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Holy Family Catholic Church at 9800 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 US - The History of Holy Family

The History of Holy Family

Holy Family Parish began on June 10, 1974, when Bishop Paul F. Tanner, then Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine, appointed Monsignor Daniel B. Logan to establish a new parish in the developing Baymeadows-Deerwood area.

The first Mass of this new parish was celebrated on August 25, 1974 in the gymnasium of Jacksonville County Day School with an attendance of 130 people.  Masses continued to be held there until April 14, 1979, when the first Mass was celebrated in the new church, built on 10 acres of property located on Baymeadows Road.

Over the years, the parish continued to grow with the community. The rectory and offices were built in 1982.  In 1986, the Parish Center was dedicated.  This Multipurpose facility had movable walls so that it could serve both as banquet facilities for over 300 or as six Religious Education classrooms.  Its roomy kitchen was designed so that it could be used as a cafeteria should a school be built.

Meanwhile, the Southside of Jacksonville continued its rapid growth.  Many apartments, town homes and condominiums were built along Baymeadows and Southside.  Population in the area soared, and Holy Family was feeling the growing pains.  In 1996, Bishop John J. Snyder blessed our church extension.  Not only did this church extension give us seating capacity of over 750 at mass, it gave us a large entrance area (called a narthex) for hospitality, a religious articles shop, and a large covered entry.

But Monsignor Logan only was able to enjoy the new facility a few more years, when in June 1999 he was transferred to Our Lady Star of the Sea parish in Ponte Vedra Beach.  Many families were disheartened by this announcement, as the parish had just celebrated the 25th anniversary of the parish - all under the shepherding of Monsignor Logan.

The new pastor, Father Gregory J. Fay, came to Holy Family at Monsignor Logan's departure.  Like Monsignor Logan, Father Greg had established a new parish twenty-one years ago (1979) in North West St. John's County.  That parish, San Juan del Rio, had grown to over 950 families and opened a new school under Father Greg's direction

Our parish is continuously growing.  Holy Family how has over 1800 registered families.  In August 2002, also under Father Greg's direction, we opened Holy Family Catholic School.  This education building not only serves as a school, but also provides us with a facility for ministry meetings and classrooms for Parish Religious Education.

Bishop Victor Galeone appointed Fr. Timothy J. Cusick, Pastor of Holy Family on January 1, 2011.  Holy Family continues to expand and there is a warm community atmosphere here.  One has a sense of belonging in this house of the Lord and a feeling of family.

The parishioners of Holy Family are happy to extend a warm welcome to the many visitors who join us for worship today.
New Parishioners
We invite you to join our parish by filling out a new parishioner registration. Forms are available in the Narthex of the Church, in the Parish Office and on our website.
Emergency Calls for those who are ill or in danger of death
After hours call 641-5838, ext. 1.
Emergency Calls for those who need financial assistance
Call St. Vincent de Paul Society, 641-5838, ext. 3 (allow up to 24 hours for return call).
Please arrange to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick before any serious surgery. 
You may also request this sacrament from a priest after a daily or weekend Mass. When any of our parishioners are hospitalized or confined to their homes, please advise the Pastor or call the Parish Office to arrange home visitation.
To present a child for Baptism is a serious obligation and requires a faith commitment on the part of the parents and godparents. This commitment is exemplified by being practicing, active Catholics for at least 6 months at Holy Family Parish. If you have just moved into the parish, a letter from your previous Pastor verifying the same is acceptable. Attendance at a baptismal preparation session is required. 
Contact the Parish Office at least 8 months in advance. Marriage preparation is required. 
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
Have you been thinking about or have questions about becoming a Catholic? Are you a Catholic who wants to invite a friend or relative to consider becoming a Catholic? You are invited to find out what R.C.I.A. means and how one becomes a member of the Catholic Church. Call Maria Petrotta at
641-5838, ext. 254.
Friday Adoration
There is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday from 7:30 - 9:00 am.
First Friday All Day Adoration: 9:30 am until 8:30 am on Saturday.
First Saturday Devotions
Every First Saturday in the Church: Benediction at 8:30 am, followed by the Rosary.                                Mass at 9:00 am. A priest will be available to hear confessions after Mass.


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