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Shrine FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions.

The rules and guidelines set for the Holy Family Shrine are done in accordance with Church Law. They serve to protect the Shrine as a holy place, while still allowing the pilgrims who come to experience the beauty and grace of God with less distraction. The Shrine does not operate like a typical church or parish, which hopefully brings understanding as to why certain rules have been established for it.

When is the Shrine open?

The buildings and grounds are open Monday through Saturday, 10am–5pm and Sunday noon-5pm.  The Shrine is open until 9pm the first Friday of each month.  The Shrine is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.  The Shrine closes at 3pm Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Can we have a wedding at the Shrine?

No weddings of any kind may take place at the Holy Family Shrine. There are no exceptions to this rule.

What types of photography are permitted at the Shrine?

Photography sessions of any kind (including cell phone) are not permitted. The Shrine is a holy place and should not serve as just a backdrop for photographers. Visitors who come here with the sole purpose of just taking photos of someone with the Shrine as a backdrop is not what the Shrine is meant for. No pictures can be taken of any structure or landscape to be sold for profit.

Snapshots with cell phones or cameras for your own personal viewing are permitted. However, please refrain from taking snapshots if visitors are praying in the Chapel.  Absolutely NO drones are permitted anywhere on the grounds. Any Shrine Staff member can ask a photographer to stop taking pictures. If the photographer resists, Shrine Staff can ask the photographer to leave the premises. Failure to leave the premises when asked can be cause for calling law enforcement.

What services may we have in the Chapel?

The Chapel may be reserved for Catholic celebratory (anniversary, memorial, birthday) masses when you provide your own priest most days and evenings, except for after 2 p.m. Saturday through Sunday night.

Praise & Worship and Prayer services may also be held and are subject to the Shrine’s discretion.

All events held at the Shrine must fall within the Catholic teachings. Approval of events is under the discretion of Shrine staff. Please contact us to inquire about available dates and facility use fees.

No masses or events can be scheduled on Sundays.

Can the conference room be reserved?

Yes. The conference room can be reserved for retreats, meetings (with a religious connection), and family-oriented events (anniversary, milestone birthdays, reunions).

What events cannot be held at the Shrine?

Weddings and anything related to weddings, funerals, baptisms, renewal of vows, communion services and quinceaneras, as well as events not deemed to be in line with the Shrine’s mission, cannot be held at the Shrine. Please feel free to contact us if you have a question about a certain event.

How much does it cost to see the Shrine?

There is no entry fee to visit the Holy Family Shrine.

Are tours available?

Tours are not available.  However, we hope to start working on having informative audio or video that visitors can access with QR codes as they walk the grounds and visit the Chapel and Visitor Center within the next year or two.  In the meantime, feel free to ask the staff or volunteers any questions you may have.  There is also information on the Shrine on our website and Visitor Center story boards.

Is the Holy Family Shrine handicapped accessible?

Yes. The Chapel, Visitor Center, and restrooms are handicapped accessible.

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Location & Contact

Holy Family Shrine
23132 Pflug Road, PO Box 507
Gretna, NE 68028


Shrine Hours

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
Sunday noon-5pm

Mass every Saturday at 10am except Holy Days.

Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Closes early at 3pm Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.