Catholic Writers Guild, St. Johns Chapter March Meeting

The Catholic Writers Guild, St. Johns Chapter will have its Monthly Meeting on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at St. Paul’s Church & School Auditorium at 2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204 from 10:00 to noon. All poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, screen play writers, musicians, artists, editors,  illustrators and the just plain curious are invited. Our featured speaker will be Michelle Buckman who will speak on the topic: How to ‘show, not tell’ in your writing. For further information contact R. T. Beaman at writerrod@comcast.net or P. Babadi at wordsbypaula@gmail.com.

Ministry Formation Program Information Nights

The diocesan lay ecclesial ministry program, the MFP, is for anyone who is seeking to be a recognized faith leader within the diocese. It is the minimal standard for many parish and school positions. It is the first component of the diaconate program. This comprehensive three year program, based on the USCCB document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord consists of formation in four areas: human, spiritual, pastoral, and intellectual. The MFP offers information nights for those who desire to know more:

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at St. Anastasia, St. Augustine

Monday, March 4, 2019 at St. Patrick, Gainesville

Monday, March 11, 2019 at St. Catherine, Orange Park

Each session is from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Can RSVP is helpful to layministry@dosafl.com

Parish Mission: Living the Catholic Life, Fullness of Purpose

Could there be more to our faith experience, than what we have come to know? Dynamic speaker and author Ken Yasinski will be leading a 2-day parish mission from Wednesday, March 13 to Thursday, March 14, at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Each night begins at 7:00 p.m. This parish mission is designed to help answer life’s most meaningful questions: 1) Why have I been created?  2) Where is Joy found?  3) Does my Catholic faith matter? This mission is Catholicism in everyday simple language that will make relevant the timeless truths of our faith. Come be inspired to live your full potential in life.

L’Arche Jacksonville 29th Annual Golf Classic

What’s better than a beautiful day, cool weather and golfing with friends? A beautiful day, cool weather, and golfing with friends for a worthy cause! L’Arche Jacksonville invites you to participate in our 29th Annual Golf Classic hosted by Deerwood Country Club on Monday, March 25, 2019.

Join the fun and help us keep our promise of providing and maintaining quality, loving, and caring homes for adults with intellectual disabilities (our core members). If you’d like to tee it up or participate in another way please contact us at (904) 721-5992.

Click here to download the flyer

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.