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

St. Paul’s Women’s Guild Meeting Tuesday, October 5

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

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!

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

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

Could St. Paul’s Catholic School be right for your child, relative, friend or neighbor?

Catholic education systems have been proven over time, and by surveys and many studies, to offer numerous advantages compared to other forms of education. Catholic school graduates perform better academically, are more civically engaged, more committed to service as adults and more likely to practice their Catholic faith than students educated in the public school system.

Could SPCS be right for your child, relative, friend or neighbor? We know the very best testimony for our school is the personal recommendation from parishioners, friends and alumni. We are currently enrolling students for grades pre-kindergarten 3, voluntary pre-K 4 (VPK), and kindergarten through 8th grade.

Please watch our video to see what SPCS has to offer!

We strive to keep this exemplary education affordable, and worry that many families are unaware of the financial aid that is available. Recently signed legislation has expanded the scope of private and state-assisted funding to reach many more families through the following programs:

1)  Family Empowerment Scholarships – a family of four can earn up to $99,375; 5 member families $116,400, and 6 members $133,425. The complete scale is on the reverse of this letter. All military families, regardless of income, qualify for full funding. All siblings of students that qualify for the Gardiner Scholarship qualify regardless of income.

  1. Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten for 4 year olds – state funded, and not income based.

3) McKay Scholarships – students that are 5 years old by September and have a disability     documented by an Individual Education Plan or a 504 Plan may be eligible. As disabilities range in complexity, SPCS is not suitable for every McKay student, but please talk with us about your specific student.  Funding is not income based.

4)  Parish Scholarships – we strive to not turn away any parish family that wishes a Catholic education for their child. In conjunction with the FACTS Grant & Aid program, we search for an attainable family contribution for those unable to pay the full amount, thanks to the generosity of parishioners current and past. Indeed, if you would like to establish a forever family legacy with such a scholarship, please contact us.

Please visit our website at spsjax.org or contact us at 904-387-2841. Let’s discuss what we have to offer, and arrange a school tour or interview.

St. Paul’s COVID Protocols Updates & Changes

Effective the week of May 24:

  • The ribbons have been removed from the pews.
  • Vaccinated parishioners and guests are no longer required to wear a mask.
  • For your safety, unvaccinated attendees should wear a mask.
  • Four (4) Eucharistic ministers will be distributing Holy Communion; two in front and two at the back-middle. Parishioners should walk to the EM, by row, to receive communion.
  • Eucharistic ministers will be wearing masks when distributing communion.
  • Please continue to receive Holy Communion in your hands.
  • Those who wish to receive communion on the tongue should come to the altar rail after Mass to receive it from the priest.

Adoration Reflection

I told myself I didn’t have time
to stop along the way
And visit The Blessed Sacrament
perhaps I’d stop some day.
And then one day I finally stopped
my conscience to appease
I found some time to spend with Him
and thought that He’d be pleased
But as I prayed, The Lord said” Child
it hurts to be ignored
your tepid faith has pierced My Heart
much deeper than the sword”
“You treat Me with indifference
and wound My Heart a new
“But I took the time to die
“upon The Cross for you”
Although He’d waited patiently
I passed on by each day
And now I saw how wrong I was
how selfish were my ways.
My eyes were filled with tears
how could I be so blind?
To stop and visit Him was more
than just a matter of time.

Spiritual Communion Prayer

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.


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