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Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) Notes 1, 2, 3


Of Human Life (in Latin, Humanae Vitae) is a clear and concise papal encyclical that is even more relevant today than when it was published just over fifty years ago in 1968. Highly useful in understanding today’s discussions on the sanctity of life, it addresses human beings’ role in creation in just twelve pages, and in clear and simple language (it can easily be found on the USCCB Website). As our Church, our world and our nation focus critical attention on the “Right to Life” and other life-related issues, we will be highlighting this key Church document of our times in this weekly bulletin corner as well as on the MyParish App. From now to Lent, each week’s installment will showcase one aspect of Humanae Vitae to help inform us, and to lead to follow-up  discussion. For us as the laity, it’s not just a scholarly read, it’s a practical one!

Note 1

Fifty years ago in response to questions concerning the transmission of human life Pope Paul VI issued  “Of  Human Life,” (in Latin, Humanae Vitae), to offer  guidance on responsible parenthood to married couples and to speak authoritatively on “the nature of marriage, the correct use of conjugal rights, and the duties of spouses.”

Over the next few weeks, the Faith Formation Committee will be sharing selected excerpts from the document to help inform us and deepen our faith. This is the first Note.

Beyond just preserving the sanctity of new life, this document speaks to the sanctity of all life. For example, in remarkably clear, straightforward language, Paragraph 17 addresses concerns of how artificial methods of contraception leads to marital infidelity and an overall lowering of societal moral standards:

“Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.”

In light of current events the message of Humanae Vitae remains just as relevant today as when it was first written.

Note 2

Continuing our look at Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life). We see that it was written in the aftermath of many  recent grim experiences: two world wars, several  massive genocides, the Holocaust, and the new science of eugenics (selective breeding of human beings to enhance or diminish particular traits). Pope Paul VI invites us to examine both personal and public behaviors in relation to the common good (the moral law and God’s plan for mankind), because he realized that the misapplication of a number of industrial and scientific discoveries would result in wide-spread abuses of human rights and dignity.

For example, Paragraph 17 addresses concerns of how artificial methods of contraception open wide the path for secular governments to not only to allow, but to dictate, outcomes for individuals, families or even classes within a society:

“Who will prevent public authorities from favoring those contraceptive methods which they consider more effective? Should they regard this as necessary, they may even impose their use on everyone. It could well    happen, therefore, that when people, either individually or in family or social life, experience the inherent difficulties of the divine law and are determined to avoid them, they may give into the hands of public authorities the power to intervene in the most personal and intimate responsibility of husband and wife.”

China’s historic “one child policy” gives but one worrisome example of how the message of Humanae Vitae was and is highly relevant to us today.


Note 3

“Of Human Life,” Humanae Vitae was composed in the late sixties to address social and scientific changes of the day, and to offer guidance as to where these changes could lead. The pope appealed to secular leaders, scientists, educators, as well as to the lay faithful, families, and all bishops and priests to come to a better understanding of the balance between mankind’s desire for self-determination and the reality of God’s infinite love, desires, and plan for each one of us. Humanae Vitae’s authors challenge us to examine the important role secular society has in promoting the public good and sound moral development.

We read in paragraph 22 about the need to focus on our long-term spiritual health in response to the various messages that are promoting ideas that are not helpful to our moral good:

“We take this opportunity to address … all those whose right and duty it is to provide for the common good of human society… to the need to create an atmosphere favorable to the growth of chastity so that true liberty may prevail over license and the norms of the moral law may be fully safeguarded.

Everything therefore in the modern means of social communication which arouses men’s baser passions and encourages low moral standards, as well as every obscenity in the written word and every form of indecency on the stage and screen, should be condemned publicly and unanimously by all those who have at heart the advance of civilization and the safeguarding of the outstanding values of the human spirit. It is quite absurd to defend this kind of depravity in the name of art or culture or by pleading the liberty which may be allowed in this field by the public authorities.”

“Humanae Vitae” has much to tell us about today’s challenges indeed!

Humanae Vitae document.

Click here for more background reading is on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

Faith Formation Information

2nd Grade:

1st Reconciliation Reflection Day will be Sunday, February 24th, from 2:30 – 4:30pm. We begin with prayer in the church.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be on  Thursday February 28th at 6:30pm.

8th Grade:

1st Confirmation Retreat will be on Saturday February 9th from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm. We will begin with prayer in the church. (Please note – Some candidates are still missing documents, please contact Ms. Maria for an update.)


We continue the journey every Thursday, in the Parish Life Center, Room 211 from 7:00 – 8:00pm.

RCIA adapted for Children:

Our next meeting will be Saturday, February 16th,

10:00 – 11:30 am in the Parish Life Center, Room 211.

Adult Confirmation:

Sessions on Tuesdays in the Parish Life Center, Room 217A, 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

For more information, contact the Director of Faith  Formation, Maria Petrotta at (904) 641-5838, Ext. 254 or


Help Services – Rachel’s Vineyard

Healing the Pain of Abortion. A Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat is a beautiful opportunity for any man or woman who struggles with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion. Come and experience God’s great love, mercy and forgiveness,  March 15th-17th. Call 904-221-3232 or e-mail All calls & inquiries are very confidential. Come and be restored!

Crisis Pregnancy? Women’s Help Center 904-398-5143

Emergency Pregnancy Services 904-308-7510

Lifeline Resources, Inc. 904-642-9000


Holy Family Catholic School

Open House on Wednesday, January 30th, 9:00 am –  1:00 pm

Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Holy Family Catholic School  community commits to fostering  deepening faith,  academic excellence, responsibility for self,  and concern for others.

Why Choose Catholic Schools?

We believe that parents are their children’s primary educators who today have many options for the education of  their children. All schools offer general curriculum in English, Math, Science, and History. Catholic Schools not only provide these general subjects, but they do so by  integrating faith into every class.

The goal of Catholic Schools is to inject faith formation into the early-learning years, to develop each student’s God-given gifts, and to prepare them for success in  higher education and beyond.  This is the Catholic School difference!

We invite you to consider joining our joyful, faith-filled, academically-competitive School community.  We wish to ensure that every family can enjoy the benefits of a Catholic education regardless of their financial situation or their child’s learning needs.

Please come for a tour of our beautiful school and allow us to discuss with you how we can assist you in meeting your family’s educational goals.


Advent Reconciliation Service -Tuesday, December 18th, 7:00 pm

Our Advent Penance Service will be Tuesday, December 18th, 7:00 pm in the Church. The following Priests will be hearing confessions: Fr. David Keegan, Fr. Matthew Ibok, Fr. Michael Larkin, Msgr. Vincent Haut, Msgr. Daniel B. Logan, Fr. Timothy Cusick.

Examination of Conscience for Adults

Examination of Conscience for Children

Examination of Conscience for Seniors

Examination of Conscience for Students

Preparation for Confession


The Ten Commandments

First Commandment

I am the LORD your God. You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.

Have I…

  • Disobeyed the commandments of God or the Church?
  • Refused to accept what God has revealed as true, or what the Catholic Church proposes for belief?
  • Denied the existence of God?
  • Nourished and protected my faith?
  • Rejected everything opposed to a sound faith?
  • Deliberately misled others about doctrine or the faith?
  • Rejected the Catholic faith, joined another Christian denomination, or joined or practiced another religion?
  • Joined a group forbidden to Catholics (Masons, communists, etc.)?
  • Despaired about my salvation or the forgiveness of my sins?
  • Presumed on God’s mercy? (Committing a sin in expectation of forgiveness, or asking for forgiveness without conversion and practicing virtue.)
  • Loved someone or something more than God (money, power, sex, ambition, etc.)?
  • Let someone or something influence my choices more than God?
  • Engaged in superstitious practices? (Incl. horoscopes, fortune tellers, etc.)
  • Been involved in the occult? (Seances, ouija board, worship of Satan, etc.)
  • Formally left the Catholic Church?
  • Hidden a serious sin or told a lie in confession?

Second Commandment

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

Have I…

  • Used the name of God in cursing or blasphemy?
  • Failed to keep vows or promises that I have made to God?
  • Spoken about the Faith, the Church, the saints, or sacred things with irreverence, hatred or defiance?
  • Watched television or movies, or listened to music that treated God, the Church, the saints, or sacred things irreverently?
  • Used vulgar, suggestive or obscene speech?
  • Belittled others in my speech?
  • Behaved disrespectfully in Church?
  • Misused places or things set apart for the worship of God?
  • Committed perjury? (Breaking an oath or lying under oath.)
  • Blamed God for my failings?

Third Commandment

Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.

Have I…

  • Set time aside each day for personal prayer to God?
  • Missed Mass on Sunday or Holy Days (through own fault w/o sufficient reason)?
  • Committed a sacrilege against the Blessed Sacrament?
  • Received a sacrament while in the state of mortal sin?
  • Habitually come late to and/or leave early from Mass without a good reason?
  • Shop, labor, or do business unnecessarily on Sunday or other Holy Days of Obligation?
  • Not attend to taking my children to Mass?
  • Knowingly eat meat on a forbidden day (or not fasting on a fast day)?
  • Eat or drink within one hour of receiving Communion (other than medical need)?

Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother.

Have I…

  • (If still under my parents’ care) Obeyed all that my parents reasonably asked of me?
  • Neglected the needs of my parents in their old age or in their time of need?
  • (If still in school) Obeyed the reasonable demands of my teachers?
  • Neglected to give my children proper food, clothing, shelter, education, discipline and care (even after Confirmation)?
  • Provided for the religious education and formation of my children for as long as they are under my care?
  • Ensured that my children still under my care regularly frequent the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion?
  • Educated my children in a way that corresponds to my religious convictions?
  • Provided my children with a positive, prudent and personalized education in the Catholic teaching on human sexuality?
  • Been to my children a good example of how to live the Catholic Faith?
  • Prayed with and for my children?
  • Lived in humble obedience to those who legitimately exercise authority over me?
  • Have I broken the law?
  • Have I supported or voted for a politician whose positions are opposed to the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church?

Fifth Commandment

You shall not kill.

Have I…

  • Unjustly and intentionally killed a human being?
  • Been involved in an abortion, directly or indirectly (through advice, etc.)?
  • Seriously considered or attempted suicide?
  • Supported, promoted or encouraged the practice of assisted suicide or mercy killing?
  • Deliberately desired to kill an innocent human being?
  • Unjustly inflicted bodily harm an another person?
  • Unjustly threatened another person with bodily harm?
  • Verbally or emotionally abused another person?
  • Hated another person, or wished him evil?
  • Been prejudiced, or unjustly discriminated against others because of their race, color, nationality, sex or religion?
  • Joined a hate group?
  • Purposely provoked another by teasing or nagging?
  • Recklessly endangered my life or health, or that of another, by my actions?
  • Driven recklessly or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs?
  • Abused alcohol or other drugs?
  • Sold or given drugs to others to use for non-therapeutic purposes?
  • Used tobacco immoderately?
  • Over-eaten?
  • Encouraged others to sin by giving scandal?
  • Helped another to commit a mortal sin (through advice, driving them somewhere, etc.?
  • Caused serious injury or death by criminal neglect?
  • Indulged in serious anger?
  • Refused to control my temper?
  • Been mean to, quarreled with, or willfully hurt someone?
  • Been unforgiving to others, when mercy or pardon was requested?
  • Sought revenge or hoped something bad would happen to someone?
  • Delighted to see someone else get hurt or suffer?
  • Treated animals cruelly, causing them to suffer or die needlessly?

Sixth & Ninth Commandments

You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

Have I…

  • Practiced the virtue of chastity?
  • Given in to lust? (The desire for sexual pleasure unrelated to spousal love in marriage.)
  • Used an artificial means of birth control?
  • Refused to be open to conception, without just cause? (Catechism, 2368)
  • Participated in immoral techniques for in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination?
  • Sterilized my sex organs for contraceptive purposes?
  • Deprived my spouse of the marital right, without just cause?
  • Claimed my own marital right without concern for my spouse?
  • Deliberately caused male climax outside of normal sexual intercourse? (Catechism, 2366)
  • Willfully entertained impure thoughts?
  • Purchased, viewed, or made use of pornography?
  • Watched movies and television that involve sex and nudity?
  • Listened to music or jokes that are harmful to purity?
  • Committed adultery? (Sexual relations with someone who is married, or with someone other than my spouse.)
  • Committed incest? (Sexual relations with a relative or in-law.)
  • Committed fornication? (Sexual relations with someone of the opposite sex when neither of us is married.)
  • Engaged in homosexual activity? (Sexual activity with someone of the same sex.)
  • Committed rape?
  • Masturbated? (Deliberate stimulation of one’s own sexual organs for sexual pleasure.)
  • Engaged in sexual foreplay (petting) reserved for marriage?
  • Preyed upon children or youth for my sexual pleasure?
  • Engaged in unnatural sexual activities?
  • Engaged in prostitution, or paid for the services of a prostitute?
  • Seduced someone, or allowed myself to be seduced?
  • Made uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances toward another?
  • Purposely dressed immodestly?

Seventh & Tenth Commandments

You shall not steal.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

Have I…

  • Stolen? (Take something that doesn’t belong to me against the reasonable will of the owner.)
  • Envied others on account of their possessions?
  • Tried to live in a spirit of Gospel poverty and simplicity?
  • Given generously to others in need?
  • Considered that God has provided me with money so that I might use it to benefit others, as well as for my own legitimate needs?
  • Freed myself from a consumer mentality?
  • Practiced the works of mercy?
  • Deliberately defaced, destroyed or lost another’s property?
  • Cheated on a test, taxes, sports, games, or in business?
  • Squandered money in compulsive gambling?
  • Make a false claim to an insurance company?
  • Paid my employees a living wage, or failed to give a full day’s work for a full day’s pay?
  • Failed to honor my part of a contract?
  • Failed to make good on a debt?
  • Overcharge someone, especially to take advantage of another’s hardship or ignorance?
  • Misused natural resources?

Eighth Commandment

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Have I…

  • Lied?
  • Knowingly and willfully deceived another?
  • Perjured myself under oath?
  • Gossiped?
  • Committed detraction? (Destroying a person’s reputation by telling others about his faults for no good reason.)
  • Committed slander or calumny? (Telling lies about another person in order to destroy his reputation.)
  • Committed libel? (Writing lies about another person in order to destroy his reputation.)
  • Been guilty of rash judgment? (Assuming the worst of another person based on circumstantial evidence.)
  • Failed to make reparation for a lie I told, or for harm done to a person’s reputation?
  • Failed to speak out in defense of the Catholic Faith, the Church, or of another person?
  • Betrayed another’s confidence through speech?

The Precepts of the Church

You shall attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.

You shall confess your sins at least once a year.

Have I…

  • Made a good Confession of my mortal sins least once a year?
  • Purposely omitted telling my mortal sins in my last Confession?
  • Performed the penance I was given?
  • Made reparation for any harm I have done to others?

You shall humbly receive your Creator in Holy Communion at least during the Easter season.

Have I…

  • Fulfilled my Easter duty to receive Holy Communion at least once between the First Sunday of Lent and Trinity Sunday?
  • Received Holy Communion while in the state of mortal sin?
  • Fasted an hour before receiving Holy Communion?
  • Received Holy Communion more than twice in one day?

You shall observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence.

Have I…

  • Abstained from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent (if I am 14 years of age or older)?
  • Fasted on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (if I am between the ages of 18 and 59)?
  • Spent time in prayer, doing spiritual and corporal works of mercy, and practicing self-denial?

You shall contribute to the support of the Church.

Have I…

  • Contributed a just amount of my time, talents and money to support my parish and the work of the Church?

You shall observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage.

Have I…

  • Been living in a valid and licit marriage according to the laws of the Catholic Church?
  • Abandoned my spouse and family by separation or divorce?
  • Kept company with someone whom I cannot marry in the Catholic Church?
  • Given scandal by living with a member of the opposite sex without the benefit of a marriage blessed by the Catholic Church?
  • Entered into marriage with more than one person at the same time?


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Let’s all rediscover God’s incredible mercy as we prepare for Christmas.

Advent Parish Mission December 10, 11 and 12

Parish Advent Mission

December 10, 11, and 12
The Three Comings of Christ: Advent and the Spiritual Life
Timothy P. O’Malley, PhD

 The four weeks of Advent often pass too quickly. We go to holiday parties, prepare for final exams, and listen to our kids’ or grandkids’ Christmas concerts. Christmas is less a climatic moment in which we greet the coming of the infant Christ and more an occasion to breathe a sigh of relief.  At least, we get to rest. 

But how do we enter into the season of Advent more fruitfully? In this parish mission, we’ll create a space to welcome Jesus Christ into our hearts so that we can celebrate the season of Christmas with our whole being. During the three days of our mission, we’ll focus on the three comings of Christ that we remember each Advent. The past, present, and future coming of Jesus Christ—the Son of Man, the Bridegroom of our souls, and the speechless Babe.

Through attending to each of these images, as reflected on in the Scriptures, art, music, and the liturgy, we’ll be ready not simply to escape the busyness of the Christmas season! Instead, we’ll learn to encounter Jesus Christ each day of our lives.

 Monday: Awaiting the Son of Man

Tuesday: The Bridegroom of Our Souls

Wednesday: The Speechless Babe

Timothy P. O’Malley is a professor in the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. He directs educational outreach in the McGrath Institute, focusing in the areas of liturgy, catechesis, and spirituality. He also  teaches in the Department of Theology at Notre Dame, focusing his teaching and research in areas related to Scriptural exegesis, liturgy, catechesis, and art. He is an author of four books, most recently Bored Again Catholic: How the Mass Could Save Your Life (Our Sunday Visitor, 2017) and Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating, and Marriage in a Hookup World (Ave Maria Press, 2018). He is married to Kara and has two young children, ages 5 and 1.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Join us as we celebrate our National Feast Day the Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother. This day is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Please note: The Feast Day this year  falls on a Saturday, which means that we are required to attend Mass for the Holy Day as well as the regular Sunday obligation. Yes, that means we have to attend Mass twice between Friday evening and Sunday evening.

Our Mass times for the Holy Day are: Friday, December 7th, 7:00 pm  and Saturday, December 8th, 9:00 am and Noon.