2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554

Email: parishoffice@spsjax.org

From Mother Theresa

The verses below reportedly were written on the wall of
Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India, and are
widely attributed to her.
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and selfcentered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior
motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends
and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be
honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give
your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never
between you and them anyway.
-this version is credited to Mother Teresa

Back to School Bash August 12

  A St Paul’s Catholic Church & School Project

Please join us for our Back-to-School Bash and Celebration on Sunday, August 12th.  At the end of 9 am Mass, we will have a special blessing for the children and their book bags to get the year started out on a positive note.   Following Mass, w’ll have orientation, visit the classroom and meet your teacher, and school tours.  The Back-to-School Bash and Celebration will commence on the playground area. We will have food, games, and bounce houses for all the kids to enjoy.  There will also be tables set up with wonderful information and sign-up opportunities for sports, after school activities (dance, karate, scouts), shortstop, PA, Homeroom Parents, and Children’s Ministry Activities, as well as a used uniform sale and SPCS “gear” to purchase.  Everyone is welcome so please come out and join us for the FUN!  Email Jennifer Roper, Parents’ Association President, roperjenn@gmail.com, or Serafina DiBennedetto, CRHP, serafinaann@mac.com with any questions.

ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO HELP IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED! As a community, with the support of Father George we have decided to work together to assist our children with their school supply list. What an opportunity to work as a family and help “lighten the load”

If you feel you would like to participate in this family project please refer to the list of items needed on the back of this page or you may visit the school website at www.spsjax.org go to parent page and click on supply list. NO donation is too big and NO donation is too small. It is with a greatful heart that we share our appreciation with our St. Paul’s family for all the support and what we can provide to our school throughout the year.


Choose Joy!

Life goes by in the blink of an eye. It’s too short to
live upset, angry, resentful or ungrateful. If you
look for the good, you’ll find it. Choose to be happy,
to be at peace.
Decide that each day is going to a great day and
grab each moment and make the best of it. Refuse
to let negative people and situations drag
you down. Trust your journey and know that if
you make a mistake, it’s okay. See it as a lesson
learned and keep moving forward. Spend less
time worrying and more time grateful for these
who love you and all of life’s goodness.
Choose to Live in Joy
Charity M. Richey-Bentley

Vacation Bible School at St Paul’s

Shipwrecked is a program that takes kids to an uncharted island and anchors them in the truth that Jesus carries us through life’s storms. Many have signed up and are having a grand time! Thanks to all teachers and volunteers who have worked so hard to put this Vacation Bible School program together. We are so blessed!

St John The Baptist

On June 24th, in the Roman calendar, the church
celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist. The
celebration of the birth of the Forerunner is one
of the oldest feasts in the Church’s history, dating
from the earliest days. St. John the Baptist has remained
a beloved saint throughout the life of the
Church and many religious orders, institutions,
churches, and shrines were established under his
patronage. The Eastern Church especially venerates
him and he is given a prominence in the Liturgy
and Church art to a degree which is not seen in
the West – an expression of Our Lord’s words
“Amen, I say to you, among those born of women
there is none greater than John the Baptist.”

A Father’s Prayer
Thank you for all the
fathers and fatherfigures
in this world
and for the many
ways You use them to
lovingly guide others
to Your heart. I ask
that You would bless
them and give them great joy and peace. May they
see You and know You in new ways. Show them
how much You love them and care about them.
Guide their steps, use their hands, and make them
a blessing to others as You continue to fulfill Your
special purpose for their lives.

May we suggest…Relax

To parents of young children, May we
God put the wiggle in children. Don’t feel you have to
suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome.
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little
ones to see and hear what is going on at the altar.
They tire of seeing the backs of others! Quietly explain
the parts of the Mass and actions of the priest, choir
and other ministries. Help them find the hymns and
prayers in the hymnal or booklets.
Sing the hymns, participate in the liturgy and pray.
Children learn about worship and liturgical behavior by
copying you.
If you have to leave Mass with your child, feel free to
do so, please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children
come to me…”
Remember that the way we welcome children in
church directly affects the way they respond to the
church, to God and to one another. Let them know
that they are at home in His house of worship.
The presence of children is a gift to the church and a
reminder that our parish is growing.
Letter to parents from St.. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Mount Dora, FL

A HUGE THANK YOU for your generosity towards the flood victims in India! Amazing response from St Paul's!