2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

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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!

Adoration Reflection

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.


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.

EWTN Family Life Celebration Soon

One Day Only! EWTN Free Family Celebration

It’s an event you won’t want to miss! EWTN FREE Family Celebration event is back at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, November 3rd, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida with talks by your favorite EWTN television and radio hosts. Shop for Holy Reminders at the Religious Catalog store, attend Holy Mass and be a part of a televised EWTN LIVE show with Fr. Mitch Pacwa.

St Paul’s Custom Rosary! WOW!

We are going to offer our CUSTOM MADE

St Paul’s Rosary (made in Italy) to all parishioners starting the week end of October 13th.

Please be on the look out for announcements and order forms to be made available at the back of the church. There is a LIMITED QUANTITY at this time. First come first serve!

All the components of the rosary are St Paul’s specific. The Cross, The Center Piece and the Paters. ONLY $35.00!

Do NOT MISS this opportunity to purchase a few and give to family members, or as Christmas gifts!

The funds raised will be used towards our Auditorium Kitchen Renovation.

God Bless you!



Love is Patient, Love is Kind.

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or
boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.
Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable
or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but
rejoices in the right.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures all things.
Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass
away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for
knowledge, it will pass away.
Corinthians 13:4-8

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

Mark your Calendars- An amazing Advent Mission is scheduled for St Paul's Dec 10-12th! Learn More