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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

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

About St. Joseph


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

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

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

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

Feast days

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


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; (requires free login)

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

Five Ways Joseph Helps Us Live Out Advent –

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.

Holy Family’s Catholic Youth Ministry seeks faith-filled, committed, energetic adults to help build the young church. The ideal candidate is an active Catholic, has a servant heart and a love for young people. Adults that volunteer in youth ministry are invited to fill a variety of roles. Roles include, but are not limited to, the folowing:

  • planning and facilitating of gathered sessions
  • faith formation catechist
  • small group leader
  • technology, social media
  • cooking/serving dinners
  • chaperoning events on and off campus

Core Team members must fulfill diocesan requirements to serve youth.

If you’re interested, contact Ellona Delac at

All parishioners are welcome to return to the Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel for private prayer.

For over 25 years, Holy Family had been very blessed to have Perpetual Eucharistic Exposition in the Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel (the small building in the main parking lot next to the main church) 362 days of the year (not during the celebration of the sacred Triduum – Holy Thursday until after the final Easter Sunday Mass). Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the adoration chapel had to be closed for everyone’s safety. We are delighted to announce that the Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel is open once again.

All parishioners are welcome to the Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel for private prayer. Currently there are only Eight chairs with kneelers. PLEASE be considerate of adorers that have signed-up or are elderly that may need seating. You may make reservations on SignUpGenius. To make reservations, click here.

Once your reservation is made, the code to enter the chapel will be sent to you.

If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Noel Oteyza at or 407.314.5175.

Eucharistic Exposition vs Adoration

It is important to understand the difference between Eucharistic Exposition and Eucharistic Adoration. Eucharistic Adoration refers to our prayer before the host not exposed, as in the tabernacle. This may take place in our church at any time the church is open. Eucharistic Exposition refers to prayer before the host exposed in a monstrance.

During Eucharistic Exposition the church encourages us to do readings from Scripture; and pray parts of the liturgy of the hours. The church also encourages us to remember the celebration of the Mass and pray with the Eucharistic prayers from Mass. It is also appropriate to remember those who are receiving viaticum [communion for the dying]. Since Eucharistic Exposition is part of the church’s official liturgy, devotions should not be prayed during exposition.

The Church reminds us that adoration of Christ present in the sacrament, derives from the sacrifice of the Mass. The Eucharistic sacrifice of the Mass is the source and culmination of the whole Christian life. Therefore devotion towards the Eucharist should always lead to a more full participation in the celebration of the Mass.

There is no training needed to be with Jesus. You are welcome any time, day or night. And you may volunteer for an hour a week, an hour a month, or be part of the substitute list (overnight hours have a special need for scheduled adorers and substitutes). Be a part of something that will transform your life and the life of your Parish. Jesus is waiting for you!


Noel & Karyl Oteyza 407-532-3336 or email Noel

More Information About Perpetual Adoration

Devotions and Eucharistic Adoration: USCCB

Perpetual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Eucharistic Adoration in the 21st Century

25 years at Holy Family

May 21, 2019 was the 25th anniversary since the start of Perpetual Eucharistic Exposition. One reason is that people are willing to adore the Lord at all hours of the day. See the article links below to read more about its history at Holy Family and the celebration of our 25th anniversary.

Perpetual Adoration History at Holy Family (released 2009 for 15th anniversary)

(UPDATED 5/21/19) – History of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration at Holy Family

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