Dear Holy Family Catholic Community Parishioners,
Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Lent, and we hear in the Gospel (John 2:13–25) where Jesus has come to Jerusalem for Passover and when He came into the temple. He cleared the area of the merchants and moneychangers. He gives us a forewarning in this passage of what His death is bringing about. He talks of the temple being destroyed, and in three days, He will raise it up. The people did not understand, as they were seeing only stones and mortar, but Jesus is telling us about the New Covenant, in which God makes Himself present to each individual, no matter where they are! This week gives us the opportunity to look at ourselves during our Lenten observances. We are called to evaluate how we see and experience God’s salvation and love in our lives daily. Are we too dependent on the here and now and what we have physically, or do we see beyond the physical and see more of God in our lives, spiritually? Lent gives us that opportunity to grow deeper in our experience of God.
On the Fridays of Lent, the Men of Holy Family are continuing with their celebrated “Fish Fry” with three available menus (for pick up only this year). Baked and fried fish and a children’s menu are available from 5:30–7:30 PM. At 7:00 PM in the church, we are celebrating the Stations of the Cross. If you plan to attend, you will need to pick up a “stations” booklet at the gift shop for a discounted price of 95 cents, as we are still restricted in sharing books due to the pandemic.
I appreciate the caution many are making during this pandemic, as I am concerned for your well‑being. If you are at risk and do not feel comfortable attending Mass in person, please stay home for your own safety and that of others. The Bishop continues granting the dispensation from the requirement of attending Sunday and Holy Day Masses, so the Church at this point, does not consider your staying home sinful. However, the dispensation is not to be taken as an opportunity to completely ignore your religious obligation to enrich your faith and prayer life during those days. Our Sunday Mass can be viewed on CCTN, TV45 at 2:00PM on Sundays (followed by our other programs) as well as on YouTube and Facebook. All Masses can be seen via our livestream in real time from our website holyfamilyorlando.com. Weekend Masses are celebrated on Saturday evening (Vigil) at 5:00 PM and on Sundays at 7:00 AM, 8:45 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:15 PM and 5:00 PM. Daily Masses (Monday–Friday) can been seen on CCTN, TV 45 at 5:00PM, and starting in March it will be showing at 4:30PM.
We continue to practice safe distancing in the Church, which restricts the number of people we can have in the Church, and we REQUIRE attendees to wear masks during the entire service. We are preparing to open up the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, for scheduled times with a limited number of spaces in mid-March and will let you know of the procedures in the near future.
Please know that I pray that your Lent will be a time of enrichment and a means for your growth in Faith.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Very Rev. John C. Giel, V.G Pastor