To create a gateway to heaven for all who are drawn to us.
The mission of the Holy Family Shrine, as a Catholic Chapel on the highway, is to be a gateway to heaven for pilgrims and travelers to experience the healing presence and inspiration of the Holy Spirit that awakens them to God’s will in their journey through life.
The Holy Family Shrine is a non-profit 501(C)(3) receiving no funding from the Archdiocese and financially operates solely on donations from our visitors. We receive over 30,000 visitors a year from all over the world.
The story of the Holy Family Shrine begins with the intervention of the Holy Spirit within a few people. These people are of diverse backgrounds with little chance to meet until the Holy Spirit united them spiritually with an idea of the Holy Family Shrine. Through a unique and divine series of events, these people discovered they had been enlightened to the same idea. This idea was to create a place off of Interstate 80 for travelers to pray and discover the Catholic faith. These travelers would not only be of the road, but of a spiritual voyage on earth.
After two years of searching for a perfect site for the Holy Family Shrine, a site was secured. The site is located off of the Gretna exit, in the bluffs overlooking the Platte Valley.
The purpose of the Holy Family Shrine is to give an opportunity for people to discover and develop the Catholic faith; an opportunity without the convoluted influences that camouflage and distort the origin of the Catholic faith.
"Jesus said to him in reply, 'Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever YOU BIND ON EARTH SHALL BE BOUND IN HEAVEN; AND WHATEVER YOU LOOSE ON EARTH SHALL BE LOOSED IN HEAVEN.’”
It is with this understanding that the Holy Family Shrine intends to reveal the apostolic succession of The Church, the Catholic Church, based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church that: "The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for. "
The shrine intends to call the desire within people's hearts through developments that do not distract, but are complementary to the Holy Spirit. For one cannot believe in Jesus Christ without sharing in his Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who reveals to men who Jesus is. “It is with this premise that the Holy Family Shrine relies solely on the intervention of the Holy Spirit to discover and develop the faith within the visitor.
The example of the Holy Family serves as the example of a model human life of response to the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the enriched knowledge and awareness of the lives of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph call us to serve in similar ways to do God's will to reach eternal life. The Holy Family Shrine will demonstrate these examples though contemplative developments; Visitor Center, Chapel, Way of the Cross trail, and Crucifix spire.