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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!

 

Feast of St. Joseph

St. Joseph, Pray For Us.

Please join your fellow parishioners in celebrating the Feast Day of St. Joseph, one of our Parish patrons.  

His Feast Day is normally celebrated on March 19th, but this year it is transferred to Monday, March 20th, so as not to conflict with the 3rd Sunday of Lent.

St. Joseph is a powerful patron. He is, as St. John Paul II called him, the Guardian of the Redeemer. He humbly accepted his role as guardian, husband, and father in the Holy Family. Therefore, St. Joseph’s intercession has been sought for centuries. 

St. Joseph’s Flyer

Bishop’s Annual Stewardship Appeal

Bishop’s Annual Stewardship Appeal: Next weekend is Commitment Sunday for the Bishop’s Annual Stewardship Appeal throughout the diocese. We will be showing a video during all Masses and asking for your support.

This week, please review the Bishop’s Annual Stewardship Appeal information you have received in the mail. Your gifts will provide critical funding to pay for the education of our seminarians, to help those most in need through four regional Catholic Charities offices, to provide support for five designated Catholic schools, and to developing newer means of evangelizing all the people of our diocese. As you review the ministries the Appeal supports, please reflect on your gifts. God has given you all that you have. Your gifts to our parish, to the diocese, and to the work of the Church throughout the world are a disciple’s response.

If you received your pledge form in the mail, please complete it and mail it back, or bring it with you to Mass next week. For those of you who did not receive a mailing or have not had time to respond to it, we will conduct our in-pew pledge process at all Masses next weekend. Thank you for your prayerful consideration and generous response.

 

Lenten Preparation – Fr. Cusick’s Corner – February 19, 2017

Believe it or not, Lent is almost upon us! Ash Wednesday is on March 1st this year. Here are some of the activities planned as we approach this sacred season:

Ash Wednesday Liturgies

We will celebrate Mass with the blessing and distribution of ashes at our usual times of 7:00 am, 9:00 am (with our school community), and 7:00 pm. To accommodate those who would like to come to church during their lunch hour, however, we will have a briefer prayer service, rather than a full Mass, at 12:10 pm; this will include a Liturgy of the Word (the Scripture readings from Mass, homily, and Prayer of the Faithful), along with the distribution of ashes.

Lenten Parish Mission – March 6th-8th

To help us deepen our spiritual life during this holy season, Holy Family parish is pleased to welcome Dominican Father Richard B. Williams. “Fr. R. B.” currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with the campus ministry community at Texas Tech University as he continues his itinerant preaching ministry. He will preach at all Masses the weekend of March 4th-5th; the Mission proper will take place Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the church. Monday evening will focus on our baptismal calling; Tuesday will include our Lenten Penance Service to renew the grace of our baptism; on Wednesday the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be offered following the evening’s presentation. (For those who cannot attend the Mission, we will also celebrate an Anointing of the Sick Mass on Saturday, March 11th, at 10:30 am) Fr. R. B. will offer a brief summary of his evening Mission talks at the 9:00 am Mass each day. I look forward to seeing you at the Mission!

Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Stations of the Cross

Each Friday during Lent we will have Eucharistic Exposition from 9:30 am until 6:45 pm. Come spend an hour in the presence of our Lord, Who has promised to stay with us always—particularly in the Blessed Sacrament—and Who wishes us to draw near to Him. On Friday evenings we will reflect on Jesus’ Passion as we celebrate the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm. (On First Fridays, March 3rd and April 7th, Exposition will continue as usual through the night, with a break from 6:45-7:45 pm for Stations.)

The annual diocesan Eucharistic Congress will take place Friday, March 24th, and Saturday, March 25th. There will be a beautiful presentation of the Stations of the Cross on Friday evening at the Prime Osborne Convention Center, so there will be no Stations at Holy Family that week, and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will end at 4:00 pm that day. In addition, our Youth Group will again present their powerful interpretation of the Stations on Good Friday, April 14th. We hope you can join us for these events!

Other Lenten Activities

Many parishioners have enjoyed Dynamic Catholic’s “Best Advent Ever” and “Best Lent Ever” programs. This year’s Best Lent Ever offers a free daily e-mail with a video from Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, Matthew will help you identify what stands between you and happiness … and what to do about it. Sign up at dynamiccatholic.com/lent.  And on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17th, from 4:00-8:00 pm, join the Men’s Club for the best Fish Fry in town!

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Bishop’s Annual Stewardship Appeal: Next weekend is Commitment Sunday for the Bishop’s Annual Stewardship Appeal throughout the diocese. We will be showing a video during all Masses and asking for your support.

This week, please review the Bishop’s Annual Stewardship Appeal information you have received in the mail. Your gifts will provide critical funding to pay for the education of our seminarians, to help those most in need through four regional Catholic Charities offices, to provide support for five designated Catholic schools, and to developing newer means of evangelizing all the people of our diocese. As you review the ministries the Appeal supports, please reflect on your gifts. God has given you all that you have. Your gifts to our parish, to the diocese, and to the work of the Church throughout the world are a disciple’s response.

If you received your pledge form in the mail, please complete it and mail it back, or bring it with you to Mass next week. For those of you who did not receive a mailing or have not had time to respond to it, we will conduct our in-pew pledge process at all Masses next weekend. Thank you for your prayerful consideration and generous response.

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HRO Update: I offer my heartfelt thanks for the many prayers and expressions of support for my appearance on February 8th on the televised “town-hall” meeting concerning the expansion of Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance. The proposal passed City Council last week (without Mayor Curry’s signature), but Bishop Estévez’ concerns about the religious freedom of individuals and institutions remain. To learn more, you can watch the debate at www.wjct.tv/show/community-thread.