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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Bishop Snyder High School Parent/Guardian Tour – “Snyder 101”

Experience the opportunities available at Bishop John J. Snyder High School by attending Snyder 101 on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 9:00 a.m. An event for adults, Snyder 101 will introduce you to our faith-filled environment and a preview of our college-preparatory curriculum. Learn about the athletic and extracurricular choices which make high school memorable. If you can’t attend and would like to visit Snyder, please call Shelley Gudzak at (904) 908-8978 for a private tour. Would your son or daughter like to experience a day at Snyder? We offer shadow dates for potential students. Come visit and learn more!

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BK Boosters 19th Annual Golf Tournament

The BK Boosters is sponsoring its 19th annual golf tournament on Monday, November 5, at Jacksonville Golf & Country Club. The cost is $175 per player. Lunch will be provided by 4Rivers Smokehouse. For more information, sponsorship opportunities, online registration, and payment via PayPal, visit or contact Mary Harms at (904) 398-7545.

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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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All Souls Day Mass

San Lorenzo Cemetery will be hosting the annual All Souls Day Mass on Friday, Nov. 2, at 10:00 a.m. with reception to follow. In case of rain, mass will be held at the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, FL 32084. Bishop Felipe J. Estevez will be the main celebrant of the Mass and will help lead us in prayer.

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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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Religious Medal Training

Counselor training is being offered by the Catholic Scout Committee for adults interested in working with the Catholic youth of our diocese toward religious medals. Training will be conducted by Catholic Scouting Committee members and will include the BSA Youth Protection Training. Classes are scheduled on the following dates:

  • November 11, 2018 (1:30 – 4:30 PM) Catholic Center, Jacksonville
  • January 6, 2019 (1:30 – 4:30 PM) Catholic Center, Jacksonville
  • August 11, 2019 (1:30 – 4:30 PM) Catholic Center, Jacksonville

Participants must be adult, Catholic, and currently active in their parish. For more information contact Robin Shipley at

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Catholic Writers Guild November Meeting

The Catholic Writers Guild, St. Johns Chapter will have its Monthly Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 10 at St. Paul’s Church & School Auditorium at 2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Anyone interested (including poets, fiction and non-fiction, screen play writers, musicians, artists, editors, illustrators, etc.) is invited. First Hour – Critique Session; Second hour – business – election of new officers. Refreshments served with a raffle. For further information contact R. T. Beaman at or P. Babadi at

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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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