Dear St. James Family,

I have exciting news to share! On Tuesday, gathered with the members of the St. James Council, I signed the lease for our new space! Mark you calendar for Saturday, April 14 at 4 PM to see the building (more details to come). More on the lease story and upcoming plans below.

Tomorrow evening is soup and stations of the cross. I hope you can join us. Saturday afternoon is outdoor volunteer day and then Sunday is Passiontide, which is a great Sunday to re-up your Lenten devotion. I will also be continuing my homily series on advanced prayer, which people are finding helpful. Come join us.

Upcoming Events

Lent Intensifies, Passion Sunday, Penitential Procession at 10:15 AM | March 17


The two weeks of Passiontide begins this Sunday, signifying the entrance into this more intense time of Lenten preparation and mediation on the Lord’s passion. Mass begins by praying the Great Litany, spoken at the 8:00 AM Mass and chanted in procession at the 10:15 AM Mass. Statues are covered as sort of visual penance. Also the last remnants of the Glory be disappear from the introit which is chanted during the first incensing of the altar.

Palm Sunday | March 24

The principal Mass (10:15 AM) the liturgy will begin outside of the building with the joyful blessing and procession of palms into the church while singing the loved, traditional hymn All Glory, Laud, and Honor, commemorating our Lord’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week. Because everyone loves this Mass, it tends to be on the full side, so arrive early.


Learn about this Powerful Novena for Bringing Back Away Catholics | March 24

On Sunday, March 24, we will be making available a limited supply of Divine Mercy Chaplet brochures for you to use to pray for specific people who are away from the Church. Good Friday, March 29 is the traditional time to being praying the Divine Mercy Novena (novena is a nine day period based on the days of prayer offered by the disciples while awaiting Pentecost). While praying these prayers, you are encouraged to consider who you might invite to come to Divine Mercy Sunday which is on April 7. This is a time to prayerfully gather and invite all those you are able, and bring fainting souls to the spring of Christ’s mercy so that he can heal and strengthen them. Learn more.

Easter Day Mass Held at Different Location | March 31

On March 31st we will be meeting for Mass at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home Chapel located at 11801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville (Do not go to the wrong Hardage-Giddens since there are two of them located on San Jose Boulevard. We are at the one down in Mandarin.) at our normal times of 8:00am & 10:15am. The

Mandarin Community Club, where we normally meet for Mass, is not available that weekend due to the Art Festival which has been held there on Easter weekend for over fifty years. We will be back at our normal location the following Sunday. The celebration being moved to a different location is just another reminder of how blessed we are that our little Mission is growing and yet another sign that St. James needs a more permanent home.


Other upcoming Dates


Click here to check out all of the upcoming events at St. James!

News and Announcements

Lease Update: Delay, then Signed, Keys in Hand


In my last email I wrote that I had obtained approval from Bishop Lopes to sign the lease for the space that we were looking at. Unfortunately, just after I sent that email, I learned from the landlord that the building has asbestos in the popcorn ceiling which would need to be removed at a significant cost. This meant that we had to enter back into negotiations over who was paying for what, however that is now complete. Phew!


This past Tuesday, March 12, 2024, I signed the lease which brings to conclusion  over two years of looking into possible purchases or leased spaces for St. James to expand into a more stable location. In the spring of last year we found out about a possible 3,000 square feet storefront possibility on Phillip’s Hwy that we could actually afford and we begin moving forward with plans to move into the space. Though it was discouraging at the time, the owner ended up withdrawing the space from the market. What we did not know, is that just a few months later, we would come across a better, larger space in a superior location.


This past Tuesday, we agreed to lease a 4,500 square foot space that, when it is complete, will have not only a beautiful altar area (see below), but also four bathrooms, a kitchen, and multiple spaces for classrooms, and offices. The space will need to be renovated for our use, much of which will be done by contractors (moving walls, electrical, plumbing), though we can keep costs down if you are willing to help with some of DIY opportunities such as painting, flooring, installation, trim work, and landscaping (send me an email so I can contact you when we are ready). If all goes well, I am hoping that we will be in the space by Christmas at the latest, or perhaps earlier if God wills it.  


Learn More about the Project: Pictures, Layout, FAQ, Location

March Giving Update: Thank you for your Open Hearted Generosity!

  • Giving for February: $8,996.05 (general $4,790.55, capital $4,205.50). 12 month average $12,073.55

  • February Expenses: $6,034.49 Covers quarter of priest’s support, half of pension, travel, liturgical supplies, music, building rent and liability insurance, advertising, bishop’s tax, almsgiving, hospitality


Leased Building, Rough Goals (numbers may change based contractors, supplies, volunteer availability):

  • Monthly Giving increased to $10,000 Complete 😊

  • Emergency Reserves of $30,000 (three months of operating expenses): Complete😊

  • Phase 1:  $126,188.88 (walls, plumbing, electrical, floors, chairs, lights.)  Complete😊

  • Phase 2: $11,994.73 of $19,620 raised for signage, kitchen, landscaping, sacristy cabinets, bathrooms

  • Phase 3: $25,320 needed estimate for Stove, Advertising, Votive Stands, Vestibule Beautification

Support The Build Out


Arrange for the Sacrifice of the Mass for a loved one or for your own personal intentions


This is one of the greatest gifts that you can provide for someone in need: a family member, a friend, or a deceased loved one. To do so, please contact Lori Adelfio at to arrange the Mass Intention or complete a Mass Intention envelope which can be obtained at the Welcome Table at Mass. The date will be confirmed with you via email, so please include your email address on your Mass

Intention Request. A Mass offering is usually at least $10, though this can be waved based on financial need. For your convenience, you can make your Mass offering online here.


St. John Paul II emphasized the graces that come when a Mass is offered. “The Church believes that she will be heard, for she prays in union with Christ her Head and Spouse, who takes up this plea of His Bride and joins it to His own redemptive sacrifice.”

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


Prayer Growth Benchmarks, Prayer Part 3 Delivered on March 3, 2024

For growth in prayer to take place, it helps to know where you are in the process. St. Theresa of Avila is helpful in this aspect. She is a great teacher when it comes to prayer, one who has been declared a Doctor of the Church. Listen to this summary of her teaching so that you will know where you are and what to work on next, as you journey toward advanced prayer.


If you’ve not had a chance to catch Father Mayer’s first two homilies in this series on Prayer, be sure head on over and have a listen!

What it’s Like to Experience Rapturous Prayer (Part 2)

Is Ecstatic Prayer for Regular People? Prayer (Part 1)

Around the Diocese of St. Augustine

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 to register.



Camp I Am Special Buddies


High School youth, you are invited to an incredible volunteer experience this summer. For over 40 years, Camp IAm Special has been changing the lives of children and adults with special needs, offering them a wonderfulhands-on experience. This opportunity depends on young volunteers like you to guide them as Buddies. As aBuddy, you will receive professional training and support while sharing your life with someone precious to God. Camp I Am Special is a powerful way to serve and follow in Jesus’ footsteps by extending a hand to a person inneed. To learn more about becoming a Catholic Charities Camp I Am Special Buddy, please call (904) 230-7447or visit



Legion of Mary Annual Acies, April 14


Mark your calendars for April 14 and join us at St. Benedict the Moor Church in St. Augustine, FL, for the Legion of Mary Annual Acies. The event will commence with the Rosary at 1:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 2 p.m., and it will be a unique opportunity for our members to renew their promises to our Blessed Mother. We are privileged to have Spiritual Director Father Ed Murphy celebrate the Mass. The Legion of Mary aims to help its members become better Catholics, mobilize the Catholic laity, and raise the spiritual level of interest of the entire community. The motto is “To Jesus Through Mary.” For more information, please contact Ginger Grant at (904)654-3386 or visit

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