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Postures and Participation – November 19, 2017

The Church’s “New Year” (also known as the 1st Sunday of Advent) is nearly upon us. Here at Holy Family, a (mostly) annual ritual at this time of year is to review the postures and gestures through which we participate in the Mass. We have provided an insert in this week’s bulletin summarizing these.

This is not, however, simply a matter of external actions. It is a matter of assisting us in carrying out what the Second Vatican Council described as the “full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations” of all the faithful (“Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy,” §14). This  participation is meant to allow us to enter more deeply into the mystery of our salvation through the sacrifice of Christ:

The Church, therefore, earnestly desires that Christ’s faithful, when present at this mystery of faith, should not be there as strangers or silent spectators. On the contrary, through a good understanding of the rites and prayers they should take part in the sacred action, conscious of what they are doing, with devotion and full collaboration…. Offering the immaculate victim, not only through the hands of the priest but also together with him, they should learn to offer themselves (§48).

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal notes how this is to be expressed in the manner of our worship:

[The faithful] are to form one body, whether in hearing the word of God, or by taking part in the prayers and singing, or above all by the common  offering of the Sacrifice and by participating together at the Lord’s table. This unity is beautifully apparent from the gestures and bodily postures observed together by the faithful (§96).

As a people with a sacramental imagination, Catholics understand that the spiritual can be revealed through the physical. The outward signs of our worship are meant to help us achieve the proper interior orientation towards the Lord Jesus, as we join ourselves to His one sacrifice for the  salvation of the world.


Thanksgiving Day Events

On Thursday, November 23rd, there is no 7:00 am Mass. We invite the entire parish to a special Mass at 9:00 am to express our thanks to God for His many gifts. Following Mass, there will be a blessing of Thanksgiving food for all who wish to participate. And at 3:00 pm is our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Feast in the Parish Life Center! If you would like to join us, please fill out the “ticket” in this bulletin and put it in the collection basket – or let the Parish Office know no later than this Monday. I wish all of you a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.


Advent Parish Mission December 2-7

Holy Family is pleased to welcome Father of Mercy Ken Geraci for our Advent Mission this year. Fr. Geraci   will preach at all Masses the weekend of December 2-3. The Mission proper, entitled “Why Be Catholic,” will take place Monday through Thursday, December 4th-7th, beginning at 7:00 pm. Fr. Geraci will also offer a version of the mission sessions following the 9:00 am Mass each day.

Each evening, Father will hear confessions beginning at 6:00 pm, as well as after the mission presentation. Each  conference will begin with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Thursday evening, however, the conference will be in the context of Mass (the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception).

I look forward to seeing you at the Mission!


Catechism Corner

Why do Catholics get married in the Church rather than at the beach or in a park?

The priest (or deacon) who assists at the celebration of a marriage receives the consent of the spouses in the name of the Church and gives the blessing of the Church. The presence of the Church’s minister (and also of the witnesses) visibly expresses the fact that marriage is an  ecclesial reality. This is the reason why the Church normally requires that the faithful contract marriage according to the ecclesiastical form. Several reasons converge to explain this requirement:

  • Sacramental marriage is a liturgical act. It is therefore appropriate that it should be celebrated in the public liturgy of the Church.
  • Marriage introduces one into an ecclesial order, and creates rights and duties in the Church between the spouses and towards their children.
  • Since marriage is a state of life in the Church, certainty about it is necessary (hence the obligation to have witnesses).
  • The public character of the consent protects the “I do” once given and helps the spouses remain faithful to it. (Paragraphs 1630 and 1631)

[Note that in the Catholic understanding of Matrimony, the spouses themselves are the ministers of the sacrament. By making a complete gift of themselves—body, mind, and spirit—they imitate Christ who made a complete gift of Himself for our salvation.]


Gestures and Postures of the Congregation at Mass

In Sacramentum Caritatis (2007), Pope Emeritus Benedict stressed the need for formation and instruction about the Sacred Mysteries of the Eucharist (“mystagogical catechesis”), so that Catholic people will more fully understand and be able to unite themselves interiorly with the action of the Eucharist. The Holy Father specifically mentioned signs and gestures:

The Church’s great liturgical tradition teaches us that fruitful participation in the liturgy requires that one be personally conformed to the mystery being celebrated, offering one’s life to God in unity with the sacrifice of Christ for the salvation of the whole world. For this reason, the Synod of Bishops asked that the faithful be helped to make their interior dispositions correspond to their gestures and words. Otherwise, however carefully planned and executed our liturgies may be, they would risk falling into a certain ritualism. Hence the need to provide an education in Eucharistic faith capable of enabling the faithful to live personally what they celebrate …. (Sacramentum Caritatis §64)

Part of this instruction about the mystery of the Eucharist, the pope wrote, involves the meaning of ritual gestures:

A mystagogical catechesis must also be concerned with presenting the meaning of the signs contained in the rites. This is particularly important in.a highly technological age like our own, which risks losing the ability to appreciate signs and symbols. More than simply conveying information, a mystagogical catechesis should be capable of making the faithful more sensitive to the language of signs and gestures which, together with the word, make up the rite. (§64b. Original emphasis.)

The vocabulary of ritual gestures Catholics make during worship is by now, quite clearly, endangered – as has happened with other unwritten languages. As there are relatively few explicit rules (and even these are often not followed), little uniformity of practice, and considerable confusion, it seems worthwhile to compile a sort of “dictionary” of ritual gestures, their meaning and grammar, in order to relearn our historic language of ritual worship.

By our ritual gestures – this “body language” – we unite the physical and mental/spiritual aspects of our worship of the Lord, and  express our unity with Him with our entire being. Recalling this may help remind each of us to make the effort to restore this ineffable and powerful “form of speech” in our own acts of worship. With our bodies and our minds united, we express our love for Christ and witness to others His love for all.

From Gesture for Worship – Relearning Our Ritual Language

Adoremus Bulletin, February 2010

 Entrance Rites

  • Make the sign of the cross with holy water (a sign of baptism) upon entering the church.
  • Genuflect toward the tabernacle containing the Blessed Sacrament and the Altar of Sacrifice before entering the pew. (If there is no tabernacle in the sanctuary, or it is not visible, bow deeply, from the waist, toward the altar before entering the pew.)
  • Kneel upon entering the pew for private prayer before Mass begins.
  • Stand for the entrance procession.
  • Bow when the crucifix, a visible symbol of Christ’s sacrifice, passes you in the procession. (If there is a bishop, bow when he passes, as a sign of recognition that he represents the authority of the Church and of Christ as shepherd of the flock.).
  • Remain standing for the entrance rites. Make the sign of the cross with the priest at the beginning of Mass.
  • Strike your breast at the “mea culpa” (“through my fault”) in the Confiteor.
  • Bow your head when you say “Lord, have mercy” during the Kyrie.
  • If there is a Rite of Sprinkling (Asperges), make the sign of the cross when the priest sprinkles water from the aspergillum in your direction.
  • Throughout the Mass, bow your head at every mention of the name of Jesus or Mary and every time the 3 Persons of the Trinity are named together.

Liturgy of the Word

  • Sit for the Scripture readings.
  • Stand for the Gospel at the Alleluia verse.
  • When the priest or deacon announces the Gospel, trace a cross with the thumb on head, lips and heart. This gesture is a form of prayer for the presence of the Word of God in one’s mind, upon one’s lips, and in one’s heart.
  • Sit for the homily.
  • Creed: Stand; on most Sundays bow during the Incarnatus (“and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man”); on the solemnities of Christmas and the Annunciation all genuflect at this moment.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

  • Sit during the offertory.
  • Stand as the priest says, “Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice …” and remain standing to respond, “May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands…”
  • If incense is used, the congregation bows toward the thurifer when he bows to the congregation both before and after he has incensed them.
  • The congregation remains standing until the end of the Sanctus (“Holy, holy”), when they kneel for the entire Eucharistic Prayer.
  • At the moment of the Consecration of each element, bow the head and say silently “My Lord and my God,” acknowledging the Presence of Christ on the altar. These are the words of Saint Thomas when he realized that it was truly Christ who stood before him (John 20:28). Jesus responded, “Because you have seen me, you believed. Blessed are they that do not see and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
  • Stand at the priest’s invitation to recite the Lord’s Prayer (Pater Noster).
  • Reverently fold your hands and bow your head as you pray the Lord’s Prayer. Holding hands is optional.
  • Remain standing to exchange the sign of peace, if the invitation is made. (The sign of peace may be either a handshake or a bow of the head towards those nearest you, accompanied by the words, “Peace be with you.”)
  • Kneel at the end of the Agnus Dei (“Lamb of God …”).
  • Bow your head and strike your breast as you say, Domine non sum dignus ... (“Lord, I am not worthy …”)

Reception of Communion

Leave the pew (without genuflecting) and walk reverently toward the altar, with hands folded. Join in the Communion Hymn when it starts. Make a gesture of reverence as you approach the priest, deacon, or Extraordinary Minister in procession to receive Communion. (In The United States the bishops have asked that you bow as your approach the minister.)

  • If you are receiving on the tongue, after the minister has said “The Body of Christ”, say “Amen” before extending your tongue out of your mouth. Please do not move until the host is in your mouth.
  • If you are receiving in the hand, please use 2 hands, placing one hand over the other, making a throne to receive your King. With the lower hand, take the host and reverently place it in your mouth.
  • If you are carrying a child, or otherwise do not have both hands free, please receive on the tongue. It is both safer and more reverent.
  • If your hands are not clean, you are wearing a cast, or your clothing covers part of your hands, please receive on the tongue.
  • If you also receive from the chalice, make the same gesture of reverence when you approach the minister to receive. After saying, “Amen,” please reverently take the chalice with two hands.
  • Kneel when you return to your pew after Communion, until the Eucharist is placed back in the tabernacle.

Conclusion of Mass

  • Stand for the prayer after Communion.
  • Make the sign of the cross at the final blessing, as the priest invokes the Trinity.
  • Remain standing until all ministers have processed out. (If there is a recessional, bow in reverence to the crucifix as it passes by.)
  • If there is a hymn for the recessional, remain standing in your pew until it concludes.
  • If there is no concluding hymn, remain in your pew until all the ministers have gone out of the main body of the church.
  • After the Mass is concluded, you may kneel for a private prayer of thanksgiving.
  • Genuflect reverently toward the Blessed Sacrament and the Altar of Sacrifice as you leave the pew, and leave the nave (main body) of the church in silence.
  • Make the sign of the cross with holy water as you leave the church, a reminder of our baptismal obligation to carry Christ’s Gospel into the world.


© 2010 – Adoremus. Note: permission is granted to reproduce this for personal or parish use. For other uses, contact Adoremus – PO Box 300561, St. Louis, MO 63130

Phone: 314 863-8385; E-mail

This guide has been adapted in accordance with the new translation of the Roman Missal for Holy Family Catholic Church, Jacksonville, FL, November 2012. Further revised November 2017.




Parish Advent Mission 2017

Daily Adoration Chapel Opens Monday November 6th

Dear Holy Family Parishioners,

Thank you for your patience in waiting for the Adoration Chapel to open up.

The Chapel will open this Monday, November 6th, following the 9:00 am Mass. As you know, I have asked that we have at least 4 committed Adorers each hour from Monday-Friday to ensure that the Blessed Sacrament is never left unattended. We have not yet reached this goal; nonetheless, it is my hope and prayer that the Lord will provide, inspiring others to make a commitment to prayer in honor of our Lord and for the good of the whole parish community.

We have decided to clarify our scheduling, so we have added a “Sign-Up Genius” form to supplement our current records. I am grateful to Renee Hertz for her extraordinary efforts to organize our efforts regarding the Adoration Chapel.

Please click on the following link to sign up for, or to confirm, your slot. Even if you have already emailed Rene, please click on the link and sign up electronically.

If you have any trouble with this form, simply email Renee and she can manually enter you.

Click Here to Adore Our Lord

I am grateful as well to the many generous benefactors who have helped make this all possible.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Please pray that in the coming days many more will make a commitment to Adoration of our Eucharistic Lord.

Thanksgiving Day Events

Thanksgiving Day Events!

On Thursday, November 23rd, we will have a special Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9:00 am; there is no 7:00 am Mass that day. Immediately following Mass, there will be a blessing of Thanksgiving food. And don’t forget our  2nd Annual Thanksgiving Feast at 3:00 pm in the Parish Life Center. We must have your RSVP no later than 12:00 Noon on Monday, November 20th. If you wish to attend, please call the Parish Office to reserve your spot at dinner.

We look forward to seeing you!


A Banned Title?

As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ.

(Matthew 23:8-10)

Some weeks ago, I joined parishioners for coffee following morning Mass. As I left the restaurant afterwards, a young man approached me and asked me why my friends called me “Father,” clearly in contradiction of Jesus’ own words in today’s Gospel passage.

This wasn’t the first time this had happened, of course. My initial response was to ask him what he called his male parent – did he call him by his given name to avoid calling into question the Fatherhood of God?

For some reason, this did not satisfy him, so I didn’t challenge him further about whether he ever used the title “Mister” (derived from the term “Master”), or whether he   refused to recognize anyone who had earned a Master’s    Degree. Instead, I turned back to Scripture – the Bible helps to  interpret the Bible, they say; perhaps other passages could shed light on how literally we should take Jesus’ words in this case.

For example, St. Paul has this to say in his 1st Letter to the Corinthians: “Even if you should have countless guides to Christ, yet you do not have many fathers, for I became your father in Christ Jesus through the Gospel” (1 Corinthians 4:15). Here he makes it clear that his “fatherhood” is spiritual and linked to his authority as an Apostle. Elsewhere St. Paul writes:

  • “As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children” (1 Thessalonians, 2:11).
  • “I, Paul, an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus, urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment” (Philemon 10).
  • “Do not rebuke an older man (presbyter), but appeal to him as a father” (1 Timothy 5:1).

So did St. Paul disobey a command of Jesus? Perhaps not. Consider Jesus’ own words: In a debate with the Jewish leaders in John’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day” (John 8:56). Likewise, in the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), Jesus also makes reference to “Father Abraham.” Clearly spiritual fatherhood is indicated here as something acceptable in Jesus’ eyes. This type of fatherhood is not, however, always positive, as seen in this passage from the same chapter as today’s Gospel: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ Thus you witness against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then the measure of your  fathers” (Matthew 23:29-32, RSV).

So if Jesus is not issuing an outright ban on calling anyone “father,” including such spiritual fathers as bishops and priests (the name for the Bishop of Rome, “the Pope,” of course, comes from “papa”), what is He doing? First, He is simply reminding us of our equality before God, whatever office we might hold or role we might play in the Church or the world. It is also a call to recognize the One who is the true Father of us all: “I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named” (Ephesians 3:14-15). Trying to imitate the perfection of our heavenly Father should fill us with humility, as Christ says at the end of today’s passage: “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). Please pray that all priests, who accept the title “Father” from those they serve, never lord their authority over them (cf. Matthew 20:25), but recognize them as brothers and sisters loved equally by God – and perhaps be encouraged to imitate St. Paul, who was gentle as a nursing mother towards those he brought to Christ.


Many, many thanks to our School PTO, especially coordinator Corey Smith, our Men’s Club, and all who worked so hard to  organize the wonderful Fall Festival last week. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious, and  a good time was had by all!


Catechism Corner

Should I abstain from meat on ordinary Fridays?

The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church’s penitential practice. These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fasting and almsgiving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works). (Paragraph 1438) While abstinence is no longer required in the United States on the Fridays outside of Lent, some form is penance is still mandated by Church law; now the particular practice is left up to the individual Christian or family.



Becoming Saints – Fr. Cusick’s Corner – October 29, 2017

This week’s “Ask a Priest” question is about what it means  to be a saint:

Is a saint “born” a saint or does he/she become a saint? If we are all chosen and cherished, why aren’t we all saints?

Each one of us is indeed called to be a saint. But the only  person who could be said to have been born (or rather conceived) a saint was the Blessed Virgin Mary, the only “unfallen” member of the human race. Even in her case,  however, she had to consistently conform her will to God’s  in order to achieve sanctity.

In the Sermon on the Mount, which could be called the “charter of sainthood,” Jesus told his disciples, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). With her fiat (“Let it be,” Luke 1:38) at the Annunciation, Mary accepted God’s will for her life and all that this would mean for her – including having her heart pierced with sorrow (Luke 2:35). By her faithful response throughout her life, she is considered the greatest of saints.

By our Baptism, we become part of the Communion of Saints, that great “cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) whose example inspires us—and whose prayers help us—as we run the race which they have already won with the help of God’s grace. St. Paul continually addresses the “saints” in the various churches to which he writes (e.g., 1 Corinthians 1:2, Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 1:1). For Paul, all those who were touched by the grace of Christ were already on the path to sainthood, if they endured to the end, as Mary did. “The saying is sure: If we have died with Him, we shall also live with Him; if we endure, we shall also reign with Him” (2 Timothy 2:11-12a). This echoes Jesus’ own words, “He who endures to the end will be saved” (Mark 13:13b).

Sainthood, as the fruit of grace, is a gift – but one with which we must cooperate. In the month of November, we pray in a special way that all those who have gone before us will find their call to sainthood fulfilled. On All Saints’ Day, we give thanks and praise to God for all those who responded to God’s call wholeheartedly, whether they are formally canonized or not. On November 2nd, All Souls Day, we pray that those who have departed this world “marked with the sign of faith” (i.e., the Cross with which they were sealed at Baptism) may be gathered into the company of saints in   heaven. This is done through the celebration of the Eucharist— the Church’s highest and most powerful form of prayer— and visits to cemeteries. On these two days  especially, we recall that the Church Militant (on earth), the Church Suffering (in Purgatory), and the Church Triumphant (in heaven) is but one family united in Christ as saints and saints-in-the-making. And since we are all, living and deceased, friends in Christ, and since friends pray for each other, our common prayer is that our unity may reach completion in the perfect joy of heaven, our true home.

All Saints’ Day is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 31st, at 7:00 pm, and Wednesday, November 1st, at 7:00 am, 9:00 am (with our schoolchildren), and 7:00 pm. (As usual, Wednesday evening confessions will begin at 6:00 pm.)

Masses on All Souls Day, Thursday, November 2nd, will be at 7:00 am, 9:00 am, and 7:00 pm. ___________________________________________________________________________

During November, we also honor the memory of the departed through our Book of Remembrance, which is placed by the baptismal font throughout the month. In it are inscribed the names of all deceased parishioners of recent years; we pray that the promise of their Baptism to share in Christ’s Resurrection will be fulfilled so that they may join the saints in heaven.

In addition, our Ministry of Consolation, which does so much to aid and comfort the bereaved of our parish, has arranged for a special Mass of Remembrance for those parishioners who have died in the past year. It will take place on Sunday, November 5th, at the 11:30 am Mass.


Upcoming Rectory Dinners: I’m always delighted to welcome parishioners to my home to share a meal and conversation, especially as the holidays approach. Our next rectory dinners are scheduled for Saturday, November 18th, and Saturday, December 16th, following the 5:30 pm Vigil Mass. Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to join us – I look forward to seeing you!


Catechism Corner

Does the Church permit cremation?

The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body (Paragraph 2301). The Church still prefers, however, that the body of the deceased be present for the Funeral Mass if at all possible. It is through the body that we come to know a person; it is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, washed in the waters of Baptism and fed with the Body of Christ. The  body is therefore treated with tremendous reverence – and  so should the cremated remains of a body. They should therefore be buried in a grave or columbarium, where a person’s memory may be enshrined, rather than kept in  one’s home (who will take care of them in later years?), or scattered to the winds.




Annual Report – Fr. Cusick’s Corner – October 22, 2017

As Pastor, it is my responsibility, with the assistance of the Finance Council, to faithfully manage the resources the  members of Holy Family so generously offer to our parish. Each year, the Finance Council produces a Summary Financial Report for the previous Fiscal Year (which runs from July 1 to June 30) for presentation to the people of the parish. This year’s report, along with a summary of sacramental activity, is inserted in this bulletin.

I’m pleased to announce that Offertory contributions increased by over 12% this year – thank you so much!  At the same time, non-payroll expenses were down nearly 5%.

We ended the year with a deficit of just under $20,000, significantly better than the previous year, but still short of our goal. This can be attributed to several factors:

1)   Each parish contributes a portion of its income to the  Diocese on a regular basis. Since our income increased, our contribution increased correspondingly.

2)   This was the first full year of our mortgage, so our interest costs went up, to approximately $57,000. These costs, of course, will decline as we pay down the loan.

3)   Our utility costs for all buildings except the School totaled nearly $115,000, a significant increase due primarily to the cost of electricity for the Parish Life Center during its first full year of operation.

4)   Several years ago, the Diocese asked each parish to make a contribution to the renovation of the Cathedral-Basilica in St. Augustine. Our assessment was $82,000, payable over 4 years. We did not make a payment during construction, so we made 2 payments this year, totaling $41,000. We will make the final payment next year.

Be assured of our continued efforts to reduce expenses wherever possible. I know that many of you are already    making sacrificial gifts in support of our parish through the offertory collection and pledges to the Capital and Mortgage Reduction Campaigns, and I am truly grateful. Please pray for me, that I may be a faithful and prudent steward of the gifts you so generously offer to Holy Family.


The initial phase of our Mortgage Reduction Campaign has brought in over $250,000 in gifts and pledges – one-third of the funds necessary to pay off our new buildings. Thank you!

As I explained in August, we are also are seeking an additional $500,000 for long-term maintenance needs.  (One project that is already scheduled is a new roof for the chapel area of the church.)

Our Campaign Committee and Finance Council have recommended placing “thermometers” in the church and  Parish Life Center to show our progress in reaching our  campaign goal. In addition to the pledge cards in church – which can simply be placed in the offertory basket or brought to the Parish Office – we will soon be reaching out to parishioners who have not been able to contribute to the Building Project thus far to ask for their support. I have every confidence that we will meet our goal, and I am humbled by your continued generosity in enabling Holy Family to live out its mission to be United in Christ,     Growing in Christ, Serving Christ in One Another.


It is with sadness that I write to announce that Nick Rebbe, our Director of Youth Ministry, is no longer employed here at Holy Family Parish. We wish Nick well; please keep him in your prayers as he moves on to the next stage of his life.

As of this time, all Youth Ministry events for the month of October are cancelled. This includes this weekend’s High School retreat and the Trunk or Treat event on October 30th. Our November trips to the National Catholic Youth Conference and Universal Studios are still scheduled at this time. Additional information will be forthcoming.

Please be assured of my commitment to provide the young people of our parish with a dynamic Youth Ministry program to form them into faith-filled Catholic Christians. We will be moving quickly to identify new leadership for our program. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will guide our discernment so that our Youth Ministry will continue to flourish and grow.




Together in Holiness Marriage Conference

The Diocese of St. Augustine will host the first “Together in Holiness” marriage conference on Saturday, November 4th, at St. Luke Catholic Church, Middleburg. This one-day event includes dynamic presentations, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and reconciliation. Speakers include Danielle Bean, publisher of Catholic Digest; Dr. Christopher J. Stravitsch, cofounder of the St. John Paul II Foundation; and Rev. Michael Nixon, pastor of St. Dominic in Panama City. Limited childcare is available (2-12 years), pre-registration required.  Cost: $59/couple or $35/individual. For more information, please visit