2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554

Email: parishoffice@spsjax.org

Father Coury

Meet Father Charles Coury; Our Advent Mission Priest!

Greetings in the Lord!

My name is Father Charles Gerard Coury, CSSR, a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, better known as the “Redemptorist Missionaries”.

Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I began Redemptorist seminary training at age 16.  That took me to various venues in the USA for High School, Novitiate, Philosophy and Theology.  In 1976, I was ordained with a class of over 20 Redemptorists from different countries and territories, including Thailand, Vietnam and Puerto Rico.
In 1978, my superiors sent me to Brazil to join with other Redemptorist Missionaries already engaged in that beautiful “Land of the Holy Cross”.   During my 26 years in Brazil, I served in various Parishes of immense territory in the States of Mato Grosso do Sul and Paraná as well as formatter and director of Brazilian and Paraguayan seminarians who were studying philosophy and theology.

With a view to contribute further to our Brazilian formation system, I was sent to Rome, Italy, for higher studies in Spiritual Theology and spent four years in the “Eternal City”.  This afforded me an additional opportunity to visit and work in other European countries, including a whole summer living with a wonderful family in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.  On returning to Brazil, I continued in missionary activity serving in Parish and Shrine ministry, as well as giving retreats and courses to seminarians, priests, sisters and laity.
In 2004, the General Superior of my Congregation asked me to go to Beirut, Lebanon.  As a preparation, I was sent once again to Rome and spent another four years studying the religion of Islam at a Pontifical University established specifically to promote dialogue between Christianity and Islam.   Subsequently, I lived almost 5 years in Beirut next to Mother Theresa’s Nuns who minister to the abandoned elderly and unwanted children with birth defects.  Besides serving as chaplain for the good Sisters, I was also spiritual director to youth and came to know both Christians and Muslims.

In 2013, I came back to the USA to reside in the Bronx, NY, but soon was sent to Guadalajara, Mexico, to learn Spanish.  Now residing at our Redemptorist Parish of Most Holy Redeemer in Manhattan, NY, I am on call as an itinerant, missionary preacher available for Parish Missions, retreats, Novenas, 40 Hour devotions, conferences, etc.   It is a pleasure to be at the service of the Gospel for all of you, the beloved People of God!

Adoration Reflection

A MATTER OF TIME?
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.

EWTN Family Life Celebration Soon

One Day Only! EWTN Free Family Celebration

It’s an event you won’t want to miss! EWTN FREE Family Celebration event is back at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, November 3rd, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida with talks by your favorite EWTN television and radio hosts. Shop for Holy Reminders at the Religious Catalog store, attend Holy Mass and be a part of a televised EWTN LIVE show with Fr. Mitch Pacwa.

St Paul’s Custom Rosary! WOW!

We are going to offer our CUSTOM MADE

St Paul’s Rosary (made in Italy) to all parishioners starting the week end of October 13th.

Please be on the look out for announcements and order forms to be made available at the back of the church. There is a LIMITED QUANTITY at this time. First come first serve!

All the components of the rosary are St Paul’s specific. The Cross, The Center Piece and the Paters. ONLY $35.00!

Do NOT MISS this opportunity to purchase a few and give to family members, or as Christmas gifts!

The funds raised will be used towards our Auditorium Kitchen Renovation.

God Bless you!

 

 

CRHP – August 25-26

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) is a spiritual renewal weekend designed to help individuals grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with others in their faith community. It is an excellent opportunity for Catholics to renew their understanding of the basic beliefs and traditions of their faith. CRHP is a process designed to bring members of a parish together in Christ. Just as all of our other commitments need renewal, so does our commitment to Christ if we’re to be faithful followers. CRHP is an effective spiritual renewal that calls together members of the parish to experience personal conversion and Christian unity within the St. Paul communit

  • Men’s Retreat is 8/25-26 /2018

Please watch the bulletin for more information on the upcoming retreats.

Say a prayer. Ask God what you should do. We believe He wants you here.

Back to School Bash August 12

  A St Paul’s Catholic Church & School Project

Please join us for our Back-to-School Bash and Celebration on Sunday, August 12th.  At the end of 9 am Mass, we will have a special blessing for the children and their book bags to get the year started out on a positive note.   Following Mass, w’ll have orientation, visit the classroom and meet your teacher, and school tours.  The Back-to-School Bash and Celebration will commence on the playground area. We will have food, games, and bounce houses for all the kids to enjoy.  There will also be tables set up with wonderful information and sign-up opportunities for sports, after school activities (dance, karate, scouts), shortstop, PA, Homeroom Parents, and Children’s Ministry Activities, as well as a used uniform sale and SPCS “gear” to purchase.  Everyone is welcome so please come out and join us for the FUN!  Email Jennifer Roper, Parents’ Association President, roperjenn@gmail.com, or Serafina DiBennedetto, CRHP, serafinaann@mac.com with any questions.

ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO HELP IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED! As a community, with the support of Father George we have decided to work together to assist our children with their school supply list. What an opportunity to work as a family and help “lighten the load”

If you feel you would like to participate in this family project please refer to the list of items needed on the back of this page or you may visit the school website at www.spsjax.org go to parent page and click on supply list. NO donation is too big and NO donation is too small. It is with a greatful heart that we share our appreciation with our St. Paul’s family for all the support and what we can provide to our school throughout the year.

 

Vacation Bible School at St Paul’s

Shipwrecked is a program that takes kids to an uncharted island and anchors them in the truth that Jesus carries us through life’s storms. Many have signed up and are having a grand time! Thanks to all teachers and volunteers who have worked so hard to put this Vacation Bible School program together. We are so blessed!

Mark your Calendars- An amazing Advent Mission is scheduled for St Paul's Dec 10-12th! Learn More