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RESPECT LIFE TRAINING SEMINAR

SAVE LIVES ON THE SIDEWALK

Back by Popular Demand!

Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, and, Bethany Mistretta, National Program Manager will present an international sidewalk-counseling program that will carefully train women and men to offer loving, LIFE-affirming alternatives to those entering the local abortion centers.

WHERE:       Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Life Center, Room 217

WHEN:         Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017

9:00 am – 2:00 pm (Doors open at 8:45 am)

COST:       $10 includes Lunch and workbook

To Register, click here.

Fr. Cusick’s Homily on Stewardship, 6/11/17

Homily – Trinity Sunday

Readings

Exodus 34:4b-6.8-9

Daniel 3:52-56

2 Corinthians 13:11-13

John 3:16-18

“God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…” (John 3:16) – one of the most well-known and beloved verses in the Bible. This is linked with another favorite passage from St. John, in his first letter: “God is love.” (1 John 4:8b)

Now, love requires an object – it’s not just a fuzzy, vague, good feeling. Love is directed towards something, or especially someone. If God is love, then that means that even before the creation of the universe, there must have been more than one person within the Godhead! Christians believe that this was revealed to us by the coming of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, into the world to show us the love of the Father. If Jesus was fully divine, as well as fully human, then that told us something essential about who God is – that God is a communion of persons united in love, a love which itself is a Person, the Holy Spirit. This is what we call the Blessed Trinity.

Would it have been enough for Jesus to come to us and simply tell us how much God loves us? Perhaps. But He went much, much further – He demonstrated it by offering His life for us. As He said at the Last Supper, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:9-17) He loved us to the end, making a complete gift of Himself for our sake.

When two people fall in love, they want to do the same thing – they want to give themselves completely to the other. When I prepare couples for marriage, I tell them that there’s a reason that Catholic weddings take place in front of an altar – the altar represents Christ and His sacrifice, and the couple are imitating Christ as they give themselves to each other in the Sacrament of Matrimony. They each take all that they are, all that they have been, and all that they hope to be, and place it in the hands of their spouse. “This is a great mystery,” says St. Paul (Ephesians 5:32), explaining that in marriage the covenant of love between husband and wife is an image of the bond Christ has made with His Church.

Priests and those in consecrated life do something similar – they offer their lives to God in service to God’s people. But this is not just true for married couples or the “professionally religious” – all of us are called to make a gift of ourselves to God for the salvation of others. As St. John tells us in his first letter, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we must also love one another.” (1 John 4:10-11)

Above the statue of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in the courtyard behind the church is a quote from her: “Everything is grace.” Everything is a gift. Our very life is a gift from the hands of God through our parents; our families, our friends, our talents, the beauty of creation, our desire to serve our community, our nation, our world, and our Church, our successes, and even our trials, if seen in the light of the Cross – all are gifts. The question each one of us needs to ask is, how do I use the gifts I have been given? For myself, or for others? Do I offer what I can spare after I have taken care of my own interests, or do I imitate the One I call “Lord”, who gave everything He had that we might be saved?

Bishop Estévez recently issued a Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, One Faith, One Family – these were mailed to all registered parishioners, and there are additional copies on the tables by the doors of the church. In this letter, he reflects on the Sacred Heart of Jesus as a model of the unity of giving and receiving: “The Heart of Jesus receives everything from the Father in the power of the Spirit, and in return, gives everything back to the Father in the power of the Spirit” (p. 6, note 3). This is the model we are asked to imitate.

For our Bishop, Stewardship is Jesus Christ – especially in the Most Holy Eucharist, where His love is “taken, blessed, broken, and given to nourish, shape, and transform a community of faith in service to God throughout the world” (p. 5). When we come to celebrate the Eucharist, we join ourselves to Jesus in this offering – we place ourselves, as it were, on the altar, so that the Lord may take us into the heart of the Trinity, bless us to become a blessing to others, break our hearts open to the needs of those who are wounded for lack of love, and give us back to the world as witnesses to the love of God.

Holy Family Parish is already responding to our Bishop’s call to Stewardship. So many of you give so generously of your time and resources to help build our community and serve those in need. In the coming months, we wish to make Stewardship a central focus of all our efforts – and not just in church, but in our families, our friendships, our workplaces, indeed in all aspects of our lives. Bishop Estévez has invited families to reflect on Stewardship using the discussion questions at the end of each section of his letter. I am asking our ministries to do the same, with the assistance of our Stewardship Committee. And each month, one Sunday will be especially dedicated to the meaning of Stewardship in our life of faith:

  • How prayer, especially Eucharistic Adoration and reflection on God’s Word in the Scriptures, can help us to perceive more clearly the gifts that we are called to share.
  • How service to our parish community can bring us joy while drawing others to the love of God in Jesus Christ.
  • How, by welcoming all those who cross the threshold of this church, we may show them that they are beloved brothers and sisters and offer them the healing presence of Christ in their lives.
  • How sharing our material resources can allow the Gospel message to be spread more widely in our neighborhood, and in our culture.
  • How by giving to God our first fruits, and not just what’s left over, can free us to model our lives on the complete gift of self that our Savior made out of love for us.

Let us together learn how we can enter more deeply into the communion of life and love which is the Blessed Trinity by opening our hearts more and more to one another, especially those most in need of our care, concern, and support. In so doing, may we fully live out our Parish’s Mission Statement, to be “United in Christ, Growing in Christ, and Serving Christ in One Another.”

I now invite you to join me in a prayer developed by our Stewardship Committee, which can be found on the inside front cover of your red Worship hymnals:

Creator God,

We praise and thank you for your abiding presence in our lives.

In Your loving kindness, you have blessed our Holy Family Parish

with an abundance of gifts.

United in one Baptism and one faith,

we recognize that all that we have,

all that we are,

and all that we will be

comes from You.

Guide us, so that we may thoughtfully discern our gifts,

prayerfully nurture them

and generously share them with others.

Through your Holy Spirit,

change our hearts so that we may become more committed to faithful discipleship.

Give us wisdom for the journey and provide us with the courage

to remain steadfast in the work of providing acts of service and generous giving.

Help us to faithfully live out our mission to serve You and one another.

Enable us to use wisely the gifts of all in our community

so that they may bear fruit for your Kingdom in abundance.

With grateful hearts, we pray in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

Come, ask a Priest!

If you have a question about the Church’s teaching on faith or morals, please offer your question by CLICKING HERE or visit our table in the Narthex.   Fr. Cusick will select questions to answer in our weekly bulletin.  In order to submit a question, you must give us your name and contact information; your name will remain confidential when your question is answered in the bulletin.  Thank you and God bless you.

Vacation Bible School 2017. June 5-9 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

VBS 2017 is a victory celebration! At Mighty Fortress VBS, your children learn that in Jesus, the victory is won! They’ll look into the Bible, God’s Holy Word, and explore five Bible accounts about God, our Mighty Fortress, and the victory Jesus has won for us.

Registration is open for grades K-5 who will attend VBS from June 5-9 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. Come along with us as we sing fun songs, do crazy crafts, eat yummy snacks, play awesome games, and more. Plus, you’ll learn that in Jesus, the victory is won! Can’t wait to see you there!

The fee is $35.00.  You can sign-up through our on-line giving program, Faith Direct, to use a debit or credit card.

Click here to register and pay.

CLOSED…The deadline for Volunteer Registration is May 26.  Only 55 spots are available.  Registration will close as the capacity fills – NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.

If you wish to pay by check, or you have any questions, please e-mail Maria Petrotta at  mpetrotta@holyfamilyjax.com. 

 

 

 

Catholics Returning Home

catholics come home

Welcome Home!

Are you (or anyone you know) a Catholic who has drifted away from the church, for any reason? We want to personally invite you home! This program is designed to assist those who want to return to their Church and be updated on the faith.

Our sessions will begin on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 @7 pm in our Parish Life Center.

Overview of the program:

April 6th– Welcome and Overview of the Series

April 13th– Stories of Faith from Catholics Returning Home

April 20th– The Church Today: Changes Since Vatican II, Q&A

April 27th– Explanation/Walk-through of the Mass, Q&A

May 4th–Explanation of Reconciliation/Confession, Q&A

May 11th–The Creed: What Catholics Believe Wrap-up, Q&A

To Register Click Here

Any questions? Email Deacon Doug Nullet, Program Coordinator.

dnullet@holyfamilyjax.com

Welcome Home!

Fr.Timothy Cusick

Pastor

Holy Family Catholic Church

Get a jumpstart on your Marian Consecration!

 

Get a jumpstart on your Marian Consecration!

Once again, the Prayer and Worship Committee will offer a parish-wide Marian Consecration opportunity using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory. We will begin on April 28th and consecrate (or renew) on May 31st (the Feast of the Visitation). We hope that many of you were able to hear Fr. Gaitley speak at this year’s Eucharistic Congress. For more information about our parish’s Marian Consecration initiative,  please contact lorimeadowsclark@yahoo.com.

 

Adult Bible Study Based on The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn

THE LAMB’S SUPPER

Roger Tompkins, Coordinator

What: Adult Bible Study Based on The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn

When: Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm from April 18th to May 30th, 2017

Where: Parish Life Center, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Hall

What to do: RSVP to jtscriptures.holyfamilyparish@gmail.com to order your books: The Lamb’s Supper and the accompanying Study Guide, $10.00 each

“However humble the appointments of the church buildings, however limited the spiritual insight of the participants when we are at the Liturgy of the Mass—Christ is there and mysteriously we are for that moment standing at the Eternal Supper of The Lamb. Read carefully this book and you will learn how and why.”

Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel

“Beautifully written, in clear direct language, this new book by best selling Catholic author Scott Hahn will help readers see the Mass with new eyes, pray the Liturgy with a renewed heart and enter into the Mass more fully, enthusiastically, intelligently, and powerfully than ever before.”

“The Lamb’s Supper reveals a long lost secret of the Church: The early Christians’ key to understanding the mysteries of the Mass was the New Testament’s Book of Revelation.”

“Of all things Catholic, there is nothing that is so familiar as the Mass. With it’s unchanging prayers, the Mass fits Catholics like their favorite clothes. Yet most Catholic sitting in the pews on Sundays fail to see the powerful supernatural drama that enfolds them.”

 

Career Networking Group

Ministry Mission

To serve job seekers and others in career transformation in the parish and beyond.  The mission will be implemented by servant-leaders who will provide career networking success services as well as spiritual support to all members.

Services

The Holy Family Parish Career Networking Group services include the following:

Weekly meeting

Weekly evening meeting at Holy Family that lasts 1 hour and has a structured networking group format:

  • Introductions/Elevator Speech
  • Weekly Topic (with guest speakers from industry, recruitment firms, professional/trade organizations, and other business networks)
  • Q&A
  • Job Lead Exchange
  • Weekly Jacksonville Business and Networking Events Calendar

Open Networking

Open Networking based upon need and/or topic:

  • Match members with an industry specific mentor (accountants with accountants, IT professionals with IT professionals, sales people with sales people).
  • Anytime/Anywhere One-on-One Career Coaching
  • Anytime/Anywhere Industry Specific Open Group Networking

Networking Success Tools and Techniques

  • Weekly Group Coaching Topic
  • Elevator Speech Development
  • Calling Card Personal Branding
  • Resume Rescue
  • 5 x 5 x 5 System – Career Network Lead Generation (Develops 25 new contacts a week at a minimum)
  • 100 Day Search Plan – Spreadsheet formatted to manage all contacts and job leads and utilize RAG status (Red, Amber, Green) from first contact to job offer.
  • One-on-One Career Coaching/Spiritual Support (including mock interviews)
  • Digital Strategy/Social Media for Baby Boomers through Gen X (Digital Natives excused)

Action Plan

  • The group will meet each Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the Parish Life Center.
  • I have submitted a room request that runs until the end of May, 2017.
  • Coordinate our group with the Career Connection group at St Joseph’s parish.
  • Develop calendar of topics and invite guest speakers (existing topics/materials will need update)
  • Develop a train the trainer guide for career coaching/spiritual mentoring of job seekers/career transformations (The Mariposa Guidebook)
  • Develop the group’s digital strategy and social media presence.
  • Create a group that supports each other in their job hunts and as they engage in career transformation.
  • Enable everyone to have a voice, give feedback, and solve their career and business problems in a safe and spiritually supportive business networking group.
  • Help everyone with the 3 S’s – Stretch, Struggle and Succeed!

For more information please contact Rick Price at 904-568-7978, rick@rlpricellc.com.

 

 

Eucharistic Congress – March 24-25

Eucharistic Congress

The 2017 Eucharistic Congress is here!

Next weekend is the annual Diocesan Eucharistic Congress at the Prime Osborne Convention Center. This is a wonderful way to join Catholics from throughout the Diocese of St.  Augustine in expressing our devotion to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 24th

5:30 pm: Doors Open

6:30 pm: Keynote – Helen Alvaré

7:30 pm: Living Stations of the Cross presented by Comunita Cenacolo

9:30 pm: Young Adult Track featuring Marie Miller and Dr. Edward Sri

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm.

Saturday, March 25th

7:00 pm: Doors Open / Ministries Arrive For Procession

8:00 pm: Eucharistic Procession Begins / Children’s Choir

9:00 pm: Keynote – Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States

10:00 pm: Celebration of Holy Mass

12:30 pm: General Track, Spanish Track, Teen Track and Children’s Track Begin

4:00 pm: Rosary led by the Seminarians of the Diocese

4:20 pm: Closing Remarks of Bishop Felipe Estévez

4:30 pm: Closing Celebration

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available throughout the day.

As you can see, the Eucharistic Congress has events for all ages, as well as many opportunities for Confession and Adoration. There will be a number of dynamic speakers,  including Fr. Michael Gaitley, Fr. Andrew Apostoli, and Tom Coughlin, along with the Cenacolo Community’s powerful presentation of the Stations of the Cross on Friday evening. See you at the Congress!