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 togetherinholiness.org.
The Marriage & Family Ministry Seminar is for anyone who is interested in serving marriages and families in the Diocese of St. Augustine. The Seminar will be hosted by Don & Lorrie Gramer on Saturday, October 7 , 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Holy Family Parish Life Center. Cost is $50 per parish or $25 per person. If you are interested, you may register below.
If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at (904) 551-2619 or email@example.com.
Iconography 101 – Learn about the history of Iconography and make your own Icon with inspiration from the St. John’s Bible.
At Holy Family, RCIA normally takes a year or so, depending on individual cases, culminating at the Easter Vigil. We welcome the unbaptized (both those coming from other faith traditions and those with no faith background at all) and baptized Christians from other denominations (who are known as “candidates” rather than “catechumens” since the Catholic Church recognizes most Protestant baptisms). For those interested in learning more about the RCIA and the Catholic faith, we will have 2 “Inquiry” sessions this summer, the first on Tuesday, July 11th, the second on Tuesday, August 29th, both at 7:00 pm. For more information, please contact our RCIA Coordinator, Maria Petrotta, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Encourage your non-Catholic friends and family members to learn more about the faith of the Church and discern whether Christ might be calling them into our community!
Married Couples, spice up your marriage and join us for 6 evenings of fun!
SIX DATES for Catholic couples is a program offered by the Holy Family Family Life Ministry. It will begin on Friday, September 8th, and will continue every other Friday until November 17th. Childcare will be provided.
Marriage and Family Ministry Seminar, Saturday, October 7th. This seminar is for anyone working with marriages and families in the diocese – either new to the ministry or having served for years – to provide continued enrichment, education and formation, insights, and an overview of currrent opportunities. To register, click here.
The Saint John’s Bible is the only handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago. It is the work of an international team of calligraphers and artists under the direction of Donald Jackson, an internationally renowned calligrapher and official scribe to Queen Elizabeth II. The Bible contains seven volumes, each 2′ tall by 3′ wide, weighing approximately 35 lbs. The combined volumes contain 1,165 pages with 160 major illuminations. While the original manuscript is at St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, MN, there are 299 sets of the Heritage Edition, which are true to the scale, beauty, and artistic intent of the original. Through the generosity of the Diocese of St. Augustine and in an effort to inspire the study of art and scripture, Holy Family Catholic Church will have one volume of the Heritage Edition, Gospels and Acts, from September 8 through November 6, 2017. In this volume, the life of Christ and the journey of the early Church are explored in theologically rich and startling new ways that invite ongoing reflection.
For more detailed information on the SJB, please refer to the below website or simply click: Saint John’s Bible.
Presented by the Holy Family Bible Study Ministry
The Bible and the Virgin Mary is a dynamic twelve-part video series that beautifully explains the Catholic truths about Our Lady showing how she has been a part of God’s plan to bring salvation to the world since the beginning of time.
No RSVP required. All are welcome. Starting Thursday September 7 to October 12, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM Parish Life Center in Room 217. For more information call Pilar: 904-705-3541.
1 Kings 19:9a.11-13a
Sometimes you just want to run away. Maybe it’s the constant frustrations of day-to-day living. Maybe it’s apparent failure in your career or relationships. Maybe it’s anxiety about everything going on in the world. Whatever it is, sometimes you just want to hop on a ship to a deserted island and leave everything behind.
The only problem is that you can’t run away from yourself. “Wherever you go, there you are,” as the saying goes. Whenever we try to run away from our problems, we eventually realize that part of the problem may be us.
That’s what happened to the prophet Elijah. He had challenged the king and queen of Israel, Ahab and Jezebel, about their idolatry and injustice. The funny thing is that, initially, he won. He convinced the people of Israel to abandon their false worship and return to the true God. But Jezebel vowed revenge – and Elijah lost heart. All he wanted to do was give up, to simply lie down and die. It seemed too much for him. Eventually he fled to Mount Sinai (also known as Horeb) – but there the Lord turned his flight into a retreat, a time when he could recover his sense of himself before God.
At Horeb, he was asked to look beneath all the violence and turmoil that he was experiencing. Notice that he discovers God’s presence not in the wind, or the fire, or the earthquake – but in a “tiny whispering sound,” a still, small voice assuring him that he has not been alone. And so Elijah is able to return to his mission – fulfilling it so successfully that he is remembered as one of the greatest prophets of Israel.
There’s a lesson for us here. Sometimes we need to make a retreat to renew ourselves to face the stresses and struggles of our lives. We can at times do this literally, even by something as simple as a visit to the Blessed Sacrament – finding a place of peace in which we can focus on the Lord’s presence. But we’re not always able to do this – but we can do this interiorly at any time.
It’s a matter of understanding, at a deep level, who we really are:
- Are you your thoughts? Of course not – they’re changing all the time. Between now and the time you return home, hundreds, if not thousands, of thoughts will arise in your minds, most of them quite inconsequential. How can I define “myself” based on something that shifts so rapidly?
- Are you your feelings? No; they’re also constantly changing. I might be despondent right now, and full of vim and vigor tomorrow. Emotions are like clouds passing through the sky; sometimes when they’re dark and stormy it seems like they’re all that exists, but we know that there is light and peace behind them.
- Are you your desires? No! These don’t stay constant either – my desires change at different times of the day, and at different times of life. What I wanted as a child is different from what I wanted as a college student, which is different from what I want today. If there is any continuity in who “I” am, then mere desires cannot define me.
So who is having all these thoughts, feelings, desires, sensations? Perhaps there’s my true self – a still, small point which experiences all these things but is not identified with them. This peaceful center is where Christ dwells within us! Beneath all the noise and turmoil and fear is this oasis of tranquility which nothing, and no one, can take away.
Isn’t this where Peter lost his way? As long as he kept his eyes fixed on Jesus, he was able to walk on water! But when his attention shifted to the strength of the wind, he faltered. It was only when he turned again to Jesus that he was rescued – and when he took Him by the hand, the storm ceased.
So when we’re tempted to run away because of the problems life brings us, let’s make a retreat instead – to that still, small point in the center of our being where we can discover Christ in the midst of it all. And when we see Him there, we’ll be ready to step out of the boat.