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December 2007 Issue


Creating a Nativity Belén
 Learn the art of building a Belén - a popular and long-established family custom in Spain. It’s a wonderful custom that gives families a real focus for Christmas. - Elizabeth Gessner

Home from War
Find out how Navy Capt. Kathleen Michel’s faith helped her get through the hell of war while serving at the Expeditionary Medical Facility in Kuwait. And now that she’s home, how is she adjusting to life with her husband and children? - Amelia Eudy

From the Fields to Marketplace
In part two of our two part series on immigration and migrant farm workers, writer Tom Tracy breaks down some of the issues and myths facing migrant workers today. - Tom Tracy


Bell Tower Gift Shop
“A refreshing stop for books, religious items and more!” Located inside the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine. 35 Treasury Street, St. Augustine Call (904) 829-0620

Catholic Charities “Putting Compassion Into Actions” Helping Families in Crisis
The 4th Annual Festival D’Vine Wine Tasting Event
Saturday, Nov. 3, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Balis Park – San Marco Square Over 300 fine wines, superb food samples from area restaurants
Hand-rolled cigars
For tickets: (904) 354-4846, ext. 227

Catholic Foundation “A Gift that Never Stops Giving”– Call (904) 262-3200, ext. 132 Email: acaudill@dosafl.com

Catholic Life Insurance
Securing Families’ Lives Since 1901
Don’t be a burden on your family! Plan for your final expenses with $5,000-$25,000 of life insurance coverage.
Call Mike Bagwin at (888) 799-4098 or
Gene Herscher (866) 670-3054

Holy Family Society of the USA
Insurance for Catholics and their families Permanent Life Insurance for Final Expenses exclusively For people ages 40 to 80.
One Fairlane Drive
P.O. Box 2909
Joliet, Illinois 60434

Jacksonville Memory Gardens
Our beautiful cemetery and funeral home are in one location, giving you more time to be with your family. 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, Fla. Call (904) 272-2435 or (904) 272-4756 www.jacksonvillememorygardens.com

Queen of Angels Catholic Book Store
“Largest Catholic Store in Jacksonville”
11018 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville 32257 Call (904) 288-0062

Retrouvaille/Rediscovery Weekends
Save your message by attending a Retrouvaille Weekend. It’s like a lifeline for troubled marriages. When both spouses commit, Retrouvaille has a 70% Success rate. Call (904) 992-0408

St. Vincent’s Hospital Where the Experts Care– At St. Vincent’s associates not only treat their patients like family, but they also make sure their own families get treated here. That’s because they know our facilities, equipment, and staff represent the best that healthcare has to offer. To learn more, visit www.jaxhealth.com

St. Leo University
“What you need for where you’re going” Call 1-888-STLEO4U

Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine
Celebrating 140 Years of Reconciling and Healing Love

From Le Puy, France to St. Augustine, Florida Is God Calling You? To discern a Vocation, call (904) 824-3735 Email: ssjflvocations@bellsouth.net

Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services
“Senior Homecare by Angels”
Call (904) 725-8222

To advertise in the St. Augustine Catholic call:
Communications Office : 904.262.3200 ext. 108 email: snguyen@dosafl.com