2019 DatesHoly Family Fest
Reconnect with God & Have FunAs a Family
The Best Catholic Family Vacation. Ever.See What People Are Saying
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.Craig, 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!Jessica, 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.Kristin, 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.Amanda, 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!Erin, Via Facebook
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Offered each morning
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Available every afternoon
Constant Access to Jesus in the Eucharist
In several chapels around our property
Holy Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
Morning: Inspiring Programming
Break-out groups for all ages
Afternoon: Free Time to Relax
Sports, swimming, horseback riding, and more
Evening: Fun Family Activities
Bonfire & marshmallow roast, dance night, skits, and more
Program for Teens & Young Adults
A place where they can be truly themselves
Holy Family Fest Speakers2019 Adult Program
Philip C.L. Gray, J.C.L.President and Canon Lawyer for The Saint Joseph Foundation
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” GavrilidesProfessor of Homiletics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary
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. Paco has been active in ministry since he entered the Catholic Church in 1968. He currently serves as the homiletics instructor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, where he is also completing his licentiate in Sacred Theology.
Fr. Klem HasencoxAFC Chaplain
Originally from Bonn, Germany, Fr. Klem is an Apostolate for Family Consecration chaplain and Catholic Corps Life Member. He has been a member since 1991 and was ordained a priest in 2006.
Fr. Wolfgang Seitz, ORCPreacher for Opus Angelorum
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.
Sr. Maria Gemma ZubalikSisters of the Holy Cross
With more to come!
Practical InformationYou Probably Want To Know
Please note that prices may change from year to year.
Below are the prices from Summer 2018.
- 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
- Adult (11 and older) $64
- Child (10 and younger) $48
Lodging InformationEverywhere 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 at the retreat. 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:
- 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)
- Air conditioner
- 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
Items for PreparationPacking & Schedule
What should you pack for your Holy Family Fest?
Here are a few items that you’ll want to bring:
- Snacks for the trip (yum)
- Sleeping bags or bedding
- Modest, casual clothing
- First aid kit
- Paper plates, bowls, and cups
- Meals you will eat during the week
- Rosaries (you’ll be using them this week!)
- Bug spray
And of course, don’t forget the kids!
We can’t help you wrestle everything into the car, but we’ve got an amazing downloadable PDF Packing list to help you pack. You can even print it out and check it off!
Food!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:
- 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.
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: Fr. Thomas Chillog
Diocese of Steubenville
422 Washington St.
P.O. Box 969
Steubenville, OH 43952
ATTN: Renèe Scheu
Apostolate for Family Consecration
3375 County Rd 36
Bloomingdale, OH 43910
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.