Holy Family Catholic Elementary School opened its doors for students in September of 2007.

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph are proposed as the model of virtue of all Christian households.  Special devotion for the Holy Family began in Canada, when the Association of the Holy Family was founded in Montreal in 1661.  The devotion soon spread and in 1893 Pope Leo XIII expressed his approval of a feast of the Holy Family. In his words, "Nothing truly can be more salutary or efficacious for Christian families to meditate upon than the example of this Holy Family, which embraces the perfection and completeness of all domestic virtues."  The feast was welcomed by succeeding Pontiffs as an effective means for bringing home to Christian people the example of the Holy Family.

The Holy Family models for us what family life should exemplify.  It is a school of virtue for both parents and children.  There we find God, and learn how to connect with God and with others.  The family is where love is freely given without self-interest.  It is where we learn to love, to pray and to practice the gift of charity.

On the Feast of the Holy Family, the Church meditates with profound reverence upon the holy life led in the house at Nazareth by Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Man, Mary His Mother, and Joseph the just man.  When meditating on the Holy Family, we discover those areas of our family's life that need improving, and we find a model for family life that leads all its members to heaven.

The feast of the Holy Family is celebrated on the first Sunday after Christmas.


Each school day has the following schedule:


Holy Family Catholic Elementary School School is a welcoming community with a mission to assist all students to achieve their spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional potential in a caring environment.

Academic programs at Holy Family exist within a spiritual orientation based on the Catholic faith.  The tone of the school reflects a theme of respect and responsibility, a collaborative approach to problem solving, and a community focus made up of students, staff, parents, parish, and the wider community.  You can read our Catholic Graduate Expectations (CGE) for additional information.

The school comes together to celebrate monthly school masses with its affiliated parish, St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church.


St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church

127 Liberty Street

Bowmanville, Ontario

Telephone:  905-623-3223