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

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.

Pope Francis Prayer for Protection

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign
of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test
– and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

St. Paul’s Guild Wild Wild West Fundraiser

All families are invited for an exciting evening “Wild West” of dancing, fun, food and fellowship sponsored by St Paul’s Guild

Saturday February 22nd starting at 5:30PM. Western Buffet, Square Dancing, Silent Auction all part of what will be a memorable evening.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for Children 5-12 years of age, 4 years or younger are welcome for FREE.


Kitchen Project

St Paul’s Family,
We have completed our Kitchen Renovation project
which has been on the church list of improvement
projects for several years. Our objective is to build a
commercial certified kitchen that will better serve
our school and parish for various functions including
hall rental for weddings and private events.

One of the opportunities available is for generous donors to continue supporting this project financially by making a contribution in the second collection.

May God continue to Bless all of us here at St Paul’s!
Father George

School Enrollment News

Please share with friends and family!
Our St Paul’s Catholic School in NOW enrolling students PreK-3 to 8th Grade. We accept Step Up for Students, McKay and Gardiner Scholarships!
Please stop by the school office during the day and we will be delighted to take you on a tour of our facility.
Kim Repper
School Principal

Join us every Sunday at 11:00 am forlivestreamed Mass