Collection for Special Mission Areas including Florida and Latin America

Week of the Collection
This weekend (July 7-8), we will take up the Collection for Special Mission areas including Florida and the Church in Latin America. For many in Latin America and Caribbean, rural terrain and a lack of ministers are obstacles to practicing their faith. Your support to the collection provides lay leadership training, catechesis, priestly and religious formation, as well as other programs to help share our faith with those who long to hear the Good News of Christ. To learn more, please visit www.usccb.org/latin-america.

Semana de la Colecta
Este fin de semana es la Colecta para la Iglesia en América Latina. Muchas personas en América Latina y el Caribe no tienen acceso a los programas y ministerios de la iglesia debido a los terrenos rurales y a la escasez de ministros. Su generosidad permite que ellas compartan en la vida de la Iglesia y se acerquen más a Cristo. ¡Por favor, sean generosos en la segunda colecta! Para informarse más acerca de la colecta, por favor, visiten www.usccb.org/latin-america.

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Catholic Writers Guild, St. Johns Chapter Monthly Meeting

The Catholic Writers Guild, St. Johns Chapter will have its monthly meeting on Saturday, July 14 at St. Paul’s Church & School Auditorium (located at 2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204) from 10:00 a.m. to noon. All those interested (including poets, fiction and non-fiction, screen play writers, musicians, artists, editors, illustrators, etc.) are invited. Refreshments served with a raffle. Critique session – bring 10 copies of your work – Max 1,000 words.

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Ministry Formation Program Celebrates 25 Years!

In October, 1990, the Most Rev. Bishop John J. Snyder established a committee to assist him in the development of a comprehensive Ministry Formation Program (MFP) to assist in the formation of lay leaders for the diocese.  This committee reviewed similar programs and spoke with various leadership groups in the diocese including the Family Life Office, the Liturgical Commission, Hispanic Apostolate, Marywood Retreat Center, and the Presbyterate.

After more than a year of study, Bishop Snyder accepted the recommendations and mandated that all Diocesan Leadership personnel that had been professionally trained, but without Church background, would need to complete the program.

In February, 1992 Bishop Snyder appointed Fr. Michael Houle as the Interim Director of the Ministry Formation Program and Margaret McCully was hired to serve as the Administrative Assistant.  The Office of Christian Formation was given the task of staff and overseeing the MFP.  The MFP admitted its first participants in the fall of 1992, and the first certificates of completion were conferred in December, 1995.

In 1993, Father Houle formed an Advisory Board that would create long term plans for the Ministry Formation Program.  This board still operates today on a rotating basis giving guidance and leadership to the Office of Christian Formation.

In initiating a diaconate program for the Diocese of St. Augustine in 2003, it was determined that the MFP would be a first requirement from men feeling the call to ordained ministry.

In 1996, the MFP began the process of becoming an accredited program through the then active United States Catholic Conference Commission on Certification Accreditation. (USCCB/CCA).  This was fully achieved for the years 2001-2009 and reaffirmed in 2009- 2017.  The USCCB/CCA no longer exists as an agency of the Bishops.

There have been 359 graduates of the program who serve in a variety of capacities in the diocese as DREs, youth ministers, school teachers, RCIA Coordinators, etc.

A silver jubilee celebration is being held on Saturday, June 23 at Bishop Kenny High School, the original site of the MFP classes.  For more information, please contact Erin in the Office of Christian Formation at emcgeever@dosafl.com

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(Please print and recite prayer for the remainder of the month of June, for the intentions of our shepherd, Bishop Felipe Estévez and the needs of the Diocese of St. Augustine)

Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

God our Father in heaven
have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world
have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit
have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, Son of the eternal Father
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, one with the eternal Word
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, infinite in majesty
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, aflame with love for us
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, source of justice and love
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, well-spring of all virtue
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, worthy of all praise
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, treasure-house of wisdom and knowledge
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, in whom there dwells the fullness of God
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is Well pleased
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, from whose fullness we have all received
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, desire of the eternal hills
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, patient and full of mercy
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, generous to all who turn to you
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, atonement for our sins
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with insults
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, broken for our sins
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, obedient even to death
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, pierced by a lance
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation have mercy on us Heart of Jesus, victim of our sins
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, salvation of all who trust in you
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, hope of all who die in you
have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the saints
have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
have mercy on us

Jesus, gentle and humble of heart. Touch our hearts and make them like your own.

Let us pray.
Father, we rejoice in the gifts of love we have received from the heart of Jesus your Son. Open our hearts to share his life and continue to bless us with his love. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

High School Young Men’s Annual Retreat: “Ironmen”

All young men in grades 9-12 are invited to our annual Men’s Retreat, August 11-12 at North Florida Christian Camp. Our theme this year is “Ironmen” (“As iron sharpers iron, so one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17). There are plenty of fun filled outdoor activities planned as well as faith filled talks. It will be an awesome time, as well an opportunity to celebrate our faith and make many new friends. Please contact your parish youth minister or Robin Shipley at rshipley@dosafl.com to register or for more details.

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