Dear St. James Family,

We had a great time last Sunday celebrating Corpus Christi! This solemnity celebrates Christ’s presence among us under the form of bread and wine which are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass. After Mass we went outside and participated in a procession with the Blessed Sacrament.

Celebrate Summer with Solemn Mass & Holy Burning! Reverent Disposal of Old Bibles and Blessed Items, Friday, June 23, 2023, 5:30 PM

Blessed items are to be reverently disposed, ideally through sacred fire or burial on blessed ground (like that of a Church). Celebrate the Nativity of John the Baptist with Mass and the age old tradition of disposing of unwanted blessed objects on this day through a sacred fire or burial. Bring unwanted Bibles, broken rosaries, holy cards, statues, etc. There will be a small burning and the rest will be taken away and buried in sacred soil (church grounds).

  • Dropping off Items? We are not currently accepting holy objects to be disposed ahead of time. Instead, please bring them with you to the event.

  • Pro tip: Come early and check out the holy items that are being disposed. You might even find at item or two to rescue and to use for your own devotions.

  • Popsicles: What could be better than concluding a festive and most likely warm night with a popsicle!


The Fascinating Reason why this Sunday is Called the Second Sunday after Trinity

In the Ordinariate, many of the Sundays are titled in such a way to remind us that time itself is oriented around events and teachings of Christ. These Sundays function to teach us that out lives and even the way that we keep time, is to be oriented around the one who is at the center of our lives.

This season of Sundays after Trinity is known in the Ordinariate as Trinitytide, although they are called Ordinary Time in other parts of the Church. The Sundays of Ordinary time function to drive home the importance of growth in holiness through the ordinary everyday occurrences of life. We are part of a rich church with many and varied traditions that enrich our faith.


Great Turnout at the Catholicism Introductory Workshop for Protestants!

Thanks to everyone that came out to the workshop this past Monday! Eight of those in attendance said that they were interested in further exploring Catholicism by participating in the classes that begin this September. The next workshop is scheduled for July 17 should you or someone you know want to check it out. Thanks to Queen of Angels Catholic Store for hosting these workshops.

At St. James our goal is to make  our faith as accessible as possible to any curious soul and so we have provided four different ways to explore the faith and consider becoming Catholic. Learn more here.


Meeting to Discuss Children and Family Ministry at St. James

The Lord has blessed us with a large number of children and young families at St. James and as we launch into this coming school year I would like to meet with especially our parents about the developing plans and new endevours that we are assembling for this coming year. At St. James we are dedicated to partnering with families to help them pass on a vibrant faith to the next generation. Please RSVP by this Monday ( and then come and join me: Tuesday, June 20 at 7:00 PM, 4161 Carmichael Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207.


What Stops the Eucharistic Lord from Transforming You? – Most Recent Homily

It is said that one communion correctly received is enough to make a person into saint, so why doesn’t this happen to you? On the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord, learn how to get your heart ready to receive the Lord. Learn how to be transformed. 

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


Bishop’s Appeal: Assist with the Larger Ordinariate Mission

The 2023 Bishop’s Appeal is our opportunity to unite as one Ordinariate family. Gifts to the Bishop’s Appeal support ministries that cannot be accomplished by one parish or community alone including: the development of new parishes, Bishop Lopes’ visits to all of the parishes of the Ordinariate, communication outreach, and more! Please help our community meet or exceed its 2023 goal of $3,000. If you have not yet made your pledge to the Bishop’s Appeal, we ask you to do so today. Help us reach 100% participation by giving online. Together we can meet the increasing needs of our growing Ordinariate!


Join the School of Prayer: Daily Office at St. James, Sundays at 9:15 AM

The people of God have, from ancient times, prayed at fixed hours during the day. A rich tradition of praying several times a day was first established in the early Church. These daily prayer sessions used a liturgy that revolved around the Christian Calendar. Thomas Cranmer simplified the eight daily offices into morning and evening prayer.  These were the most popular of the medieval hours of prayer in England. To this day, the practice of praying the “Daily Office” remains a vital part of our Anglican patrimony. If you would like more information on praying the Ordinariate Office, the many benefits it can bring to your life, join the St. James crew for Morning Prayer Sundays at 9:15 AM. For more information contact Doug Nesmith at


How is St. James Doing Financially?

  • General Fund Giving for May: $7,386.07 | Monthly Average Giving for past twelve months: $7,100.20 (average giving at this same time last year: $6,226.70)

  • May Expenses: $5,589.45 | Covers quarter of priest’s support, half of pension, travel, liturgical supplies, music, building rent and liability insurance, advertising, bishop’s tax, almsgiving, hospitality

  • Our Own Space: help us increase our monthly average giving to $11,000 in order to move into a leased space allowing for daily Mass, 24/7 tabernacle access, classes, gatherings, meetings, space for children’s ministry, an office for Fr. Mayer. At our current growth rate, we hope to meet this goal during 2024. Thanks for your support!

Help us Meet our Goal by Giving Today


Capital Fund Giving: Preparing for Long Term Ministry and a Stable Location

Do you have a heart for moving the community of St. James into a long term leased space or for purchasing needed liturgical vestments, altar improvements or other long term supplies? Mark your check or envelope for the Capital Fund. This allows 100% of your giving to go to this fund, unlike the general fund of which 13% is assessed (taxed) by the Diocese.


Reporting Abuse

If you have a reasonable suspicion of abuse, neglect or maltreatment of a child, youth or at-risk adult, report it immediately to the Department of Health and Human Services 1-800-96ABUSE. If the alleged abuse involved Ordinariate personnel, (priests, deacons, employees, teachers or volunteers), after contacting the authorities, please contact the Ordinariate Safe Environment Coordinator, Lynn Schmidt: 907-317-6257,

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