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Holy Family Shrine, Gretna

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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • What a wonderful experience when visiting the Holy Family Shrine. The Church is spectacular and the welcoming center beautiful. The guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. . Can't wait for the Stati...  more »
  • The church, welcome center, and surrounding areas are calming and peaceful. The volunteers at the center are gracious and helpful. They offer beautiful, religious items in their gift shop. The view fr...  more »
  • A very restful, spiritual experience. it was wonderful to see young families, couples and seniors while visiting. The chapel with the Holy Family etched in glass,Stations of the Cross, and peaceful si...  more »
Google
  • Simple looking church as one sees it from a distance, but majestically beautiful when approaching the grounds. You literally feel as if you are entering JESUS tomb which is a welcoming center with a gift shop. As you exit the welcoming center, there is a walkway that has a stream where water flows from the welcome center and ends underneath the tabernacle in the church. Upon entering the church you notice that the church has glass walls. It made me feel as mass was being held outside along with nature. This church was so serene that you truly can invoke the HOLY SPIRIT. Although, my husband and I were in Nebraska to celebrate his parents 60th Wedding Anniversary, we were blessed to visit and celebrate mass at HOLY SPIRIT SHRINE on our 22nd Wedding Anniversary. It was a wonderful experience.
  • Beautiful and moving shrine. The architecture and story behind the building are truly awesome. They also have a sister chapel in Eureka Springs, AK.
  • What an amazing church! It took me a long time to read all the stories about how it came to be and then I walked into the church itself. Oh my, peaceful, beautiful maybe I should just say breathtaking.
  • A spiritual oasis on the prairie! If you're passing by Gretna, Nebraska on Interstate 80, do yourself a favor and stop in to this oasis of peace. No matter your faith, or lack thereof, you'll find something to appreciate here, even if it's just the architecture, the beauty of the natural surroundings, or the butterflies. We stopped here on a recent family road trip and were so happy that we did. The place is beautiful. As a fan of the Cooper Chapel in Arkansas, If you're a fan of the architectural work of architect E. Fay Jones, you have to stop to see this. I really enjoyed spending some time here in prayer. For those who are Christian, specifically Catholic Christians, you'll find much to appreciate in the design and the architectural elements of the shrine, from the tomb-like entrance, to the shroud-like sculpture in the entry, to the little creek that flows along the path and into the chapel and beneath the altar, which are to remind us of baptism. The views are terrific. As we sat praying, butterflies floated outside the windows in the natural flowers and grass planted next to the chapel. It's an awesome setting. This would be a fantastic place to attend Mass, which is offered only once a week on Saturday morning. You can see the shrine from the freeway. It's a short drive to get to it. Future plans include large bronze Stations of the Cross on the property. There's also a small gift area that sells Rosaries and other devotional items. This is a place well worth stopping, especially during a hectic road-trip.
  • This was a beautiful place to take family photos. It was raining outside, but it was beautiful inside. I loved the little stream running threw the church