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Coming April 28, 2018 – Why Mary?


Don’t miss this rare opportunity to find out about St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary from a Montfortian Missionary.  Fr. Hugh Gillespie will be presenting two Days of Recollections in our Diocese and one of them will be AT HOLY FAMILY on Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you pre-register BY MARCH 25 you will receive the discounted $5 Registration fee (cash will be collected at the event.) NOTE: This will be the Kick-off’s for our parish’s annual Marian Consecration opportunity.  Pre-Register NOW by emailing or by clicking here.


Dear Jesus,

Would it please you if we were to make no effort to give pleasure to your Mother because we are afraid of offending you?

Does devotion to your holy Mother hinder devotion to you?

Does Mary keep for herself any honor we pay her?

Is she a rival of yours?

Is she a stranger having no kinship with you?

Does pleasing her imply displeasing you?

Does the gift of oneself to her constitute a deprivation for you?

Is love for her a lessening of our love for you?

Lenten 3-Day Parish Mission

You are invited to our Lenten 3-Day Mission from February 5th-7th with Fr. John Collins

This Mission is a unique and timely  opportunity to revisit our roots and  evaluate our relationship with God and each other.

This Mission is also unique due to the fact that it is being conducted by Paulist Father John Collins, whose approach is humorous, down-to-earth, and joy-filled.

Fr. John will be preaching at all of the Masses the weekend of February 3rd-4th, so you can evaluate first-hand how enjoyable this Mission promises to be.

Don’t hesitate to bring a friend who might have wandered away from the Church. This might be the golden opportunity that that person has needed to find peace and a way home.

There is no need to sign up ahead of time, just mark the dates on your calendar and prepare for a positive, uplifting series of sessions.  You’ll be glad you did!


Lenten Schedule

How Long is Lent? Counting every day from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday actually gives 46 days. How do we account for the extra 6 days?

By not counting Sundays! The weekly remembrance of the Resurrection has been called the “primordial feast day” for Christians. It has traditionally never been a day of fasting – though, as a priest friend of mine once remarked, if you have promised to “fast” from harsh words or foul language during Lent, would you take Sundays off? Nonetheless, Sunday is meant to be a day of rejoicing rather than repentance. There are 6 Sundays in Lent, which leaves us with the familiar 40 days of the Lenten fast.

Fasting is meant to prepare us for feasting – a meal is all the more delicious when we are famished. But there are others who fast involuntarily – those who have insufficient resources to feed themselves and their families adequately.  In Christian tradition, therefore, fasting was meant to remind us of those who go hungry and to allow us to help them; the money we save by skipping meals or treats can go to those in need. This is the thinking behind the CRS Rice Bowl program, as well as a reason why the Bishop’s Annual Stewardship Appeal takes place as Lent approaches. Our Lenten discipline of fasting, then, should lead us to both  prayer – thanking God for the abundance which supplies our bodily needs, seeking His strength as we voluntarily give things up, and asking Him to support those who do not share our blessings – and almsgiving, actively supporting the less fortunate, both locally and throughout the world.

Parish Mission with Fr. John Collins, C.S.P. Monday, February 5th – Wednesday, February 7th, at 7:00 pm.

Ash Wednesday is February 14th.  You are reminded of the Catholic Church’s laws for fast and abstinence during Lent:  Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting. Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are permitted one full meal and two lesser meals per day (which together should not equal one full meal), with no eating between meals.  Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent are days of  abstinence. Catholics who are 14 years or older should abstain from meat entirely. Soups and gravies made from meat are permitted.

Ash Wednesday (February 14) Mass times:  7:00 am, 9:00 am, and 7:00 pm.  There will also be a 12:10 pm service with the Liturgy of the Word and the distribution of ashes

Stations of the Cross Fridays at 7:00 pm on February 16, February 23, March 2, March 9.  On Friday, March 16, join us at the Eucharistic Congress, for a powerful presentation of the Stations of the Cross led by the Cenacolo Community.  On Friday, March 23 join us for our Youth Ministry Living Stations of the Cross.

Parish Lenten Penance Service, Tuesday, March 7th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Anointing of the Sick Mass, Saturday, March 10, at 10:00 am

Fish Fry sponsored by the Men’s Club, Friday, March 23rd, 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Holy Week:

Palm Sunday: Saturday 5:30 pm Vigil Mass, Sunday Masses at 7:30 am (note the time change), 9:30 am, 11:30 am, and 5:00 pm

In addition to our regular daily Mass schedule, there will be confessions at 6:00 pm Monday through Wednesday, followed by Mass at 7:00 pm

Holy Thursday: 9:00 am Morning Prayer, 7:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday: 9:00 am Morning Prayer and 3:00 pm Celebration of the Passion of the Lord

Holy Saturday: 9:00 am Morning Prayer and 8:30 pm Easter Vigil. No confessions or 5:30 pm Mass on Holy Saturday

Easter Sunday: Mass times are 7:30 am (note the time change), 9:30 am, 11:30 am.  There is no 5:00 pm Mass on Easter Sunday.



First Annual Multicultural Festival


Calling all Cultures at Holy Family Parish!

 The deadline to enter your country into the first Multi-Cultural Festival here at Holy Family is Monday, February 5th.  The registration fee is $10 per country. Please gather your family and friends to represent your heritage on Sunday, April 22nd.  We currently have 20-25 countries/nationalities on board.  To join the fun and fellowship, or for more information, contact Nina Isla at or Kitty Iannotti at


The Inner Room

What happens in the Inner Room?

Find out Saturday, February 17.  Fr. John Tetlow will lead us into it.

Where? San Juan del Rio Catholic Church.

Silent Retreat includes:

  • Talks and guided meditations on types of prayer
  • Mass
  • Lunch from Panera’s Bakery
  • Time for private reflection
  • Confession

Matthew 6:6 – But when you pray, go into your inner room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 / 7am – 4:00pm, San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church – Cost $15. includes lunch from Panera’s Bakery. Bring payment with registration form to the church office or mail to: Vickie Loftis, 1030 Bernath Rd., Saint Johns, FL 32259.

For information contact Vickie Loftis 904-707-6009 or



Advent and Christmas Celebrations

Advent and Christmas Celebrations

Each Saturday in Advent:  Mass at 9:00 am, followed by confessions

Festival of Lessons and Carols

Thursday, December 21st, at 7:00 pm

4th Sunday of Advent Masses

Saturday, December 23rd:  5:30 pm

Sunday, December 24th: 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am

Christmas Masses

Sunday, December 24th: 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Monday, December 25th: 12:00 Midnight, 9:30 am, 11:30 am

Feast of the Holy Family

Saturday, December 30th: Bishop Estévez will celebrate the 5:30 pm Vigil Mass

Sunday, December 31st: 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

(not a Holy Day of Obligation this year)

Sunday, December 31stNo 5:00 pm Mass

Monday, January 1st: 8:00 am, 10:00 am

Solemn Vespers for the Feast of the Epiphany

Sunday, January 7th, at 7:00 pm

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.