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

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

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.

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

Welcome Sisters Janet, Rosaline, Faith and Bridget

Last month, Bishop Estevez asked St. Paul’s to participate in a unique and meaningful partnership involving the Avodah Collective and Her Song, to combat the evils of global human trafficking.

The Avodah Collective is a Catholic organization based in Denver whose mission is to provide space for women survivors of sex trafficking, families, and young people to find restoration through the creative act of farming, compassionate and supportive housing, with the integration of teaching and prayer. They currently operate in five cities across the United States.

Her Song is associated with the Tim Tebow Foundation and was founded in 2013 in Jacksonville, operating three residential homes in the region that have assisted more than 1,900 trafficking survivors.

The U.S. Department of Justice calls Interstate 10 a “super highway for human trafficking,” a coast-to-coast “slave route” with proximity to the U.S./Mexico border, the most common entry for international traffickers.

Sr. JanetSr. RosalineSr. Faith and Sr. Bridget opened a shelter for human trafficking survivors in Lagos, Nigeria and operate the home for up to 20 women.

They came to the United States last October to establish a safe home and assist adolescent and adult survivors. Each has amazing educational and training credentials, in addition to their boundless love of God.

After a 30-day discernment period, they will live in the convent and be part of our daily life on the St. Paul’s campus.  During the discernment period, parishioners Anne and Jason Spencer and Janine and Mike Ondina have opened their hearts and homes for the Sisters, and Joan and Chuck Wingfield have graciously donated a vehicle for their use.

As parishioners, we ask for your prayers during this discernment period that God will bless the ecumenical partnership between Avodah and Her Song so that the scourge of human trafficking may be defeated in Northeast Florida.

We ask that you pray for the Spencer, Ondina and Wingfield families, who are such a blessing to our parish.

And we ask everyone to warmly welcome the sisters into the St. Paul’s family—invite them to dinner, bring them to social outings and get to know them and their tremendous joy.

The outpouring of generosity and offers of assistance from St. Paul’s parishioners has been overwhelming; we will provide specific guidance on how you can help at the end of the discernment period.

St. Paul’s has been blessed with the opportunity to host four Sisters of St. Louis from the Avodah Collective, who will work with Her Song to minister to local survivors of this inhumane practice.

St. Paddy’s Day is back at St. Paul’s

Join the Knights of Columbus and your friends and neighbors at Father O’George’s Pub on Friday March 18 at 6:00 pm.

Along with the traditional fish & chips, Bishop Estevez has granted a special dispensation to serve corned beef and cabbage.

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