“Every morning, lean your elbows awhile on the windowsill of heaven and gaze upon the Lord. Then turn strong to meet your day.” The above quotation is taken from a leaflet which I found at a retreat centre some years ago. It has given me much food for thought and, as we move into a New Year, I decided to share a short reflection on it. The Bible, especially the Book of Psalms, contains many references to morning. Each morning we are invited to stand before the mystery of our own life – to pause awhile in order to ‘gaze upon or contemplate the Lord’ so that with renewed energy we may face the …

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The Holy Family of Bordeaux is a worldwide Spiritual and Apostolic Family founded in 1820 by Pierre Bienvenu Noailles,
a priest of Bordeaux. It is composed of women and men, youth and children, from all vocations and walks of life in
the Catholic Church – Apostolic and Contemplative Women Religious, Consecrated Secular Women,
Lay and Priest Associates.

All members, while living their own specific vocation, share the same mission, the same spirit
and aim and draw their inspiration from the Holy Family of Nazareth.

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In Britain and Ireland the Holy Family includes:

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  • Consecrated Seculars
  • Lay and Priest Associates
  • Youth

We invite our members, past pupils, friends and those interested in knowing more about and sharing our spirituality, charism and ministries to interact with us on this site.

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Pierre Bienvenu Noailles was an enthusiastic young priest of Bordeaux who, at the age of 27, began to found what he then called the Association of the Holy Family

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February 7th, 2016 | Fifth Sunday of the Year

In the Reading from Isaiah’s vision of God in glory,  he sees angels worshiping.  Acknowledging the holiness of God;  the prophet realises his human condition,  inability to rise.  An angel …

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    God wants to live amidst his sons and daughters. Let us make space for him in our hearts.