Sacraments

Baptism

Families wishing to baptize their child(ren) must attend a baptismal class. The baptismal classes are roughly one hour long and include a step-by-step walkthrough of the rite of baptism, the symbols involved, the requirements for the sacrament, and the eligibility requirements for godparents. Families wishing to register for a baptismal class should contact the parish office at 904-387-2554 or parishoffice@stpauls-jax.org.

Note: All class participants MUST register prior to the class itself by contacting the parish office. Walk-ins will not be admitted. These classes are free of charge.

Adults wishing to be baptized who have not been baptized into any other faith should attend RCIA classes to prepare for the sacrament. St. Paul’s offers RCIA classes weekly on Wednesday evenings. Those interested should contact the parish office.



Descent of Holy Spirit at Baptism of Jesus - Baptistry at St. Paul's Catholic Church
Reconciliation


Confession is available in the church Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Sundays from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Additionally, private confessions may be scheduled at the pastor’s convenience by contacting the parish office.













Statue of St. Anthony at St Paul's Catholic Church
First Communion/First Reconciliation


Students of St. Paul’s School are prepared for First Communion and First Reconciliation as part of their religion classes in the second grade. Students who do not attend Catholic school should be enrolled in Religious Education classes at a Catholic church in order to properly prepare for these vital sacraments.

St. Paul’s offers Religious Education classes for children and teens in the school building Sundays at 10:15 a.m. Those interested in attending these classes should contact Ashley Buonomo at the parish office.





Confirmation


Students of St. Paul’s are prepared for Confirmation as part of their religion classes in the eighth grade. Students who do not attend Catholic school should be enrolled in Religious Education classes at a Catholic church in order to properly prepare for this sacrament.

St. Paul’s offers Religious Education classes for teens in the school building Sundays at 10:15 a.m. Those interested in attending these classes should contact Ashley Buonomo at the parish office.

Adults who have been baptized Catholic but have not been confirmed should attend RCIA classes to prepare them for Confirmation. Additionally, adults who wish to convert to Catholicism should also attend RCIA classes. RCIA classes occur weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. Those interested in attending these classes should contact Carol Warwin at the parish office.




Descent of Holy Spirit at Pentecost - from Sanctuary at St. Paul's Catholic Church
Matrimony


The Diocese of St. Augustine requires at least 8 months of marriage preparation with a Catholic priest prior to the wedding.

Couples looking to meet for marriage preparation should contact the parish office at 387-2554 or parishoffice@stpauls-jax.org to set up an initial appointment.

Couples looking to get married at St. Paul’s Church should contact the parish office for pricing information and to schedule a tour of the premises.



Anointing of the Sick


If you or a loved one are scheduled for surgery, have a serious illness, are in an accident, are hospitalized, or are otherwise incapacitated, please call the parish office for a priest to come administer Anointing of the Sick. If possible, please let us know ahead of time (i.e. prior to a scheduled operation) so that the priest will be more likely to shift his schedule in order to see you. If it is an emergency, by all means, please call immediately.



Last Rites


If a loved one is nearing death, a priest can administer Last Rites. Last Rites is not a sacrament in and of itself, but is rather the name for three final sacraments: Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Anointing of the Sick. Please call the parish office if you would like a priest to administer Last Rites to a loved one. If it is after business hours, you may contact the pastoral care office of your hospital, or contact St. Vincent’s hospital for the on-call priest.

Remember, Last Rites can be administered several days prior to death, and may still be administered up to four hours after death.


Funerals


If a loved one or family member passes away and you would like the funeral or memorial service to be held at St. Paul’s, please contact the parish office as soon as possible in order to ensure that the pastor and all church facilities are available for you. We make every effort to accommodate families in every way possible during these difficult times.

 

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