2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554

Email: parishoffice@spsjax.org

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!


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.

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

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!

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