Dear St. James Family,

This past Sunday we celebrated Corpus Christi, a solemnity that focuses on the tangible presence of Christ in the symbols of bread and wine. As Catholics, we believe that these symbols are even more than symbols in that they become the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass. One of the ways that Catholics show this belief is through Corpus Christi processions, which you can see in the picture below.


Corpus Christi is a celebration that was officially established for the whole of the Church thirteenth century, though with roots and liturgies going back to Jesus’ day. This feast celebrates the tangible presence of Christ in the Eucharist (the Mass) that all Christian held to be true for over 1,500 years, that is until the painful family split known as the Protestant reformation. It is my prayer that all Christians would come together once again, united in our Lord’s eucharistic presence.

News and Announcements


Fr. Jim is Back!

We are looking forward to having Fr. Jim O’Neal back with us this Sunday, June 9. He is back from his travels to Rome and Nova Scotia. As you know, having him with us is a great blessing and he is loved by many. I am grateful for his help, especially in hearing confessions. Welcome back Fr. Jim.  


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

This Sunday, June 9 begins a season of the Church year that is commonly known as Trintytide or the Sundays 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 emphasize that your life and even the way that you keep time, is to be oriented around the one who is at the center of your life, God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


Different parts of the Church refer to this season in different ways. You may have heard this season called Ordinary Time, by other Catholics, the title of this season often used outside of the Ordinariate. 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.


Leased Building Update

Contractor: We are making progress on getting a contractor up to speed and have been having some good conversations and meetings. Thank you for your ongoing prayers.

Signage: I’m excited about the beautiful sign design that we working toward. It has the feel of an English country church and integrates a noble Tudor Arch. The design is not quite finished, but we are getting there.

Help Find Doors: If you have connections to a vintage style doors at a good price, please let me know (or perhaps you would like to donate some of these :-)? Ideally, they are beautiful and remind one of an old Church.

  • Nave doors: set of double doors, six feet wide, up to seven and a half feet tall, all wood (no glass) to use as the entrance doors to the nave (where the people sit).

  • Entrance door: standard size 36″ vintage looking exterior entrance door that has somewhat of an church feel to it. Could potentially have some glass

  • Double doors with glass: these doors will be used for a storage area on the side of the nave. The upper part needs to be glass in order to let in the window light that comes into this space. 72″ x 80″ (standard size)    

Finance Update — Thank you for your Open Hearted Generosity!

May Giving: $9,072.38 (general $5,622.93, capital $3,449.45). This does not include smaller funds.

Building Faith | New Home for St. James: Not too much has changed here. I’m waiting to update this until we have more accurate figures from the contractor. The interior designer that we are working with has recommended getting a professional to do the trim work, which is going to increase costs a good amount. Any help that you can provide is most appreciated.   

See Picture and Learn More about the Building Project


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,


Upcoming Events


June 15 Workday: Join the fun. Help Prep the Building – RSVP for Food

On Saturday, June 15 from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM prepare for some good honest work, connection, laughter, and BBQ! We will be removing a few walls and doing some light concrete patching at the leased building.

  • Tools Needed: saws (circular, reciprocating, oscillating), crowbars, extension cords, stepstool, concrete trowels

  • Personal Items: gloves, ear and eye protection, water bottle, a chair, good shoes,

  • Don’t come without this: readiness to sweat, get dirty and grow in holiness following the example of Jesus the Carpenter :-).


No tools? No worries. We have you covered. Just come and join us. Please RSVP by this Sunday, June 9: Thanks.


June 24 Holy Burning for Old Bibles and Blessed Items

Join us for an age old tradition of disposing of your blessed items through Sacred Fire on the Feast of St. John the Baptist. On Monday, June 24th at 7:00 pm, I will be presiding over the observance of the Nativity of John the Baptist, which includes a Mass and a traditional ritual involving the disposal of unwanted blessed items through a sacred fire.

  • Items to Bring: unwanted religious articles such as Bibles, broken rosaries, holy cards, statues, and similar items. Items suitable for burning will be placed into a consecrated fire, while those unsuitable for burning will be interred in consecrated ground on the church premises.

  • No 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.

  • Rescue Some Nice Stuff: Come early and check out the holy items that are being disposed. You might even find at item or two to rescue or repair to use for your own devotions. I rescued a perfectly beautiful old cross as well as medals the like

  • Cold Treats: What could be better than concluding a festive and most likely warm night with a popsicle or ice-cream!  St. James will be suppling cool refreshments!

Location: Assumption Catholic Church | 2403 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL


Upcoming Learning Opportunities Designed for Non Catholics

I am working with our evangelization guild to bring together four upcoming workshop opportunities that are constructed specifically to help our non Catholic brothers and sisters to better understand the Catholic faith. I’m sharing these with you now, so that you can begin assembling a list of possible people to invite to these two hour, interactive experiences (or maybe you would like to come and check them out yourself). We did something similar last summer that were well attended. The workshops will be held at the Salem Centre. There will be food, so an RSVP is required. More details coming soon. Please let me know if you would like to be on the invite list.

Feast of St. James Parish Dinner | Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 4:30PM

The Feast of Saint James, also known as Saint James’ Day, is a commemoration of our patron saint, James the Greater.  We’ll be celebrating the patronage of St. James on July 27th with a parish wide dinner. Don’t miss an evening of fun and camaraderie with your fellow parishioners.  Seating is limited. Dinner will be at St. Mary’s Seafood at 8129 Point Meadows Way, Jacksonville, FL.  See Brian at the Hospitality table after Mass for ticket and event information.


Other Upcoming Dates

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From the Preacher

Below are the latest homilies that I delivered at St. James. Check them out and share them with a friend. Search “Fr. Mayer’s Preaching & Teaching” wherever you get your podcasts and subscribe.

Why Jesus Wants You to Physically Touch and Feel Him – June 2nd Homily

Many Christians think of their relationship with God to be relegated to the spiritual realm alone, but imagine what it would be like to be able to touch God! This is exactly the gift that Jesus gave to his Church through the Eucharist. Learn about the fascinating history behind the bread and the wine at Mass being transformed at Mass into the body and blood of Christ and why the Lord wanted us to experience him in this way. Learn also how Christians are called to respond to this gift.

The Central Christian Doctrine is Not What you Think – May 26th Homily

There is a Christian teaching that is the source of all other Christian beliefs, the foundation upon which everything else is built. You might think that this is love or service or belief or Jesus’ sacrifice. The truth is that all of these point to a deeper and little understood truth among many Christians. Learn what this doctrine is and why it has and continues to transform the world into a better place.

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

Around The Wider Church

Check out this guide to a Faith-Filled Summer for Families

Summer presents an ideal opportunity to infuse wonder and enchantment, offering a perfect setting to engage the family with new and enjoyable activities. While each family may have its own unique situation, here is how we are enriching our family moments with faith-based ideas during the summer season.

Step Up for Students Scholarships – Available to Catholic Schools

Your child could attend a Catholic school with the help of a K-12 Step Up for Students Scholarship. Receive an average of $7,700 a year, per child for tuition and fees. Now more families are eligible. Dependent children of a reservist or active-duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces and Law  Enforcement Officers may also qualify, regardless of household income. Learn more or apply at


Diocese of St. Augustine Celebrates The Feast of St. James – July 25 6:00 p.m.

The event, commemorating the Camino Las Americas, begins with a procession from the Castillo de San Marcos (1 S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine) at 6:00 p.m. followed by Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine.

Faithfully, your pastor,

Father Mayer