Dear St. James Family,

I’m excited about the current homily series I am delivering: How to move Toward Advanced Prayer. I’m especially looking forward to this Sunday when I’ll be sharing with you a highly encouraging message on what the path to advanced prayer is like at various stages. When you have an idea of what the trip looks like and where you are in that journey, it makes the next steps doable. If you missed the last two homilies (Why everyone can experience advanced prayer, What advanced prayer is like), be sure to listen to them over at the resources section of the website, or even better, subscribe to my Podcast so you never miss a homily.

 

Fun Trip down to the Cathedral with Soon to be New Catholics

Last Saturday I was delighted to be at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine where those preparing to become Catholic entered the final phase of their preparation and met Bishop Pohlmeier. The Cathedral was packed with some of the 800+ people getting ready to come into the Church along with their sponsors, for a liturgy known as the Rite of Election. For the past couple of months those in preparation have been moving through a sort of probationary period in order to prove their dedication and desire to become part of the Church. As of the Rite of Election at the Cathedral, they are now moving through the final preparation stage: the time of enlightenment and purification. During the next few Sundays, those to be baptized will be receiving special prayers and exorcisms during the Mass. The trip down to the beautiful Cathedral in St. Augustine, was an exciting time to be with those in preparation as they near their official entrance into the Church.

 

Below is a picture of those from St. James who attended the Rite of Election. Thank you to Charles Morgan (far right) for organizing and facilitating the trip.

Upcoming Events

 

Reminder! Get up an Hour Early on Sunday, March 10: Time Change

Yes, the one of the most complained about Lenten penances is almost upon us: the day you lose an hour. Because I love you, I thought I might share this note so that you won’t be late for Mass 😉 (wink). Be sure to set your clocks AHEAD ONE HOUR and get to bed early the night before so that you can join us as always for the most joyful day of the week.

 

Mothering Sunday – Try a Tasty Mothering Bun | March 10

The fourth Sunday of Lent, in our patrimonial tradition is known as Mothering Sunday. The tradition, on this day, is to visit your mother parish—the place where you were baptized or where you first came into the Catholic Church and/or bake some Mothering Buns. Come and experience the light, yet sweet taste of these buns right here at St. James! Mothering buns will be served after both Masses. Get your recipe for Mothering Buns here

 

Expanded Confession Opportunity | March 10 | 7:30 a.m.—11:20 a.m.

Because of the generosity of Father Jim and Father Ernie, we are able to offer extended confession for most of the morning of March 10 (apart from a few priestly breaks). If you are Catholic and have not been able to fit the Sacrament of Penance into your schedule for a while, this is your time. Come and experience the healing power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

 

Friday Soup and Stations of the Cross | March 15, 2024 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Pray the Stations of the Cross, grow in holiness, and get to know your fellow parishioners. Bring a soup or side and join us at the Mansour home where we will all gather in the back yard to walk the Stations of the Cross, while praying beautiful prayers that assist in meditating upon our Lord’s passion. Afterward enjoy good company and conversation over a delicious meatless meal. Be sure to sign up!

 

Women’s Prayer and Breakfast | March 16 | 9:30am

Connect and enjoy a morning out with the women of our parish. The monthly Women’s Prayer and Breakfast meeting is Saturday, March 16th, 9:30am-11am at Beach Diner Mandarin, 11362 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223.    We’ll be learning more about the life of St Gianna Beretta Molla. Please text or call Cathy Messina, 415-205-9705, if you can attend so we know what size table we need.

 

Grab a Rake and Help us Lend a helping hand at L’Arche

 

Join the Children and Family Ministry at L’Arche Jacksonville for a Grounds Beautification Day on the afternoon of Saturday, March 16! If you’d like to lend a hand, contact Colleen Kelley at 408-306-6280 or olearykelley@gmail.com

 

 

Other upcoming Dates

News and Announcements

Lease Update: Received Approval from the Bishop to Sign the Lease

For the past two months we have been going back and forth over the terms of the lease, both from a business and legal perspective, but yesterday I received permission from Bishop Lopes to sign the lease! Due to the Lord blessing us with a highly experienced team of negotiators, we have been able to obtain six months free rent and an excellent tenant improvement allowance given to us by the Landlord that is expected to cover half of the cost of the buildout. According to the Landlord’s longtime broker, this is the most generous deal that he has ever provided. This is a big milestone for St. James! According to Bishop Lopes, who has overseen a good number of these developing missions, having a stable building is a game changer when it comes to building a parish.

The big question, of course, that everyone asks is, when will we be moving into the space? I am hoping that we can be celebrating Mass in the new location this fall. I am hoping that the planning, bidding, permitting, and demolition will be done in the next three months and then the buildout will be complete in the three months after that.

There will be more details to come. We are working on creating content for the website that will include pictures, plans, and answers to questions about the buildout and why we have decided to enter a lease at this time. Stay tuned.

I would Like to Introduce Lori Adelfio, St. James Secretary Extraordinaire

For the last month and a half or so, I have been most appreciative for the assistance of someone who I consider to be a gift from the Lord sent just in time for the largest expansion of the mission of St. James. Lori comes to us with vast a wealth of parish secretarial abilities from her work on staff at St. Anastasia Catholic Church. With her gracious assistance with bulletins, newsletters, website updates, communication, records, and various projects, I am beginning to feel less overwhelmed with all that there is to do here at the mission. I have found her to be humble, diligent, and flexible. She even bears pleasantly with my oddities. I am grateful for her magnanimous yes to the Lord in response to him moving on her heart to serve in this volunteer role until we are able to transition to a paid secretary. Please help me to thank her, when you see her around St. James. Learn more about her over at the website.

Thank you for your benevolence to the Bishop’s Appeal!

God bless all of you who have so generously responded in support of the 2024 Bishop’s Appeal. Gifts to this campaign make it possible for more of God’s people to be touched by the Ordinariate’s lively faith, active devotion, and beauty in worship. If you have not yet responded, please do so today. Pick up a pledge card at Mass or visit:  GIVE TO THE BISHOP’S APPEAL

 

Grow and Be Challenged in your Faith: Listen to a Homily

What it’s Like to Experience Rapturous Prayer? Part 2 of Moving to Advanced Prayer

Be awed and drawn to taste fully of the Lord in an indelible, life changing way. Obtain a glimpse of the otherworldly experience of a divine encounter through the lens of the doctors of the Church, Scripture, and saints. This is the second homily on a series on prayer. Delivered February 25, 2024

 

Is Ecstatic Prayer for Regular People? Part 1 of Moving to Advanced Prayer

Can normal people enter into advanced, even mystical prayer or is this only for a certain select few? Is this only for the elite, for special saints? This is the first homily in a series on prayer. Delivered February 18, 2024

Learn what the Church has to say on these fascinating topics.

Around the Diocese of St. Augustine

 

Relic Tour of St. Jude the Apostle – March 2

Join us for an uplifting and inspiring event, the relic tour of St. Jude the Apostle. March 2 at St. Joseph, 11730 Old St. Augustine Rd, in Jacksonville. A special Mass will be celebrated in St. Jude’s honor at 1:00p.m. Immediately following Mass, the public veneration of Saint Jude’s relic will begin until 8:00 p.m. Millions of people have experienced St. Jude’s intercession in times of adversity and need. Click here for more information

 

Theology on Tap, March 4

Check out the next “Theology on Tap” event on March 4 from 7 to 9 p.m., at Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant at 12373 San Jose Blvd. in Jacksonville. Join Bishop Erik Pohlmeier and other young adults in a welcoming environment where you can socialize and explore church teachings while sipping drinks and engaging in meaningful conversations.

 

Ministry Formation Program Information Nights (MFP)  | March 11 & 18

The Diocesan Ministry Formation Program (MFP) is a three-year comprehensive program of study based on the USCCB document on lay ministry, “Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord.” The program is designed for those seeking to develop pastoral leadership skills for leading others to Christ, increase knowledge of the Catholic faith and develop a more profound personal spirituality. Five information nights are available for those who feel called to lay ministry and those currently in a position that still needs training. The following sessions will be held around the diocese: March 11 and March 18. For more information CLICK HERE

 

Practicing the Art of Accompaniment in Your Family | March 16

Sadlier Publishing is sponsoring Deacon Matt Halbach, Ph.D., to return to the diocese this March. He is the senior catechetical consultant for Sadlier and director of deacon formation for the Diocese of Des Moines. He will address the several groups in the diocese, including families! His presentation will introduce what Pope Francis calls the “art of accompaniment” (Joy of the Gospel, no. 169) by focusing on how Jesus accompanied his disciples in the Gospels. Next, we will look at accompaniment as a way of evangelization rooted in cultivating relationships based on respect, trust and love and mediated through the actions and attitudes we adopt. Finally, we will reflect on practical ways family members can more intentionally accompany one another. To register, visit Family Session.

 

Loving Through Loss Workshop | March 23

Join us for a day of healing and support at the Loving through Loss workshop hosted by the Diocese of St. Augustine and Red Bird Ministries. This Catholic grief support ministry is tailored for families who have experienced the loss of a child from miscarriage to adulthood. The workshop will occur on Saturday, March 23, at the St. Joseph Cody Center at 4114 Loretto Rd. in Jacksonville. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is $30 per person, including continental breakfast, lunch and a journal. Day-of registration will be available for $35 per person. Please contact Regina Quinones at (904) 910-7221 or email reginabquinones@gmail.com to register.

Faithfully, your pastor,

Father Mayer

Parochial Administrator

St. James Catholic Church

A Community of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

www.stjamescc.org

904-999-1423

office@stjamescc.org

Worship Location: 12447 Mandarin Rd, Jacksonville, FL