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

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.


Lenten Fish Fry- Yummeee

Please join us every Friday starting February 19th until March 26th for our delicious TAKE OUT ONLY Fish Fry Dinner.

Please place your orders EARLY by clicking on the link below:


It is a community event sponsored by our Knights of Columbus.

$9.00 per person- $5.00 per Child


**  Check out the pictures for our Fish Fry in the PHOTO GALLERY.

Message From Bishop Estevez on our elections

With the 2020 Presidential Election just three weeks away, Bishop Felipe Estévez has written a letter to the faithful of the Diocese of St. Augustine that will be read from the pulpit at Masses this weekend. In his letter, the bishop encourages Catholics to “understand the issues in the context of church teaching and to help you in this area of ‘proper formation of your conscience.’” To read his letter, visit https://www.dosafl.com/2020/10/08/statement-from-bishop-estevez-on-2020-voting-issues/. To learn more about election 2020 and the positions of the church, visit https://www.dosafl.com/election2020.

From Father George-Welcome Back!

Important Updates From St Paul’s – Riverside

Dear St. Paul’s Family,

Welcome back! I am so excited to welcome you back to St. Paul’s beginning the weekend of May 16th and 17th. We will resume the weekend Masses on Saturday 4.00 p.m. and on Sunday at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 7:00 p.m. with the following guidelines.

Note: Anyone who is in the “vulnerable group” as identified by the CDC should continue to stay at home.  Dispensation for Sunday Mass is still in effect.

Please check your email from St. Paul’s and “Sign up-Genius” ASAP and specify which mass you are attending. With social distancing we can accommodate only 80 people per Mass. If you stick to the Mass you normally attend in the past on the weekends, we will be okay. The “Sign up-Genius” is very important for us to plan ahead and not to keep you waiting for the next Mass.

Safety Guidelines from our Diocese:

  1. Masks or suitable face coverings are needed to attend Mass. Hand sanitizers are available at the entrances. You can bring your own hand sanitizer/ wipes.
  2. Holy Water stoups will be empty.
  3. To ensure 6 ft physical distancing, seating is well marked. Ushers will guide you.
  4. The hymnals are removed for safety. Please feel free to bring your own prayer books.
  5. Collection baskets will not be passed, they will be at the entrances. We thank you for your generous support.
  6. Please no handshake or hugs during sign of peace
  7. Holy Communion should be received in the hand only. Please maintain 6ft from others when in line to receive communion and use hand sanitizer when possible.
  1.  The Adoration Chapel will remain closed until further notice.
  2. Pews and regularly touched surfaces will be disinfected after each Mass.
  3. Confessions will be in the Grotto on Saturday from 3.00 to 3.45 pm and Sunday 6.00 to 6.45 pm. 6-ft distance should be kept. The priest and the penitent should wear mask.
  4. Any social gatherings or serving of food in the parish hall must wait for the directives from the Diocese.

Weekday Mass Schedule: Weekday Masses will be at 8:00am for the time being. (No evening masses will occur on weekdays). Since there is NO Sunday obligation, those who are unable to attend weekend Mass please come to the weekday Mass.

Thank you for your patience during COVID-19. Please continue to pray for our St. Paul’s. Fr. George Vaniyapurackal, Pastor

The Covid-19 pandemic continues. Nothing has changed with regard to the contagiousness of this coronavirus or its existence in our society. All must be considered to still be potential “carriers,” each person reacts differently to its effects, and people are contagious for days before they would show any detectable symptoms. The virus is moisture-born. In general, moisture is understood to fall out of exhaled breath and onto surfaces within 1 to 1-1/2 meters (within 6 feet) of the person.

RIP Father James Corry

Congregation of the Holy Spirit – Irish Province
Date: Friday, 10th April 2020

Attention: All Confrères and Associates

Death of Fr. James Joseph (Jim) Corry C.S.Sp.
We regret to announce the death of Fr. Jim Corry C.S.Sp. He died this (Good Friday) morning,
10th April 2020, in Tallaght Hospital. He had recently reached the age of 90.

Jim was born on 29th March 1930 in Moville, Co. Donegal to Elizabeth (née McCourt) and
Edmund Corry. The family later moved to Co. Tyrone. He did his secondary studies in
Blackrock College from 1944-49 before entering Kilshane where he was professed in 1950.
He studied Philosophy and Theology in Kimmage, and prefected for a period of two years in
St. Mary’s College, Rathmines during which time he lined out for the rugby club’s first team.
Ordained in Dublin in 1957 by Archbishop McQuaid, Fr. Jim was assigned to Onitsha district
in 1958. He did evangelization and pastoral ministry at Agbani, which had some sixty primary
schools and more than 7,000 pupils. After serving at Iva Valley and St. Patrick’s, Coal Camp,
Ogbete, both near Enugu, he was posted to St. Anthony’s parish in Isienu in 1963. On leave in
Ireland at the outbreak of the Biafran War and initially unable to get back to Onitsha, he spent
a short spell in Brooklyn, New York before returning briefly to pastoral work in Nigeria.
Fr. Jim was appointed to Sierra Leone in 1971, remaining there for over a decade and a half.
In Freetown he served initially at Sacred Heart Cathedral and subsequently in the parishes of
St. Martin de Porres and St. Anthony and also managed Santana House for the diocese. He
returned regularly to Brooklyn to fundraise for the mission in Sierra Leone.
In the mid-1980s he joined the Long Island Spiritan Community (USA), was appointed to the
Diocese of St. Augustine (Florida), and ministered in St. Paul’s Parish, Park St., Jacksonville.
An avid reader and golfer, he was also a talented cook who regularly prepared a fish meal for
his parishioners on a Friday as well as catering for those who had attended the annual retreat.
After nearly half a century overseas, Fr. Jim returned to Ireland in 2008 and was appointed to
the Kimmage Community.
We offer our prayerful sympathies to his family, relatives Spiritan confrères and friends.

From Pope Francis

Pope Grants Special Indulgences
As Vicar of Christ and the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on March 20, 2020, promulgated through the Apostolic Penitentiary a decree which provides for the faithful to gain a plenary indulgence as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic.The bishop shares with you the following document of the Diocesan Director of Liturgy for your awareness and implementation.
Click here for document

Recap of suspensions and dispensations in effect:

Suspension of Sunday and Weekday Mass

  • Allpublic Masses are suspended in the churches and chapels of the Diocese of St. Augustine until further notice (i.e., no weekday or Sunday public Masses, no communion services, or Masses in homes).
  • Priests will still offer the Sacrifice of the Mass daily (but without participation by the faithful) for the needs of the Church and the world, especially as we face the present realities of the pandemic.

Dispensation from Sunday Mass
By his authority as the diocesan bishop to dispense from universal ecclesiastical laws, Bishop Estévez has indefinitely dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass three categories of people for as long as the specific condition below continues:

  • All who are sick and those who are caring for them
  • Those who because of age or infirmity are at higher risk for contracting the coronavirus
  • Those who have been exposed to the coronavirus because of travel or other circumstances

And to further protect public health and calm fears, Bishop Estévez has also dispensed all the Catholic faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until the suspension of Mass is rescinded.

Dispensation from Lenten obligation to abstain from meat on Fridays

  • By his authority as the diocesan bishop to dispense from universal ecclesiastical laws, Bishop Estévez has dispensed all Catholics from the prohibition during Lent this year to abstain from meat on Fridays.

When families and individuals take advantage of this dispensation, they are asked to consider other acts of penance or charity that they might carry out in its place.

To view the live stream Mass on Facebook - Sunday at 11:00 am - click here