Are you 70 1/2 or older and own an IRA?

You can use your regular IRA to make a gift to your parish, Catholic school, a favorite Catholic ministry or the Diocese. If you use your annual required minimum distribution to make a gift, you will avoid adding to your taxable income for 2018. Contact your tax advisor or IRA custodian to complete this year-end charitable gift. For assistance with planned giving or the Catholic Foundation, contact Cliff Evans, (904) 208-6931.

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Healing Retreat for Adult Children of Divorce

“Recovering Origins” is a new, two-day diocesan retreat for adults who are the children of divorced parents that will be held at the Marywood Retreat Center the weekend of February 2-3, 2019. Through reflection, discussion, and prayer, attendees will come to a greater understanding of the wound of divorce and its effects, advice concerning love and trust of others, and an experience of the Catholic faith that will lead to greater self-knowledge and healing. For more information or to register, visit or contact Mike Day at

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Diocesan Youth Conference: “Made for More”

Registration is now open for the Annual High School Youth conference, DYC, being held Feb. 22-24, at Camp Kuluqua in High Springs. All high school youth are invited to attend the diocesan-wide conference. The theme this year is “Made for More”. In our society, teens feel so much pressure and stress that this is an excellent opportunity to unplug, relax, have fun, as well nurture their faith, so they know how to handle all of life’s messiness. They will enjoy live music, games, workshops, faith sharing, Mass, Adoration, and enjoy our keynote speaker, Joe Melendrez
Cost: $125; deadline to register: Feb. 15. For details contact your parish youth minister or call (904) 262-3200, ext. 112 or email Robin Shipley at

Mpact Day of Service for Middle School Teens (Grades 6-8)

The Diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry is pleased to announce a new program called MPact; It is a day of service for junior high school aged teens. It will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 beginning at St. Matthew Catholic Church. The day will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and end with a sending forth celebration from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The day will include praise and worship, keynote speakers, faith sharing, service and a meal. The teens will have an opportunity to register with a service organization that we have partnered with and will have the opportunity to earn 8 hours of service at that organization as well as learn about their mission and impact on the community and people that they serve. Contact your parish youth minister or diocesan youth office to register.

You and Me and God Makes Three

You and Me and God Makes Three is a spiritual, Biblical-based look at finding a mate God’s way. Using the book, Dear God, Send Me a Soul Mate, by Rose Sweet, participants journey through the Old Testament story of Isaac and Rebekah. This six-week course offers eight specific steps for finding the love of a lifetime. For more information contact the Office of Family Life at (904) 262-3200, ext. 289. Classes are held on Thursday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., at Holy Family Parish Life Center, 9800 Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32256, January 17 through February 21, 2019. Cost is $40.00. For information and to register please visit

Bishop Estevez Leads Faith Formation Day in Diocese

by Savanna Kearney

The 34th annual Faith Formation Day was held at Bishop John J. Snyder High School Saturday, Oct. 13. The event began with Mass at 8:30 a.m. celebrated by Bishop Felipe Estévez. Following Mass, the bishop gave the keynote talk, in which he addressed the sexual abuse crisis. He acknowledged to those in attendance that this is a painful time for the church, but, he also examined the positive changes that are happening as a result, including new activity regarding the protection of minors and vulnerable adults in the church, as well as those in authority examining their responsibilities in leadership.

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Catholic Charities Transforms Lives with its 15th Annual Festival d’Vine

Catholic Charities is hosting its 15th Annual Festival d’Vine on Friday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Treaty Oak Park in San Marco (1123 Prudential Drive). The always-popular event serves as a primary fundraiser for the Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office of the Diocese of St. Augustine, with all proceeds going toward the agency’s six major programs.

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Catholic Relief Services Responding to Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is responding to an earthquake that struck Friday night just off the coast of Donggala in central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The 7.5 magnitude quake triggered an unexpected tsunami, which hit the city of Palu, destroying homes and businesses in its path. While the scope of destruction is unclear, initial government reports indicate a death toll of 400 as of Saturday evening, but communications are down, and emergency teams have not reached all affected areas.

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V Encuentro seeks to develop new pastoral plan for Hispanic ministry in the U.S.

More than 3,200 Hispanic ministry leaders and about 125 bishops from across the country processed into the conference center in Grapevine, Texas, to kick-off the highly anticipated Fifth National Encuentro for Hispanic Ministry, which will continue to unfold over the next three days through Sept. 23. Following a multiyear process of prayerful discernment and consultation in parishes and dioceses in the U.S., leaders from around the country have come together seeking answers to how the Church can respond to the growing Hispanic population and develop a new pastoral plan that will address its many challenges.

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Registration open for 2018 Diocesan Stewardship Conference

Register now for the Diocese of St. Augustine Stewardship Conference! Join us on October 20 at Sacred Heart Parish in Fleming Island for a day focused entirely on how we can all become more faithful and wise stewards. The Conference will begin at 9 a.m. with Sacred Heart Parish being open from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for Adoration.
Featured speakers will cover the following topics:
  • Called to be Everyday Stewards
  • “Johnny Can’t Pray: Engagement for the Kingdom. ” – clergy session
  • Legacy Giving in Stewardship
  • The Vibrant Community That Your Parish Can Be
  • Engaging Parish Youth
  • And new this year – A Stewardship Resource Panel
NO COST to attend but registration is required.