The Catholic funeral rites highlight several important beliefs and values that the church affirms in its funeral practice, including:
* the sacredness of all human life;
* the dignity of the person;
* the resurrection of Jesus Christ;
* the respect that is to be shown for the bodies of the dead;
* the importance of remembering the dead and offering prayers for them;
* and the need for the Church to provide a ministry of consolation for those who mourn.
“The Mass, the memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection, is the principal celebration of the Christian funeral.” [Order of Christian Funerals, 5]
This years theme is “Heal Our Wounded Culture: Choose Love…Choose Life”
The march starts at the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche on Saturday at 10:30 am, but there are activities on Friday evening and most of the day Saturday.
For more information on the schedule and speakers at this important event, click on the downloadable flyer below, or visit marchforlifestaugustine.com
March for Life 2022
St. Paul’s is undertaking a strategic plan in preparation for our Centennial Celebration in 2023, and that plan starts with you.
We need your honest, prayerful input as we seek to lay the groundwork for the next 100 years of success at St. Paul’s.
Recently, you have heard and read about one aspect of this process: The Congregational Assessment Tool or C.A.T. This tool will provide a clearer picture of who we are as a church and what directions might be important for our future. Your response is very important to us.
More detailed information about the C.A.T. and our strategic planning process can be found at this link:
The C.A.T. was sent to all St. Paul’s parishioners whose e-mail address we have on file on Monday, January 10. If you did not receive it, click the link below to register
All answers are strictly anonymous. We have no way of matching any assessment to a particular person, so please feel free to candidly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences. The assessment will take at least 30 minutes to complete. Please set aside enough time to complete the survey all at one time. Our future together is dependent on your participation and honest answers.
If you have questions, please contact us at TakeTheCAT@spsjax.org or call the parish office at 904-387-2554.
May God continue to bless you always,
Father, bless our veterans and all who serve our nation defending our freedom.
For those who bravely gave their lives, grant them eternal rest.
For those who are serving, give them courage.
For those who served, we offer our gratitude.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
This weekend is our World Mission Appeal, it is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice all over the world.
This year the Diocese of St. Augustine has given St. Paul’s permission to collect for St. Anthony’s Church, my home town parish. That community has experienced many deaths from Covid-19 and the monsoon season has created landslides and greatly damaged our new church.
This weekend there are envelopes in the pews. Please consider a prayerful offering; the parish and it’s community is in great need. A second collection will also
be taken on November 6th and 7th for St. Anthony’s Parish and the parish community.
Check should be written to St. Paul’s Church, on the memo line please indicate the check is for India.
Meet the St. Paul’s Finance Council, read an overview of our current financial position from Chair Kelly Wood and view our financial statement for the year ending June 30, 2021
FY20-21 Financial Report
November 7—13, 2021 is National Vocation Awareness Week
Top Five Things to Promote Vocations For all Catholics:
1. Pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. If we want more priests, sisters and brothers, we all need to ask.
2. Teach young people how to pray. Pope Benedict XVI said that unless we teach our youth how to pray, they will never hear God calling them into a deeper relationship with Him and into the discipleship of the Church.
3. Invite active young adults and teens to consider a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life.
4. Make it attractive. Show the priesthood for what it truly is – a call to be a spiritual father to the whole family of faith. Similarly, the consecrated life for a young woman is a call to be united to Christ in a unique way.
5. Preach it, brother! Vocations must be talked about regularly if a “vocation culture” is to take root in parishes and homes. This means, first and foremost, the people need to hear about vocations from priests through homilies, prayers of the faithful, and discussions in the classroom. Let’s Pray Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons, and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of vocation.
Bishop Estevez said of tonight’s speaker: “(Author) Lara Patangan does not just write about mercy; she lives it. “Simple Mercies’ is her personal testimony to the peace and fulfillment that she has found through the works of mercy.”
All women of the parish are welcome to join us at 6:30 pm in the Hall. lease text Caroline at 904-389-6916
The USCCB theme for 2021-22 is “St. Joseph, defender of life.” For resources visit www.respectlife.org. Here are some events happening in our diocese this month:
• Respecting Life Begins With Me Program Oct. 1-31 – Developmental respect life program for youth in the Diocese of St. Augustine at elementary schools, religious education and home school programs throughout the month of October.
• Respect Life Weekend Oct. 2-3 – Be aware of your parish’s recognition and attention to Life issues.
• Life Chain Sunday Oct. 3 – Life Chains are taking place throughout the diocese! Contact your parish if they are holding a Life Chain event or participate at a parish near you. For information about Life Chain Sunday visit www.lifechain.org
• National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Oct. 15. •
Masses for the Precious Ones – Mass on Oct. 24, at 11:30 a.m. at the Sante Fe Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, High Springs, and on Nov. 7, at 1:00 p.m. at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine.
• Congreso Pro Vida Oct. 29-30 – State Respect Life Conference, Miami. For more information visit www.congresoprovida.com.
We are 1.5 weeks away from St. Paul’s annual Blessing of the Animals, Saturday October 2 at 1:00 pm on the playground.
There will be treats, a photo area and contests.
All pets are welcome but must be on a leash or in a carrier.
We hope to see you there!