My Dear Parishioners and Friends of Holy Family Catholic Community,
As the “Southwest Fall Festival” has come and gone, The Holy Family Catholic Community is gearing up for the Year long Jubilee Year Celebration of the Diocese of Orlando. With the First Week of Advent (the beginning of the Liturgical Year) will mark 50 years that Orlando will have been a Diocese. In years prior, the Church in Orlando was incorporated in the Diocese of St. Augustine, which included the whole State of Florida (minus the panhandle, which was part of the Mobile Diocese). There were very few Catholics (none-the-less people) in the State of Florida. Years ago Florida was rated 17th in population. Today it is the 3rd largest State in the Union. We have a lot to be thankful for here in Orlando. And Catholicism has a major part of the history in the formation of this State.
As we celebrate this Jubilee of the Diocese, our Bishop John Noonan, has designated this time as a Holy Year in which we as a community at large should reflect on our Catholic Heritage and the importance of the Eucharist in our beliefs and way of life. During this coming year there will be numerous educational and sacred events that Holy Family Community will engage in, to help us remember our roots in Florida and in our Church.
Please, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary, take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about and participate in the daily or at least weekly Celebration of the Eucharist that can truly be “Our Salvation”!
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Very Rev. John C. Giel, V.G.,