via Facebook

    Our family of eight has been spending a week at Catholic Familyland every summer for the past five summers. We pray, swim, ride ponies and horses, go to Mass, dance, go to confession, make s’mores, pray the rosary, make friends, go to adoration, ride water slides, and listen to inspirational speakers all in one week! The teen program is twice a day and is dynamic. We all have a ton of fun while being filled up spiritually at the same time. They truly understand families.

  • Erin

    Erin, Via Facebook

    Wonderful place to increase your faith and find friends to help you on your journey! I met my husband here and couldn’t ask for a better place to visit every year!

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    Maryann, Via Google Review

    We have been coming to Familyland for the last 10 years. My daughter is on the Alumni Corp. this year. Best place ever! Body and soul are refreshed and renewed. This is the best place to go on vacation especially for teens. They have an amazing teen program! Mass is beautiful everyday, the talks are interesting and relevant, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every day, the Rosary etc. Plus, volleyball, basketball, softball, pony rides, trail rides and the best snack shack ever! You must come and experience it!

Pray Together

On a Catholic family vacation

  • Fr. Klem elevating Jesus in the most Holy Eucharist at mass

    Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

    Offered each morning

  • Priest hearing confessions

    Sacrament of Reconciliation

    Available every afternoon

  • Jesus in the Monstrance

    Constant Access to Jesus in the Eucharist

    In several chapels around our property

  • A hand grasping a colorful rosary

    Holy Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet

    Recited daily

Play Together

On a Catholic family vacation

  • Kids celebrate at CFL as they get ready to ride the bus to the pool

    Morning: Inspiring Programming

    Break-out groups for all ages

  • Little kid waves from the pool

    Afternoon: Free Time to Relax

    Sports, swimming, and more

  • Marshmallow roast

    Evening: Fun Family Activities

    Bonfire & marshmallow roast, dance night, skits, and more

  • Teens in MARADs INN

    Program for Teens & Young Adults

    A place where they can be truly themselves

Holy Family Fest Speakers

2019 Adult Program
Francisco "Paco" Gavrilides

Francisco “Paco” Gavrilides

Professor of Homiletics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Speaking at all Holy Family Fests

Paco shares the Gospel in a passionate, candid, and insightful way, giving practical examples that can help ordinary Catholics be evangelists in their own families and communities. He has been active in ministry since entering the Catholic Church in 1968. Currently, Paco teaches homiletics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, where he is also completing his licentiate in Sacred Theology.

Phillip C.L. Gray, J.C.L.

Philip C.L. Gray, J.C.L.

President and Canon Lawyer for The Saint Joseph Foundation

Speaking at all Holy Family Fests

Philip C.L. Gray is a lifelong Catholic, dedicated husband and father, and successful entrepreneur. His educational background in canon law, theology, mental health and human services, and philosophy has given him a strong basis for his work and speaking. Currently, Philip serves as president of the St. Joseph Foundation and Catholics United for the Faith. He also operates a private canon law practice.

Francisco "Paco" Gavrilides

Brandon Harvey, MA

Catholic Speaker, Writer, & Theological Consultant

Speaking at all Holy Family Fests

Brandon Harvey is a Catholic speaker, writer, and theological consultant who resides in Omaha, NE. With bachelors degrees in theology and philosophy, a masters degree in theology from Franciscan University, and further studies in liturgy, he has spent the last twelve years teaching adults, deacon candidates, catechists, Catholic school teachers, college students, teenagers, and children. Since 2007, Brandon has given more than one hundred faith presentations at conferences, retreats, parishes, and various groups. He has also spent the last several years providing theological consultation for Catholic films and books for children, and has developed  catechetical resources and materials used by families around the country. He married his high-school sweetheart, and they have four children.

Phillip C.L. Gray, J.C.L.

Jack Heemskerk

AFC Catholic Corps Member & Director of Evangelization

Speaking at all Holy Family Fests

Jack Heemskerk was born and raised in Southern California. He joined the AFC's Catholic Corps in 1993. Since then, he has worked in several departments, including development, computer management, and now evangelization. Jack is most passionate about giving people a deeper understanding of life and why we are called Christian. His passion for truth doesn't come from simply knowing about God, but from living in relationship with Him.

Francisco "Paco" Gavrilides

Mike & Alicia Hernon

Founders of The Messy Family Project

Speaking at all Holy Family Fests

Mike and Alicia Hernon are the founders of The Messy Family Project, a ministry that gives advice and encouragement to parents in order to spark a conversation between spouses on how to be the best parents for their children. Parents of ten children ages 6–23, Mike and Alicia share their inspirational and practical insights into family life through their podcast, which is downloaded over 20,000 times every month, and through their website www.messyfamilyproject.org. Mike and Alicia have more than 100 podcasts available online, with titles such as: “Keeping Your Love Alive,” “Criticizing Your Husband,” “Yelling: the Lazy Approach to Parenting,” and “Yes, Your Kids Can Be Best Friends.”

2019 Destiny Generation Youth & Children's Speakers
Fr. Wolfgang Seitz, ORC -  Preacher for Opus Angelorum

Fr. Wolfgang Seitz, ORC

Preacher for Opus Angelorum

Speaking at all Holy Family Fests

An insightful preacher and teacher, especially about the angels, Fr. Wolfgang has been speaking at retreats and conferences for more than fifteen years. He is a member of the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross (ORC) and has been a priest since 2002.

Justin Fatica

Justin Fatica

Founder & Executive Director, You’re Amazing Missions

Speaking June 29–July 5

As an author and itinerant speaker for more than twenty years, Justin Fatica has learned how to make evangelization simple. Since the beginning of 2017, Justin has gained more than one million views on his weekly Facebook Live videos. He currently serves as the main speaker and executive director of You’re Amazing Missions with Hard as Nails Ministries (HANM). Here's a clip of him speaking.


2019 Children's Speakers
Sr. Maria Gemma Zubalik

Sr. Maria Gemma Zubalik

Sisters of the Holy Cross

Speaking at all Holy Family Fests

The third of nine children, Sr. Maria Gemma was raised in a very faithful Catholic family, which led her to her vocation. Under the guidance of a good priest, she was able to join the Sisters of the Holy Cross in Fatima, Portugal, in 1985. Since then, she has been sent to convents in Austria, India, Portugal, and the United States. She enjoys teaching children religion, as well as playing sports like soccer, badminton, and basketball.


Practical Information

You Probably Want To Know

Please note that prices may change  from year to year.

Below are the prices for Summer 2019.

Registration Package

  • Immediate Family $399.00
  • Married Couple $199.00
  • Individual Adult $159.00
  • Priest or Religious freewill offering


  • Wooden cabin $599.00
  • Cinder block cabin $599.00
  • RV Rental $1,149.00
  • 50/30/20 AMP Electric & Water Campsite $300.00
  • 30/20 AMP Electric, Water, & Sewer Campsite $400.00
  • 30/20 AMP Electric & Water Campsite $290.00
  • 30/20 AMP Electric Only Campsite $260.00
  • Primitive Campsite $133.00

Dinner Package

  • Adult (11 and older) $64
  • Child (10 and younger) $48

Lodging Information

Everywhere You Can stay

When you come for a Holy Family Fest, we encourage you to stay at Catholic Familyland® in one of our family cabins or campsites. Staying on the property will give you the fullest experience of the unique God-centered environment that the Holy Family Fest offers and more opportunities to connect with other families on this Catholic family vacation. Lodging for the Holy Family Fests is located in two main areas of our property:

• St. James Field—72 wooden cabins and 2 bathhouses

• Holy Family Park—4 wooden cabins, 11 cinder block cabins, 60 campsites, and 2 bathhouses

If you plan to stay in a cabin, please be aware that none of our cabins include running water, toilets, or sinks. However, nearby bathhouses and drinking water spigots will be available for your use throughout the event.

Wooden Cabins are as follows:

Saint James Field wooden cabin at Catholic Familyland (exterior)

  • Sleeps 9
  • 1 double bed with mattress
  • 2 sets of bunk beds with mattresses
  • Loft that sleeps 3–4 kids (no mattresses)
  • Refrigerator (full size with freezer top)
  • Microwave
  • Air conditioner
  • Heater
  • Indoor table with 2 benches
  • Several 3-prong electrical outlets
  • Changing room
  • Clothing hooks and clothes pole (no hangers)
  • Smoke detector
  • Broom and dust pan
  • On-site parking

Saint James Field wooden cabin at Catholic Familyland (interior 1)Saint James Field wooden cabin at Catholic Familyland (interior 2)

Items for Preparation

SchedulE & PACKING

The Holy Family Fest is packed with:

  • Prayer
  • Faith-filled programming
  • The Sacraments
  • And plenty of family fun!

To get a better understanding of:

  • When and where different activities are offered
  • When to arrive and depart
  • A map of the property
  • And more

Check out last year’s agenda.


Keeping Everyone Happy & Healthy

"Mom, what’s for supper?" During your Holy Family Fest, let Mama C’s get dinner ready!

Mama C’s Snack Shack Offers a Variety of:

  • Entrees
  • Sides
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Frozen treats
  • And more

All at affordable prices. Check out Mama C’s Snack Shack menu and prices.

To save time, you can also pre-order your meal or set up a family tab.


By Category

After I register, will I receive a confirmation?

Yes, once you submit your registration, we’ll send you a confirmation email within 1–2 weeks.

A few weeks before the event, we will send you another email letting you know when and where to check in.

What is your payment policy?

Payment for your registration package is due at the time you register.

Full payment is due no later than 60 days before the event start date. Within this 60-day period, if the credit card transaction is declined, you will have 7 days to correct the situation before your registration is cancelled and your lodging is opened up to another family.

We appreciate initial payment of the full amount, as it helps us procure items to prepare for the event, but it is not required.

What is your refund /cancellation policy?

Cancellations which occur 60 or more days before the start date of your Holy Family Fest will receive a full refund minus a $100 nonrefundable deposit.

Cancellations which occur 30–59 days before the event start date will receive a refund of 50% of your payment (for paid totals in excess of $200) or your full payment minus the $100 nonrefundable deposit (for paid totals less than $200).

No refunds will be given within 29 days of the event start date. Payments that are lost due to cancellation are nontransferable.

I am a single parent. Can my family come?

Yes, single parents (divorced, separated, widowed, or otherwise) and their families are welcome to attend a Holy Family Fest. We want you to know—in a special way—that the Church loves and supports you. During the Holy Family Fest, we offer a workshop designed for any parents who are raising children on their own.  

Are your events for families only? Or are singles, widowed people, & grandparents also welcome?

Yes, singles, widowed people, and grandparents are welcome to attend a Holy Family Fest!

Can I bring a friend?

Yes! When you register your family, please register your friend(s) or other persons who will be accompanying and staying with your family for the event.

Any non-family member under 18 will need to have a parent fill out and submit a Child Release of Liability Form.

Separate registration fees apply for non-family members (children and adults).

Can a priest come to a Holy Family Fest? What about lodging & meals for him? What will he do during the event?

Yes, priests are most welcome to attend any of our events! They are free to attend alone or come with a family.

We ask that each priest register by filling out our Visiting Priest Form online. We will be happy to provide a retreat room and meals for the week at no charge.

The priest (or the family who invited him) is welcome to make a freewill offering to cover food and lodging expenses through our online donation page. (Please make a note in the comment box "For Fr. ______'s stay").

As part of their registration, each priest must submit a letter of good standing to both of the following entities:

ATTN: Rev. Bradley Greer

Diocese of Steubenville

422 Washington St.

P.O. Box 969

Steubenville, OH 43952

Fax: 740–282–3327

ATTN: Renèe Scheu

Apostolate for Family Consecration

3375 County Rd 36

Bloomingdale, OH 43910

Fax: 740–765–5561

We invite all priests to concelebrate at Mass each day and to help administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Since we do not have enough albs for all the visiting clergy, we ask that priests bring their own albs. Priests are also welcome to participate in any activities taking place during the event.

Extra Paperwork

Not Applicable to All

Child Release of Liability Form

(required for non-family members under 18)

Letter for Parents of Children with Special Needs


Children’s Program Special Needs Information Form


Stoney’s RV Rental Contract


Registration to Open in January

For Holy Family Fests 2020
Email the Registration Dept.