Stations, Soup Supper Schedule & Dad’s Club Fish Fry Information

 LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Come closer to Christ as we meditate
on the great love he showed for us in his most sorrowful Passion. 

JOIN US FOR STATIONS OF THE CROSS AT ST. PAUL’S
EVERY FRIDAY AFTER 5:30 PM MASS 
BEGINNING FEBRUARY 16th.


Friday March 8
Immediately Following Stations.

A Variety of Soups  Will be Available in The Main Room of The Family Life Center
All Donations Go Towards
Sending St. Paul Youth to The
Orlando Steubenville Conference This Summer


 

St. Pauls DADS Club Annual Fish Fry

March 22, 2024 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

                            Father Kelly Athletic Center (St Paul’s Gym)

                                   428 2nd Ave N, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250

                                                    Ticket Price$10.00-$120.00

Bring your family and friends and celebrate Lent with the Saint Paul’s DADS Club at our semi-famous Fish Fry March 22nd, 6-9pm.

Cost is $10 per plate. Remember to buy one multi-person tickets to save money on processing fees!

Please join us in the Father Kelly Athletic Center (aka the gym) and enjoy delicious FISH, fries, hush puppies and friends.  

 Tickets can be purchased online at https://st-pauls-dads-club.simpletix.com/ or we will be selling tickets after all Masses the weekend of March 16th and 17th, 2024.

 

 

Third Sunday of Lent & St. Katharine Drexel

Third Sunday of Lent

As we are now well into Lent, we can take a look at what it means to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. A good place to start would be the Ten Commandments. The reading from Exodus presents us with one of the first listings of the Commandments. In this passage, God explains some of the laws to show how serious they are. For the first one, God includes making images to be used for worship. Now you might jump to the conclusion that all the statues and crucifixes in our churches must be destroyed. Not so.

In the days of Moses, people of other cultures made images of their gods and declared that the image was the god, and so should be worshipped. The Lord wanted his people to remember that God cannot be limited to an image or idea. That is still true today. Our images and statues are meant to help us pray to God, not to that work of art. In that sense, they are no worse than using a beautiful sunset or mountain scene to help you pray.

On the other hand, some people give a superstitious meaning to religious articles. Burying a statue to help sell your house could be one example. If you want to ask for a favor from God, just ask Him. God is much more likely to listen to a sincere prayer than a superstitious action.

The reason God gives for the first commandment is that he is a passionate God, who has chosen the Israelites to be his people. When he punishes sin, he allows the effect of our bad choices to hurt us and those around us. But when we repent and change our ways, his love is everlasting.

God also emphasizes some commands by duplicating them. He tells us not to steal from others, and also not to plan to steal from our neighbor. The same with adultery: Planning it is just as bad as doing it. Taking his name in vain originally meant perjuring yourself after taking an oath to tell the truth. That is similar to the eighth commandment about false witness.

Jesus simplified all these commands when he reminds us to love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. Let’s remember that as we turn away from sin to serving God better during Lent.

-Tom Schmidt, Diocesan Publications


   SAINT KATHARINE DREXEL (1858-1955) – March 3rd

Born into Philadelphia society, Katharine was an infant when she lost her mother. Her father remarried and the couple taught their daughters that their wealth was a “gift on loan” to be shared with the poor, whom they fed and cared for in their home. Invited by priest-friends to witness firsthand the destitution on Native American reservations, Katharine resolved to devote her inheritance to this apostolate and to enter a contemplative order. When, however, in private audience, she begged Leo XIII to send missionaries to staff the schools she was building, the pope replied, “My child, why not become a missionary yourself?” Katharine renounced a twenty-million-dollar fortune and founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, adoring Christ present in the Eucharist and ministering to Christ suffering in victims of racial discrimination. Her Sisters established over sixty schools nationwide, including Xavier University in New Orleans, the first dedicated to professional education for African Americans. In 2000, John Paul II canonized “Mother Drexel,” praising her “excellent example of practical charity and generous solidarity with the less fortunate, long the distinguishing mark of American Catholics.”

—Peter Scagnelli, Diocesan Publications

 

ST. PAUL’S PARISH LENTEN APPEAL 2024 & Training Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Established by Rev. Fr. Richard Ho Lung in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1981, the Missionaries of the Poor has expanded its efforts to address escalating poverty and homelessness in Haiti, India, Kenya, Philippines, Uganda, Indonesia, East Timor, Paraguay, the Caribbean, and even in Monroe, North Carolina.  The Brothers and Sisters care for orphans, malnourished children, the elderly, mentally and physically challenged young men, women, and children, and those terminally ill with AIDS.  They provide homes and care for the poorest of the poor who have no one else to care for them.

Since the pandemic, the MOP have encountered financial challenges in sustaining the communities they serve. Despite hardships, including the retirement and declining health of Fr. Ho Lung, they have remained steadfast in their commitment to assist those facing crises.  The need to renovate their mission homes globally and continue to supply the residents with food and other necessities is great.  Therefore, they are asking for the generous help of St. Paul’s parishioners.

Please consider a Lenten donation by using the envelope you received in the mail, by indicating your special donation online, or by picking up an envelope from the collection boxes in the back of the church.  For more information, please call MJ at 904-222-0608 or email mjstpaulre@gmail.com.


TRAINING

Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life;

whoever comes to me will never hunger,

and whoever believes in me will never thirst”.   John 6:35

Distributing the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful at Mass is a tremendous honor, responsibility, and GIFT.  Pope Francis invites us to put the Eucharist at the center of our lives.  What better way to model your faith, love, and commitment to Christ than by regularly receiving and distributing the Eucharist?   If you would like to explore this vitally important liturgical ministry, please contact MJ at 904-222-0608, or email mjstpaulre@gmail.comTraining will be held Saturday, March 9th at 2:00 in the Main Church.  Please prayerfully consider this opportunity.