2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554

Email: parishoffice@spsjax.org

School Enrollment News

Please share with friends and family!
Our St Paul’s Catholic School in NOW enrolling students PreK-3 to 8th Grade. We accept Step Up for Students, McKay and Gardiner Scholarships!
Please stop by the school office during the day and we will be delighted to take you on a tour of our facility.
Kim Repper
School Principal

Kitchen Project

St Paul’s Family,
We have started our Kitchen Renovation project
which has been on the church list of improvement
projects for several years. Our objective is to build a
commercial certified kitchen that will better serve
our school and parish for various functions including
hall rental for weddings and private events.
We are starting to plan the fundraising part for this
project.
One of the opportunities available will be for generous donors to sponsor one or more appliances or
equipment needed for our kitchen.
Sponsors can donate in honor or memory of a loved
one. At the end of the project, recognition plaque/s
will be placed in the kitchen or on the equipment
wherever appropriate.

Below is a list of the equipment as of now:

 One 6 burner Gas range/oven/grill combo: $4637
 Exhaust Hood System for the stove : $33,339
 2 door commercial reach-in refrigerator: $4338
 2 door convection oven: $8654
 Steamer:$6737
 Ice Maker with Bin: $3206
 Under counter Dishwasher: $3900
 Work table L Shaped: $3095
 Food Prep Sink: $2617
 Corner Sink: $3315

Any one of the listed pieces of equipment can be sponsored by one or more families.
May God continue to Bless all of us here at St Paul’s!
Father George

Adoration Reflection

A MATTER OF TIME?
I told myself I didn’t have time
to stop along the way
And visit The Blessed Sacrament
perhaps I’d stop some day.
And then one day I finally stopped
my conscience to appease
I found some time to spend with Him
and thought that He’d be pleased
But as I prayed, The Lord said” Child
it hurts to be ignored
your tepid faith has pierced My Heart
much deeper than the sword”
“You treat Me with indifference
and wound My Heart a new
“But I took the time to die
“upon The Cross for you”
Although He’d waited patiently
I passed on by each day
And now I saw how wrong I was
how selfish were my ways.
My eyes were filled with tears
how could I be so blind?
To stop and visit Him was more
than just a matter of time.

Lenten Fish Fry- Yummeee

Please join us every Friday starting March 8th  ( EXCEPT  for 3/15 & 3/29 ) for our delicious Fish Fry. It is a community event sponsored by our Knights of Columbus.

$8.00 per person- $24 for a family of 4 or more- $2.00 additional per order for Shrimp- $1 Soft Drinks

C’mon!

**  Check out the pictures for our Fish Fry in the PHOTO GALLERY.

Lenten Schedule

Lenten Schedule 2019 at St. Paul’s Riverside

Lent is a season of reflection, fasting and prayer

Palm Collection – the weekend of Feb 23/24 & March 2nd/3rd

  • Drop off your 2018 Blessed Palms in the back of the church both weekends.

Ash Wednesday – March 6th

  • 8:00 AM:  Mass with Ashes
  • 12:10 PM: Mass with Ashes
  • 6:00 PM:  Mass with Ashes

Stations of the Cross and Mass – every Friday from March 8 to  April 12th.

  • 5:30 PM: Stations of the Cross
  • 6:00 PM: Mass
  • 6:30 PM: Fish Fry at the Auditorium

(No Stations/Mass on Friday, March 29th due to Eucharistic Congress.)

The Eucharistic Congress – March 29th,30th  (Fri, Sat) at the Prime Osborn Center – Confessions and Stations of the Cross.

Services for Holy Week

Palm Sunday Services – April 13th & April 14th

  • 4:00 PM: Vigil Mass
  • 9:00 AM: Mass
  • 11:00 AM: Mass
  • 7:00 PM: Mass

Procession and Chrism Mass – Wednesday, April 17th, 10:30 AM

  • Cathedral of St. Augustine
  • St Paul’s Student Altar Servers, who would like to attend the Chrism Mass, should sign up with Kim Repper, St Paul’s School Principal.
  • All are invited to attend.

Holy Thursday– April 18th at 6:00 PM – Liturgy of the Last Supper – Washing of Feet, Adoration, procession to Chapel.

Good Friday – April 19th

  • 3:00 PM: Solemn Stations of The Cross
  • 3:30 PM: Communion and Veneration of The Cross
  • 4:30 PM: Fish Fry (Fundraiser for the Kitchen Renovation)

Easter Vigil: – April 20th – Saturday

  • 8:30 PM: Mass followed a RCIA reception.

 

Easter Sunday – April 21st

  • 9:00 AM: Mass
  • 11:00 AM: Mass
  • 7:00 PM: Mass

A Celtic Celebration

Dinner & Silent Auction to benefit the students education at St Paul’s. A science lab is our focus this year.
Tickets are available at the school office or at the door the evening of the event.
Only $25 per person – make checks payable to St Paul’s PA.

Father Coury

Meet Father Charles Coury; Our Advent Mission Priest!

Greetings in the Lord!

My name is Father Charles Gerard Coury, CSSR, a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, better known as the “Redemptorist Missionaries”.

Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I began Redemptorist seminary training at age 16.  That took me to various venues in the USA for High School, Novitiate, Philosophy and Theology.  In 1976, I was ordained with a class of over 20 Redemptorists from different countries and territories, including Thailand, Vietnam and Puerto Rico.
In 1978, my superiors sent me to Brazil to join with other Redemptorist Missionaries already engaged in that beautiful “Land of the Holy Cross”.   During my 26 years in Brazil, I served in various Parishes of immense territory in the States of Mato Grosso do Sul and Paraná as well as formatter and director of Brazilian and Paraguayan seminarians who were studying philosophy and theology.

With a view to contribute further to our Brazilian formation system, I was sent to Rome, Italy, for higher studies in Spiritual Theology and spent four years in the “Eternal City”.  This afforded me an additional opportunity to visit and work in other European countries, including a whole summer living with a wonderful family in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.  On returning to Brazil, I continued in missionary activity serving in Parish and Shrine ministry, as well as giving retreats and courses to seminarians, priests, sisters and laity.
In 2004, the General Superior of my Congregation asked me to go to Beirut, Lebanon.  As a preparation, I was sent once again to Rome and spent another four years studying the religion of Islam at a Pontifical University established specifically to promote dialogue between Christianity and Islam.   Subsequently, I lived almost 5 years in Beirut next to Mother Theresa’s Nuns who minister to the abandoned elderly and unwanted children with birth defects.  Besides serving as chaplain for the good Sisters, I was also spiritual director to youth and came to know both Christians and Muslims.

In 2013, I came back to the USA to reside in the Bronx, NY, but soon was sent to Guadalajara, Mexico, to learn Spanish.  Now residing at our Redemptorist Parish of Most Holy Redeemer in Manhattan, NY, I am on call as an itinerant, missionary preacher available for Parish Missions, retreats, Novenas, 40 Hour devotions, conferences, etc.   It is a pleasure to be at the service of the Gospel for all of you, the beloved People of God!

Reflection:

So how do I let go of my anger? Generally, I bring it
to prayer. The complaints come unbidden, so I
might as well integrate it into prayer. What I’ve
found helpful is to balance anger with gratitude.
Near the end of my daily give-away year, I decided
to intentionally note one thing each day that I was
grateful for and to do this during morning prayer. I
call this my “gratitude offensive.”
It’s been a good experience for me. As soon as I
start fretting about the ills of our society, I call to
mind that at least I have electricity and running water,
or that we finally decided on which car to buy
and had the money to buy it, or that my back pain
and cold left in time for me to enjoy a dance weekend,
or that there’s a gentle breeze today, or . . . If
it’s a person I feel angry toward, I’ve taken it to
confession and forced myself to think of a positive
quality that person possesses and then hold him or
her in prayer. This may take a lot of repetition. I
keep reminding myself: Don’t quibble over small
stuff; let it go, and substitute gratitude. Remember
Rule of Thumb #10, Part 1: Forgive others. It will lift
your spirit.

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