2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554

parishoffice@spsjax.org

2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554

Email: parishoffice@spsjax.org

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
it…
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
way!

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

Last Call!! Fish Fry…and SPCS Art

With the student art show this week and Fr. O’George’s still in place, the Knights are looking to make the last fish fry of 2022 bigger and better than ever!

In addition to the normal revelry associated with the fish fry, matted and framed artwork created by our talented students will be available for purchase.

And for a special treat, we will have draft beer (for a suggested donation) and free appetizers at Fr. O’George’s throughout the evening.

You won’t want to miss this…it’s another 325 days until the next fish is fried.

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

On Friday March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, Pope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

“Consecration” means being set aside for a holy purpose.

The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship defines consecration to Mary as an overt recognition of the “singular role of Mary in the Mystery of Christ and of the Church, of the universal and exemplary importance of her witness to the Gospel, of trust in her intercession, and of the efficacy of her patronage.”

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Strategic Planning–Tell Us What You Think

Last year, Father George announced that St. Paul’s would undertake a Strategic Plan that engages our entire parish community in laying the groundwork for the next 100 years of success

After completing the surveys, it’s time to share the results and begin a dialogue so we can begin planning our future together

St. Paul Strategic Planning Town Hall

Sunday April 3 10:00 am, Parish Hall

A presentation and Q&A on the results of the surveys and the schedule and process for next steps

Because the Town Hall is between 9 and 11 am masses, the meeting will start promptly at 10:00 am and conclude at 10:50 am

No Knight breakfast, but coffee and donuts will be offered

St. Paul Strategic Planning Listening Sessions

Monday April 11 6:00 pm, Parish Hall

Group discussions on key issues identified in the survey—tell us what you think