Parish & Family Life
"The future of humanity passes by way of the family." John Paul II-On the Family, no. 86
The primary mission of the Parish and Family Life Ministry is to promote intergenerational parish family life for both married and single persons through the increased sharing of gifts and interests in order to minister to the needs of all. The Family is the fundamental building block of every society and is integral to the Life of a Parish community. The vitality we experience at HNJ is linked to the spiritual health of our individual families. We as a parish are committed to promoting the Christian Vision of Life and Family in all of our ministries.
At HNJ we offer a variety of gatherings throughout the School Year focusing on the subject of:
- Building Strong Catholic Families
- Sharing Catholic Values
- Living Christian Virtues
- Promoting Child Safety
We offer a Family Life Series to assist parents in creating conversation within the home that will include enhancing Communication skills, Child Safety Education, and Practical advice for helping children build self-confidence and assertiveness skills. This series will enrich your family's sense of a Catholic identity, assist you in practicing virtues that lead to Christian living, and provide strategies that will help your children be safe and healthy in mind and spirit.
Beachside Fall Festival
HNJ’s Annual Beachside Fall Festival always has lots of great food and fun for the entire family. Our arts & crafts sale showcases the creative work of local artisans. We have a variety of games, rides and a haunted house for non-stop fun! Free parking is provided. For further information contact Bob MacDonald, Chairperson, 321-777-5769.
Child Care-Treasures of the SON
- Sunday Morning—8:45 & 10:30 AM Sunday Masses
- Parent's Morning Out—Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:00 am-12:00 pm; Cost: $20 - one day a week or $30 for two days. ($20 annual registration fee) Multiple children discount offered. Newborn to 4 years.
- Great Dates—Saturday evenings once each month (Fall-Spring)
The Kitchen Ministry supports the HNJ School and all special events serving food and beverage. For further information, please contact Kathy Cuccaro, 321-773-2783, x148.
Marriage Support Ministry
- Marriage Preparation—FOCCUS is an inventory of 150 questions in 15 different categories e.g. communication, finances, marriage as a covenant, spirituality to determine an engaged couples compatibility on these issues and to establish a good foundation for the Sacrament of Marriage.
Marriage Enrichment—Programs designed to enrich, support and strengthen marriages, including:
- RE-FOCCUS—Is an inventory of probing questions for an existing marriage to be used as an enrichment tool for discussion and to help objectify disagreements.
- Great Dates—A once a month opportunity for couples to enjoy a night out together, childcare provided, focusing on the enrichment topic provided.
- Marriage Encounter—A weekend focused on each other during which couples learn the single most important communication skill to enhance their marriage. The weekend is a positive, simple, common sense, private experience between husband and wife that revitalizes your marriage.
- Restoring Marriages—This ministry uses various programs, e.g. Reconciling God's Way, a 17-step program, and Retrovaille—a weekend retreat to assist couples experiencing significant trouble.
- Blended Families—Couples who have experienced success in blending separate families assist other couples.
- Natural Family Planning—A proven method of both understanding and being open to the sexuality of oneself and one's spouse which greatly enhances the intimacy of marriage.
- Marriage Mentors—Couples who have been married at least 15 years who have successfully weathered whatever problems life has brought during their marriage; who are willing to listen non-judgmentally to the problems other couples are experiencing; and share from the heart whatever techniques or solutions did or did not work for them.
- Divorce Support—This peer-to-peer ministry walks with individuals experiencing the devastating effects of separation and divorce and provides healing programs e.g. Divorce Care; Rebuilding; Just Me and the Kids.
Scouting—Boys & Girls
Daisy Scouts, Brownie Scouts, Junior Scout, and Cadets participate in service projects, camping, special events, and of course cookie sales! Participation is open to all girls in grades K-8. For more information, contact Tricia Rydson 321-951-2033.
The Cub Scout Pack 380 & The Boy Scout Troop 380 offers enjoyable and challenging programs for all Scouts to develop the confidence, skills, character, and mental fitness that will allow them to give quality leadership to a changing society.
Adult leaders are:
- Boy Scout Troop 380's - Brad Helin 544-2242 (ScoutMaster) and Luann Lane (Committee Chairperson), www.Bsahnjtroop380.com. 6th grade and up-All of the boy scouts meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 pm in the multipurpose room next to the gym www.bsahnjtroop380.com.
First Friday Breakfast
First Friday Breakfast: is offered the First Friday of the month from November to May in the Community Room immediately following the 8:30 am Mass. For further information, please contact Karin Alcock, 321-773-2783, 140.
Small Church Communities
Small Church Communities, consisting of 8-12 parishioners, come together to be a little church within a larger church. They allow parishioners to provide support and encouragement to each other by sharing their personal experiences and getting to know one another through fellowship and outreach. There are five characteristics of small church communties: prayer/reflection, faith sharing, mutual support, continued education and mission/outreach.
Some groups choose to use resource materials for sharing Scripture such as Fr. Tobin's commentaries on the current readings.
Provides, coffee, donuts and an opportunity for fellowship after the 7:15, 8:45 and 10:30 am Masses.
Knights of Columbus
Bishop Verot Council #5845: The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men's fraternal benefit society that was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 12,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
Bishop Verot Council #5845 was begun by 62 gentlemen of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in 1966. Since that time, the membership has increased to over 160 members, and represents Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Immaculate Conception Parish, and Patrick AFB Catholic Community.
Affiliated with the National Council of Catholic Women, the Guild sponsors community projects, an annual fashion show, and charity fundraisers. "That our work be His". Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Community Room. For further information, please contact Pat Hanrahan 321-777-0406.
Shepherd's Center Beachside
The Shepherd's Center-Beachside, Inc. is an interfaith organization whose mission is to shape a new image of aging that will provide an opportunity for adults over the age of 55 to enhance their quality of life by:
- Being creative and productive throughout their later years.
- Using their talents, skills and knowledge to benefit others.
- Serving as a conduit for information and referral to services available through other agencies both public and private for the purpose of linking persons and resources.
- Developing programs especially suited to feed the mind and spirit and enhance life satisfaction through artistic expression, community service, caring relationships, lifelong learning and the discovery of inner resources.
Local churches and synagogues sponsor this organization and some provide a campus where these learning opportunities take place. There are four terms each year (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall). Programs are conducted on Thursdays and Fridays and run for seven to eight consecutive weeks. Info-Ed Romano 724-1388.