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To be a threshold for a prayerful encounter with the Lord.

It all began with a small group of faithful  people — and a shared vision.

Our Vision: To be a threshold for a prayerful encounter with the Lord.

Our Mission: To cultivate a Catholic environment of prayer, beauty and simplicity that allows the Holy Spirit to act in the hearts of all who visit.

Our Story: The story of the Holy Family Shrine begins with the intervention of the Holy Spirit within a small group of people – people from diverse backgrounds who had little chance to meet until the Holy Spirit united them spiritually with a vision of the Holy Family Shrine. Through a unique and divine series of events, they discovered they had been enlightened to the same idea: 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 located off the Gretna exit, in the bluffs overlooking the Platte Valley, was secured.

The purpose of the Holy Family Shrine is to provide opportunity for all people to discover and develop their faith – a respite from the convoluted influences that camouflage and distort the origins of that faith.

The shrine intends to call the desire within people’s hearts through developments that do not distract, but are complementary to the Holy Spirit. The example of the Holy Family serves as the model for responding to the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Our goal is to demonstrate these examples through contemplative environments and features: our Visitor Center, Chapel, Way of the Cross trail, and Crucifix spire.

Shrine Building & Grounds Hours

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
Sundays noon-5pm
Open until 9pm the first Friday of each month.

Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas (open until 3pm Christmas Eve).

Close at 3pm New Year’s Eve and closed on New Year’s Day.

Saturday 10am Mass

The Catholic mass is held each Saturday at 10am.

First Fridays

The Shrine is open until 9pm on the first Friday of each month.  During the months of September – May, Adoration will be held in the Chapel from 7-9pm.


Find out how you can lend a hand in growing and sustaining our vision.

It is here that the Holy Spirit stirs the supernatural sense of faith to seek the truth.

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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.