Dear St. James Family,

I missed you all on Sunday. As many of you know, I got wiped out by a not very fun stomach bug. However, I am grateful for the Lord’s provision in that our beloved Fr. Jim, just back from Italy, was able to step in and celebrate the Masses in my absence. Fortunately, I was incapacitated for only about a day and I am now feeling much better. Thank you for your prayers.

Holy Day of Obligation Today, May 18: 5:30 PM Mass Ascension of the Lord

In celebration of our Lord’s ascension into heaven to the right hand of the Father forty days after his Resurrection, we will be celebrating Mass for this most holy solemnity, a day of obligation for all members of the Ordinariate. Unlike some dioceses this day is not moved to Sunday in the Ordinariate, but remains on its traditional Thursday date forty days after Easter Day (Acts 1:3, 9).

If you are an Ordinariate member you can fulfill your obligation by attending any Mass today at any parish. If you are not an Ordinariate member, then no worries. Today is not a Holy Day of Obligation for you, but still a great day to come to Mass and for this most holy solemnity.

TRAFFIC: Remember, traffic is bad this time of the day in the Mandarin area, so leave yourself plenty of time to arrive by 5:30 PM



Deepen your Prayers with the Holy Ghost Novena

Following Mass you are invited to participate in the Novena for the coming of the Holy Ghost, a powerful experience of nine days of prayer (5/19-27, inflaming your heart and being filled with the power Holy Ghost, strengthening your will, and growing in virtue. We will be using the Novena found in the St. Gregory’s Prayer Book, which contains many beautiful devotion gathered together from the rich treasury of Anglican patrimony now brought back into the Catholic Church.


Retreat for Friends and Families of those with Mental and Physical Disabilities

Faith & Sharing is a retreat held at Marywood Retreat Center in St. Johns with Sister Maureen Kelley, OP and Father Ron Camarda as the animators for the retreat. There will be talks and then sharing in small groups. The experience is a lot of fun and an opportunity to grow deeper in your faith. The upcoming retreat is from Monday, May 22 beginning at 4 p.m. to Thursday, May 25 at noon. Scholarships are available. Click here for a brochure.


Camp I Am Special Needs Meal Donations

For the past 40 years, Catholic Charities Camp I Am Special has been a place for children and adults with special needs to enjoy a typical summer camp experience in a safe and loving environment. Along with serving campers, they provide leadership development opportunities to over 150 high school and college students. Each day of the six weekly summer sessions, Camp provides hot, nutritious meals and snacks to every camper, buddy, and staff member. You can help by sponsoring a meal or donating snacks, desserts and drinks. Visit, for easy sign-up and coordination of our meal and snack needs. We greatly appreciate your donations and can’t wait to see you at Camp I Am Special for our summer 2023 Under the Sea! For more information, visit


2023 Florida Eucharistic Congress: Friday June 9 and Saturday June 10

Save the date for the events happening on June 9 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 10900 SW 24th Ave., Gainesville and June 10 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11757 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville. There will be English/Spanish tracks, a Young Adult track (Jacksonville) and speakers include Bishop Erik Pohlmeier, Bishop Emeritus Felipe Estévez, Father Rafael Capó and Paulist Father Steven Bell. For more information, contact Erin McGeever at or visit Volunteers Needed, learn more For Jacksonville: For Gainesville:


Other Upcoming Dates

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Faithfully, your pastor,

Father Mayer

Parochial Administrator

St. James Catholic Church

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


Worship Location: 12447 Mandarin Rd, Jacksonville, FL