The Family Centre in Bethlehem

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The Franciscan Family Centre in Bethlehem

The Family Centre

The Franciscan Family Center was established in Bethlehem in 2004 to provide professional counseling to those Christian families who have suffered psychological trauma from the armed conflict in Bethlehem as well as providing educationally sponsored programs for children and adults.

The Center collaborates with the Franciscan Latin Parish (St. Catherine‘s) in Bethlehem to promote services and assistance for Christian families.

FFC has also created programs for employment for the Bethlehem community as well as working with the marginalized Christian families to assist in upgrading their residences. The principal funding for the FFC comes from the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land.

Our Philosophy

We strive to promote not only the development of strong family ties through mutual respect and support, but to restore and raise the dignity of families and individuals from both a spiritual and material perspective.

Our Mission

Our mission is to serve the community through education, faith sharing, building awareness and concern for each other through numerous programs offered by the Franciscan Family Center. We are here to uplift and restore dignity to the Christians of Bethlehem.


- Counseling
- Family educational support, home visits, providing information and referral assistance
- Classes to assist parents in knowing more about child development and mutual interaction
- Creating employment opportunities for the community
- Providing sponsors for the education of our marginalized children
- Repair and renovate the housing of the poor


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Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe


Bethlehem: 11.30 Entrance (Custos) - 13.45 Vespers - 14.15 Procession - 15.30 Office & Procession


I Sunday in Advent. Bethlehem: 10.00 Solemn Mass


Vigil of Christmas. Bethlehem: 13.30 Entrance of the Archbishop & I Vespers - 16.00 Procession - 23.30 Office & 00.00 Mass - 1.45 Procession to the Grotto


Nativity of the Lord. Bethlehem (St. Catherine): 10.00 Mass Shepherds' Field (Greek & Catholic): 14.00 Pilgrimage

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