2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554

Email: parishoffice@spsjax.org

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!

Back to School Bash August 12

  A St Paul’s Catholic Church & School Project

Hello everyone, our summer is going by quickly and the new school year is quickly approaching. 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.


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

Parish Picnic- April 29

What a beautiful family event our picnic was! Wow! The weather was gorgeous and everyone had so much fun!

Main Course was provided by St Paul Guild and so many brought delicious side dishes, deserts and drinks. It was so yumeee!

CRHP Invitation

Dear Ladies of St. Paul’s Parish,
St Paul’s is offering a two day women’s
retreat, Christ Renews His Parish. It is a spiritual
retreat which calls together the members
of our parish to experience personal renewal and
Christian community in a relaxed environment.
During the retreat you will develop lasting
friendships with your sister parishioners.
I would like to personally invite and encourage
all our ladies to attend Christ Renews His Parish
retreat here on April 21 and 22.
We are all busy and we can all come up with
plenty of excuses, but I want you to remember
that one YES can change your life in wonderful
Please prayerfully consider this invitation.