Dear St. James Family,

If you are joining us for Christmas Eve, be sure to arrive early in order to get a good seat. This Mass starts at 4:30 PM and will include beautiful traditional music including choir, organist, and violinist, and an encouraging message designed especially for those struggling with their beliefs. The liturgy will end with the cherished tradition of singing Silent Night together. This Mass will not have incense.

You can avoid the crowds by celebrating the Lord on Christmas Day. There will be no 8:00 AM liturgy this Sunday, but at 10:15 AM you can experience a beautiful reflective Mass, Christmas hymns led by song leader and organist, and the same homily that I gave the on Christmas eve. We will concludes by singing Joy to the World. There will be incense at this Mass.

St. James Carols at The Terrace of Jacksonville

This past Saturday a number of families gathered and brought to the residents of The Terrace of Jacksonville. The residents and their families showed great appreciation in response to this festive visit. Thank you to all of those who came and sang and thank you to Christine Coots for organizing the event.

Catholic Beliefs with Fr. Mayer: Every other Mon. evening, Jan 2 – February 20

Obtain an in-depth understanding of the story of salvation. Learn about the origin of creation, evil, angels, Jesus, Mary, the Holy Spirit and the founding and structure of the Church, the communion of saints the afterlife, heaven, hell, purgatory, the great tribulation and the return of Christ among other topics. This class is a great opportunity to clarify many misunderstandings of the Church. Class Location: Assumption Catholic Church (2403 Atlantic Blvd). Learn More.

Have a Judging Problem? Learn how to improve relationships by seeing others in a favorable way

Do you have a tendency to mentally criticize others? Would you like to be able to foster healthier relationships with those around you? Learn about what the Church teaches about seeing others in a favorable way and how to implement this charitable virtue into your life. Listen to this and other homilies over at

Upcoming Dates at a Glance (click an event to learn more or see All Events at the Website)

Faithfully, your pastor,

Father Mayer

Parochial Administrator