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

Fr. Cusick's Corner


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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Fr. Tim's Corner
January 19, 2014

The Church in Corinth

Between now and Lent, the 2nd reading at Sunday Mass will be drawn from St. Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians. In fact, during each year of the 3-year cycle of Sunday readings, First Corinthians is presented to us at the beginning of Ordinary Time. A rather lengthy ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
January 12, 2014

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

2014 is the 40th anniversary of the founding of Holy Family Parish. Plans are well underway to mark the occasion. There will be special Masses on the anniversaries of the establishment of the Parish (June 10) and the first Mass celebrated (which took place on August 25, ...

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Fr. Cusick's Corner
January 5, 2014

Epiphany Traditions  
The Proclamation of the Date of Easter:  
Easter typically falls on the Sunday following the first full moon of Spring, when eternity (represented by the Sun) is perfectly reflected in time (represented by the Moon). Since it is based on a lunar calendar, its date ...

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