Are you 70 1/2 or older and own an IRA?

You can use your regular IRA to make a gift to your parish, Catholic school, a favorite Catholic ministry or the Diocese. If you use your annual required minimum distribution to make a gift, you will avoid adding to your taxable income for 2018. Contact your tax advisor or IRA custodian to complete this year-end charitable gift. For assistance with planned giving or the Catholic Foundation, contact Cliff Evans, (904) 208-6931.

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Healing Retreat for Adult Children of Divorce

“Recovering Origins” is a new, two-day diocesan retreat for adults who are the children of divorced parents that will be held at the Marywood Retreat Center the weekend of February 2-3, 2019. Through reflection, discussion, and prayer, attendees will come to a greater understanding of the wound of divorce and its effects, advice concerning love and trust of others, and an experience of the Catholic faith that will lead to greater self-knowledge and healing. For more information or to register, visit or contact Mike Day at

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Diocesan Youth Conference: “Made for More”

Registration is now open for the Annual High School Youth conference, DYC, being held Feb. 22-24, at Camp Kuluqua in High Springs. All high school youth are invited to attend the diocesan-wide conference. The theme this year is “Made for More”. In our society, teens feel so much pressure and stress that this is an excellent opportunity to unplug, relax, have fun, as well nurture their faith, so they know how to handle all of life’s messiness. They will enjoy live music, games, workshops, faith sharing, Mass, Adoration, and enjoy our keynote speaker, Joe Melendrez
Cost: $125; deadline to register: Feb. 15. For details contact your parish youth minister or call (904) 262-3200, ext. 112 or email Robin Shipley at

Mpact Day of Service for Middle School Teens (Grades 6-8)

The Diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry is pleased to announce a new program called MPact; It is a day of service for junior high school aged teens. It will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 beginning at St. Matthew Catholic Church. The day will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and end with a sending forth celebration from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The day will include praise and worship, keynote speakers, faith sharing, service and a meal. The teens will have an opportunity to register with a service organization that we have partnered with and will have the opportunity to earn 8 hours of service at that organization as well as learn about their mission and impact on the community and people that they serve. Contact your parish youth minister or diocesan youth office to register.

You and Me and God Makes Three

You and Me and God Makes Three is a spiritual, Biblical-based look at finding a mate God’s way. Using the book, Dear God, Send Me a Soul Mate, by Rose Sweet, participants journey through the Old Testament story of Isaac and Rebekah. This six-week course offers eight specific steps for finding the love of a lifetime. For more information contact the Office of Family Life at (904) 262-3200, ext. 289. Classes are held on Thursday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., at Holy Family Parish Life Center, 9800 Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32256, January 17 through February 21, 2019. Cost is $40.00. For information and to register please visit