Dear St. James Family,

This Sunday we will participate in a first Sunday of Lent tradition that is unique to the Ordinariate and the Anglican patrimony that has been brought back into the Catholic Church: the Great Litany. This practice helps to set the tone for this season of preparation and renewal that we began yesterday on Ash Wednesday. At the beginning of Mass we will be praying together the Great Litany, a beautiful and somber way to begin this season of penance, preparation, and anticipation leading up to Easter. The Great Litany is the oldest piece of English liturgy in existence, first published in 1544, though with much older roots.

At the 8:00 Mass, at which we focus especially on simplicity, the Litany will be prayed together while you remain at your chair. At the 10:15 Mass the Great Litany will be chanted in procession as we move around the property and then back into the building (those unable to walk are invited to remain prayerfully in their seats) for Mass. Learn more about the Great Litany and the symbolism behind processions.

Ash Wednesday Attendance


Yesterday we had two beautiful Ash Wednesday liturgies: a Mass and then later in the evening what is called the Penitential Office for the Imposition of Ashes, a short fifteen minute liturgy of repentance and receiving Ashes which had a much larger attendance than I expected. Both of these liturgies were great opportunities to turn our hearts to the Lord in humility by remembering that we are dust and ashes.

We Officially Welcomed these Registered Parishioners this Past Week!


The Lord has been blessing our community with new families, though I have not been very good about getting out the word about blessings, but this is now my new Lenten resolve :-).

  • Doug and Michelle Nesmith: long time parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church, but more recently have been drawn to the beauty and reverence of the liturgy at St. James through the invitation of a friend.

  • Andrew and Kim Mansour along with their children Abby and Isaac: The Mansours were attending a very traditional parish out of state prior to moving to Jacksonville and found themselves drawn to the liturgy and the community life of St. James.

  • Michael and Colleen Kelley: new to the area and were directed to St. James by a family member who knew of their appreciation for the type of reverence and liturgical beauty found in the Ordinariate.

  • Blake Baumgartner: was baptized and received his first communion in the Catholic Church, but then his family ceased to practice their Catholic faith. By adulthood Blake began searching, asking questions, and reading voraciously and finding that secularism was lacking in many foundational ways. His quest for truth eventually led him to the Catholic Church where he continues to ask many excellent questions. He found his way to St. James because someone invited him.


Learn more about our helpful, four step process to becoming part of the community or let me know if you would like to be on the invitation list for the next dinner where you can learn about the history and vision of St. James and the Ordinariate as well as hearing about my story.

No Meat on the Fridays of Lent – Also, still Penance Requirement on Most Fridays even outside of Lent


Abstinence from meat during the Fridays in Lent is binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. This means that during these days of Lent it is not acceptable to eat lamb, chicken, beef, pork, ham, deer and most other meats. However, eggs, milk, fish, grains, and fruits and vegetables, and even meat juices, are all allowed.


Fridays outside of Lent continue as days of penance and expiation in union with Christ Crucified as a long standing practice of the Church. Abstinence from flesh meat is first and foremost commended, though outside of Lent another more helpful personal penance may be substituted. On Fridays that happen to asl be Solemnities, the normal penance is abrogated and replaced instead with celebration. This year the solemnities of the Most Sacred Heart on June 16 and the Immaculate Conception on December 8 both fall on Fridays. The Friday penance continues on all other Fridays of the year.

Upcoming Dates at a Glance

  • Penitential Procession: February 26, 10:15 AM 1st Sun. of Lent begins with Great Litany prayers

  • Catholic Worship Class: Mondays, 7-9 PM, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27 (Assumption Conference Rm.)

  • Soup & Stations of the Cross: Friday, 6-8 PM, 3/24 at Mansour Home

  • Mothering Sunday: March 19, 2023, Mothering Buns, Mother Church, Gratefulness for Mom

  • Palm Sunday: April 2, 2023 blessing of palms and procession into the Church

  • New Attender Dinner: Sunday, April 2, 5-8 PM Learn history and vision of St. James


Check out All Upcoming Events at the Website

Gifted with New Sanctus Bells! What are Sanctus Bells?


This past Sunday during Mass I publicly blessed the new Sanctus bells that were given to St. James. Sanctus bells are a set of hand bells that are first rung during the Mass when the Sanctus (Holy, holy, holy) is sung in order to bring attention to the fact that we are approaching the most important part of the Mass when the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ. They are rung again when the priest places his hands over the bread and wine and asks the Holy Spirit to come down upon them and the last time during the elevations when the Blessed Sacrament is held aloft so that the people can see and adore Christ who appears to us at this time in the form of bread and wine.


The bells that were given to us are some of the best Sanctus bells that can be obtained. They are made of bronze which gives a much purer and beautiful ring. This past Sunday I compared for everyone gathered the sound of our old brass bells to the new bronze bells and the difference in sound and beauty was clearly evident. I and the people of St. James are grateful to the person who so generously gave so that these bells could be used for the purpose of the gospel and bring glory to our Lord for many years to come.


Learn more about the use of bells in the Church.

Thank you to Everyone who Helped Launch our First Shrove Tuesday Gathering


This past Tuesday we had a great time eating pancakes topped with many delicious foods or condiments along with meats and deserts on the side. All of this was in preparation for a Holy Lent assisted by this opportunity to remove at least some of those tempting foods from your house. Thank you to Fr. Ernie Davis for driving in from Fernandina to provide the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Also to Cathy Messina who organized the food and the help of others:

  • Susan, Mercer and Kaitlyn who helped so much with cooking

  • Dana and Cindi both brought the delicious baked goods.

  • Ruby was so helpful with setup and Linda with cleanup and of course, Brian, Doug, and Kenneth

  • Andrew Salvatore who led the evening prayers and preached


Disagree with a Church Teaching? Learn How to Find Certainty – Most recent homily


Before he physically left this earth, Jesus put a particular structure into place so that those within his Church could have full assurance of his teaching. Learn about this structure and how you can use it to deal with those disagreements that you might have with certain Church doctrines.


Listen to this and my other homilies at or by searching “Fr. Mayer’s Preaching & Teaching” wherever you get your podcasts


Faithfully, your pastor,

Father Mayer