“God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.”

Pope Francis

Enhance your Lenten Journey

We could all use great ideas to make the most of our Lenten Journey. Below we have provided links to articles that can you and your family more fully experience this season.

8 Ways to Pray During Lent

What do we do when we’re facing an upcoming big event, celebration, or special occasion in our lives? We prepare for it. Holy Week and Easter are “big events” in the liturgical year of the Church and in the spiritual life of a Christian. So, as Christians, we prepare spiritually for these through the forty days of Lent. This means that, during Lent, we rededicate ourselves to prayer.

Lent through the Lens of Grace

Just imagine that this Lent is going to be different from every other Lent we’ve experienced. Imagine that there will be many graces offered us this year. Let’s even imagine that God is going to help transform our lives, with greater freedom, greater joy, and deeper desires for love and service.

Family Prayers for Lent

One of the real challenges that we too often find in our busy lives is finding time to be together as a family. It is especially difficult to find opportunities to pray together. Here are a few possibilities for praying as a family during Lent or at any other time of the year.

What’s the difference between fasting and abstinence?

Lenten Prayers

Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Dear Lord,
As we enter this Solemn and Holy Season, we pray that you would send your Holy Spirit upon us that we might prepare ourselves for these coming 40 days of Lent. Help us to humble ourselves so that we can understand the magnificence of Your Love for us as, You humbled Yourself and gave your Life on the Cross that we might receive the gift of Eternal Glory with you. Amen.

A Prayer for Lenten Grace

Loving God,
During the sacred season of Lent, bring me closer to you.
Prepare a place in my home and heart for silence and solitude,
so that I may rediscover the grace of a prayer-filled life.
Help me to fast from those things that threaten the well-being of
body and soul and remind me of the grace of simplicity.
Enlarge my heart so that I give to those in need and, in so doing,
rediscover the grace of gratitude and generosity.
May this season be a grace-filled time to rekindle
my love for and faith in you.
Amen.

Lenten Prayer

God, I pray for my prayer life to become vibrant and strong in this season of Lent. I pray that Your voice, even though a whisper, would ring loud and true in my life. I pray for the courage and boldness to follow wherever You lead me, to love and serve whomever and however You invite me.

Prayer for Lenten Simplicity

Free me, Lord Jesus, from anything that obstructs my way to you. Clear away the clutter of petty grudges.

Remove smudges of resentment and bitterness. Cleanse me of thoughts filled with anger, envy, or self-pity.

Create space in my life for more kindness and less spitefulness, greater generosity and few self-centered needs, stronger compassion and weakened judgement of others.

Enlarge my heart with a spirit of gratitude this Lent, so that I recognize the simple gifts that lay in abundance all around me.
In your sacred name, I pray

Prayers from ShareCatholic.com

Big Red Bus blood drive at Holy Family on Sunday, Feb. 21

Holy Family will host the Big Red Bus for a blood drive on Sunday, Feb. 21 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The bus will be parked near the entrance to Holy Family Catholic School.

Per OneBlood.org, appointments are encouraged. To protect our team members and other donors, please do not present to donate if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Masks are required to be worn by all blood donors. You may wear your own or we will provide one for you if needed.

To set an appointment, click here.

Our Catholic Appeal 2021 starts this weekend

Our Catholic Appeal starts this weekend. This appeal supports the work of the diocese – here at Holy Family and throughout the nine counties of the Orlando Diocese.

This weekend’s Masses (Feb. 6-7) will feature a video by Bishop John Noonan highlighting the diocesan work OCA supports. To see this video, click here.

Envelopes for Our Catholic Appeal will be placed in the back of the church starting Feb. 6-7.

Over the week of Feb. 7-13, discern how much you’re able to contribute to the appeal. Then make your Pledge on the envelope and bring them to Feb. 13-14 Masses. You can do a one-time pledge or monthly pledges.

Or you can donate online by clicking here.

https://www.cfocf.org/oca/give/

Souper Bowl of Caring – help us Tackle Hunger

Holy Family’s St. Vincent de Paul food pantry is hosting the annual Souper Bowl of Caring food drive Jan. 17-Feb. 7. Help us Tackle Hunger.

See the attached flyer for specific food needs and drop-off locations and times.

Or you can make a financial donation online. You can do so:

  • through your Online Giving account. Mention “Souper Bowl of Caring” in the Special Intentions (or click the “Quick Give” link to give without setting up an account).
  • or by going to SVDPHolyFamily.org to donate.

Ministry Formation Conference comes to Holy Family

Holy Family is one of the parishes hosting an in-person cohort of the Orlando Diocese’s Ministry Formation Conference on Feb. 5-6.

The purpose of the MFC is to form Catholics to witness, lead, and accompany others in the proclamation of the Gospel and the building of the kingdom. We recognize that our soul thirsts for the Lord. He alone can satisfy humanity’s desire for the infinite.

To register for the conference, click here. Cost is $15 per person. This site also has more information about the conference speakers and the most up-to-date list of parishes hosting in-person cohorts.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE:

  • Friday, February 5, 2021, 7:00pm – 8:15pm Opening Celebration with Bishop John Noonan live at St. James Cathedral and livestream via YouTube and FacebookOpen to all
  • Saturday, February 6, 2021, 9:30am – 1:00pm Live virtual conference retreat and parish hosted in-person cohorts – Must register to attend

Virtual conference will be transmitted in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Portuguese.

Parish hosted in-person cohorts are currently scheduled at:

  • Ascension Catholic Church, Melbourne (English, Spanish)
  • Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Orlando (English, Spanish)
  • Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando (English, Spanish)
  • Nativity Catholic Church, Longwood (English, Spanish)
  • Our Saviour Catholic Church, Cocoa Beach (English)
  • Resurrection Catholic Church, Lakeland (English, Spanish)
  • Resurrection Catholic Church, Winter Garden (Portuguese)
  • St. Andrew Catholic Church, Orlando (Haitian Creole)
  • St. Catherine of Siena, Kissimmee (English, Spanish)
  • St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, Orlando (English, Spanish)
  • St. James Cathedral, Orlando (English)
  • St. Mary Magdalen, Altamonte Springs (English, Spanish)
  • Registered attendees will be notified if additional cohort locations become available and will be able to change their registration if a different location is preferred

Seminarian collection Jan. 2-3

The special collection for this weekend – Jan. 2-3 – is for our Seminarians. We ask you for generosity, as this helps support the Orlando Diocese seminarians.

Preparing for the Sacrament of Holy Orders is a 7-9 year process. It entails intellectual, spiritual, pastoral and human formation, preparing men to answer the call they have received to serve God’s people in love and humility.

The full cost of a seminary tuition, insurance and books exceeds $400,000 during the formation period.

Your support ensures that money is never an obstacle between a man and this sacred calling. Please give generously to help these men who are willing to lay down their lives in service to our Lord’s Church.

You can give to this collection using the envelope in your packet. Or you can give online through our Online Giving portal (add “Seminarian Collection” in the Special Intention field).

Or for more information on ways to support our seminarians, please visit www.cfocf.org/seminarian.

For more on the seminarian collection, view this video:

Formed.Org has some of the best Catholic content on the web, and Holy Family Catholic Church has enabled you to get most of this content for free.

You now NO LONGER NEED a Parish Code. Here is how you get access to videos, Bible studies, e-Books, audio recordings and more from some of the best Catholic minds in the country.

Already have a FORMED account?

1. Visit formed.org
2.Click Sign In
3.Enter your email
4.Click the link in your email (you’ll want an email address you can access either on the computer you are using or your phone if you wish to get to it on TV)
5.You’re in! No more passwords!

Want to create a new FORMED account with your parish or group?

1.Visit formed.org
2.Click Sign Up
3.Select “I Belong to a Parish or Organization”
4.Find your parish by name, zip, or parish code
5.Enter your email – and you’re in!

We’ll curate some of the timely, pertinent content here weekly and monthly.

****FYI – Formed.org has changed how you sign in to the program. Make sure the email address you use to set it up is one that you have access to wherever you want to log in (ex: an email address you can access via mobile device).

This Week’s Picks

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Liturgical Calendar

(updated by Tuesday each week; * – en espanol)

December 14

St John of the Cross
True Reformers: Session 5, St. Teresa of Avila
Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer
The Fire of Love
Fire Within
Prayer for Beginners
Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer
Prayer for Beginners
Into Your Hands Father
The 3 Stages of the Interior Life

December 20, Fourth Sunday of Advent

 YDisciple: Advent, Session 4: The Gift

December 21

St Peter Canisius

Young People’s Book of Saints

December 25, Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Symbolon Knowing the Faith Session 4: The Story of Salvation
Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree
The Story of the Nativity
Joseph of Nazareth
Mary of Nazareth
Brother Francis: The Rosary
Brother Francis: O Holy Night
Ready Reasons: Were the Magi at Jesus’ Birth?
God is Love
Mary: God’s Yes to Man
God Sent His Son: A Contemporary Christology
Love: A Fruit Always in Season
Read Aloud book of Bible Stories
My Path to Heaven
Christmas with Bernadette
Come, Lord Jesus
Advent of the Heart
The Blessings of Christmas
Cradle of Redeeming Love
The Strangers at the Manger
Come, Lord Jesus
The Meaning of Christmas
God Made Man
The History of Salvation
The Story of Christmas
The King is Born
The Mystery of Christmas
Glory to the Newborn King

December 27

Feast of the Holy Family

Beloved
Symbolon Living the Faith Session 7: A Love that Lasts: Discovering Authentic Love
Symbolon Living the Faith Session 8: A Love That Lasts: God’s Plan for Sexuality
YD Hot Topics Session 6: Christian Dating
The Wild Goose 8 The Spirit and the Sacraments
Echo III: Episode 28: The Fourth Commandment
Echo III Episode 30: The Sixth Commandment
Echo III, Episode 33: The Ninth Commandment
Building Better Families
Joseph of Nazareth
Mary of Nazareth
Marriage: God’s Design for Life and Love
Sorrowful Mysteries
The Juggler of Notre Dame
St. Nicholas: The Real Story
Boys to Men
How to Raise Good Catholic Children
Mother’s Rule of Life
Discovering God Together
A Landscape of Dragons: The Battle for Your Child’s Mind
Behold the Man
My Brother, the Pope
Making Gay Okay
The Porn Myth
Cradle of Redeeming Love
Jane Eyre
Mary: Handmaid of the Lord
On the Family
Humanae Vitae
Why Humanae Vitae was Right
The Catholic Family Handbook
Pruebas de Fuego
Green Sex
Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Annulments
From Love, By Love, For Love
No Imitations
Marriage and Family
Three to Get Married
Counting Your Blessings
Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime
How to Apply Our Faith to Our Families
Feminine Genius
Pure Fatherhood
The New Sexual Revolution
Love or Lust
Extreme Makeover
Defeating Satan’s Deadly Weapon Against Men
Women Made New
What Every Couple Should Know
How to Talk About Same Sex Marriage
Dating and Courtship
How to Keep Your Kids Catholic
Love Conquers All
Protecting Innocence

St. John the Apostle

Footprints of God Jesus: The Word Became Flesh
Lectio Eucharist
Lectio Eucharist Session 7: Bread of Life Discourse
Lectio Eucharist Session 10: Revelation
Lectio Evangelization
Lectio Prayer
Symbolon Knowing the Faith Session 3: The Bible
Symbolon Living the Faith Session 2: The Eucharist
Lost Gospels of False Gospels
You Can Understand the Bible
Sacraments in Scripture
Read Aloud Book of Bible Stories
New Testament Catholic Study Bible
Searching the Scriptures: The Gospel of John
Lectio Divina
The Eucharist: Answering Common Objections
The Lamb’s Supper
Right Here, Right Now: Always Be Ready to Share Your Faith
Truth and Life Audio Bible John
Truth and Life Audio Bible Universal Letters
Truth and Life Audio Bible Revelation
Holiness is Always in Season
The Treasure of Our Soul
Unlocking the Book of Revelation
Lessons from the Early Church
The Case for Jesus

December 29

St. Thomas Becket

Crossbows & CrucifixesYoung People’s Book of Saints

Fathers are not born, but made. A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child. Whenever a man accepts responsibility for the life of another, in some way he becomes a father to that person.

From Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter “Patris Corde”

Pope Francis recently declared 2021 as the Year of St. Joseph. This year runs Dec. 8, 2020, to Dec. 8, 2021.

HolyFamilyOrlando.com is providing several resources for you to go deeper into veneration of St. Joseph and his role in the Holy Family.

About St. Joseph

News

Pope proclaims a year dedicated to St. Joseph – Our Sunday Visitor, Dec. 8, 2020

Plenary indulgence offered in Year of St. Joseph, Vatican News, via aleteia.org.

Why two feasts for St. Joseph? – Teaching Catholic Kids

Why should we have a devotion to St. Joseph? – CatholicExchange.com.

Does St. Joseph invite you to manage your expectations? Consider the pope’s reflections – Aleteia.org

Feast days

  • March 19 – Solemnity of St. Joseph
  • May 1 – Optional Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker

Resources

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter “Patris Corde”, issued on the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.

Novena to St. Joseph, from EWTN

Advent video on St. Joseph by RedeemedOnline.com; (requires free login)

Prayers and Devotions to St. Joseph – sensusfidelum.us (also includes a Litany of St. Joseph)

Five Ways Joseph Helps Us Live Out Advent – CatholicExchange.com

Prayer to St. Joseph

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.

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