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Holy Family Catholic Church at 9800 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 US - Fr. Cusick's Corner

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
July 27, 2014

The Wisdom and Folly of Solomon
Our first reading today describes the prayer of King Solomon, King David’s son and heir, for the gift of wisdom and understanding to guide the people of Israel. The request itself shows wisdom, for Solomon did not simply request things for himself – ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
July 20, 2014

Purity & Patience
When the Roman Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity in the early 4th century, it seemed that the Church would finally enjoy a period of peace. But new difficulties quickly arose, especially in North Africa. Under the brutal persecution of Diocletian (303-305), some ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
July 13, 2014

Making the Word Fruitful
This past Friday, July 11, was the feast day of St. Benedict of Nursia(D. 543), “the father of Monasticism” in western Europe. His Rule for monks, which developed earlier rules, was founded on the principles of ora et labora, “prayer and work”. Work ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
July 6, 2014

The Yoke of Liberty?
It may seem strange that, as we celebrate our nation’s independence this weekend, we also honor the One who said, “Take my yoke upon you” (Matthew 11:29). For the Jewish people, “the yoke” meant “submitting to”; hence they would refer to ...

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Fr. Cusick'sCorner
June 22, 2014

Reception of Holy Communion  
On this feast of Corpus Christi, which directs our attention to the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, we thought it would be helpful to remind everyone of the proper reception of Holy Communion.   1) Before coming to Mass, we should ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
June 15, 2014

Special Days in Ordinary Time
While the Easter season is over, this Sunday and next we mark additional special feasts. Last week on the Feast of Pentecost, we celebrated the presence and action of the Holy Spirit in the Church. This same Spirit, given to us through Baptism and Confirmation, makes us ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
June 8, 2014

The Manifold Meanings of Pentecost
Normally, on Sundays and major feast days there are 2 readings before the Gospel, and the same readings are used for all Masses. Occasionally there are special “Vigil” Masses the evening before with a different set of readings than the ones used the ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
June 1, 2014

Mountains of Farewell

We previously reflected on the fact that, in St. Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus imitates Moses in giving His followers instructions concerning the moral law from a mountaintop. But there is an additional similarity at the end of the Gospel: Like Moses, Jesus makes His final ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
May 25, 2014

A Long-Awaited Reconciliation

Last Sunday we heard about the Church’s first deacons. They had been appointed to serve the needs of the poor of the community, but two of them, Stephen and Philip, almost immediately began to preach instead! St. Stephen’s fiery words led to his martyrdom, ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
May 11, 2014

Some Helpful Advice
It always brings a smile to my face when I see so many children and their families with us at Mass. I also know that these young people can sometimes be a handful for their parents! I found the article   below interesting and wanted to share it with you in place of ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner May 4, 2014
The Mass of Emmaus
The wonderful story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35), which we hear this weekend, is essentially a description of the first post-Resurrection Mass, at which Jesus Himself presided! The Mass is divided into 4 distinct but interrelated parts: the Introductory ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
April 27, 2014

The Model of the Infant Church
They devoted themselves to the teaching of the Apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers (Acts 2:42). St. Luke provides us in the Acts of the Apostles with a vision of the ideal Christian community as it developed after ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
April 20, 2014

This weekend our parish welcomes 29 new Catholics: 9 of them baptized at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night, and 20 others, already baptized, who completed their initiation into the Catholic Church with the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion. After a long period of prayer, ...
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Fr. Cusick's Corner
April 13, 2014

The Oil of Gladness
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, which begins the sacred time of the Easter Triduum (“3 days”), commemorates 3 central elements of our faith: · the institution of the Holy Eucharist; · the ordained priesthood; ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
April 6, 2014

Veiling the Mystery
The Fifth Sunday of Lent begins what was formerly known as “Passiontide”, a time of more intense focus on Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross for our redemption. Traditionally, crosses and images in the church were veiled during this time. This might appear to be ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
March 30, 2014

Enlightenment
The readings for Sunday Mass are arranged in a 3-year cycle. This is Year “A”, during which we typically read from the Gospel of Matthew. During the seasons of Lent and Easter, however, we also hear selections from the Gospel of John. On the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
March 23, 2014

Lenten Tones
During Lent, the tone of the liturgy changes. Certain texts which express exuberant joy are suppressed: we no longer recite the Gloria (except on major feasts), and the Alleluia is silenced, not to be revived until the great Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. The absence of these ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
March 16, 2014

The Past and Future of the Transfiguration
There is a Latin maxim stating lex orandi, lex credendi – “the law of prayer is the law of belief.” In other words, if you wish to understand what the Church believes, study how she prays. This weekend provides an opportunity to examine ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
March 9, 2014

Embracing Lent
Many of us “give something up” during Lent, but there are also opportunities to do something extra. In the Christian tradition fasting and almsgiving are linked – the money we save by voluntarily eating less or refraining from some special treat is offered to the ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
February 16, 2014

But I Say to You…   On the Sundays of Ordinary Time this year, we are reading from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. We are currently in Chapters 5-7 of Matthew’s Gospel, which recount Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount,” perhaps the most significant summary of ...
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Fr. Cusick's Corner
February 9, 2014


As I mentioned in this space recently, this year we give thanks to God for the many blessings He has showered on our parish and school community since the founding of Holy Family in 1974. We are also working to provide for the future of our community by building a new Parish Hall and Office/Rectory. ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
February 2, 2014

The Shadow of Groundhog Day

Why do we bless candles on Groundhog Day? Christians have celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord since at least the 4th century, recalling Jesus being brought to the Temple in Jerusalem 40 days after His birth, where He was recognized as a “light to ...

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