Welcome to Holy Family!


Welcome and thanks for visiting the website of Holy Family in Athens, Illinois. My name is Fr George Nellikunnel and I am proud to be the pastor of this vibrant parish.  I hope you enjoy your visit to our website and find the information here useful.  I also hope that you will become a part of our community of faith, by your presence and participation in the Eucharist as well as our many activities.

MASSES TO RESUME – With Many Modifications for Safety

Follow this link WORSHIP AID below to a printable Worship Aid that can be brought to Mass with you that included the Confiteor, the Gloria, and the Nicene Creed.

Although public Masses are resuming, the Bishop’s dispensation from the obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect for an indefinite period of time until further notice.


Coronavirus Update


 Can I Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

The Sacrament of Reconciliation can be requested by calling the parish office at 217-523-3816 to make an appointment.

Where Can I Find Online Mass and Prayer Resources?

While you are not able to attend Mass, you are strongly encouraged to study the scripture readings found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/, watch the mass on ETWN TV or online, and make a spiritual communion in lieu of reception of the Blessed Sacrament, pray the rosary, and to pray in particular the Holy Virgin of Guadalupe prayer for the Coronavirus situation in our country.

Mass will be livestreamed at 7:00am every day from the Cathedral on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/spicathedral/ and then can be replayed anytime afterwards. Several other churches are also offering livestreamed Masses.  A list can be found at https://www.dio.org/masslivestreams.  This list also includes additional spiritual resource links.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,

I believe that You

are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment

receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.


How Can I Support the Church at This Time?

Thank you for you continued support during this time while we are not able to celebrate Mass together in our communities. 

Donations and Collection Envelopes for both SJV and HF can be sent in the mail to Parish Office, P.O. Box 229, Sherman, IL 62684.

Online donation links for both parishes can be found at the at https://parishgiving.dio.org/support.html.  Donations for St. John Vianney can be made at the parish website sjv.dio.org by clicking on the Give Online with WeShare in the white box.  Donations for Holy Family can be made at the parish website hfa.dio.org by clicking on the Give Today in the blue box.

Where Can I Get More Information?

For the most up to date information please check https://www.dio.org/coronavirus and follow https://www.facebook.com/diospringfield/ on Facebook.    Please contact the parish office by email at parish@sjv.dio.org or by phone at 217-523-3816 with any questions or concerns.