The Holy Family consists of the Child Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and Saint Joseph. Veneration of the Holy Family was formally begun in the 17th century by Saint François de Laval, the first bishop of New France, who founded a Confraternity.
The Feast of the Holy Family is a liturgical celebration in the Catholic Church and some Anglican Churches in honor of Jesus, his mother, and his legal father, Saint Joseph, as a family. The primary purpose of this feast is to present the Holy Family as a model for Christian families.
The Feast is held on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year's Day; If both are Sundays, the feast is celebrated on December 30th.
Holy Family Catholic Church
Located in north Visalia, Holy Family was founded as a mission church of St. Mary’s Parish. In 1950, Holy Family was designated a separate parish with its own pastor and parish structure. The original church was a converted roller skating rink, which was moved to the location in the late 1940s. Today that original building serves as the parish social and events hall. The present church was completed in the early 1960s. Holy Family Parish is home to over 1,500 Catholic families and provides education, social, and religious services on a wide range.