2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554

Email: parishoffice@spsjax.org

2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554

Email: parishoffice@spsjax.org

Blessing of the Animals

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!

Celebrating the Season of Creation: The Caress of God

For the believer, everything in nature is a love-note from God! The real God is not impersonal but rather the great lover who chooses to create in order to convey ‘boundless affection’ for us. Sky, light, clouds, living things –the delicacy of the flower; the play of the wind on your cheek –these are the ‘caresses of God’. God is very close indeed: the big secret is that we walk the world of the divine all the time. Never to be awestruck is to miss out on the richness of life. Allow yourself to experience some of the caresses of God today!

–Excerpted from Finding God in a Leaf by Brian Grogan

Serenity Prayer

Reflect

Each time I pray the words of the Serenity Prayer, I am reminded of how I am not in control of my life or the people and situations around me. All that we have control of is ourselves and our reactions.

Pray

Dear God, teach me that serenity is not about having life go the way I want, but learning radical acceptance in all things. Show me what it means to let go of control and how I want things. Teach me to get out of the way, so your love and life can be made more manifest in my life. Show me what it means to surrender myself and my plans to your will for me. Amen.

Act

Are there situations or people in my life I am trying to control? Ask Jesus what he has to say about this.

St. Paul’s Celebrates the Canonical Coronation

In the early 1600s, Spanish settlers brought with them to the New World a special devotion to Our Lady of La Leche y Buen Parto. Four hundred years later, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche has kept this devotion alive through countless people of faith. And the Holy Father himself has recognized the importance and sanctity of this devotion by granting a Canonical Coronation for Our Lady of La Leche on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. This once-in-a-lifetime and completely unique event is an incredible blessing for the Diocese of St. Augustine and the oldest Marian shrine in the United States!

How to Participate? 

Celebrate with St. Paul’s Parish

Sunday, October 10

2-3:30pm – Livestream of Coronation in the Parish Hall

Saturday, October 23

Outdoor Mass for St. Paul’s parishioners at the rustic altar on the Grounds of Mission Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine.

3pm  Visit the Image of Our Lady of La Leche in the historic chapel and explore the shrine grounds

4pm – Vigil Mass at the Rustic Altar on the Shrine Grounds for St. Paul’s Parishioners with Father George as celebrant

Bring a lawn chair or blankets.

Visit the Shrine Grounds October 9-11

Saturday, October 9

11 a.m. – Confessions
Noon – Mass
1:30 p.m. – Spanish Mass
2 to 5 p.m. – Rosary Celebration – various groups of the diocese will lead the rosary throughout the day on the mission grounds.
2:30 to 5 p.m. – Eucharistic Adoration

5 p.m. – Reposition of the Holy Sacrament and quiet time until 6 p.m.

6 to 7 p.m. – Music and prayer

6:30 p.m. – Youth will begin lighting votive candles

7 to 8 p.m. – Candlelight Rosary

8 to 8:15 p.m. – Traditional Spanish Marian Lullabies

8:30 to 9 p.m. – Exposition of the Most Holy Sacrament and Adoration

Sunday, October 10

12:15 p.m. – Open

1:15 p.m. – Rosary

2 p.m. – Pilgrims will view the Canonical Coronation of Our Lady of La Leche and Diocesan Consecration via live stream on the mission grounds and in parishes throughout the diocese. Holy Communion will be distributed to pilgrims at the National Shrine.

4 p.m. – Procession of the image on the mission grounds for pilgrims. Bishop Estévez will recite the Our Lady of La Leche prayer with pilgrims.

Monday, October 11
Feast Day of Our Lady of La Leche 

9 a.m. – Open

Noon – Mass
1:30 p.m. – Spanish Mass
6 p.m. – Mass of Enthronement with Bishop Felipe Estévez as celebrant

 

 

Healthcare Heroes Mass and Dinner on Friday October 1st

St Paul’s Riverside will honor our Healthcare Heroes at a special event on Friday, October 1, 2021. We appreciatively invite all those who are serving our community during the Covid-19 pandemic to attend a special mass at 6:00 pm, followed by a family dinner in the hall.

The doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, therapists, researchers, support staff, and first responders who are working in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living and hospice care centers are going through a tough, stressful time. They need our prayers, support, appreciation, and acknowledgement for their care, commitment, and tireless work for those in need.

This event is open to everyone who serves in the health care system — Catholics and non-Catholics, parishioners and non-parishioners, active and retired–as well as members of their families, upon whose love and support they relay.

Please RSVP by Sunday, September 26 by calling the parish office at 904-387-2554 or emailing Kathy.fleming@spsjax.org

Healthcare Heroes Mass and Dinner on Friday October 1st

St Paul’s Riverside will honor our Healthcare Heroes at a special event on Friday, October 1, 2021. We appreciatively invite all those who are serving our community during the Covid-19 pandemic to attend a special mass at 6:00 pm, followed by a family dinner in the hall.

The doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, therapists, researchers, support staff, and first responders who are working in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living and hospice care centers are going through a tough, stressful time. They need our prayers, support, appreciation, and acknowledgement for their care, commitment, and tireless work for those in need.

This event is open to everyone who serves in the health care system — Catholics and non-Catholics, parishioners and non-parishioners, active and retired–as well as members of their families, upon whose love and support they relay.

Please RSVP by Sunday, September 26 by calling the parish office at 904-387-2554 or emailing Kathy.fleming@spsjax.org

Prayer for Labor Day

On this weekend, when we rest from our usual labors, loving Father, we pray for all who shoulder the tasks of
human labor—in the marketplace, in factories and offices, in the professions, and in family living. We
thank you, Lord, for the gift and opportunity of work; may our efforts always be pure of heart, for the good
of others and the glory of your name.

We lift up to you all who long for just employment and those who work to defend the rights and needs of workers everywhere. May those of us who are now retired always
remember that we still make a valuable contribution to our Church and our world by our prayers and deeds of
charity. May our working and our resting all give praise to you until the day we share together in eternal
rest with all our departed in your Kingdom as you live and reign Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, forever
and ever. Amen.

St. Paul’s Women’s Guild Announces 2021-22 Agenda

The members of St. Paul’s Guild promote and enhance the spiritual and social welfare of the parish of St. Paul Riverside.  In concert with other parish organizations, the Guild is committed to serve the needs of the parish and the pastor and to the enhancement of parish life.  We support our community at large through charitable outreach and service.

The Guild meets monthly from September to May the first Tuesday of every month. The membership is divided into “Circles”, groups of ladies who meet together for social activities and plan and carry out projects for the support of the Guild and the Parish.

All women of the parish are welcome to join.

The Guild is an affiliate of the North Jacksonville Deanery of the St. Augustine Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and the National Council of Catholic Women.  Our members join tens of millions Catholic women across our nation.

St. Paul’s Women’s Guild 2021-22 Agenda

Surviving Suffering

This journey of life is filled with such beauty at times. We could all do with slowing down and appreciating that beauty more often. Too often we allow it
to pass us by without recognition.

We do sometimes catch it, though. Sometimes, we realize we are in the presence of beauty and we allow ourselves to freeze time – to stay in that presence. In those moments, we are conscious enough to really experience beauty. While these moments may not come very often, when they do, they are often very emotional.

They connect us to a central truth that no matter what suffering there is in the world (and there is suffering in this world) and in our lives (there is and
will be suffering in our lives), there is also beauty. We cannot explain why it is so, we can only accept that it is so.

Excerpted from Finding God in the Mess: Meditations for Mindful Living by Jim Deeds and Brendan McManus

The Story of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We pronounce,
declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin
Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.” The
pope proclaimed this dogma only after a broad consultation of bishops, theologians and laity. There were few
dissenting voices. What the pope solemnly declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church.

We find homilies on the Assumption going back to the sixth century. In following centuries, the Eastern
Churches held steadily to the doctrine, but some authors in the West were hesitant. However by the 13th
century there was universal agreement. The feast was celebrated under various names—Commemoration,
Dormition, Passing, Assumption—from at least the fifth or sixth century. Today it is celebrated as a solemnity.

Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s assumption into heaven. Nevertheless, Revelation 12 speaks of
a woman who is caught up in the battle between good and evil. Many see this woman as God’s people. Since
Mary best embodies the people of both Old and New Testaments, her assumption can be seen as an exemplification of the woman’s victory.

Furthermore, in 1 Corinthians 15:20, Paul speaks of Christ’s resurrection as the first fruits of those who have
fallen asleep. Since Mary is closely associated with all the mysteries of Jesus’ life, it is not surprising that the Holy Spirit has led
the Church to believe in Mary’s share in his glorification. So close was she to Jesus on earth, she must be with
him body and soul in heaven.

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