Dear St. James Family,

I’m excited about entering into this Lenten season of refreshment and renewal with you. To set the mood we will be having a penitential procession this Sunday (more details below). At the primary Mass we will be sending off our catechumen and candidates to a special liturgy with the bishop where they will be accepted as the elect, the final step before coming into the Catholic Church. Thanks for keeping them in your prayers.


My upcoming homilies during Lent will be focused on helping you begin moving toward the heights of prayer. Imagine encountering the Lord in a transformative way that fills you with tranquility and calm incomparable to any other life experience. This Sunday will be but a brief introduction to this series on prayer, since we have so much going on. If you want to get ahead on all of this, I would recommend this book.


If you have been away, this Sunday is a great one to begin anew. Yesterday, on Ash Wednesday, I preached on the importance of repentance and beginning again, which is what Lent is all about. Begin again, not only every day, but every hour, or more often if needed. If you have been away from us for a while or have yet to try out the mission, this Sunday we would love to have you begin again with us at St. James. 🙂

Upcoming Events

Penitential Procession to Kick of the First Sunday of Lent, February 18

Get into the Lenten spirit this Sunday by praying the Great Litany, a beautiful and historic set of prayers asking for the Lord’s mercy. 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 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 simpler, 8:00 Mass, 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.


Bishop’s Annual Appeal Commitment Sunday: February 18, 2024

This is our opportunity as a Parish/Parochial Community to unite with our Ordinariate family to support our shared mission of evangelization. Our Parish goal is $3,500.00. In the the next few days, please take the time to prayerfully reflect on the gifts that you have been given by God and respond to Bishop Lopes’ appeal as generously as possible. Your participation is essential to the success of the Ordinariate. Please join other Catholics from throughout the Ordinariate in supporting this very important appeal. Thank you for your benevolence!  



Connect with God: Learn to Pray, Monday, February 19, 2024, 7:00 PM

Find that peaceful place of contentment and consolation. I’m looking forward to helping you get started in this ever deepening and enriching journey of prayer. We will be getting down to the basics, helping you to sanctify time, discern God’s voice, and to learn the first, second and third most powerful forms of prayer. I’ll be giving this presentation over at Assumption Catholic Church (2403 Atlantic Blvd) beginning at 7:00 PM. Will be finished by 8:00 PM.


Church Liturgical Teaching Tour, Monday, February 19, 2024, 8:00 PM

Join me for a fascinating exploration of the Mass with all of its symbols, history, and meaning. Enrich your ability to pray the Mass as you grow in your depth of understanding. Get an up close experience of the priest’s sacristy, vestments, and liturgical implements. The teaching tour will be taking place at Assumption Catholic Church (2403 Atlantic Blvd) and begin just after 8:00 PM. Will be finished by 9:00 PM.


Requirements for Lenten Fasting and Abstinence from Meat

The Three Disciplines of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving lead us to the heart of what Lent is about – a deeper conversion.

  • Prayer: We pray to sustain our relationship with God. Let us intensify our relations with the Lord God, through personal prayer, prayer with our family & friends through liturgical prayer.

  • Fasting: We fast or give things up as a reminder to remove things in our lives that get in the way of our relationship with God. When we feel hungry or choose not to eat the things we like, we are reminded that everything we have is a gift from God. All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence. Catholics 14+ yrs old should abstain from meat entirely. Soups and gravies made from meat are permitted. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 59 are limited to one full meal on these days, with 2 small meals (which should not equal one full meal ). No meat is permitted on these two days.  

  • Almsgiving (Works of Mercy): We give alms with a spirit of generosity to our brothers and sisters in need, honoring Jesus’ call to serve our neighbors. This Lent, through our sacrifices, we can empower and transform the lives of our brothers and sisters in need.


Know Someone who is Considering Becoming Catholic or Who Wants to Learn about Historic Christianity?

Yesterday, I was talking with a Baptist college student who has been digging deeply into his beliefs and the teachings of the Catholic Church. I told him that I am pondering getting together with him and perhaps one or two or three others on a regular basis to walk through the teachings of historic Christianity. This would be an informal group that would meet every week or two at my office, beginning after Easter and continuing through the summer. If this is something that you would be interested in, please let me know and also what nights of the week you are available so I can schedule our first gathering. Thanks.


Other upcoming Dates

News and Announcements

Lease Negotiation Progress: Nailbiter

I told the folks at St. James about a bit of drama that I experienced over the past week. Negotiations seemed to be coming to a standstill with items in the lease, that there was no way the bishop would allow me to agree to, according to our lawyer. He suggested walking away. Many of you know how much work we have put into preparations for this building: meetings with the city, architectural drawings, meeting with contractors, and many phone calls and meetings. As you can imagine, this is not exactly what I wanted to hear. I simply prayed, “May the Lord’s will be done.”

Fortunately, last week, we were able to get the two lawyers on the phone together and some of the bigger issues were ironed out. During my last communication with our lawyer, he informed me that we are moving toward a signable lease. Please continue to keep all of this in your prayers.


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

Giving for January: $15,242.78 (general $8,967.78, capital $6,275).

January Expenses: $6,169.91 | 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 on outcome of lease negotiations):

  • $10,000 average monthly giving needed to cover operating expense: Complete  

  • $30,000 in reserves (three months of operating expenses): Complete 

  • $75,000 estimate needed for phase 1 of buildout: walls, plumbing, electrical, floors, chairs, lights. Complete  (note: this low number takes into account us doing our own painting, flooring, and trim work which saves us $35,000)

  • Raised $7,293.01 of $50,000 estimate needed for phase 2: signage, kitchen, landscaping, sacristy, advertising, bathroom renovations.


We need your help to continue moving forward, especially in regular monthly gifts. I encourage you to give in proportion to your income, with the tithe (10%) as your goal, even if it takes a few years to get there.


Great Shrove Tuesday Gathering: Amazing Food, Lots of Confessions

This past Tuesday we had a great time eating pancakes topped with whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries, chocolate and marshmallows. Yes, along with the sausage and other desserts, they were amazing. 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 everyone who signed up and brought food. Thank you to Cathy Messina for organizing the food at this fun night.


Thank you also to Fr. Jim who generously served as our confessor. The evening was supposed to end at seven, but there were so many people waiting to have their confessions heard that he was not finished until almost eight o’clock! What a beautiful grace from the Lord that so many people are finding healing and forgiveness in preparation for a holy Lent.

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

Same Sex Blessings Scandal – The Long View: Delivered on February 11, 2024

On December 18, 2023 the Vatican published a document on blessings for those in irregular relationships, which caused not only a large stir across the Catholic World, but out right rejection is some parts. How are normal Catholics to understand what is taking place in our Church? Experience long view of Catholic scandals and misunderstandings, beginning with Jesus Christ himself, through Church history, on up to the present. Learn why the  misunderstanding around this document is an age old Catholic tradition and why all of this makes sense, brings hope, clarity, and freedom. 

Around the Diocese of St. Augustine

Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends – Divorced, Separated and Widowed Ministry


Every Tuesday, February 20 – April 23, 2024 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.  This 10 week class is for anyone who has experienced the loss of a love relationship through divorce, death or break up of a long-term relationship. Individuals who participate in this program develop a better, more comprehensive understanding of how their relationship with God and the community can help them through tis very difficult journey.  

This program will be held at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church | Family Life Center 10472 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246. Registration of $50 includes textbook and materials. There are scholarships available if you’re unable to to afford the registration fee. To register visit REBUILDING


Relic Tour of St. Jude the Apostle – February 22 & March 2

Join us for an uplifting and inspiring event, the relic tour of St. Jude the Apostle. There will be two opportunities for veneration:  

Feb. 22 at Queen of Peace, 10900 SW 24th Ave, in Gainesville. The veneration of the relic will begin at 2:00 p.m., followed by a special Mass in honor of Saint Jude at 7:00 p.m.

March 2 at St. Joseph, 11730 Old St. Augustine Rd, in Jacksonville. A special Mass will be celebrated in St. Jude’s honor at 1:00p.m. Immediately following Mass, the public veneration of Saint Jude’s relic will begin until 8:00 p.m.

Millions of people have experienced St. Jude’s intercession in times of adversity and need. Click here for more information


February 23-25: Retrouvaille Marriage Retreat

Registration for the upcoming Feb. 23-25 weekend is now open. Retreat weekends are held three times annually at Marywood Retreat & Conference Center. The retreat is designed to help couples reconnect with each other and learn how to communicate on a deeper level. Through the program, you’ll learn how to express your feelings in a way your spouse can better understand, resolve conflict in healthier ways and rebuild trust through forgiveness. The registration fee is $350 per couple. If you’re interested in attending, you can register by visiting HELP OUR MARRIAGE. For more information, contact Retrouvaille of Jacksonville at (904)662-8604 or email


Eucharistic Miracles Exhibition, March 1-3

Experience a fascinating exhibition of Eucharistic miracles in the parish center at St. Matthew parish, 1773 Blanding Blvd. in Jacksonville from March 1-3. The exhibit features over 150 panels describing Eucharistic miracles from 22 countries, showcasing the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The exhibition will be open on Friday, March 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event is free, so bring your family and friends along! For more information, contact Melissa Merritt at


Healing the Pain of Abortion

A Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat is a beautiful opportunity for any man or woman who is struggling with the emotional and spiritual pain of an abortion or miscarriage in their life. Come and receive peace, forgiveness of self and others and the compassion of God. These retreats are private, strictly confidential and for people of all faiths. Our next English retreat will be on March 8-10, 2024. For more information call 904-221-3232 or email All calls & inquiries are very confidential. Come and be restored!

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