Dear St. James Family,

This past Sunday I was privileged to welcome into the Church Mesha Adams (veil) and Diane Adams (purple dress). Below is a picture along with Jessica Adams (black dress) who sponsored both of them. Although this day was years in the making, these women spent the past year specifically studying and learning more about the Catholic Church through the Mission of St. James in order to prepare for this day. Please keep them in your prayers.

 

This coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday, which celebrates the culmination of our understanding of who God is. Unfortunately, this foundational doctrine is little understood by many Christians even though it touches nearly every aspect of our faith. I look forward to sharing with you about this beautiful doctrine in a way that you can understand and grasp in a way that infuses every part of your life and way of seeing the world.

Upcoming Events

 

Corpus Christi Procession | June 2

On Sunday, June 2 we will be celebrating the doctrine of Christ’s real presence within the Eucharist, and we will be concluding both Masses with exposition and benediction. Following the 10:15 AM Mass there will be a Corpus Christi procession. The Church highly encourages attendance at this procession, so much so that those who devoutly participate in a Eucharistic procession on Corpus Christi will receive a plenary indulgence (standard conditions apply). Come and give public witness to your faith and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Exposition and benediction to follow both Masses and procession to follow the 10:15 AM Mass.

 

 

Organ Concert Outing in St. Augustine | June 2

Matt Daniel will be performing on Sunday, June 2 at 4:00 PM at Memorial Presbyterian, 32 Sevilla, St. Augustine.

Matt is a native Floridian, he has been playing the piano since age 3 and the organ since age 10. From there he began playing in his grandfather’s church, which began a lifelong passion for sacred music.  He holds a Bachelor’s in Music Degree from the University of North Florida and has played professionally at a number Catholic parishes. In addition to leading the Music Ministry at Memorial, Matt is a highly regarded concert musician and teacher.

Michelle Garaci is leading this outing. The plan is to meet at 2:45 PM to carpool from Jacksonville. After the concert we’ll be taking a seven minute walk to the Florida Cracker Cafe. For more information or to get in on the carpooling, contact RSVP@stjamescc.org to sign up and get in on the carpooling.

 

 

Workday at Leased Building | June 15

Join us on Saturday, June 15 from 8:30am – 12:30am for a morning of work at the new home for St. James!  After a morning of some light construction work, we’ll have a BBQ lunch served up by our very own Rex Setzer!  We’ll be filling in divots on the floor, setting bathroom fittings in place and some light construction work.  Please wear close toe’d shoes for safety and if you have work/garden gloves, please bring those with you.  So that we have enough food, please let us know if you’ll be out to lend a helping hand!  Email us at RSVP@stjamescc.org

 

Solemn Mass & Holy Burning | June 24

I will be celebrating 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, at Assumption Catholic Church (2403 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL)  Bring unwanted Bibles, broken rosaries, holy cards, statues, etc. Burnable items will be placed in a blessed fire. The rest will be buried in sacred soil (church grounds).  Assumption Catholic Church | 2403 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

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.

Note: We are not able to take holy objects to be disposed ahead of time. Instead, lease bring them with you to the event.

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News & Announcements

 

Lease Update: Asbestos Removed, Signage, General Contractor Needed

All of last week the team from Jen Safe Environmental were in the building with their special equipment in order to remove the asbestos so it can be worked on safely from here on out. Their work was thorough and is now complete.

The next step is to get a general contractor (GC) in there in order to begin the work of completing our layout for the space. Unfortunately, nearly all of the GCs who I have been referred to and been in conversation with over the past few months have, one by one told me that the job is too small for them. I am meeting with more GCs this week and next week and I am hopeful that one of these will be a good fit. Please pray that we find the right GC soon so that we can begin the permitting process and move forward in a timely manner.

With the help of Rex Stetzer, we are also in touch with a few different signage companies. The goal is the have a beautiful and inviting sign crafted and built that will be located immediately in front of the building.

Learn more about the project of preparing our new home!

 

 

St. James Upcoming Plans: Learn what we are up to!

On Tuesday of last week, the St. James Parish Council met to discuss activities and finances at St. James. Check out the Posted Meeting Minutes

Missed Some of my Recent Homilies? Listen to them here.

Below are some of the homilies that I have delivered at St. James over the past few weeks. Click to listen.

 

Learn why division among Christians is contrary to the gospel and how the Holy Spirit is at work to bring the family of God back together.

 

Learn about, Arrow Prayers, one of the most effective means of obligating God, according to Padre Pio. This simple prayer is a great way of opening yourself up to the many graces, helps, and assistances that the Lord wants to shower upon you.

 

Are the people in your life resistant to hearing the gospel? Your focus may be wrong people. Expand your awareness and watch your effectiveness in sharing the gospel rise dramatically.

 

 

Best Explanation of the Holy Trinity – Great for Meditation and Reflection

In honor of Trinity Sunday, May 26, 2024, I would like to encourage your prayerfully contemplation of the Trinity using the historic Athanasian Creed. I know of no better, short explanation of the Blessed Trinity than this creed. It is clear, crisp, direct and solid Catholic Teaching. This creed has roots going back to the sixth century and earlier. It was traditionally said at certain times during the Liturgy of the Hours (required to be prayed by clergy and avowed religious) up until the liturgical reforms of the 1960s when this requirement was dropped. However, this treasure of the Church is being revived through the Ordinariate. Check it out:

“The catholic faith is this: that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Essence. For there is one Person of the Father; another of the Son; and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is; such is the Son; and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreated; the Son uncreated; and the Holy Ghost uncreated. The Father unlimited; the Son unlimited; and the Holy Ghost unlimited. The Father eternal; the Son eternal; and the Holy Ghost eternal.

And yet they are not three eternals; but one eternal. As also there are not three uncreated; nor three infinites, but one uncreated; and one infinite. So likewise the Father is Almighty; the Son Almighty; and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties; but one Almighty. So the Father is God; the Son is God; and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods; but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord; the Son Lord; and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords; but one Lord.

For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity; to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord; So are we forbidden by the catholic religion; to say, There are three Gods, or three Lords. The Father is made of none; neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created; but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten; but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is before, or after another; none is greater, or less than another. But the whole three Persons are coeternal, and coequal. So that in all things, as aforesaid; the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped.”

 

Around the Diocese of St. Augustine

Msgr. Stephen Bosso will lead a retreat – “Psalms: Prayer of the Heart,” from May 31 (5 p.m.) to June 2 (noon).

The “Psalms: Prayer of the Heart” retreat will delve into the significance of the Psalms as a method of prayer within the Judeo-Christian tradition. It will explore how the Psalms are integrated into both liturgical services and personal spiritual practices, offering comfort, encouragement and a deepened connection with God, the church, the world and each other.

Msgr. Stephen Bosso, a native of Pensacola, Fla., has had a distinguished career in the Catholic Church. He has served as an educator, priest and leader, teaching sacred Scripture and homiletics at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary. With a doctorate in preaching, he continues to share his expertise through ministry and speaking engagements.

 

Father Rob Kroll, SJ, will lead a retreat – “Source and Summit: The Eucharist and Catholic Spirituality,” from June 14 (5 p.m.) to June 16 (noon).

The retreat will include five sessions exploring various aspects of the Eucharist and Catholic spirituality, including its Scriptural roots, sacrificial nature, communal aspects, insights from Eucharistic saints and practical application in daily life. In light of the ongoing Eucharistic Revival in the United States, Father Rob Kroll will delve into the significance of the Eucharist for the lives of Catholics. This event offers a timely and valuable opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding and connection to the central tenet of Catholic spirituality.

Father Rob Kroll, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wis., is a Jesuit priest with a diverse career. He holds degrees in philosophy, theology, divinity and clinical psychology and has served in various ministries, including teaching, coaching, as a pastor and director of spiritual formation.

  • Location:  Marywood Retreat & Conference Center, 235 Marywood Drive,           St. Johns (32259)

    The cost for each retreat is $140 for commuters, $210 for double, $290 for single occupancy.  Call Brianna McCoy at (904) 436-6592 to make reservations and payments.

 

 

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 June 21-23, 2024 and our Spanish retreat will be on September 13-15, 2024. For more information call 904-221-3232 or email rachelsvineyardjax@yahoo.com. All calls & inquiries are very confidential. Come and be restored!

 

Florida Heartbeat Protection Act and the upcoming Abortion Amendment

 

 

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

Parochial Administrator

St. James Catholic Church

A Community of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

www.StJamesCC.org

904-999-1423

office@StJamesCC.org

Worship Location: 12447 Mandarin Rd, Jacksonville, FL