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The Pentecost Novena: May 11 – 19, 2018

FOREWORD

This novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church.  In 1897, Pope Leo XIII asked the whole church to renew its devotion by praying a Novena to the Holy Spirit in the nine days leading up to Pentecost (Divinum Illud Munus). He asked that this novena be done every year in every parish throughout the world. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.  It focuses on the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
To be recited daily during the Novena

On my knees I before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.


PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
To be recited daily during the Novena

O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You  and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

 

FIRST DAY (Friday, May 11)

Holy Spirit! Lord of Light! From Your clear celestial height, Your pure beaming radiance give!*

The Holy Spirit

Only one thing is important — eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared–sin? Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for “The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us.”

Prayer

Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit, and hast given us forgiveness all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES. 
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

SECOND DAY (Saturday, May 12)

Come. Father of the poor. Come, treasures which endure; Come, Light of all that live!*

The Gift of Fear

The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. “They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls.”

Prayer

Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set you, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever-Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES. 
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

THIRD DAY (Sunday, May 13)

Thou, of all consolers best, Visiting the troubled breast, Dost refreshing peace bestow.*

The Gift of Piety

The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

FOURTH DAY (Monday, May 14)

Thou in toil art comfort sweet, Pleasant coolness in the heat, solace in the midst of woe.*

The Gift of Fortitude By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to under take without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. “He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.”

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES. 
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

FIFTH DAY (Tuesday, May 15)

Light immortal! Light Divine! Visit Thou these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill!*

The Gift of Knowledge

The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth–in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. “Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it.”

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES. 
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

SIXTH DAY (Wednesday, May 16)

If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn’d to ill.*

The Gift of Understanding

Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion BY faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to “walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES. 
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

SEVENTH DAY (Thursday, May 17)

Heal our wounds–our strength renews; On our dryness pour Thy dew, Wash the stains of guilt* away.

The Gift of Counsel

The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. “Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth.”

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES. 
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

EIGHTH DAY (Friday, May 18)

Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray!*

The Gift of Wisdom

Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written “all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Saviour: “Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light.

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES. 
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

NINTH DAY (Saturday, May 19, Vigil of Pentecost)

Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen *

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.

Prayer

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES. 
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

 

Taken from the Sequence for the Solemnity of Pentecost

 

NOTE: This Novena was adapted from the following website: https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/pentecost/seven123.htm#2

 

Vacation Bible School 2018. June 11 – 15 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL PACKED WITH THRILLS AND SPILLS

Registration is open for grades K-5 who will attend VBS from June 11-15 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 will discover God’s promise on life’s wild ride ! 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 with credit or debit card.

Volunteer 2018

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

 

 

 

Marriage Ministry: The Power of Us!


The HF Marriage Ministry invites married couples to “The Power of US!”

In the beginning, God created both man and woman. But He didn’t stop there. Instead, He united His two creations into one flesh through marriage. The Power of US dives into the mysteries of this divine bond and equips couples with practical skills and helps couples tap into the true power of US.

The Power of US! will be offered on Friday, May 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Life Center. Come join us! Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Click here to register

Coming April 28, 2018 – Why Mary?

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 Trudy@familyforlife.info. 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?

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 11th, 2018 @7:00 pm in our Parish Life Center.

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

Fr. Cusick’s Easter Homily

My dad passed away nearly 14 years ago, but I’ll never forget the night before his funeral Mass. We had a vigil service here in the church, and I invited anyone who wished to speak in remembrance of my father to come up to the ambo.

I was stunned. Over a dozen people must have come forward. Family, friends, colleagues, employees. Over the next 45 minutes, I learned more about my father than I had in the previous 38 years of my life. About his kindness, his generosity, his fairness, his integrity.

Of course, having lived under the same roof with him for many years, I knew things about him that they couldn’t have. And, like all of us, he wasn’t perfect. But the testimony of these witnesses helped me to see more deeply into his personality, making me love him all the more – and miss him all the more.

In fact, it made me wonder why I hadn’t known all this. I should have talked to him more, asked more about his life and experience, sought his advice on so many things. There was so much else to learn. I needed more time with him!

And I will have it.

I will have it because of the testimony of other witnesses who tell us something even more remarkable – that Jesus of Nazareth, the Crucified, has been raised. He has broken the power of death and opened the way to eternal life.

These witnesses were those who were closest to Him, who loved Him – and yes, had failed Him. They had been awash in grief. They should have told Him what He meant to them, learned more from Him, been more faithful to Him. They needed more time with Him!

And now, as they encountered the empty tomb, they received it:

  • In a new life that overcame their fear of death.
  • In a new sense of freedom experienced in the forgiveness He offered them.
  • In an overwhelming experience of love when they realized He had done it all for them.
  • In the knowledge that they would spend eternity with Him.

And having received this amazing news, they had to share it. They had to become witnesses to others – to help everyone know

  • that God’s mercy can overcome any sin;
  • that we are made for joy;
  • that love is stronger than death;
  • indeed, that all our loves and hopes will be taken up into God’s eternal love for us if we trust Him.

We are invited on this day to heed the testimony of these witnesses, which has been handed down from generation to generation, from Mary Magdalene and the other women, from the Apostles, down to our own time, and to make it our own – just as my father did, who handed it on to me; and now I do what I can to hand it on to you. If we do this, we will truly experience the joy of the Risen Christ, Who offered His life for us once, and offers it to us now.

And then, even though we know that death will separate us, that we will always need more time with those we love, with St. Paul, we can say:

“Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?

… But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:55.57)

Amen. Alleluia!

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.

Stations of the Cross Fridays at 7:00 pm on 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 30 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

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.

 

 

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 Monday, March 19th.

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. 

 

UNITED IN CHRIST…

On the back of this flier you will find a Novena to St. Joseph; this is a nine-day prayer that starts on Saturday, March 10th and ends on Sunday, March 18th.   We invite you to join us in prayer.JOSEPH’S TABLE…

St. Joseph’s Table…

A traditional part of the Feast of St. Joseph (which is particularly celebrated by the Sicilians) is a three-tiered altar, representative of the Holy Trinity.  The altar is adorned with flowers, pictures, statues, and linens, each significant to St. Joseph, the Holy Family, and/or Italian Tradition (e.g., the color red is traditionally used).   Special bread is put on the altar, representing the feast and almsgiving. Breadcrumbs (“sawdust”) and some tools may be used to underscore St. Joseph’s patronage of carpenters and homes.  Some families create St. Joseph tables in their homes.

DID YOU KNOW?

In addition to the Novena to St. Joseph, you may celebrate one of our parish patrons in two more ways:

·         Visit our parish’s St. Joseph’s table, which will be set up in the Narthex from March 15-19.

·         Honor the traditions of charitable giving by donating to our St. Vincent de Paul society or to the Refugee Ministry (or another charity of your choosing).

 

 

 

 

 

St. Joseph Novena Prayers

(Begin on March 10) Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, pray for me to have a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore:

(Mention your request)

Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Day 1 (3/10) – St. Joseph Most Just, Pray for us!

Day 2 (3/11) – St. Joseph Most Prudent, Pray for us!

Day 3  (3/12) – St. Joseph Most Loving Husband, Pray for us!

Day 4  (3/13) – St. Joseph Most Strong, Pray for us!

Day 5  (3/14) – St. Joseph Most Obedient, Pray for us!

Day 6  (3/15) – St. Joseph Most Faithful, Pray for us!

Day 7  (3/16) – St. Joseph Pillar of Families, Pray for us!

Day 8  (3/17) – St. Joseph Patron of the Dying, Pray for us!

Day 9  (3/18) – St. Joseph Terror of Demons, Pray for us!

Amen.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

Find the Original Here: http://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-joseph-novena/#ixzz3Sbw

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!

 

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 ninajax@aol.com or Kitty Iannotti at kittyinjax@gmail.com.