Catholic Home Missions Appeal


The Week of the Appeal (May 5-6)

Support the Catholic Home Missions Appeal today! Right now, more than 40 percent of dioceses in the United States are considered home mission territory because they are unable to fund the essential pastoral work needed in their communities. Your support funds programs, such as religious education, seminary formation, and lay ministry training, to build vibrant faith communities right here in the United States. Please be generous. More information can be found at



La semana del Llamado (May 5-6)

¡Apoye hoy al Llamado para las Misiones Católicas! Ahora mismo, más del 40 por ciento de las diócesis en los Estados Unidos es considerado territorio misionero nacional porque a esas diócesis no les es posible financiar las labores pastorales esenciales y necesarias en sus comunidades. Su apoyo financia programas tales como la educación religiosa, la formación de seminaristas y la capacitación del ministerio laico a fin de construir unas comunidades vivas de fe, aquí, en los Estados Unidos. Por favor, sean generosos. Pueden encontrar más información en


Post expires at 1:00pm on Monday April 30th, 2018

Family Night at St. Joseph Cody Center

Join Families Following Christ for their monthly Family Night on Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m., at the St. Joseph Parish Cody Enrichment Center located at 4152 Loretto Road in Jacksonville. Our guest speaker this month will be Allison Mall, who will present her insightful and inspiring witness entitled, “Surrendering to God’s Plan for Our Family.” Our child care ministry will be provided for ages 2 to 13 years of age. If you would like your child to participate, please RSVP by emailing or call (904) 323-1332. We look forward to seeing you there!

Post expires at 1:00pm on Monday April 30th, 2018

4th Annual Sister Celinie Joubert Catechetical Awards

The Fourth Annual Sr. Celine Joubert, SSJ Awards will be given on Wednesday, May 23 at a reception to be held at the Catholic Center starting at 4:00 p.m.  This year, three catechetical leaders will be honored who have served the Church a total of 61 years:

Charlie Chorman, of Sacred Heart Parish in Fleming Island, has taught 8th grade Religious Education for over 20 yrs.  He brings a care and concern for all of his students and believes that everyone should be engaged lifelong formation.

Karen Pabian, Palmer Academy and Our Lady Star of the Sea, has served in many capacities at the parish/school including:  RCIA with children, sacramental preparation, and is a retired teacher from Palmer Academy where she still serves as a substitute teacher and keeps active in the musical theatre of the school.

Joy Pichardo, of Bishop John J. Snyder High School, has served on the Campus Ministry team as leader for 22 years.  Joy is an ever “joyful” presence on campus, whether she is planning retreats, service opportunities, or planning Catholic Schools’ Week.

Click to Read the Award Criteria

The reception is by invitation of the nominees.

Registration is now open for 2018 Summer School of Theology

The 10th Annual Summer School of Theology will be held the week of June 18-22, 2018  in the Wisdom Center at Marywood.  This formation opportunity provides a full immersion experience into a particular area of theology.  This year, the Diocesan Office of Christian Formation is teaming with Catholic Theological Union of Chicago to bring a member of their faculty to present:  Encountering Paul:  His Life, Letters, and Theology. Sister Laurie Brink, O.P. will present the week.

The sessions will meet daily from 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. with the following presenters and daily focus:

  • June 18:  Picturing Paul and Exploring His World
  • June 19:  Ancient Letter Writing:  The First Christian Artifact (Thessalonians and Galatians)
  • June 20:   No Divisions Among You:  Conflict in Corinth
  • June 21:   Paul Theological Manifesto to the Romans
  • June 22:   The On-Going Influence of Paul (Ephesians, Colossians, Pastoral Epistles)

A text will be provided prior to the week.  All participants need to bring their own Bible.

Registration fee including materials and lunch daily:

  • Before May 25 – $175
  • Between May 25-June 15 – $225
  • Daily rate (not recommended) – $45
Click Here to Register Download Brochure

Women’s Retreat

San Sebastian Catholic Church is proud to host a Women’s Retreat on Saturday May 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a day of spiritual reflection, fellowship and fun. Retreat includes Mass, procession to Mary’s garden, rosary, luncheon and guest speaker. Tickets are $20 per person. Proceeds will benefit the San Sebastian Religious Education Enrichment Center. For Tickets or more information please Contact Tyra Rousseau at the church office (904) 824-6625, ext 102 or email

Post expires at 1:00pm on Monday April 30th, 2018

Catholic Writers Guild, St. Johns Chapter Monthly Meeting

Join us on Saturday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. to noon, for the Catholic Writers Guild, St. Johns Chapter monthly meeting at St. Paul Parish in Riverside. All those interested (including poets, fiction and non-fiction, screen play writers, musicians, artists, editors, illustrators, etc.) are invited. Refreshments served with a raffle. Summer special event – “The Angry Christian” by Bert Ghezzi. Learn from a popular nationally known writer and radio personality how, how to harness the power of the Holy Spirit to transform our anger into occasions of grace. Anger used well can help us overcome obstacles that block our twofold mission of becoming saints and advancing and applying the Gospel. For further information contact Roderick T. Beaman at or Antony Kolenc at

Post expires at 1:00pm on Monday April 30th, 2018

U.S. Bishops Reflect on the Life and Work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee has issued the following statement today marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Administrative Committee serves as the Board of Trustees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Committee’s full statement follows:

Read More