2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554


2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554

Email: parishoffice@spsjax.org

Congratulations to our St. Paul’s Parish Council members

Congratulations to the new members of the St. Paul’s Pastoral Parish Council.

Because the Council bylaws allow for 6 parishioners to be elected, and 6 parishioners expressed interest in serving, there was no need for a vote—all who filed are all duly elected.

Please welcome our new Parish Council members, who have generously agreed to give of their time and talents to represent you.

Romeo Antolini

Charlie Fetzer

Eileen Smith

Pamela Soule

Paul Sulzbacher

Stephen Turner

You can read about their backgrounds and ideas about strengthening our parish below

Council Roster 2022

It’s a great team and we look forward to working with them to make St. Paul’s even better.

Welcome back to St. Paul’s Deacon Mike!

I am excited to announce that Bishop Pohlmeier has appointed Michael J. Elison as Deacon at St. Paul’s-Riverside.  Deacon Mike is currently serving as Chancellor of the Diocese of St. Augustine, one of the bishop’s chief aides who is responsible for overseeing diocesan operations and administration.  He was ordained to the diaconate in 2015 by Bishop Estevez and was most recently assigned to San Juan del Rio.

Deacon Mike is no stranger to our parish, as he was married from St. Paul’s in 1985.  He is a Bishop Kinney graduate, retired Naval aviator and a successful private sector management consultant.

Deacon Mike will be preaching at masses this weekend so please take time to welcome him back to our St. Paul’s.

–Father George

Chatting with God: You and I, Lord

Not to listen to God who is trying to speak to me is to restrict myself to a disorientated and hollow life. The glory of God is the human person fully alive, and I am brought to life by listening to God’s word. So I pick a phrase or scene from the daily readings to nourish me in my prayer… ‘Lord, what are you trying to communicate to me today? I don’t want to ignore you. Speak, Lord, your servant is trying to listen. You are not a distant God, but in touch with me today, at this hour. You are closer to me than breathing, and nearer than hands or feet. I may be all over the place, but you are with me always. I’m like a child engrossed in a game and don’t hear my parent calling me. Take away my deafness and blindness. Make me a hearer of your word.’ By reading the scriptures, I get to know God’s mind on things; and when I respond, God in a sense, gets to know my mind!


Excerpted from Finding God in All Things by Brian Grogan SJ

Divine Mercy Sunday

As the faithful prepare to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, it is important to review the meaning and
historical significance of the day. On the Second Sunday of Easter of the Jubilee Year 2000, at the
Mass for the Canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope John Paul II declared the Sunday after
Easter be called “Divine Mercy Sunday.”

St. Faustina was a Polish nun who received visions from Jesus, including one of Jesus wearing a
white garment with beams of red and white coming from His heart, which came to be known as
the image of Divine Mercy. She wrote in her diary that He said:

I want the Image to be solemnly
blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about
My daughter, tell the whole world
about My inconceivable mercy. I desire
that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and
shelter for all souls, and especially for
poor sinners. I pour out a whole ocean
of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy.

Divine Mercy Sunday focuses on the gift of mercy and love given through Christ’s death, burial, and
resurrection. As Pope John Paul II stated, “Divine Mercy reaches human beings through the heart
of Christ crucified.”

Freedom and Grace

There was a remarkable freedom and graciousness to the healing work of Jesus. He healed those who
sought his help and demanded nothing in return.

He never asked those whom he healed to join his band of disciples, nor did he link his cures to a moral reform agenda on the part of those whom he
cured. He simply sent them on their way, to be reintegrated into their families and neighborhoods.

His healing ministry was not about winning adherents or making conversions. So, too, for contemporary hospital chaplains, their role is not to proselytize or to effect conversions. It is simply to mediate the unconditional love of God for all with whom they come in contact, irrespective of their physical or moral situations.

Excerpted from Chaplains: Ministers of Hope, edited by Alan Hilliard (P.27)

Our Dr. Ana Turner and St. Paul’s Helping Ukraine

Last weekend Dr Ana Turner flew to Poland along with Dr Suzanne VogelScibilia from Pittsburgh and Dr Kitty
Leung from UF Jax to bring medical supplies to a convent helping in Ukraine. It was a whirlwind experience
and the convent was so appreciative.

The group left Jax Friday and landed in Krakow Saturday, drove 2.5hrs to
the convent in Przemysl, 2.5hrs back in the snow, then flew home Sunday morning. The group is so thankful for
all support they received along the way, including friends helping get an emergency passport renewal in
Atlanta the day before, Sulzbacher helping order 4 suitcases full of antibiotics and supplies, St Pauls School
making cards for the refugees, Fr George blessing the bags, and all the prayers and encouragement along the

The convent is run by the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate (Ukranian Byzantine Catholic Church) and if
you would like to help, their address is Ekumeniczny Dom Pomocy Spolecznej, Pralkowce 231, 37700 Prze-
mysl, NIP 7952301847, Region 04010680700022

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